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Questions: Lori Woznicki at woz4 @ mac.com
Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry
Gooney Bird Greene is new to Watertower Elementary School. She tells fantastic stories, which are “always absolutely true.” Her clothes are always unusual, ranging from pajamas with cowboy boots to a pink tutu over green stretch pants. In seven chapters, she captivates her classmates with her wild tales about “How Gooney Bird Came from China on a Flying Carpet” and “The Prince, the Palace, and the Diamond Earrings.” She assumes the role of the teacher as she fields the class’s questions about storytelling. The students learn that stories have main characters and secondary characters, and that using the word “suddenly” gets people’s attention. In the last chapter, she takes off her props, an orange fur jacket and a cowhide purse, which she used to tell how her cat fell in love with a cow, and assures her peers that everyone has all sorts of stories to tell.
This Book is Not Good For You by Psedonymous Bosch
Between the pages of this book lies the secret to the best-tasting chocolate in all the world. I promise, your taste buds will tingle. Your palette will sing! Oh no, have I accidentally tempted you to read this book? I will warn you, however, the most delicious things are never good for you…and this story is particularly scrumptious!
In this tooth-rotting adventure, Cass’s mom has been kidnapped by the evil dessert chef and chocolatier, Señor Hugo! The ransom…the legendary tuning fork. Can Cass and Max-Ernest find the magical instrument before it’s too late? Will they discover the evil secret ingredient to Señor Hugo’s chocolate success?
If you’re tempted, take a taste, but just remember…this book is not good for you
Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
Officer Buckle, a mustachioed policeman who wears a crossed-out-banana-peel patch on his sleeve, has a passion for teaching students about safety, but his audiences tend to doze off during his lectures. They awaken, however, when police dog Gloria joins Buckle onstage. As Buckle speaks, Gloria-behind Buckle’s back-mimes each safety lesson (e.g., leaping sky-high for “Never leave a thumbtack where you might sit on it!” and making her fur stand on end to illustrate “Do not go swimming during electrical storms!”). School safety increases tenfold and Buckle and Gloria find themselves in great demand. But when he finally learns of his sidekick’s secret sideshow, Buckle’s feelings are terribly hurt. The pictures, outlined in black ink for punchy contrast, capture her characters’ every feeling, from Gloria’s hammy glee and Buckle’s surprised satisfaction to Gloria’s shame at having tricked her partner. In a sound and sensitive conclusion, Gloria’s disastrous attempt to go solo inspires Buckle’s “best safety tip yet”: “Always stick with your buddy!” As a bonus, equally sage sayings decorate the volume’s endpapers.
Horrible Harry and the Green Slime by Suzy Kline and Frank Remkiewicz
Room 2B is every child’s dream. In these five short, easy-to-read stories of classroom life, Harry, Doug, and their friends enjoy Christmas, performing anti-smoking skits, and reading together. (Teachers should love the idea of celebrating Charlotte’s Web with an invasion of paper spiderwebs!) The teacher, the principal, and the librarian are caring, understanding, and adaptable. It’s refreshing to find adult authority figures portrayed so warmly. The principal doesn’t balk at volunteering as a model in the class speech lesson–even when Doug’s demonstration turns out to be how to spike one’s hair. Harry’s demonstration is “green slime,” a kind of Silly Putty concoction made with cornstarch, water and food coloring. The recipe actually works, which will delight experiment-minded readers.
The Year the Swallows Came Early
Eleanor “Groovy” Robinson loves cooking and plans to go to culinary school just as soon as she’s old enough. But even Groovy’s thoughtfully-planned menus won’t fix the things that start to go wrong the year she turns eleven – suddenly, her father is in jail, her best friend’s long-absent mother reappears, and the swallows that make their annual migration to her hometown arrive surprisingly early. As Groovy begins to expect the unexpected, she learns about the importance of forgiveness, understands the complex stories of the people around her, and realizes that even an earthquake can’t get in the way of a family that needs to come together.