Craig Graziano

12/24/2015 - 2:56am
Druthers by Matt Phelan

Druthers whisks us to the rainiest of days, where a young girl is bored beyond belief. Her father asks her, "If you had your druthers, what would you do?" The girl has never heard of the term before. Her father explains that druthers are what you would rather do if you could do anything at all. 

In a matter of seconds, the girl and her father imagine all sorts of exciting adventures. The pair visit the zoo, ride ponies in the Old West, and sail a fearsome pirate ship to the island of dinosaurs!

12/23/2015 - 2:56am
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

When stand-up comedian Aziz Ansari was offered a book deal, he opted against writing the typical humorous memoir. Instead Ansari, best known as Tom Haverford on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, penned Modern Romance, an entertaining look at how relationships and dating have changed over the past few decades.

12/14/2015 - 2:50am
The Badger Knight by Kathryn Erskine

Twelve-year-old Adrian is too small and sickly to be a warrior. What's more, he is an albino. Due to his pale skin and white hair, some villagers think that he is a demon. The other kids call him Badger when he puts dirt under his eyes to fight the intense glare of the sun. If everything goes according to Adrian's new plan, though, people will soon be calling him The Badger Knight.

12/03/2015 - 2:44am
I Will Chomp You! by Jory John and Bob Shea

"I Will Chomp You!" growls a pointy-toothed beast. Either stop turning the pages of the book he lives inside of, or else there will be dire consequences. His teeth may be jagged and sharp, but he seems more chump than chomp.  

Accuracy is thankfully not one of our monster's strengths. Every CHOMP attempt ends up just missing us. Whew!

11/19/2015 - 2:35am
Goodnight Already! by Jory John & Benji Davies

In Goodnight Already, Bear prepares for a long sleep, but his coffee-guzzling neighbor Duck knocks on the door. It appears that this quacker is more of a night owl. Duck tries to convince the exhausted bear to take part in all sorts of activities.

As fun as making smoothies and starting a band might be, perhaps Duck should have called ahead. Our berobed bear is growing grumpier by the second as Duck lists all of the ingredients he will need to borrow in order to bake cookies.

11/12/2015 - 2:30am
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont

When mom discovers the living room dripping with every imaginable color, she quickly determines the culprit and hides the art supplies. Her son exclaims, "I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!" Easier said than done.

One cannot simply quit creativity. Our protagonist reclaims his tools of expression. This time though, he is going to be the canvas. Things are about to get messy!

11/06/2015 - 10:55am
Where Bear? by Sophy Henn

When a bear cub outgrows his best friend's house, the boy thinks that it is time to find a new home for his friend. He only has one question, "Where Bear?"

The pair start on a home hunt of all the usual places where bears hang out. This includes zoos, caves, the circus, and even toy stores. Wherever they go, bear declares, "No."

10/23/2015 - 9:45am
Jumpy Jack & Googily by Meg Rosoff and Sophie Blackall

Jumpy Jack & Googily are a real odd couple. One is a giant snail who happens to be dreadfully frightened of monsters. The other is, well, Jack's best friend! Despite Googily's sharp teeth, pointy ears, and appalling style of dress, these two are inseparable.

10/08/2015 - 12:09am
It's Only Stanley by Jon Agee

When a strange noise interrupts the Wimbledon family's sleep, father Walter goes to check. "It's only Stanley," he says. The family dog is howling at the moon. Everyone returns to the slumber, but the interruptions do not stop.

A clanking sound turns out to be Stanley hammering at the oil tank in the basement. A strange odor from the kitchen leads to the dog cooking catfish stew. Stanley appears to accomplish more in a single night than most people do in a whole week!

10/26/2015 - 2:44pm
Flora's Very Windy Day by Jeanne Birdsall

Flora's Very Windy Day is a terrific fall story. Big sister Flora gets all in a huff after younger brother Crispin spills her paints. Both children are sent outside on a most blustery autumn day.

Flora knows that her super-special, heavy-duty, red boots will keep her on the ground. After she taunts the powerful gusts though, little Crispin is whisked away! Flora courageously throws off her protective boots in order to save her brother.

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