Staff Picks 4 Kids Category: Picks by Laura B.

E-book & E-audiobook Wedgie & Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors

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Gizmo is a diabolical evil genius. He is also a guinea pig and the pet of Elliot. However, Gizmo calls him his faithful servant. Wedgie is the energetic corgi dog that belongs to Jasmine, Jackson, and their Mom. He also believes that he is a super hero and wears a cape around that Jasmine put on him. When Elliot’s dad marries Jasmine and Jackson’s mom, everyone must now live together. Wedgie loves having more humans to protect, but Gizmo would rather not have to live in Jasmine’s Barbie playhouse or with an arch nemesis like Wedgie. This funny chapter book is written in the same style as Jedi Academy and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but instead of humans’ point of view, it is told from Wedgie and Gizmo’s.

This title is available as an e-book and an e-audio book from Hoopla digital.

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

E-Book & E-Audiobook – Greetings from Witness Protection! by Jake Burt 

Greetings from Witness Protection OverDrive Book & AudioNicki Demere is an orphan, a great pickpocket, and about to be adopted by the U.S. Marshalls, sort of. See, the Marshalls are in charge of protecting and hiding people in Witness Protection, which is not always easy. So, to make it even harder for the Trevor family to be found, they decide to add a daughter to the family. Now, a family of three becomes a family four. This means that Nicki needs to learn how to be a normal B-minus grade point average daughter and sister while also protecting the family from hitmen and more. However, the Trevor family are not the only ones that have a past that needs to stay hidden. Nicki does too and that past may unravel everything she’s worked for since being adopted by the U.S. Marshalls and gaining a new family.  

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

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian 

E-audioTales for Very Picky Eaters by John Schneider

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James is a very picky eater. He finds broccoli disgusting and milk repulsive. There are also many other foods he does not like, but Dad knows that James need to eat and drink these things. After all, we wouldn’t want to hurt the troll’s feelings that lives in the basement and makes the family’s food. This 2014 Monarch nominee book is great if you are just starting to read chapter books. The chapters are short and there are some really funny pictures. Also, James’s dad comes up with some great ideas for why James needs to eat his food.

Listen to this book as an e-audio from RBdigital.

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

This post was updated 05/07/2020

E-Book – Goo Makers by Kelly Milner Halls 

Goo Makers Hoopla BookWho likes gooey slime, gummy candy, and foam that erupts like a volcano? Want to learn how to make these? This book is for you if you answered yes to any of that. This book has easy to follow recipes for your favorite goo and also shows you how to make even better by adding sparkles, magnetic pieces, and more. Check out this book or one of the others in the series to make a fun treat. 

This book is also available as an ebook on Hoopla. 

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian 

Sarai and The Meaning of Awesome by Saraí González 

Sarai and The Meaning of AwesomeSarai Gonzalez is in fourth grade. She loves to dance, bake cupcakes, and spend time with her family. When she is with them, they pronounce her name the Spanish way, SAH-RAH-EEE, which is different than the English way of SAR-EYE. However, this doesn’t bother her since that means her name is awesome for having different ways to say it. Also, she thinks her life is pretty awesome all the time, but then, she finds out that her grandparents, aunt, uncle, and cousins are going to have to move from the house they have lived in forever. This means they won’t be as close to the Gonzalez’s house anymore and Sarai may not get to spend as much time with her family. How is she going to help them save the house? There has to be a way to make sure they can all stay together. She’s not sure, but she knows it will be awesome. Find out in this chapter book that also includes some great drawings of Sarai and her family.  

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian