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Staff Picks 4 Kids

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

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.

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

Standard Hero Behavior by John David Anderson

syndetics-lcWhat do you do when your town is going to be attacked by goblins, trolls, and other creatures, and you find out the town’s hero is a fake? Well, Mason Quayle, in Standard Hero Behavior by John David Anderson, decides to go on a quest for a hero, maybe even become one himself. Mason is joined in his quest by his best friend Cowel, a quill salesman. Along the way they meet all sorts of possible heroes and unusual characters, including a man who sword fights in his sleep, the daughter of two heroes, a werewolf hit man, an attractive young witch, and some angry pixies. Mason also finds out what happened to his hero father, who disappeared on a quest many years ago. Does Mason find a hero? Is the town saved from the goblin attack? Read the book and find out!

Book Reviewed by Keary D., Youth Collection Specialist Librarian

By MPPL on March 10, 2008 Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Funny, Picks by Keary B.

Blackbringer by Laini Taylor

syndetics-lc Blackbringer by Laini Taylor is the first book in a new series called The Faeries of Dreamdark (“faeries” is a fancy fantasy way of spelling the word “fairies”). In a world where once they were powerful, magical creatures, faeries have forgotten most of their history. Magpie Windwitch, devil hunter and granddaughter of the West Wind, is the only hope of saving the world and restoring the faeries  to their former glory.  Magpie must fight an ancient evil creature, the Blackbringer, who escaped from his bottle, before he unmakes all of creation (“Unmakes all of creation” is a fancy fantasy way of saying “Destroys the world”).  To do this she must awaken the great Djinn, who created the world, and she must outsmart an evil queen.  She is aided by a group of crows, a faerie prince who can’t fly, and other magical creatures. This is a fun read for any fantasy fan.  Watch for others in the series, too!

Book reviewed by Keary D., Youth Collection Specialist Librarian

By MPPL on November 27, 2007 Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Picks by Keary B.