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Monster Mash- David Catrow

A visual take on the classic Halloween song

Using the popular Halloween song, “Monster Mash”, David Castrow provides vivid illustrations to accompany the lyrics. Filled with colorful ghosts, monsters, and even wacky scientist, Castrow creates a silly visual representation. Monster Mash will make a fun read to follow along with when listening to the song.

Recommended for readers age 1 and up. Monster Mash is available in hardcover at major retailers, but is available exclusively in paperback at select Scholastic bookfairs.

To hear the song, click here.

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Posted by on October 16, 2012 in Book Review, Books, Halloween, Videos


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Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John “Appleseed” Chapman- Esme Raji Codell (Illustrator) Lynne Rae Perkins

A positive message told through the legend and legacy of Johnny Appleseed

In this book, the fast paced world we live in is put on hold to tell the tale of Johnny Appleseed. Using the life and examples that John “Appleseed” Chapman set in his travels across America planting apple trees, a wider moral story is told among the bright and uniquely illustrated pages.

Part fact, part fiction, the tale of Johnny Appleseed’s travels across the United States usually focuses solely on apples.  In Seed by Seed, a more in depth look at the man, John Chapman, provides a greater detailed account of his deeds and the influence he had on shaping the nation in his small way. Primarily by leaving five examples to follow: Use what you have, share what you have, respect nature, try to make peace where there is war, and you can reach your destination by taking small steps.

Codell uses these examples to highlight some of the lesser known details of what Chapman did during his lifetime. As she shifts the focus away from apples and towards the strong moral man he was, children learn of his love of nature and animals, his storytelling and books he shared, and his relationship between Native Americans and the pioneers.

Recommended for readers age 4-8.

The legend of Johnny Appleseed is known by many school children, although I believe that number is currently declining, and Codell does a great job of reviving his legend. The message is clear. Johnny Appleseed is not just a legend,but a real man who made a difference in the world seed by seed, and deed by deed.

Included are some fun apple inspiredactivities to celebrate the anniversary of John “Appleseed” Chapman and an apple pie recipe.

Check out this > video clip < of Johnny Appleseed, originally a sequence in Disney‘s Melody time in 1948, then independently released later, and also included on the DVD Disney’s American Legends in 2012.


Posted by on October 10, 2012 in Book Review, Books, Videos


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Endangered Video

Looking for another great read…check out

Endangered- Eliot Schrefer 

and click here for a video

Endangered is scheduled for release October 1, 2012, but is currently available from Scholastic in select bookfairs.

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Posted by on September 30, 2012 in Book Review, Books, Videos


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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore- William Joyce (Illustrator) William Joyce and Joe Bluhm

A great story framing the importance and joy of reading

Morris Lessmore loved to write in his journal and read his books. Then one day, a storm came destroying his house and his precious books. Wandering alone, Morris was upset and lonely, until one day he sees a woman flying by, surrounded with books. Noticing how sad Morris is without his books, she gives him her favorite, a walking, talking, and flying tale.

Back surrounded by the books that he loves and his journal, Morris listens and reads all of their tales.  He continues to write in his journal until he is old and grey and his book is finished. With his own story complete, he leaves his friends and his own story behind, for someone new to discover.

Delightful and well-illustrated, the love Morris has of books and the great companions they make shines through.  Although the writing might be hard to follow for younger readers, the creativity behind the storyline heralds the importance and timelessness of great literature.

Recommended for readers age 4 -8 and the inspired by the Academy Award winning short film by the same title. Film can be seen here.


Posted by on September 28, 2012 in Book Review, Books, Videos


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Tony Baloney School Rules- Pam Munoz Ryan and Edwin Fotheringham

A cute book about starting school that every young child should read

It is the first day of school for Tony Baloney. As he gathers up his backpack and his best friend, the stuffed animal Dandelion, Tony Baloney is a little nervous about the first day. His mother tells him he will be fine, but he has a lot to live up to, following his Bossy Big Sisters shadow. Tony Baloney really likes his new teacher, Mrs. Gamboney, who is really nice, and wants to be as perfect as his sister was, but Tony has a hard time following the rules.

In this cute novel, Tony Baloney discovers that school can be really fun and he can shine on his own. The conversations that Tony Baloney has with Dandelion reflect the nervousness that children can experience with the first day of school, the hardship of learning and following rules, and that having someone to talk to can calm the nerves.  Filled with fun illustrations, Tony Baloney School Rules is a great read for children getting ready to start school.

Recommended for readers age 4-7. This paperback book is exclusively priced and available from Scholastic in select book fairs.

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Ponyella Video

If you are looking for a cute read check out

Ponyella- Laura Numeroff and Nate Evans (Illustrator) Lynn Munsinger

click here for a video and click here for the review…enjoy!

Ponyella is available in hardcover at major retailers, but is available exclusively in paperback from Scholastic at select bookfairs.

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Posted by on September 23, 2012 in Book Review, Books, Videos


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