February 2010

These are the books the Children's Area staff reviewed in February 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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Odd and the Frost Giants

A Norwegian boy named Odd sets out on his own during an unusually long winter. Odd meets a bear, a fox and an eagle who turn out to be the Norse gods Thor, Loki and Odin. The gods have been tricked out of Asgard by a belligerent frost giant who is making winter last forever in Milgard. Odd undertakes the journey back to Asgard to help the Norse Gods outwit the evil Frost Giant. Once again, Neil Gaiman has written a witty and unique book which can be enjoyed by children of all ages.

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Follow the Line Through the House

Open up the door and follow the line through the house from the basement to the attic as it takes on a new form in each room - a chair in the kitchen to the stairs in the basement to the toys in the toy box. The reader is invited to look in the refrigerator, the toolbox, and even a treasure chest in the attic to find the objects that are out of place and to answer the questions on each page. An interactive storybook and a scavenger hunt all in one, and a great book for grown-ups and young children to read together.

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Different Like Coco

Different Like Coco by Elizabeth Matthews is a great biography of the famous French designer, Coco Chanel. Matthews tells the inspiring story of her life, how she grew from a poor orphan into a successful and independent business woman through her creativity and determination. This book encourages readers to dare to be different and to strive for their dreams, no matter the obstacles.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal

Okay, I finally read this book, and all I can say is that if you have not yet discovered the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, do so! Jeff Kinney creates a fun and accessible read by combining short diary entries with rudimentary illustrations to tell the story of Greg Heffley. Greg is a young guy who is having troubles finding his niche in his family, middle school, society... I think you get the point. Anyway, the book follows his misadventures of establishing an identity that he can live with. While I thought that the book was funny, I found Greg to be excessively self-centered. I much preferred reading The Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexi. This book is a great alternative for readers who are looking for a more challenging piece of literature in a similar format.

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