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Children's Books

"Every Day's a Dog's Day" by Marilyn Singer is a book of poems. These poems though, are told from the viewpoint of dogs, which gives them a whole new slant. The poem on the first day spring is joyously celebrated by rolling in the mud. On the Fourth of July, humans are noisy, while telling their dogs to be quiet if they bark. When it's a snow day, the best part is eating the snow off the street, probably not what we think of first. What great fun this is.

Lauren Thompson wants kids to move in "Hop, Hop, Jump!" Whether you are wiggling your toes, standing on your head, scrunching your nose, you'll be moving some different part of you on each page of this book. You may even find you think of new moves not even mentioned in the book.

Bernard has a problem. Whenever his aunts visit, they love to give him kisses, and kisses, and kisses. He can't take it anymore and he announces there will be no more kisses. His aunts are really disappointed and they really want to show how much they love him. How will everyone reach a compromise? Find out in "No More Kisses for Bernard" by Niki Daly.

Larf is a 7-foot tall Sasquatch who lives alone in the woods. He's a vegetarian, likes gardening and walking in the woods. No one knows about him and he's happy about that. When Larf learns that there will be a Sasquatch coming to a nearby town, he wants to meet him, and what happens changes his life. "Larf" by Ashley Spires will leave you smiling.

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Marie Bruni is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday. Her columns can be found online at

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