Month: January 2020

Staff Picks For Kids Blog

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor 

The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle This is Mason: 

Mammoth in size 

Always sweaty 

Super at dog care 

Outstanding friend 

Not good at reading and writing 

Not only is Mason big in size, he also seems to have a big amount of bad luck.  First, his grandpa dies, then his mom, and then fifteen months ago Benny Kilmartin, his best friend, turned up dead in the Buttle Family orchard.  Now Lieutenant Baird won’t stop asking questions because he believes Mason knows something he isn’t telling. Just when Mason thinks his luck is improving, his new friend Calvin disappears.  What is happening and will anyone believe Mason’s story?   

Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head 

Grace Hopper Queen of the Computer Code by Laurie Wallmark

Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code Book Cover“If you got a good idea and you know it’s going to work, go ahead and do it.” Grace Hopper 

This picture book biography is about the unknown queen of the computer code. As a young girl Grace’s brilliant mind for math and science led her to tinker with gadgets. It was no wonder that her personnel motto was: “Dare and Do.” She graduated Yale University as the only woman in her class and became a teacher at Vassar College but wanted to do more to help her country. At thirty six, she was too old and too skinny to join the Navy but her excellent math skills landed her a job writing programs for the very first computer ever built. Grace invented the term “computer bug,” and taught computers to recognize words. Hooper was truly, “Amazing Grace,” a female role model . This was a fun and inspiring book to read. 

Book reviewed by Marsha D., Youth Services Assistant 

Akissi: Tales of Mischief by Marguerite Abouet 

Akissi: Tales of MischiefWith playful language and irreverent humor, Akissi and her family take readers on a tour of daily life in West Africa. This is more comic than graphic novel; each episode stands on its own. But readers’ affection for Akissi and their understanding of her environment will grow as the collection progresses. Readers may be unfamiliar with some activities, such as having to go outside to use the bathroom or sitting for many painful hours getting your hair braided. And some episodes may shock readers, like when Akissi contracts a tapeworm! Akissi is always scheming… and often getting caught in hilarious ways. 

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator 

The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell 

The Cardboard Kingdom book coverWhat can you do with cardboard, an imagination, and break from school? In the graphic novel, Cardboard Kingdom, the neighborhood kids create a whole new world with a sorceress, a gargoyle, and more. Each chapter introduces you to a new kid and his or her’s cardboard creation like a banshee or a mad scientist. The chapter also shows you what is going on in that particular kid’s life, which could be good or bad. For example, one kid is dealing with bullies and another kid’s parents are getting a divorce. However, through their friendship and creation of their cardboard kingdom, every day of summer is fun. This colorful graphic novel is a great read and may lead to you creating your own Cardboard Kingdom. 

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian