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Recommended Reads


December 2014

Great Books for Kids 2014 - Recommended and reviewed by the Hudson Library Youth Services Staff [PDF]
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Dear Panda by Miriam Latimer (jE)

In this sweet story, a young girl named Flo has recently moved. Missing her friends at her old school and nervous about making new friends, Flo writes a letter to the Panda at the neighboring Zoo and gets a response. Flo and Panda become friends and discover that they both love swimming and hula-hooping, and all kinds of other things. On the first day of school Flo shyly tells her classmates about what she likes to do, and about her special friendship with Panda. Thanks to Panda, Flo meets Bea, who loves pandas and also loves swimming, hula-hooping, and all kinds of other things. Thanks to Flo, anxious readers can rest assured that finding and making new friends is about being yourself and sharing what you love. AS


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The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak (jE)

What’s a picture book without pictures?! White pages, black text. A lot of words. Words like “boring” and “serious” and “blork” and “gluurr-ga-wocko.” This is “the book that makes grown-ups have to say silly things,” and does so with aplomb and plenty of goofiness. It may sound preposterous, but this picture book without pictures is a fun and funny read-aloud that kids will love to listen to and adults will never get tired of reading. Bonk. LL


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Max and the Won’t Go to Bed Show by Mark Sperring (jE)

Children and adults alike are invited to the best show on Earth. Watch as Max the Magnificent performs his world-famous act: putting off bedtime for as long as possible! He’ll make cookies and milk disappear! He’ll brush his teeth until they are dazzling! And he’ll ask for ten whole bedtime stories! Will Max ever go to sleep? Find out in this delightfully humorous story that’s perfect for sharing with that not-so-sleepy child at bedtime. Sperring cleverly covers all of the usual bedtime routine suspects (brushing teeth, putting on pajamas, etc.) and Warburton’s colorfully detailed illustrations will make the reader feel like they’ve been transported right under the Big Top. KA



The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale (J)

Princess Magnolia is a princess through and through, from her sparkling tiara down to her glass slippers. But she has a secret, one necessary to keep her lands safe from monsters. See, Princess Magnolia is also The Princess in Black, monster fighter, protector of goats and goat boys. When the nosy Duchess Wigtower stops by for a visit and a big blue monster appears in the goat field, will Princess Magnolia be able to save the day and keep her secret? Written by the husband and wife duo Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrated by LeUyen Pham, The Princess in Black it is a wonderful first chapter book. Filled with vibrant illustrations and action-packed chapters, it is great for those just beginning to read chapter books and those who dream of being both a princess and a ninja. CC



The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (Tween)

Twelve year-old Callum Hunt has always been told by his father that The Magisterium is bad. So when Call is invited to test into this magical school, he’ll do anything to fail. Unfortunately, even doing his worst allows Call to pass into his first year under the tutelage of the prestigious Master Rufus. Along with his new friends, Call will not only discover the secrets of the Magisterium, but also the secrets of his past…and future. Black and Clare do a nice job of setting up the fantastical world of the Magisterium in this first of a five-part series. Plenty of action and an unexpected twist at the end will keep the pages turning. Fans of Harry Potter will immediately recognize some familiar elements, but there are enough elements to make this story stand apart. This is a great choice for those fantasy fans who also like a bit of an adventure. KA


 Explorer: The Hidden Doors edited by Kazu Kibuishi (GN)

Seven stories from seven different artists take the reader on a journey through seven hidden doors to adventure. In one story, a wizard finds herself in the lair of a giant. In another, a boy discovers a portal that can turn him into a cooler version of himself. In yet another story, robbers search for the hidden door in a haunted Egyptian tomb. There’s something for every reader in this graphic novel collection and the majority of tales convey a positive message. The quality illustrations each have a distinct style which will appeal to a broad range of graphic novel fans. While this is the third installment of the Explorer series by Kazu Kibuishi it isn’t necessary to previously have read the first two. Give this to upper elementary-aged children who love short and sweet adventure stories. KA


 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