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Quick reviews from Laurie Travis

I’m fortunate to have Laurie Travis as my library assistant. Laurie recently earned her MLS from Trevecca. While I know Laurie will be snapped up as librarian by some smart principal soon, I’m happy to share her part-time with another elementary school in Nashville. Laurie has been helping me sort through many review titles. She chose the titles below to take to the other school. In return, I asked her to make review notes.

Cool Theme Parties by Karen Latchana Kennedy- series – Checkerboard How-To Library ABDO

Two page layouts and great graphics make this very kid friendly. Kids can create their own themed parties from beginning to end. Included are sections for invitations, decorations, party favors and activities.

Empty Full by Apple Jordan – series Bookworms- Opposites -Marshall Cavendish

Simple book for emergent readers demonstrates the concepts of empty and full by showing photos of familiar items that are empty and items that are full.

Guess Who Sniffs by Apple Jordan – series Bookworms-Marshall Cavendish

For emergent readers- each page has a picture and text clues about a dog’s behavior and physical characteristics which invite readers to guess what it is being described.

The Tall Tale of Paul Bunyan retold by Martin Powell-   series – Graphic Spin: American Tall Tales – Capstone

This is a fun and rollicking retelling of the legend of Paul Bunyan in a graphic novel.  Readers can make connections to American geography through the hyperbolic descriptions of how they were made by Paul Bunyan and his big blue ox, Babe. There are also writing prompts and discussion questions at the end of the book.

Scooby-Doo and the Rock‘n’Roll Zombie by Jessie Leon McCann- series Spotlight – ABDO

Graphic novel features Scooby-Doo, and his pals at a rock concert.  When a zombie kidnaps the lead singer, they go to solve the mystery.  An implausible situation at the very least, Scooby and Shaggy always get in trouble and have to be rescued.  The poor grammar and silly premise for a story make this a less than stellar example of children’s literature.

Chill Out Scooby-Doo by Sonia Sander- series Spotlight – ABDO

This graphic novel tells of Scooby Doo and Shaggy in a bind (as usual) because they have been tricked and dropped in the Himalayas and chased by the Abominable Snowman.  The silly premise for a story make this a less than stellar example of children’s literature.