Posts Tagged ‘adventure’

Zeraffa Giraffa

November 18, 2014

zeraffa giraffaZeraffa Giraffa

By Dianne Hofmeyr

Illustrated by Jane Ray

Zeraffa the giraffe was caught in Africa. No taller than the tallest hunter, she was just a baby. When she was presented to the Pasha, he was delighted. He decided that she would be the perfect gift for his friend, the king of France. Zeraffa was given to a boy named Atir, who would care for her on the long journey. They first took a small boat up the Nile River, then a bigger boat across the Mediterranean Sea, and then Atir and Zeraffa walked the great distance to the beautiful city of Paris!

Through the whole journey, Zeraffa keeps growing, and growing, and growing! By the time they reach the King, she’s taller than any animal the French have ever seen. They loved her right away! Soon, French ladies were styling their wigs to be as tall as they could and they decorated their homes with the pattern on Zeraffa’s fur. The French people made cookies in the shape of giraffes and trimmed their bushes to look like her. But the one who loved her most of all was the King’s granddaughter.

Zeraffa Giraffa is a beautiful book about a giraffe’s great journey. The soft illustrations will capture the reader’s imagination and transport them to a time long ago when no one had ever seen a giraffe in Paris.

Recommended for ages: 6-10

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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I Wanna Go Home

November 14, 2014

Karen Kaufman Orloff

When I read this new book, I Wanna Go Home, I had a flash back to a familiar song called Camp Grenada.  If you are not familiar with the song it is about a young boy who is sent to summer camp and sends home humorous messages about his miserable life at camp.  “I Wanna Go Home” is very similar since Boy Scout Alex and two of his siblings are sent to his grandparents retirement community for two weeks while his parents are on vacation.  Reluctantly he goes and when he contacts his parents about his adventures you just have to smile.  He is amazed to discover his grandfather doesn’t have real teeth and when he takes them out they look like jellyfish.  He didn’t know that grandma and grandpa still had to go to school; square dancing school.  They don’t even have a TV set, what will he do.  Through all his escapades not only does he learn to enjoy his grandparents but he wants to stay an extra week.

This was a fun book to read all by myself!  I think any parent or grandparent would enjoy sharing this with their children or grandchildren especially ages 5 – 9.

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Beyond the Door (Time Out of Time #1)

July 18, 2014

Beyond the Door Beyond the Door (Time Out of Time #1)

by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

“With his love of learning and the game of Scrabble, Timothy James feels like the only person who understands him is  his older sister, Sarah, and he’s fairly certain nothing interesting will ever happen to him. But one night, while his  parents and sister are away, the door opens, and mythical creatures appear in his own living room! Soon, a mystery of  unparalleled proportions begins to unfold, revealing an age-old battle of Light against Dark, and Timothy must embark  on a quest to prevent the Dark from controlling the future and changing the past. But he can’t complete the quest alone.  Timothy has to team up with his sister and the school bully, Jessica, to face an ancient evil, and in the process, this  unlikely trio discover they are each more than meets the eye.” – from GoodReads
I would recommend this book to people who are interested in mythology. I loved the mixing of old mythology and a  contemporary setting. At first I thought the bottom of the pages were decorative, but they are a code. The legend is the back, so it was a fun surprise at the end to try to decode the message. Beyond the Door is the first of a series. I simply can’t wait for book 2!

Recommended for grades 5 and up.

Reviewed by Kate (Haggard)

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Under the Egg

June 27, 2014

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by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

Thirteen-year-old Theodora Tenpenny doesn’t have it easy. The sudden death of Jack, her beloved grandfather, has left Theo with less than $500.00 in the bank account and no chance of more money coming in, and Theo’s mother is well on her way to blowing it all on expensive teas. So Jack’s dying words to “look under the egg” and a mention of “treasure” spur Theo to discover the secret behind her museum security guard grandfather’s very first painting–an egg, which has been displayed above the mantle in their house as long as she can remember. Does she have a valuable long lost painting by a master on her hands? And if so, where on earth did it come from and how on earth did Jack get it?

With some help from a couple of new friends, Theo explores New York and delves into her grandfather’s past and the history of one of the most famous artists in the world.

Part mystery, part adventure, and part tale of friendship and family, art and history, Under the Egg is well worth a read for fans of The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler!

Reviewed by: Lara (Haggard Library)


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It’s an Orange Aardvark!

June 18, 2014

Michael’s Hall’s latest book, It’s an Orange Aardvark, is another charming and witty book that can be added to his collection of stories.  We greet five carpenter ants that have taken up residence in a tree stump.  Rumble, Rumble, outside noises alert them.  A curious member of the group decides to create a peephole in the stump.  What could it be?  It is obvious to one of the ants that  is a fearsome beast, an aardvark who eats carpenter ants.  As they peer out they see orange and the frightened ant assures everyone it is an orange aardvark.  Each page of this delightful book presents a new peephole with a new color and the imagination of our frightened ant only becomes sillier and sillier.

Michael Hall’s illustrations only enhance this funny story and all the peepholes throughout the book just add to the excitement of discovering the next color.  This book can be enjoyed by anyone!

Beverly (Davis)

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Tiptoe Joe

April 23, 2014

Tiptoe Joe

By Ginger Foglesong Gibson


In this beautifully illustrated and interactive book, Tiptoe Joe invites his friends to come along on a secret and special adventure.

The illustrations are warm and inviting. The animals’ expressions are sweet, friendly and absolutely adorable, and the details of their clothing are such fun. Each animal has on a colorful item of clothing. (I love Tiptoe Joe’s red sneakers!)

The repetitive rhyming text and wonderfully fun use of onomatopoeia makes this book a great choice to read aloud to your little one.  It would also perfect for a classroom read.

My favorite part of all though is the wonderful surprise waiting at the end of the book.  I’m not telling – you’ll have to discover it on your own. Give this one a try.  You’ll be glad you did. Happy reading!

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The Abominables

February 13, 2014

The Abominables CoverThe Abominables

By Eva Ibbotson

Illustrated by Fiona Robinson

Years ago in the Himalayan Mountains, a young aristocratic girl by the name of Lady Agatha Farlingham was kidnapped by a yeti father who needed someone to raise his motherless children.  Luckily Agatha discovered that the yetis (also known as Abominables) were not in the least monstrous. In fact they were vegetarians and were so gentle that they apologized to grass and fruit before they ate it.  Lady Agatha loved her yetis and spent a long and happy life with them, teaching them human speech as well as English values and manners.

Fast forward 100 years….Lady Agatha is now an old lady who has led a very happy life with her yeti family.  Knowing that she cannot live much longer, she realizes that her family of yetis are in danger of being discovered by the outside world.  With sensation-seeking tourists hot on the yeti’s trail, Lady Agatha recruits two English children to come to their rescue and lead the yetis on a long journey to her ancestral home in England.

Along the way, the children and the yetis have unforgettable adventures, many of which are quite puzzling to the yetis whose only knowledge of the outside world comes from Lady Agatha’s experiences 100 years before.  These gentle creatures with backward-facing feet (which make them hard to track) are a mixture of gentle kindness and naiveté resulting in a touching yet humorous story which extends to the line drawings that suitably enhance the storyline.

Published posthumously by Eva Ibbotson’s son Toby and her editor Marion Lloyd, this is a memorable and fitting finale for a talented and treasured author.

Recommended for children in grades 4 through 6 who enjoy a bit of humor with their fantasy.  It would also be terrific as a read aloud.

Reviewed by Connie (Parr Library)

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October 30, 2013


By Aaron Becker

Embark on an adventure in this enchanting story about a friendless little girl who discovers a world unlike her own. Armed with a red marker and the desire to explore, our lead character draws her way through a realm filled with castles that surpass mountains and boats that sail the skies. But like all fantastic stories, this little girl must face a great and royal antagonist.

Will the girl with the red marker suffer a future held prisoner in a foreign land, or will she discover a path that leads her back home?

Aaron Becker brings to life a work of art that will captivate your imagination. It’s as if you’re traveling back into time, into a period that only exists in the magical world. Told entirely through illustrations, Journey explores themes of independence, creativity and friendship. It is a picture book that all can enjoy.

Recommended for ages 4-8 and those looking for inspiration.

Reviewed by Milen (Harrington Library)

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King Arthur’s Very Great Grandson

September 4, 2013

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By Kenneth Kraegel

Henry Alfred Grummorson is the great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson of King Arthur, the noblest knight to ever wield a sword. On the day he turns six, he sets out with his trusty donkey, Knuckles, for a grand adventure that would make his VERY great grandfather proud. He tries to do battle with the mighty dragon, and the terrifying cyclops, and the mighty griffin, but these great beasts only want to play games. In one last effort to find a battle worthy of a descendant of King Arthur, he sets out across the ocean to find the mysterious leviathan. Instead, he finds a big surprise and something far more important than battle and glory.

Kenneth Kraegel creates a fun, whimsical story with his comical illustrations as well as his use of bold text. The hero, Henry, often announces himself in all caps, effectively shouting at every monster he comes across. The detailed drawings are spellbinding, down to all the individual feathers on the griffin and the beautiful rainbow scales of the dragon. It will spark the imagination for all. This is a great read for those who love adventure.

Recommended reading for ages 3-6

Nicole P. (Schimelpfenig)

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Coming soon…

August 26, 2013

Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things by Cynthia Voigt

Mister Max

Book of Lost Things


Hurray! Cynthia Voigt’s new trilogy, Mister Max, offers readers delightful adventures. Opening with The Book of Lost Things, readers meet twelve-year-old Max Starling, the son of creative but somewhat self-involved actors.

One morning at the breakfast table William Starling reads out the most amazing invitation for his theatrical company to perform and teach theater in India. A request from the Maharajah himself! Of course they will go.

Feeling left out max reminds them that there are only two tickets to board the Flower of Kashmir. Remedies are made and it is settled that Max will meet his parents at the harbor after his last art lesson. Upon his arrival he finds there is no such ship, his parents have vanished and he is left with a mysterious note! Where can they be? Are they coming back?

Max refuses to be coddled by his librarian grandmother but often accepts her sage advice. While looking for work to support himself Max stumbles onto one mystery after another and discovers a knack for solving problems by using the theater company’s costumes to pose as a everything from a dogcatcher to a detective. Max recovers many lost things but can he recover what is most important to him?





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