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The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs by Cylin Busby

The Nine Lives of Jacob TibbsI love when an author transports a reader to another time and place—which is exactly the case with this tale, told from the perspective of a ship’s cat on the high seas in the 1800s.

Jacob Tibbs, the runt of the litter, is passed over as all of his brothers and sisters find new ship homes.  But luckily he’s inherited hunting skills and weather-sensing abilities from his mother. This makes him an important part of his ship’s crew. We see his sometimes wobbly existence as he navigates the path of growing up — all within the world of a life at sea complete with storms, a shipwreck, and even a mutiny.

The story is well-balanced and while there is no true villain, there is quite a range of characters and emotions. Kids of all ages will love the story of The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs. This will be a great addition to your library for anyone ready to go on an adventure to the high seas.

– Becky

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Here Comes Santa Cat by Deborah Underwood

Here Comes Santa CatFollowing up on the successful Here Comes the Easter Cat, Underwood brings readers another witty Cat book.

Cat doesn’t think Santa will bring him a present this year because he has been naughty. He decides to dress up like Santa so he can give himself a present.

When Cat realizes all the things he has to do to be Santa, he changes his mind and decides, if it’s not too late, that he should try to be nice instead.

All of Cat’s attempts to do good deeds backfire.  Finally, he has to decide whether to share his favorite cat food with a kitten. Will Cat do the right thing and receive a present from Santa?

I read this book to my son several times. It’s one of his favorites.

– Tina

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Dream Dog by Lou Berger & David Catrow

dream dogHarry’s father, due to working in a pepper factory, had a very twitchy and sensitive nose.  His family couldn’t have a dog because it made him sneeze.  In an attempt to make Harry happy, his dad brought home a lizard.  Harry tried to love it, but it just wasn’t a dog and gave it to his friend.

One day, Harry had an idea.  He put on his X-35 Infra-Rocket Imagination Helmet to create a dog with his brain.  As he hummed, the dog of his dreams appeared.  Finally, Harry had his best friend!  Harry and Waffles did everything together, from running to playing hide-and-seek.

Harry’s world was about to change forever.  His father sneezed during an important meeting at work, but it was no ordinary sneeze.  Pencils, coffee cups, donuts, paper clips and even his boss in his swivel chair were blown around the room.  Harry’s father was asked to leave the factory forever.

His father, a week later, found another job.  Working at the local Ping-Pong ball warehouse made all the difference to Harry’s dad’s nose.  On Harry’s birthday, his father brought him home a big surprise.

A real dog!  Now Harry has 2 dogs!  What happens now?  You’ll have to read the book to find out.

The illustrations are colorful – in most aspects of the word.  Coupled with the text, this book is a must read for children.  It will make you and your child smile and giggle.

– Amanda

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Lucky Dog: Twelve Tales of Rescued Dogs

lucky dogLucky Dog from Scholastic is a heartwarming collection of sweet, fun and silly stories about the playful pups from the Pawley Rescue Center and the kids who fall in love with them.  Some of the stories are told from the canine’s perspective while others are told from the kid’s point of view.

With contributions from Randi Barrow, Marlane Kennedy, Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, Kirby Larson, C. Alexander London, Leslie Margolis, Jane B. Mason and Sarah Hines-Stephens, Ellen Miles, Michael Northrop, Teddy Slater, Tui T. Sutherland, and Allan Woodrow, this fast-paced read is a great way to introduce stories of rescued dogs and the people who love them.

One of my favorite stories is about a Chihuahua named Pumpkin that falls in love with a little girl who has an eye patch named Rosa.  The opening story of a boy named Troy, who was trying to be brave while his father is deployed, is an uplifting tale as well.  There is also a great story about a Pomeranian, Foxtrot, that can’t be without its bear.  Lastly, the story of twin girls who compete between a bike and a puppy for their birthday – until one of the twins meets Tigger – warms the reader’s heart.

All proceeds from this item go to the organization RedRover. RedRover strives to bring animals from crisis to care.  I would add this to my collection today as a great way for kids to be introduced to rescuing animals.


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