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By Chris Grabenstein
Kyle Keeley is the class clown, popular with most kids, (if not the teachers), and an ardent fan of all games: board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the building of the new town library.
Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot to be one of the first 12 kids in the library for an overnight of fun, food, and lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors remain locked. Kyle and the other winners must solve every clue and every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route. And the stakes are very high.
In this cross between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and A Night in the Museum, Agatha Award winner Chris Grabenstein uses rib-tickling humor to create the perfect tale for his quirky characters. Old fans and new readers will become enthralled with the crafty twists and turns of this ultimate library experience. (taken from Goodreads)
This fun, entertaining book has many elements that engage the reader. I enjoyed all aspects of this story. The clues and puzzles are cleverly done and the children have rewards and consequences for their actions.
This is a great book for older elementary age kids, who will have an opportunity to discuss the book in our ‘Tween You and Me Book Club at Parr Library this summer. You can find more information about the book club, and other great summer events at the library here
By Lori Mortensen
Illustrated by Nina Victor Crittenden
For Chicken Lily, it’s not easy to take risks. She won’t take off her training wheels, or raise her wing in class. She might not be brave, but she’s good at so many other things. Being a careful colorer, and a patient puzzler couldn’t help her with the school’s poetry contest. She would have to get up on a stage and read a poem aloud in front of the whole school! Nothing could be more terrifying than that!
Chicken Lily proves that being scared is something anyone can face with a little support from friends. It’s okay to be scared sometimes. This is a great lesson to share with your little ones, whether they have a current fear, or whether they’re just a little nervous about something. Just like Chicken Lily, they too can face that microphone and take a step over their fears, even if it’s just for one day.
Recommended for ages 4-8.
If you’re looking for a book to help your child with their counting skills, you will love this new book. The Very Cold, Freezing, No-Number Day. Not only will this book keep your children’s attention, but your child can trace the numbers, blow on the numbers, count them and unfreeze them. They will also learn about the different seasons, talk about colors and patterns. What a great book to enjoy one on one with your little one or in a small group setting. The clever illustrations just add to the qualtiy of this interactive and entertaining book.
By: Ally Condie
This is a deeply emotional coming-of-age story about twelve-year-old Cedar Lee, who moved to Iron Creek, Utah, for the summer with her mother and younger brother, Miles. The family is struggling to recover after an accident claimed the lives of Cedar’s father and brother Ben. Cedar quickly befriends Leo, a hometown boy, who helps her get a job at Summerlost, the town’s yearly Shakespeare festival. The enterprising young people team up to give unofficial walking tours about a legendary actress, Lisette Chamberlain, from their hometown. A couple of different mysteries are woven into the story including mysterious trinkets that keep appearing on her windowsill that remind Cedar of her brother Ben. Another mystery involves the circumstances surrounding Lisette’s death. However, the heart of the story revolves around Cedar coming to terms with her grief and her new relationship with her friend Leo.
by Renata Galindo
While it might not be a conversation you think about often, children should understand adoption. They might encounter adopted children in their school, or happen to be one themselves. My New Mom and Me is a gentle way to introduce your child to this concept.
Told from the prospective of the child, it brings up many of the concerns adopted children may feel, including the fact that they don’t look like their adoptive parent. While things aren’t always perfect between the new cat mother and her adopted puppy, they show how much love and patience can come out of the new living arrangements. Though they might not start off as a family, they learn how to become one.
Recommended for ages 3-7.
By tupera tupera
“Poor Polar Bear! He can’t find his underwear!” (from book)
Polar Bear has misplaced his underwear and he can’t remember what they looked like! His friend Mouse decides to help him locate his absent undies by examining a series of colorful options… but unfortunately they all belong to other animal friends. It seems like Polar Bear may never see his gone garment again until…
well, you’ll just have to read to find out!
This is an adorable guessing game book with cut-out pages so you can see the underwear without seeing who they belong to until you turn the page. The animals and their underthings are made from cut paper of a dazzling array of colors and textures in a collage-style reminiscent of Lois Ehlert’s works. Each pair of underwear is a clue to who their owner is so you have to stop and think to figure it out before you turn the page!
This book is part of the 2×2 Reading List selected annually by the Texas Library Association for young readers age 2 through 2nd grade. Each book is paired with a list of fun and educational activities for children and parents to do together! All of the 2×2 books at the Plano Public Libraries include this activity list on their inside cover. If they are all checked out, we have a set of books as part of our Junior Reference collection that you can read in the library any time!
Reviewed by: Meredith (Harrington Library)