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Staff Picks 4 Kids

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

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

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.

Race Cars Up Close by Andra Serlin Abramson

Race Cars Up Close Love race cars? Ever wanted to see one in person? Well, Race Cars Up Close by Andra Serlin Abramson is the next best thing! In this picture and information filled book there are huge foldouts of every part of a race car from the engine to dash board to the pit crew. A lot of the photos are the actual size of the car part too! So if you’re a die hard racing fan than this is the book for you!

By MPPL on October 12, 2009 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction

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

Spooky Cemeteries by Dinah Williams

Spooky Cemeteries I read Spooky Cemeteries by Dinah Williams aloud with my family and friends on Halloween night.  While not exactly great for storytelling, this book includes chilling facts and creepy pictures from cemeteries around the world, and two of them are right here in the Chicago area!  What really spooked me was what happened to the “last American vampire,” and what the job of a “bone-picker” was– yuck!

Book reviewed by Erin E. Youth Services Programming Coordinator

By MPPL on July 13, 2009 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Picks by Erin E.

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

How to Talk to Girls by Alec Greven

syndetics-lcEver had that assignment, to read a “how to” book? Real life nine year old Alec Greven took the assignment one step further and wrote How to Talk to Girls.  How do you get a girl to like you? You may be surprised at what impresses girls and what doesn’t. You may even have second thoughts on what to say and not to say. Alec has all the answers!

Book read by Loreen S., Youth Assistant

By MPPL on April 6, 2009 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Picks by Loreen S.

Smart-opedia: The Amazing Book About Everything

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Did you know “one person out of six in the world lives in India” or that in Ancient Greece actors wore masks to represent their characters? Well the Smart-opedia is filled with so much information about the Earth, history, animals, planets and much more, your head might just explode! So if you’re curious about the capybara (the world’s largest rodent),  how weather works, or how many Europeans live in cities then pick up this fact & fun  packed title today!

By MPPL on December 30, 2008 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction

Marley: A Dog Like No Other by John Grogan

syndetics-lcComing soon to a theater near you is Marley and Me, the story of a very challenging but lovable dog.  The children’s version of the book, Marley: A Dog Like No Other by John Grogan, is a sweet and funny tale that I would recommend to anyone who loves dogs.  What I would not recommend, is reading this book while you’re eating… there’s a lot of talk about dog poop!

Book read by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

 

By MPPL on December 8, 2008 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Picks by Erin E.