Books We are Reading

Athens-Clarke County Children's Area

Books We are Reading

A pirate girl reading a book

These are the books the Children's Area staff reviewed in July 2014. Click on the "check the catalog" link to see if the book is available. If it isn't, ask a librarian to put it on hold for you.

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Fortunately, the Milk

While I was reading Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman, a time-travelling stegosaurus in a Floaty-Ball-Person-Carrier swooped out of the sky! Fortunately, I was still holding Fortunately, the Milk, and it didn't fall into the ocean. Then we found a group of pirates, but, fortunately, no sharks ate my copy of Fortunately, the Milk while they made me walk the plank! Then, the stegosaurus and I encountered a group of savages who worshiped a volcano god, pretty ponies, scary (not sparkly) wumpires, aliens, an extremely important container of milk, and the end of all time. Fortunately, none of this actually happened to me, but all of this does happen in Fortunately, the Milk: a playfully illustrated adventure that is by far the most intense grocery run of all time.

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Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard is a practical little girl. She does not believe she is brave, and she does not believe in anything she can't prove with science. She certainly does not believe in the little boy she finds in a hidden room behind a painting in a museum in a city where the snow never stops falling. Following the death of her mother, her father throws himself into his work curating the world's greatest exhibition of swords, and her older sister becomes more and more distant. The mysterious little boy tells Ophelia his magical history and that she is the only person who can help him save the world from the evil Snow Queen. Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy is an enchanting fairy tale about the power of friendship and belief.

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Have You Seen My Dragon?

Where is that dragon hiding? Is he underground? Is he driving a jalopy? He's all over the town! This is a beautifully illustrated book, fun both for counting objects and for trying to find the dragon on the busy pages! The single color on each page contrasts beautifully with the whimsical ink illustrations. Both kids and adults will laugh at what the dragon is doing when he is hiding on each page. Definitely recommended.

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