Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Razzle Dazzle Unicorn



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Razzle Dazzle Unicorn by Dana Simpson


J Graphic Novel
Grades 3+

Phoebe and her Unicorn is back with more sparkles than ever! In this 4th volume, join in the adventure as Phoebe and Marigold confront messy rooms, trouble at school, and a nasty case of "Sparkle Fever."  Follow the pair back to Camp Wolfgang, where their old pals Sue ( a.k.a. "Monster Girl") and Ringo, the lake creature, remind them that being weird is WAY more fun than being normal.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Small Fry Pick of the Week: See You in the Cosmos



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See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

All eleven-year-old Alex Petroski wants is to launch his golden iPod into space.  With a series of audio recordings, he'll show other life-forms what life on Earth-his Earth-is really like.

But for a boy with a long-dead-dad, a troubled mom, and a mostly not-around brother, Alex struggles with the big questions:  Where do I come from?  Who's out there?  And above all, how can I be brave?

Determined to find the answers, Alex sets out on an extraordinary road trip with his dog Carl Sagan-names for Alex's hero, the real-life astronomer.   But his destination keeps changing.  And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets he'll uncover--secrets that will turn h is universe upside down.

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Breathe


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Breathe by Scott Magoon


Swim!  Breath.  Play all day.

An encouraging nudge from his mother starts this little whale off on a big adventure.  Follow him as he explores a marine cave and makes new friends, and when trouble lurks, help is just a flipper away.  At the heart of this book is the gentle reminder to take time to breathe.

Young readers will be drawn to this story of discovery and independence.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Small Fry Friday: Bitty Bot


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Bitty Bot by Tim McCanna

Picture  Book

Simple rhymes, with fun new robot-themed vocabulary words create a fun atmosphere for the reluctant sleepyhead.  A new must for young kids who love robots and outer space!

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Small Fry Friday: All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook



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All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook

Ages 8-12

Eleven-year-old Perry T. Cook shouldn't be living in a prison; he has committed no crime.  Perry was born and raised at the Blue River Co-ed Correctional Facility in tiny Surprise, Nebraska.  His mom is a resident on Cell Block C.  So far, Warden Daugherty has made it possible for them to be together.   Anyone who knows about the arrangement is quietly okay with it.  But when Perry is discovered by the new, ambitious district attorney, Thomas VanLeer, everything changes.

Forced to foster with the VanLeer family, Perry lives on "the outside" but feels trapped. His mom's parole hearing is just weeks away, but the rule bending that allowed Perry to stay with her could mean she'll get more prison time.  Desperate to be united with his mom, Perry goes on a quest to learn the whole truth behind their Blue River story.  But will the facts help them or hurt them?  Can he find a way to tell everyone what home truly means?


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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Small Fry Friday Pick of the Week: 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 Pick of the Week: 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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