Claudette is a sword swinging action girl determined to save her town from an evil giant that lives outside the town walls – a giant that has been terrorizing the townfolk by raiding for its favorite food…baby feet! All the adults want to think the wall is good enough protection. Claudette thinks the best defense is a good offense. She recruits her friend Marie, who aspires to be a princess, her little brother Gaston, who aspires to be a chef, and her pug Valiant, to sneak out of town and kick some giant booty.
Being brave means that even if you are scared, you can still look fear in the eyes and tell it…I’m going to kick your ever-lovin’butt! (page 92)
Claudette’s rag tag band of giant warriors faces certain death at the hands of the apple hag, the river king and the baby feet eating giant himself…and discover that they are braver, tougher, smarter, more loyal and the best friends EVER! A perfect graphic novel adventure for you if you like Amelia Rules! or The Secret Science Alliance.
“Abby and Jonah expected their lives to change when they moved to a new town, but they couldn’t have predicted that the mirror hanging in the basement would transport them to the world of Snow White. Being totally familiar with her tale, it makes sense to Jonah to prevent Snow from eating the poisoned apple. But, if Snow doesn’t die, she won’t meet her Prince and live happily ever after. Before they can go home, Abby and Jonah must fix Snow’s story, even if that means breaking into a castle and facing an evil queen.”
Recommended by: Fiona Duke, East Washington Library
Jem’s Dad loses his job and starts to make various ” improvements” around the house. He’s clever…ingenius even…but dangerous! (“That’s all part of the fun of it!” He smiled and wiped the blood away. “The word today is fun.”) When his inventions threaten to injure or maim the family his wife brings home an old VW camper that needs an overhaul. This keeps Mr. Tooting in the garage and OUT of the house.
Lucy: “He’s got to be stopped. You said so yourself. And that’s what the camper van’s for. It’s a total wreck. He’ll neer be able to fix it really. But it’ll keep him busy, keep him out of trouble, keep him happy, and stop him from doing his home improvements.” (page 22)
And the plan works. Mr. Tooting painstakingly takes the old camper completely apart but gets stuck putting it back together again until Jem finds a detailed diagrm of the 1966 camper van online and downloads a copy.
“Before the diagram, all the bits of metal and rubber spread out on the driveway were nothing but dirty old junk. After the diagram, they were pieces of the biggest, most complicated jigsaw puzzle ever.” (page 27)
Jem and his Dad just can’t walk away. They work on the puzzle until they have a fully restored camper ready for a family adventure. and they make some enhancements. What they don’t know, is that the camper has a plan of it’s own and once it’s in motion, the Tootings have to hang on tight! This camper can FLY…and SWIM…and it goes where it wants to go! A fun adventure in the spirit of Herbie the Love Bug, Spy Kids and Bumblebee. Some cars have a mind of their own. Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce
If you haven’t tried any of The Sisters Grimm series, I’ll fill you in a little. Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sisters who find out The Grimm Brother stories are actually a history of all the crimes committed by fairy tale characters. The girls are part of a long line of detectives from the Grimm family whose job it is to investigate the fairy tale crimes. In each book the girls do some sleuthing to figure out which fairy tale characters have been behaving badly.
In this very last book in the series, Book Nine The Council of Mirrors, the Grimms and their fairy tale character friends still hope to save the people of Ferryport Landing from the evil plans of the Magic Mirror. To get help, the seek the advice of….OTHER magic mirrors. Of course there is more than one! Find out what happens to Sabrina, Daphne and all the other Everafters.
An exciting conclusion filled with all of your favorite sassy characters like Pinocchio (“I was NOT A PUPPET!”) and Puck (“Smell you later!”). My advice – start at the beginning…that way you can keep all the characters straight!
“When’s the last time you got fed?” Beulah responded by clamping down on Mickey’s left foot and throwing a meaty coil around both his legs. “Easy, Princess,” he said. The Python wrapped upward with another coil, and then another. Mickey quickly locked both arms in front of his chest to protect his lungs from being crushed, but he was out of shape and Beulah was extremely powerful. “Wahoo!” he hollered. “Yo!” “What?” Called a voice from the house. “Get your butt out here!” (page 24)
Wahoo’s Dad Mickey is an animal wrangler. If there is an alligator, snake, lizard, bear or leopard in a movie, chances are Wahoo’s Dad was there during filming. The animals live on their property and Wahoo helps take care of them…when he remembers!
Times are kind of lean in the animal wrangling business and Wahoo’s family is having trouble making ends meet. When the reality television show “Expedition Survival” calls wanting to use some of the animals on an upcoming episode, Wahoo and his Dad can’t wait to get started…until they meet the show’s star – Derek Badger, “Mr. Show Business”. It’s going to take all of Mickey and Wahoo’s knowledge and patience to keep Derek alive, because they know what the animals are thinking, “All you stupid humans taste the same!” Author: Carl Hiassen