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Staff Pick: Little Red Gliding Hood

Little Red Gliding Hood

Little Red is an excellent ice skater, but she will need a good partner for the skating pairs competition and the only one available is a certain Wolf, who needs new skates as badly as Little Red does.

Little Red Gliding Hood laces up her worn-in, worn-out ice skates and “swizzles, twizzles, spins, and waltzes” across the river through the enchanted forest to Grandma’s House.  On the way, she spots a banner announcing a Pairs Skating Competition- and the Prize….Brand-New Ice Skates!  Oh slippery slush, all she needs is a partner! Goldilocks and Baby Bear, the Dish and the Spoon, Tortoise and the Hare… everyone has a partner! EXCEPT: The Big Bad Wolf!  Oh, slippery slush, will Little Red Gliding Hood find a partner in someone who usually wants to eat her?  Can you sort out the mixed up nursery rhymes and fairytales to name the winner of the pairs competition?    Watch the competition in Little Red Gliding Hood by Tara Lazar with pictures by Troy Cummings.

Recommended by Patty Wallace – East 38th Street Branch Library

Staff Pick: Polar Bear’s Underwear

Polar Bear's Underwear

Polar Bear has lost his underwear and he asks his friend, Mouse, to help him find it.

Poor Polar Bear has lost his underwear. If only Polar Bear could remember what they look like…maybe Mouse can help. We follow our two friends as they see a variety of underpants. Due to the magic of cutouts on the pages, we see the underwear first followed by the owners on the following page. Each animal wears appropriately themed underpants, but none belong to Polar Bear. The story is full of wonderful bright colors and delightful surprises. A simple background only helps bring out the vibrant illustrations in this funny book that will surely make little ones giggle.

Recommended by Carol Segal – Glendale Branch Library

Staff Pick: Go to School Little Monster

Go to School Little Monster

Little Monster is nervous about his first day of school, but his teacher Mr. Drool and the other monsters put him at ease.

This book is about Little Monster’s first day of school. He meets other monsters and one monster, Fang, who has really big teeth and draws scary pictures. Fang draws a picture of a huge dinosaur with Little Monster in it’s jaws. He is only pretending and wants to be friends. Little Monster’s teacher, Mr. Drool, helps little Monster feel comfortable in classroom, on the playground and at lunch. I think children and teachers, especially, will enjoy this book because of the story, the rhyming and the great watercolor illustrations. I really enjoyed it.

Recommended by Carol Segal – Glendale Branch Library

Staff Pick: Big, Bigger, Biggest

Big, Bigger, Biggest

Introduces young children to the language of comparison, synonyms, and antonyms, and features pictures of animals in all shapes and sizes.

Big, Bigger, Biggest! by Nancy Coffelt introduces readers to adjectives, comparatives, and synonyms with the help of all kinds of fun animals friends. Readers can learn a heap, a slew, a ton of new colorful words like immense or viscous. This book makes for a great read-aloud and discussion starter. And who knows, you might just find a new favorite word.

Recommended by Mary Wirt – Pike Branch Library

 

Staff Pick: Little Eliot, Big City

Little Eliot, Big City

Elliot the little elephant has a hard time with a lot of things in the city he loves until he meets Mouse, who is even smaller–and hungrier.

In a big city that isn’t properly sized for a little elephant, Elliot does his best to live his quiet life amidst the hustle and bustle that surrounds him. When he finds a problem that is impossible to overcome on his own, he find that even the littlest things can help make his life a little easier and a lot more fun.

This heartwarming tale of friendship and personal growth, in spite of one’s natural disadvantages, is a title that is certain to engage readers of every age and background. While children will love the adorable and relatable character of Elliot the little elephant, adults will enjoy the book’s beautifully illustrated pages, filled with artwork reminiscent of Depression Era artists such as Thomas Benton, Edward Hopper and Diego Rivera. Due to his vertical disadvantages, Elliot’s tale is one that could be especially inspiring to anyone with a physical disability or complication, showing that any obstacle that might stand in their way can be overcome with a little help.

As the first book by author and illustrator, Mike Curato, this book is a promising start to what will soon become a new juvenile series—the sequel, “Little Elliot Big Family,” is slated to hit the shelves in October of this year.

—Recommended by Joseph Lutholtz, infoZone – The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Branch Library