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Staff Picks 4 Kids

On the Road by Lucy Nolan

On the Road This beginning chapter book is full of hilarious adventures—on the beach, in the woods, and at the veterinarian—all from the perspective of a dog who thinks her name is “Down Girl.”  In On the Road by Lucy Nolan, Down Girl loves her master (who she calls “Rruff”) and she’s always trying so hard to be a good dog.  But why isn’t Rruff happy when he finds the little surprise Down Girl leaves in his beach bag?  Hint: it didn’t smell good!

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

By MPPL on July 1, 2009 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Funny, Picks by Erin E.

Fashion Kitty by Charise Mericle Harper

syndetics-lcFashion Kitty by Charise Mericle Harper.  In a freak accident, Kiki Kitty now has the super power to save you from fashion disaster when she transforms into FASHION KITTY.  You can expect the unexpected, and maybe even a new sense of style, when you read this funny pink and purple graphic novel! 



By MPPL on May 19, 2009 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Funny

Campfire Mallory by Laurie Friedman

syndetics-lcYou will enjoy this book if you have ever been to summer camp or would like to go. Mallory isn’t too sure she wants to go, but her parents convince her to give it a try since her big brother Max and her best friend Mary Ann are going, too.  When Mallory arrives at Camp Blue Lake, nothing goes as planned.  She ends up in a different cabin from her best friend, and her bunkmate Carine won’t leave her alone. Carine seems to get Mallory into all kinds of trouble. Read Campfire Mallory by Laurie Friedman to find out if Mallory can survive her first summer away at camp and if she ever becomes friends with Carine. 

(For grades 3-4)

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

By MPPL on May 4, 2009 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Picks by Barb M., Realistic Stories

Where is the Cake? by T.T. Khing

syndetics-lcI’m hungry! Now where did that silly cake go to? Where Is the Cake? by T.T. Khing is a simple, wordless look-and-find adventure book even preschoolers will enjoy. Hey older kids, there’s so much going on behind the scenes of the cake adventure to discover, you’ll be flipping back to see what you missed! By the way, when you find that cake could you let me know? I’m still hungry…

By MPPL on April 13, 2009 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Non-fiction, Picture Books

The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

The London Eye Mystery In The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd, Ted’s cousin, Salim, mysteriously disappears while riding the famous London Eye (it’s like a  huge ferris wheel), and the whole family is frantic!  Ted thinks he spontaneously combusted but Aunt Gloria thinks that he has been kidnapped. Even the police can’t crack the case.  So Ted, whose brain functions a little differently then most people’s, and his big sister, Kat, decide to put their aside their fighting to work together as detectives.  They follow a trail of clues across London in a desperate search to find Salim while time ticks dangerously by.  What goes up must come down…right?
By MPPL on December 2, 2008 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Mystery & Suspense

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

syndetics-lcI 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

By MPPL on September 24, 2008 Categories: For Grades 2-4, For Grades 4-6, Funny, Picks by Mary Ann S.

My Name is Jorge on Both Sides of the River/Me llamo Jorge en ambos lados del río by Jane Medina

syndetics-lc ¿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!

By MPPL on August 27, 2008 Categories: For Grades 2-4, For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Realistic Stories, Spanish

How to Survive a Totally Boring Summer by Alice DeLaCroix

syndetics-lcHow 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

By MPPL on August 19, 2008 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Picks by Mary Lou H., Realistic Stories

The Buffalo Storm by Katherine Applegate

syndetics-lcI 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

By MPPL on June 18, 2008 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Picks by Anne W., Picture Books

Strong Man: the Story of Charles Atlas by Meghan McCarthy

syndetics-lcStrong 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!

By MPPL on April 29, 2008 Categories: For Grades 2-4, For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction