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The Easter Egg

Jan Brett wrote and illustrated another wonderful picture book called The Easter Egg.

All of the rabbits are competing to make the most wonderful egg.  The winner will be able to travel around with the Easter Rabbit to hide Easter eggs. Hopi visits the other rabbits and sees the creative eggs they are making and collects a few supplies. He wants something wonderful, but realizes that as long as he tries his best, he does not need to win first place. As he returns home, he discovers a robin’s egg that has fallen. Hopi decides to stay and take care of the egg until it hatches.  Will he still have time to do his own egg?

We have enjoyed all of Jan Brett’s books.  We like her detailed pictures and the story going on around the edges.  She is a wonderful artist that will appeal to many ages.

Don’t Push the Button

In Bill Cotter’s Book, Larry has only one rule, Don’t Push the Button!

In this silly interactive book, Larry keeps reminding you not to push the button. However, when you do, unexpected things happen.

Even though this book is written for small children, we all enjoyed the silliness of it.


Fable Weaver

Fable Weaver By Carlie Gernhart.

This is a fable about a girl named Linnet Fairweather who is a Fable Weaver. Her words have power over the inhabitants of Tierra Fabula, the world where storybook characters live. Linnet’s job on earth is to make sure that the characters go back to their homes after their vacations on earth are over. However when she is attacked by Baba Yaga, a witch who live in a spinning house with chicken feet, she discovers something terrible, all the other Fable Weavers have been taken prisoner by Morgan Le Fay!

Linnet and her friends must rescue Merlin and the other prisoners before they can recapture Morgan. The journey is far from simple, they must battle zombies from Horror, ride dragons (who can be found on earth, if you know where to look) and… Get all the latest gossip from the Old Woman who Lives In a Shoe.

This is a highly recommended book with lots of jokes, adventure, and fun!


The Thief

A friend who loves to read highly recommended The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner.

Gen claims to be the best thief in the world and he was a big bragger. When dared to steal the king’s seal he had to prove he could. However the person who dared him worked for the king, and set a trap to catch him.

The magus (the king’s wise-man) needs a wonderful thief for a adventure he is going on. Gen is taken out of prison to steal a stone from the place it is hidden and bring it to the magus’ king. But Gen who “cannot do anything with a sword except steal it” uses one to give the magus one of many surprises.

The author built the world around ancient Greece. They have guns and watches and there are a few other things that she took from other places and times. The gods that Gen talked about were modeled after Greek gods and the  stories told about them were similar to Greek mythology. Occasionally someone would swear by them.

I liked this book because I could not tell you the ending. I knew enough to guess what would happen but not enough to guess right.  I would recommend this book for teens and up.

Megan Whalen Turner also wrote three other books in the series. The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia and A Conspiracy of Kings.You do not have to read them in order, but each book gives something away from another book.


Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald

Mrs.Piggle-Wiggle is funny. She cures tattletales and bullies with magic pills or ordinary things. Momma read it out loud first and really liked it so I think all ages will like Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle.

My favorite story is the tattle tale cure.  This mother has two children and they tattle all the time. So she asks her friends for help. One of them recommends Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. The mom calls Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle who gives her some pills for the children. Each time they tattle a big black thing like a cloud comes over the tattler and soon they learn not to tattle when they are just about to tattle.

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is the first in a set. The others are Mrs Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic, Hello Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Farm.  They are all very good.


Runt The Hunted

Runt the Hunted (Legends of Tira-Nor) by Daniel Schwabauer.

This is the second book about Runt,  the first one is called Runt the Brave. The King of Tira-Nor is angry that Runt is so famous for killing a huge rat so Runt is banished from his home country.  What the king does not know is that there is another army of rats getting ready to attack and that the King’s guard is full of spies.

I liked this book better then the first one because the characters seemed more real and it was more unpredictable. I recommend these books highly.


Little Britches

Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers By Ralph Moody

Ralph Moody writes about moving to Colorado and a few years learning about ranch life. Though  young, he is still expected to do a man’s work–often for a man’s pay–, go to school and be responsible for his actions.

It is similar to the Little House books, with the main character telling of days long gone. Each chapter is a story of Moody’s life.  Life is hard for the young boy, but it is also full of excitement, learning, and adventure. Moody survives a tornado, breaks 9 of his 10 toes all at once, learns to work on a ranch, breaks a pony and contributes needed money for his family farm before most boys today even have their first job.

Even though the book has profanity in it, it is not overdone.  It was done is such a way to show the roughness of some of the men.

I highly recommend this book for boys!  My daughter read it at the same time I was, and we were “fighting” over who had it next, so it is well written for girls too.


Kavik: The Wolf Dog

Kavik the Wolf Dog By Walt Morey

Kavik was part wolf but mostly dog.  He was raised to race.  When he helped win an important dog sled race, a Seattle millionaire buys him as a trophy.  Unfortunately, the plane that Kavik is transported in crashes and he never makes it to Seattle.

Andy discovers Kavik and nurses him back to health.  Kavik learns to love Andy and his family before they return him to his millionaire owner.  When Kavik shows that he is not perfect, he is not wanted anymore.  He is given the chance to run away and he heads off from the big city to find Andy.

I have yet to find a book by Walt Morey that I dislike.  He tells a good animal story without turning into a “save the animal” story.  His characters are realistic and well developed. His books are good “keepers”.


Crispin: The Cross of Lead

Crispin: The Cross of Lead By Avi

Crispin becomes an orphan when his mother dies.  Before he has the time to recover from his grief, he accidentally hears two men conspiring and becomes a “wolfs head”. Because he is now wanted, preferably dead, he goes to the village priest who knows a little about Cripsin’s background.  But, the priest is murdered before they can talk and Crispin  runs away.

Very quickly he meets Bear who makes Crispin his slave and teaches him the art of juggling.  Bear protects Crispin and helps him learn to think for himself.  Before too long, Crispin discovers that Bear has a secret and he must decide for himself how to respond.  Crispin also learns more of who he is, and must make decisions about who Crispin really is.

I enjoyed this book. There are parts in it that I do not think are appropriate for children; like when Crispin discovered a corpse hanging.  The topic is deep for younger children too.  While the book is well written, I would probably not let my child read it until they are in their teens and then we would discuss it.


Bill Peet: An Autobiography

Bill Peet: An Autobiography

is a short autobiography about one of our favorite illustrators.

Bill Peet grew up in Indiana and always loved to draw.  He tells his story about growing up and about some of his pictures.  He describes working for Walt Disney and how he came up with some of his book ideas. It is full of wonderful illustrations.

This would be an easy autobiography for a budding artist, or a good read out loud book.