Monday, January 31, 2011

Frankly Frannie

Frankly Frannie by AJ Stern is a book that will make you smile.  Frannie is an elementary school kid who just wants to help.  She also wants to be a grown up.  This means she tries to act like a grown up all the time.  (Most times it doesn't work out.) 

In this adventure, Frannie's class is about to go visit a radio station.  Frannie is seriously in love with offices and anything professional looking.  She is more excited than anyone else in her class.  Things are going well until Frannie has to go to the bathroom. Everything goes downhill from there.  She's just trying to help but will her help be wanted? 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: the mysterious howling

This chapter book is wonderful for mischievous kids and the ones who always follow the rules.  How can a book be for both types of kids?  In The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: the mysterious howling, we meet Penelope Lumley who has just graduated from the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females.  She is 15 years old and is going to an interview to be a nanny for 3 children.  She doesn't find out anything about the children until after she accepts the job.  The three children were raised by wolves!  Miss Lumley has to go out to the barn to meet them, where Lady Constance and Lord Fredrick have been keeping them.

As we keep reading the book, we get to know Miss Lumley and the three children.  She works very hard at getting them to behave like normal little kids, all leading up to the big Christmas party Lady Constance is throwing.  It seems like someone in the house wants these three children gone though.  Who could it be?  Who is trying to get rid of them? 

This must be the beginning of a series of books too, because the ending isn't totally clear.  What will happen to the children?  Where was Lord Fredrick during the party?  And is there someone living behind the wall in the attic?  We'll have to keep reading the next book to find out!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

I Love Knuffle Bunny!

I just received the newest Knuffle Bunny book, Knuffle Bunny Free by Mo Willems!  Of course I had to read it right away!  It is so good and so cute!  Knuffle Bunny has been the subject of two books before this one.  Both of those books won the Caldecott Medal! 

Knuffle Bunny is the stuffed animal that belongs to a little girl named Trixie.  In this story, Trixie is going to visit her grandparents in a far away place.  Knuffle Bunny is coming along for the ride but when he gets left on the airplane, Trixie must decide what to do.  Her final decision is so heartwarming that you can't help but smile.

I know you want to know what happens and read the third great adventure of Knuffle Bunny so go to your library and check it out!!