Books We are Reading

Athens-Clarke County Children's Area

Books We are Reading

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These are the books the Children's Area staff reviewed in April 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.

Scroll past these book reviews to see an archive of all of the previous book reviews.

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King Arthur's Very Great Grandson

Henry is the great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandson of the noble knight King Arthur. So how does he spend his sixth birthday? On a quest for adventure, of course! He has heard of a fierce, fire-breathing dragon, so he and his trusty stead, Knuckles the donkey, head off to battle the beast. But the dragon is not up to Henry's challenge to FIGHT TO THE UTTERMOST! And neither the giant cyclops, the griffin, nor the leviathan is looking for the struggle of arms, the test of might and courage that Henry desires. But even though Henry doesn't find a worthy opponent to subdue, he does find something else – friendship. The story begs to be read aloud - so much fun!

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Monster on the Hill

The town of Stoker-on-Avon is very disappointed in their town monster. Rayburn has a confidence problem and mopes around his lair instead of attacking the town like he's supposed to. The town fathers ask the disgraced Dr. Charles Wilkie to solve their monster problem, and, with the help of a scrappy orphan named Timothy, Dr. Wilkie and Rayburn begin learning what makes a great monster. A funny and unique graphic novel, Monster on the Hill is a great read for fans of Jeff Smith's Bone series.

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Binky the Space Cat

Binky the Space Cat by Ashley Spires is the thrilling "tail" of a cat, evil aliens, and a rocket. Binky is not your typical house cat (though his humans think he is) - Binky has completed his training and is a F.U.R.S.T. certified space "cat-det". Despite the looming threat of alien bugs, Binky is determined to build a rocket to blast off into space without his humans or the aliens discovering his plans. Will he make it, or will this adventure end in "cat-tastrophe"?! Binky the Space Cat (the first in a series) is an "unfurrgetable" graphic novel that is as sharp as Binky's claws. Read it before the aliens attack!

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On a Beam of Light - A Story of Albert Einstein

When Albert was very little, he was different from other children. He didn't speak at all for the longest time. And, when Albert finally did learn to speak, he wondered about everything. He asked so many questions, he annoyed his teachers. When Albert saw things happening, he wondered, "How could this happen?" He was always wondering and imagining. This is a beautifully illustrated picture-book biography about Albert Einstein that is a great story even for very young children. This book celebrates being different, and how wonderful it is to be wondering, thinking, and imagining!

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The Hiccupotamus

The Hiccupotamus is the delightful tale of a hippopotamus with a case of the hiccups. His hiccups soon become problematic to his friends, so they work together and come up with zany ideas in order to get rid of them.

The Hiccupotamus is colorfully illustrated and is told in a rhyme, just like a Dr. Seuss book. Zenz creates his own words to complete the rhymes, and they are so funny! It's a good thing this book is a quick read - your child will want to read it over and over again.

P.S. Parents, do not stop reading after the last page! The “Cast Bios” section is my favorite part of the book.

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