Author Archives: Michael
29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy
Call #: JP SNICK
by Lemony Snicket and Lisa Brown
“We are very curious about the Swinster Pharmacy. We stay up late every night wondering what sort of eerie secrets it contains. Why are there three Styrofoam heads in the windows? Who is the owner? Is it really closed on weekends? Renowned investigator Lemony Snicket has compiled 29 myths about this bewildering establishment, in the vain hope that he could help us shine some light on this enduring mystery.”
You’re a Rude Pig, Bertie!
Call #: JP BOLDT
by Claudia Boldt
“Bertie is the most vain, rude and outspoken pig you’ll ever meet. He can’t help offending his friends and pretty soon he doesn’t have any left. But a beautiful bunny and a disastrous party all lead Bertie to a startling realization, and a change of heart.”
One Busy Day
Call #: JP SCHAE
by Lola M. Schaefer and Jessica Meserve
“All Mia wants is for her big brother, Spencer, to play with her. But he’s always too busy! So Mia paints, and dances, and explores, and keep busy all by herself. But with a little imagination and a lot of love, Mia might just be able to show Spencer that it’s a lot more fun to be busy together.”
Tiger in My Soup
Call #: JP SHETH
by Kashmira Sheth and Jeffrey Ebbeler
“When a boy is left in the care of his older sister, he begs her to read him his favorite book, but she is too absorbed in her own reading to pay him any attention. She won’t be distracted, even when the boy finds a ravenous tiger hiding in his soup! His sister misses all the action; only after the steamy beast is slain does she return to the table with her brother and finally agree to read to him. But is the tiger really gone?”
Rosie & Rex: A Nose for Fun!
Call #: JP BOYLE
by Bob Boyle
“Rosie & Rex are the best of friends. But when Rex wants to play robots, Rosie tells him what everyone knows—that robots are not fun!
“. . . Or are they? Join Rosie and Rex as they find the silly solution to their problem!”
Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design
Call #: J 740 Kid
by Chip Kidd
“Kids love to express themselves, and are designers by nature—whether making posters for school, deciding what to hang in their rooms, or creating personalized notebook covers. Go, by the award-winning graphic designer Chip Kidd, is a stunning introduction to the ways in which a designer communicates his or her ideas to the world. It’s written and designed just for those curious kids, not to mention their savvy parents, who want to learn the secret of how to make things dynamic and interesting.
“Chip Kidd is ‘the closest thing to a rock star’ in the design world (USA Today), and in Go he explains not just the elements of design, including form, line, color, scale, typography, and more, but most important, how to use those elements in creative ways. Like putting the word ‘go’ on a stop sign, Go is all about shaking things up—and kids will love its playful spirit and belief that the world looks better when you look at it differently. He writes about scale: When a picture looks good small, don’t stop there—see how it looks when it’s really small. Or really big. He explains the difference between vertical lines and horizontal lines. The effect of cropping a picture to make it beautiful—or, cropping it even more to make it mysterious and compelling. How different colors signify different moods. The art of typography, including serifs and sans serifs, kerning and leading.
“The book ends with ten projects, including an invitation to share your designs at GoTheBook.com.”
The Tweedles Go Electric
Call #: JP KULLI
by Monica Kulling and Marie Lafrance
“Meet the Tweedles: Papa, Mama, daughter Frances and her brother, Francis. It’s the dawn of a new century—the twentieth century!—and the Tweedles have decided to buy a car. But no gas-guzzler for this modern family. Only an electric car will do for them. Frances is the only member of her eccentric family who is not delighted when Papa decides they need an electric car. She would rather read a book. Frances knows that cars go fast, which can only lead to trouble. She is even less impressed when the family takes possession of the car and faces ridicule from more conventional citizens with their noisy, dirty, gas-fueled machines. But when Mr. Hamm is unable to get to the hospital because his car has run out of gas, Frances saves the day—and falls in love with automobile travel at the same time. With humorous allusions to the twenty-first century—which is better? Gas or electric?—The Tweedles Go Electric is a charming picture book about an odd and endearing family and their attempts to keep up with the times.”
Ding Dong! Gorilla!
Call #: JP ROBIN
by Michelle Robinson and Leonie Lord
“While his mother gets ready upstairs, a boy is waiting for delivery of a great big pizza with extra cheese. When the doorbell rings, it isn’t the pizza guy – it’s – a gorilla! Without even being invited in, the gorilla heads straight for mischief. He dumps out the boy’s toy box, colors on the walls, kicks soccer balls in the house, and makes a giant mess in the kitchen. And that’s not even the bad news! While all this mayhem is going on, the real pizza boy comes, and the gorilla doesn’t leave any for the family!”
Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears
Call #: JP SCHWA
by Corey Rosen Schwartz, Beth Coulton, and Nate Wragg
“Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear know how to rock! But they need a new singer, so they audition everyone—the Three Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and more. To their dismay, no one seems just right.
“Could the perfect lead singer be the mysterious girl sleeping on Baby Bear’s keyboard?
“This mash up of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Voice is a surefire storytime hit.”
Call #: JP WRIGH
by Maureen Wright
“It’s Groundhog’s Day, and everyone is gathered to find out if it’s time for spring. But Groundhog does NOT want to leave his cozy bed in his cozy den. Will the townspeople be able to coax him outside to do his job? Kids will love the humorous antics of Groundhog in this delightful rhyming tale from the author of Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep.”
Snow Bears Never Lie
Call #: JP SAID
by SAID and Marine Ludin
“Emma loves snowberries, but snowberries grow deep in the dark forest… and Emma’s afraid of the dark. But when she accidentally awakens a friendly snow bear sleeping on the edge of the forest, her luck changes. So thankful for being awakened in time to fly home on a wind, the snow bear grants her three wishes. Emma is sure he’s not telling the truth—after all, how can a bear fly? But as Emma soon comes to see, friendship and a little bit of faith can make a big difference…and Emma soon comes to find that snow bears never lie!”
The Highest Number in the World
Call #: JP MACGR
by Roy MacGregor and Geneviève Després
“A riff on The Hockey Sweater for girls, an intergenerational story of the shared love of the sport, and a celebration of the storied Number 9 in hockey.
“9-year-old Gabe (Gabriella) Murray lives and breathes hockey. She’s the youngest player on her new team, she has a nifty move that her teammates call “the Gabe,” and she shares a lucky number with her hero, Hayley Wickenheiser: number 22. But when her coach hands out the team jerseys, Gabe is stuck with number 9. Crushed, Gabe wants to give up hockey altogether. How can she play without her lucky number? Gabe’s grandmother soon sets her straight, though—from her own connection to the number 9 in her hockey-playing days to all the greats she cheered for who wore it, she soon convinces Gabe that this new number might not be so bad after all.”
Call #: JP AUSTI
by Mike Austin
“Man the machines and help clean up the junkyard in this rousing robot story that encourages community building.
“The yard has junk! Stacks and heaps and piles of junk as far as the eye can see. But the Munching Machine robots are on the job—it’s time to get cleaning! And after a whole lot of CRUNCHING, CHEWING, CHOMPING, SLURPING, and SWEEPING, what’s next? Time to get BUILDING, DIGGING, PLANTING, and DECORATING the new park for everyone to enjoy!
“Fun, rhyming text paired with irresistible robots and radiant results make this an engaging read-aloud that will inspire clean-up projects of all sizes.”
Call #: JP CYRUS
by Kurt Cyrus and David Gordon
“This one’s a tale of a boy and his robotic best (canine) friend. When Scoot the Cat comes on the scene, Motor Dog does what any normal dog would do: gives chase! Our boy Flip does everything he can to call him off, but no commands-verbal or electronic-can stop his new dog. When Flip runs after his malfunctioning pet, things go haywire! Will Motor Dog come through when Flip’s in danger? “
Call #: J YANKE
by Lindsey Yankey
“The wind is missing! Little Bluebird has never flown without her friend the wind before and is afraid to try. So she sets off on an adventure to find it.
“Is it making wishes with the dandelions? Playing with the kites? Tickling the grass? Dancing with the balloons? She searches everywhere. In the end, she finds more than her favorite friend—she finds confidence too!”
No Ordinary Family
Call #: J KRAUS
by Ute Krause
“When seven little bandits suddenly have to share their dad’s time with a Princess and her six little princes and princesses—it’s a royal mess. ‘When are they leaving?’ ‘Oh, they’re staying, my dear,’ said their dad. And stay they did. But when the little bandits devise a plan to make them leave, they soon discover that it’s royally boring without them… It’s patchwork times three in Ute Krause’s new delightful offering—for when their mom meets a dragon…the bandits and the royals alike are never the same again (and they couldn’t be happier for it!)”
Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch
Call #: J ISAAC
by Anne Issacs
“When Widow Tulip Jones of Bore, England, inherits a ranch in By-Golly Gully, Texas, and moves in with two trunks of tea, twelve pet tortoises, and three servants, hilarity ensues. The peaceful life suits the wealthy widow fine until word gets out and every unmarried man in Texas lines up to marry her. Widow Tulip and her small staff of three can’t possibly run the farm and manage all the suitors, so she devises a plan—and it just might work. This story filled with giant tortoises, 1,000 brides, bad guys, a smart widow, and even a little romance is sure to get kids laughing.”
The Long, Long Line
Call #: J OHMUR
by Tomoko Ohmura
“Come one, come all! If you love excitement and fun, step right up and join the line! Usually the ride itself is more fun than the lineup, but for these fifty animals, anticipation is part of the fun. Each animal is clearly numbered and named and readers will delight in counting the animals and choosing their favorites.
“Finally, it’s time to board the ride! Through a revealing gatefold spread, readers discover the ride is a giant whale roller coaster! As the whale spins, dips, dives, and splashes, all the animals have too much fun. When the ride ends, the animals can’t wait to line up again — just as readers won’t be able to wait to read The Long, Long Line again and again!”
Weeds Find a Way
Call #: J JENSO
by Cindy Jenson-Elliott and Carolyn Fisher
“Weeds are wonderful! Persistent, exuberant…these plants have personalities, and this nonfiction picture book puts them on colorful display!
“From bright yellow dandelions popping through cracks in sidewalks to purple loosestrife growing rampant along roadways, weeds offer unexpected splashes of color and life to the least likely of places. With lovely language and a sly sense of humor, this beautiful picture book celebrates the tenacious temperaments of these pesky plants and is sure to have little ones chanting, ‘Way to go, weeds!’”
Gobble You Up!
Call #: J WOLF
by Gita Wolf
“Meet the most wily jackal in the forest. Too lazy to hunt for food, he decides to trick his friend the crane, and soon gets carried away, gobbling up every animal he encounters. This lighthearted story, told in cumulative rhyme, is an adaptation of an oral trickster tale from Rajasthan, India. It is illustrated in finger paintings by the talented Sunita, a young woman artist from the Meena tribe. Sunita adapts her traditional art form, Mandna, traditionally painted by women on the walls and floors of their village homes.
“Each copy is made completely by hand.”