May 2013

These are the books the Children's Area staff reviewed in May 2013. 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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A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

  • By Madeleine L'Engle, Adapted and Illustrated by Hope Larson
  • Call number: J GRAPHIC LARSON
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  • Recommended for ages: 10 and up

I first read A Wrinkle in Time when I was about nine years old, and it has been one of my favorite books ever since. Hope Larson's graphic novel adaptation feels like reading it for the very first time. Her wonderful illustrations add to the story of misfit Meg Murry, her brilliant brother Charles Wallace, and her new friend Calvin's interstellar quest to find Meg and Charles Wallace's father and fight the evil Dark Thing, with the help of the mysterious Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which and something called a "tesseract."

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If I Built a House

What happens when an eight-year-old decides to design a house? Well, that is exactly what Jack decides to do. He is positive that he will be able to design the best house ever! His house will be full of cool gadgets and unique rooms. He will have a racetrack, an automatic food maker, and even an underwater room with fish! Super cool! His imagination reminds me of Willy Wonka's. The house that Jack imagines is exactly the kind of house I would have wanted when I was eight! This book is a fun read and has awesome illustrations.

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My Rhinoceros

Did you ever think of a rhinoceros for a pet? They are very quiet pets, so the neighbors won't complain, but they don't do much of anything. They don't roll over or chase a stick, but that's not unusual. Most rhinoceroses don't do anything except pop balloons and poke holes in kites. What if you went to the park? A pet rhinoceros might pop all the balloon man's balloons or poke holes in the kites of some friendly kids. Maybe if you're confronted with a bank robber who is escaping on a kite or floating away on some balloons a rhinoceros could come in very handy. Read this outrageous and funny story and find out just what a pet rhinoceros can do.

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