Books & DVDs

Boom Snot Twitty: this way that way
Doreen Cronin
Ages 3-5

Three unlikely friends are trying to find the perfect spot to spend the day.  Boom the Bear would like to spend the day at the beach, but Twitty the Robin would like to go to the mountains.  Can Snot the Snail come up with a solution that will make them all happy?

This simple, adorably illustrated story is perfect for lap reading. To enjoy more books illustrated by Renata Liwska, check out The Quiet Book and The Loud Book! by Deborah Underwood.

Oct 10, 2015
StaceyQ
Monsters Love Underpants
Claire Freedman
Ages 4-8

Have you read Dinosaurs Love Underpants, Pirates Love Underpants, and Aliens Love Underpants?  Well, the latest book in "The Underpants Books" series, Monsters Love Underpants, is wonderfully fun, and a great addition to the series.  The author and illustrator team of Claire Freedman and Ben Cort have found a way to make monsters so silly that "scary" can't even be used to describe them anymore!  This monster book, along with many others here at the library, would make for a great lap read or classroom read-aloud.  Stop by the library and check them out!

Oct 10, 2015
Mrs Fry
Dictionary of 1000 Rooms
Michael Dahl
3rd thru 6th grade

The Librarian tries to save his friends, the Pages, from the Wordsmith and his melting Dictionary of 1000 Rooms in this fast-paced thriller from author, Michael Dahl. This book has pages of comic book illustrations that help tell the story, along with Dahl's own textual touches (like pieces falling from the bolded word "crushed"). It's a fun and fast read for the adventure reader in your family and part of the Return to the Library of Doom, 10 book series. JFIC Dah

Oct 10, 2015
Andy
Mountain Dog
Mountain Dog
Margarita Engle
Ages 8-12

After his mother is arrested for dog fighting, 11-year-old Tony is sent to live with his Great Uncle Tio in the Sierra Nevada.  Tio is a forest ranger who participates in serarch-and-rescue missions with his dog, Gabe.  Tony and Gabe form a fast friendship, and Gabe's unconditional love helps Tony cope with his personal problems that are the result of living with an unstable mother.  Tony quickly becomes accustom to his new life and family, but will his mother be released from prison and want to take him back to his old life in Los Angeles?

Written in free verse, this a good choice for both reluctant readers and dog lovers.

 

 

Sep 9, 2015
StaceyQ
Ms. Rapscott's Girls
Elise Primavera
Ages 8-12

Bea, Mildred, Fay, Annabelle and Dahlia are all daughters of extremely busy parents – in fact, they are some of the busiest parents in the entire world! Each girl has been shipped (as in mailed – because their parents are far too busy to bring them) to Great Rapscott School for Girls of Busy Parents which is run by the eccentric Ms. Rapscott. This zany headmistress takes the girls on a variety of harrowing adventures in hopes of teaching them life lessons about courage, adventure, friendship and the value of getting lost on purpose. A great read for lovers of Mary Poppins and Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. For an extra special treat, check out the audio book and listen to the story as only Katherine Kellgren can perform it! It will have you laughing out loud and hoping for a sequel.

Sep 9, 2015
Laura
The Fog Diver
Joel Ross
Ages 8-12

Over a hundred years ago, nanites built to clean the Earth decided that humans were a threat and created a deadly fog that covered most of the planet. Humanity retreated to the very tops of mountains, with the rich at the luscious top and the slums at the bottom, right above the deadly fog.

Chess and his adopted family of slum kids survive by diving into the fog and collecting treasures from the “old world” to sell to the rich. Their lives take a turn for the worst when Mrs. E, the lady who took them in, falls ill with fog sickness. Now his crew is on a deadline; they must find a large haul to make enough money to smuggle Mrs. E to another mountain where it is rumored that there is a cure. Will they be able to succeed before the government finds them and takes Chess away to use his special abilities? 

The Fog Diver was an exciting sci/fi steampunk adventure with just enough humor. The world was interesting and although there wasn’t a ton of character development, the kids especially were enjoyable to read about. Keep an eye out for sequels. J FIC Ros

Aug 8, 2015
TamieB
The Whale in My Swimming Pool
Joyce Wan
Ages 2-5

Can you imagine finding a WHALE in your swimming pool?!  How do you think you'd get him out?

A fun summer read for the preschool crowd.

Jul 7, 2015
StaceyQ
Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters
Shannon Hale
Ages 10-14

I was extremely excited when I discovered a third Princess Academy book had been published! Shannon Hale is one of my favorite authors and I highly recommend her books to those who like strong and smart heroines. Okay, enough praise. 

In an attempt to avoid spoilers, as you do need to read the books in order to know what’s going on, I will keep the description brief. In book one, Miri was unwillingly forced into a princess academy where girls of a certain age are groomed to become ladies in order to be offered as choices for the prince to marry. While there however, Miri’s eyes are opened to a world of education she had not received before giving her one of her greatest weapons…knowledge.

The Forgotten Sisters picks up a few years later when Miri is ordered by the king and queen to start her own princess academy grooming three back water girls to be princesses in order to stop a war. In return, the crown will sign over Miri’s homeland to her people. With an opposing army at their borders, Miri struggles with homesickness and teaching three girls who act like anything but princesses. Can one girl stop a war? An enchanting read. J Fic Hal 

Jul 7, 2015
TamieB
Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary
Gail Jarrow
Ages 10 and up

Mary Mallon is a very respectable cook and so she does not understand why the police are chasing her. Worse, they are accusing her of something horrible…causing the spread of typhoid fever and even several deaths. How could she possibly be making people sick when she herself was clearly healthy? 

In a time before good sanitation practices, those in the United States thought nothing of dumping human excrements in rivers or of washing their hands after going to the bathroom. As thousands of people fell ill from typhoid fever, fear and panic drove society to seek a way to control the deadly disease.  Full of vivid details about how typhoid fever spreads (poop in food and water) and the gruesome fatalities caused by the disease in the 1900s this book is not for the weak stomached or at least just don’t read it while you’re eating. J 614.511 Jar

Jul 7, 2015
TamieB
Cars, Trucks and Trains
Jane Murphy
8 and under (perfect for preschoolers-first grade)

If your kids love vehicles then this cd is a must to listen to! 

Full of upbeat songs this would be perfect for car trips. 

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Jun 6, 2015
TamieB

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