Janice H.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone

Thursday, July 12, 2018
J.K. Rowling

Janice H., Youth Services is reading (to her daughter)...Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

The Hate U Give

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Angie Thomas
The Hate U Give

Janice H., Youth Services is reading...The Hate U Give

Railroad Hank

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Lisa Moser
Railroad Hank
On his way to visit Granny Bett, who is feeling blue, Railroad Hank stops at the farms of several friends and, misunderstanding their offers to help, winds up with a trainload of crazy cargo.  If you have a preschool-age child in your life, they might enjoy this picture book as much as my preschooler and I have been!  During the story silly Hank misunderstands things and wonders where things like milk & apples come from – a great opportunity for your preschooler to share that they know these things!  Check our catalog
 
Janice H., Youth Services

The Nameless City (eBook)

Thursday, July 21, 2016
Faith Erin Hicks and Jordie Bellaire
The Nameless City

I enjoyed reading this fast-paced graphic novel for kids. A city is called “The Nameless City” because it has been taken over and renamed by so many groups over the years it’s hard to keep track of its name. The current government will soon have held it for 40 years and there are a few different ideas for what the next steps should be. While some want to grow a stronger army, one official has the idea to share the city amongst the feuding countries. The story unfolded without giving me all the details so I’m anxious to read the second book when it comes out.

I appreciated the ambiguity of the culture, location, timeframe, etc., so the focus was on the main character and the plot. I think it could have been a little longer to have more time to explore the main character’s familial relationships, but lack of this made his newfound relationship with a girl who grew up in the city more believable.

Find the book on the MCLS Overdrive website. You will need your library card number and PIN to access it.

 

Janice H., Youth Services

A Murder in Time

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Julie McElwain
A Murder in Time

A time traveling mystery

 

If you love mysteries I think you’ll love this book! A superstar FBI agent from modern times accidentally time travels to the 19th century and stumbles across a serial killer’s work. The two biggest twists to your regular mystery story are: how Kendra tries to disguise the fact that she’s from the future while profiling a serial killer in the 1800s and how she has to explain which class she’s in and learn the duties of household staff during this time period. This book was selected as the Big Library Read this summer.

Check our catalog for this book or find the ebook on the MCLS Overdrive website (you will need your library card number and PIN to access it).

 

Janice H., Youth Services

Truck Tunes (DVD)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Twenty Trucks
Truck Tunes (DVD)

If you know a child that loves trucks, he/she will love this DVD! The DVD features ten different trucks (bulldozer, grader, impact hammer, front-end loader, forklift, etc.); each truck has its own song that includes facts about that truck and shows corresponding video of that truck doing its job and working on a job site. Each song sounds different so you don't feel like you're listening to the same tune throughout the DVD. While you can find individual Twenty Trucks videos on YouTube, I appreciate the DVD for car trips and for the longer duration.

 

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Janice H., Youth Services

Crocodile or Alligator?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Susan Holt Kralovansky
Crocodile or Alligator?

Crocodile or alligator?

If you ever wondered how to tell two similar animals apart, you’ll love this series!  In “Crocodile or alligator?” readers are shown great pictures of real animals and the differences between the two are pointed out very simply.  It was great to go to the zoo after reading this book and some others in the series (such as “Monkey or ape?”) and being able to easily see and understand the differences between them.   A great book/series for multiple ages! Check our Catalog

 

Janice H., Youth Services

 

Eyes On You

Monday, June 29, 2015
Kate White
Eyes On You

This suspenseful e-book kept me on the edge of me seat!  It was truly a page-turner.  After some devastating personal  experiences, Robin Trainer makes a comeback into the limelight and becomes a media star.  Just as everything couldn’t be going more perfectly, weird things start to happen to Robin.  Someone seems to be attacking her character and trying to cause her harm.  As she struggles with whom to trust, she tries to unravel the mystery before something horrible happens and she loses everything or herself! Check our Catalog for the ebook

Janice H., Youth Services

 

Red: A Crayon's Story

Friday, April 24, 2015
Michael Hall
Red: a crayon's story



If you enjoy picture books such as "The Day the Crayons Quit," you'll enjoy the book "Red".  A crayon with a red wrapper cannot seem to draw any color other than blue.  Red and red's teachers & parents get frustrated when red cannot draw a proper strawberry or collaborate with yellow to draw a proper sun.  When red is at his/her lowest, someone asks red to draw an ocean; red feels immensely proud at finally being able to draw something right and realizes that red can draw perfectly wonderful blue pictures.  A nice book to read-aloud to preschool-kindergarten aged children.  Check our Catalog



Janice H., Youth Services

I Will Surprise My Friend

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Mo Willems
I Will Surprise My Friend

The "Elephant and Piggie" books are delightful, fun, and entertaining for children, parents, and grandparents as well.  My favorite Elephant & Piggie books is "I Will Surprise My Friend".  If you have a preschool to early elementary age child, and want to hear them laugh out loud, read them this book.  

In "I Will Surprise My Friend," Gerald and Piggie decide to try a new game where they surprise each other.  Each waits on the other side of a large rock, waiting patiently for the other to surprise them.  After enough time passes by they both become increasingly worried - if the other is okay, or if the other has left for lunch.  They both jump out and startle each other at the same time so much that they become exhausted and decide to play their regular games from there on out.  Mo Willems is such a skilled artist and illustrator at conveying emotions, his books are the easiest to read aloud, you know exactly how to read each sentiment.  If you have a preschooler and haven't read Mo Willems' books yet, they are highly recommended!

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Janice H., Youth Services

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