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Staff Picks 4 Kids

Where I Live by Eileen Spinelli

syndetics-lcWhere I Live by Eileen Spinelli is a novel in poems written by a young girl, maybe about 9 years old. She writes about her house, her family, and most of all her best friend, Rose. She is devastated when her father loses his job and they have to move to Pittsburgh and live with Grandpa Joe. The poems vary in length and style, and some are much deeper than others. The pencil illustrations add to the story.

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

By lbos on July 22, 2013 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Picks by Erin E., Realistic Stories

The Time Warp Trio: Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka

syndetics-lcIf you like funny adventures, you should read The Time Warp Trio: Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka. While Joe, Fred, and Sam are eating lunch, they decide to read, THE BOOK, Joe’s last present from his magician uncle. The boys think they are just going to read a story about King Arthur and his knights, but when they open THE BOOK, they are magically thrown into the story! They are confronted by the Black Knight and have to figure out how to get back home. Funny, thrilling, and a quick read. First in the series. Suggested for grades 3-5.

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant

By lbos on July 8, 2013 Categories: For Grades 2-4, For Grades 4-6, Funny, Picks by Anne W.

About Average by Andrew Clements

syndetics-lcIn the book called About Average, Jordan was a sixth-grader who considered herself very average.  She made a special list of things she was good at (just a few), things she was okay at, and things she stunk at.  Unfortunately, the list got into the hands of a girl who made her life miserable because of it. Jordan’s goal was to do something extraordinary by the end of the year.  During the last week of school, she accomplished this in a very surprising way.

Book reviewed by Mary Lou H., Youth Services Assistant

By lbos on February 25, 2013 Categories: For Grades 2-4, For Grades 4-6, Picks by Mary Lou H., Realistic Stories

Step Gently Out by Helen Frost

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This poetry book is beautiful!  I couldn’t wait to turn the page to read the next part of the poem and see the beautiful photography of different insects. This book is much like a picture book and the last two pages have thumbnail pictures of the illustrations with information about each bug. Rick Liender provided the wonderful photographs.

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

By lbos on December 31, 2012 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Non-fiction, Picks by Barb M.

Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer

syndetics-lcIn the book Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer, each spread consists of a page of poems next to an illustrated page. Both the words and the pictures are sort of mirror images of each other (hence, the title of this book), and both are creatively done. Each pair of poems contains exactly the same lines, but the second one is the reverse of the first. My favorite is “Bears in the News” which shows the three bears discovering Goldilocks in their bed– from both the bears’ and Goldilocks’ points of view. It’s so simple, yet so brilliant!

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By lbos on December 17, 2012 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Non-fiction, Picks by Erin E., Picture Books

The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin

Trouble with ChickensThe Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin. J.J. Tully, a retired search-and-rescue dog, hopes to enjoy a peaceful afternoon. But instead, he is called to the aid of Moosh, a worried mother hen, and her chicks, Dirt and Sugar, who need help tracking down some missing members of the family!  It seems that the missing chicks have been chicknapped by Vince the Funnel, but who knows what will happen when Tully plans a rescue mission!  Cartoon illustrations only add to the fun making this fast-paced mystery a good choice for beginner chapter book readers. Also makes a great family read aloud!

 Book reviewed by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist

By bjones on September 24, 2012 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Funny, Mystery & Suspense, Picks by Keary B.

This is the Game by Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander

This is the GameThis is the Game by Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander. “Let’s play ball!” Baseball is what this new poetry book is all about.  Each poem highlights a different aspect of the game and makes you feel like you are there experiencing it in person.  It definitely “hits a home run”!

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

By bjones on April 16, 2012 Categories: Early Readers, For Grades 2-4, Non-fiction, Picks by Barb M.

Beauty and the Squat Bears by Emile Bravo

Beauty and the Squat BearsBeauty and the Squat Bears by Emile Bravo is a hilarious graphic novel story book mash-up of just about every prince and princess fairy tale you can think of—all with a smart, modern twist.  The squat bears just want to find a prince that can get rid of the weird princess that has barged in on their little cottage.  One squat bear goes on the mission, and ends up with not one, but three rowdy princes.  Unfortunately, the princes end up pushing the fairy godmother too far and things get ugly.  Fractured fairy tale fans of all ages will love this very funny story.

 

By MPPL on November 23, 2011 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Picture Books

Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonell

Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking RatIn Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat, Emmy longs for the way things used to be, before her parents became rich.  Like when her parents actually liked to spend time with her.  Like when her parents actually cared about her.  Now, Mom and Dad almost act as if  they are under some sort of mean, ignore-our-daughter kind of spell.  Turns out, they ARE!  Watch out for the evil nanny and the despicable potions she concocts from magical rodents.  It’s up to Emmy to save the day — can she do it?  Try this book, especially if you like fantasy adventure and a plucky heroine.

Book reviewed by Mary Ann S., Assistant Head of Youth Services

By MPPL on August 23, 2011 Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 2-4, For Grades 4-6, Picks by Mary Ann S.

Super Chicken Nugget Boy and the Furious Fry by Josh Lewis

Super Chicken Nugget Boy and the Furious Fry In Super Chicken Nugget Boy and the Furious Fry by Josh Lewis, Fern faces a terrible bully at his new school and decides to do something about it. He invents a superhero to stand up to the bully, but when the plan goes astray, Fern gets turned into the superhero for real.  Is he stuck as a giant chicken nugget forever? Can he stop the bully?  You’ll have to read to find out!  Like any good superhero story, there’s plenty of action, a good dose of comedy, and even cartoon pictures on most pages. A good pick for boys seeking early chapter books.  Stay tuned for other adventures of Super Chicken Nugget boy, since this is the first in a series.

Book reviewed by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist

By MPPL on April 25, 2011 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Funny, Picks by Keary B.