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William Marshal, Medieval England’s Greatest Knight by Myra Weatherly

William Marshal, Medieval England's Greatest Knight  William Marshal, Medieval England’s Greatest Knight by Myra Weatherly tells Marshal’s incredible life story, beginning when he was sentenced to be hanged at age 5.  His father, who was rebelling against the king, had given William as a hostage to guarantee a truce.  William’s father then broke the truce anyway—luckily the king couldn’t bring himself to execute the boy.  William went on to become the greatest knight of his time.  He served four kings, was the only knight to ever unhorse Richard the Lionhearted in a joust, and later was with that same King Richard when he visited Sherwood Forest (and, legend has it, met with Robin Hood).  He was the bodyguard of Eleanor of Aquitaine and eventually became Regent of England, when he was assigned to protect the new child king and rule in his place until the child grew older.  This true biography is an action-packed adventure story as incredible as any fantasy novel—if you like knights and castles, don’t miss this amazing book!

 

 

By MPPL on December 20, 2010 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction

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.

Extreme Scientists: Exploring Nature’s Mysteries From Perilous Places by Donna M. Jackson

Extreme scientist Hurricane Hunter, Cave Woman and Skywalker, three things that seem to have nothing in common, or do they? Steve Sillet, “Skywalker,” scales Redwood trees, Paul Faherty, “Hurricane Hunter,” tracks dangerous storms across the country, and Hazel Barton, “Cave Woman,” is mining microbes while crawling through treacherous caves. These three people do all have one thing in common.  They’re EXTREME scientists.  In this new book you’ll find about all the daring things these scientists do in order to make important discoveries about trees, microbiology, and weather.  To get in on these exciting adventures in science come check out Extreme Scientists: Exploring Nature’s Mysteries from Perilous Places today!

 

By MPPL on April 5, 2010 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction

Extreme Scientists: Exploring Nature’s Mysteries From Perilous Places by Donna M. Jackson

Extreme scientist Hurricane Hunter, Cave Woman and Skywalker, three things that seem to have nothing in common, or do they? Steve Sillet, “Skywalker,” scales Redwood trees, Paul Faherty, “Hurricane Hunter,” tracks dangerous storms across the country, and Hazel Barton, “Cave Woman,” is mining microbes while crawling through treacherous caves. These three people do all have one thing in common.  They’re EXTREME scientists.  In this new book you’ll find about all the daring things these scientists do in order to make important discoveries about trees, microbiology, and weather.  To get in on these exciting adventures in science come check out Extreme Scientists: Exploring Nature’s Mysteries from Perilous Places today!

 

By MPPL on Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction

Just the Right Size: Why Big Animals Are Big and Little Animals Are Little by Nicola Davies

Just the Right SizeJust the Right Size by Nicola Davies explains why super-strong giants like King Kong can’t exist using simple math and science in real life.  If you can do multiplication, you can understand this book!  From tiny single cell animals to giant whales and dinosaurs—all are explained using one simple rule. This is part of why ants are stronger for their size than gorillas, and if a giant spider (like in Lord of the Rings) existed, its weight would snap off all it’s legs!  If you like learning about how the world works, this is a really cool book.

 

By MPPL on February 15, 2010 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction

Just the Right Size: Why Big Animals Are Big and Little Animals Are Little by Nicola Davies

Just the Right SizeJust the Right Size by Nicola Davies explains why super-strong giants like King Kong can’t exist using simple math and science in real life.  If you can do multiplication, you can understand this book!  From tiny single cell animals to giant whales and dinosaurs—all are explained using one simple rule. This is part of why ants are stronger for their size than gorillas, and if a giant spider (like in Lord of the Rings) existed, its weight would snap off all it’s legs!  If you like learning about how the world works, this is a really cool book.

 

By MPPL on Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction

1001 Monster Things to Spot by Gillian Doherty

1001 Monster Things to Spot If you made your way through the I Spy books then Usborne’s Spot 1001 series is another great set of search and find books! 1001 Monster Things to Spot is a good one to start with. First you need to track down some bedroom monsters–like five pocket trolls and seven slumber busters.  If that doesn’t stump you then move onto find the hopadoos and boingy beast in the monster park! So if you’re up for a monstrous challenge grab this 1001 Things to Spot book today!

 

By MPPL on January 25, 2010 Categories: Non-fiction

1001 Monster Things to Spot by Gillian Doherty

1001 Monster Things to Spot If you made your way through the I Spy books then Usborne’s Spot 1001 series is another great set of search and find books! 1001 Monster Things to Spot is a good one to start with. First you need to track down some bedroom monsters–like five pocket trolls and seven slumber busters.  If that doesn’t stump you then move onto find the hopadoos and boingy beast in the monster park! So if you’re up for a monstrous challenge grab this 1001 Things to Spot book today!

 

By MPPL on Categories: Non-fiction

Go, Go America by Dan Yaccarino

Go, Go America Jump in the Farley family station wagon for a road trip across the 50 states, as ridiculous but true tidbits about America’s wild customs and silly facts are revealed.  Did you know, for example, that it is illegal to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole in Atlanta, Georgia?  Or that West Virginia hosts an annual Roadkill Cook-off?  Yuck!  Learn about the best and strangest of the U.S.A., like how hamburgers and ice cream cones were invented and which state is famous for having some of the oldest graveyards, in Go, Go America by Dan Yaccarino.

Book reviewed by Erin E. Youth Services Programming Coordinator

 

By MPPL on December 15, 2009 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Picks by Erin E.