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good idea bad idea

Every time I hear that a Mo Willems book is coming out I get super excited, I think even more than the kids. And lovers of Mo Willems won't be disappointed with his latest, That is Not a Good Idea!

Kids will love this interactive, funny book, which starts out like a traditional fairy tale, but ends a fractured tale with a Mo Willems-worthy surprise ending that made me smile (and I needed that this morning!)

The artwork is all Willems--see if you can find one of his signature marks: the Pigeon (of the Pigeon series) hidden in the book.

Great book for a young reader, not only because of its' repetition of certain words, but also because there are short sentences that can be easily digested. I LOVED IT!


This is the story of a robot boy named Doug whose parents hook him up to a machine everyday so he can download lots of facts about the city...until one day when Doug unplugs himself to get a first hand experience of the city.

A fun story that kids can enjoy; how can you not be amused by Doug as he moves from absorbing so many facts to actually living them?

"Doug knew that cities were teeming with people. He discovered that crowded sidewalks made it hard to see where you were going..." to all kinds of new adventures:
"Doug learned many more things about the city, like
Wet cement feels squishy under your feet.
Fire engine sirens are loud.
Some garbage cans are smelly.
Manholes are dark.
Pretty flowers grow out cracks in the sidewalks.
Taxis stop if you raise your hand.
And the cool water in a park fountain feels good on a hot day..."

Kids will enjoy Doug's adventures, and also his return home to be with his family. Yaccarino's artwork is fun and silly and will be enj…

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Buckeye books

In case you like book award nominees:
2013 Ohioana Book Award Finalists Announced
Ohioana will announce the winners in each category near the end of Augus * not Ohioans – note, books about Ohio or Ohioans need not be authored by an Ohioan.
The Coldest Nightby Robert Olmstead - Algonquin Books, 2012.
Homeby Toni Morrison - Knopf, 2012.
Stay Awake: Storiesby Dan Chaon - Ballantine Books, 2012.
The World We Found: A Novelby Thrity Umrigar - Harper/William Morrow, 2012.
Biting the Moon: A Memoir of Feminism and Motherhoodby Joanne S. Frye - Syracuse University Press, 2012.
The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birdsby Julie Zickefoose - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
Earth Works: Selected Essaysby Scott Russell Sanders - Indiana University Press, 2012
The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternityby Nancy Gibbs* and Michael Duffy - Simon & Schuster, 2012
A Sanctuary of Trees: Beechnuts, Birdsongs, Baseball Bats, and Benedictionsby Gene Logsdon