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How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills

How Rocket Learned to Read Can dogs learn how to read?  In How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills Rocket, a lovable dog, happens upon a tree that little bird has chosen for her school.  Since Rocket is sleeping under the sign that says, “Class Starts Today,” the little bird figures he is there to learn how to read.  Rocket is not interested in the least until the bird starts to read him a story, and he can’t wait to hear how it ends. Read this book and find out if Rocket learns to read!

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

By MPPL on October 19, 2010 Categories: Picks by Barb M., Picture Books

The Mud Fairy by Amy Young

Mud Fairy The Mud Fairy by Amy Young.  Did you ever want to be a fairy? Well it’s not as easy as you might think. Little Emmalina loved playing in the swamp with the frogs instead of doing something important like opening a flower to get her wings.  She felt like she wasn’t good at anything until she snuck off to the swamp to help the frogs with their new tadpoles. Would this help her earn her wings?

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

By MPPL on August 18, 2010 Categories: Fantasy, Picks by Barb M., Picture Books

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.

A Small White Scar by K. A. Nuzum

Small White Scar In A Small White Scar by K. A. Nuzum, Will wants to win a rodeo competition, but his father won’t allow him to compete because he needs to care for his twin brother who is disabled.  His mother died when they were younger, and his father is still struggling with her being gone.  Will decides to run away to fulfill his dream of winning a rodeo, and his brother Denny follows him. They run into many adventures along the way.

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

 

By MPPL on April 20, 2010 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Picks by Barb M., Realistic Stories

Dish: Stirring it Up by Diane Muldrow

Dish: Stirring it Up If you like middle school drama and cooking, then Dish: Stirring It Up by Diane Muldrow is for you.  Twins Molly and Amanda Moore along with their friends decide to take a cooking class because they are tired of eating “carry out.” Everything was great until nasty Natasha showed up at the cooking class.  The book in this series have great cooking tips and recipes!

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

 

By MPPL on March 22, 2010 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Picks by Barb M., Realistic Stories

Bea Rocks the Flock by Victoria Jamieson

Bea Rocks the Flock   Bea Rocks the Flock by Victoria Jamieson.  The rule in Sheepdom is: Sheep are not UNIQUE.  Bea couldn’t stand it any more so she packed her backpack and left her flock for the big city.  Everyone in the big city was unique and Bea could be anything she wanted to be but she missed her friends terribly.  When she returns to her flock she makes a big discovery about being unique.
 
Book reviewed by Barb M., Youth Outreach and Programming Assistant

By MPPL on December 28, 2009 Categories: Picks by Barb M., Picture Books

Watch Out For Wolfgang by Paul Carrick

Watch Out For Wolfgang Watch Out for Wolfgang by Paul Carrick.  Do you like robots and fractured fairytales?  You will love this new twist to an old fairytale “The Three Little Pigs”.  Mother robot sends her three very different young robots out to seek their fortunes.  She warns them to watch out for Wolfgang the Recycler who would love to recycle all their parts.  Read this book to see if Wolfgang captures a robot.

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

 

By MPPL on November 23, 2009 Categories: Picks by Barb M., Picture Books

Campfire Mallory by Laurie Friedman

syndetics-lcYou will enjoy this book if you have ever been to summer camp or would like to go. Mallory isn’t too sure she wants to go, but her parents convince her to give it a try since her big brother Max and her best friend Mary Ann are going, too.  When Mallory arrives at Camp Blue Lake, nothing goes as planned.  She ends up in a different cabin from her best friend, and her bunkmate Carine won’t leave her alone. Carine seems to get Mallory into all kinds of trouble. Read Campfire Mallory by Laurie Friedman to find out if Mallory can survive her first summer away at camp and if she ever becomes friends with Carine. 

(For grades 3-4)

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

By MPPL on May 4, 2009 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Picks by Barb M., Realistic Stories

The Sandman by Ralph Fletcher

syndetics-lcIf you have ever wondered how the sandman got his sleeping dust then you will want to read the book, The Sandman by Ralph Fletcher.  I love the pictures, especially the full page spread of the dragon! Oops, I don’t want to give away the story…you will just have to read it. 

Book read by Barb M., Youth Library Assistant

By MPPL on March 9, 2009 Categories: Picks by Barb M., Picture Books

Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure by Doreen Cronin

syndetics-lcThump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure by Doreen Cronin – This is the newest book in Cronin’s wacky farm series.  Join the fun as Farmer Brown works on his Statue of Liberty Maze.  Little does he know that at night, duck is also working on his design.  Read the book to find out what Farmer Brown and Duck discover when they take a hot air balloon ride to see the finished product.  You will have a good laugh!
Book read by Barb M., Youth Programming Assistant
By MPPL on December 16, 2008 Categories: Picks by Barb M., Picture Books