The More the Merrier by David Martin

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

Bear starts a dance party that lets all the animals show off their dance moves and even if you don’t move like your friends it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the same beat! Fun story with simple pictures and light rhyming, a great read aloud on a rainy day to get your little one to dance like a bear, wiggle like a snake, or stomp like a moose.

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E MARTIN)

Saucy by Cynthia Kadohata

Reviewed by Andrea Bisordi (Library Staff)

Becca would like to be very good at something, but she just can’t seem to find the thing for her. Then a piglet enters her life, and she is sure that saving this little piglet will be the thing for her! The problem is, the pig, whom she names Saucy, is just not cut out to be a house pet. How can she be good at something she might have to give up?

Fans of Mercy Watson who are looking for a longer tale would enjoy this one very much. Saucy gets into all kinds of mischief while still being beloved by the family. I also liked how Becca is trying to understand her place in her family, her school, and life in general. A delightful story.

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC KADOHATA)

Looking for a Moose by Phyllis Root

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

Moose are very hard to find, in fact our four explorers have never seen one! The only solution they can come up with is to go in search of the Elusive moose on their nature hike. Every other page spread or so has a moose; some are easy to spot via their antlers or tails, some are harder to find with only their hooves showing. Will you and our hikers be able to spot all the moose along the way? Find out in this delightful hide and seek without flaps picture book.

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E ROOT)

Bird Hugs by Ged Adamson

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

It’s hard to be a flightless bird when all your feathered friends can fly. Poor Bernard felt dejected about his wings until he learned his arms were made for hugs and making friends. Friends can make all the difference.

Sweet story about accepting yourself and that friends care about who you are not what you can’t do.

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E ADAMSON)

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin

Reviewed by Taylor (Library Patron)

Did you know that dragons love tacos? Well, they do! Just make sure that you don’t ever (and I mean, EVER) put anything spicy in their tacos! As long as you don’t put anything spicy in the tacos, you can invite the dragons over for a taco party. Sounds fun, right? Well, maybe not quite as fun as you expected…

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin is a funny picture book about what happens when you invite dragons over for a taco party. Nobody really knows why dragons love tacos so much, but the dragons are always ready to eat and party. The illustrations are colorful, featuring highly expressive dragons of different shapes and sizes. If you love dragons and tacos and are looking for a fun read, pick this one up! And if you like this one, there is also a sequel!

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E RUBIN)

Pokko and the Drum by Matthew Forsythe

Reviewed by Taylor H (Library Staff)

This picture book is hilarious. Pokko is a mischievous little frog who lives in a mushroom with her parents. Her parents often make poor gift-giving decisions (one time they gave her a llama), and this time, they give Pokko a drum. The shenanigans that ensue made me laugh out loud while reading.

The illustrations are also great. The book uses a soft but vibrant color palette. Sometimes you have to look closely, but Forsythe uses the frog family’s eyes to showcase their feelings. We see surprise, mischief, and more. If you are looking for a creative, funny picture book, pick this one up!

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E FORSYTHE)

Croc o’Clock by Huw Lewis Jones and Ben Sanders

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

What’s a zoo keeper in charge of the biggest crocodile in the world supposed to do when his charge is hungry? Feed him a mountain of goodies ever hour to help him in his goal of growing even bigger. This fun picture book can be sung to the tune and rhythm of “12 Days of Christmas my true love game to me”. Fun and silly from a mountain of Macaroni to 11 Lemon Lollies these zoo keepers have their work cut out for them.

Available through the Bridges Library System

Negative Cat by Sophie Blackall

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

Cats can be difficult roommates especially the first week they join your household. In Negative Cat we are introduced right away to a young boy who would desperately love to have a cat, the perfect cat, and after 427 days of consideration his family finally says yes, with conditions (Reading, cleaning, and care tasks). The first week is a bit rough as cat and boy try to find common ground. Maximilian Augustus Xavier, Max for short, is a hard cat to please but rest assured that the answer of what Max’s favorite thing is will warm any reader’s heart. I found it to be a fun Aunty read for after dinner before bedtime.

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E BLACKALL)

Breaking Creed by Alex Kava

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

Ryder Creed believes in three things, his dog, his intuition, and finishing the job you start regardless of where it leads. Breaking Creed is the first installment of the series that introduces us to Ryder and his dog Grace. Grace is a multi trained scent dog; her main focus is drugs and she has been getting some major headlines recently which leads a teenager who is running away from a drug cartel to recognize an opportunity to be rescued. What follows is an action packed thriller with many twists and turns, not all of them plausible, but if you stick with it to the end I believe you will find yourself at the start of a four book weekend featuring a retired marine, a K-9 scent dog, an FBI agent, and plots that will keep you guessing what could be on the next page.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC KAVA)

Pawcasso by Remy Lai

Reviewed by Andrea Bisordi (Library Staff)

Have you ever thought that a little lie would help you fix a problem, or make a friend? When eleven year-old Jo meets a basket carrying dog that she dubs Pawcasso, he seems to be the answer to helping her make some friends nearby. The trouble is, the stories she has to keep inventing get bigger and bigger, until they are way beyond her control. In the meantime, the neighborhood gets caught up in a big fight over changing the leash law, and both sides make judgements about the other. Can Jo bring peace to the neighborhood and still keep her new friends?

I like how the author uses thought bubbles help us see what Jo is thinking as she wrestles with when and how to tell the truth, and how it can be tricky to make friends, especially when we are worried about what they will think of us. Pawcasso is an endearing character, and the human characters are all wonderful, too. Kids who like stories about animals, friendships, and easy mysteries might enjoy this book. Bonus: there’s an ice cream recipe that’s suitable for dogs at the end!

Located in Children’s Graphics (J GRAPHIC LAI)