January 2012

These are the books the Children's Area staff reviewed in January 2012. 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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Chi's Sweet Home

  • by Kanata Konami
  • Call number: J GRAPHIC KONAMI V.1
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  • Recommended for ages: 4 and up

Chi is a tiny kitten who gets lost in a park. She is lonely and crying when a little boy named Yohei finds her, and he takes her home to stay with him and his family in their apartment. Being inside a new place is confusing for a little kitten! What is this strange box for? What are these people doing? Will this place ever feel like "home" for Chi? And what does "No Pets Allowed" mean?

This graphic novel is great for younger children, but older kids, teens, and even adults will get a kick out of Chi's hilarious adventures. The art is wonderfuly rendered, and Chi's expressions will have you laughing constantly. The author/artist also has a gift for translating feline behavior to the page. We have the first several volumes of this set at our library, and we can't wait to read more!

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Cam Jansen : The Mystery of the Television dog

Cam Jansen has a photographic memory. That means she remembers details of everything she sees like a snapshot from a camera, hence she has the name "Cam" for camera. Cam and her friends have gone to a book signing. It is actually a "paw signing," because the star is a little black spotted dog named Poochie. While Cam and her friends are waiting in line, a man with red hair comes in with a dog just about identical to Poochie named Cloudy. Poochie and Cloudy start to chase each other around and during the chase Poochie gets mixed up with Cloudy. The red-haired man escapes with the real Poochie, and nobody except Cam recognizes the plot. Can Cam Jansen track down the real Poochie? Read Cam Jansen, The Mystery of the Television Dog and find out.

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Shaggy Dogs, Waggy Dogs

  • by Patricia Hubbell and Donald Wu
  • Call number: JE HUBBELL
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  • Recommended for ages: 4 and up

Do you like dogs? All kinds of dogs? How about shaggy dogs, waggy dogs, pencil-thin, and saggy dogs? Dogs that like to cuddle, dogs that like to romp, fast dogs, slow dogs, muddy dogs, and clean dogs all dash and play around the pages of this fun rhyming book. Kids who love animals will adore the furry friends who fill the book with sillyness and and puppy kisses. The art is beautifully depicted by Donald Wu, who really brings out the furryness and happiness that dogs bring to life.

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Counting Kisses

This book is FULL of kisses! How many kisses does it take to say goodnight? Ten little kisses on teeny tiny toes, and nine laughing kisses on busy, wriggly feet. When you're ready to cuddle with a little one and give some kisses, this is a great book to pick! Practice counting backwards while giving funny cuddles and love. This book is charming to both parents and toddlers. A storytime favorite!

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