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Staff Picks 4 Kids

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.

How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor

How to Steal a Dog What would you do for money you needed for a home?  What would you say was ok, as long as you had a bed to lie in? In the story How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor, young Georgina feels the only option she has is to steal a dog, return it to its owner who is sure to offer a reward, and use the reward money toward rent for a new apartment.  This would mean not having to live in a car anymore.  While Georgina knows that stealing isn’t right, she doesn’t see any other way. Plus, having written down all the details in her notebook under “how to steal a dog,” she has everything figured out. Or does she?  Recommended for 3-6th grades.

 

By MPPL on January 10, 2010 Categories: For Grades 2-4, For Grades 4-6, Realistic Stories

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

Fantastic Mr. Fox  Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl.  Mr. Fox and his family are being horribly hunted down by three extremely nasty farmers.  Just when you think they will all die horribly, they barely escape—only to be trapped again!  This book is really a little bit scary!  But Mr. Fox is truly Fantastic, and you will love discovering his ingenious plan to save them all as it unfolds before your eyes.  You should read this book before you go see the movie—there is plenty in the movie to enjoy that doesn’t happen in the book, but if you see the movie first, it gives away what happens in the book!

 

By MPPL on December 6, 2009 Categories: For Grades 2-4

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Things by Lenore Look

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Things  Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Things by Lenore Look.  From the moment you meet him, Alvin Ho makes you laugh out loud.  He’s afraid of everything.  This means he carries around a PDK (personal disaster kit) containing items such as garlic for scaring off vampires and masks for keeping away girls.  The problem is since he’s too scared to speak in school, a GIRL volunteered to be his desk buddy.  Even worse, she’s made “The Book on Alvin”–all about him!!  Now Alvin has decided he’s allergic to both school and girls.  What is he going to do?  I highly recommend this book.  The audio is great but so is the book with all its amusing illustrations.  Whatever format you choose, you are certain to love Alvin.

Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head

 

By MPPL on October 19, 2009 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Funny, Picks by Mary S.

Clementine by Sarah Pennypacker

Clementine Move over, Ramona, Junie B. Jones, and Gooney Bird Green! Clementine is here! Clementine, by Sarah Pennypacker, brings us into this 8 year old’s life, where she joins her father in fighting off pigeons, and “fixes” her friend’s hair by first cutting most of it off, and then coloring it using indelible pens (including little “squigglies” on her forehead for bangs). This is the first book of a new series sure to find popularity among young and older readers alike.

Book reviewed by Loreen  S., Youth Services Assistant

By MPPL on August 3, 2009 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Funny, Picks by Loreen S.

Mucumber McGee and the Lunch Lady’s Liver by Patrick Loehr

Mucumber McGee and the Lunch Lady's Liver Mucumber McGee arrived late to lunch and the only thing left is the lunch lady’s liver cake!!!  This liver cake left Mucumber unpleased because it looked like an, “old bowling shoe and smelled like rotten cheese!” Will Mucumber dare to take a bite? If he does will his taste buds delight??  Picky eaters may think twice about liver as they gobble up this great picture book, Mucumber McGee and the Lunch Lady’s Liver by Patrick Loehr!

By MPPL on July 20, 2009 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Funny, Picture Books