A sweet story about the circle of love and life at an animal sanctuary.

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TRICYCLE AND FRIENDS

TRUE-LIFE ADVENTURES OF A THREE-LEGGED GOLDEN RETRIEVER AND HIS RESCUED FARM ANIMAL FRIENDS

In this illustrated children’s book based on a true story, a three-legged golden retriever settles into a new home.

As the story opens, Tricycle, a dog who lost a leg after a car accident, begins living at an animal-sanctuary farm. He explains that being adopted “means that I am very special. I needed a new home and people that love me very much brought me home to live with them.” Tricycle gets a friendly greeting from Buckaroo, a miniature donkey, and meets other residents; the farm also shelters horses, llamas, alpacas, chickens, other dogs, and honeybees, each adopted for different reasons. Some were injured, like Tricycle; Buckaroo was bullied by other donkeys; and others had parents who couldn’t care for them “even though they love them very much.” (The term “parents” in this book includes both humans and animals.) On the farm, animals get to play, help others (for example, llamas carry hikers’ backpacks), and enjoy visits with elderly people and children, particularly those with special needs or injuries. In real life, debut author Aradi and his wife, Diane, run the Horse Creek Stable Bed and Breakfast to offset the costs of their animal sanctuary near Blue Ridge, Georgia, and the animals depicted here in illustrations and photographs are adopted rescues. Although the subject of injured, abandoned, or sick animals could be upsetting, Aradi keeps the focus on recovery, as Tricycle reassuringly explains that although his leg hurt when the accident happened, it doesn’t anymore, and he gets around just fine on three legs. When a farm animal dies, animals remind each other that he was happy and loved on the farm and that he’s just crossing the “Rainbow Bridge.” At times, the love and sweetness become a little saccharine, but it’s also a relief that the book doesn’t dwell on mistreatment, pain, or sadness. The photos are especially effective at conveying the animals’ liveliness and their visitors’ delight, and readers will likely be grateful that the rescue farm exists.

A sweet story about the circle of love and life at an animal sanctuary.

Pub Date: Jan. 18, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4808-4206-9

Page Count: 28

Publisher: Archway Publishing

Review Posted Online: April 27, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2017

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Playful, engaging, and full of opportunities for empathy—a raucous storytime hit.

THERE'S A MONSTER IN YOUR BOOK

From the There’s a…in Your Book series

Readers try to dislodge a monster from the pages of this emotive and interactive read-aloud.

“OH NO!” the story starts. “There’s a monster in your book!” The blue, round-headed monster with pink horns and a pink-tipped tail can be seen cheerfully munching on the opening page. “Let’s try to get him out,” declares the narrator. Readers are encouraged to shake, tilt, and spin the book around, while the monster careens around an empty background looking scared and lost. Viewers are exhorted to tickle the monster’s feet, blow on the page, and make a really loud noise. Finally, shockingly, it works: “Now he’s in your room!” But clearly a monster in your book is safer than a monster in your room, so he’s coaxed back into the illustrations and lulled to sleep, curled up under one page and cuddling a bit of another like a child with their blankie. The monster’s entirely cute appearance and clear emotional reactions to his treatment add to the interactive aspect, and some young readers might even resist the instructions to avoid hurting their new pal. Children will be brought along on the monster’s journey, going from excited, noisy, and wiggly to calm and steady (one can hope).

Playful, engaging, and full of opportunities for empathy—a raucous storytime hit. (Picture book. 2-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 5, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-5247-6456-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: June 5, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2017

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The book is perfect for read-alouds, with occasional, often onomatopoeic Spanish words such as “quiquiriquí,” “tacatac” and...

WAITING FOR THE BIBLIOBURRO

Inspired by Colombian librarian Luis Soriano Bohórquez, Brown’s latest tells of a little girl whose wish comes true when a librarian and two book-laden burros visit her remote village.

Ana loves to read and spends all of her free time either reading alone or to her younger brother. She knows every word of the one book she owns. Although she uses her imagination to create fantastical bedtime tales for her brother, she really wants new books to read. Everything changes when a traveling librarian and his two donkeys, Alfa and Beto, arrive in the village. Besides loaning books to the children until his next visit, the unnamed man also reads them stories and teaches the younger children the alphabet. When Ana suggests that someone write a book about the traveling library, he encourages her to complete this task herself. After she reads her library books, Ana writes her own story for the librarian and gives it to him upon his reappearance—and he makes it part of his biblioburro collection. Parra’s colorful folk-style illustrations of acrylics on board bring Ana’s real and imaginary worlds to life. This is a child-centered complement to Jeanette Winter’s Biblioburro (2010), which focuses on Soriano.

The book is perfect for read-alouds, with occasional, often onomatopoeic Spanish words such as “quiquiriquí,” “tacatac” and “iii-aah” adding to the fun.   (author’s note, glossary of Spanish terms) (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: July 12, 2011

ISBN: 978-1-58246-353-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Tricycle

Review Posted Online: June 6, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2011

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