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Staff Picks 4 Kids

Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt & Julie Graham-Chang by Amy Ignatow

Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt & Julie Graham-Chang Are you a girl? Do you like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid? Then you need to read the Popularity Papers series!!!! It’s like every girl’s journal but even more hilarious, clever, and fancy, with lots of colorful drawings.  Plus, it’s got the coolest characters, the most embarrassing moments, and a great story about the best of friends.

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

 

By MPPL on December 27, 2010 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Funny, Picks by Erin E.

The Truth About Stacey by Ann M. Martin

The Truth About StacyThe Baby-sitters Club: The Truth About Stacey by Ann M. Martin–a graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier. Fans of the original Baby-Sitters Club series are going to love these new books in graphic novel format. Kids who like graphic novels but have never read The Baby-Sitters Club are going to love them, too (especially girls and fans of Babymouse).  Artist Raina Telgemeier takes the original stories about friendship, responsibility, dating, school, and family and turns them into good, comic fun.

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

 

By MPPL on October 11, 2010 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Picks by Erin E., Realistic Stories

The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers

Heart and the Bottle The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers is the perfect example of a moving picture book that adults will love as much kids.  A young girl enjoys exploring new things, dreaming about the world, and spending time with her grandfather, until one day when she finds “an empty chair.”  She becomes very sad, so she puts her heart in a bottle to protect it.  As time passes, she can’t remember how to get her heart back out of the bottle.  This incredibly beautiful story works on so many levels.  I could read it over and over again.

Book reviewed by Erin E. Youth Services Programming Coordinator

By MPPL on August 10, 2010 Categories: Picks by Erin E., Picture Books

The Missing: Book 1, Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Found I rarely read past the first book in a series, so it says a lot that I can’t wait to read book 2 of “The Missing” series by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Book 1, Found, is a fast-paced, action-packed thriller.  It begins when 13-year-old Jonah gets a letter in the mail with just six words: “YOU ARE ONE OF THE MISSING.”  The plot thickens as Jonah, his friend Chip, and his sister Katherine gather clues about disappearing airplanes, stolen babies, and the FBI.

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

 

By MPPL on January 5, 2010 Categories: Mystery & Suspense, Picks by Erin E., Science Fiction

The Missing: Book 1, Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Found I rarely read past the first book in a series, so it says a lot that I can’t wait to read book 2 of “The Missing” series by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Book 1, Found, is a fast-paced, action-packed thriller.  It begins when 13-year-old Jonah gets a letter in the mail with just six words: “YOU ARE ONE OF THE MISSING.”  The plot thickens as Jonah, his friend Chip, and his sister Katherine gather clues about disappearing airplanes, stolen babies, and the FBI.

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

 

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.

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 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Picks by Erin E.

Beauty and the Beaks: A Turkey’s Cautionary Tale by Mary Jane Auch

Beauty and the Beaks: A Turkey's Cautionary Tale The illustrations are what make the picture book Beauty and the Beaks: A Turkey’s Cautionary Tale so adorable and hilarious.  The characters are hens sculpted out of clay with cloth dresses.  One day a turkey named Lance wanders into Beauty’s shop, The Chic Hen, and he very rudely informs Beauty and her friends that none of them are invited to the “special feast” that he is going to.  When Beauty finds out that Lance IS the feast, the hens band together to help him.

Book reviewed by Erin E. Youth Services Programming Coordinator

 

By MPPL on October 26, 2009 Categories: Picks by Erin E., Picture Books

Beauty and the Beaks: A Turkey’s Cautionary Tale by Mary Jane Auch

Beauty and the Beaks: A Turkey's Cautionary Tale The illustrations are what make the picture book Beauty and the Beaks: A Turkey’s Cautionary Tale so adorable and hilarious.  The characters are hens sculpted out of clay with cloth dresses.  One day a turkey named Lance wanders into Beauty’s shop, The Chic Hen, and he very rudely informs Beauty and her friends that none of them are invited to the “special feast” that he is going to.  When Beauty finds out that Lance IS the feast, the hens band together to help him.

Book reviewed by Erin E. Youth Services Programming Coordinator

 

By MPPL on Categories: Picks by Erin E., Picture Books

Katie Loves the Kittens by John Himmelman

Katie Loves the Kittens In Katie Loves the Kittens by John Himmelman, Katie the dog gets so excited when her owner Sara Ann brings home three little kittens, that she starts bouncing around and howling. She just can’t help herself because she loves the kittens so much! Only the kittens are scared of her and she has to learn how control herself so she can be their friend. This adorable book really gets inside a dog’s head. I can imagine any well-intentioned dog having these
same problems.

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

By MPPL on September 8, 2009 Categories: Picks by Erin E., Picture Books