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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.

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

On the Road by Lucy Nolan

On the Road This beginning chapter book is full of hilarious adventures—on the beach, in the woods, and at the veterinarian—all from the perspective of a dog who thinks her name is “Down Girl.”  In On the Road by Lucy Nolan, Down Girl loves her master (who she calls “Rruff”) and she’s always trying so hard to be a good dog.  But why isn’t Rruff happy when he finds the little surprise Down Girl leaves in his beach bag?  Hint: it didn’t smell good!

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

By MPPL on July 1, 2009 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Funny, Picks by Erin E.

On the Road by Lucy Nolan

On the Road This beginning chapter book is full of hilarious adventures—on the beach, in the woods, and at the veterinarian—all from the perspective of a dog who thinks her name is “Down Girl.”  In On the Road by Lucy Nolan, Down Girl loves her master (who she calls “Rruff”) and she’s always trying so hard to be a good dog.  But why isn’t Rruff happy when he finds the little surprise Down Girl leaves in his beach bag?  Hint: it didn’t smell good!

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

By MPPL on Categories: For Grades 2-4, Funny, Picks by Erin E.

The Houdini Box by Brian Selznick

syndetics-lcRecently I started reading about the legendary magician and escape artist, Harry Houdini, and I think he’s fascinating.  The Houdini Box by Brian Selznick is about a boy who wants to be just like Houdini.  Victor attempts to perform tricks like escaping from a locked trunk and walking through a wall.  Then by a VERY lucky coincidence, Victor actually gets to meet Houdini!  What happens next might show Victor just what he’s been looking for his whole life– the keys to performing Houdini’s magic.  If you’re a fan of Hugo Cabret, definitely check this one out! 

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By MPPL on April 21, 2009 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Historical Fiction, Picks by Erin E.

The Houdini Box by Brian Selznick

syndetics-lcRecently I started reading about the legendary magician and escape artist, Harry Houdini, and I think he’s fascinating.  The Houdini Box by Brian Selznick is about a boy who wants to be just like Houdini.  Victor attempts to perform tricks like escaping from a locked trunk and walking through a wall.  Then by a VERY lucky coincidence, Victor actually gets to meet Houdini!  What happens next might show Victor just what he’s been looking for his whole life– the keys to performing Houdini’s magic.  If you’re a fan of Hugo Cabret, definitely check this one out! 

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

The Facttracker by Jason Carter Eaton

syndetics-lcDid you ever tell a lie and then have to tell another lie to cover that one up?  And then another and another until your lies were just spinning out of control?  Well, what happens in The Facttracker by Jason Carter Eaton is kind of like that.  Someone called the Just Small Enough Boy accidentally blows up the factory that produces all of the facts, the Facttracker’s twin brother steals the seed of truth, the mayor runs around in his underwear, and the Facttracker eats nothing but grilled cheese sandwiches.  Well… three of those four things are true!  If you’re still not convinced to read this book, consider this– how could a book that begins with a chapter called, “Everyone Loves a Good Explosion,” not be entertaining? 

Book read by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By MPPL on February 23, 2009 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Funny, Picks by Erin E.

The Facttracker by Jason Carter Eaton

syndetics-lcDid you ever tell a lie and then have to tell another lie to cover that one up?  And then another and another until your lies were just spinning out of control?  Well, what happens in The Facttracker by Jason Carter Eaton is kind of like that.  Someone called the Just Small Enough Boy accidentally blows up the factory that produces all of the facts, the Facttracker’s twin brother steals the seed of truth, the mayor runs around in his underwear, and the Facttracker eats nothing but grilled cheese sandwiches.  Well… three of those four things are true!  If you’re still not convinced to read this book, consider this– how could a book that begins with a chapter called, “Everyone Loves a Good Explosion,” not be entertaining? 

Book read by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

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

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.

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