Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Small Fry Friday: A Child of Books

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A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers

I am a child of books. I come from a world of stories.

A little girl, a child of books, sails her raft across a sea of words and arrives at the house of a young boy.  She invites him to go away with her on an adventure into a world of stories . . . where, with only a little imagination, anything at all can happen.

Ms. Jen: A clever picture book about the boundless world of a child's ( or anyone's) imagination. Charming text from classic stories forms the shape of the illustration, ' mountains of make-believe', and, 'forests of fairy tales'. Check it out!


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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Small Fry Friday: Spaced Out


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Spaced Out by Stuart Gibbs

There's nowhere to hid on the world's first moonbase.  After all, it's only the size of a soccer field.  So when the commander of Moon Base Alpha mysteriously vanishes, the Moonies are at a total loss.
Though he may be just twelve years old, Dashiell Gibson is the best detective they've got.  But this mind-boggling mystery pushes Dash to his limits.  Plus, it turns out he's got something else on his mind-and the fate of humanity might be at stake.


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Friday, September 9, 2016

Small Fry Friday: The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read & Babies Don't Walk, They Ride

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The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read

Nick has two cats, Verne and Stevenson.  They do everything together-except read.  So Nick has an idea: he will teach them to read too!  But reading can be hard and takes lots of practice.  Can his cats learn how?


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 Babies Don't Walk, They Ride

Babies may not be walking but they are always on the go!  They ride, slide, fly, cruise, and roll-joining in with the family activities throughout each fun-filled day.


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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Small Fry Friday: Ms. Bixby's Last Day


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Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson

Everyone knows there are different kinds of teachers.  The good ones. The not so good ones.  The boring ones, the mean ones, the ones who try too hard.  The ones you'll never remember, the ones you want to forget.  But Mr. Bixby is none of these. She's the sort of teacher who makes you feel like the indignity of school is worthwhile.  Who makes the idea of growing up less terrifying.  Who you never want to disappoint.  What Ms. Bixby is, is one of a kind.

Topher, Brand, and Steve know this better than anyone. And so when Ms. Bixby unexpectedly announces that she is very sick and won't be able to finish the school year, they come up with a plan.  Through the three different stories they tell, we begin to understand just what MS. Bixby means to Topher, Brand, and Steve--and what they are willing to go to such great lengths to tell her.


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Teen Pick of the Week: Salt to the Sea

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Young Adult

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Each born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies . . . and war.
AS thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.
Yet not all promises can be kept.  Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling author Ruta Sepetys lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II.



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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Small Fry Friday: Pax



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Pax by Sara Pennypacker

From bestselling and award-winning author Sara Pennypacker comes a beautifully wrought, utterly compelling novel about the powerful relationship between a boy and his fox. Pax is destined to become a classic, beloved for generations to come.
Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day, the unimaginable happens: Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild.
At his grandfather's house, three hundred miles away from home, Peter knows he isn't where he should be—with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox.
Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own. . . .


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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Small Frye Pick of the Week: A Child of Books ( Picture Book, September 2016)


Book Trailer Thursday: A Child of Books

This Book Trailer Thursday, celebrate Booklist’s Wednesday Review of the Day—and the impact of imagination—by “sail[ing] across a sea of words” with Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston. For this “sneak peek” of their upcoming homage to literature, A Child of Books (Candlewick)—out this September—prepare to navigate waves of words (Winston is known for his typography), “mountains of make-believe,” and spot a few familiar faces—Little Red Riding Hood, the Cheshire Cat, Mr. Toad, and more—along the way. Whimsical hand-lettering, dashes of vibrant watercolor, and stirring strings will have you hankering for September. In the meantime, don’t miss Michael Cart’s starred Booklist review, linked above.