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Starring Jules (super-secret spy girl)
Call #:J AIN
by Beth Ain
Lights! Camera! Action! Jules is back to take center stage!
School is out, and Jules is hitting the road! She’s off to Montreal where she’ll film her first ever movie, The Spy in the Attic. But that means no friends around on her birthday and no birthday party. And with only a hockey player and diva starlet as cast mates in a town where no one speaks her language, Jules is feeling awfully lonely. Good thing her best friend Elinor is sending super-secret spy missions to keep Jules busy. With a little stealth and a whole lot of gumption, she just might be able to turn her bummer summer into a blockbuster.
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.”
Leonce and Lena
Call #: J 832.914 Buc
by Georg Buechner
retold by Juerg Amann
illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger
Germany’s critically acclaimed Georg Buchner’s beloved play about love, humor, and humanity adapted by one of Switzerland’s most honored writers brings this tremendous piece of literature to young audiences as never before.
In a comedy of errors, two young people, Leonce of Popo and Princess Lena of Pipi, are destined to make their peace in an arranged marriage. Horrified at the thought of not knowing their betrothed, they flee, but upon a chance meeting they are love struck. Overwhelmed with emotion, Lena departs leaving Leonce distraught. But the King insists that a wedding take place—royals or no royals—for the people who have waited tirelessly to see a ceremony. Cloaked in masks two young people are brought to the altar—introduced as world famous robots—an effigy of a royal wedding. But when the masks are removed Leonce and Lena are euphoric to see each other’s identities. It’s a joyful affair and the King retires, passing the reigning power to Leonce. Leonce turns the kingdom into a theatre and bans all clocks and calendars.
Call #:J JENSE
by Marion Jensen
Perfect for fans of Pixar’s The Incredibles, Almost Super is a fresh, funny middle-grade adventure about two brothers in a family of superheroes who must find a way to be heroic despite receiving powers that are total duds. Filled with humor, heart, and just the right kind of heroics, Almost Super is a winning story that will satisfy would-be heroes and regular kids alike.
Everyone over the age of twelve in the Bailey family gets a super power. No one knows why, and no one questions it. All the Baileys know is that it’s their duty to protect the world from the evil, supervillainous Johnson family.
But when Rafter Bailey and his brother Benny get their superpowers, they’re, well . . . super-lame. Rafter can strike matches on polyester, and Benny can turn his innie belly button into an outie. Along with Rafter’s algebra class nemesis, Juanita Johnson, Rafter and Benny realize that what they thought they knew about superheroes and supervillains may be all wrong. And it’s up to the three of them to put asides their differences and make things right. They may not have great powers, but together, they’re almost super.
The Best Thing About Kindergarten
Call #:JP LLOYD
by Jennifer Llloyd, Qin Leng (Illustrator)
“It’s graduation day and Ms. Appleby asks her students, “What is the best thing about Kindergarten?” They all have an answer—and every answer is different. But Ms. Appleby has a secret answer that will surprise them all!Publisher’s info”
Sweet baby feet
Call #:JP OHAIR
by Margaret O’Hair
Oh, so sweet.
Love those Bouncy Baby Feet!
Who can resist Baby’s feet? In a gently humorous tale, follow along as Baby wakes up, gets dressed, eats breakfast, paints, runs, takes a bath, and exhausts Mama. Simple rhymes and joyful illustrations capture the easy rhythms of a morning shared by a mother and child.”
Call #: JN T
by Sarah E. Turner
“Oh no!” cried the little girl.
The baby monkey did not have any hands. Her arms ended in little round points. Her feet looked strange and small and twisted.
When baby Ribbon arrives, the visitors at Japan’s Awaji Island Monkey Center wonder how she is going to manage with no hands and with small, twisted feet. How will she hold on to her mother? How will she walk? How will she climb in the trees? How will she interact with the other monkeys? And how will she someday look after her own baby?
But everyone is in for a surprise. This monkey is determined to do things her own way…Ribbon’s way.
This is a story not just about disabilities, and the inspiring ways individuals meet those challenges. It is also, fundamentally, a story about being different and about rising above the limitations of others’ expectations.
As with her first book, The Littlest Monkey (p.14), primatologist Sarah Turner’s heartwarming story is abundantly illustrated with her superb photographs. The back of the book also features facts about Japanese macaques (snow monkeys), and about Ribbon and the disabilities present in this unique primate population. A delightful addition is a “find the critter” collage with animals and insects from Ribbon’s forest world.”
It’s Duffy Time!
Call #:JP WOOD
by Audrey Wood, Don Wood
“A dog’s life is a tough one, as evidenced by Duffy’s busy day, which consists mostly of naps punctuated by meals. The Woods’ pug’s typical day includes going out to the yard to “potty,” playing with his best friend and greeting his dog friends on a walk to the park. But most of the book focuses on the numerous naps Duffy takes. There are the before- and after-breakfast naps, the “late morning nap” and the “mid-day nap” that lasts through into the “early afternoon nap.” Three more naps and it’s bedtime, when, surprise, Duffy, dressed in pajamas that match his best friend’s, isn’t tired. The short sentences and relatively easy vocabulary make this a good choice for new readers, if they can get through the banality of Duffy’s schedule. The inclusion of clocks in all different shapes and sizes helps readers tell how much time has passed between naps, though the younger audience may have appreciated a focus on only the hours. Throughout, Duffy’s wrinkles and intense eyes reflect his emotions, especially his impatience (or is it embarrassment?) at waiting in line at the bank while dressed in a pirate costume. When it comes to books about napping, the Wood team cannot beat their own The Napping House, and while their love for their pug is obvious, in terms of fun (or even interesting) dog books, almost anything can beat this.”
The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie
Call #:JP JOYCE
by William Joyce, William Joyce (Illustrator)
“One foggy night, the Man in the Moon has a startling thought: When the moon is less than full and bright, who will keep children safe at night? He needs a backup plan! Or a backup Guardian, as it were. His keen eye falls upon a sleepy little fellow living on a sleepy little island who is a sweet-dreamer extraordinaire. Since good dreams always trump bad ones, this means Pitch, the Nightmare King, will be further thwarted in his nefarious quest to terrorize children. So Sanderson Mansnoozie seems the perfect choice. But there are two problems. Firstly, given that Sandy has never had a bad dream, how can MiM convince him how important this new role is to the happy-being of children everywhere? And secondly, how can MiM keep this snoozy ally awake long enough to help?
This follow-up to The Man in the Moon, a New York Times bestseller called “dazzlingly inventive,” by Publishers Weekly, introduces us to the sleepy little fellow to whom we owe many a good nights’ rest, the second Guardian of Childhood, the Sandman.”
Call #:JP WHAMO
by Dave Whamo
“Little Oddrey the charming oddball makes good when her classmates seize up like overheated cylinders during the school play. Whamond’s Oddrey is a berserkly cute imp. She likes to do things her way: odd, but not dangerously so. Her hopscotch layout is unique; her apples are blue; her dog meows; she looks for the silver lining when others just want to get out of the rain. Her classmates are a tad suspicious, a little standoffish, but not hateful. When her class puts on the school play, Oddrey gets a supporting role and has to conform to the drab outfit her drab teacher gives her. When the stars of the show come down with serious stage fright, Oddrey races from each to each with encouragement, and the show goes on. Despite the fairly dear artwork and the unflagging optimism and original personality of Oddrey, readers can’t help but feel a letdown at how her creator has her rather unoriginally save the day. It’s plain flat and not what we’ve come to expect from her. And when the other kids start to emulate her, she might as well be Audrey. So bighearted and good-spirited, it is a shame that the climax fails at liftoff.”
Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas: A Safety Guide for Scardies
Call #:JP WATTS
by Melanie Watts
“Scaredy Squirrel, star of his own wildly popular series of humorous stories about his neurotic life, offers a tongue-in-cheek guide to getting through the holiday season in a safe, sane and germ-free fashion. Previous Scaredy Squirrel stories provided a story in addition to safety tips and charts of potential dangers and caveats. This Christmas-themed collection has a preface and eight short chapters with lists, charts, diagrams, tips and instructions, but there is no story and no way of understanding Scaredy Squirrel and his lovable ways without familiarity with his other books. Of course, a name like Scaredy Squirrel and an introductory warning to “put on mittens before reading this safety guide” do give some clues, but kids who don’t know Scaredy already might need some explanation of his personality in order to get the humor. Chapters include guides to decorations, sweets, gifts, characters, pet peeves, fun and Scaredy’s last resort for dire straits: playing dead. Each item is amusing on its own, but an entire book of ironic humor about the holidays is a bit much and might be better enjoyed in small doses. Spot illustrations of Scaredy with his earnest grin are sprinkled throughout, along with small illustrations for the many charts and lists. Fans of the series might enjoy this; others can keep calm and carry on.”
We are Canada
Call #: J 971 Sad
by Rikia Saddy
“What is Canada, and who are we as a people? What makes us unique and admirable in a world marked by ethnic tension, inequality, injustice, and intolerance? How has this land and its unique history formed us, and why do so many nations look to us with envy when they need to tackle a future of multiculturalism, diversity, transparency, innovation? Forget the Plains of Abraham and Social Studies 11 – Rikia Saddy presents our history as you’ve never heard it before. We Are Canada will change the way you see your country. We can’t be divided, and we can’t be conquered. We are Canada.”
Call #:JP SEDAK
by Niel Sedaka, Marc Sedaka, Tim Bowers (Illustrator)
“Some kids have puppies. Other children have cats. But in this entertaining new picture book and CD by multi-Grammy® winner Neil Sedaka, his son Marc Sedaka, and New York Times best-selling illustrator Tim Bowers, a little boy cherishes something even bigger and better: his own pet dinosaur! Following his best-selling Waking Up Is Hard to Do, Sedaka offers a fresh, funny, child-friendly take on his hit song “Calendar Girl,” following the delightful antics of a cuddly, prehistoric pet as it grows, and grows . . . and GROWS. From a little egg the boy brings home, out cracks the most appealing child-size dino ever to appear in a picture book, with a wonderful appealing smile. But month by month, he gets bigger and wider and longer and taller. Soon, he’s eating them out of house and home, the bed is sagging under his weight, and the ceiling’s too low. This sweet saurus can even reach the fireworks on the Fourth of July! But no matter how giant the dinosaur gets, nothing gets between a boy and his pet. With its witty rhyming lyrics, amusing and gloriously colorful illustrations and a catchy, irresistible tune on the CD, kids will be reading and singing and dancing along.”
Call #:JP VANHO
by Mies Van Hout
“Clear, strong lines and radiant colors that seem to smile at the reader characterize Mies van Hout’s drawings. In Happy, Mies shows all the emotions a young child encounters. Each double page spread is devoted to one fish, showing a particular emotion with its name in lettering that expresses the same feeling. Swim into Happy where the dazzling fish sparkle against the dark background and let the images spark laughter and empathy.”
Chloe and the Lion
Call #:JP BARNE
by Marc Barnett Pictures by Adam Rex
“Meet Chloe: Every week, she collects loose change so she can buy tickets to ride the merry-go-round. But one fateful day, she gets lost in the woods on her way home, and a large dragon leaps out from—”Wait! It’s supposed to be a lion,” says Mac Barnett, the author of this book. But Adam Rex, the illustrator, thinks a dragon would be so much cooler (don’t you agree?).
Mac’s power of the pen is at odds with Adam’s brush, and Chloe’s story hangs in the balance. Can she help them out of this quandry to be the heroine of her own story?
Mac Barnett and Adam Rex are a dynamic duo, and two of the strongest contemporary voices in picture books today. In an accessible and funny way, Chloe and the Lion talks about the creative process and the joys and trials of collaboration.”
Charlotte Jane Battles Bedtime
Call #:JP WOLFE
by Myra Wolfe Illustrated by Maria Monescillo
“If only bedtime could walk the plank!
Charlotte Jane the Hearty gets all the juice out of her days with pirate-girl pizzazz! She loves swashbuckling sessions, treasure hunts, and Fantastic Feats of Daring—all of which prove she has formidable oomph. There’s absolutely no room in her day for bedtime. But can Charlotte Jane refuse to snooze and still be her hearty pirate self?”