December 2013

These are the books the Children's Area staff reviewed in December 2013. 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 Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket

Barnaby Brocket has a unique condition. He floats. From the day he was born in Sydney, Australia, to Alistair and Eleanor Brocket (a perfectly normal family, and proud of it), Barnaby could never keep his feet on the ground for more than a few seconds at a time, making being the normal little boy his parents wanted impossible. Ultimately, unable to cope with his differences, Barnaby's parents make a terrible decision: Eleanor takes him for a walk one day and uses a pair of kitchen scissors to cut a hole in the rucksack Barnaby uses to stay grounded. As he floats away, he is saved by two old women in a hot air balloon. Thus begins a globe-trotting (or floating) adventure as Barnaby attempts to return to his home and family in Sydney. Along the way, Barnaby meets a variety of characters who are different from their families and "normal" people and who must learn, as Barnaby must, to accept the differences in other people and love the differences in themselves. Fans of Roald Dahl, especially James and the Giant Peach, will love this story about learning to be proud to be different.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary Of a Wimpy Kid is the first book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The book is about a boy named Greg Heffley in his first year in middle school. Greg's diary is a hilarious journal of an adolescent boy . Greg has a two quirky parents, an older brother named Rodrick, and a younger brother named Manny. Rodrick is a big teaser, and Manny is always getting Greg in trouble. Greg also has a nerdy best friend named Rowley. Greg is not too sure about his best friend, because Rowley doesn't get the middle school thing. He still acts like an elementary school kid which always embarrasses Greg. Although everything embarrasses Greg as he struggles to be popular with all the other kids in middle school. He runs for class treasurer which doesn't work out too well. He becomes a school patrol, but he gets kicked out for misbehavior. He also gets to be in a dorky play (thanks to his mother) and almost becomes the laughingstock of the whole school. It's a tricky rope to walk when you're eleven years old. Read Diary of a Wimpy Kid and expect to laugh.

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Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

Mr. Tiger lives in a prim and proper town... but something does not feel right to him about that. Mr. Tiger stretches and tries new ways of living. All of his animal friends are shocked! Mr. Tiger starts to get wilder and wilder. What will he do in the end? What will his friends do? Check out Mr. Tiger Goes Wild and find out! This book is beautifully illustrated by the Caldecott honor winning Peter Brown, and will have both grownups and kids laughing out loud.

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