Archive for August, 2010

Book Break

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Join us for Drop-In Storytime for 3-5 year olds!  Here’s the schedule:

Tuesdays @ 10 a.m. on September 7, 14, 21

Thursdays@ 2 p.m. on September 9, 16, 23

Registration for the Fall Session of Storytime begins on Wednesday, October 6th.  Check here for days and times.

Kenny and the Dragon

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Kenny and the Dragon, by Tony DiTerlizzi (of Spiderwick fame), is a wonderful adventure based on Kenneth Grahame’s The Reluctant DragonKenny and the Dragon is also up for the Bluestem Award this year!   Here are some reviews!

Booklist Reviews
Kenneth Grahame s classic tale The Reluctant Dragon gets an update in this quaint, comfortable novella. A young rabbit meets an incidentally fearsome dragon and comes to his rescue when the townspeople of Roundbrook engage the local bookseller to slay him. The plot follows that of Grahame s original closely, embellishing on the homage with pointed allusions (the rabbit is called Kenny, short for Kenneth, and the Dragon is named Grahame, for example). The spot pencil illustrations deftly express the characters natures and feelings with energy and whimsy. DiTerlizzi s popularity, built on his contributions to the Spiderwick Chronicles, may draw children to this enjoyable outing. And this engaging story, in turn, may carry them up the bucolic hillside to the original, inspirational works of Mr. Grahame himself. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.
 
Horn Book Guide Reviews
To young rabbit Kenny’s surprise, the fearsome new dragon in town, Grahame, loves books and good food rather than ravaging. As Kenny and Grahame become friends, however, the local animals consider dragon-slaying; it falls to Kenny to keep the peace. This genial dragon story, with its nods to myth and Kenneth Grahame, is an accessible, enjoyable read. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
 
Kirkus Reviews
Reports of children requesting rewrites of The Reluctant Dragon are rare at best, but this new version may be pleasing to young or adult readers less attuned to the pleasures of literary period pieces. Along with modernizing the language—”Hmf! This Beowulf fellow had a severe anger management problem”—DiTerlizzi dials down the original’s violence. The red-blooded Boy is transformed into a pacifistic bunny named Kenny, St. George is just George the badger, a retired knight who owns a bookstore, and there is no actual spearing (or, for that matter, references to the annoyed knight’s “Oriental language”) in the climactic show-fight with the friendly, crème-brulée-loving dragon Grahame. In look and spirit, the author’s finely detailed drawings of animals in human dress are more in the style of Lynn Munsinger than, for instance, Ernest Shepard or Michael Hague. They do, however, nicely reflect the bright, informal tone of the text. A readable, if denatured, rendition of a faded classic. (Fantasy. 9-11) Copyright Kirkus 2008 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.
 

Heart of a Shepherd

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Heart of a Shepherd is a beautiful novel of love, family, and faith.  Here are some of the reviews for the book:

Kirkus Reviews
Sixth-grader Ignatius—he goes by “Brother”—faces a hard year as his father is deployed to Iraq, and he, the youngest of five boys, is left with his aging grandparents to manage the family ranch in Oregon. The episodic presentation, with each chapter a vignette from one of the months his father is gone, effectively portrays the seasonal changes of farm life. The spare, evocative language of his first-person narration immediately captures readers’ interest and never falters in describing a year in the life of this eminently likable boy trying hard to be the man of the house, facing up to one believable challenge after another. From raising orphaned lambs he names after hobbits to delivering a calf to rescuing a farmhand and the stock from a raging prairie fire, each event moves Brother toward a new sense of his own emotional strength. At once a gripping coming-of-age novel and a celebration of rural life, quiet heroism and the strength that comes from spirituality, this first novel is an unassuming, transcendent joy. (Fiction. 10 & up) Copyright Kirkus 2008 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
PW Annex Reviews
In Parry’s debut novel, 11-year-old Brother (his given name is Ignatius: “Guess they ran out of all the good saints by the time they got to me”) helps manage his family’s Oregon ranch. With his father in Iraq, his four older brothers at school or in the military, and his mother painting abroad, caring for family’s livestock falls to Brother, his grandparents and some hired help. Though he is eager to prove to his siblings, grandparents and most importantly, his father, that he can handle it, Brother nonetheless struggles with the rigors of the job, his father’s and brothers’ absence and the stress of war (“I could never do it…. I could never take those salutes and the `yes, sirs’ and then take moms and dads into danger”). Slowly, Brother fills the shoes of his elders and realizes his own calling when he is literally tested by fire. Brother’s spiritual growth and gentle but strong nature, in tandem with details of ranch life and the backdrop of war, add up to a powerful, unique coming-of-age story. Ages 8-12. (Mar.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Book Chapter Titles

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Can you guess the book based on its chapter titles?  Give it a try!

What book has chapters with the titles:

*A Stranger in the Night

* Going South

*A House Full of Books

*Capricorn’s Village

*Basta

*Shivers Down the Spine and a Foreboding

*Farid’s Report

* No Luck for Elinor

*Going Home

Did you guess?  Check here for the answer.

A Look Back…

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Congratulations to all of our readers over the summer!   You all did a wonderful job! 

We hope you read or listened to something you enjoyed!

Stop by the library to see the book reviews that people wrote and pictures from the programs this summer.  Maybe you will see yourself in one of the pictures.

Famous First Lines

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Can you guess what children’s book this first line comes from?  Give it a try!

“They still talk about it in the Kingdom of Didd as The-Year-the-King-Got-Angry-with-the-Sky.”

Did you guess?  Check here for the answer.

Scholastic Book Fair

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

The Summer Reading Club 2010, Make a Splash!, is nearing its end and that means it’s time for our Scholastic Book Fair.  If you are 5 years old to 11 years old and have done 15 hours of reading this summer, make sure you stop by the Summer Reading Club desk in the Children’s Department to get your golden ticket.

Here are the hours for the book fair this summer:

Wednesday, August 11    9am-8pm

Thursday, August 12        9am-8pm

Saturday, August 14         9am-4pm

The Book Fair is located in the large meeting room on the lower level.

*Please remember that no money is exchanged at the book fair.  It is for the children who have completed their 15 hours of reading with their golden ticket.

Back to School

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

School is right around the corner.  Stop by the Children’s Department to pick up some Back-to-School titles!  Now, when you check out a Back-to-School title, you can enter to win a set of posters listing the very best picture books to read in kindergarten!

Some Recent Favorites

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

I finally got a chance to read some great books that have come out in the last few years.  These are ones I have check out multiple times over those years but never had time to read.  But they were well worth the wait!  Here are some titles I have been enjoying over the last week.

All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn is a great, chilling ghost story.  Travis and Corey are spending the summer at their grandmother’s inn when they awaken the mischievous ghosts that have been sleeping for years.  Now they must discover the secrets surrounding the ghosts in order to bring peace back to the inn and the ghosts themselves.  All the Lovely Bad Ones just recently won the 2010 Rebecca Caudill award as well!

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau tells the tale of Lina and Doon who must unravel a secret lost years ago in order to bring light and life back to their decaying city.  I cannot wait to read the next in the series!

In Gregor the Overlander, by Suzanne Collins, Gregor and his baby sister fall through the air vent in the laundry room of their New York City apartment building and end up in Underland.  There, Gregor must help fulfill an ancient prophecy in a war with humans, crawlers (roaches), spinners (spiders), and gnawers (rats) to restore peace and rescue his father who went missing two years before.  An exciting adventure, I again cannot wait to continue the series.