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The Not So Quiet Library Hardcover – July 19, 2016
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PreS-Gr 1—Oskar, a boy, and Theodore, a bear, are companionable reading buddies. They love waking up early Saturday mornings to visit the library—after a "proper breakfast" of delectable doughnuts. They are just settling into a typically quiet library day when the "Boom! Crash! Growl!" of a loud, angry, and disruptive monster disturbs their solitude. It appears that the five-headed creature hates books, even ones covered in whipped cream, mustard, hot sauce, or sprinkles. When Oskar tactfully explains that books are for reading rather than eating, Theodore saves them from being the monster's next snack by feeding it doughnuts instead…which is predictably followed by an equally enjoyable storytime session. OHora's bold, colorful, quirky cartoon illustrations are eye-catching, and the multiheaded green monster far outshines both boy and bear as frightfully delightful favorite characters. The part where the green ghouls dip their books into assorted condiments and dessert toppings will surely elicit more than a few laughs. Along with these silly moments, children should appreciate the final message: "Luckily, monsters like story time as much as they like donuts." VERDICT A delectable read-aloud well worth sharing, especially for a beginning library storytime session.—Etta Anton, Yeshiva of Central Queens, NY
* "Lively, detailed, endearing, and bold, the images and text create an unforgettable reading experience for book digesters everywhere."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "A delectable read-aloud well worth sharing."—School Library Journal, starred review
"OHora’s signature retro-style illustrations, as seen in his My Cousin Momo and Ame Dyckman’s Wolfie the Bunny, boast bold colors and hilarious details that match his zany story."—Booklist
"OHora brings his playful wit and retro-kitchen-appliance palette to the story of Theodore and Oskar, whose weekly library visit takes a green and scaly turn."—Publishers Weekly
"The narrative’s deadpan humor paired with entertaining speech-bubble dialogue work together with clever page layouts and detailed art to maximize the book’s silliness."—The Horn Book
"Reluctant readers will really gobble up this book."—School Library Connection
Praise for My Cousin Momo
“Picture books with hip, quirky illustrations that are not just funny but also have plenty of heart are hard to find. The stylish My Cousin Momo by Zachariah OHora has it all.”—The Boston Globe
“OHora’s story soars, encouraging acceptance and being true to yourself.” —Kirkus Reviews
“OHora could paint stones in the street and make them funny.”—Publishers Weekly
“Fun details—like Momo’s tiny camera and his cousin’s superhero bat costume—will delight. A fab offering.” —Booklist
Praise for No Fits, Nilson!
No Fits, Nilson! was The Huffington Post’s Best Picture Book of 2013, a Kirkus Reviews’ Best Picture Book of 2013, a Please Touch Museum's Kids Choice Book for 2014, a New York Public Library Book for Reading and Sharing, and the winner of the 2014 Carolyn W. Field Award!
* “Foot-stomping fit pitchers will take multiple timeouts for this amusing modern fable.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“A visual feast as well as a treat to the ear, this is a book that’s going to find an audience no matter where it goes.” —Betsy Bird, School Library Journal Review of the Day
Top customer reviews
The illustrations are quirkily well done, and the dialogue is frequently laugh out loud funny. This delightful story has had my kinder and pre-K kids asking to read it over and over - always a sign of a hit!
The monster is hungry and tries to eat the books. But the books taste yucky. Maybe Theodore and Oskar would taste better. To distract the monster, Oskar has a trick up his sleeve - or his hat.
The librarian starts to read a story, and the monster decides books sound better than they taste. By the end of the story, the monster decides to help Ms. Watson, the librarian clean up the library and reach the high shelves for her.
The boys say goodbye to the monster: Bob, Seymour, Winston, Pat and Chuck - each head has a name - and the 5 guys promise not to eat them.
The library is quiet again, but short a few books. You should see the books Theo and Oskar pack into and onto their car!
This is a fun read-aloud - especially appropriate for librarians and families who love the library.
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