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Kern County Library Staff Suggests...: December Recommendations for Kids

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December Recommendations for Kids


Fanny by Holly Hobbie - Fanny asked for a Connie doll for Christmas and her birthday, and when her mom refuses, she makes a doll!

Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman - In a village in ancient Norway lives a boy named Odd (strange name? well it means "tip of the blade!"), and he's had some very bad luck: His father perished in a Viking expedition; a tree fell on and shattered his leg; the endless freezing winter is making villagers dangerously grumpy. One day in the forest Odd encounters a bear, fox, and hawk...strange enough to see them together, even stranger to find them talking (they are banished gods). They tell Odd their story and he embarks on a quest to free the city of the gods from the evil (well, at least mean) Frost Giants. Will Odd be up to the task to tricking a frost giant and bringing winter (which has gone on way too long) to an end? Check out this great story and discover the fate of Odd and the gods.

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffman, illustrated by Gail de Marcken - A gloriously illustrated version of the beloved Nutcracker tale.

The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup - It is Christmas Eve and Jim and his mother are baking delectable pirate gingerbread men to leave for Santa. Later that night, the pirates come to life and attempt to escape the dreaded cannibal Santa Claus! The pirates are relieved to learn about the Real Santa Claus and the magic of Christmas.

Tumtum and Nutmeg by Emily Bearn - Three charming tales about a pair of spritely mice, Mr. and Mrs. Nutmeg. Tumtum and Nutmeg, as they are called, live in a "big, rambling house" hidden secretly in a broom cupboard. The mice strive to keep the home in order, and all is tranquil until Aunt Ivy attempts to poison the mice. Unexpected adventures, enticing food, comfy beds, and cheerful fires spiced with ballerinas, pirates, and mice on pogo sticks, make this an enchanting book to share with young friends at holiday time.

The Brixton Brother’s: The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity by Mac Barnett - Meet Steve Brixton, wannabe detective. Steve has read all the Bailey Brothers Mysteries ever written, and considers himself an authority on the skills to be a great detective! It all started with an assignment from his teacher to write an essay on early American needle work, and suddenly he is captured by Librarians (a secret branch of law enforcement), and everyone is mistaking him for a Detective (which he is not, but would like to be). This case of mistaken identity leads him and his friend Dana on a wild chase to find out why Librarians are after him. What is he truly seeking and who really is the bad guy? Fans of Encyclopedia Brown and the Hardy Boys will love this great adventure mystery with a modern twist.


I’m Broke: The Money Handbook by Liam Croke - Covers the basics of getting a job, opening a bank account, budgeting, credit cards and credit rating. This colorfully illustrated text also includes a glossary of terms and helpful websites. Real life examples are included in this timely book.

More About Boy: Roald Dahl’s Tales from Childhood by Roald Dahl - An expanded story of Roald Dahl’s childhood with the original text of Boy augmented by a great deal of new material, photos and letters.


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