Staff Picks 4 Kids
I read Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. Are you stressed out about middle school? Greg Heffley is, too — big time! So take a look at his diary and maybe you’ll feel better. At least you’ll know you’re not the only one trying to make sense out of middle school mayhem. Serious and hilarious at the same time, he really tells it (and draws the cartoons) just like he sees it. I liked it a lot!
Book read by Mary Ann S., Assistant Head of Youth Services
¿Cómo te sientes cuando no entiendes algo? How do you feel when you don’t understand something? In the book My Name is Jorge on Both Sides of the River/Me llamo Jorge en ambos lados del río by Jane Medina, Jorge recently arrived in the United States and is finding life in a new country challenging and confusing. He does find comfort from a boy in his class who shares a common interest. But will that be enough to keep them friends and change Jorge’s experience for the better?
Plus this book is in both English and Spanish! Awesome!
How to Survive a Totally Boring Summer by Alice DeLaCroix. A new school year is almost ready to start – you’ve had all summer – did you do what you planned at the beginning? Randall and his new best friend, Max, come up with some great ideas for the summer. But their best idea, forming a chess club called the Checkmate Club, turns into a special community project with seniors. If you enjoy playing chess or have always wanted to learn how to play, this is the book for you.
Book read by Mary Lou H., Youth Services Library Assistant
I read The Buffalo Storm by Katherine Applegate. Ever wonder what it was like for kids to live during Westward Expansion? One girl is moving with her family to Oregon in a covered wagon. She is unsure about leaving her grandmother behind, but feels better when she is able to share a memory that her grandmother had of the buffalo stampeding. She helps her dad to build their new house and to welcome the new baby to their family.
Read by Anne W., Youth Library Assistant
Strong Man: the Story of Charles Atlas by Meghan McCarthy is true story with funny picture. Over one hundred years ago Angelo Siciliano traveled on a steamship from Italy to Ellis Island in New York. Even though Angelo didn’t know it, he was destined for great things. Angelo was a smaller kid so growing up in Brooklyn, New York was tough! He was teased and beat up by bullies. Even as he grew older, Angelo was harassed and humiliated by others. He decided it needed to stop, and after seeing a statue of Hercules, he came up with a plan! Angelo decided to start lifting weights. The weight lifting didn’t work so well, but a lion at a zoo gave him a new idea. Angelo came up with own fitness routine. As he exercised, he began to grow stronger and stronger until he was as strong as an OX!!
Once his friends started noticing his new muscles, they commented that he looked like the statue of Atlas holding the heavens on his shoulders. From that time on Angelo, whose nickname was already Charlie, became known as Charles Atlas. Wanting to show his body off, Angelo became a strongman at a Coney Island sideshow. What famous feats did Charles Atlas complete? How did the world react to him? Come check out Strong Man to find out!
Meet first grader Jake, aka “The Pain,” and his third grade sister Abigail, aka “The Great One”. These lovable, funny characters first appeared in a picture book over 20 years ago and now they are the stars of Judy Blume’s Soupy Saturdays with the Pain & the Great One. If you have a brother or sister, I bet that you can relate to the humorous sibling rivalries that occur over haircuts, bike riding, soccer, and birthday parties. Jake even tries to wash a dog with his shampoo and brush the dog’s teeth with, of course, his own toothbrush. Yuck! Early readers can enjoy the short chapters and the adorable illustrations that truly bring the characters to life.
Reviewed by Carol C, Youth Services Library Assistant
Jennifer Holm’s irrepressible cartoon mouse is back in Babymouse: Rock Star, and this time Babymouse wants to be, you guessed it, a rock star. If not a big rock star, then maybe a flutist. Nothing can hold her back (except possibly her lack of musical talent). Will she be able to learn the notes in time to become the star of the concert? Babymouse is fun, smart, and a great friend. This is my first Babymouse book, but I am now a huge fan. This graphic novel is a great stepping stone for readers who are ready to graduate from the Olivia books (by Ian Falconer) to chapter books. Hope you have as much fun hanging out with Babymouse as I did!
Review submitted by Mary S., Head of Youth Services
Out and About at the Baseball Stadium by Bitsy Kemper is a cool book. First, it talks about different parts of the ballpark, including parts you wouldn’t normally think about, like that there’s a hot tub for the players to soak their aching muscles. Our guide Pete takes us through the training rooms, the concourse, the dugout, and many other places found in the ball park. Exciting facts are highlighted on a pad of paper in the corner of every page. Did you know that new baseballs can be too slippery so players rub dirt on them to make them easier to handle? This book is a great read for any baseball fan.