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Staff Picks 4 Kids

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.

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

Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka

Knucklehead Jon Scieszka has written a lot of great books for kids like “The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales” and the Time Warp Trio books. Now he has written a great book called Knucklehead about how he grew up in Michigan with his 5 brothers—that’s right 6 boys in his family, 7 if you count the dad and 8 if you count the cat.  This book will make you understand how Jon Scieszka got so funny. You will read about how his brother tried to sell him his own shirt.  And you’ll find out exactly what you should not do when your teacher asks “What’s so funny, Mr. Sciescka—would you like to share with the class?”  You’ll see tons of great photos and read about dirt clod wars at construction sites, exploring sewers, blowing up model planes, made-up swear words, and much, much more.  It’s lucky that Jon and all his brothers survived their childhood.  Lucky for us because now we get to read his hilarious books!


By MPPL on August 25, 2009 Categories: Funny, Non-fiction

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.

Curse of the Kitty Litter by Kirk Scroggs

Curse of the Kitty Litter In Wiley & Grampa’s Creature Features: Curse of the Kitty Litter by Kirk Scroggs, Grampa is notified that his fourth cousin-in-law, Lord Rankonstink, has died and left him something in his will.  The whole family (including Wiley’s cat Merle and his best friend Jubal) arrives at the very weird and creepy Badtable Manor for the reading of the will.  They find out that Grampa will inherit the contents of a secret vault if one member of the family can survive the night at the haunted Badtable Manor.  One by one everyone flees the terrors of the house, except Grampa who snores through it all.  So he inherits the contents of the vault, which turns out to be a 24-carrot gold plated litter box that happens to be haunted by the ghost of Mr. Spittles—Lord Rankonstinks beloved kitty.  And then things start to get weird.  For hilarious comedy-adventure-terror, you just can’t beat Wiley & Grampa.



By MPPL on July 27, 2009 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Funny

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

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

The Robe of Skulls by Vivian French

syndetics-lcLooks may be deceiving with this title! The Robe of Skulls by Vivian French may look creepy, but it is really a lighthearted fantasy.  Lady Lemorna wants a new dress but doesn’t have the money to pay for it so she comes up with a crazy plan to turn some princes into frogs and make their parents pay her to turn them back.  Only Prince Marcus escapes being turned into a frog, and now he must save his brother with the help of some talking bats and a brave new friend.  If you enjoy funny stories about princes, magic, and adventures, this book is for you!

Book reviewed by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist Librarian

By MPPL on May 11, 2009 Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Funny, Picks by Keary B.

The Facttracker by Jason Carter Eaton

syndetics-lcDid you ever tell a lie and then have to tell another lie to cover that one up?  And then another and another until your lies were just spinning out of control?  Well, what happens in The Facttracker by Jason Carter Eaton is kind of like that.  Someone called the Just Small Enough Boy accidentally blows up the factory that produces all of the facts, the Facttracker’s twin brother steals the seed of truth, the mayor runs around in his underwear, and the Facttracker eats nothing but grilled cheese sandwiches.  Well… three of those four things are true!  If you’re still not convinced to read this book, consider this– how could a book that begins with a chapter called, “Everyone Loves a Good Explosion,” not be entertaining? 

Book read by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By MPPL on February 23, 2009 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Funny, Picks by Erin E.