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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.

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 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.

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 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Funny, Picks by Mary Ann S.

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.

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 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Funny, Picks by Mary S.

A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban

Crooked Kind of PerfectI’ll admit that the striped socks on the cover of A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban caught my attention. I’m certainly glad that I read it!  Ten year old Zoe is a believable and lovable character who longs to play the piano but to her dismay, receives an organ instead. She has a mother who works too much, a father who rarely leaves the safety of home, troubles with friends, yet enough T.P. stockpiled in the basement to last the entire family until she goes to college!  This is a humorous and touching story that makes you realize that even the craziest of lives can be surprisingly perfect.

Book read and reviewed by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

 

By MPPL on September 28, 2009 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Funny, Picks by Carol C.

A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban

Crooked Kind of PerfectI’ll admit that the striped socks on the cover of A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban caught my attention. I’m certainly glad that I read it!  Ten year old Zoe is a believable and lovable character who longs to play the piano but to her dismay, receives an organ instead. She has a mother who works too much, a father who rarely leaves the safety of home, troubles with friends, yet enough T.P. stockpiled in the basement to last the entire family until she goes to college!  This is a humorous and touching story that makes you realize that even the craziest of lives can be surprisingly perfect.

Book read and reviewed by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

 

By MPPL on Categories: For Grades 4-6, Funny, Picks by Carol C.

We Can’t All Be Rattlesnakes by Patrick Jennings

We Can’t All Be Rattlesnakes
We Can’t All Be Rattlesnakes by Patrick Jennings.  Unfortunately one day, a wild female gopher snake is captured by a preteen boy named Gunnar, who mistakes her for a male rattlesnake.  He adds her to the “zoo” in his room which also includes a tortoise, a lizard, and a tarantula. “Crusher”, as Gunnar calls her , quickly learns two things: one, that she can mentally communicate with the other animals and two, that she is going to have to think of a way to escape as soon as possible!  As the days go on, as much as she thinks that Gunnar is a horrible boy who is mean to animals, she then sees the way his parents treat him and actually begins to feel a little sorry for him.  At least he feeds her, which isn’t always the case with the other “pets”, but she can’t bring herself to eat the live mouse he drops in her terrarium since she didn’t have to catch him herself.  Soon, she even sort of befriends the mouse by playing with him and calling him “Breakfast”.  Will Crusher ever escape?  And if so, what will happen to Breakfast and the other “pets”?  You’ll have to read the book to find out!

 

By MPPL on September 14, 2009 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Funny

We Can’t All Be Rattlesnakes by Patrick Jennings

We Can’t All Be Rattlesnakes
We Can’t All Be Rattlesnakes by Patrick Jennings.  Unfortunately one day, a wild female gopher snake is captured by a preteen boy named Gunnar, who mistakes her for a male rattlesnake.  He adds her to the “zoo” in his room which also includes a tortoise, a lizard, and a tarantula. “Crusher”, as Gunnar calls her , quickly learns two things: one, that she can mentally communicate with the other animals and two, that she is going to have to think of a way to escape as soon as possible!  As the days go on, as much as she thinks that Gunnar is a horrible boy who is mean to animals, she then sees the way his parents treat him and actually begins to feel a little sorry for him.  At least he feeds her, which isn’t always the case with the other “pets”, but she can’t bring herself to eat the live mouse he drops in her terrarium since she didn’t have to catch him herself.  Soon, she even sort of befriends the mouse by playing with him and calling him “Breakfast”.  Will Crusher ever escape?  And if so, what will happen to Breakfast and the other “pets”?  You’ll have to read the book to find out!

 

By MPPL on Categories: For Grades 4-6, Funny