Friday, November 19, 2010

We've Been Mooed!!!

Here's Mr. Moo helping to check in books!

Here's Mr. Moo reading a story in the Book Nook!

Chillin' out with Paz the Library Penguin!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Oh, no!!! Bats are in the library!!!

Bats in the Library
by Brian Lies
An open library window is an invitation for a colony of bats in this sequel to Bats at the Beach (2006). Once inside, older bats look for favorite books, while younger ones explore and play. Storytime settles everyone down and transports them into the tales, filled with bat characters playing new roles. The bat homage to classic children’s books includes titles like Goodnight Sun, while images such as Little Red Riding Bat will amuse children who are familiar with the originals. The rhymed narrative serves primarily as the vehicle for the appealing acrylic illustrations that teem with bats so charming they will even win over chiroptophobes. Preschool-Grade 3. --Linda Perkins, from Booklist
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Friday, October 29, 2010

Looking for a laugh? Check this book out!

Chester by Melanie Watt

Melanie Watt is NOT the author of this book-Chester, her plump calico cat with the big red marker, is. Mouse is NOT the star of the story. Chester uses his red marker to edit the story, sending Mouse on a vacation: "Hasta la vista, Mousie!" Mouse returns from Mexico with a big bulldog. Chester uses the power of the pen to make the dog vegetarian. Melanie and Mouse try to take back control, but Chester edits himself a perfectly Chester-filled day. Melanie rains on his parade, so Chester writes THE END. When Melanie capitulates and makes Chester the star, he's not the least bit happy with the wardrobe. Canadian creator of Scaredy Squirrel, Watt has concocted an excellent and decidedly silly addition to the meta-textual picture-book canon. Chester is a cheeky and delightful author/hero. He's even conveniently marked a place on the cover of his book for an award sticker. Highly recommended. (Picture book. 5-8) - Kirkus Reviews
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Dear Friends, I have found clever little book for the cleaver young reader!

Don't you love it when you find a snazzy prize in your favorite cereal box? I do! Well, Dear Friends, I found this 'prize' on the shelves of the library last week and I simply had to share with you!

The book is called Dying to Meet You: 43 Old Cemetery Road: Book 1 by Kate Klise and illustrated by M. Sarah Klise. Don't let the title fool you. This is not a scary book by any stretch (quite the opposite actually).

When the best-selling mystery book writer Ignatius B. Grumply attempts to search for the perfect getaway to write his long-awaited novel, he discovers that he will not be able to find the peace he desires. Instead, he finds himself in the middle of an old mansion with a little boy, a cat, and a very temperamental ghost! It is a quirky story that will keep you laughing from beginning to the end.

I loved this story and cannot wait to see the next chapter in this series. Be on the look out for Over My Dead Body: Dying to Meet You: Book 2 coming to a library shelf near you! Happy reading, Dear Friends!

P.S. Check out other books by Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise at their website!

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Dear Friends, I think this is going to be the beginning of a beautiful journey...

Greetings, Dear Friends! Welcome to my little, bitty book blog! My name is Mrs. Mattei and I am the librarian at Sonntag Elementary. I am a rookie librarian and am excited about the journey that is unfolding ahead of me. My passion is teaching children the love of learning and just plain getting lost in a good book.

I hope that by reading this blog, whether you are a parent, a student, or somewhere in between, you will be inspired to live, laugh, and read! I'm so glad that you are here, Dear Friends!
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