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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.

Adventures in Cartooning by James Sturm

Adventures in Cartooning  Adventures in Cartooning by James Sturm is an exciting and hilarious adventure story that is told with cartoons in a “graphic novel” form.  It is about a missing princess and a brave knight who is determined to slay the deadly dragon that must have stolen her (you won’t believe where the princess turns up in the end).  The eager knight’s quest is joined by a magic elf—the only problem is that the magic elf is more interested in teaching the knight (and you) all about comics than in helping defeat the dragon!  While you’re enjoying the adventure, you get to learn all about how comics work—and how you can make your own!  This book is great for long-time graphic novel fans who are ready to create their own epic adventures, but it’s also great for kids who have never even read a graphic novel before and who are just looking for a fun summer read!

 

 

By MPPL on July 28, 2010 Categories: For Grades 2-4, For Grades 4-6, Graphic Novels

Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs (Roscoe Riley Rules #1) by Katherine Applegate

Never Glue Your Friends If you’ve ever tried to help out but ended up making things worse, you know how Roscoe feels in Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs.  This is the first book in the Roscoe Riley Rules Series.  Trouble is brewing before the big recital when the drummers can’t sit still, and the bee antennae won’t stay on the kids’ heads.  Roscoe steps in with his super-duper strong glue, and soon everything is sticking in place.  I laughed the whole time reading about how Roscoe used super glue to glue his class to their chairs for their concert.  If you like funny stories about school, you’d like this book.

Book reviewed by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist

By MPPL on July 20, 2010 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Funny, Picks by Keary B.

Wishing for Tomorrow: The Sequel to A Little Princess by Hilary McKay

Wishing for Tomorrow If you enjoyed reading A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett, you will probably like Wishing for Tomorrow: The Sequel to A Little Princess by Hilary McKay also! I always wondered what happened to the girls in Miss Minchin’s School after Sara Crewe left. Now you can find out too! Lavinia, Ermengarde, and Lottie all have numerous adventures. Good for third grade and up.

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant

 

By MPPL on April 26, 2010 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Historical Fiction, Picks by Anne W.

Wishing for Tomorrow: The Sequel to A Little Princess by Hilary McKay

Wishing for Tomorrow If you enjoyed reading A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett, you will probably like Wishing for Tomorrow: The Sequel to A Little Princess by Hilary McKay also! I always wondered what happened to the girls in Miss Minchin’s School after Sara Crewe left. Now you can find out too! Lavinia, Ermengarde, and Lottie all have numerous adventures. Good for third grade and up.

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant