Book Buzz September 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Thumb Love by Elise Primavera
Elise Primavera wrote and illustrated a sweet tale about a young girl and her need, want, and desire to stop sucking her thumb. In Thumb Love, Lulu opens up the story as if she is in a thumb suckers anonymous group.  Lulu begins her tale by telling the reader all the ways that she loves her thumb.  Then she recounts all of the ways that she is made fun of for sucking her thumb.  Our main character seems as though she wants the reader to learn from her mistakes and therefore writes a 10-step program.  This hilarious story will appeal to kids and parents alike! Jacquie (J Fiction)

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
In Wonderstruck, Brian Selznick, author of the Caldecott winning The Invention of Hugo Cabret, expertly weaves together the stories of two children.  The first story, told in text, is about Ben, a young man in 1977, whose mother recently passed away.  Lonely and isolated by hearing loss, Ben heads to New York City in search of the father he never knew.  The other story, set 50 years earlier, is told through Selznick’s amazing illustrations. It follows Rose, a young deaf girl who dreams of New York City from her room across the Hudson River. Can both Ben and Rose find what they’re looking for in New York?  You won’t want to miss this stunning book, coming out September 13th! 
Alia (J Fiction)

The Genius Files:  Mission Unstoppable
by Dan Gutman
Meet twin twelve-year olds, Coke and Pepsi.  You have to read the book to find out why those are their names! One day, on their way home from school they realize someone is following them.  Things get strange from there and they end up jumping off a cliff. Luckily, a woman they’ve never met gives them wingsuits to be able to survive the jump.  They soon leave on a cross country journey in an RV, visiting the most unique attractions along the way.  During the trip people are still trying to kill them, can they survive this cross country trip? Kristin (J Fiction)

How to Die of Embarrassment Every Day by Ann Hodgman
Ann is not a kid anymore, but she once was, and she definitely understands how embarrassing life can be as a child. This book is filled with very short stories from her own childhood and include some wonderful gems such as her desire for the nickname “Twink,” her wonderfully horrible attempts at poetry, and a great chapter on birthday parties. This is a good book for reading all the way through or picking out the sections that interest you. How to Die of Embarrassment Every Day doesn’t have to be read from start to finish, but you may want to! It’s very funny. Meghan (J Fiction)

Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie
by Julie Sternberg
Those of you who are big fans of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day will appreciate the woes of our heroine in Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie. Does the title not say it all???  The author hits the nail on the head when she discusses Eleanor and her dilemma.  Eleanor is having a bad day.  A bad month.  As bad as the black stuff on a banana.  As bad as a spider web on your legs.  She just found out that her babysitter, her only babysitter, Bibi, is moving to Florida to be with her father.  There is nothing Ellie can do about it, but everywhere she turns, something reminds her of Bibi.  When Ellie’s parents hire a new babysitter, Natalie, will Ellie give her a try?  Will things ever be happy again?  Jacquie (J Fiction)

The End of Summer Carnival Is STILL ON!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Due to the weather forecast we're moving the FUN inside!
Join us in the Conference Center, Multicultural Room, and Story & Craft Room for:
Spin Art
Sand Art
Basketball Shot
Sumo Wrestling
Inflatable Catapiller Crawl
Face Painting
Photo Fun
Carnival Games
Don’t Miss Our Musical Guest:
Mr. Ray performs at 6 p.m. in the Conference Center
Free and open to the public. Carnival sponsored by the Friends of the Cherry Hill Library and Stylist Touch Salon & Spa.

All Shook Up at the Library!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Evidence that we did indeed have an earthquake in New Jersey this afternoon!

Lego Club Creations

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Check out the wild creations our Lego Club kids made yesterday at our Lego Freestyle program! 

Read up on Reptiles!

Monday, August 15, 2011

If the huge crowd we saw at our Snakes-n-Scales event is any indication, you guys LOVE reptiles!

Here are some great books to check out the next time you stop by:

*Mysteries of the Komodo dragon : the biggest, deadliest lizard gives up its secrets
          by Marty Crump

*Lizards by Ruth Bjorklund

Lizards (Great Pets)

*Snakes and other reptiles by Mary Pope Osborne
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*Lizards by Nic Bishop

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Hugo Movie Trailer

Friday, August 5, 2011

Check out the trailer for Hugo, the film version of Brian Selznick's Caldecott winner, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. How well do you think it captures the images from the book?

Book Buzz August 2011

Monday, August 1, 2011

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
For years, Kate, Michael, and Emma have bounced from orphanage to orphanage, always sure that one day their parents would return for them. The discovery of an enchanted book at their latest “orphanage” pulls them into a magical world filled with vicious creatures, dwarfs and an evil countess. What is this book that allows them to travel through space and time and how can they keep it out of the hands of evil? This is a fantastical adventure (and the first of a projected trilogy) that will appeal to fans of the Harry Potter, Lightning Thief, and Artemis Fowl series.  I really enjoyed the audio version of this book, which is read by Jim Dale, award-winning narrator of the Harry Potter books. Meghan (J Fiction)

Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg
Milo Cruikshank is in a funk and he has to start at a new school this year -this will be his 5th school! Luckily for Milo, he meets the love of his life (Summer) in science class and a best friend (Marshall) on the bus. While things are going well at school he still has to deal with his always quiet father and his moody older sister at home. Life at home has not been the same since his mom passed away last year, and while he is always thinking about her and the way things used to be, it seems as if he is the only one. With the help of his new friends he goes on a mission to get the two things he wants most: the girl and to bring back the memory of his mother. Lindsey (J Fiction)

The Brooklyn Nine:  A Novel In Nine Innings by Alan Gratz
This book is divided into nine innings, not chapters. Starting in 1845, in the first inning, meet Felix Schneider, a 10 year-old immigrant from Germany in New York that spends any spare time he has watching and playing baseball.  In each successive inning, meet the next generation of baseball lover in Felix’s family.  Along the way you will also meet famous people in baseball history that help bring the story to life.  The story ends in 2002, where it starts, in Brooklyn, with Snider Flint and how he unearths baseball treasures and tries to learn their place in history.  Kristin (J Fiction)

Clementine, Friend of the Week by Sara Pennypacker
Now what could be better than being picked to be “Friend of the Week”?  You get to be the first in line that whole week.  You get to be the classroom helper for that week.  Your friends have to write nice things about you in a book that you get to keep.  What could possibly go wrong with a week like that?  If you have read any of the other Clementine books, you know that anything that could possibly go wrong does.  This 4th addition to the Clementine series is by far my favorite.  I laughed out loud and cried.  What more could you ask for when reading a book?  Jacquie (J Fiction)

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