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Staff Picks 4 Kids

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

Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton

Splat the Cat Do you like cats? Do you like going to school? If you do, then you should read Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton. Splat is nervous about his first day of school. He is not sure he will like it. He makes lots of friends and learns stuff from his teacher, Mrs. Wimpydimple. He even teaches his class something new! If you want to find out what Splat teaches his class, get this book!

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant

 

By MPPL on June 21, 2010 Categories: Picks by Anne W., Picture Books

Sense Suspense: A Guessing Game for the Five Senses by Bruce McMillan

Sense SuspenseBooks don’t always have to tell a story to be valuable. With some, you can make up your own tale or even play a game! That’s why I loved Sense Suspense: A Guessing Game for the Five Senses by Bruce McMillan. Little ones see a photo portion of an object and guess what sense they would use with it. They turn the page to see if they’ve guessed right when they see the picture as a whole. Talk about the pictures, make up your own story, speed through or take as long as you want–a fun take on picture books!

By MPPL on June 14, 2010 Categories: Picture Books

Someday by Eileen Spinelli

Someday An explorer, an animal scientist, and an Olympic gymnast are just a few of the things that this little girl wants to grow up to be…someday.  In Someday by Eileen Spinelli, a young adventurer finds it difficult to wait to grow up but can’t stop thinking of the wonderful things she could become.  Adorable pictures will grab your attention, but the cute story will keep you thinking, “What will I be someday?”

By MPPL on April 12, 2010 Categories: Picture Books

Bea Rocks the Flock by Victoria Jamieson

Bea Rocks the Flock   Bea Rocks the Flock by Victoria Jamieson.  The rule in Sheepdom is: Sheep are not UNIQUE.  Bea couldn’t stand it any more so she packed her backpack and left her flock for the big city.  Everyone in the big city was unique and Bea could be anything she wanted to be but she missed her friends terribly.  When she returns to her flock she makes a big discovery about being unique.
 
Book reviewed by Barb M., Youth Outreach and Programming Assistant

By MPPL on December 28, 2009 Categories: Picks by Barb M., Picture Books

Scaredy Squirrel at Night by Melanie Watt

Scaredy Squirrel at Night What is Scaredy Squirrel afraid of now? Ghosts, unicorns, vampire bats and polka dots monsters of course! All those freaky thing could end up in Scaredy Squirrel’s dreams if he ever fell asleep. In Melanie Watt’s latest Scaredy Squirrel installment, Scaredy Squirrel At Night, you’ll find out if the squirrel is able to fend off the night frights with his molasses, “don’t disturb” sign and teddy bear decoy.

By MPPL on November 30, 2009 Categories: Picture Books

Watch Out For Wolfgang by Paul Carrick

Watch Out For Wolfgang Watch Out for Wolfgang by Paul Carrick.  Do you like robots and fractured fairytales?  You will love this new twist to an old fairytale “The Three Little Pigs”.  Mother robot sends her three very different young robots out to seek their fortunes.  She warns them to watch out for Wolfgang the Recycler who would love to recycle all their parts.  Read this book to see if Wolfgang captures a robot.

Book reviewed by Barb M., Youth Outreach and Programming Assistant

 

By MPPL on November 23, 2009 Categories: Picks by Barb M., 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 October 26, 2009 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

Mucumber McGee and the Lunch Lady’s Liver by Patrick Loehr

Mucumber McGee and the Lunch Lady's Liver Mucumber McGee arrived late to lunch and the only thing left is the lunch lady’s liver cake!!!  This liver cake left Mucumber unpleased because it looked like an, “old bowling shoe and smelled like rotten cheese!” Will Mucumber dare to take a bite? If he does will his taste buds delight??  Picky eaters may think twice about liver as they gobble up this great picture book, Mucumber McGee and the Lunch Lady’s Liver by Patrick Loehr!

By MPPL on July 20, 2009 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Funny, Picture Books