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September 2014

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Telephone by Mac Barnett, ill. By Jen Corace (jE)

This completely charming picture book takes us on a humorous glide across a telephone wire as one bird after another passes along a message to Peter from his mom. Each character skews the message according to his or her own interest, making for some hilarious versions of “tell Peter to fly home for dinner.” The illustrations are fabulous and worth looking at again and again to catch the little nuances and hints of what’s to come on the next page. And the final message made this reviewer Laugh Out Loud! LL

   

Camping Trip

Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato (jE)

Elliot is a little elephant who lives in the big city. Being so little creates lots of challenges for him, such as opening doors , trying to catch a cab, or trying to buy a cupcake at the bakery. One day, Elliot meets Mouse, who’s even smaller than him! Through Elliot and Mouse, kids will discover that with a bit of teamwork they can accomplish anything - no matter the size. This short, sweet picture book has a positive message about friendship that is great for any age. KA

   

Over and Under the Snowe

PB & J Hooray! by Janet Nolan, ill. by Julia Patton (jE)

What do you need for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? You need peanut butter, jelly, and bread of course. You also need grocery stores, delivery trucks, bakeries and factories, farms, and seeds! This is a cumulative story where children will learn just how much goes into making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Told in a clear, concise way, readers will explore how their food is grown, prepared, and sold until it finally reaches the kitchen table. The lively illustrations make this a great book to share together and the amount of detail on each page will beg for repeat readings. KA

   
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Sisters by Raina Telgemeier (Tween Graphic Novel)

In this companion to her graphic novel, Smile, Raina chronicles her relationship with younger sister Amara through alternating flashbacks, which includes a road trip from her home San Francisco to a family reunion in Colorado. She and Amara don’t exactly have the relationship Raina was dreaming of. Amara is stubborn, cranky, and prefers to be alone which sparks many arguments between the two girls. Then baby brother Will is born and causes even more chaos in their tiny apartment. It’s not until the road trip and reunion that Raina and Amara figure out a common ground on getting along. This is a charming story all about sibling relationships and how they aren’t always ideal. Kids will love the bright illustrations and Telgemeier’s always spot-on humor. It’s a must-read for graphic novel fans, especially those with siblings! KA

  

   
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The Badger Knight by Kathryn Erskine (Tween)

Northern England, 1346. The country is on the brink of war against the Scots, and those who live near the border are especially eager to let the battle begin – none more-so than Adrian, aka Badger. Adrian is an albino, and his pale skin reflects the sun so strongly that he must blacken his cheeks with dirt when he practices archery, an endeavor that he is very, very good at. His father won’t allow him to go to the border to fight, but the small twelve-year-old has a mind of his own, and sneaks away to face his destiny on the battlefront. This historical adventure is full of intrigue, humor, and danger – a real page-turner. LL

   

The Thickety by J.A. White (Tween)

 When Kara was six years old, she and her mother were accused of witchcraft. Her mother was executed and ever since Kara’s family has been shunned on their small island community. Kara works hard to care for her sick brother and her father, who hasn’t been the same since that awful night. But everything changes one day when an unusual bird lures Kara into the forbidden forest, called The Thickety. There she discovers a strange book, the Grimoire, that gives her powers she never imagined she could have. Is it witchcraft? Was the book her mother’s? Kara doesn’t know. And as her powers grow and accusations and suspicions rise again, she questions her new-found abilities. Is she in control of the book, or is the Grimoire gaining control over her? Spooky and suspenseful with great characters, The Thickety is a great read that looks to be the first in an exciting series. Highly recommended! BD

   

 The Dumbest Idea Ever by Jimmy Gownley (Graphic Novel)

Jimmy Gownley is on the top of the world, scoring points both in the classroom and on the basketball court. Then he misses weeks of school and his championship basketball game (his team loses in the final minute) due to first chicken pox and then pneumonia. Jimmy’s interest in comics expands as he attempts writing and illustrating his own, but his inflated ego might get in the way of his friendships. The colors set the tone for the story, gray when Jimmy is sick and turning bright and bold again when he enters the comic book shop for the first time, resulting in an Oz-like page turn when the curtain is pulled back on a colorful landscape of possibilities. This autobiographical account by the author of the Amelia Rules graphic novel series demonstrates that anything is possible, even after some false starts. AY

   

 The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel (Book-on-CD)

The Boundless, the greatest train ever built, is on its maiden voyage across Canada. Will Everett, son of the railroad manager, is on board and ready to start a new life. Unfortunately, Will’s aspirations and his father’s expectations don’t mix. When Will witnesses a murder and ends up in possession of the key to a train car containing priceless treasures, he becomes the target of a sinister group plotting to rob the train. In order to survive, Will must seek the aid of Mr. Dorian, ringmaster of the traveling circus on board and Maren, a girl his age who is an expert escape artist. With villains closing in, can Will and Maren reach Will’s father in the locomotive and save The Boundless? Does Mr. Dorian have a sinister plan of his own? And what is really inside the mysterious train car? Nick Podehl narrates this exciting story and does a great job distinguishing character voices and keeping the listener on the edge of his seat. This is high adventure on the rails with a touch of myth, lore, legend and the fantastic. Highly recommended. BD