January 2011

These are the books the Children's Area staff reviewed in January 2011. 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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Monsters Eat Whiny Children

Monsters Eat Whiny Children is a story about two usually delightful children that spend their days whining about everything. Their father, a kind man, warns them that monsters eat whiny children. However, the children do not pay him any attention. Until one day...well you'll just have to read the book to find out the rest of the story! This book is a very funny and a good read, perhaps especially for children who may be going through a whiny phase. It is also a fun read and parents can even make up funny voices to go along with the characters. At the end of the story there is a recipe, so children and parents can read a great book and enjoy a scrumptious snack!

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The Boxcar Children

Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny are orphans, and they are on their own. They are hard working and very polite. They love each other very much. Together they find a boxcar that is just right for camping out and starting a new home. They find dishes and pots in the nearby dump, and they even make a swimming pool by damming up a creek. Henry finds work with a local doctor and pretty soon all of the children come to meet him. When Violet gets sick, the doctor brings the children to his house and secretly invites the childrens feared grandfather. Despite the childrens misgivings, "Grandfather" turns out to be a kindly and rich old gentleman. Eventually, the children go to live with their grandfather who brings the old boxcar to his garden as a surprise for the them. The Boxcar Children, written in 1924, marks the beginning of the famous series in which these children embark on many adventures as they solve mysteries together.

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The Day-Glo Brothers

Have you ever seen billboards, pieces of paper, or clothing with those crazy-bright neon Yellow, Green and Orange colors? Did you know those colors didn't even exist not too long ago? The Day-Glo Brothers tells the TRUE story of Bob and Joe, who did experiments in their basement, trying to invent the brightest, craziest colors ever. They really wanted to make Joe's magic act look cooler, but little did they know how popular their new colors would turn out to be! Guess what happened when they got some of their new colors mixed in with their mom's cake batter...
Check out this book and learn how exciting inventing and new colors can be!

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Little Tree

e.e. cummings's poem is a lovely holiday read for all ages. Mary Claire Smith's illustrations are the perfect accompaniment.

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