March 2010

These are the books the Children's Area staff reviewed in March 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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Learn to Speak Music

  • by John Crossingham
  • Call number: JNF 782.4216 CROSSING
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  • Recommended for ages: 9-12

If you are young and ready to rock... I suggest that you check out Learn to Speak Music right now. While I have never had a musical bone in my body, if I did, this book would serve as a great guide to creating, performing and promoting my own music. The author does a wonderful job of breaking down all of the essentials, while simultaneously providing concrete examples of the techniques or procedures that he is discussing. In addition to being really informative, I think that readers will enjoy the fresh layout and accessible language. The author avoids getting too technical and just provides a lot of good food for thought. So, music enthusiasts, check it out, I think you will enjoy.

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The Legend of Hong Kil Dong

  • by Anne Sibley O'Brien
  • Call number: JNF 398.2 O'BRIEN
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  • Recommended for ages: 9-12 years

Anne Sibley O'Brien's graphic novel is an adaptation of a Korean novel written between the late 16th and early 17th centuries by Ho Kyun. It tells the story of "The Korean Robin Hood," a young man who cannot follow in his father's footsteps and become a minister to the king, because his mother is a commoner. Despite this, Kil Dong sets out to make a destiny for himself, ultimately helping to bring an end to the injustices caused by corrupt ministers throughout Korea. Kil Dong is a hero to be admired, a compassionate, hardworking and clever young man who stops at nothing to help others. The illustrations are bright and the plot is action-packed and engaging. The author includes some interesting informational pages in the back about the author of the original novel, his reasons for writing the book and the time period in which the story is set.

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Bud, Not Buddy

  • by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Call number: J CURTIS
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  • Recommended for ages: 9-12 years

Ten-year-old Bud is a runaway orphan who lives in Michigan during the Great Depression. After escaping from an abusive foster home, Bud heads out to search for his biological father. He keeps a few treasures from his past life safe in an old, battered suitcase. One of his treasures, an advertisement for a concert by the renowned H.E. Calloway, might be a clue, guiding him in the right direction. However, you will have to read this riveting tale if you want to find out.

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The Big Big Big Book of Tashi

  • by Ann and Barbara Fienberg
  • Call number: J FIENBERG
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  • Recommended for ages: 4-8 years

The Big Big Big Book of Tashi by Anna and Barbara Fienberg includes seven books and fourteen different tales about Tashi. Who is Tashi? Well, he is a clever boy from a magical land who flew to Australia on the back of a swan. It is in Australia that he meets his best friend Jack. Tashi tells Jack stories about his adventures outwitting dragons, bandits, child eating women and many other creatures. This is a great book for beginning readers or a fun family read-aloud.

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Paulie Pastrami Achieves World Peace

So, how does he do it? I'll tell you a secret... it has something to do with cupcakes! Do you know what peace sounds like? Take in a deep breath, let it out slowly, and say "Ahhhhhhhh." That’s right. You'll laugh out loud as you get to know Paulie in this wonderfully funny picture book. It is a great read-aloud that helps young children understand the concepts of peace and kindness. I would highly recommend it to all.

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