July 2012

These are the books the Children's Area staff reviewed in July 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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The Hueys in The New Sweater

In the first book of The Hueys series, Rupert knits himself a bright orange sweater and, as a result, stands out from the crowd of Hueys, who are all the same. When his friend Gillespie decides to knit himself a bright orange sweater too, the other Hueys start to realize being different from one another can be great! As always, Oliver Jeffers's writing and illustrations make The New Sweater a cute, funny picture book about nonconformity.

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Dinner at the Panda Palace

If you are looking for a place to eat where you know you will get friendly service, where should you go? I’ll tell you where! To the Panda Palace of course! Many animals come to the Panda Palace for dinner including three pigs and ten penguins. But what happens when the restaurant is full and one little mouse comes in and asks Mr. Panda for a table? Will he be turned away? Well, I guess you will just have to read it and find out. Dinner at the Panda Palace is a delightful counting rhyme book that is really fun to read aloud. Children of all ages will enjoy this cute book!

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A Year Down Yonder

The year is 1937 and Mary Alice's parents have come upon hard times in Chicago. Her parents have to send Mary Alice to her grandmother's house in a small town. Mary Alice's grandmother is a big woman; she is big in stature and even bigger in personality. Still, she is a good woman. As the book unfolds, Mary Alice and her grandmother touch the lives of all the town's people. From the first day of school, to the Christmas play, to the fourth of July, Mary Alice and her grandmother live a large life. The characters in this book come to life with humor and sensitivity. The setting and activities are realistic for the period they represent. It was truly a pleasure to read and I recommend it to children 8 years up and older.

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Today is Monday

Today is Monday, today is Monday! What are you going to eat? In another delightfully illustrated book, Eric Carle brings us a collection of animals telling the reader what they will eat on each day of the week. This time, the story comes from a classic song, and sheet music is included at the end, so the story can be sung aloud while reading! Children and adults will laugh out loud at the illustrations of a swirly snake tangled up with green beans and an elephant slurping "ZOOOOP" through its trunk. Very highly recommended!

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