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Jimmy the Joey by Deborah Lee Rose and Susan Kelly

Jimmy the Joey book cover: a photograph of the face of Jimmy, the young koala, is centered; Below the photograph reads, The True Story of an Amazing Koala Rescue"One starry night, with her joey holding tight to her fur, the mother koala climbed slowly down to the ground [and] headed for a patch of trees across a big road.”

Jimmy’s survival story will be a high-interest hit with animal lovers of all ages. The (true) story is told in a simple chronological narrative that complements the sharp photographs.  General facts (and vocabulary) about koalas are interwoven within the story; readers will hardly notice that they are learning science during this heartwarming pleasure read. The Koala Hospital is a real place and the story has a happy ending. Appendices include a map, fast facts page, photographer’s notes and a list of recommended resources.

This book would work well as a read aloud and/or independent read. National Geographic Kids again delivers an excellent non-fiction choice for young readers; teachers and parents will enjoy it as much as the kids.

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Mary Jo, Kids World

The Show Must Go On! by Kate Klise

The Show Must Go On! book cover: red and white striped circus tent serves as backdrop, a ringmaster with an elephant and lion are among the characters depicted“dramatic + drastic = dramastic”

Sir Sidney is considered the best circus owner in the world. He treats his animals well, allows children to attend for free and gives his audience unlimited popcorn. After running the circus for many years he decides to retire and advertises for a new circus manager. Sir Sidney screens hundreds of interested candidates but the confident Barnabas Brambles beats out the rest. Despite his promise to care for Elsa the Elephant, Leo the Lion and the Famous Flying Banana Brothers Barnabas Brambles’ plan to “energize” the circus causes the performers injury and exhaustion. Will Sir Sidney make it back before the totally dramastic changes cause damage that can’t be undone?

The Show Must Go On is the first book in the Three Ring Rascals series by Kate Klise. The book is illustrated by her sister, M. Sarah Klise. Two mice, Gert and Bert, travel with the circus and help to move the story along. Gert has a passion for inventing new words and dramastic is an example of this. While The Show Must Go On has over 100 pages and is a chapter book it would be well suited for 3rd-6th grade readers. The format of the book resembles Amy Ignatow’s Popularity Papers with large, comical illustrations found on most pages.

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Jade, Kids World

On My Way to Bed by Sarah Maizes

On My Way to Bed Book cover: Pencil drawings with color. A girl is in a rocket ship, stars and the moon are on her bedroom walls, her bed has a comforter with stars on it; the rocket ship is point towards the bed."On my way to bed, I swim across the ocean floor. I am an octopus. A big purple octopus!"

Walking the high wire in the circus! Riding a rocketship in outerspace! In this endearing story about the trials of getting ready for bed, Livi makes a grand adventure out of brushing her teeth and climbing into bed. Along with her stuffed animal Froggilini, Livi travels far and wide, over mountains and under oceans, before she falls asleep.

A great read for parents and kids who are looking for a fun bedtime book! 

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Bridget, Kids World

A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke

Little Book of Sloth book cover: a photograph of a baby sloth is hugging a much larger brown stuffed rabbit.An easygoing, conversational nonfiction book introducing young readers to baby two and three-toed sloths from the Aviarios sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica; also known as Slothville. The volume is filled with little stories about all the individual sloths as well as general information about sloths. Full color photographs and collages amp up the cuteness level.

This is a great book for animal-loving kids of all ages, including those who are kids at heart.

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Jennifer, Kids World

Crankenstein by Samantha Berger

Crankenstein book cover: a frankenstein green colored boy, wearing a yellow t-shirt and blue shorts,scowls. He has an empty ice cream cone in his hand. One scoop of pink colored icecream is on the ground by his shoe"You would say, 'Who wants pancakes?' and Crankenstein would say, 'MEHHRRRR!!'"

Crankenstein is the story of a young boy who wakes up grumpy. Nothing is amusing. School isn't any fun. Rainy days are even less exciting. Bedtime is the worst of all.  Will Crankenstein ever get out of his bad mood?

This short book has colorful illustrations (Crankenstein is a lovely shade of green) that help the story move along. Kids will love and relate to this tale about Crankenstein and his mopey mood and laugh at his enthusiastic responses of "MEHHRRRR!!"

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Natassia, Kids World

Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger

Book Cover for Gone Fishing, a boy with a red hat and yellow shirt leads the way, following him is a man and a young girl with a pony tail; All three have fishing poles and gear“Okay, then, now it’s just us three,”
“But, Dad, it was just you and me.”

Sam feels disappointed when his Dad allows sister Lucy to come along on their fishing trip, and then resentful when she starts to reel them in. This clever story, told through a sequence of very short poems, reveals the mixed feelings that brothers and sisters can have for each other over the span of one day. I read this as a sweet, quick story and then immediately went back through it to admire this first-time author’s use of different poetry forms. Each type of poem (haiku, ode, complaint, etc.) is used to convey part of the story or Sam’s emotions in such a way that illustrates the unique power of each form. The Poet’s Toolbox addendum defines major poetic techniques and forms, detailing how they were used here. But your kids will simply enjoy this family story about Sam’s big day “gone fishing”. 

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Mary Jo, Kids World

Ol' Clip Clop: A Ghost Story by Pat McKissack

Ol' Clip-Clop book cover; a colonial man on horsebackJohn Leep "had a mean streak in him that ran the length of his long, thin body. Wasn't poverty that made him hard. He had plenty of money. But John Leep had a stingy heart." 

And so the stage is set with a selfish greedy man ready to get his comeuppance.

With the right elements of spooky, this is a perfect ghost story to share this Halloween. Recommended for grades 2 and up. (Or, a really bold first grader). Read with the lights on or off, either way, you'll never hear the sound of "clip-clop" the same way again!

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Celeste, Kids World

Horse Heroes by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce

Image of Horse Heroes featuring a black horse against a prarie and blue sky"Some people say that after horses were tamed, the world changed forever. We were curious to know if this was true."

Have you ever read a made-up story and wondered which parts of it were true? If you have read any or all of the Magic Tree House series, you may like to know that the author (and her daughter) have written non-fiction books to go along with some of these fantasy/historical fiction stories. Horse Heroes relates to Jack and Annie’s Stallion by Starlight adventure and provides dozens of interesting facts and true stories about horses through human history.

Perfect for 2nd and 3rd grade readers, Horse Heroes explains why horses’ bodies are especially speedy and strong and how horses have been used for travel, farming, business, sports and war. The book also includes the stories of many famous horses of the past. I thought this book was a great read and learned some interesting facts about horses.   

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Mary Jo, Kids World

Last Chance to Give Storytime Feedback!

Jack the Hand Puppet smiles above a felt board with a book and clock felt peices stationed above the word StorytimeThis is the last week to tell us your opinion of the new storytime schedule before the schedule for the next storytime session (January to April) is finalized.

Share your thoughts with us by phone or by filling out a 'Storytime Schedule Feedback Form' located at the Kids Desk.

Thanks again for your continued help in making Kids World programs the best they can be.

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