Thursday, February 25, 2010

Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon

by Ursula Vernon

Poor Danny. He goes to a school of reptiles and amphibians but he's a dragon, which also makes him the only mythical creature. On top of that Danny can't even breathe fire (at least that would make him cool!) Not that he's not trying to learn to breathe fire, which his parents do quite naturally. (In fact what else is math class good for but practicing this un-mastered skill?) At least he has his best friend, Wendell, an iguana to keep him company. Danny's adventures begin in Dragonbreath and continue in Dragonbreath: Attack of the Ninja Frogs. Both books have a unique style that is part graphic novel and part regular book, which combine to make a fun story for the late-elementary reader.

Enjoy Board Books!

So sometimes the youngest ones can be the hardest to find gifts for, but don't worry, Dragonwings has you covered. Board books are not your typical picture books, but rather have thicker, more durable pages. They are able to stand up to more "love" from our little "readers". They are like picture books, though, in the fact that they cover all sorts of fun topics and feature great illustrations or even photographs. We have classics like Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and The Napping House by Audrey Wood, in addition to newer favorites like 10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle. The books also tend to be small - perfect for Easter baskets!

Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
by E. Lockhart
National Book Award Finalist
Printz Award Honor Book

Frankie manages to transform from geeky girl, to attractive young woman in the summer between her freshman and sophomore years at Alabaster Prep. This change attracts the attention of senior, Matthew, who also happens to be a member of an all-boys secret society. Frankie doesn't accept, this exclusion, however, and makes plans to infiltrate. Lockhart provides the reader with a empowered female hero who seeks change and stirs up trouble in the process.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Leprechaun in Late Winter

Leprechaun in Late Winter
A Magic Tree House book
by Mary Pope Osborne

For anyone not already familiar with this highly popular series, the Magic Tree House books are great for readers of mid to late elementary age. They cover a wide range of cultures and historical times and Mary Pope Osborne has recently added Leprechaun in Late Winter to the collection. In this adventure Jack and Annie end up in the Ireland of 1862 with a mission to help a girl named Augusta. As problems arise, the two siblings must rely on the help of a leprechaun. Of course my favorite part is that Kathleen gives the two adventurers a magic whistle to help them on their way.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Bunny's Easter Egg

Bunny's Easter Egg
Written and Illustrated by
Anne Mortimer

Bunny's been up all night, busy with hiding all the Easter eggs. Now the only thing she wants is to take a nap and get some rest! Each place she tries to nap, however, has something wrong and she cannot get to sleep. In her quest to find somewhere just right, she runs into many different animals, until at last she finds exactly what she is looking for. The details of Mortimer's drawings make the textures of nature easy to see, from Bunny's fluffy fur to hedgehog's prickly quills to the flowers' soft petals. Bunny's Easter Egg is a cute story with wonderful illustrations.

Caldecott Honor Book: Marshmallow

Written and Illustrated by Clare Turlay Newberry

Oliver the cat has a simple, easy life, and that is just the way he likes it. So what is he suppose to do when his human, Miss Tilly brings home a baby rabbit! While Miss Tilly writes in her first rabbit poem that, "No home's complete without a rabbit," Oliver thinks he can hardly agree with that. Clare Turlay Newberry created a cute and humorous story with soft, two-toned illustrations. Great as an Easter story or for any animal lover.

Jan Brett's new Easter book: The Easter Egg

Jan Brett has a beautiful new book out for this year's Easter. The Easter Egg contains Brett's signature detailed drawings that show a true understanding of nature. In this story Hoppi is hoping to decorate the winning egg so that he can help Easter Rabbit hide the eggs on Easter morning. It turns out that it is quite a challenge to make a special egg! In addition to the main story illustrations, the reader sees many rabbits in the process of decorating their eggs on the side of each page.