Monday, March 02, 2015

THE GRAPHIC NOVELS


Two hilarious graphic novels (comic books) which somehow got missed: Sidekicks by Dan Santat  and Mr. Pants: It's Go Time! by Scott McCormick and R. H. Lazzell.  

Mr. Pants and his siblings are cats but his mom is human and once you can suspend that belief, the can story begin. Mr. Pants is not very nice and he always wants things his way. He tries to manipulate his family members to go along with his way of thinking.  Hmmm... sound like any family members you know?

For readers in 2nd and up.

Sidekicks is Dan Santat's  full color graphic novel about a human superhero who is the town superhero but he's off his game due to a bad allergic reaction during a capture and decides maybe he needs a sidekick to help him out. His house pets go into overdrive to come up with ways to get ready for the audition but they soon discover his old sidekick, the cat, is still alive and secretly working his own form of vigilante justice in the dark alleys. This is graphic novel is colorful, action packed and a whole lot of wacky fun.  

For readers in 4th and up.
















THE STORY CONTINUES

The second book in the Sixties Trilogy, Revolution by Deborah Wiles is set in 1964 during Freedom Summer in a small town in Mississippi. The story is told by twelve-year-old Sunny who not only narrates what is going on in her family but also the story of what is happening in her town. Both her personal life and that of her town are being invaded. Her dad has recently remarried a woman with two children and the town is the site of college students working to register the black vote and to integrate public venues. 

It is a troubling time on all fronts and like the previous volume (Countdown) this one also includes many photographs, song lyrics and quotes from the period.  To extend the story the author has included many film clips from the period that can be found on http://ow.ly/vBGTcThis is an important story that will linger long after the book is closed.


For readers in grades 5 through 8. 



Friday, February 27, 2015

A TRULY FABULOUS STORY


I'm not going to lie, Heather Vogel Frederick is one of my favorite authors of all time. She is the writer of the "Mother-Daughter Book Club" series (which you should read if you haven't already), so I was so excited to see she'd written something new! Her latest book ABSOLUTELY TRULY is true to Frederick's style. It takes place with a large family in New England, and there's a little bit of mystery, a little bit of romance, a little comedy, a little tragedy. This book has it all! The nice thing about all of Frederick's books, but especially this one, is that it paints a picture of how different families can be, and how similar people can be to one another. 

For grades 5 and up.

JANUARY 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SIDEWALK ASTRONOMERS WITH THE SIDEWALK ASTRONOMERS

Stargazing in front of the library!  Don't just read about the moon, see it with your own eyes. 

Kids! Meet us in front of the Central Library at 6 p.m. for a peek at the moon, planets and stars courtesy of the Sidewalk Astronomers


This is a Children's Room event for ages 4 and up. 


Tuesday, February 24,  6. - 7:30p.m.

Monday, February 23, 2015

THE LOCKER ATE LUCY!

Eerie Elementary...

Could you image going to an elementary school that was alive and where the locker ate your friend.  Well Sam, the hall monitor does; Sam, Antonio and Lucy are friends at the Eerie Elementary. Sam has a great sense of when strange activities happen and he convinces his friends to visit the town’s graveyard to learn more about the Eerie family that built most of the town. Upon their visit the friends realize that the only member of the Eerie Family that does not have a headstone and who is the only one that is listed inside the town’s history book without a death date was Orson Eerie. Well with all the strange activities, the friends are tardy so as they quickly scatter to join their class Sam and Antonio realize Lucy has been eaten by her locker.

Read The Locker Ate Lucy by Jack Chabert and find out who’s behind the creepy acts at the Eerie Elementary.  Find out if Sam and Antonio are able to save their friend. This is the second book in the series, following The School is Alive. The book has an interesting, fast paced storyline for those learning to read early chapter books.

Grades 2 & 3

Saturday, February 21, 2015

SIDEWALK ASTRONOMERS ARE COMING!

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24 at 6 p.m. the volunteer amateur astronomy club, Sidewalk Astonomers, will share their love of astronomy and telescopes with the families of Glendale.  Join us Tuesday evening for some fun stargazing in front of the Central Library. 


Children's Room event 
818-548-2035

Friday, February 20, 2015

THIS BOOK JUST ATE MY DOG!

It starts with a walk on an unexceptional day in a dusty gray city. Bella and her dog are ambling along when her dog mysteriously vanishes between the double-spread pages. Wait-- what just happened? Did this book just--? Yes, it did.
For more dangerous picture book reads, try Open Very Carefully by Nick Bromley, Warning: Do Not Open This Book by Adam Lehrhaupt, or The Book That Eats People by John Perry. Fair warning, though, The Book That Eats People is especially devious, ravenous, and carnivorous; only the bravest (or most foolhardy) readers should attempt to subdue it.


Subsequent rescue attempts lead to a chain of disappearances into the gutter of the very book you’re reading. Because, you’ll soon learn, this is no ordinary book. This is a book that eats pets. And people. And emergency response vehicles. Really, it’s not too picky as you can tell. Not all is lost, however. With a little guidance from our plucky heroine, you can help shake some sense into this book and save the day!
This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne is a perfect, humorous read aloud for preschoolers. With just a few words per page, it’s short and snappy, accompanied by adorable, emotive illustrations. It strolls into a genre of interactive metafictional books and dangerous-book books, and it finds a cozy seat (and a tasty snack). But compared to some of the more sinister anthropomorphized books out there, this Book is merely naughty: a mostly harmless, possibly petulant, jokester. Not to mention it also presents a superb opportunity to discuss the anatomy of a book.

Monday, February 16, 2015

NANCY CLANCY SEES THE FUTURE

I predict you will find this book interesting.

Nancy Clancy was a third grade fortune teller. In this Nancy Clancy Sees the Future, Nancy begins to believe that she can really predict the future.  Although, her best friend Bree disagrees and tells her that those are “just” lucky guesses. On the other hand, Nancy predicting that her dad will bring home pizza and her grandmother calling is more than just a coincidence. So, Nancy decides to charge a quarter for each question she predicts for her fellow classmates. However, after an accident with Bree and the lousy predictions Nancy comes to the realization that no one can see the future. 

Don’t miss out! This is the third book in the Nancy Clancy chapter series.  Jane O’Connor has written various books about Nancy! The story of Nancy starts with the picture book series called Fancy Nancy as it transitions into early chapter books with the Nancy Clancy series.

For grades 2 - 4.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY

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Kyle has won an essay contest and will be participating in the exciting game, "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library."  The twelve students participating in the game are locked inside the new library and have 24 hours to find their way to a hidden exit in the library.  The winner of the game will become the game creator, Luigi Lemoncello’s spokesperson for all his gaming products and more.  Kyle is very excited about this opportunity.  He and his family have been playing Mr. Lemoncello’s games for years and now he gets to be a part of this big event!  The game gives Kyle and the other participants an opportunity to learn more about each other and about Mr. Lemoncello’s and his connection to their town.  Who will win the game?  Who will win this exciting and once-in-a-lifetime game? Read and you shall find out.

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein has a lot of reference to children’s material and the gaming element; it is a great page-turner for students in grades 4-6.


A HUNDRED HORSES

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When Nell is send to stay with her aunt during school break, Nell is not very happy about the arrangement.  She has to spent time with cousins she has never met and an aunt who she has not seen for years.  Like many things in her life, she feels like she is never a part of the decision making process. When Nell's father took off, she was left in the care of her mother and always did what her mother said despite having her own opinions. The experience she encounters at her aunt’s house is nothing she expected.  She discovers that she is not the only one who has secrets.  She encounters a girl, Angel, who also has secrets of her own.  Despite their initial hostility, the girls discover that they share more in common than their love of horses.  The girls work together to try to save one hundred horses that are about to be sold at an auction and during the process, they come across some adventures that completely change their lives.

A Hundred Horses, by Sarah Lean is a wonderful story of two girls, who living two very different lives, are brought closer together by the secrets they share as well as through their love of horses. Students grades 4-6 would enjoy this reading

Monday, February 09, 2015

THE BAND IS HERE

Brian Waite Band is here to rock your little shoes off.  Join us at 11 a.m. at the Central Library's auditorium for a fun time.  For ages 3 and up.  

Children's Room 
Central Library 
222 East Harvard 
818-548-2035 


Friday, February 06, 2015

2015 BOOK AWARDS

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get these fabulous books.  Click on the cover and order your copy from our branches.  For a list of all the 2015  winners and honors click on the links below: 
Coretta Scott King Medal 
Caldecott Medal 
Newbery Medal 




Wednesday, February 04, 2015

OPERATION BUNNY


Emily Vole starts her life in a little hat box abandoned in an airport. When the wealthy and childless Dashwoods see the baby Emily on the news, they decide to adopt her. But when Emily turns five, Daisy Dashwood becomes pregnant with triplets, and Emily is banished to the laundry room and expected to be the Dashwoods' maid and babysitter. 

Emily's life as a housekeeper is not fun, until she meets their quirky neighbor Miss String, who has a large talking cat and believes in magic. Soon, Emily finds herself inheriting a set of magic keys with legs that open a secret shop, and attracts the wrath of the evil witch Harpella, who is known to steal souls and turn people into pink bunnies.


Operation Bunny is the first book of the Wings & Co. series by Sally Gardner, with wonderfully zany illustrations by David Roberts. Emily Vole is one smart cookie of a character, and it was fun to read about her wild adventures. Of course, the pink bunnies were also a big part of the allure. We will be looking forward to Emily's new adventures.

For grades 3 and up.

Monday, February 02, 2015

2015 CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD SEASON


Soon the Newberry, the Caldecott, Pura Belpre, Coretta Scott King and many more awards will be given out to the best in children's books of the previous year.  The speculations as to which book will win which award is usually a secret until the winners are called.  So below are a list of titles which are being talked about and they have been read and reviewed by our Children's Services staff.  

For the Caldecott, Migrant is an unusually illustrated bilingual story which deserves to win, but it's a long shot because it is so unusual.  

These children's fiction titles are some favored to win the Newberry this year: The Fourteenth Goldfish about a grandfather who found a way to become 13 again is a rumored favorite to be the 2015 Newberry winner. The Night Gardener , and Rain Reign about a girl with Asperger's in search of her missing dog have also been getting some Newberry buzz.  Will your favorite story win?   

READ TO FEED

THE GROWING MIND NEEDS TO BE FED.  

CHECKOUT BOOKS. 
LISTEN TO STORIES. 
HANG OUT WITH THE BOOKS AT THE LIBRARY.
 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

NO MOTHERGOOSE STORYTIME FRIDAY

We apologize but there will be NO Mothergoose and Me Storytime tomorrow morning, Friday, 1/30/15.  

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

DORY FANTASMAGORY


Dory, otherwise known as Rascal, is the baby of the family and boy, does she have an imagination! But try as she might, she cannot get her brother and sister to play with her. They think that she is such a baby because she sees all kinds of monsters everywhere, and has an imaginary monster friend to boot. To make her stop acting like such a baby, Dory’s siblings come up with an ingenious plan. They sit Dory down and tell her that the evil Mrs. Gobble Gracker who steals babies is after her, and she needs to stop acting like a baby in order to be safe. Now, Dory is on the run from Mrs. Gobble Gracker, and she has to come up with a plan to avoid being stolen.

Dory Fantasmagory is quite the page-turner with an adorable character who will make you laugh from to the last page. Third- and fourth- grade readers will love this short book for its great story and hilarious illustrations.