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1. Book 442

Splat the Cat, Name of the Game, based on creation by Rob Scotton, illustrated by Robert Eberz, Harper Collins, 2012.

My six-year-old son picked this out to give to a little girl for her birthday. I'm sure he picked it because of the artwork. 

I'm not in love with the text -- some of the word choices are questionable -- but I am in love with the artwork. That Splat is one darn cute cat. 




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2. Book 441


Drop It, Rocket! by Tad Hills, Random House, 2014.

A few weeks ago I was working at the Book Fair at my Kindergartener son's school.  I had to buy this book so that I could justify buying the little Rocket dog that went with it.

This book (and Rocket) are adorable.  My son can read this book pretty easily, so I didn't buy it as a challenge for him.  I bought it because it is a fun book to read over and over again.  And did I mention how adorable that Rocket dog is?



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3. Book 440

Otis's Busy Day, by Loren Long, Penguin Young Readers, 2014.

We were in the store today to pick out books for a little girl's birthday.  My Kindergarten son picked out this book -- I don't think it was for the little girl.  On the way home, he read it to us -- perfectly.

This Easy Reader has a little bit of a story, and fabulous illustrations.  You just can't go wrong with an Otis book.


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4. Thomas' Third 171st Story



1.          171.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  Thomas had a great day.  Thomas had a great day because he was on top of a cloud.
The End.

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5. Thomas' Third 170th Story



1.          170.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He had to go to school.  So he could teach his teacher the alphabet.
The End. 

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6. Thomas' Third 169th Story



1.          169.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He was named Thomas like Thomas Jefferson.  Thomas Jefferson was a president.  Thomas could be a president.
The End. 

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7. Book 439

Sally O. Lee's Book of Cats, by Sally O. Lee, 2015.

I didn't actually buy this book -- it was more of a barter, but I would have.

I love this book, and not JUST because the cover kitty, Dominic, look almost exactly like my cat Buster.  I love this book because I love how Sally Lee captures so much joy and energy in her illustrations.  And I love this book because it is obvious that Sally Lee loves cats.


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8. Book 438

The Gift of Nothing, Patrick McDonnell, Little Brown Books, 2005.

What do you give someone who has everything? Nothing! of course. And that is just what Mooch gave his best friend. And it was the best gift, ever. 


I've been loving these picture books by Patrick McDonnell, even more than I like the Mutts comic strip.  Maybe because he has more room to tell a story. 



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9. Book 437

Savannah Blue, by Mary Kay Andrews, Avon Books, 2002.

It took me a while to get into this book, probably because I spent over twelve years in Family Law and Criminal Law, and the holes in plot were big enough to drive a picker's van through. 

Finally, about a third of the way through the book, I was able to move past the plot-holes and into the meat of the story.  I did thoroughly enjoy the "Southern" aspect of this book, as well as the antiquing aspect of this book.


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10. Book 436

A Tale of Dragons (How to Train Your Dragon 2), adapted by Natalie Shaw, illustrated by Fabio Laguna and Katrina Hao, Simon Spotlight, 2014.

Last week, there was a Book Fair at my Kindergarten kid's school.  I had worked it earlier in the week, so I knew what kind of non-book temptations were there, so I gave my son $7, and thought he'd probably spend it on the non-book temptations.  Instead, he came home with this book (and money left over). I was so proud.

This book is a fairly faithful and competent retelling of the second How to Train Your Dragon movie.  Thankfully, the part of the movie that made me cry was left out of the book. 

The illustrations are great, which makes this book quite enticing to elementary school readers.




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11. Thomas' Third 168th Story



1.          168.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He was eating cookies.  He was eating cookies because his teacher told him to collect “C” words at home.  Cookie is a very good “C” word.
The End.

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12. Thomas' Third 167th Story



1.         167.      Once upon a time, there were grapes:  Green grapes and red grapes and grape cider.  Mommy likes the green grapes.  Thomas likes the red grapes.  Mommy likes the grape cider.  Molly Kitten can’t eat grapes.  And Molly Kitten can’t drink grape cider.  Or her eyes will go all Sproing!
The End.

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13. Thomas' Third 166th Story



1.          166.     Once upon a time, there was a song.  It was a song for Thomas.  Mommy sang the song to Thomas.
“Thank you for my song,” said Thomas.  “Now I need a big hug and a kiss.”
The End.

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14. Thomas' Third 165th Story



1.          165.     Once upon a time, there was nothing.  It was a dark blue nothing.  It was the dark blue nothing that comes before there are stories.
The End.



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15. Thomas' Third 164th Story



1.          164.      Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He was going on seven.  He was turning into a man.  He was turning into a little man, not a big man like Daddy.  Not a sink-to-the-bottom-of-the-ocean-because-he-is-so-heavy man like Daddy. Thomas was turning into a not-sinking man.
The End.

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16. Thomas' Third 163rd Story



1.          163.     Once upon a time, there was a princess in a castle.  She was playing hockey in the castle.  With a little boy who had round circle eyes and a pointed triangle nose and a straight line mouth.  The princess missed the goal, but she hit the kiss.  And the boy had a half-moon smile mouth.
The End.

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17. Thomas' Third 162nd Story



1.          162.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He was not having a very good day.  His socks were on the wrong feet.
The End.

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18. Thomas' Third 161st Story



1.          161,     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Red Thomas.  He was a Thomas in red pajamas.  And red underwear.  And with a red tie around his red pajamas.  Thomas was very important.
Thomas loved books.  He made books.  He illustrated books.  And he filed the books so everyone could read the books.  Thomas was a Librarian.
The End.


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19. Thomas' Third 157th Story



1.          157.     Once upon a time, there was a little boy.  He was a mean little boy.  He hit Thomas in the face.  I think he was a bad penguin.
The End.

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20. Thomas' Third 158th Story



1.          158.      Once upon a time, there was a dinosaur land.  The dinosaurs lived on the dinosaur land.  And they were happy there.  But then the volcanoes came.  The lava came out of the volcanoes and covered the dinosaur land.  So the dinosaurs had to grow wings and feathers – Dragon wings and feathers.  The dinosaurs turned into dragons, and they flew away on their dragon wings and feathers.  They flew away to another place.  And to another time.  But maybe they’ll come back one day.
The End.

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21. Thomas' Third 155th Story



1.          155.     Once upon a time, there was a Savannah in Georgia.  And there was a Savanna in Africa.  And they were different.  There were books, and music, and giraffes in the Savannah in Georgia.  There were lions, and hippos, and giraffes in the Savanna in Africa.  Maybe they weren’t so different after all.
The End.

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22. Thomas' Third 160th Story



1.          160.     Once upon a time, there was a terrific kid.  Named Thomas.  Thomas had a sticker.  The sticker said “Terrific Kid”.  Thomas put the sticker on his forehead.  Thomas was terrific because he was awesome.
The End.


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23. Thomas' Third 159th Story



1.          159.     Once upon a time, there was a tall building.  It was a tower.  With lights.  It had a flashing red light at the top of the tower.  The tower was like a man.  With lips.  The red light was the lips, and when the light flashed, the man was blowing kisses.
The End.


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24. Book 435


The Three Ninja Pigs, written by Corey Rosen Schwartz, illustrated by Dan Santat, Putnam Book, 2012.

First of all, accurate to the original tale or not, I'm always happiest when the pigs live.  And bonus points for this book because the wolf lives, too.  This book is a great twist on the original piggy tale.  It emphasis how to be proactive, respective and prepared.

This illustration are so power-packed they virtually pop off of the page.




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25. Book 434


How Do Dinosaurs Say I'm Mad?, written by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Mark Teague, Blue Sky Press, 2013.

I would buy any book in this series for Mark Teague's illustrations alone.  They are surprisingly funny for being so accurately rendered. 

I would also buy any book in this series for Jane Yolen's writing alone.  Her writing rises above the level of "books in rhyme" to the level of poetry.  And this charmingly poetic book is an excellent reminder for dinosaurs, big or small, on how to keep one's temper and remain gracious.



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