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Saturday, May 5, 2012

“R” Besties and a Little Mayo

Lot’s of food reads in this weeks R romp.  Shared sandwiches, football eats, award winning pickles, and boars sweet recipes, had Little Reader asking, “If we ate letters, what would letter “R” taste like?”  A rice cake with raspberry jam and raisins of course! And after eating “r” snack, this was proven correct. 

And what else was cooking last night?  It was a Big Apple Adventure, meaning mom spent 3 hours in the kitchen preparing York City diner fare.  Not kidding, it took that long to make 9 chicken club sandwiches, a homemade cheesecake, and three rounds of chocolate egg cream soda. - But well worth it!  I’ve noticed a correlation between the more I cook, the more teenagers appear at our house around dinner time.  And for tonight, it’s a Taco Bar in this casa.  Why this morning we found dozens of mayonnaise bottles in the pool, so it must be Sinko de Mayo!

Did I mention the gigantor snake slithering through our not so typical potted plants?   The kids and I were going outside for an under the stars trampoline jump, and there it was, a ginormous black and white ribboned snake.  Yes, I was the first outside, the only one to see it, and on pain medicine from my tooth surgery that morning, but swear I saw it.  And  not sure if it was the “snake” or the“wacky mom” that kept everyone inside for the night.  But like Steve Erwin, the Crocodile Hunter my oldest and I combed the back yard with flashlights, but found nothing.  And not sure what we would have done in this case anyway?   So now I’m not just the crazy library lady, I’m also a snake whisperer.  If the snake returns, is friendly, and promises not to eat the dog, we will give it a name and invite him or her to Little Reader’s garden party. 

So what is this not so typical plant anyway?  It's taken root and we are building a trellis so it can begin its journey upward and make …  
  Any idea?

 "R" Good Reads

Stars
By Ray, Mary Lyn




Catch this falling star at your library.  In this tall book you’ll see real stars in the sky, stars made with paper, and even stars found in nature like dandelions floating in the wind.  While encouraging creativity, this book also reminds us the importance of believing in something beyond ourselves.  If you can’t find this on your library shelf, be sure and request an interlibrary loan, better yet recommend a purchase.  

Dandelion Wishes “For a lion to come to my garden.

The Sandwhich Swap
By Rania



If there’s a contest for best picture book cover, this one’s a high contender.   One look at the title Sandwich Swap, and it becomes an attention grabbing must read.   Do you have a hankering for a peanut butter and jelly or humus sandwich?  And what do you think happens when two best friends realize their lunchbox differences?  An enjoyable look at understanding and appreciating other cultures, in a fun food fight kind of way. 


Buffalo Wings
By Reynolds, Aaron




Are you ready for some football?   When Rooster gets to making snacks for the big game, he realizes there are no buffalos for the buffalo wings, then sets out on a road trip.   Hilarious plot, but Little Reader didn’t quite follow along what was happening.  Good, but not great like Reynolds other book, Chicks and Salsa. 

The Dot           
Reynolds, Peter



Have you ever had a blank sheet of paper with nowhere to go?  … Not talking about math class here!  Well, when one little girl couldn’t move beyond a blank sheet of paper, her art teacher inspired her with one simple suggestion, "Just make a mark and see where it takes you."  That’s it, need I say more!  From the simplest beginnings like a dot, we never know where this will take us.  Reynolds successfully delivers the concept of inspiration and motivation on a child’s level.  But I couldn’t give this a blue book rating because of the girl’s name, Vashiti.   It seemed to break up the text at times disrupting the flow. 

Pink!     
By Rickards, Lynne



What happens to a penguin that turns pink?  They go to Africa to live with flamingos of course.  But when Patrick doesn’t fit in, he returns home to the icy waters.  Being missed, he tells all about his journey and concludes that being pink isn’t so bad after all.    Cheerfully entertaining, but Little Reader kept trying to figure out why he turned pink in the first place. 

Mrs. Fickle’s Pickles
By Ries, Lori Anne




We have checked this book out so many times, I think it’s time to purchase it.  I love pickles, and so a little partial to books about these crunchy sour-packed treats.  An adorable, silly, seed to pickle, pictured story that will be a sure favorite. 

Pickletastic garden read!

ATTENTION BOOK AGENTS / PUBLISHERS:  My manuscript is out of the brine and ready to be packed.  Picklelicious inquiries!

Birdie’s Big-Girl Shoes
By Rim, Sujean




A girly-girl, “Fancy Nancy”, shoe-loving kinda read.  Birdie’s wants nothing more than to wear her mother’s high heels, from her crocodile pumps to stilettos.  But after learning the downfall of “big girl” shoes, decides it’s okay to wait a little longer to grow up.  An adorable fashionista story that had Little Reader giggling and trying on shoes.  Cowgirl boots that is!

Wild Boars Cook
By Rosoff, Meg




Horace, Morris, Boris, and Delores are the hungriest, messiest, most bad mannered boars around.  But after devouring a large “pudding” dessert recipe, will they finally be full?  Funny, with just enough grossness to please any young book lover in the house. 

Ham and Pickles
By Rubel, Nicole



Luckily for Pickles, she has her big brother Ham to help her get over being nervous about starting school for the first time.  But is releasing snakes and bugs on the school bus or hopping like a kangaroo for a restroom break really good advice?  Though well meaning, Pickles discovers his ideas would make for a disastrous school day.  A brightly colored humorous back to school read. 

Ho-Hum … Cute ideas, but greatness none-delivered

Psst!
Rex, Adam



Santa’s Eleven Months Off
By Reiss, Mike



The New Girl and Me
 By Robbins, Jacqui
 
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