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Staff Picks 4 Kids

The Mud Fairy by Amy Young

Mud Fairy The Mud Fairy by Amy Young.  Did you ever want to be a fairy? Well it’s not as easy as you might think. Little Emmalina loved playing in the swamp with the frogs instead of doing something important like opening a flower to get her wings.  She felt like she wasn’t good at anything until she snuck off to the swamp to help the frogs with their new tadpoles. Would this help her earn her wings?

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

By MPPL on August 18, 2010 Categories: Fantasy, Picks by Barb M., Picture Books

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

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 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

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 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

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 Categories: Picture Books