April 2010

These are the books the Children's Area staff reviewed in April 2010. 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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The Geezer in the Freezer

A young boy is searching for some ice cream when he spots a shaking old man shoved between the frozen foods! With this silly idea, Randall Wright uses a rhyme filled with Southern slang to tell the sad story of just how that geezer got in the freezer, and the answer is nothing you would expect. The fun comes from the youngster's feelings of shock and wonder at the predicament in his aunt's freezer. It also doesn't help that his deaf aunt hardly hears a word he says! So pick up this oddball book and watch the boy lend a hand to the old man helplessly stuck between a rump roast and a pie. And I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at the heart-warming ending of this icy tale.

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The Candle Man: The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance

This novel is a promising beginning to Dakin's Candle Man series. Fans of superheroes, fantasy and Neil Gaiman will enjoy the adventures of Theo, a sheltered young man who, after uncovering some sinister secrets about himself and his guardians, leaves his home in search of answers and learns about the world, his past and his destiny along the way. The novel may be too dark and frightening for younger readers or those who do not like scary stories. However, Dakin creates a unique world with fascinating characters that readers will be reluctant to leave upon finishing this novel. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the series!

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Loser

Zinkoff is a normal kid...well, he's pretty normal. You see, if "normal" means loving school, laughing too much, tripping a lot, loving soccer and wanting to be just like your dad when you grow up, then Zinkoff is your average Joe. But in his hometown, Zinkoff is considered a dork, a loser, a nerd! In this book, Newberry Award Medalist Jerry Spinnelli artfully tells the unique story of a boy who is much more than he appears at first glance. This heartwarming tale highlights the value in not judging a book, or a boy, by its cover.

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The Seeing Stick

When the emperor of China's only daughter is discovered to be blind, he offers immeasurable wealth to the person who can help Princess Hwei Ming to see. As is customary in folktales, assistance comes to the palace in the most unlikely form. An old beggar, who has the ability to tell stories by carving them into his special walking stick, teaches the young princess to see the world in a whole new light. Although he is unable to restore her sight, the old man manages to bestow upon Princess Hwei Ming the gift of vision. In addition to bringing to life the transformative power of a change in perspective, this book is so aesthetically pleasing that readers of all ages will be able to appreciate the beauty of its contents.

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