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Staff Picks 4 Kids

The Mud Fairy by Amy Young

Mud Fairy The Mud Fairy by Amy Young.  Did you ever want to be a fairy? Well it’s not as easy as you might think. Little Emmalina loved playing in the swamp with the frogs instead of doing something important like opening a flower to get her wings.  She felt like she wasn’t good at anything until she snuck off to the swamp to help the frogs with their new tadpoles. Would this help her earn her wings?

Book reviewed by Barb M., Youth Outreach and Programming Assistant

By MPPL on August 18, 2010 Categories: Fantasy, Picks by Barb M., Picture Books

The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

Magician's Elephant Imagine.  You are at a magic show.  The magician promises to produce a bouquet of lilies, but instead he makes an elephant fall through the ceiling—that elephant lands on a woman’s lap, crippling her legs.  And so begins The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo.  Unfortunately, that is the most exciting part of the book.  Although I love Because of Winn Dixie and am a fan of anything involving elephants, I just couldn’t get into this book.  After the elephant falls on page 15, nothing much exciting happens until the book ends 200 pages later.  I give this book a thumbs down.  (For ages 8 and up)

Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head

 

By MPPL on March 17, 2010 Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Picks by Mary S.

The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

Magician's Elephant Imagine.  You are at a magic show.  The magician promises to produce a bouquet of lilies, but instead he makes an elephant fall through the ceiling—that elephant lands on a woman’s lap, crippling her legs.  And so begins The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo.  Unfortunately, that is the most exciting part of the book.  Although I love Because of Winn Dixie and am a fan of anything involving elephants, I just couldn’t get into this book.  After the elephant falls on page 15, nothing much exciting happens until the book ends 200 pages later.  I give this book a thumbs down.  (For ages 8 and up)

Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head

 

By MPPL on Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Picks by Mary S.

Savvy by Ingrid Law

Savvy Savvy by Ingrid Law.  For most people, turning 13 might mean getting a cool present, but for Mibs, it means receiving her special power.  Being special can be fun, but it can also be scary.  Her brother Rocket’s power makes light bulbs explode, and her brother Fish can cause hurricanes.  To make matters worse, Mib’s father is in a terrible car accident right before her birthday.  Now Mibs desperately wants her power to be something that can save her father.  If you secretly wish you had a super power, this book is for you!
Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head

 

By MPPL on July 6, 2009 Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Picks by Mary S.

Savvy by Ingrid Law

Savvy Savvy by Ingrid Law.  For most people, turning 13 might mean getting a cool present, but for Mibs, it means receiving her special power.  Being special can be fun, but it can also be scary.  Her brother Rocket’s power makes light bulbs explode, and her brother Fish can cause hurricanes.  To make matters worse, Mib’s father is in a terrible car accident right before her birthday.  Now Mibs desperately wants her power to be something that can save her father.  If you secretly wish you had a super power, this book is for you!
Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head

 

By MPPL on Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Picks by Mary S.

Philippa Fisher’s Fairy Godsister by Liz Kessler

Phlippa Fisher's Fairy Godsister Calling all fans of Liz Kessler’s Emily Windsnap series!  Here’s her new book which may not have mermaids, but has plenty of magic and surprises of its own. Imagine for a moment that you could have anything you wanted – well, at least 3 wishes worth!  Would you wish for money, friends, fame, or world peace?  In Philippa Fisher’s Fairy Godsister, Philippa is granted 3 wishes and finds it is not as easy as she thought.  From troubles with her parents, friends, and even her very own godsister, Philippa is faced with problems and BIG decisions.  I enjoyed this story about friendship and believing in yourself and was happily surprised by the ending!

Book reviewed by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

By MPPL on June 8, 2009 Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Picks by Carol C.

Philippa Fisher’s Fairy Godsister by Liz Kessler

Phlippa Fisher's Fairy Godsister Calling all fans of Liz Kessler’s Emily Windsnap series!  Here’s her new book which may not have mermaids, but has plenty of magic and surprises of its own. Imagine for a moment that you could have anything you wanted – well, at least 3 wishes worth!  Would you wish for money, friends, fame, or world peace?  In Philippa Fisher’s Fairy Godsister, Philippa is granted 3 wishes and finds it is not as easy as she thought.  From troubles with her parents, friends, and even her very own godsister, Philippa is faced with problems and BIG decisions.  I enjoyed this story about friendship and believing in yourself and was happily surprised by the ending!

Book reviewed by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

By MPPL on Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Picks by Carol C.

The Robe of Skulls by Vivian French

syndetics-lcLooks may be deceiving with this title! The Robe of Skulls by Vivian French may look creepy, but it is really a lighthearted fantasy.  Lady Lemorna wants a new dress but doesn’t have the money to pay for it so she comes up with a crazy plan to turn some princes into frogs and make their parents pay her to turn them back.  Only Prince Marcus escapes being turned into a frog, and now he must save his brother with the help of some talking bats and a brave new friend.  If you enjoy funny stories about princes, magic, and adventures, this book is for you!

Book reviewed by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist Librarian

By MPPL on May 11, 2009 Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Funny, Picks by Keary B.

The Robe of Skulls by Vivian French

syndetics-lcLooks may be deceiving with this title! The Robe of Skulls by Vivian French may look creepy, but it is really a lighthearted fantasy.  Lady Lemorna wants a new dress but doesn’t have the money to pay for it so she comes up with a crazy plan to turn some princes into frogs and make their parents pay her to turn them back.  Only Prince Marcus escapes being turned into a frog, and now he must save his brother with the help of some talking bats and a brave new friend.  If you enjoy funny stories about princes, magic, and adventures, this book is for you!

Book reviewed by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist Librarian

By MPPL on Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Funny, Picks by Keary B.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book Bod Owens is just like any other boy except he is being raised by ghosts, lives in a graveyard, and is being hunted by a vicious killer.  Okay, so he’s not quite like everyone else.  Bod’s unusual childhood lets him have thrilling adventures such as meeting the Indigo Man, being chased by ghouls, and learning to fade.  I was so excited when The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman won the Newbery award.  Gaiman is one of my favorite authors and his new book does not disappoint!  If you like a good ghost story, this book is for you.  (For grades 5 and up)  

Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head


By MPPL on April 27, 2009 Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Mystery & Suspense, Picks by Mary S.