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Storytime Quote XXXI

Sunday 31 January 2010 at 8:00 pm
So if a country worm came to visit a city worm in the city, what would they do together? In "The City Worm and the Country Worm" by Linda Hayward, illustrated by Carol Nicklaus we get a little peek into this worm life.

The next day Slimey gave Squirmy a tour of the city.

He took her to the Earthworm Museum. There they saw twenty different kinds of dirt in the Soil Sample Room.

Storytime Quote XXX

Saturday 30 January 2010 at 8:00 pm
Do you ever think The Count from Sesame Street might be just a little OCD. If you doubt, read "The Count Counts A Party" by Judy Freudberg and Tony Gates, illustrated by Tom Cooke. There is plenty of counting in this book. I'll spare you from too much counting and give you a quote from the point of the story where the Count is preparing his castle for his party.

"One sweep, two sweeps, three sweeps, four sweeps!" said the Count. "Ah-ah-ah!"

Then he took down all the dirty old codwebs and hung up clean new cobwebs.

He even told his bats to take a bat-bath in their bat-tub.

"Lyuba," he said to his number-one bat, "don't forget to wash behind your wings. You, too, darlings."

"Don't worry," said the bats, "we'll get squeaky clean. Squeak, squeak, squeak!"

Storytime Quote XXIX

Friday 29 January 2010 at 8:00 pm
"Odd Velvet" by Mary E. Whitcomb, illustrated by Tara Calahan King, is a creative look at fitting in vs. being yourself.

Velvet was not like the other kids, and she's OK with that.

"At lunchtime, Velvet not only carried a used brown paper bag, but inside of it were things like carrots and a butter sandwich. And she ate them."

Storytime Quote XXVIII

Thursday 28 January 2010 at 8:00 pm
The title of Edward R. Lipinski's book "Pucasso, the Cat Who wanted to be an Artist" pretty much explains what the book is about. With that, here is a classic quote:

"Well," said Mr. Filbert, "I have looked at your paintings very carefully. I have judged each one."

"Oh yes," I said, "and what have you decided?"

"I have decided that your paintings are very bad." And then he walked out the door.

Can Pucasso recover from this rejection? Is Mr. Filbert always this grumpy? To find out, you'll have to read the book.

Storytime Quote XXVII

Wednesday 27 January 2010 at 8:00 pm
"Zak's Lunch" by Margie Palatini, Illustrated by Howard Fine tells the story of a boy who isn't too fond of the ham and cheese sandwich his mother has provided him for lunch. He wishes that instead of being told what to eat, he could order what ever he wants, and in a dream land state, all his lunch dreams come true at diner titled Zak's Place.

When Zak asks for...

a triple-decker, super-duper burger deluxe. With lots of grease, and runny ketchup, fried onions, gooey yellow cheese that squirts at you when you take a bite, and at least a pound of pickles. The kind that make your mouth pucker.

His order is translated like this:

"Hey Cookie," she called out. "One moo meat all the way. And don't be cheap with the grease!"

And when Zak asks for chicken, all drumsicks, his order is translated to:

"Fry the bird. All pins," Lou called out to cookie.

Storytime Quote XXVI

Tuesday 26 January 2010 at 8:00 pm
"Carrot Delight" by Brian Mangas, illustrated by Sidney Levitt, chronicles an outing to the hardware store by Father Rabbit and his daughter, Honey Bunny.

Father Rabbit and Honey Bunny drove to town. They counted trucks on the way. Then they counted station wagons.

"Let's count police cars," Honey suggested. "There's one now."

Father Rabbit looked in the rearview mirror and slowed down.

Storytime Quote XXV

Monday 25 January 2010 at 8:00 pm
In the older Thomas the train books Sir Topham Hat is not called Sir Topham Hat, rather he is referred to as the Fat Controller. Why do I like this name better? Why do I feel like a bad parent using it when reading to my kids?

For instance, here is a quote from "James and Toby" a board book based on THE RAILWAY SERIES by The Rev. W. Awdry.

Gordon the Big Engine had been working hard. The Fat Controller decided to give him a rest. "James will do your work," he said.

Storytime Quote XXIV

Sunday 24 January 2010 at 8:00 pm
What if a duck started to ride a bike around the farm yard?
How would the other animals react?

If you wanna know the answers to these questions and more, you'll want to read David Shannon's very funny book "Duck on a Bike".

Then Duck rode past Goat.
"Hello Goat!" said Duck.
"M-a-a-a," said Goat. But what he thought was, "I'd like to eat that bike!"

Storytime Quote XXIII

Saturday 23 January 2010 at 8:00 pm
Did you know that men who live alone without a wife or kids have to cook and clean for themselves? If you didn't know this, there is a book about it, "The Man Who Cooked For Himself" by Phyllis Krasilovsky, pictures by Mamoru Funai. At one point in the story, the man runs out of food, but finds food not far from his house, like fish, apples, blackberries and watercress. He also finds some acorns.

In front of him was a giant oak tree full of acorns.
"Why, I can make pancakes out of them!" the man said.
He shook the branches and pounds and pounds of acorns came tumbling down.

I've never made pancakes from acorns. If you know a good acorn pancake recipe let me know... I'd like to try them.

Storytime Quote XXII

Friday 22 January 2010 at 8:00 pm
"Bad Day At Riverbend" by Chris Van Allsburg is fun book full of imagination. To really appreciate this book, you need the pictures. You really just need to read it, so go get from the library or something. I'll leave you with this teaser:

The sheriff followed Owen outside. The coach had never stopped in Riverbend before, but now it stood motionless at the end of the street. A crowd gathered around it, but they held back, as if they were afraid to get too close.

It was easy to see why. The horses were covered with great stripes of some kind of shiny, greasy slime.

"What is it, sheriff?" someone asked as Ned Hardy stepped up to the coach. He didn't know. It was the strangest thing he'd ever seen, the strangest thing anyone had ever seen.