Dear Readeo Friends,

Let us reassure you in advance that all three of our books end happily this week.

Although a wolf threatens Little Red Riding Hood, and a wicked stepmother tries to remove Snow White from her beauty contest, the heroines (with a little help from their friends) come out just fine in these retellings of the classic Brothers Grimm tales. Debbie Lavreys’s illustrations for both books help make the wolf seem less frightening and indicate to readers that the Seven Dwarfs will do their best to keep Snow White safe.

It might be fun to read Little Red Riding Hood and then go to our featured book this month, Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein, to see how the little red chicken hero tries to warn Little Red Riding Hood about the wolf’s villainous plans.

In our third new addition to the Readeo library, Ricky Is Brave by Guido van Genechten, the rabbit hero sets out to spend the night alone in a tent (in his backyard). What starts out as an adventure turns a bit scary—until Ricky finds out the source of his fears. You might recognize the artwork (and the humor) from Guido van Genechten’s other book in our library, No Ghost Under My Bed.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Little Red Riding Hood
Ricky Is Brave

Please let us know what you think of our new additions on our Facebook page. We love hearing from you!

With all my best,
Jenny

Jenny BrownJenny Brown is the editor for Readeo and oversees all book selection for the site. She has worked in the children’s book world for the past 25 years, holding positions with HarperCollins and Scholastic, and was the Children’s Books Reviews Editor for Publisher’s Weekly.  She currently writes for School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Shelf Awareness. Jenny graduated from Princeton University. You can read more from Jenny on her Web site, Twenty by Jenny.

Posted March 15th, 2011 in Books, News, Readeo Reviews, Reading, Relationships, Uncategorized by Jenny Brown

Dear Readeo Friends,

This week, we hope you’re hungry! Two of the three new additions to the Readeo library invite you and your child to a feast, and the third continues the travel theme we’ve established over the past two weeks.

Don’t Let Auntie Mabel Bless the Table by Vanessa Brantley Newton invites us all to join Auntie Mabel’s bountiful Sunday dinner. But when the kind hostess begins the blessing, she not only blesses the bounty of food, but also everyone around the table and those who are absent!  Soon the guests are falling asleep, and the food is getting cold! Warmth and humor abound in Vanessa Brantley Newton’s tale. You may recognize her artwork from her book Let Freedom Ring!, which is also in the Readeo Library.

As young Adika and Mama Panya head to market, Adika invites everyone he meets to join their meal in Mama Panya’s Pancakes by Mary and Rich Chamberlin, illustrated by Julia Cairns. Mama Panya worries about whether they will have enough pancakes for everyone. But Adika believes they’ll have “a little bit and a little bit more” for all the guests. Julia Cairns also illustrated this month’s featured book, We All Went on Safari: A Counting Journey Through Tanzania by Laurie Krebs.

And continuing along with our travel theme, My Granny Went to Market by Stella Blackstone, illustrated by Christopher Corr, follows Granny as she travels around the world, counting from one magic carpet purchased in Istanbul to 10 black llamas she buys in Peru—which she gives to her granddaughter.

Mama Panya's Pancakes
My Granny Went To Market
Don't Let Aunt Mabel Bless The Table

Let us know what you think of Auntie Mabel’s Sunday dinner, Mama Panya’s pancakes, and your travels with Granny by commenting here or on our Facebook page. We love hearing from you!

With all my best,
Jenny

Jenny Brown is the editor for Readeo and oversees all book selection for the site. She has worked in the children’s book world for the past 25 years, holding positions with HarperCollins and Scholastic, and was the Children’s Books Reviews Editor for Publisher’s Weekly.  She currently writes for School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Shelf Awareness. Jenny graduated from Princeton University. You can read more from Jenny on her Web site, Twenty by Jenny.

Posted February 8th, 2011 in Uncategorized by Jenny Brown

Dear Readeo Friends,

This week our three new additions to the Readeo Library (aimed at children ages 3-8) invite your child to take a walk on the wild side.

In Crow by Leo Timmers, the towering presence of the “pitch-black” feathered hero scares the tiny multi-colored Finch, Parakeet, and Chickadee. Crow just wants to be their friend, but when he tries to approach them, he sends them scurrying. His attempts to look more like them are even more disastrous! Only when he goes back to being himself does Crow win their friendship. It’s an uplifting message, delivered with a great deal of humor.

We’re Roaming in the Rainforest by Laurie Krebs, illustrated by Anne Wilson, introduces your child to chatter monkeys, poison dart frogs, leaf-cutter ants, and the other creatures that live deep within the Amazonian rainforest. Stunning collage illustrations and a lilting rhyming text will make your youngsters feel as if they’ve been on a journey.

Then, after a brief rest, they can travel on to the Serengeti plains where the Maasai people roam and acacia trees grow. We All Went on Safari: A Counting Journey Through Tanzania by Laurie Krebs, illustrated by Julia Cairns, begins with Arusha, Mosi, and Tumpe as our guides, and they gather more friends as they go. They count up from one “lonely leopard” (“moja” in Swahili) to 10 “enormous elephants” (“kumi”). At the end of the book, curious children can find out more about the animals featured, the Swahili language, and the Maasai people who live in East Africa, where northern Tanzania meets southern Kenya.

Crow
We’re Roaming in the Rainfores
We All Went on Safari

Safe travels – and don’t forget to let us know about your journeys on our Facebook page. We love hearing from you!

With all my best,

Jenny

Jenny BrownJenny Brown is the editor for Readeo and oversees all book selection for the site. She has worked in the children’s book world for the past 25 years, holding positions with HarperCollins and Scholastic, and was the Children’s Books Reviews Editor for Publisher’s Weekly.  She currently writes for School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Shelf Awareness. Jenny graduated from Princeton University. You can read more from Jenny on her Web site, Twenty by Jenny.

Posted January 25th, 2011 in Books, News, Reading, Uncategorized by Jenny Brown