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Spaceheadz by Jon Scieszka

Spaceheadz Attention those of you who have traveled with the Time Warp Trio! Attention any of you who suffered along with the class in the Math Curse! You may decide that Spaceheadz–the latest offering by Jon Scieszka–is not quite up to his best, but you will be the best judge.

Michael K, a newly arrived 5th grader, meets two other newcomers–Venus and TJ. Newcomers? I’ll say! TJ and Venus are aliens from another planet, and they’re here to make Spaceheadz out of 3.14  million + 1 earthlings or else they will turn off (whatever that means–doesn’t sound good, does it?) our whole planet! Are you willing to become one of the 3.14 miilion +1 and become a Spacehead? Maybe you won’t have a choice!  For more Spacehead adventures, check out the 2nd and 3rd books in the series.

Book reviewed by Loreen S., Youth Services Assistant

 

By MPPL on March 7, 2011 Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Funny, Picks by Loreen S.

The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood

The Mysterious Howling In The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood, Miss Penelope Lumley is the new governess at Ashton Place.  Penelope has never been a governess before, but she’s pretty sure it isn’t supposed to be like this. Do all children howl, chase squirrels, and try to climb bookcases? Maybe these children do because they had been raised by wolves until recently found by her employer! Penelope manages to teach the three children how to speak, dance, and hold their knife properly– just in time for the winter dance! But who sets a squirrel loose in the ballroom? Is someone trying to sabotage the children? And how did they come under the care of wild wolves in the first place?  (For grades 5 and up)

Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head

 

By MPPL on February 14, 2011 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Funny, Picks by Mary S.

Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath

Everything on a Waffle Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath is about a little girl, Primrose, whose parents are lost at sea—everyone keeps telling Primrose that her parents are surely dead and trying to figure out what to do with her.  But she believes in her heart that they are still alive, which gets her through some tough times.  If this sounds like a serious book, let me tell you it is NOT!  This book is hilarious from start to finish.  Not just funny, but inspiring, touching, and in many ways wonderful—also, there is a lot of food, and the recipes are included.  You could call this realistic fiction—except that the things that happen probably wouldn’t really happen in a million years—but the way the story is told is so completely real and believable.  You’ll feel like you’ve lived in Coal Harbor with Primrose and her friends your whole life.

 

By MPPL on January 24, 2011 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Funny, Realistic Stories

Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt & Julie Graham-Chang by Amy Ignatow

Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt & Julie Graham-Chang Are you a girl? Do you like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid? Then you need to read the Popularity Papers series!!!! It’s like every girl’s journal but even more hilarious, clever, and fancy, with lots of colorful drawings.  Plus, it’s got the coolest characters, the most embarrassing moments, and a great story about the best of friends.

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

 

By MPPL on December 27, 2010 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Funny, Picks by Erin E.

I Am Going! by Mo Willems

I Am Going! Piggie is going and Elephant does NOT want him to! But, Piggie is going any way.  “Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?” asks Elephant.  Elephant begs Piggie to stay because who will he play ping-pong with in his silly hat if Piggie leaves? Does Piggie leave Elephant on his own? Grab Mo Willem’s I Am Going! to find out!

 

By MPPL on November 22, 2010 Categories: Early Readers, Funny

The Fizzy Whiz Kid by Maiya Williams

The Fizzy Whiz Kid Mitchell Mathis moved often because his dad, an entomologist, changed jobs frequently.  His family had no TV, and he never watched any movies.  So when he moves to Los Angeles and enrolls at Cecil B. DeMille Elementary, where students have moms and dads who are actors, agents, and directors, he is considered a freak!   In The Fizzy Whiz Kid by Maiya Williams, Mitch decides to do something to belong, so he auditions and gets a part in a commercial for Fizzy Whiz soda.  He becomes a hit on TV–until something happens to make people turn against him!  Will he continue to be a TV star or turn back to being a regular kid?

Book reviewed by Mary Lou H., Youth Services Assistant

 

By MPPL on October 25, 2010 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Funny, Picks by Mary Lou H.

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

Origami Yoda Are you looking for a good book to read now you’ve finished The Diary of a Wimpy Kid?  Look no further, Origami Yoda is here!  Origami Yoda is a finger puppet made by this really weird middle schooler named Dwight.  Dwight is the kind of nerd who wears the same t-shirt all month, wipes up spills in the cafeteria by scooting across the floor on his stomach, or only answers “purple” when you ask him a question.  The thing is Dwight’s paper puppet can predict the future and suggest the best way to handle a tricky situation.  There’s no way Dwight is that smart.  So is Origami Yoda magic?  The students of McQuarrie Middle School want to know so they start a case file to discover the truth.  Check out their stories and related cartoons by reading The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger.
 
Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head

By MPPL on September 15, 2010 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Funny, Picks by Mary S.

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.

My Hippo Has the Hiccups and Other Poems I Totally Made Up by Kenn Nesbitt

My Hippo Has the HiccupsMy Hippo Has the Hiccups and Other Poems I Totally Made Up by Kenn Nesbitt.  This new poetry book is filled with funny poems that you will enjoy like, My Dog Likes to Disco and My Elephant is Missing! It also includes a DVD with the author reading many of the poems and a web address for more fun activities.

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

 

By MPPL on May 26, 2010 Categories: Funny, Non-fiction, Picks by Barb M.

The Battle of the Red Hot Pepper Weenies and Other Warped and Creepy Tales by David Lubar

The Battle of the Red Hot Pepper Weenies and Other Warped and Creepy Tales The Battle of the Red Hot Pepper Weenies and Other Warped and Creepy Tales by David Lubar.  Are you looking for something slightly weird to read, kind of bizarre but still kind of funny, maybe even a little scary?  Try one of the “what if” stories in this collection and you are likely to get the creeps.  Like “what if…” the wildest adventure ride at the carnival got a man-eating mean streak?   Read just one of stories, or maybe two, or eat up whole bunch when you’re in the mood for something a little far-fetched, spooky and funny all at the same time.

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

 

By MPPL on November 9, 2009 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Funny, Picks by Mary Ann S.