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Staff Picks 4 Kids

Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs (Roscoe Riley Rules #1) by Katherine Applegate

Never Glue Your Friends If you’ve ever tried to help out but ended up making things worse, you know how Roscoe feels in Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs.  This is the first book in the Roscoe Riley Rules Series.  Trouble is brewing before the big recital when the drummers can’t sit still, and the bee antennae won’t stay on the kids’ heads.  Roscoe steps in with his super-duper strong glue, and soon everything is sticking in place.  I laughed the whole time reading about how Roscoe used super glue to glue his class to their chairs for their concert.  If you like funny stories about school, you’d like this book.

Book reviewed by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist

By MPPL on July 20, 2010 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Funny, Picks by Keary B.

Luv Ya Bunches by Lauren Myracle

Luv Ya Bunches At first glance these four fifth graders have nothing in common.  Well, that is, except that they are all named after flowers.  So how do they become best friends?  It all starts on the first day of school with an accident, a mean girl, and a lost turtle.  The four girls will have to come together if they want to end a sinister plot by the reigning queen bee of the school.  Luv Ya Bunches skips around from girl to girl to tell the story and even includes instant messages, online chats, and video scripts to liven it up.  If you like stories about finding friends or fitting in, this book is for you!  Recommended for grades 4-6.

Book reviewed by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist

By MPPL on February 8, 2010 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Picks by Keary B., Realistic Stories

Luv Ya Bunches by Lauren Myracle

Luv Ya Bunches At first glance these four fifth graders have nothing in common.  Well, that is, except that they are all named after flowers.  So how do they become best friends?  It all starts on the first day of school with an accident, a mean girl, and a lost turtle.  The four girls will have to come together if they want to end a sinister plot by the reigning queen bee of the school.  Luv Ya Bunches skips around from girl to girl to tell the story and even includes instant messages, online chats, and video scripts to liven it up.  If you like stories about finding friends or fitting in, this book is for you!  Recommended for grades 4-6.

Book reviewed by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist

The Robe of Skulls by Vivian French

syndetics-lcLooks may be deceiving with this title! The Robe of Skulls by Vivian French may look creepy, but it is really a lighthearted fantasy.  Lady Lemorna wants a new dress but doesn’t have the money to pay for it so she comes up with a crazy plan to turn some princes into frogs and make their parents pay her to turn them back.  Only Prince Marcus escapes being turned into a frog, and now he must save his brother with the help of some talking bats and a brave new friend.  If you enjoy funny stories about princes, magic, and adventures, this book is for you!

Book reviewed by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist Librarian

By MPPL on May 11, 2009 Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Funny, Picks by Keary B.

The Robe of Skulls by Vivian French

syndetics-lcLooks may be deceiving with this title! The Robe of Skulls by Vivian French may look creepy, but it is really a lighthearted fantasy.  Lady Lemorna wants a new dress but doesn’t have the money to pay for it so she comes up with a crazy plan to turn some princes into frogs and make their parents pay her to turn them back.  Only Prince Marcus escapes being turned into a frog, and now he must save his brother with the help of some talking bats and a brave new friend.  If you enjoy funny stories about princes, magic, and adventures, this book is for you!

Book reviewed by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist Librarian

By MPPL on Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Funny, Picks by Keary B.

Black Book of Colors by Menena Cottin

 

syndetics-lcHow do you have a book about colors without any colors? That’s just what Menena Cottin does in Black Book of Colors.  She describes each color through the senses of smell, taste, touch and hearing, and the pages are all black with raised pictures you can feel!  I loved reading what the color red tastes like and what green smells like.  Read the book and see if you can describe the feel, taste or smell of a color too!

Book read by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist Librarian

 

By MPPL on November 25, 2008 Categories: Picks by Keary B., Picture Books

Black Book of Colors by Menena Cottin

 

syndetics-lcHow do you have a book about colors without any colors? That’s just what Menena Cottin does in Black Book of Colors.  She describes each color through the senses of smell, taste, touch and hearing, and the pages are all black with raised pictures you can feel!  I loved reading what the color red tastes like and what green smells like.  Read the book and see if you can describe the feel, taste or smell of a color too!

Book read by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist Librarian

 

By MPPL on Categories: Picks by Keary B., Picture Books

Pandora Gets Jealous by Carolyn Hennesy

syndetics-lcIn Pandora Gets Jealous by Carolyn Hennesy, Pandy accidentally opens a strange box that releases plagues and all sorts of bad things into the world.  Forced by Zeus to return all the evils, Pandy begins a quest to get jealousy back in the box with the help of some friends.  If you like mythology, this updated version of Pandora’s Box is the book for you!

Book read by Keary D., Youth Collection Specialist Librarian

By MPPL on August 12, 2008 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Picks by Keary B.

Pandora Gets Jealous by Carolyn Hennesy

syndetics-lcIn Pandora Gets Jealous by Carolyn Hennesy, Pandy accidentally opens a strange box that releases plagues and all sorts of bad things into the world.  Forced by Zeus to return all the evils, Pandy begins a quest to get jealousy back in the box with the help of some friends.  If you like mythology, this updated version of Pandora’s Box is the book for you!

Book read by Keary D., Youth Collection Specialist Librarian

By MPPL on Categories: For Grades 4-6, Picks by Keary B.

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

syndetics-lc The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.  Just the title makes me want to find out more.  I don’t like being left out of a good secret, and neither does gifted orphan Renyie Muldoon, the hero of this post’s book.  He takes a test at the urgings  of his tutor only to find out that he has been recruited by a narcoleptic genius to infiltrate an isolated school.  He, along with three other talented children, must attend the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened and find the cause of hidden messages being broadcast around the world by its strange founder, Mr. Curtain, all without anyone catching onto their secret mission or being brainwashed.

Book reviewed by Keary D., Youth Collection Specialist Librarian

By MPPL on April 10, 2008 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Picks by Keary B., Science Fiction