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Friday, February 5, 2016

Mini Reviews: The Dino Files #1, Cockatoo Too, and Little Bitty Friends

A Mysterious Egg
(The Dino Files #1)
by Stacy McAnulty
Jan. 19, 2016
Random House

Frank’s grandma is a famous paleontologist (that’s a dinosaur scientist). But she’s also an adult who makes up rules. Rules like: no digging for dinosaur bones when you have a sunburn. That means Frank is stuck playing inside with his annoying cousin, Samantha. But then Grandma finds a fossil of an egg! And when Frank and Sam sneak into the dino lab late at night, they find something even more amazing. . . .

The hilarious Dino Files chapter book series follows a nine-year-old dinosaur expert, his paleontologist grandparents, a cat named Saurus, and fossils that might not be so extinct!


While spending the summer with his paleontologists grandparents (and his annoying cousin, Samantha), nine-year old dinosaur expert, Frank, gets the surprise of a lifetime: a real live baby dinosaur. The little dino, named Peanut, is pretty amazing and cute, but Frank and Samantha quickly learn that a prehistoric pet is anything but easy.

A Mysterious Egg, the first book in Stacy McAnulty’s new chapter book series, The Dino Files, offers up T. Rex sized fun! McAnulty combines a pitch-perfect voice, fascinating science, exciting adventure, and laugh-out-loud humor, creating a wildly entertaining page-turner.

Young readers will be fascinated by the age-appropriate science, amused by Frank and Samantha’s misadventures in dino-sitting, and thrilled by all the imagination and adventure. Ready to work and learn Frank and wise-cracking, comedian in training Samantha, make for an endearing and entertaining pair. Readers will enjoy the fun banter between the two cousins. Saurus cat will charm you in the way only cats can and, of course, readers will fall in love with adorable Peanut.

The engaging illustrations throughout hilariously capture the story!

my final thoughts: The Dino Files #1: A Mysterious Egg is an exciting and funny first book in a series that is sure to delight dino-loving kids.

Cockatoo, Too
by Bethany Deeney Murguia

Jan. 25, 2016
Little Bee Books
Who can can-can? Find out in this hilarious book that features cockatoos, two more cockatoos, and tutued toucans too!
Cockatoo two?
Cockatoo, too?
Two cockatoos!
Two cockatoos, too?
Cockatoo tutus!

Two cockatoos meet two more cockatoos in tutus and two tutued toucans. And then two more! Can they all can-can? They can! The cockatoos and toucans join together for a dance.


Bethany Deeney Murguia’s Cockatoo, Too features a slew of cockatoos and toucans, in tutus, doing the can-can!

This hilarious and colorful picture book is a celebration of words. Little readers will erupt in giggles over the fantastically clever wordplay. Each page is bursting with vivid illustrations in lush tropical colors. The silly tutued cockatoos and toucans are simply irresistible.

Little readers (and parents) will be enchanted by all the over-the-top fun and charmed by the whimsical pictures.

Little Bitty Friends
by Elizabeth McPike
Feb. 2, 2016
GP Putnam’s Sons BFYR
A cuter-than-puppies companion to Little Sleepyhead
Little bitty chipmunks,
chattering all the day,
Little bitty ladybug
always comes to play.
Marching with ants, snuggling with baby rabbits, reaching for the sun with happy buttercups--young children form special bonds with nature's little creations.
Lyrical verse and charming scenes capture an enchanted world of little bitty friends.


In Elizabeth McPike’s darling Little Bitty Friends, toddlers explore the outside world around them and connect with the wonders of nature.

This book is simply delightful and too adorable for words! McPike’s lyrical, whimsical rhymes are soothing and sweet and so full of charm. And Patrice Barton’s illustrations are dazzling and have such a gorgeous softness to them. Each page features a diverse cutie-pie to fall in love with.

Little readers will love the fun rhymes and be captivated by the tender illustrations.

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