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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.

Philippa Fisher’s Fairy Godsister by Liz Kessler

Phlippa Fisher's Fairy Godsister Calling all fans of Liz Kessler’s Emily Windsnap series!  Here’s her new book which may not have mermaids, but has plenty of magic and surprises of its own. Imagine for a moment that you could have anything you wanted – well, at least 3 wishes worth!  Would you wish for money, friends, fame, or world peace?  In Philippa Fisher’s Fairy Godsister, Philippa is granted 3 wishes and finds it is not as easy as she thought.  From troubles with her parents, friends, and even her very own godsister, Philippa is faced with problems and BIG decisions.  I enjoyed this story about friendship and believing in yourself and was happily surprised by the ending!

Book reviewed by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

By MPPL on June 8, 2009 Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Picks by Carol C.

Philippa Fisher’s Fairy Godsister by Liz Kessler

Phlippa Fisher's Fairy Godsister Calling all fans of Liz Kessler’s Emily Windsnap series!  Here’s her new book which may not have mermaids, but has plenty of magic and surprises of its own. Imagine for a moment that you could have anything you wanted – well, at least 3 wishes worth!  Would you wish for money, friends, fame, or world peace?  In Philippa Fisher’s Fairy Godsister, Philippa is granted 3 wishes and finds it is not as easy as she thought.  From troubles with her parents, friends, and even her very own godsister, Philippa is faced with problems and BIG decisions.  I enjoyed this story about friendship and believing in yourself and was happily surprised by the ending!

Book reviewed by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

By MPPL on Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Picks by Carol C.

Butterflies in My Stomach and Other School Hazards by Serge Bloch

 

syndetics-lcHave you ever gotten up on the wrong side of the bed or seen it raining cats and dogs? In the picture book Butterflies in My Stomach and Other School Hazards by Serge Bloch, you can see these and other idioms come to life!  The illustrations are part real and part doodles which add to its humor and enjoyment. So if you’re feeling blue or in a pickle about the first day of school, keep an eye out for this amusing book!

Book read by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

 

By MPPL on February 9, 2009 Categories: Picks by Carol C., Picture Books

Butterflies in My Stomach and Other School Hazards by Serge Bloch

 

syndetics-lcHave you ever gotten up on the wrong side of the bed or seen it raining cats and dogs? In the picture book Butterflies in My Stomach and Other School Hazards by Serge Bloch, you can see these and other idioms come to life!  The illustrations are part real and part doodles which add to its humor and enjoyment. So if you’re feeling blue or in a pickle about the first day of school, keep an eye out for this amusing book!

Book read by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

 

By MPPL on Categories: Picks by Carol C., Picture Books

Alabama Moon by Watt Key

syndetics-lc  Can you imagine living alone?  Now imagine living alone in the forest, and you are only 10 years old!  In Alabama Moon by Watt Key, Moon has lived in the forest for as long as he can remember. He and his dad survived by hunting, growing food and making everything that they needed.  After the death of his parents, how will ten year old Moon survive?  How will he escape the law?  Why did his dad hate the government?  Most of all, how will he handle being alone for the first time in his life? If you enjoy adventure books, this is a great book about survival, trust and friendship.

Book read by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

By MPPL on November 10, 2008 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Picks by Carol C., Realistic Stories

Alabama Moon by Watt Key

syndetics-lc  Can you imagine living alone?  Now imagine living alone in the forest, and you are only 10 years old!  In Alabama Moon by Watt Key, Moon has lived in the forest for as long as he can remember. He and his dad survived by hunting, growing food and making everything that they needed.  After the death of his parents, how will ten year old Moon survive?  How will he escape the law?  Why did his dad hate the government?  Most of all, how will he handle being alone for the first time in his life? If you enjoy adventure books, this is a great book about survival, trust and friendship.

Book read by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry

syndetics-lcFans of Lemony Snicket are sure to enjoy The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry.  This book has everything you could imagine including horrible parents, unusual children who want to be orphans, a millionaire candy maker, a clever nanny and a baby left on the doorstep!  For a wickedly amusing tale, check out this book and don’t forget to read the glossary for a good laugh, too!

Book read by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

By MPPL on July 13, 2008 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Funny, Picks by Carol C.

The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry

syndetics-lcFans of Lemony Snicket are sure to enjoy The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry.  This book has everything you could imagine including horrible parents, unusual children who want to be orphans, a millionaire candy maker, a clever nanny and a baby left on the doorstep!  For a wickedly amusing tale, check out this book and don’t forget to read the glossary for a good laugh, too!

Book read by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

By MPPL on Categories: For Grades 4-6, Funny, Picks by Carol C.

Soupy Saturdays With the Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume

syndetics-lcMeet first grader Jake, aka “The Pain,” and his third grade sister Abigail, aka “The Great One”.  These lovable, funny characters first appeared in a picture book over 20 years ago and now they are the stars of Judy Blume’s Soupy Saturdays with the Pain & the Great One. If you have a brother or sister, I bet that you can relate to the humorous sibling rivalries that occur over haircuts, bike riding, soccer, and birthday parties.  Jake even tries to wash a dog with his shampoo and brush the dog’s teeth with, of course, his own toothbrush.  Yuck!  Early readers can enjoy the short chapters and the adorable illustrations that truly bring the characters to life.

Reviewed by Carol C, Elementary School Liaison

By MPPL on February 26, 2008 Categories: Early Readers, For Grades 2-4, Funny, Picks by Carol C.