INFO: Rathman, Peggy. Officer Buckle and Gloria. L. 1995.
DESC: Nobody pays attention to Officer Buckle’s safety speeches until his new police dog, Gloria, starts acting out his tips when he can’t see—until he finds out and thinks she’s stolen the spotlight. Kids like picking out the funny details in the drawings. Caldecott winner!
TAGS: fiction, Caldecott, school, safety, dog, police, funny, humorous details, L
INFO: Thorton Jones, Marcia and Dadey, Debbie. The Bailey City Monsters: Vampire Trouble. L. 1998.
DESC: The weird adult populace of Bailey City is rendered yet stranger with the arrival of Hauntly family of Hauntly Manor Inn, in particular Madame Hauntly, who cheers on the kids at soccer games but nevertheless sleeps in the dirt and bears fangs.
TAGS: Highland Park, Chapter book, Mystery, Monsters, Sports, Fantasy, l, level l, highland park-l, lima, fiction, chapter
INFO: Parkes, Brenda. Animal Messengers. I. 1999.
DESC: This book talks about all of the unique ways that animals talk to each other using special calls or movements of their body. It also highlights ways in which humans communicate non-verbally
TAGS: bees, cats, deer, gorillas, peacocks, non-fiction, animals, I, communication, Richard Avenue
INFO: Cowley, Joy. Terrible Armadillo, The. I. 1985
DESC: An armadillo invades a house and causes all kinds of problems for a family. The armadillo is rude and does all kinds of things it’s not supposed to.
TAGS: armadillo, shenanigans, pets, I, Richard Avenue
INFO: Giles, Jenny. Luke’s Go-Cart. L. 1999.
DESC: Luke’s dad builds him his very own go-cart. When Luke wants to show it off at the school carnival, he can’t get the go-cart to start.
TAGS: go-cart, perseverance, L, Richard Avenue
INFO: McTrustry, Chris. George and the Whopper. L. 2000
DESC: George refuses to eat his vegetables at supper. This forces his father to get the President involved. The town where George lives is buzzing with the news that the President is coming to visit.
TAGS: vegetables, chapter book, President, L, Richard Avenue
INFO: Cefrey, Holly. Fossils. L. 2002
DESC: This book describes how fossils are made. It also explains how scientists can lear different things by studying fossils.
TAGS: fossils, scientists, non-fiction, archaeologists, L, Richard Avenue
INFO: Dobbie, Jenny. Cobber Dog and Old Mary. L. 2007
DESC: Cobber Dog gets tired of staying at home with Old Mary all day. He decides it is time for him to find a job. Over the course of several days, he tries out several jobs but can’t quite find to seem one that fits.
TAGS: dogs, friendship, jobs, L, Richard Avenue
INFO: Thompson, Gary. A Dog’s Best Friend. L. 1998.
DESC: A somewhat disturbing choice for a level L, A Dog’s Best Friend chronicles the life of “Niles,” a very spoiled and downright mean Schnauzer, as a new dog (a much less fancy basset hound, at that) moves into his owner’s ritzy condominum. The vindictive elements of Niles’ personality are a bit much; but some kids might get a kick out of discussing Niles’ personality, and the nasty trick he plays on newcomer (the unfortunately-named Crumbley). Eventually, the book turns around: Niles and Crumbley start to become friends, and Niles accepts that Crumbley, even though he’s not as polished or fancy as Niles himself, might not be so dumb after all.
TAGS: acceptance, understanding, new friends, changes, being nice, kindness, dogs, dog stories, fiction, L
INFO: Kraus, Robert. Leo the Late Bloomer. L. 1971.
DESC: Leo follows the adventures of the family of Leo, a “late blooming” young tiger who just can’t seem to do anything right. He can’t draw, write, speak, eat neatly, or take care of himself – which really seems to bother his older brother (our narrator), and, especially, his father, who basically spies on him throughout the book, in search of evidence of Leo’s “blooming.” Eventually, at the end, Leo does “bloom.” This book, because of its vague and esoteric plotline, seemed to leave most kiddos very confused, even if they could handle the very simple language. The notion of “late bloomers,” I think, is just culturally outmoded these days. It also doesn’t help that the book is illustrated in fairly terrifying Henri Rousseau-style watercolors, throughout. Not recommended for use with our students, unless someone refuses to read about anything but tigers!
TAGS: tigers, really weird books, growing up, “blooming,” finland, finland-l, level l, lima