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

Monday, January 3, 2011

January Recommendations for Kids


Goodnight, Little Monster by Helen Ketteman - This tale is for all those little monsters that have a difficult time going to bed. Eye catching illustrations and amusing rhymes enhance this story about a monster preparing for dreamland.

Guys Read: Funny Business edited by Jon Scieszka - Do you think your parents would really ever give your bedroom away to someone else just because you accidentally broke the window on your mom’s china cabinet and forgot to take out the garbage (okay, so it was three full cans, and it was hot outside and they were really smelly)? Have you ever tried to remove a wart from your foot with pliers? All this and the world’s largest pool of chocolate milk!

The Adventures of Nanny Piggins by R.A. Spratt - What would happen if Mary Poppins, the infamous nanny, had been a pig? Luckily for the children Nanny Piggins’s previous experience consisted of being shot out of a circus cannon. Nanny’s favorite activity is mud wrestling, and she thinks school uniforms are a terrible idea. An abundance of chocolate and giggles await the reader!

The Odious Ogre by Norton Juster - This is the story of an extraordinary large, exceedingly ugly, unusually angry, constantly hungry, and absolutely merciless (and rude) ogre. Everyone was frightened of him until he met a young girl who managed to outwit him and literally killed him with kindness!

Notes from a Totally Lame Vampire; Because the Undead Have Feelings by Tim Collins - Nigel is an average teenage boy who falls head over heels in love for Chloe. He spends time plotting on how to win her love, but since he is a vampire and is awake all night, that is plenty of time! His amusing diary documents his unhappy relationship with the worst gym teacher ever, and even attacks by a gang of mangy squirrels. This is what the wimpy kid would write if he were a vampire.


Alexander the Great by Demi - Alexander the Great became a king at age twenty, and for the next twelve years conquered most of the known world of the ancient Greeks. He ordered a mass wedding between the Macedonians and Persians to maintain his supremacy. He was a brilliant, but cruel strategist.

Biggest Bugs Life-Size by George Beccaloni - Butterflies over 10” long, a rhinoceros cockroach over 3” long, a goliath bird-eating spider with a leg span up to 11”, Giant Sawyer beetles nearly 7” long, the White Witch Moth with a wingspan of 12” and the Saint Helena giant earwig with a total body length of nearly 3” are all portrayed in this well illustrated book. The highest ick award goes to the Emperor Scorpion at 7” which use their large claws to crush their prey, and the mothers carry their brood of 30-50 frightening babies on her back! Yuck!

Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci by Joseph D'Agnese - 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, ...What do these numbers mean to you? To Fibonacci, one of the greatest mathematicians of the Middle Ages, this puzzle is connected with his famous rabbit problem (how many rabbits will there be at the end of a year if one pair of rabbits each produce one pair of rabbits per month). Why does this Fibonacci Sequence seem to be everywhere: in plants, music, buildings, and art?


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