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Staff Pick: Toys Come Home

Staff Pick: Toys Come Home

Toys Come Home

When a little girl gets a plush stingray for her birthday, it makes friends with some of her other toys as they all try to navigate in the world of real people.

Toys come Home chronicles the early days of three brave and loyal toys: Stingray a plush ray, Lumphy, a plush Buffalo and Plastic, a rubber ball. The toys all live in Honey’s room and have adventures after Honey and her parents go to sleep. Reminiscent of the movie Toy Story and the wonderful Velveteen Rabbit, the toys ponder the notions of friendship, specialness and what it means to be real. This is a wonderful read-a-loud and my 11 year-old son was eager for more. Happily, I found this title is actually a prequel and there are three additional titles in the series: Toys Go Out, Toy Dance Party and the newest, Toys Meet Snow. We’ve now read them all and wish there were more! Highly recommended.

Recommended by: Nancy Poppleton – Glendale Branch

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Staff Pick: Far Out Fairy Tales

Staff Pick: Far Out Fairy Tales

Far Out Fairy Tales

A compilation of five previously published fairy tales, twisted, turned inside out, and reworked for the graphic novel format.

Sean Tulien delivers five far out takes in this colorful and fun book that breathes new life into classic fairy tales. Classic Tales with Modern Twists presents Far Out Fairy Tales. Sneak along with Ninja-rella as she protects the Prince! Red Riding Hood Superhero takes on the Big Bad Wolf to save President Grandma from the destructive Big Bad Wolf-Bot! A splash of Sci-Fi brings you Snow White and the Seven Robots. Inspire young kids to read with this colorful book of tales that takes them on wonderful adventures. Each story has a summary after it with interesting facts and history about the fairy tale. It also compares the differences between the original and the new story. Help kids that don’t care for fairy tales to discover how much fun they can be.

Recommended by: Jayne Walters – Brightwood Branch

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Kid Review: The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

Kid Review: The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

“The book is really good and pulls you in from the prologue! You just want to keep reading and reading to find out what happens next!”

Review by: Grace

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
TCM Turtles
TCM Logo 150The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Secrets of the Sewer
Sept. 26, 2015–April 10, 2016
A turtle-y awesome exhibit designed for fun-lovers of all ages!  Details

Websites & Activities:

How to Draw TMNT Learn to Draw the Best of Nickelodeon TMNT Coloring TMNT Maze

Music:

TMNT Theme Song

Freegal Download: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Theme Song How to Download from Freegal Using Your Library CardFreegal Notes 150


Books:

The Big Book of Ninja Turtles jP Picture Books:

Pizza Party jZ Early Readers:

TMNT jE & j Chapter Books:

TMNJ New Animated Adventures 1 Series: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures Graphic Novels

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Adventures Vol 1 Series: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures Graphic Novels

Never Say Xever From the Hit TV Series Graphic Novels

Classics Classics:

Crimefighter Collection More eBooks:

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Stories Told Through Letters

Stories Told Through Letters

Dying to Meet You is an epistolary story. It doesn’t have any chapters in it. It’s a story told through a collection of letters and notes with a few newspaper articles thrown in here and there. You have to figure out who is who and what is going on by reading the letters the characters write to each other and by reading the newspaper articles that report the strange happenings at 43 Old Cemetery Road.

Ignatius B. Grumply is a crabby old author with writer’s block who has rented a creepy old house for the summer. He doesn’t know it, but a boy named Seymour is living on the third floor and a ghost lives in the attic – a bossy old lady ghost.

The old man discovers the boy first and is none too happy. Seymour isn’t too happy about sharing the house with the old man either. They agree to communicate by letter, which is fine, until the old man shoots some accusations at Seymour that are simply not true. The slamming doors, the loudly playing piano, the falling chandalier – none of that was Seymour, that was the ghost!  Mr. Grumply doesn’t believe a word of it and he isn’t at all interested in having a liar for a housemate.

Read the letters to hear them duke it out in writing – the letters are funny exchanges between these people who don’t care for each other at all…at first!

If you like Mr. Grumply and Olive and Seymour, you might like some of these epistolary stories too:

Chapter Books:

Absolutely Normal Chaos Absolutely Normal Chaos Thirteen-year-old Mary Lou grows up considerably during the summer while learning abot romance, homesickness, death, and her cousin’s search for his biological father.
Daddy Long Legs Daddy-Long-Legs Orphaned Judy Abbot,who dreams of escaping a life of drudgery at the John Grier Home, accepts a wealthy benefactor’s offer to pursue an education in exchange for regular letters about college life.
Dear Hank Williams Dear Hank Williams In Rippling Creek, Louisiana, in 1948, eleven-year-old Tate writes letters to her favorite country singer, sharing her dreams of becoming a singer and revealing that her mother is in prison.
Dear Max Dear Max As Max – who is almost ten – and his favorite author, D.J. Lucas, exchange letters, the two writers help each otehr with their new books and develop a special friendship.
Dear Mr Henshaw Dear Mr. Henshaw In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents’ divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.
Doodlebug Doodlebug: a Novel in Doodles Moving is tough. But the hardest thing of all about the move that Doreen “Dodo” Bussey’s family is making is that she suspects it might be because of her. Her mother gives Dodo a blank notebook, which she uses to chronicle the move and the first days in a new city.
Letters From Rifka Letters from Rifka In letters to her cousin, a young Jewish girl chronicles her family’s flight from Russia in 1919 and her own experiences when she must be left in Belgium for a while when the others emigrate to America.
Letters to Leo Letters to Leo In a series of letters to her new dog, fourth-grader Annie Rossi relates her daily exploits and remembers her mother.
Love From Paddington Love, from Paddington Told through Paddington‘s letters to his aunt Lucy back in Peru, this new novel offers Paddington‘s own special view on some of his most famous tales, from stowing away on a ship, to working as a barber.
Love Ruby Lavender Love, Ruby Lavender When her quirky grandmother goes to Hawaii for the summer, nine-year-old Ruby learns to survive on her own in Mississippi by writing letters, befriending chickens as well as the new girl in town, and finally coping with her grandfather’s death.
Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf Ginny starts out with ten items on her to-do list for seventh grade, but notes, cartoons, and other “stuff” reveal what seems like a thousand things that go wrong between September and June, both at school and at home.
The Popularity Papers The Popularity Papers It’s summertime, and Julie and Lydia are going on a road trip! After all the ups and downs of their first year in junior high, they’re looking foward to seeing the sights and getting some new perspective on their quest for popularity. Novel appears in the form of a scrapbook.
PS Longer Letter Later P.S. Longer Letter Later Twelve-year-old best friends Elizabeth and Tara-Starr continue their friendship through letter-writing after Tara-Starr’s family moves to another state.
Regarding the Bees Regarding the Bees The seventh graders at Geyser Creek Middle School are preparing for a spelling bee and a horrible standardized test called the BEE, and try to smuggle their mascot — a bee that spells — into the local spelling competition.
Stuck in the Middle of Middle School Stuck in the Middle of Middle School: a Novel in Doodles Doreen has vowed to make her new middle school work for her, but it is still a challenge given her ADHD, her younger sister’s growing populariy, and tensions between her parents. GOod thing Doreen has her doodle journal!
Unusual CHickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer Through a series of letters, Sophie Brown, age twelve, tells of her family’s move to her Great Uncle Jim’s farm, where she begins taking care of some unusual chickens with help from neighbors and friends.

Pictures Books:

CLick Clack Moo Cows That Type Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type When Farmer Brown’s cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands, and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want.
The Day the Crayons Quit The Day the Crayons Quit When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.
Dear Peter Rabbit Dear Peter Rabbit In a whimsical tale that unites popular fairy-tale characters as they exchange a series of letters, Pig One invites Peter Rabbit to a housewarming party, Goldilocks and Baby Bear plan a reunion, and Goldilocks (Mr. McGregor’s daughter) meets up with Little Red Riding Hood.
First Year Letters First Year Letters The children in Mrs. Sarah Jane Hartwell’s class write letters to her.
The Jolly Postman The Jolly Postman A Jolly Postman delivers letters to several famous fairy-tale characters such as the Big Bad Wolf, Cinderella, and the Three Bears. Each letter may be removed from its envelope page and read separately.
The Quiet Place The Quiet Place The story of young immigrant Isabel, who misses her family and friends back in Mexico while decorating a large box as a place of quiet contemplation and encountering new experiences, including a first snowstorm and a kind teacher.
With Love Little Red Hen With Love, Little Red Hen A series of letters describe the actions of Goldilocks, Peter Rabbit, the Three Pigs, Little Red Hen, and other storybook characters when Little Red Hen and her chicks become the target of the unsavory Wolf and his cousin, Fer O’Cious.
Yours Truly Goldilocks Yours Truly, Goldilocks Presents the correspondence of Goldilocks, the three pigs, Baby Bear, Peter Rabbit, and Little Red Riding Hood as they plan to attend a housewarming party for the pigs and avoid the evil wolves in the forest.
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