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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for October 24, 2016

princess-and-the-ponyThe Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton

“Princess Pinecone would like a real war horse for her birthday, instead of which she gets a plump, cute pony–but sometimes cuteness can be a kind of weapon, especially in a fight with dodgeballs and spitballs and hairballs and squareballs.”           [JPB BEATON,K]

bad-kidThe Bad Kid by Sarah Lariviere

“Claudeline Feng LeBernardin is very good at being bad. Her Grandpa Si was a real-life gangster, and Claude always thought she’d take over the family business when he was gone. Instead, Claude’s dad is in charge—and she’s sure he’s running things into the ground. She wants to step in, but her parents are keeping secrets and her partner in crime, Fingerless Brett, is suddenly on the straight and narrow.

“Then, when a very strange character by the name of Alma Lingonberry shows up in the neighborhood, Claude gets closer to the crime life than ever. Before long, she’s swept up in a maddening mystery that’s got her wondering: What does it really mean to be bad?”                        [J LARIVIERE,S]

american-girl-bakingAmerican Girl Baking

“Collects more than forty easy-to-follow recipes for aspiring bakers that are fit for any occasion, from cupcakes and cookies to madeleines and tartlets.”             [J641.8654 AMERICAN]



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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for December 29, 2014

circle squareCircle, Square,Moose by Kelly Bingham

“In this companion to the acclaimed Z Is for Moose, Moose infiltrates a book about shapes (because he loves shapes, naturally) and it is up to his best friend, Zebra, to restore order. What will happen? Who will save the day? It’s all up in the air until the final page, where Moose and Zebra (and Cat, too) create a perfect—and perfectly heartwarming—ending.”           [JPB BINGHAM]

princess in blackThe Princess in Black by Shannon and Dean Hale

“Who says princesses don’t wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black!

“Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when . . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret —she’s also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! Can the princess sneak away, transform into her alter ego, and defeat the monster before the nosy duchess discovers her secret?”   [J Moving Up HALE]

on track for treasureOn Track for Treasure by Wendy McClure

“Book two in a historically rooted series that’s The Boxcar Children for a new era!

“When the town sheriff discovers the exact location of ‘Wanderville,’ the orphans who live there –  Jack, Frances, Harold, Alexander, and their new friends – must flee their home in the woods. They take to the rails and, after nearly being caught, are rescued by a seemingly kind reverend and his wife. The pair brings the children to their home, telling them that if they help the sharecroppers who run their farm, they will eventually be adopted. But Frances can’t stop thinking about a mysterious treasure mentioned to her by a hobo they met during their travels, and when a young African-American sharecropper is blamed for stealing a fiddle her brother Harold actually nabbed, the citizens of Wanderville will have to decide whether their community is heading in the right direction or whether they need to get their ‘town’ back on track.”                                 [J McCLURE,W]


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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for August 18, 2014

Slow down! Enjoy every last minute of summer! Have you gone to the beach, or taken a picnic to the park? Have you roller skated, or ridden your bike? 

It’s not too late! How about calling some school friends you haven’t seen all summer. Pack a lunch and  ride your bikes to the park to have some fun and get reacquainted. 

And we have some great new books to find at the Library and enjoy:

The Worst Princess by Anna Kemp

“Princess Sue dreams of finding her Prince Charming. But when that Prince proves to be a bit more traditional than what she had hoped for, Princess Sue—along with the help of fiery dragon—becomes determined to find a way to get the fairy-tale ending that she always envisioned for herself.”       [JPB KEMP]

Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

“When Oliver’s explorer parents go missing, he sets sail on a rescue mission with some new, unexpected friends: a grumpy albatross, a nearsighted mermaid . . . even a living island! But the high seas are even more exciting, unusual, and full of mischief than Oliver could have imagined. Can he and his crew spar with sarcastic seaweed, outrun an army of sea monkeys, win a fabulous maritime fashion contest, and defeat a wicked sea captain in time to save Mom and Dad?”                [J REEVE]

Python for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming by Jason R. Briggs

“Python is a powerful, expressive programming language that’s easy to learn and fun to use! But books about learning to program in Python can be kind of dull, gray, and boring, and that’s no fun for anyone.

“Python for Kids brings Python to life and brings you (and your parents) into the world of programming. The code in this book runs on almost anything: Windows, Mac, Linux, even an OLPC laptop or Raspberry Pi!”         [J005.133 BRIGGS]

Junk Drawer Physics: 50 Awesome Experiments That Don’t Cost a Thing by Bobby Mercer

“More than 50 great hands-on experiments that can be performed for just pennies, or less. Turn a plastic cup into a pinhole camera using waxed paper, a rubber band, and a thumbtack. Build a swinging wave machine using a series of washers suspended on strings from a yardstick. Or construct your own planetarium from an empty potato chip canister, construction paper, scissors, and a pin. Each project has a materials list, detailed step-by-step instructions with illustrations, and a brief explanation of the scientific principle being demonstrated. Junk Drawer Physics also includes sidebars of fascinating physics facts, such as did you know the Eiffel Tower is six inches taller in summer than in winter because its steel structure expands in the heat?”      [J530.078 MERCER]

Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects: Easy to Pick Up, Hard to Put Down by Sophie Maletsky

Sticky Fingers is a vibrant, easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to creating amazing projects with the hottest crafting material on the market today – duct tape! The book includes tons of photographs alongside directions designed to make creating a wallet and making a bag even easier, while also providing a steady stream of ideas for personalizing and embellishing your duct tape creations. Each project includes icons showing difficulty level and project time, as well as helpful hints, such as how to keep your scissors clean and what to do with end pieces. So grab a roll of duct tape, pick a project, and get started!”            [745.5 MALETSKY]

Sew It! Make 17 Projects with Yummy Precut Fabric by Allison Nicoll

“Get your budding quilter sewing with 17 easy and fun projects made mostly from precuts. With the time they’ll save on cutting, they’ll be able to get down to the business of creating right away. From an earphones pouch to a pillow to, of course, quilts, and even a sleepover set—Sew It! presents kids with a broad range of projects for all skill levels that will teach them quiltmaking basics while challenging them to build their skill sets. All the projects are designed to be sewn on a domestic machine and can be completed without adult assistance.”              [J746 NICOLL]


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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for June 30, 2014

Poppy the Pirate Dog’s New Shipmate by Liz Kessler

“Poppy is lonely. Now that summer is over, Suzy and Tim have gone back to school and Mom and Dad are back at work. What’s a pirate dog to do when there’s no one around to help her bury treasure? When her family decides to get her a friend to keep her company, Poppy is thrilled. But when she meets her new shipmate, he is not at all what she expected — or wanted! Will mutiny ensue?”                 [J Moving Up KESSLER]

Maleficent by Elizabeth Rudnick

“The origins of one of the most iconic Disney villains: Maleficent, the infamous fairy who curses Princess Aurora in Disney’s animated classic Sleeping Beauty. This ‘origin’ story is told from Maleficent’s perspective, intersecting with the classic in both familiar and unexpected ways.”                  [J RUDNICK]

Cities: Discover How They Work by Kathleen M. Reilly

“To a child, a city is a chaotic, vibrant community whose workings can seem quite mysterious. How did people create subways? How does the water get to the very top of a skyscraper? Is there any organization to a bustling metropolis? Cities: Discover How They Work gives kids a view into the inner functioning of urban areas. They’ll learn about all the parts that come together to make cities work and how they’ve grown and changed since the very first riverside settlements.”                      [J307.76 REILLY]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for February 25, 2013

One question we are often asked is “Where are your princess books?” Unfortunately there is not an easy answer: they are all over the place! We have picture books about princesses, fairy tales, and chapter books for all ages. Some of them are Disney princesses, but not all. Be sure to look on the Series paperback rack under D for Disney, and you might have to place holds because these books are very popular!  Here are a few you might like.

All kinds of princesses for people of all kinds and ages.

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for November 22

The Princess and Her Panther by Wendy Orr

“Imagination is at the heart of this book as two sisters set out to camp in their backyard. Their red tent becomes a royal shelter, the wading pool a lake, and the sandbox is the desert they toil across. The princess is stalwart, but her little sister, the panther, is unnerved when night falls. After one too many scares by neighborhood animals, the girls do not predictably retreat into the safety of the house but, instead, stand up to the night and are brave—both of them. The final spread shows that all is well in the tent, with a bright moon shining and the sisters contentedly asleep.”                                  [JPB ORR]

Scat, Cat! by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

“Scat, cat!” said the dog.

“Scat, cat!” said the bird.

“Scat, cat!” said the other cats.

“Go home.”

When a small cat is lost, he walks and walks. He walks through city and country, and if someone tells him to scat, he just keeps walking. Will the cat find a home?       [I Can Read! Shared My First Reading]        [JE CAPUCILLI]

Rise of the Darklings by Paul Crilley   The Invisible Order Book One

“Emily Snow is twelve years old, supporting herself and her younger brother on the streets of Victorian England by selling watercress. One early winter morning on her way to buy supplies, she encounters a piskie — a small but very sarcastic fey creature that has been cornered by a group of the Black Sidhe, piskies from an opposing clan. She rescues him and unknowingly becomes involved in a war between the Seelie and the Unseelie, two opposing factions of fairies that have been battling each other throughout the long centuries of human history, with London — and England itself — as the ultimate prize.

“When the Invisible Order — a centuries-old secret society of humans that has protected mankind from the fey’s interference — gets involved, things really start to get complicated.”                           [J CRILLEY]

Trains on the Move by Willow Clark

“Trains are some of the fastest and most useful vehicles in the world. Readers will learn all about the different types of trains, how they work, and how important they are in this exciting book.”                [J625.1 CLARK]

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