Sunday, August 31, 2014

Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper


E-Mergency! by Tom Lichtenheld - 32 pages
Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Cherise Mericle Harper - 32 pages
T Is for Terrible by Peter McCarty - 32 pages

I had my nephew for the day so we came to the library and checked out some books.  These are the three he chose.  He particularly liked Go! Go! Go! Stop! and T is for Terrible.

E-Mergency
The letter "E" falls and the letter "O" must fill in for her until she gets better.

Go! Go! Go! Stop
Little Green loves to shout his new word "GO" until all the construction vehicles get mixed up.  So he works with Little Red to use "GO" and "STOP" to fix things.

T Is for Terrible
A T-Rex shares why he can not be blamed for being such a terrible dinosaur.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Japanese Women Don't Get Old or Fat by Naomi Moriyama

Part memoir, part health study, part recipe book, this is definitely a good way to introduce yourself to Japanese style food and cooking. The book was published in 2003, so don't quite trust the numbers she gives you about food, as they have probably changed; but overall, you can tell she did her research pretty thoroughly on the health benefits of Japanese food.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Etta Mae's Worst Bad-Luck Day by Ann B. Ross

Etta Mae's Worst Bad-Luck Day by Ann B. Ross --- 308 pages

Ann B. Ross, author of the best-selling Miss Julia series, here takes a slight detour off the main route of her series to give some credit where it's due to Etta Mae Wiggins, the manager of Miss Julia's trailer park property over in Denton, who has loyally followed when Miss Julia has called for back-up and assistance in her various adventures over the past fifteen books in the series.

Here we get the scoop on Etta Mae's story and her struggles to improve her lot in life. For although born to a hardscrabble existence, Etta Mae has worked hard to rise in the world. And in spite of too many people who continue to look down their noses at her and assume the worst, Etta Mae continues to follow the promptings of her kind heart and hope for the best.

It's a wild ride back to the early days of Etta Mae's acquaintance with Miss Julia and a tale of a surprisingly tender May-December romance. The humor is as juicy as southern fried chicken, so sit back and enjoy!

The next Miss Julia adventure, Miss Julia Lays Down the Law, is scheduled for release in April 2015.

Click HERE to find out more about Ann Ross and Miss Julia.






August Books Mschmitt

My Little Pony: The Fashion Show by Ann Capalija 24
My octopus Arms by Stella Blackstone 32
Octopus Opposites by Keith Baker 40
Revived by Cat Patrick 352
The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland 32
The Krazees by Sam Swope 32
The Puppy Place: Goldie by Ellen Miles 84
Fluffy Goes to School by Kate McMullan 40
Good Night Chickie by Emilie Jadoul 26
Max and Ruby Happy Halloween 24
Stella, Star of the Sea by Marie Louise Gay 32
Trout Trout Trout A Fish Chant by April Sayre 32
The Train Book by John Johnson 32
Picture a Tree by Barbra Ried 32
Pumpkin Countdown by Joan Holub 32
Whoa Baby Whoa by Grace Nichols 32
My Dog Never Says Please by Suzanne Williams 32
The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom 336
Countdown to Fall by Fran Hawk 32
Super Hero School by Aaron Reynolds 32
Mighty Dads by Joan Holub 40
Do Super Heroes Have Teddy Bears? By Carmela Coyle 32
Planes Fire and Rescue by Bill Scollon 32
The Book Thief by Mark Zuskas 576
The Harbinger 252
Hello Kitty Star Ballerina 32
What animals Really Like by Fiona Robinson 24
Pooh’s Leaf Pile 37
My Birthday Jesus Birthday by Holly Davis 32
Emma’s Pet by David McPhail 24
In a People House by Theo Lesig 28
Ruby the Copycat by Peggy Rathmann 32
Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper 32
Tractor Trouble by Frank Berrios 26
Charlie the Ranch Dog goes to the Doctor by Rea Drummond 32
Sprout Helps Out by Rosie Winstead 32
Ice Age Two the Meltdown by Ellie O’ Ryan 32
Spider Sandwiches by Claire Freedman 32
Freight Train by Donald Crews 24
Olivia and The Kite Party  by Alex Harvey 24
Off to Kindergarten by Tony Johnston 32
Monument 14 Savage Drift by Emmy Laybourne 320
Ten Clean Pigs by Carol Roth 32
Sleepover with Beatrice and Bear 32
Twenty Big Trucks in the Middle by Mark Lee 32
Night Night Prayer by Amy Parker 20
Just One More by Jennifer Hansen Rolli
I love you too by Ziggy MArley 48
Ninja REd Riding Hood by Cory Schwartz 40
Summer by Alice Low 48
Just One More by Jennifer Hansen Rolli 40
Find Spot by Stacey Previn 40
Down by the Barn by Will Hillenbrand 40
It’s Okay to Make Mistkes by Todd Parr 32
Circus Girl by Clare Pernice 40
Peter Panda Melts Down by Artie Bennet 40
My Red Balloon by Kazuaki Yamada 64
Baking Day At Grandmas by Anika Denise 32
I See Fall by Charles Ghinga 24
Ollie’s Halloween by Oliver Dunrea 32
The Frog Who Lost his Underpants by Juliette Maciver 32
Enders by Lissa Price 288
When I fell worried by Claude Spelman 24
Pick a Circle Gather Squares by Felicia Chernesky 32
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Other Favorite Nursery Rhymes  by Sandra Rescek 22
The Hug Machine by Scott Campbell 40
The Night Parade by Lily Roscoe 32
Tuck-in Time by Carole Gerber 40
Fireboat by Maria Kalman 48
Blueberries for Sal by Robert Mccloskey 55
Jungle Halloween Maryann Coca Leffler 32


Hug MachineThe Hug Machine by Scott Campbell 40
 A little boy claims to be a hugging machine! He will hug anyone or anything! Readers will laugh when they see his hugging plans for the porcupine and whale! At the end of the day the hugging machine is all worn out but still has one hug left for his momma!

The Night Parade by Lily Roscoe 32
Where do children go at night? They are off to the night parade with costumes, candy and music but they always return to their rooms for sleep before the sun comes up. This is my new favorite for bed time books and….there are a lot out there!

Tuck-in TimeTuck-in Time by Carole Gerber 40
This is a cute rhyming tale about bedtime my only problem with it is that it gets kids more wound up then wound down. The text asks them to beep their nose, clap their hands and the closing pages are tickles and kisses…Not conducive to sleep.

Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey (Picture Puffin Books)Fireboat by Maria Kalman 48
This story is about the historical Harvey fireboat of New York City, Readers learn about the role he played in the port history of New York and the how the ancient boat was restored and played a significant role in the nations history on September 11th.

Blueberries for Sal (Viking Kestrel picture books)Blueberries for Sal by Robert Mccloskey 55
Little ones and their mommas head over to blueberry hill for some blueberry picking but with so many wondering little ones and their momma everyone gets mixed up while looking for berries! Momma ends up with a bear and momma bear ends up with a child!

Jungle Halloween Maryann Coca Leffler 32
 The jungle animals are ready for Halloween, with costumes , candy and tummy ache on the way home.

When I Feel Worried (The Way I Feel)When I fell worried by Claude Spelman24
This book was just what my little one needed, he tends to get a bit nervous at times and the simple text and pictures addressed how we feel when we were scared of something unknown or new  situations.

Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of ShapesPick a Circle Gather Squares by Felicia Chernesky 32
 A pumpkin is a circle a hay bale is a cube! This book is full of fall shapes and will help children recognize the shapes of the season that is soon to come.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Other Favorite Nursery Rhymes by Sandra Rescek 22
This is board book addition of short rhymes with a nighttime prayer on the very last page. Perfect for a quick bedtime read.

Product DetailsEnders by Lissa Price 288
So much going on in this sequel! Callie joins forces with Hiden, who turns out to be somone that will readers shocked. Not too many spoilers…but Callie is still determined to take down the old man and his quest for the “metals” she is still pursuing the hope that her father is still alive. All ends well and there is definite resolution and there is even promise for another book to be forthcoming with series.


 Product DetailsThe Frog Who Lost his Underpants by Juliette Maciver 32
This book was a huge disappointment from the story to the ullustrations, I had high hope for this book because all kids love a books with underpants…they think the word is so funny! The colors in this pictures are muted and the story gets long winded! Frog is searching through the jungle trying to find his underwear only to find a bunch of other small frogs that had them and stole his idea too.

Down by the BarnDown by the Barn by Will Hillenbrand 40
A tractor with a wagon picks up the animals one by one as they all head down to the bus stop to meet all the kids for an afternoon of playing at the treehouse.

It's Okay to Make MistakesIt’s Okay to Make Mistkes by Todd Parr 32
I love this book! It reminds not only kids but adults too that it is okay to make mistakes. The text is simple and the little lessons tucked within remind readers of the all the good things  that can come from mistakes also.

Circus GirlCircus Girl by Clare Pernice 40
A little girl is tucked into bed with her stuffed animals and the ensuing pages are filled with large print and circus girl on stage with all of her amazing stunts.  Closing pages remind readers that it must all be a dream as they see a little girl tucked into bed sleeping.

Peter Panda Melts DownPeter Panda Melts Down by Artie Bennet 40
This title is perfect for every household…little ones will see a little of themselves in each spread as Peter Panda gets set for a meltdown. At the grocery store, at the park, at bedtime, kids will get a glimpse of how they look and act when not getting their way.

My Red BalloonMy Red Balloon by Kazuaki Yamada 64
A little girl loves her red balloon but when she lets go accidentally she hops on the bus trying to catch it. With each new animal that gets on the bus the little girl hopes they can help…chasing and chasing all day long until the balloon is no longer in sight. The little girl now sees a giant red balloon as the day comes to a close with the sun setting in the distance.

Baking Day at Grandma'sBaking Day At Grandmas by Anika Denise 32
Little bears are off through the forest for a day of baking at grandmas! Kids will like the repetivite chorus and will be ready to bake when they see the cake recipe on the very last page.

 I See FallI See Fall by Charles Ghinga 24
A simple rhyming tale of all the things that come with fall! Falling leaves and color changinh leaves.

Ollie's Halloween Board Book (Gossie & Friends)Ollie’s Halloween by Oliver Dunrea 32
The little goslings are all dressed up for Halloween night and when they all head out for tricks or treats, only one comes home empty handed…..Ollie! But what do good little goslings do? Share of course!

Product DetailsI love you too by Ziggy Marley 48
A parent sings a song to their child reminding them of just how much they are loved and that they are never too far way. The Chorus pages of I love you I love you I love you too get a bit long at times but any parent can improvise while reading.

Product DetailsNinja REd Riding Hood by Cory Schwartz 40
Another retelling of little red riding hood with a ninja twist. The old wolf has been schooled in ninja ways at a dojo but he is surprised to find out that red and grandma have been practicing their ninja ways too! When the old wolf swears off red meat, gran and red reward him with a peach pie.

Product DetailsSummer by Alice Low 48
Summer brings rides on trees high in the breeze! I loved this rhyming book about all things summer! its quick fun and just right for this time of year!

Product DetailsJust One More by Jennifer Hansen Rolli 40
Readers are introduced to a little girl who makes the request of wanting just one more! One more minute of sleep, one more ride, but when she wants one more scoop on her already towering ice cream cone she learns a hard lesson about ending up with nothing and in that instance she realizes just one is enough...but when it comes to good night kisses, just one more could not hurt!

Product DetailsFind Spot by Stacey Previn 40
In this simple picture book readers are shown spots everywhere, spots on sweet cookies, spots on stinky cheese......little seed spots that sprout giant trees! Readers will look around them to see all the different spots they can spot in their everyday world.



OLIVIA and the Kite Party (Olivia TV Tie-in)Olivia and The Kite Party  by Alex Harvey 24
Olivia decides to make a kite and when she is done of course she wants to fly it!!! But what is a pig to do without any wind? Make some of course! In the end Olivia and her friends are flying all of their kits high in the sky.

Off To KindergartenOff to Kindergarten by Tony Johnston 32
A little boy is getting ready for his first day of school and the pages take the reader through all the different things the little boy will need for his first day.  The rhyming sequence is forced as times it is still a cute story showing little ones that their teacher will have everything that they will need on the first day of school.

Monument 14: Savage Drift (Monument 14 Series)Monument 14 Savage Drift by Emmy Laybourne 320
I think this was the final book in the series…glad to see it end but now I am wondering if it shw will continue it in some form. The story is told through alternating viewpoints of Josie and Dean. Dean is struggling with a pregnant Astrid trying to get her to safety when the government will not taker away her and the baby. Josie is confinced to a camp in Mizzou where they type O population is being held. Niko sets out to find and set free Josie.  Without any real spoilers to those reading the series…lets just say everyone ends up at Niko’s Uncle’s farm along with a few other welcome surprises!

Ten Dirty Pigs, Ten Clean PigsTen Clean Pigs by Carol Roth 32
This book is a counting tale that can be read upside down with clean pigs or upside down with dirty pigs! Kids will love reading this one over and over everytime they get to the middle and are told to read it again by flipping it over!.

Product DetailsSleepover with Beatrice and Bear 32
When Beatrice cannot find her friend bear because he is hibernating she decides she will hiberbate with him too…but when she cannot sleep she hatches another plan to share winter with him, by making him a present. Bears awakens to spring with his friend Beatrice rabbit at his side and a winter scrapbook full of fun memories.

Twenty Big Trucks in the Middle of the StreetTwenty Big Trucks in the Middle by Mark Lee 32
Page by Page the street is filled with trucks….all different trucks are stuck in the street, until a little boy shouts that a crane truck can fix this problem. The crane truck remives the stuck truck so all can be on the go…The struck ice cream turck is stuck right in the park by the kids…the perfect place to get stuck.




A Night Night PrayerNight Night Prayer by Amy Parker 20
Readers will say ngiht night to all the different things in the world while be reminded of all the good that god has done and created for their little worlds.




Product DetailsThe Book Thief by Mark Zuskas 576
Loved this book proably because I loved Anne Frank’s story so much as I was growing up. I love reading about world war II and I loved Liesels passion for books and words, and the correlation that she makes about how words can do so much so much good and so much harm. The characters were brought to life with the authors detailed writing and emotion…just a great read and glad I read it.

Product DetailsThe Harbinger 252
Nouriel is a writer who has been confronted by an ancient prophecy that dictates America’s future. The prophetic correlations at times seem to be a bit of a stretch but they do certainly make you think. And when presented with past real life dates you cant help but wonder if there is truth  hiding in this fiction.

Product DetailsHello Kitty Star Ballerina 32
Hello Kitty helps to reassure her firend Kathy that the dance recital will go great! With extra practice and the help of friends the show goes on!

Product DetailsWhat animals Really Like by Fiona Robinson 24
This book was just weird, the first pages were promising but the book seemed to stop and restart each time when the animals did not do what was expected. I think it was meant to humourous but the title just falls flat.

Product DetailsPooh’s Leaf Pile 37
Fall is coming and leaves are coming down and the only thing to do with a lot of leaves is make jumping piles and crafts! Kids will be excited to make their own creations and the last illustrations show all the fun things that can be done with leaves.

Product DetailsMy Birthday Jesus Birthday by Holly Davis 32
A young child tells readers all about his birthday and relates his own birth to that of Jesus. He talks about the visitors that came to see him at the hospital and the visotrs that trekked trhough the desert following the star to the newborn baby jesus. Cute book to explain the bigger meaning of Christmas to little ones.

Product DetailsEmma’s Pet by David McPhail 24
Emma wants a pet but no matter what she does or finds she just cannot seem to find the right pet, until the very end where she runs to her pap finding him just cuddly enough and asking if he will be here pet, and father responds , “ As long as you are mine.”

Product DetailsIn a People House by Theo Lesig 28
Mr. Bird learns all about the  things in a people house chairs and stairs and everything in between.

Product DetailsRuby the Copycat by Peggy Rathmann 32
Ruby is the class copycat and when the teacher thinks she has the issue fixed then Ruby starts to copycat her teacher, but the teacher finds a sly way to change Ruby’s ways after she gets the whole class to copy her.

Product DetailsPumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper 32
When Ducks friends throw a fit and wont let him stir the soup Duck gets mad and leaves. After searching high and low and wishing for Duck to come back, the friends are delighted when Duck finally does come back and sure enough his friends let him stir the soup and make whatever mess he likes.

Product DetailsTractor Trouble by Frank Berrios 26
Mater gets into trouble after he falls asleep while fixing the fence, but he is quick to correct his wrong by rounding up all of the little tractors just in time for Lightning McQueen’s big race.

Product DetailsCharlie the Ranch Dog goes to the Doctor by Rea Drummond 32
When Charlie gets a cold he has to go see the Vet but when he meets another K-9 friend Hickory he worries less about himself and tries to reassure Hickory that the Dr. will make him feel better and that there is nothing to worry about.

Product DetailsSprout Helps Out by Rosie Winstead 32
Sprout loves to help and Sprout’s family tries to let her help….Kids will love seeing all the pictures of Sprout giving her type of help..when she combs her hair…readers will see that she is actually cutting her hair and when she is out playing she actually making the world’s largest mud puddle.

Product DetailsIce Age Two the Meltdown by Ellie O’ Ryan 32
With the glaciers melting, mammoth and friends are on the move! They soon run into another Mammoth who thinks she is a possum! When the animals finally meet up with a whole heard of Mammoths they are faced with making a decision. The group is firmly set together and head off into the great unknown to have their own kind of family.

Product DetailsSpider Sandwiches by Claire Freedman 32
I was so excited for this book! With a brightly colored cover and glitter spiderweb..I had high expectations, but all I found were forced rhymes and a mediocore storyline.

Product DetailsFreight Train by Donald Crews 24
 A classic Caldecott winner, the part I love about this book is not that it is simple and straight forward, but that the illustrations are so simple yet complex…The pages where the train is in the darkness and buzzing through the city are my favorites, as the colors merge into one creating the illusion of movement.

Product DetailsCountdown to Fall by Fran Hawk 32
A rhyming counting book about all the things that we see in nature as the season get ready for the comig brisk winter.

Product DetailsSuper Hero School by Aaron Reynolds 32
A little boy cannot wait for superhero school to start until he gets there and relizes he has to take math class too. But the math pays off when all the teachers are kidnaapped by villians and the only way the students can save them is with their newly learned math skills.

Product DetailsMighty Dads by Joan Holub 40
Construction dads like digger, dozer and crane show their little ones the way of a heavy duty life by way of digging, scooping, pushing, and pulling.

Product DetailsDo Super Heroes Have Teddy Bears? By Carmela Coyle 32
Anohter title tin this series ask about all the different things that superhero’s do and is accompianed with pictures of all the everyday things that come with it.

Product DetailsPlanes Fire and Rescue by Bill Scollon 32
Dusty Crop hopper takes on the new job of firefighter after he casues a fire at prop wash junction.  While being sent away to train for his certification Dusty learns that Heroes aare more than just reacing champions! Loved this book and the message to little ones.

The Train Book by John Johnson 32
Trains take people all over the place, but they also take things like coal and oil. Readers are introduced to trains, cars, and all different types of passengers.

Product DetailsPicture a Tree by Barbra Ried 32
Trees fill each pages each one depicting a different “painting” as branches in the sky, some are colorful, some are sparse, and some are homes for little creatures.

Product DetailsPumpkin Countdown by Joan Holub 32
I wanted to like this book but it made little sense and all of the rhymes seemed forced and contrived. A class is on a field trip to the pumpkin patch and numbers and counting is the idea that is reinforced on each page…. Yes it has pumpkins on the cover, no it is not good.



Product DetailsWhoa Baby Whoa by Grace Nichols 32
Every where baby goes he hears the words Whoa baby whoa…Climbing on shelves, heading to the kitchen trying to take Grandpas glasses, but every one starts to yell go baby go when baby is no longer crawling but up on two feet walking!

Product DetailsMy Dog Never Says Please by Suzanne Williams 32
A little girl has come to the conclusion that she wants to be a dog when she grows to believe that her family treats their dog better. She does want to have manners and be told what to do….she wants to be cuddled and allowed to run barefoot, and free like her dog.

Product DetailsThe First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom 336
When a town begins to get phone calls from heaven the town is in disbelief and one person in particular. Sully a former air captain lost his wife when he tragically had to eject from his plane, and with anger boiling inside him he is convinced the heaven phone calls are fake and he is determined to prove it. What he will come to unveil and believe will take him on a spiritual journey that he is been searching for so very long.  I will close with my favorite line in the entire book…You don’t need proof when you already believe.

Product DetailsThe Puppy Place: Goldie by Ellen Miles 84
When Lizzie and Charles Dad brings home a puppy from a fire, the kids are determined to show mom that they can handle the responsibility, but when it is clear that mom will not let them keep the dog, they come up with an alternative plan that involves the neighbor.  Although the puppy does not stay with them, then ending leaves all involved satisfied.

Product DetailsFluffy Goes to School by Kate McMullan 40
Fluffy is not thrilled when he awakens in a cage at school classroom,  he is confused and less then thrilled when he gets dressed in baby clothes…Fluffy daydreams of wild adventures for himself and it will leave readers giggling as they think of him as a spy or astronaut.

Product DetailsGood Night Chickie by Emilie Jadoul 26
Chickies keeps reassuring her stuffed bunny that mommy is close by  as she constanly calls and makes small requests before bedtime. Little ones will be comforted seeing others needing the same reassurance at bedtime.

Product DetailsMax and Ruby Happy Halloween 24
Max is bound and determined to scare Louise and after many failed attempts, he wonders to the basement to see what Ruby could be up to, when all of the sudden out pops Ruby with a “Boo” and leaves Max with a “Scared!”

Product DetailsStella, Star of the Sea by Marie Louise Gay 32
Stella tries to lure her brother into playing in the ocean by telling her all about the different things she knows about the sea…and when it seems as though she is fiannly willing to give up, readers will  be delighted to see Sam finally dive in.

Product DetailsTrout Trout Trout A Fish Chant by April Sayre 32
Rhymes and more rhymes about real fish! Kids will learn all the different names of fishes and will be left wondering if all the names are real! Closing pages give a list of all the fish names and a brief description.

Product DetailsMy Little Pony: The Fashion Show by Ann Capalija
There is going to be a fashion show and Ponyville and all the ponies are excited to wear new fashions except for Minty…Minty is thrilled to be wearing a new yellow rain jacket but is worried she is too clumsy to make it down the runway, but her designer friend saves the day with special matching shoes that will help her from falling.

Product DetailsMy octopus Arms by Keith Baker
Octopus arms can knit, cook, put on a hat, and octopus arms can even swing a bat! Readers are shown how all the different things arms can do and are reminded the one of the  most important is to reach for another and give them a hug.

Product DetailsOctopus Opposites by Stella Blackstone
Animal comparisons are used in this title to teach about opposites in the world around them. Sea Urchins go in and out and  polar bears can be hot and cold but everyone knows they like it best cold! Closing pages are filled with non fiction facts and a recap on the opposites learned in the story.

Product DetailsRevived by Cat Patrick 352
Dasiy McDaniel is part of a government program that has been part of her life since she was 4. After a tragic school bus accident Dasiy and some other kids are revived aby drug that brings people back from the dead…And when Daisy is again relocated after dying yet again, she takes the opportunity to make new friends…and with new friends her life takes on a new direction.  New friends Audrey and Matt make her question her entire life, and the lie that it is. While I like this book I kept holding out for an ending that I was never going to get…I guess all books cannot have happy endings

Product DetailsThe Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland 32
The animals want to play in the cave but bear is too busy sleeping after disturbing him once they are all convinced they know what it is that bear needs to make him happy and want to play….but only one animal is quite selfless enough to see what bear really needs. Sheep may be considered boring but it is her offering that wins bear over in the end.

Product DetailsThe Krazees by Sam Swope 32
This wacky, rhyming, tale with monsters on each page made little sense….Little creatures take over a house and the text ask readers about wacky non existent feelings to see if they too know the Krayzees? Not worth the time to re-read and try to make sense of it L