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)

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