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Frank the Seven-Legged Spider by Michaele Razi

Frank the seven-legged spider book cover"Frank likes being a spider. He likes making beautiful webs..."

Until one day when Frank wakes up without a leg! Frank doesn't know what to do, he's now a seven legged spider and is not even sure if he is a spider anymore. So he sets out to find his missing leg.

Frank is determined to be the spider he was once before but encounters new challenges along the way. Join Frank on his journey to discover what it means to be a spider. This picture book would be enjoyed as a read aloud for listeners ranging from 2 years old through early elementary students.

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Gilly, Kids World

Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates by: April Jones Prince

Goldenlocks and the three pirates“Papa, Mama, and bonny Baby hoisted themselves onto the main deck and headed straight for their breakfast. ‘Shiver me timbers, someone’s been eating me gruel!’ Papa boomed.”

Brush up on your pirate lingo with this new refreshing tale of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” When papa, mama and baby pirate row back to their ship with fresh water in tow they find that someone used some of their things, but wait, did she fix them too?

Readers who are familiar with the original tale would love this new twist! Recommended for early elementary school pirates!

Ahoy Matey!

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Victoria, Kids World

The Magician and the Spirits by Deborah Noyes

The Magician and the Spirits book cover: photogragh of Harry Houdini in chains"Good, honest, educated people... had 'surrendered themselves to belief in the most monstrous fiction.'"

Harry Houdini is arguably the best escape artist and one of the most famous magicians in America's history. Magic and ghosts- one would think they would go hand in hand, but Harry Houdini proved they are a combustive mix.  Brokenhearted at the death of his mother, Houdini sought to understand the afterlife, and so began his fascination with mediums and believers of Spiritualism. However, his fascination became a zealous pursuit of frauds, which led to the severing of friendships. "If convincing evidence is brought forward I will be the first to acknowledge my mistake."

There have been many biographies on Houdini for readers of all ages. What makes this particular work so unique and interesting is that it focuses on Houdini's investigations of ghosts and mediums. The book delves into the history of Houdini and the rise (and falls) of Spiritualism, with side notes and relevant photographs of the time.

This nonfiction work is perfect for upper elementary and middle school readers who are interested in investigation processes or ghosts in general. It also serves as a great reminder in this digital age that you cannot always believe what you see and keeping an open mind does not mean turning off your mind.

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Celeste, Kids World

Final Scores for the 2017-2018 Battle Season

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to all the participants of this year's Battle Season. Quite a few teams rallied in Battle 5, putting out impressive scores. However, it is the teams with the highest overall score that have made it to the top of the leader board.

St. Monica Blue has taken first place. St. Monica White follows in second place. Third place goes to St. Eugene.

We look forward to seeing all the participants at the Award Ceremony on March 21st at 4:00pm, where the author, Michele Weber Hurwitz, will be speaking and answering questions. We will follow with an author signing and pizza. See you there!

Tyrannosaurus Rex Vs. Edna the Very First Chicken By: Douglas Rees

Tyrannosaurus Rex xs. Edna the Very First Chicken book cover; illustration of a chicken standing between the feet of a dinoasur"I am big and fierce and you should be afraid of me,’ Tyrannosaurus said. “I am small and brave and you should be afraid of me,” Edna told him."

Tyrannosaurus Rex is really hungry for some breakfast. The big T Rex chases all the other dinosaurs in hopes of having them as his next meal. Edna, the itty-bitty chicken, is not afraid of Tyrannosaurus Rex. She doesn’t run away, but stands her ground!

In this delightful picture book, Rees shows us that we should stand up to bullies and not let them frighten us. Younger elementary school readers would enjoy this book.

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Victoria, Kids World

Battle 4 Recap

Battle 4 Scores: SMW 61/235; STB 48/227; ST 47/224; PN 53/212; GL 56/207; LH 46/188; UR 28/157Battle Four created some significant movement in the leader boards. Congratulations to all the teams for their efforts. We look forward to seeing what the final Battle brings.

Just a reminder, there are no challenges allowed in Battle 5. Rest assured, all the questions will be gone over to make sure they are as fair as possible.

See you next week!

Battle 3 Recap

Battle 3 Scores: STB 67/179, ST 66/177, SMW 60/174, PN 60/159, GL 49/151, LH 57/142, UR 49/129Congratulations on a great third battle.

We thank the participants for completing the Battle Survey. We are tallying the results and will be able to annouce the repeating books very soon.

See you next week!

2018 Oscar Contest

How's your knowledge of current Hollywood hits?

Look for entry forms in the library or download below. Check off your selections from this year’s nominees. Entries with the most correct answers will be eligible to win prizes. In the event of a tie, prizes will be awarded by means of a random drawing. One entry per person please. Entries will be accepted at the Answers Desk until 5:00 pm on Sunday, March 4th or at our After Hours Awards Party.

Download Entry Form

Battle 2 Recap

Battle 2 Scores: SMW-61/114; SMB-58/112; ST-59/111; GL-56/102; PN-43/99; LH-50/85; UR-48/80Congratulations to all of the teams for a very close scoring Battle 2.

We look forward to seeing what everyone can do during Battle 3. See you next week!

Dear Girl by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal

Dear Girl Book Bover: illustration of a girl on a swing hanging from a chair"Dear Girl, Listen to your brave side…"

I first noticed the sweet cover art. Then I saw that this book was written by one of my favorite children’s book authors, who recently died, with her young adult daughter. AKR was a favorite because she was a real person – I got to see her read, speak and share joy a few times. She lived in Chicago. She will be missed.

This book project must have preceded the “Me Too” movement of 2017 by many months but it offers a timeless girl empowerment message . Each page is a lyrical note or message to the Girl (Your girl? My girl?) about self-acceptance and self-love in the face of life’s challenges. One senses these are words of wisdom that Amy shared with Paris as she was raising her. The delightful art was digitally created by Holly Hatam, mixing cartoon-stylized humans with watercolor settings with clever touches of collage including a classic text and many girl-power historical images.  

This book would be enjoyed as a quiet and repeated lap sit with a Girl that you love, ages 2 to 32. It would also make a great gift for someone you love.

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Mary Jo, Kids World

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