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Monday, June 29, 2020

Classic Retelling: Chicken Litttle: The Real and Totally True Tale

Chicken Little: The Real and Totally True Tale
by Sam Wedelich
Illustrations by the author
40 pages
ISBN: 9781338359015

Witty, whimsical, FUNNY, and clever! Sam Wedelich delivers a cute cautionary tale in his humorous imagining of the classic tale about a farmyard gossip! 

This little Chicken Little isn't much afraid of anything. She knows science, and can figure things out doing some fact-checking and information gathering. When a BONK on her head sends her scurrying for answers, Chicken Little is quick to gather facts. 

Scientific and fun sounding words will leave little ones giggling: preposterous, gravity, horde, meteors, utter, clucky, chaos!

Fun word play on the word pandamonium becomes hen-damonium. The barnyard chickens aren't much help as they band together clucking and worrying, but Chicken Little finds the answers and calms the crowd. 

Truly a fun read-aloud! Make sure you bring your character voices for performing this quirky read. Kids will create their own dialog and likely memorize the funny lines of this little beauty! 

STEM for beginning readers and scientists. Any young (or old) reader will chuckle at this beloved rendering of Chicken Little. She's not a worried little chick any more, she a boss chicken! 

Highly, highly recommended ages 4-8 and older for some of the ideas like "free-range" chickens and grin and nod to Snopes (Snipes). 

Friday, June 26, 2020

Scary Picture Book Pick: Shadow in the Woods and Other Scary Stories

Shadow in the Woods and Other Scary Stories, Book #2 Mr. Shivers series.
by Max Brallier
Illustrated by Letizia Rubenchi
Acorn Books
64 pages
ISBN: 9781338615432

A collection of five spooky short stories, Shadow in the Woods may become your little's favorite storybook. Marketed for ages 5-7, it's for those readers who aren't quit ready for Goosebumps series. Easy to read and beautifully illustrated, yet just creepy enough to leave readers with a few goosebumps and giggles of their own, this little book is a treasure! 

Max Brallier continues to entertain young readers with fun and spooky content! "Fingernails" is truly creepy, YIKES! 

If you have kids who love a little scare, Mr. Shivers books are for them. 

Recommended for beginning readers ages 5-7 and older! Fun stuff!