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HPL Book Reviews

HCPL Book Reviews



Toddlers (Ages 1-3)

Dancing Feet Book  

Dancing Feet!


by Lindsey Craig

Simple shapes and bright colors enhance this book that asks children to guess which animal is dancing by the sound of their feet and the clues in the artwork.

Hello Baby Book  

Hello Baby!


by Mem Fox

A baby encounters a variety of young animals, including a clever monkey, a hairy warthog, and a dusty lion cub, before discovering the most precious creature of all Ė itself.

Kisses For Daddy  

Kisses for Daddy


by Frances Watts

At bedtime, baby bear is grumbly and refuses to give Daddy a big bear kiss until his father demonstrates many other types of animal kisses.


Picture Books (Pre K-K)

I Can Be Anything! Book  

I Can Be Anything!


by Jerry Spinelli

A little boy ponders the many possible jobs in his future, from paper-plane folder and puppy dog holder to mixing-bowl licker and tin-can kicker.

Granny Gomez and Jigsaw Book  

Granny Gomez and Jigsaw


by Deborah Underwood

Granny Gomez isnít lonely after her new pet pig moves in, but soon he becomes too big for the house and Granny has to build him his own barn.

Small Florence Piggy Pop Star!  

Small Florence Piggy Pop Star!


by Claire Alexander

Florence, a young pig, is too shy to sing in front of her sisters but gathers her courage at a singing competition when they lose their nerve.


Early Readers (Grades 1-3)

Houndsley and Catina Plink and Plunk Book  

Houndsley and Catina Plink and Plunk


by James Howe

Houndsley likes canoeing and his friend, Catina, likes bicycling, but each has to help the other learn to enjoy these activities in order to do them together.

Gilbert, the Surfer Dude Book  

Gilbert, the Surfer Dude


by Diane deGroat

Gilbert the opossum imagines himself as Surfer Dude on a fun-filled day at the beach.

Paddywack Book  



by Stephanie Spinner

Paddywack is a spunky pony who jumps, trots, and walks beautifully, as long as his rider remembers his treats.


Children's Fiction (Grades 4-6)

Magenta McPhee Book  

Magenta McPhee


by Catherine Bateson

Twelve-year-old Magenta spends her time with her best friend Polly, tries to sort out the lives of her divorced parents and attempts to write a medieval fantasy trilogy.


Learn to Speak Music

Learn to Speak Music Book  

by John Crossingham

This conversational book helps readers understand the international language of music and encourages them to be creative and make music themselves.

Masterpiece Book  



by Elise Broach

This mystery follows two families in the same Manhattan apartment, one human and one a family of beetles. The sons from the two families find friendship through a shared love of art and come together to stop the theft of a valuable masterpiece from the Metropolitan Museum.


Teen Fiction and NonFiction (Ages 12 & up)

Stuck on Earth Book  

Stuck on Earth


by David Klass

Ketchvar III travels to Earth to inhabit the body of an average teenager and carry out his secret mission to evaluate whether the human race should be annihilated.




By Aprilynne Pike

When a plant blooms out of fifteen-year-old Laurelís back, it leads her to discover the fact that she is a faerie and that she has a crucial role to play in keeping the world safe from the encroaching enemy trolls.

The Cardturner  

The Cardturner: a Novel About Imperfect Partners and Infinite Possibilities


by Louis Sachar

Seventeen-year-old Alton Richards thinks that his summer is going to be boring when he gets a job as a cardturner for his ailing Uncle Lester, a competitive bridge player. Instead, he finds that his life is changed by new relationships and a newfound interest in the game.



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