Children’s Books reviewed on NPR’s “Weekend Edition, Saturday”

August 13, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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These we have:

  • Henry Climbs a Mountain, by D.B. Johnson
  • Guji Guji, by …

These we’ve checked out at the library:

  • Mooses Come Walking, by Arlo Guthrie, illustrated by Alice M. Brock

These we…haven’t:

  • Little Old Big Beard and Big Young Little Beard, by Remy Charlip
  • Slithery Jake, by Rose-Marie Provencher, illustrations by Abby Carter
  • And Here’s to You!, by David Elliott
  • The Pelican Chorus and Other Nonsense, featuring poems of Edward Lear, illustrations by Fred Marcellino
  • Wind in the Willows, (New Abridged Version) by …, illustrated by Inga Moore
  • Three Stories You Can Read to Your Dog, by Sara Swan Miller, illustrations by True Kelley
  • Mr. Blewitt’s Nose, by Alastair Taylor
  • Jellybeans, by Sylvia van Ommen
  • Bake Shop Ghost, by Jacqueline Ogburn
  • How to Be a Good Dog, by Sara Swan Miller
  • Bats at the Beach, by …
  • The Picture of Morty and Ray, by Daniel Pinkwater, illustrations by Jack E. Davis.
  • A Day in the Life of Murphy, by Alice Provenson
  • The Red Wolf, by Margaret Shannon
  • Farfallina & Marcel, by Holly Keller
  • Arlene Sardine, by Chris Raschka
  • Little Babaji, illustrations by Fred Marcellino.
  • The Frog Wore Red Suspenders, by Jack Prelutsky
  • Davy Crockett Saves the World, by Rosalyn Schanzer.
  • Another Perfect Day, by Ross MacDonald
  • Yellow Umbrella, Jae-Soo Liu


Some observations about Birdwell Island

August 6, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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The improbability of Clifford the Big Red Dog’s size aside (and, oh yeah, the talking dogs), I’ve noticed some an interesting thing about the denizens of Birdwell Island:

  •  Dr. Din is apparently single
  • Charley’s dad, Samuel is  apparently single
  • Cleo’s owner is apparently single
  • Sheriff Lewis is apparently single
  • Jetta’s mom is apparently single, and has two children!
  • Birdwell Island’s librarian is apparently single

In fact, of the characters on the show, only Emily Elizabeth’s parents and the their neighbors, the Bleakmans, can be confirmed to be married. Although their teacher did get engaged…and moved off the island.

What is it about Birdwell Island that makes it so hard for its residents to get or stay married?

Lots of good fun that is funny

August 4, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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We’re having lots of good fun that is funny.
Or maybe just reading a bedtime story.
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