August 2013


In This Issue

Preschool
Theme: Friendship

4-8 Years
Theme: Humor & Nonsense

8-12 Years
Theme: Adventure





Great Friendship Stories for Preschoolers

The Adventures of Old Bo Bear
Always
The Bear Who Shared
The Birthday Fish
Chicken, Pig, Cow and Purple Problem
Chicken, Pig, Cow on the Move
Chicken, Pig, Cow Horse Around
Emily's Balloon
Ernest, the Moose Who Doesn't Fit
Gideon & Otto
Gossie
Gossie & Gertie
Have You Seen Duck?
Hooray for Harry
Little Quack's New Friend McDuff's New Friend
My Friend Rabbit
Noodle and Lou
Pete and Polo's Farmyard Adventure
A Promise Is a Promise
Puffin Peter
Ribbit!
South
A Splendid Friend, Indeed
Sylvia and Bird
Too Many Frogs!
Treasure
The Trucker
The Very Busy Day
Webster J. Duck





Fun, Humorous Books For
Ages 4-8

10 Miniutes Till Bedtime
22 Orphans
Bats at the Beach
The Big Orange Splot
The Big Sneeze
Bobo and the New Neighbor
The Boy Who Was Followed Home
The Cabbage Soup Solution
Can't Sleep Without Sheep
Click, Clack Moo Cows That Type
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Digby Takes Charge
The Dog That Dug
Dooby Dooby Moo
Down the Back of the Chair
Eat Your Peas Ivy Louise!
Farley Found It!
Flusi, the Sock Monster
Fishing for Methuselah
A Flea in the Ear
Fuddles
Giggle, Giggle, Quack
Harry the Dirty Dog
Henry and the Crazed Chicken Pirates
Horton Hatches the Egg
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake
If You Give a Pig a Party
The Giant Jam Sandwich Grampa's Teeth
June 29, 1999
King Bidgood's in the Bathtub
Learning to Fly
Little Hoot
Little Pea
Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken
The Magic Hat
Minerva Louise and the Red Truck
Manny's Cows: The Niagara Falls Tale
Millie Waits for the Mail The Mixed-Up Rooster
Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Farm
The Monster Trap
Mud Puddle
The Mysterious Tadpole Never, Ever Shout in a Zoo
No Sleep for the Sheep
On Top of Spaghetti
The Perfect Nest
Pete the Sheep-Sheep
Pigs in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud
Pigs to the Rescue
The Rubber-Legged Ducky Sally and the Limpet
The Sea Serpent and Me
Ship of Dreams
Sitting Ducks
Sixteen Cows
A Spree in Paree
Stanley Mows the Lawn
Stick
Storm Is Coming
Sylvie
Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door
Thump, Quack, Moo: A Wacky Adventure
Tiny
The Underground Gators What's That Awful Smell?
Wilbur's Space Machine





Great Adventure Books For
Ages 8-12

The 7 Professors of the Far North
Adventures of Hotsy Totsy
The Battle for the Castle
Bongo Fishing
The Castle in the
The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale
Christopher Mouse: The Tale of a Small Traveler Dear Hound
Drift House: The First Voyage
Edison's Gold
Emily's Fortune
The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester
Flight of the Silver Turtle
Half Upon a Time
Jacob Two-Two on the High Seas
Lion Boy
MVP*: Magellan Voyage Project
The Magician's Tower
A Nest for Celeste: A Story About Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home
On the Blue Comet
Ordinary Basil: Attach of the Volcano Monkeys
The Secret River
Secrets at Sea
The Seven Professors of the Far North
Smells Like Dog
Smells Like Treasure
Spy Camp
Tumtum and Nutmeg: Adventures Beyond Nutmeg Hall
Tumtum and Nutmeg: The Rose Cottage Tales Waiting for Magic
Wizard of Oz





Stories are marvelous gateways to a world of delight, laughter, wonder, and adventure. Children cannot always discover these books on their own. They need adults to introduce them to books with well-chosen words that communicate wonder, excitement, and pleasure. Books are not a substitute for life, but a greater life can be experienced because of them.




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Preschool: Friendship
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WASH-A-BYE BEAR
Wr itten/illus. by Thomas Docherty, (Templar Books, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-7636-6486-2), 32p, Ages 3-6

Mom says that Flora's precious Bear is smelly from breakfast smears, melted ice cream, sticky sweets, beach sand, glue, markers, and paint. In short, Bear needs a wash. As Bear spins around in the washing machine, Flora watches and encourages him with, "Don't worry, Bear. I'm going to be right here waiting for you." Now clean, Bear doesn't look, smell, taste, or feel like he should, but Flora remedies the situation by loving him back into his original condition. After her bath, Flora wonders about Bear's love, but Mom reassures her that Bear will always love her, whether clean or dirty. Little ones will enjoy Bear's facial expressions throughout the story, especially on the inside covers.

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STEAM TRAIN, DREAM TRAIN
written by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illus. by Tom Lichtenheld, (Chronicle Books, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-4521-0920-6), 32p, Ages 3-5

"Through the darkness, clickety-clack . . . / coming closer, down the track . . . / hold your breath so you can hear / huffing, chuffing drawing near." Pulling into Night Falls station, the engineer signals the waiting crew (monkeys, rabbits, camels, kangaroos, bears, penguins, giraffes, turtles, and elephants) to load up the train cars. Boxcars, refrigerator cars, hoppers, tankers, reefer cars, gondolas, well cars, and autoracks are loaded with pogo sticks, monkey bars, ice cream treats, balls, and every kind of toy imaginable. The weary crew beds down on the flatbed car and caboose for a trip to dreamland. "The next stop . . . is another day." Kids will love the final page that explains the background for this engaging bedtime story.

Other Recommendations:

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CHICKEN, PIG, COW AND THE CLASS PET
written/illus. by Ruth Ohi
(Annick Press, $6.95,
ISBN978-1-55451-346-8),
32p, Ages 2-5

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NOODLE AND LOU
written by Liz Garton Scanlon
illus. by Arthur Howard
(Simon & Schuster, $15.99
ISBN 978-1-442-40288-1),
32p, Ages 2-6

Ages 4-8: Humor & Nonsense
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THE GREEN BATH
written by Margaret Mahy, illus. by Steven Kellogg, (Arthur A. Levine Books, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-545-20667-9),
40p, Ages 4-8

A neighbor's dad brings home a speedboat from the flea market, but Sammy's dad brings home a green, claw footed bathtub. Sammy realizes that this is no ordinary tub, when he hears it gurgle and watches a claw foot scratch its face. Donning his swimsuit, snorkel and water wings, Sammy settles in for a fun time in the soapy tub, not realizing that he is in for a fun adventure. "Then, in a minute, the bath was off and away. It bounded through the back door, leaped across the lawn, hopped over the hedge, and made for the wide, wide ocean." There they meet mermaids and a passing sea serpent, who helps Sammy battle buccaneers, who want his tub. Returning home, the tub settles back into the bathroom along with Sammy and his treasure chest. Don't be surprised when kids emulate the late Margaret Mahy's swashbuckling adventure at bath time.

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COWPOKE CLYDE AND DIRTY DAWG
written by Lori Mortensen, illus. by Michael Allen Austin, (Clarion Books, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-547-23993-4), 32p,
Ages 4-8

Cowpoke Clyde is a great role model of cleanliness. "Cowpoke Clyde propped up his feet. / His house was clean, his chores complete. / He'd even washed the kitchen floor / and shooed the horseflies out the door." Thinking that his dog needs a bath, Clyde grabs his rope, bucket, water, and soap. However, Dawg doesn't agree and runs for his life out the door. Trying every trick imaginable to catch Dawg, Clyde manages to drench the chickens, lasso the hog, and soap the cats, resulting in flying chicken feathers, spilled black bean soup, hissing cats, and a kicking mule. Disgusted and dirty, Clyde uses the tub himself. Who do you suppose decides to share his bath? The cumulative rhyme, catchy phrases, and hilarious antics will rope in the most reluctant listener.

Other Recommendations:

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BOOT AND SHOE
written/illus. by Marla Frazee
(Simon & Schuster, $16.99,
ISBN 978-1-4424-2247-6),
40p, Ages 4-7

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ONE COOL FRIEND
written by Tony Buzzeo
illus. by David Small,
(Dial Books, $16.99
ISBN 978-0-8037-3413-5),
32p, Ages 5-8

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THE DAY DIRK YELLER CAME TO TOWN
written by Mary Casanova
illus. by Ard Hoyt
(Farrar, Straus, Giroux, $16.99
ISBN 978-0-3743-1742-3),
40p, Ages 4-8

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JANGLES: A BIG FISH STORY
written/illus. by
David Shannon
(Scholastic Press, $17.99
ISBN 978-0-545-14312-7),
32p, Ages 5+

Ages 8-12: Adventure
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SEAGULLS DON'T EAT PICKLES: Fish Finelli, Book 1
written by E . S. Farber, illus. by Jason Beene, (Chronicle Books, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-4521-0820-9), 155p, Ages 7-10

Rumor has it that Captain Kidd's lost treasure is on Lyon's Island, across from Whooping Hollow, where Norman (aka Fish) and his friends, Roger, and T.J. live. When bully Brice Billings bets Fish that he cannot locate the Captain's treasure map, Fish, Roger, and T.J. embark on a quest to locate the map and dig for treasure. The three brave massive goose poop, a mysterious librarian, leaky kayaks, and mutant birds to find the map, sneak onto Lyon's Island, and search for treasure, occasionally using their secret code SDEP (Seagulls Don't Eat Pickles) when danger is near. Information sidebars provide background facts on Captain Kidd, pieces of eight, walkie-talkies, etc. Boys especially will enjoy this fun, entertaining, and humorous beginning of a new adventure series.

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THEODORE BOONE: The Activist
written by John Grisham, (Dutton Children's Books, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-525-42577-9), 272p, Ages 9-12

The fourth installment of the popular Theodore Boon series finds Theo in the middle of a dispute over property rights, debating environmental issues, and fighting corruption. The town of Strattenburg is divided over a state project to divert traffic, bypassing the town to relieve congestion, and using eminent domain to obtain property. Theo becomes involved personally when he and his friend, Hardie, are roughed up, and Theo's dog is beaten unconscious by thugs working for the state. Joining an environmental group, Theo and Hardie gather information to present their case before the City Council. Theo wrestles with ethical issues regarding the release of classified information on one of the Council commissioners. Intense moments surround courtroom proceedings, shady clients, and crooked politicians, as well as heart wrenching moments with an injured pet. As always, Theo is a great role model for kids today.

Other Recommendations:

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ON THE ROAD TO
MR. MINEOS

written by Barbara O'Connor
(Farrar, Straus, and Giroux,
$16.99, ISBN 978-0-374-38002-1),
192p, Ages 8-12

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MALCOLM AT MIDNIGHT
written by W. H. Beck
Illus. by Brian Lies
(Houghton Mifflin Books,
ISBN 978-0-547-68100-9),
272p, Ages 10+

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OF GIANTS AND ICE
written by Shelly Bach
illus. by Cory Loftis
(Simon & Schuster Books, $15.99
ISBN 978-1-4424-3146-1),
352p, Ages 10+

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THE CHESHIRE CHEESE CAT: A DICKENS OF A TALE
written by Carmen Agra Deedy
& Randall Wright, illus. by Barry
Moser, (Peachtree Publishers,
$16.95, ISBN 978-1-56145-595-9),
256p, Ages 10+

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