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Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Snatchabook

The Snatchabook is written by Helen Docherty
Illustrated by Thomas Docherty 
Published October 1, 2013 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. 
30 pages
Rating 4 out of 5 stars

This book is so cute. It is about an animal who steals other animal's books. Eliza [the rabbit] is trying to find the book stealer. When she found the stealer she taught him how to stop stealing.  The stealer returned all the books that he stole to the owners and apologized.  They all became friends after that.  

I think kids would like it because it is fun and kids will like to find out who is stealing the books. The illustrations were lovely and detailed.  The Snatchabook can help teach young children about the difference between stealing and borrowing.

This book was written by a husband and wife team.  I would recommend this it to ages 5 and up. Parents and teachers, it would make a nice read aloud. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

One for the Murphys

By Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Published May 10, 2012 by Nancy Paulsen Books
224 pages
Rate 5 out of 5 stars
I obtained this book from the library.

Carly Connors has had a hard life. She was in an unsafe environment with her mother and step-dad and then she was placed in a foster home with the Murphy family.  

At first, Carley was quiet and angry at everything.  She slowly gets to know the three brothers, Daniel, Adam and Michael Eric. Adam, Michael Eric and Carley became close fairly quickly.  Daniel, the oldest, was upset that Carley had come to live with them. Eventually they become friends. 
She went school and made a friend named Toni. Toni at first is kind of mean to Carley, but into the book she becomes a good friend  and the two girls understand each other. 

Although Carley acts out a lot, Mrs. Murphy is always nice to her.  Carley doesn't like her at first because Carley's own mother was not very kind. Soon Carley recognizes Mrs. Murphy's kindness as love.

This book has many ups and downs. You will fall in love with Mrs. Murphy and Carley.  Some parts are sad and some are a miracle. It is my all-time favorite book.  I recommend this book to anyone who likes books about family, friendships and love. I think it is good for ages 10 and up. Thank you to Lynda Mullaly Hunt for writing this book. So go out and get it, will be worth it.