Book Review

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

The Grimm Ending

Book cover for The Grimm Clonclusion. In a red backdrop, black images of a mountainside castle, two trees, and birds flying stand in relief. Images of a girl and boy are cut out of the black mountain and is centered on the bottomFor those who have read A Tale Dark and Grimm during last year's Battle season, and those who are enjoying its sequel, In a Glass Grimmly, as part of this year's Battle season, rejoice (or be sad). The third and final book in the series is now on the Library shelves and is available for holds to be placed.

In The Grimm Conclusion by Adam Gidwitz, Sister and brother, Jorinda and Joringel, fight to keep their promise to stay together as they travel through all new darkly gruesome Grimm fairy tales.

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New Multi-Media Books

Display of Nook Black and White, Nook Color, and a Playaway ViewNew Playaway Views!

New Playaway Views are now available for checkout! PlayAway Views are devices that come preloaded with books and are perfect for viewing picture books or exploring science on the go! Playaway Views present animated books and have a built in speaker. Plug in your own headphones for an individual listening. Available to all patrons, Playaway Views are checked out for 3 weeks. Come into Kids World to try out the Playaway View Display. Playaway Views are located in the audio book shelves.

New Nook Books!

Come into Kids World and check out our newly updated Nooks! The Kids World Nooks have been updated with the most recent bestselling and popular picture as well as chapter books, phonics and easy readers. We have two Nooks that have been updated with the 2013-2014 Battle of the Books list and one Nook updated with the 2014 list of Caudill award-winning books. Our Nooks are available to be checked out for 3 weeks to residents of Harwood Heights and Norridge only. Check in with Kids World if you have any questions!
 

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Elvis and the Underdogs by Jenny Lee

Elvis and the Underdogs book cover; a large blue dog is behind a african american girl with a soccerball, a blonde boy with arms crossed, and a boy with black hair holding a laptop“Dr. Helen opened a box and pulled out a green helmet…”

Benji Wendell Barnsworth, who was born premature, is the smallest in his grade and constantly bullied. Prone to getting sick he also has a scary tendency of fainting without any warning. Benji feels hopeless when his doctor prescribes an embarrassing green helmet be worn at all times. The only other option is to adopt a dog trained for medical emergencies.

Benji’s therapy dog, Parker Elvis Pembroke IV (Elvis), is a two-hundred pound Newfoundland. If that weren’t crazy enough, Elvis can talk! Will Elvis give Benji the courage to stand up to his bullies and illness? Or will Benji get caught talking to his dog and be less popular than ever?

Elvis and the Underdogs is a hilarious read that is both sentimental and empowering. Through his relationship with Elvis, Benji learns to make new friends and take chances. The supporting characters provide many laughs in this fast paced story. Animal lovers will especially relate to this story.

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Jade, Kids World

Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-El

Not Your Typical Dragon book cover with a green dragon in bottom left corner blowing bubbles that rise across the book cover"He could feel a tingling inside his tummy. But when he opened his mouth, fire did not come out."

What would a dragon do if he could not breathe fire? That is the dilemma Crispin Blaze finds himself in when he discovers on his 7th birthday that he cannot breathe fire! This is quite unheard of, and after several failed attempts to learn how to breathe fire, Crispin decides that it would best for everyone if he ran away. However, With the help of Sir George, a knight, Crispin discovers that maybe being different isn't so bad after all!

Funny and heartwarming, Crispin's story will make you laugh and appreciate everything that makes you unique.

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Bridget, Kids World

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