Penguin & Tiny Shrimp Don't Do Bedtime


Penguin & Tiny Shrimp are a “beguiling pair” (Booklist) who will have you know their book is NOT a bedtime story. Not even close. They spurn bedtime routines with gusto, jumping off their soft beds and into adventurous escapades across the Serengeti and into shark-infested waters. There’s even a UNI-HIPPO! Their imaginations run wild… and it just might wear them out.

A buoyantly subversive anti-bedtime tale.” — Publishers Weekly

Ironic counterpoint abounds in this humorous picture book.

…A definite do for bedtime.”  Kirkus Reviews

For fans of Jory John’s Goodnight Already! and Mo Willem’s Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!Penguin & Tiny Shrimp Don't Do Bedtime! is full of exuberant pajama clad friends who will make bedtime fun again. Please be in touch with any questions or plans for coverage this Spring.


5th grade thoughts on PeNguin and Tiny Shrimp:

“They remind me of my siblings. They’re always fighting to go to bed on time.”

“I remember my brother would do anything to get out of going to bed.”

“I really thought the illustrations were awesome. It looks like a type of art I would love to learn.”

“Honestly, the new book smell had me hooked.”

“I love how it’s written with speech bubbles.”

“Their adventures remind me of how sporadic my dreams can be.”

I totally yawned.”

“I think it could make my younger sister tired. I want to try and read it to her.”

“All younger kids need to read before bedtime.”

“I want to use this to create my own picture book!”

Words by Cate Berry
Illustrations by Charles Santoso
On Sale May 8, 2018
ISBN 13: 978-0-06-249153-4
$17.99
Ages 4-8 | Grades Preschool-3


Cate Berry is a seventh-generation Texan. She is a recent graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program. She lives in Austin with her husband, children, and their kitten. Cate is an ardent fan of bedtime. This is her debut picture book. You can visit Cate online at www.cateberry.com.

Charles Santoso loves drawing little things in his little journal and dreaming about funny, wondrous stories. He lives and works in Sydney, Australia. He is determined to find a Uni-Hippo one day. You can visit him at www.charlessantoso.com


Don't Miss These May Releases





Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE realistic fiction. Beginning in 5 grade with The Babysitter's Club, and continuing into high school with Katherine Applegate's Ocean City series, it's my go-to genre. Check out some of my favorite RF books releasing this month.  

ALONE TOGETHER, Sarah Donovan: May 1

Book Blurb (Amazon): Sadie Carter’s life is a mess, as wavy and tangled as her unruly hair. At 15, she is barely surviving the chaos of her large Catholic family. When one sister becomes pregnant and another is thrown out, her unemployed dad hides his depression, and her mom hides a secret. Sadie, the peacekeeper and rule-follower, has had enough. The empty refrigerator, years of hand-me-downs, and all the secrets have to stop. She longs for something more and plans her escape. However, getting arrested was not her plan. Falling in love was not her plan. With the help of three mysterious strangers—a cop, a teacher, and a cute boy—maybe Sadie will find the strength to defy the rules and do the unexpected. Told in verse, Sarah J. Donovan’s debut Alone Together has secrets, romance, struggle, sin, and redemption, all before Sadie blows out her 16 candles. It’s a courageously honest look at growing up in a big family. 

You Will Like This If: 
  • You like novels written in verse
  • You have a lot of siblings
  • You've done something you regretted
  • You have opinionated, over-protective parents

LOVE & LUCK, Jenna Evans Welch: May 8

Book Blurb (Amazon): Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding, and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing she did that left her miserable and heartbroken—and threatens her future. But her brother, Ian, isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseparable siblings. Miserable, Addie can’t wait to visit her friend in Italy and leave her brother—and her problems—behind.
So when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s able to finally escape her anxious mind and Ian’s criticism.

And then their travel plans change. Suddenly Addie finds herself on a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle, trapped in the world’s smallest vehicle with Ian and his admittedly cute, Irish-accented friend Rowan. As the trio journeys over breathtaking green hills, past countless castles, and through a number of fairy-tale forests, Addie hopes her guidebook will heal not only her broken heart but also her shattered relationship with her brother.That is if they don’t get completely lost along the way.

You Will Like This If:
  • You've ever traveled to Ireland, or it's on your bucket list.
  • You've had your heart broken
  • You're in the mood for a light-hearted story
  • You have annoying brothers (but you still love them)

WE'LL FLY AWAY, Bryan Bliss: May 8

Book Blurb (Kirkus Review): From death row, a young man navigates prison and writes to his best friend in this powerful work of realistic fiction.

A poignant story of loyalty, abuse, and poverty is woven throughout a narrative that alternates between flashbacks to Luke and Toby’s senior year of high school (presented from their perspectives in the third person) and the present-day experience of Luke’s incarceration (told in first person through his letters to Toby). This structure allows the novel to build a slow and gripping tension as it progresses, revealing the horrific events that led to Luke’s arrest only at the very end, as the other details of the boys’ lives naturally unfold. Both are seemingly white. The two struggle to guard their friendship fiercely even as Toby becomes involved with a likable but troubled young woman and Luke falls for a different girl. The two have been lifelong friends, supporting each other through family struggles—Toby’s with a physically abusive father and Luke’s with a neglectful mother who leaves him playing a parental role to his two younger brothers. Readers will easily empathize with quiet, tightly controlled Luke, who’s college-bound on a wrestling scholarship, and goofy, self-effacing Toby.
This compassionate and beautifully rendered novel packs an emotional punch. 
My Thoughts: Right before Christmas, my students were working on updating their Someday Lists, and several stumbled across this book while on Amazon. Soon, I had a dozen kids asking for the book...when I saw that the release date was in May, I tweeted the author: 
He kindly sent us an ARC, and I haven't seen the book since! It's been passed from reader to reader, and I've enjoyed the snippets of conversations I've heard during those exchanges. Everything from,"Dude, this book was lit," to "OMG, the ending!" It's safe to say this book has resonated with my students. 

ANGER IS A GIFT, Mark Oshiro: May 22

Book Blurb (Amazon): Moss Jeffries is many things―considerate student, devoted son, loyal friend and affectionate boyfriend, enthusiastic nerd.
But sometimes Moss still wishes he could be someone else―someone without panic attacks, someone whose father was still alive, someone who hadn’t become a rallying point for a community because of one horrible night.
And most of all, he wishes he didn’t feel so stuck.
Moss can’t even escape at school―he and his friends are subject to the lack of funds and crumbling infrastructure at West Oakland High, as well as constant intimidation by the resource officer stationed in their halls. That was even before the new regulations―it seems sometimes that the students are treated more like criminals.
Something will have to change―but who will listen to a group of teens?
When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes again, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.


My Thoughts: Pre-order this book. Now. Actually, yesterday. This deserves a spot right alongside The Hate U Give, Dear Martin, and Ghost Boys. 





EVANGELINE OF THE BAYOU by Jan Eldredge


Amazon Affiliate Link to Order: https://amzn.to/2EyqrFb


"Take bits from the worlds of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and Nancy Drew, and set the story in New Orleans, and you've got this compelling tale of Evangeline.... A worthwhile read about a strong girl who embraces the power of knowledge but also heeds Gran's advice to 'trust your gut.'"
— Kirkus 

Twelve-year-old Evangeline Clement is a haunt huntress (or swamp witch) in training under the watchful eye of her Gran Holyfield. Descended from a long, proud line of female haunt huntresses in Louisiana, Gran is charged with ridding homes of troublesome creatures like Bayou Banshees and Johnny Revenants. Geared up with her mother's talisman, silver-tipped alligator skin boots, and her satchel full of medicinal salves, Evangeline is learning the cures to local supernatural afflictions and can't wait until she turns 13, the official age when the Council will recognize her as a true haunt huntress (as long as she wasn't born a middling, without any magical powers...).

In an unusual request, Gran has been called from the Louisiana swamp to the big city of New Orleans during Mardi Gras celebrations to undertake an emergency case involving a terrifying beast who has been after her family for years. But after a string of undeniable signs indicating that death is near, can Evangeline protect Gran and save the city of New Orleans – even if she is not true a haunt huntress herself?

"First-time author Eldredge delivers a finely tuned tale that integrates humor and suspense, light mythology, and magic. ...Both spirited and plagued by self-doubt, Evangeline makes an interesting protagonist, whom readers will rally behind."
— Booklist

5th Grade Student Preview: 


Mutual Summary:
Evangeline Clement lives in the Louisiana swamp. Here mama, one of the greatest haunt huntresses, died when Evangeline was a baby so she moved in with her Gran. 
Some of Evangeline's greatest dreams are to find her familiar, become a haunt huntress, and access the powers she inherited....But when trouble stirs in northern Louisiana, Evangeline and Gran go on a life-threatening mission. 

Hattie Review: 
I love this book! It is definitely one of my top 5 favorite books! Once you pick it up, it seems impossible to put down. This book was engaging, exciting, descriptive, thrilling, and a mystery. I can't wait for more books by Jan Eldredge and I will soon be reading Witch Girl! I recommend this book for anyone who loves fiction stories and thrillers! 

Rylee Review: 
This book was so engaging, fun, and mysterious! I loved this book. It reminded me a bit of myself. I also liked this book because I go to follow Evangeline as she defeats some not-so-familiar foes and tackles everyday chores. I would recommend this story to adventure readers, fantasy lovers, and believers of realistic fantasy. 


An Alex & Eliza Story series by Melissa De La Cruz


Hello! I hope everyone is having a great week! I’m popping in today as my stop on the blog tour for the Alex & Eliza series by Melissa De La Cruz! I hope you’re not sick of Hamilton because I think the craze is just getting stronger it is for me, at least! This summer, the tour is stopping in Des Moines and I am so excited to go see it with my sister-in-law!

If you like historical fiction where the author gets a little creative with history AND you love Hamilton, then this is the series for you. I would recommend these books for those that know at least some of the history so you can spot the liberties that De La Cruz took. I think it would have been frustrating if I was constantly wondering what was fact or not. However, a little Googling solved any of those problems pretty quick. I would also highly recommend these books to grades 6 and up that study The Revolutionary War. Although everything in the books was not completely factual, all the people and events are real. This series is perfect for students that need The Revolutionary War setting to come alive for them with a personal story like Alexander Hamilton's and Eliza Schuyler's has in these books.

What I appreciated most about these novels is the research that De La Cruz obviously did and the story she was able to weave from the research. Alex and Eliza's romance really came alive for me and I'm even more excited to see the musical and compare the books to the story on stage! 


 ALEX & ELIZA: A LOVE STORY

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Witches of East End and The Descendants comes the love story of young Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler.
1777. Albany, New York. 
As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society's biggest events: the Schuylers' grand ball. Descended from two of the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country's founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters--Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival those of both her sisters, though she'd rather be aiding the colonists' cause than dressing up for some silly ball. 

Still, Eliza can barely contain her excitement when she 
hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington's right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can't believe his luck--as an orphan, and a bastard one at that--to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history. 
In the pages of Alex and Eliza, #1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz brings to life the romance of young Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler.


LOVE & WAR: AN ALEX & ELIZA LOVE STORY


The thrilling romance of young Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler continues in the sizzling sequel to the New York Times bestselling Alex & Eliza: A Love Story
1781. Albany, New York.

As the war for American independence rages on, Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler begin their new life as a married couple. Still, Alex is as determined as ever to prove his mettle and secure his legacy . . . even if that means leaving his beloved Eliza behind to join the front lines at the Battle of Yorktown. But when the war unexpectedly arrives on Eliza's doorstep, she must fight for a better future--for their fledgling country and for her marriage.

Yet even after the Revolution comes to its historic close, Alex and Eliza's happily-ever-after is threatened. Eliza struggles to build a home in the hustle and bustle of New York City just as Alex's burgeoning law practice brings him up against his greatest rival--the ambitious young lawyer Aaron Burr. And with Alex's star on the rise, Eliza can't help but feel neglected by a husband who seems to have time for everyone but her. Torn apart by new trials and temptations, can Alex and Eliza's epic love survive life in the big city?

The battles are just beginning in the sumptuous sequel to Melissa de la Cruz's
 New York Times bestselling Alex & Eliza: A Love Story.

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