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All Aboard the Dinotrain by Deb Lund
Are You Afraid Yet? by Stephen James O'Meara
Bailey's Day by Robert Haggerty
A Brief History of Time by Shaindel Beers
Cat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant
Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez
A Dark, Dark Tale by Ruth Brown
Dead End by Helen R. Myers
Dreamstone by D. A. Hendrickson
The Electric Church by Jeff Somers
The Essential Basho by Basho and translated by Sam Hamill
Excuse Me... Are You a Witch? by Emily Horn
Farewell Atlantis by Terry Bisson
Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
Grampa's Zombie BBQ by Kirk Scraggs
The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry
How to Host a Killer Party by Penny Warner
The Kayla Chroincles by Sherri Winston
The Ladies' Paradise by Émile Zola
Little (Grrl) Lost by Charles de Lint
Little Quack's Hide and Seek by Lauren Thompson
The Man Who Did Something About It by Harvey Jacobs
Owly Volume 1: The Way Home and The Bittersweet Summer by Andy Runton
Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Revolutionary War on Wednesday (Magic Tree House #22) by Mary Pope Osborne
The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
The Soul of the Rhino by Hemanta Mishra
Spot Visits His Grandparents by Eric Hill
The Texicans by Nina Vida
The Thanksgiving Door by Debby Atwell
Twister on Tuesday (Magic Tree House #23) by Mary Pope Osborne
Two Little Trains by Margaret Wise Brown and Leo Dillon
The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman
Veracity by Laura Bynum

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for Bailey's Day

Bailey's Day: 06/17/10

Bailey's Day cover art (Link goes to Powells)Bailey's of Bailey's Day is a humane society rescue dog. Her owner and the author of her picture book story, Robert Haggerty, is a mailman. On the Bailey's Day website , the author explains the inspiration behind the book.

The book takes Bailey through a typical day where she goes on adventures in and around her neighborhood while her owner is out delivering mail. She plays with a lizard, a neighbor dog, goes exploring and for a swim. The problem with having a mailman for an owner in a small town is he's close enough to home to catch Bailey during her misadventures.

At the back of the book there are photographs showing the real Bailey, her friends (including the lizard) and the places she likes to explore. Harriet especially loved making the connection between the picture book dog and the real dog.

A few of the reviews I've read complain that the book doesn't drive home the moral of obedience. When Bailey's taken home she isn't exactly punished and she doesn't exactly look apologetic about disobeying. My kids came away with a message of unconditional love, rather than obedience. Yes, Bailey's hard to handle but she doesn't get hurt and she doesn't cause problems. She's not much different than my own children who are now old enough to explore between the houses with the neighbor kids.

My one misgiving with the book is the play between the illustrations and the text. There needs to be better integration between the two. Sometimes the illustrations are obscured by a swatch of color to make room for the words. It looks slap-dash and it distracts from an otherwise delightful book reading experience.

I received the book for review.

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