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.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Small Fry Pick of the Week: It Aint so Awful, Falafel



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It Aint So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas


     Zomorod ( Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for the fourth time.  California's Newport Beach is her family's latest perch, and she's determined to shuck her brainy lonely persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name.  It's the late 1970's, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American hostages.  Neither summer camp nor  puka shell necklaces can distract Cindy from the anti-Iran sentiments that creep way too close to home.


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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms


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Ages 9-12

Wilhelmina Silver's world is golden.  Living half-wild on an African farm with her horse, her monkey, and her best friend, Will feels that every day is beautiful But when her home is sold and Will is sent away to boarding school in England, the world becomes impossibly difficult.  Lions and hyenas are nothing compared to packs of schoolgirls.  Where can a girl run to in London?  And will she have the courage to survive?

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Maybe Something Beautiful: how art transformed a neighborhood & The Most Important Thing: stories about sons, fathers, grandfathers



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Maybe Something Beautiful: how art transformed a neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy & Theresa 
Howell

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Picture book Ages 3+

What good can a splash of color do in a community of gray?  As Mira and her neighbors discover, more than you might ever imagine!
Based on a true story, Maybe Something Beautiful reveals how art can inspire transformation--and how even the smallest artists can accomplish something big.  Pick up a paintbrush and join the celebration!

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The Most Important Thing: stories about sons, fathers, and grandfathers by Avi

Juvenile Fiction-Grade School, ages 8+
In seven stories, one of our most treasured writers, Avi, introduces seven boys-boys who have fathers at homeand boys whose fathers have left, boys who spend most of their time with their grandfathers and boys who would rather spend time with anyone but the men in their lives.  By turns heartbreaking, hopeful, and funny, these stories reveal boys seeking acceptance, guidance, or just someone to look up to.  That search may happen when dealing with a father's ghost, during a camping trip with a mysterious grandfather, while interviewing a potential dad, at a public reckoning, or in other situations that raise the question " What is the most important thing a father can do for his son?"

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt


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     Jules adores her older-by-one year sister, Sylvie.  

Sylvia: beautiful like their mother.
Sylvie: supreme maker of tiny snow families.
Sylvie: faster than fast

Sylvie: gone.

Into thin air, Sylvie goes missing, and as Jules stumbles in grief, a fox cub is born.  A shadow fox, spirit and animal in one.  From the minute the cub opens her eyes, she senses something very wrong. Someone--Jules.

Jules: steadfast like her father.
Jules: supreme maker of tiny snow foxes.
Jules: collector of rocks.

Jules: heartbroken.

Who is this Jules?  Who is this Sylvie she cries out for?  And why does the air still prickle with something unsettled?  As that dark unknown grows, the fates of the girl Jules and the fox cub, laced together with wishes and shadowy ties, are about to collide.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Small Fry Pick of the Week: The Nest


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The Nest by Kenneth Opel

Ages 10+

She was very blurry, not at all human-looking.  There were huge dark eyes, and a kind of mane made of light, and when she spoke, I couldn't see a mouth moving, but I felt her words, like a breeze against my face, and I understood her completely.

"We've come because of the baby," she said. "We've come to help."  All Steve has to do is say, "Yes."  But "yes" is a painful word.

It is also dangerous.  And once it is uttered, can it be taken back?

I thought, It's just a dream anyway.  I thought, It has no power over me.  I thought, Why not?  "Fine," I whispered.

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Friday, March 4, 2016

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Adventures in Arduino




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Adventures in Arduino by Becky Stewart

JNF; Intended Audience: all Techies  Age 10+

Have a blast building and programming interactive electronic crafts with Arduino.  Author Becky Stewart walks you step-by-step through 9 exciting projects geared toward the beginner.  You will learn how to download and install Arduino for multiple operating systems, how to make the most of Arduino with basic programming concepts and much more, so you start having fun right away watching your designs come to life.

You'll learn to:


  • Build an LED circuit
  • Prototype on a breadboard and use servos, shift registers and sounds
  • Create an electronic status message sign
  • Work with motors
  • Make an augmented wind chime
  • Sew a secret message into a hoodie
  • Construct a marble maze game that keeps track of your score

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