December 2010

These are the books the Children's Area staff reviewed in December 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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Hamster and Cheese (Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye #1)

Mr. V always puts his sandwich in front of the koala cage (which is full of hamsters) in the morning and every lunch it is missing. It has gotten to the point that Mr. V is going to get rid of the koalas if his lunch continues to disappear. Hamisher the koala (hamster) cannot bear the thought and hires Sasspants the guinea pig to investigate the disappearances. Sasspants reluctantly agrees to help, and from there the duo are off to interrogate the other animals in the store. This is a humorous graphic novel full of crazy characters that children are sure to enjoy.

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Gregor the Overlander (Book One of the Underland Chronicles)

Suzanne Collins has a gift for writing entertaining and throught-provoking stories that keep readers of all ages hooked from the first book to the last. Older readers may be familiar with her popular Hunger Games trilogy but not The Underland Chronicles, her first series. Gregor, like The Hunger Games's Katniss, is spirited, relatable, and funny throughout his extraordinary adventures beneath New York City. When his little sister is pulled into an air duct in the laundry room in the basement of their apartment building, Gregor immediately goes in after her. He finds himself in a strange world where humans ride on bats and must try to live alongside giant roaches, spiders, and rats, discovers that he is the hero of a famous prophecy, and sets out on a quest to find his missing father and fulfill his destiny. Collins had the idea for the series when thinking about what Alice in Wonderland would be like if she fell down a manhole in a big city instead of a rabbit hole out in the country, so Alice fans will certainly enjoy this series, as will fans of Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, and fantasy quests like Lord of the Rings.

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In the Garden (Andrew Lost book #4)

Whoa, Andrew got shrunk! He and his friends are the size of a pin head. That's really small! Not only are they tiny, but they are also lost in the garden along with giant flies, cicadas, and ants. Its a dangerous and fascinating world when you're tiny. Miniscule mealy bugs make soft and sticky cushions, and exploring daisy petals and freaky fungus are grand adventures as Andrew and his friends race to get back to the atom shrinker. They need to reverse its shrinking ray before nightfall! Will they make it? Read Andrew Lost - In the Garden and join the adventure to find out.

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Grumpy Bird

Bird woke up on the wrong side of the nest today! He is too grumpy to eat. He is too grumpy to play. He is even too grumpy to fly! "I guess I am walking today," he says, and grumpily marches off. As he walks along he encounters other forest friends who don't seem to notice his grumpy mood and grumpy comments, and they each join him on his walk. The more they walk, the more he notices that they are copying everything he is doing... and could he possibly be starting to have some fun?

Grumpy Bird is a hilarious and cute story that's really fun for both parents and children to read aloud. The end of the book will surprise you!

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