Staff Picks 4 Kids Category: Picks by Darice C.

E-book-The Bad Guys  by Aaron Blabey

The Bad Guys

The Bad Guys, by Aaron Blabey, is a story about an unexpected bond between some of the baddest animal guys on the face of the planet, a shark, a snake, a piranha, and their gang leader, a big bad wolf. Mr. Wolf wants this group to stop being known as the bad guys, and to turn their awful reputation around to be good unto others. For instance, like by rescuing animals instead of eating them. It’s a fun book to read, filled with silly jokes and and quirky dialog between these guys. It’s definitely a laugh out loud both bad guys and good.

Several books in The Bad Guys series are available on Overdrive or on the Libby app

Book reviewed by Darice C., Youth Services Assistant

E-Book & E-Audiobook – Refugee by Alan Gratz

Refugee OverDrive Book & Audio

Refugee by Alan Gratz, a captivating novel, is written with an interlacing of three different stories, following the lives of three disparate children, and their families. These emigrants are grappling to find the courage they need to escape from the country they have loved. All are fleeing from their oppressed, unstable homeland and searching for a new frontier. A brand-new beginning.  

All these stories are set at various times and places in the 20th century. You will meet a Jewish boy named Josef, fleeing from his beloved Germany during WWII. Also, Isabel, escaping Cuba in the midst of rioting and turmoil, takes a makeshift boat fleeing to America. Finally, there is Mahmoud, a Syrian refugee, his home torn apart by violence and war, fleeing to wherever they will be welcomed. 

These engaging stories, meant for more mature readers, are so captivating, you won’t be able to set this book down. 

This book is also available as an ebook  and e-audiobook in Overdrive’s Digital Library. It is also available as an e-audiobook on Hoopla. 

Book reviewed by Darice C., Youth Services Assistant 

Because by Mo Willems

Because Book CoverBecause, by Mo Willems, is a thoughtful journey that takes the reader back to a small moment in time, that at that time, seems to be very ordinary. It is about a piece of paper, a wee little ticket, a terrible cold. And an opportunity. This wee little ticket, and saying yes to this small opportunity, was an instance that sparked a series of other events, that would change the course of a little girl’s future. I guess you’ll have to take a journey to the Mount Prospect Public Library and read this wonderful book yourself to discover what its really all about.

Book reviewed by Darice C., Youth Services Assistant

Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code  by Laurie Wallmark

Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code Book CoverGrace likes to think outside of the box. She takes apart clocks, and figures how to put them back together. She is always finding new ways of doing things. When Grace was older, one of her jobs was to write programs for one of the first computers ever built ! She worked on new computers, and continued to write new coding, so even other programmers could more easily read and follow these codes. Grace earned many well-deserved honors during her lifetime. She graduated with high honors, taught as a professor of mathematics, and served in the United States Navy. There were so many more accomplishments, that we just invite you to come by the Youth department and check out this book for yourself. Think of all the possibilities that you could do, with all your talent. You just have to think outside of the box!

Book reviewed by Darice C., Youth Services Assistant

Joy by Corrinne Averiss

JoyLittle girl Fern senses that her grandma, Nanna, is not like she used to be. There’s no longer a sparkle in her eye, nor the warm smile on her face. Nanna needs more joy, and little Fern is  determined to find it for her. Little Fern takes all of her best tools, and off she goes, searching for joy to share with her grandma. But little Fern doesn’t know what joy looks like, or where to find it. Have you ever seen joy before? Do you know all the secret places to look? And if Little Fern finds the joy that her grandma needs, will she be able to share it with her Nanna?

As you read this delightful tale, you will discover how Fern solved her dilemma of how to put more joy in her Nanna’s life.

Book reviewed by Darice C., Youth Services Assistant