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Jake Stays Awake by Michael Wright

syndetics-lcI love the pictures in the book Jake Stays Awake by Michael Wright. They are very colorful and modern. It is about Jake, a little boy who will not sleep in his own bed alone.  Every night he joins his parents in theirs. As Jake gets older and bigger, his parents decide there is no longer room for him in their bed so they decide to try other places to sleep. The whole family ends up on the roof, the stairs, the tub, etc.  None of these places is very comfortable, but read the book to see where Jake decides he should sleep.

Book read by Barb M., Youth Programming Assistant

By MPPL on September 17, 2008 Categories: Picks by Barb M., Picture Books

The Salamander Spell by E. D. Baker

syndetics-lcI read The Salamander Spell by E. D. Baker. Princess Grassina lives the easy life with her mother, father, and sister, Chartreuse. Being the younger sister, Grassina is not expected to do very much except stay out of trouble while her older sister will inherit her mother’s magical powers and become the Queen and the Green Witch of Greater Greensward.  To everyone’s horror, a terrible curse turns their mother from a good witch to a bad witch and no one is left to protect the kingdom. Chartreuse doesn’t get any magical powers and their father is hiding in the basement. Can Princess Grassina save the kingdom from the werewolves who are getting closer? Who will become the new Green Witch of Greater Greensward?  

Book read by Barb M., Youth Programming Assistant

By MPPL on July 29, 2008 Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Funny, Picks by Barb M.

Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf by Judy Sierra

syndetics-lc Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf by Judy Sierra is a clever book about manners.  The characters are from fairytales and the setting is the library!  B.B. Wolf gets invited to the Annual Storytime Tea at the Library.  Crocodile encourages him to go and consults a book on etiquette to help him get ready.  While at the tea, B.B. Wolf forgets what he is supposed to say if he burps and quickly consults the computer catalogue, types in the word E-T-I-Q-U-E-T-T-E, finds the book and looks through the pages to find the magic words, “Excuse me.” It is fun to look at the illustrations and see references to other fairytale characters.

Book reviewed by Barb M., Youth Programming Assistant

By MPPL on April 22, 2008 Categories: Picks by Barb M., Picture Books

Wings by William Loizeaux

syndetics-lcWings by William Loizeaux takes place back in the 1960′s, probably when your parents were kids. Nick is a fatherless 10-year-old who happens upon an abandoned baby mockingbird in the middle of the road.  Although it is very tiny and weak, Nick is determined to save it. He and his best friend care for this little bird they name Marcy. As it grows up, Nick also matures as he faces some hard decisions about family and friends. The true test of friendship between Nick and his bird happens when Nick goes on vacation and must decide what to do with Marcy.

Book reviewed by Barb M., Youth Programming Assistant 

By MPPL on January 7, 2008 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Picks by Barb M., Realistic Stories

Ginger and Petunia by Patricia Polacco

syndetics-lcPatricia Polacco, author of dozens of children’s picture books, often bases her stories on events in her own life.  She uses the life of a friend in her latest book, Ginger and Petunia.  Ginger is a an elegant woman, and Petunia is her pet pig.  When the pig is left alone one day, it puts on Ginger’s clothes and make-up, accidentally discovers a forgery in a museum, goes out to parties, and dances the tango.  The funny thing is, nobody even knows the difference!  This is a cute, funny picture book for kids ages 6 to 8.

Submitted by Barb M., Youth Programming Assistant

By MPPL on September 24, 2007 Categories: Picks by Barb M., Picture Books