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Spring is here with tales of blossoming romance

Luci Hand

Luci Hand

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Updated: May 15, 2013 6:22AM



Spring is coming and a young man’s fancy supposedly turns to love. How about some others who seem to find love in the air? James Howe brings us “Otter and Odder — A Love Story” with fun illustrations by Chris Raschka.

Otter is not looking for love, he is looking for dinner. Then, it happened. He saw this lovely fish and was smitten. He was also perplexed at being in love with his food source. He wasn’t even certain if she was a she or a he. She said gurgle and he heard Myrtle, but she had such lovely eyes that he was a goner. She has stirrings in her own heart when she looks into Otter’s eyes.

Of course, it could just ‘not wishing to be supper’ feelings as well. They were perfectly happy swimming and playing until the other creatures began to talk about how Otter was getting Odder.

As Otter mourns the end of his love affair, he meets Beaver who shares some other foods and wisdom with him. Eventually, he remeets Myrtle and they find that the other food sources enable their love to continue safely. Kids will love the silliness of the story.

Kids will also love “Robomop” by Sean Taylor. A Robomop is an automatic bathroom cleaning robot who desperately wants to get out of the basement bathroom he is assigned to clean and find fun, sunshine and love.

We watch and laugh as he tries several methods of escape. Since he can’t climb stairs, he looks for other means of egress. He tries to break down but it doesn’t work. He tries to climb into the satchel of the inspector only to get caught. He tries dancing but the window washer tells him to stop or he will be sent to the circus. He tries even harder to perform but no such luck.

Then his world changes. The inspector brings in a completely new Bio-morphic Bellebot Cleanerette. Unfortunately, she is to replace him and he winds up in the dumpster. The window washer is let go too and he takes Robomop home with him. He has a family, fun, sunshine and thinks he is falling in love with the vacuum cleaner.

Daniel Pinkwater brings us “Bear In Love”. We join Bear as he gets up one morning and leaves his just-right little cave and sets off for the day. He wants something to eat. On a stone, he finds a wonderful carrot, just waiting for him.

The next morning, he finds two carrots. All day he wanders the woods, wondering who is giving him these delightful presents. Each day the number grows as does his curiosity. He finds a bee hive and after enjoying some honey, takes a piece of comb and leaves it for his secret friend.

He tries to stay awake and see who it is, but falls asleep only to find a flower the next morning. He leaves blueberries and finds a giant cookie. Eventually, he discovers Rabbit, his secret pal and they enjoy the woods together.



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