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Youth Services Staff Picks

October 2014 Staff Picks 


This month’s staff picks are frighteningly good!  It appears that last year’s picks may be back and haunting the library…come see them for yourself! 

 Staff Pick Crop

The Youth Services Team loves Pete the Cat and his red shoes!



Darlene’s Pick:     

the doghouseThe Doghouse by Jan Thomas– E THO

For Pre-K – K; Published 2010

  • Synopsis: Cow, Pig, Duck, and Mouse are afraid to retrieve their ball when it goes into the dog's house, but when they do go in they are pleasantly surprised.


Darlene says: I chose this book because it is one of my favorite "spooky" books for preschool-k. Not scary, but fun!

Darlene also suggests:

Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas– J HOL THO

A Birthday for Cow! by Jan Thomas– E THO





 Debbie's Pick:  

Monster Mash

Monster Mash by David Catrow – E CAT

For grades K – 3; published 2012

Synopsis: David Catrow pays homage to Bobby Pickett’s 1962 monster hit. The illustrations bring Mr. Pickett’s lyrics to life.

Debbie says: It is a graveyard smash.


Debbie also suggests

Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley – E EMB

There Was an Old Monster by Rebecca Emberley – E EMB







Jenn's Pick:  

FrankensteinFrankenstein by Ludworst Bemonster– E WAL

For grades K – 2; Published 2013

Synopsis:  This laugh-out-loud funny and devilish send-up of Ludwig Bemelmans's Madeline is for little monsters everywhere.Frankenstein is the scariest of all the monsters in Miss Devel's castle. He can frighten anything - animals, parents, even rocks. Until one night, Miss Devel wakes up and runs downstairs to find that Frankenstein has lost his head!

Jenn says: I love a good parody and Frankenstein is great for anyone who loves Madeline. This book is a great way to get a taste of monsters for Halloween without being scared!

Jenn also suggests:
Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex – E REX

Dear Vampa by Ross Collins– E COL






Kelsey’s Pick:  

Teddy RooseveltTo Dare Mighty Things: The Life of Theodore Rooseveltby Doreen Rappaport– J B ROO


For grades 2 – 5; Published 2013


Synopsis: Roosevelt stands tall in American history, but his childhood was one of serious illness that kept him bedridden for long periods of time. He became an avid reader and yearned for the life of the adventurers he read about. From his early political career through the challenges of his presidency, this book chronicles how he became that fearless leader. He confronted injustice head-on and promised a "Square Deal" to all citizens. The highs and lows of both his personal and public life are presented here, including the death of his beloved wife, his experience as a soldier with the "Rough Riders," and being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906.


Kelsey says: Teddy Roosevelt has always been my favorite president and I love all of Doreen Rappaport’s biographies, so I was very excited when this one was finally released. And it did not disappoint. C.F. Payne’s illustrations, as always, are amazing.


Kelsey also suggests: 

Camping with the President by Ginger Wadsworth – J 973.911 WAD
Colonel Theodore Roosevelt by David Adler – J B ROO




Lindsay’s Pick:
Golden Mare

The Golden Mare, the Firebird, and the Magic Ring by Ruth Sanderson – J 398.209 SAN

For grades 3 – 5; Published 2000

Synopsis: A young huntsman is helped by a golden mare when he tries to perform the seemingly impossible feats commanded by the Tsar.

Lindsay says: It’s a colorful story filled with magical creatures and lessons of patience and trust.  The main character Alexi struggles to follow his instructions when they go against what he feels is the right thing to do.  You see how Alexi’s honor, diligence, and trustworthiness pay off as he accomplishes each impossible task.  The stunning illustrations of Ruth Sanderson pull you into the world as you read, truly making the story come to life.

Lindsay also suggests:

Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave by Marianna Mayer– J 398.21 MAY

One Grain of Rice by Demi– J 398.209 DEM


Lynn's Pick:

Runaway Ralph

Runaway Ralph by Beverly Cleary – J F CLE

For grades 3 – 5; Published 1970

Synopsis: Fed up with his timid mother and uncle and his squirmy little cousins, Ralph hops onto his toy motorcycle and zooms down the road to summer camp. It turns out camp is not all peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and fun. A strict watchdog, a mouse-hungry cat, and a troubled boy named Garf lead Ralph on some fur-raising escapades. Perhaps home isn't such a bad place to be, if only Ralph can find a way to get there again.

Lynn says: Ralph discovers the best and the worst about becoming independent. 

Lynn also suggests:

Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary– J F CLE

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary– J F CLE





Ofilia’s Pick:    

Scarum FairScarum Fair by Jessica Swaim– J 811.6 SWA

For grades 3 – 6; Published 2010

Synopsis:  Enter the Scarum Fair ... if you dare! Jessica Swaims's deliciously creepy, funny poems are brought to life by Carol Ashley's gorgeous, ghoulish illustrations in this CRA Eureka! Nonfiction Children's Silver Honor Book.

Ofilia says: It’s my favorite time of year and what better way to celebrate than spooky poetry! Scarum Fair is a unique combination of sinister and humorous with just a dash of silly. Take a ride on the “Scary-go-round” while enjoying some “I-Scream” on your way to “Count Dracula’s Wedding.” The poems often have two meanings so be sure and read them carefully. The illustrations match the tone of the poems perfectly.

Ofilia also suggests:

Last Laughs by J. Patrick Lewis – J 818.602 LEW

Sipping Spiders Through a Straw: Campfire Songs for Monsters by Kelly DiPucchio– J 811.54 DIP





Veronica’s Pick:    

Tuck me inTuck Me In! by Dean Hacohen– E HAC

For grades Pre-K – K; Published 2010

Synopsis:  The stars are out. The moon is rising. All the baby animals, from peacocks to pigs to zebras, are ready for bed. Will you tuck them in and say good night? Just turn the pages and the big inviting flaps that serve as blankets cover each little creature up to its chin.

Veronica says: I love that this book is interactive with moving flaps to let the children actually tuck the baby animals in. The pictures are also very vibrant and inviting. This is a book that our toddlers at Storytime love and you can make animal sleeping noises to make the book even more fun.

Veronica also suggests:

Bedtime in the Jungle by John Butler – E BUT

Time for Bed by Mem Fox – E FOX          



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