Children

Theodosia series

Monday, June 11, 2012
R.L. LaFevers
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos

Theodosia is a wonderful character-she is an eleven year old living in the Museum of Legend and Antiquities in  1906 London.  Her parents work there, but Theodosia has the touch. She can sense curses and is skilled at removing them from the artifacts brought back to the museum by her mother from digs in Egypt.  Because of her gift she gets into the middle of very dangerous situations as the adults in the world fight for the powerful charmed artifacts. This series makes for great mysteryies, adventures, English humor, and you couldn't ask for better if you are fascinated with all things Egyptian.  Check our catalog

Cindy A., Circ. 

A Donkey Reads

Monday, June 11, 2012
Muriel Mandell
A Donkey Reads

My family loves reading stories from other cultures and folktales make us laugh.  This one is delightful and was an added bonus as we are in the throes of reading month and the boys learning about market economics at school.  Poor Mustafo has to pay tribute to the conquering Mongol tyrant.  He is so poor he only has a donkey that does not even earn his keep, but he fearfully submits it.  Luckily, he is spared a beating as the village wise man steps in to say he can teach the donkey to read.  You'll have to read the book to see if he is successful.  The art work by Andre Letria is wonderful and accents the story beautifully.  This is a Junior Library Guild Selection winner.  Check our catalog

Cindy A. Circ. 

Should I Share My Ice Cream?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Mo Willems

 

Mo Willems has yet to disappoint me with his array of incredibly funny and well-crafted characters. Early on Willems engaged us with The Pigeon Books and Knuffle Bunny.  Now that my daughter has begun the transition from complete listener to beginning reader, we are constantly looking for books that amuse us.  Knowing that learning to read can be not only exciting but challenging, I was happy to find the highly comical Elephant and Piggie Books.  In Should I Share My Ice Cream?  Gerald, the elephant, has to make a big decision and he struggles with doing the right thing.  Reading this story aloud offered a good use of sight words and also lead to great conversation about the dilemma Gerald is faced with.  What a great use of bedtime reading for multiple “teachable” moments! Check Our Catalog!

Emily D, Circulation

The Doll People series

Friday, April 27, 2012
Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin
Doll People

My youngest loves Brian Selznick, so we had to find more books that he was a part of.  We tumbled onto the Doll People series, what a treasure.  He loved it so much he read book two, The Meanest Doll in the World,  to grandma while she was visiting.  She loved it so much she checked book three out from her library in MN  The two of them read it and e-mailed each other their thoughts.  The doll house dolls have taken an oath that allows them to be alive, if they raise human suspicians they are reduced to doll state - the inability to move for 24 hours.  These little dolls have great big adventures.  The authors touch on childhood problems in a touching way, while Selznick shines yet again!  With so much illustration this would be a great series for kids that struggle with visualization.  Check our catalog

Cindy A.,  Circ. 

Ivy's Ever After

Friday, April 27, 2012
Dawn Lairamore
Ivy's Ever After

What a fun romp. Lairamore povides great new twists on a couple of old fairy tales.  ln the first book, Ivy, the 14 year old princess,  with the help of Elridge, the dragon, saves the kingdom from the terrible prince who would be king,   The young prince according to the treaty must slay the dragon guarding the princess to become king of the land.  With the help of  a magical mirror Ivy is able to see his horrible plans for after he becomes king.  She enlists the timid dragon's help to find her runaway  fairy godmother.  All the traditional fairy tale roles are flipped around in this enchanting story.   In the sequel, Ivy and the Meanstalk, Ivy must save her kingdom yet again from being destroyed, this time by a sleep deprived giant.  Years ago Jack climbed the beanstalk and stole the magical harp that soothed the giant's wife to sleep.  Ivy flies on Elrridge to the kingdom of Jackopia to retrieve the golden harp before Largessa smashes the kingdom with giant boulders.  Of course, the royal family has no desire to part with the precious harp.  What is a princess to do? You will have fun on these adventtures with Ivy and Elridge.  Check our catalog

Cindy A., Circ. 

Storm Runners

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Roland Smith
Storm Runners

Several different books by Roland Smith have been recommended to my boys by teachers and youth librarians, so I had to check him out.  The Storm Runners series is furiously  fast paced-perfect for my son who has been gobbling up graphic novles like popcorn!  Each book captures the exciting adventure of one day in less than160 pages.  The stories are literelly told minute by exhilerating minute.  In the first book, Chase Masters and his dad survive a hurricane while at a circus base camp in Florida. In the second they need to use all their skills to survive the surge from the hurricane while the circus animals are on the loose.  In the third, they travel to Mexico to save family that are trapped on an erupting volcano that just suffered an earthquake- oh yeah the circus anmals are on the loose on the mountain!  Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my!  This was a fun fast paced read you will not want to put down.  Make sure you get the trilogy (Storm Runners, The Surge, Eruption)  you don't want to be waiting weeks to find out what happens next!  Check our catalog

Cindy A., Circ. 

What's in theEgg, Little Pip?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Karma Wilson
What's in theEgg, Little Pip?

We LOVE Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman at our house.  Who can resist the Bear series?  My youngest stumbled onto this charming book  about a little penguin expecting a sibling.  We have a little cousin who just became a big sister and we've been talking about all the changes in attention that will mean for her.  This is a wonderful story to share with any young children that are expecting an addition to their family.  Told with great empathy for the Pip's feelings and how she also takes on the responsibility of being a caring big sister.  Check our catalog

Cindy A., Circ. 

Dead End in Norvelt

Monday, March 12, 2012
Jack Gantos
Dead End in Norvelt

Being a Children’s Librarian, I look forward to the annual announcement of the Newbery Award winner.  And each year I wonder, will I like the book?  Will kids like the book?  Some years I agree with the Newbery committee, and other years I don’t.  This year, I’m on board.  Dead End in Norvelt transports the reader back to 1962 in Norvelt, PA where we spend 2 months with Jack Gantos, age 12.  Its summer vacation and Jack has plans!  That is until he ends up grounded.  Jack is confined to his room, reading history books left over from a book sale.  Freedom for Jack arrives via an elderly neighbor who needs his assistance is typing the obituaries for the town’s newspaper.  Miss Volker, once the town’s nurse, promised Eleanor Roosevelt that she would take care of all of the original residents of Norvelt and she will keep her promise to the end, writing their obituaries.  Take a step back in time and meet some amazing characters, learn some history, realize the importance of taking care of one another, and for fun mix in bloody noses, underage driving lessons, Hell’s Angels, and the building of a bomb shelter.  Check our catalog

Holly, Youth Services 

Heart and soul : the story of America and African Americans

Monday, March 12, 2012
Kadir Nelson
Heart and soul : the story of America and African Americans

This is a true jewel.  The oil paintings that illustrate this chronology are stunning.  Nelson spends only a few pages on each chapter of our history, but does so eloquently.  He tells the history from the point of view of an old granny telling stories.  He starts with the first Africans that came to this land in the mid 1500's and ends with an African American becoming President.  Many chapters, including the one on reconstruction deal with parts of our history that we don't speak about much, while others deal with those most of us are quite familiar with.  This is a wonderful introduction for anyone interested in learning about how our country has been shaped over the past 500 years.  Check our catalog

Cindy A. Circ. 

Peanut Butter and Jellyfishes

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Brian P. Cleary

The title on this book made me smile and I couldn't wait to read it with my four year old daughter as part of our  ritual of reading before bedtime.  With colorful illustrations and excellent rhyming of jumbled up words, this children's ABC book was very entertaining.  Each page also hides letters in the illustrations creating a fun way to play detective as you work your way through the 26 letters.  Check Our Catalog.

Emily D. Circulation

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