Category Archives: Non-Fiction

Night of the Howling Dogs

Night of the Howling Dogs

It is with a lot of sad feelings that we read about the flooding in Indiana and the tornado in Iowa that killed four boy scouts. As the story of those events continues to unfold, a single message is very clear: knowing what to do saves lives. The story of the boy scouts in particular points out the fact that kids like you can, and do, make a difference in an emergency. It’s good to know about the different kinds of disasters so you can be prepared to take care of yourself, and maybe some of the people around you:Safety Book

Thinking about these disasters can be scary. Sometimes, it helps to read about events that are scary in a fiction book. Reading about the event helps us live the experience…without actually having to live it. We can envision ourselvs in the situation and ask good questions while we have time to get good answers. Where should I go at home if a tornado is coming?

Night of the Howling DogsThere is a fiction book some of you might be interested in called Night of the Howling Dogs. It is the story of a boy scout troup that is camping in Hawaii on Kilauea (a volcano) when an earthquake strikes and their campsite is overrun by a tsunami. It sounds like an, “oh, that would never happen” kind of story…but it is based on the true experience of a boy scout troup in 1975. One of the boy scouts that was actually there, is the cousin of the author. Like the boy scouts in Iowa, the scouts in this story use their knowledge of first aid & search & rescue, as well as courage and strength, to help each other survive. Author: Graham Salisbury

Two thumbs up to all boy scouts and the skills they learn, and our sympathies for the losses they have suffered this week.

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My Dog May Be a Genius

My Dog May Be a Genius

My Dog May be a GeniusAnother book of poems from Jack Prelutsky, the guy who brought you the lines “Homework! Oh Homework! I hate you! You stink! I wish I could wash you away in the sink.” (from The New Kid on the Block) Laugh outloud poems to last all day. Author: Jack Prelutsky

  • Look Inside My Dog May Be a Genius
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Nic Bishop’s Spiders

Nic Bishop’s Spiders


Nic Bishop - SpidersTry the book, Nic Bishop’s Spiders. In it, Nic shares full-color pictures of the creepiest spiders I’ve ever seen.  The pictures are so big you can see each of the hairs on the spider’s legs and each beady eyeball and fang. Nic says that in New Guinea, he once saw spiders that spun webs big enought to trap birds! The local people told him that they wrap those webs around the spiders and roast the spiders for snacks. Mmmmmm. Huh. Take that tip on your next jungle adventure. Author: Nic Bishop

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Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini

Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini

Escape! The Story of the Great HoudiniThis is the story of the famous magician Harry Houdini and his greatest tricks: escaping from things like trunks, handcuffs, and straightjackets, making elephants disappear, breaking out of jail, or wrapping himself in chains and jumping into a river. Chock full of pictures and written by an author you may already know, Sid Fleishchman, who also happens to be a magician! When you’re done, amaze your family and friends with The Cool, Knock-Em-Dead, No Skill, Nine-Card Card Trick. As Mr. Fleischman says, “Don’t try this without a deck of cards in your hands. I’ll wait while you get one. This trick is so good you are going to fool yourself.” Author: Sid Fleischman

If you like magic try these:
Magickeepers: The Eternal Hourglass The Name of This Book is Secret Fortune's Magic Farm Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism
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