Book Review

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

Part-time Princess by Sarah Underwood

Part-time princess book cover, has young blonde princess with blue dress riding a green dragon"During the day, I am a regular girl....But at night, after Mom kisses me and tucks me in, I become a princess."

After a day filled with spelling tests and following the rules, a young girl becomes a princess. While there is plenty of pink to go around, this is not your typical princess picture book. Filled with bravery, compassion, and a sense of adventure, the young princess faces various emergencies from fire-breathing dragons to trolls crashing the ball. It is "princess to the rescue!" This self-empowered young girl takes charge of each situation saving the kingdom, "as usual." Too bad it was all a dream, or was it?

A great book to share between mom and daughter as the young girl's mom makes a queenly appearance in most escapades. Recommended for princess fans ranging from PreK to first grade.

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Celeste, Kids World

Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball by John Coy

Book cover Hoop Genius, profile of man with mustache, in background boys are playing basketball A young teacher, James Naismith, was forced to take over a gym class with students so out of control two teachers had already quit! When all other sports proved to be too rough and aggresive, Naismith created his own sport: basketball. A great example of perservance and learning from not only failure but past events. Second and Third graders might enjoy reading this nonfiction book on their own, but the ratio of words to pictures allows this book to serve as a great read-out-loud for a younger sports fan.

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Celeste, Kids World

Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst

Lulu and the BrontosaurusFor her birthday, spoiled Lulu wants a brontosaurus as a pet. When her parents refuse, she packs a suitcase and marches off to find one herself. She has to go through a snake, tiger, and bear, but she does find a brontosaurus. Unfortunately, the brontosaurus wants Lulu to be his pet! When he won't take no for an answer, Lulu must start using her brain (and her manners). With nicely paired illustrations, this funny and simple chapter book is perfect for second and third graders ready to transition out of the Easy Readers.

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Celeste, Kids World

 

The World Is Waiting For You by Barbara Kerley

The World Is Waiting For Your book cover, white cover with photograph of boy and girl running through the O in YouPaired with wonderful photos from National Geographic, the simple text encourages kids to use their curiosity, try new things, go to new places, and experience all life has to offer. An exceptionally beautiful picture book, perfect for sparking the imagination and a sense of adventure.

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Celeste, Kids World

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