Staff Picks 4 Kids Category: Picks by Darice C.

The Word Collector  by Peter H. Reynolds

The Word Collector It’s always been my thought that it’s nice for people to collect things. And while we see that some people collect coins, and some collect stamps or art, little Jerome collected words. All kinds of words. Words that he read, words that he saw. And as Jerome built quite a mighty collection of words, what he did with those words is part of what makes his story so amazing. As you read this story, maybe think of what you would like to collect, and just what  you might want to do with your amazing collection.

Book reviewed by Darice C., Youth Services Assistant

Famous Fails! Mighty Mistakes, Mega Mishaps & How a Mess can Lead to Success by Crispin Boyer

Famous Fails! Mighty Mistakes, Mega Mishaps & How a Mess can Lead to Success by Crispin Boyer book coverA book filled with quirky failures and famous flops, this one takes on peculiar tragedies and hilarious calamities in areas like science, technology, food, entertainment and more. Do you know where the world’s tallest empty building is? And just why is this building mysteriously removed from some photographs? Don’t you want  to know about smelly movies, mysterious islands, chocolate French fries, and fortune cookies for dogs? And anyway, how does a dog get away with impersonating a lion….at a zoo? However, not all mistakes are disappointing. How did somebody come up with discoveries like microwave popcorn? Do you know how Noah McVicker invented Playdough? What’s the hype about the cursed baseball team and a goat? (They made a comeback, didn’t they?)

There is a “Lesson Learned” on almost every other page, and at times, a spark of encouragement spurts, “It could have been worse!” There’s also a game challenging the reader to find different mistakes that are purposely embedded in this book! Are you up for the challenge? Find out that some mistakes, mishaps and messes can turn out for the best. Remember, not all setbacks turn out to be failures!

Book reviewed by Darice C., Youth Services Assistant

The Forever Tree by Tereasa Surratt

The Forever Tree by Tereasa Surratt book coverThe Forever Tree is a true tale about the importance of a special tree, a specific tree, one that has captivated wilderness critters and children alike. It is a story about the fondness for the wonderful things around us, and the beauty of pulling community together.

 So here we find ourselves, in the middle of story, in the quiet of the forest…. And we can see that many of the surrounding woodland animals built their homes inside this magnificent tree, and children play around the tree for fun. They all made this tree a part of their special community. However, as many years passed by, the tree became unhealthy.  

Nobody wanted to see the tree go away, so the wilderness animals and families from all around got together and helped to save their beloved tree. They promised each other that their tree would “stand forever, strong and tall and proud”. See what happens when community shares a  belief  that something beautiful is always worth saving. From simple acts of love, something new and wonderful can always grow.

Book reviewed by Darice C., Youth Services Assistant

Mister Yes by Carmen Gil 

Mister Yes by Carmen GilAre you like Mister Yes, who says “Yes” to everything? Maybe the word “No” is not even part of your vocabulary? Like Mister Yes, will you eat a bowl of hummingbird poop and slug slime? When a sneaky salesman knocks on your door, do you say yes and  buy from him a tennis racket without any strings, or a broken telephone  you could use to talk only to yourself? Read this book to see if you are like Mister Yes, who had to learn the hard way that it’s not very nice to do mean things to others, just because he doesn’t want to use the word No. This could be a life-changing book for those of you who always say yes to those who ask you for a something. Maybe it’s time to learn it’s ok to sometimes say the small, yet powerful  word,  “No”.

Book reviewed by Darice C., Youth Services Assistant

The Good Little Book by Kyo Maclear

Cover image for The good little bookThe Good Little Book, by Kyo Maclear, is just that, a good little book. It is neither the most popular book, nor the most thick or glossy. It has a simple cover, and just continued to sit on the shelf where it was placed along with all the other books. And that is where it stayed. But this story also has a little boy. And when the little boy passed the quiet shelf, that’s when the Good Little Book caught his attention. The little boy picked up the Book and began to open it. That’s when the friendship began. The little boy carried his favorite Book everywhere he went. The Good Little Book was so powerful that it actually caused the boy to read this Good Little Book over and over again. Then, read it some more. This Little Book had the ability to capture its reader and carry the little boy to strange and marvelous lands. It caused him to chuckle, and became his best friend. Until one day, the boy lost the book.  Oh, goodness. Now we  are all waiting for you to come visit us at the Mount Prospect Library and to find this intriguing tale, and see what really is inside the Good Little Book !

Book reviewed by Darice C., Youth Services Assistant