Bring Down the House: The Greatest Power (The Gecko & Sticky)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009.

The Greatest Power (The Gecko & Sticky)Author: Wendelin Van Draanen (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Stephen Gilpin (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Knopf (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0375843779

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One wisecracking lizard, one over-caffeinated monkey and 200 pages of action, attitude and assombroso alliteration transform run-of-the-mill read-aloud adults into comedy superstars. Talk about the greatest power!

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HOTLINE VOICES: Owen (9) and Riley (9) share their enthusiasm for Rick Riordan‘s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

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Who Needs Weddings?: The Fiesta Dress (A Quinceanera Tale)

Friday, May 15, 2009.

Fiesta Dress: A Quinceanera TaleAuthor: Caren McCormack (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Martha Avilés (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Marshall Cavendish (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0761454675

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Earth toned preparations and pastel pomp treat us to a slightly slighted little sibling’s view of what seems like a very cool coming of age tradition.

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Tending and Tenderness: Before You Were Here, Mi Amor

Wednesday, March 25, 2009.

Before You Were Here, Mi AmorAuthor: Samantha Vamos (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Santiago Cohen (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Viking (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0670063010

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Generously speckled with spanish phrases and illustrated in homey hot oranges, pinks and golds, this intimate account of a family’s industrious wait for a new baby radiates pure joy.

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Folktale Fusion: Love and Roast Chicken (A Trickster Tale from the Andes Mountains)

Friday, May 23, 2008.

Love and Roast Chicken: A Trickster Tale from the Andes MountainsAuthor: Barbara Knutson
Illustrator: Barbara Knutson
Published: 2004 Carolrhoda Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1575056577

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A spunky free-ranging guinea pig hero, an equally lovable, gullible villain and the happy mash-up of several familiar folk tales make this gorgeously illustrated trickster tale a story worth repeated re-enactment in the schoolyard with friends (really!).

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Permission to Dream: Clara and Senor Frog

Saturday, August 25, 2007.

Clara and Senor FrogAuthor: Campbell Geeslin
Illustrator: Ryan Sanchez
Published: Schwartz & Wade (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0375836136

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Luminous with colour, character and unusual details, this simple story of step family shuffling reminds us that working to understand another can sometimes help us understand ourselves.

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Caring to Compromise: The Outside Dog

Wednesday, May 2, 2007.

The Outside DogAuthor: Charlotte Pomerantz (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Jennifer Plecas (on JOMB)
Published: 1995 Harper Collins
ISBN: 0064441873

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It’s not often that an early reader turns the whole family to putty, but this simple story of a grandfather with the strength to bend does just that time after time. If you can put up with all the gushing and cooing we do in this review, you’ll be all set for the response of your little one!

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Cousins in Cahoots: Too Many Tamales

Friday, September 15, 2006.

Too Many TamalesAuthor: Gary Soto
Illustrator: Ed Martinez
Published: 2002 Puffin USA
ISBN: 0698114124

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Family harmony, humour and suspense make this beautifully illustrated story of collaboration and forgiveness a real hit.

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