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Staff Pick: The Rat with the Human Face

Staff Pick: The Rat with the Human Face

The Rat with the Human Face

While searching for the Rat with the Human Face, friendships fray as club members Dave and Lyle compete for Marilla.

Lyle, Dave and Marilla from The Poop Fountain are on another adventure. This time, the trio is out to find a rat with a human face that lives in the basement of a scientific research facility. Calling themselves the Qwikpick Adventure Society after the gas station owned by Lyle’s parents, the group overhears an electrician talk about the mysterious animal he saw while doing work in the building. They knew immediately they had to see this rat for themselves.

As with any plan, logistics are important. How do they get to the science building that is 40 miles away? How can they get away without their parents finding out? How can they avoid getting caught illegally entering a building?

The story is presented as an unofficial report of the society (with extra sheets paper clipped on to cover more personal matters not appropriate for the report) written by Lyle. We know from the beginning that after the adventure the society has been banned and that Marilla is not allowed to see Lyle anymore (which is too bad because he likes her and she may like him).

The kids are smart, fun and a little too curious for their own good. Their third adventure, To Kick a Corpse, is also available.

Recommended by: Will Smither – Decatur Branch

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Happy 100th Birthday Roald Dahl!

Happy 100th Birthday Roald Dahl!

Roald Dahl 100 Cake

 

Born on September 13, 1916, today marks Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday! With a writing career that spanned more than 30 years, Dahl’s books are cherished favorites. Choose one and settle in for an amazing adventure!

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Books:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator – Taking up where Charlie and the Chocolate Factory leaves off, Charlie, his family, and Mr. Wonka find themselves launched into space in the great glass elevator. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
The Missing Golden Ticket The Missing Golden Ticket – Presents a series of anecdotes from the English author’s early life and writing experiences, in a text that includes a chapter that was not included in the author’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Print, eBook
Inside Charlie's Chocolate Factory Inside Charlie’s Chocolate Factory – Explores the lasting legacy of Roald Dahl’s popular book, examining the development of the original story and characters, its social history, and the varying film and stage adaptations. Print
James and the Giant Peach James and the Giant Peach – A young boy escapes from two wicked aunts and embarks on a series of adventures with six giant insects he meets inside a giant peach. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
The BFG The BFG – The Big Friendly Giant is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and it’s lucky for Sophie that he is. If she had been carried off by any of the other giants she would have been breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are headed to England to steal some little children, she and the BFG decide they must stop them once and for all. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
Matilda Matilda – Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
The Witches The Witches – A young boy and his Norwegian grandmother, who is an expert on witches, together foil a witches’ plot to destroy the world’s children by turning them into mice. Print, CDeBook, eAudio
Fantastic Mr. Fox Fantastic Mr. Fox – Three farmers, each one meaner than the other, try all-out warfare to get rid of the fox and his family. Print, CDeBook, eAudio
Danny the Champion of the World Danny, the Champion of the World – A young English boy describes his relationship with his father and the special adventure they share together. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
The Twits The Twits – The misadventures of two terrible old people who enjoy playing nasty tricks and are finally outwitted by a family of monkeys. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
George's Marvelous Medicine George’s Marvelous Medicine – George decides that his grumpy, selfish old grandmother must be a witch and concocts some marvelous medicine to take care of her. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
The Enormous Crocodile The Enormous Crocodile – The enormous crocodile devises secret plans and a few clever tricks to secure his lunch only to have them foiled by his neighbors. Print
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me The Giraffe, and the Pelly & Me – A small boy with a desire to own a candy shop meets a window-washing team of a giraffe, a pelican, and a monkey and together they go to work for the wealthy Duke of Hampshire, who makes all their dreams come true. Print
The Magic Finger The Magic Finger – Angered by a neighboring family’s sport hunting, an eight-year-old girl turns her magic finger on them. Print, eBook, eAudio
Esio Trot Esio Trot – Old Mr. Hoppy, a shy and lonely man with a secret unrequited love for Mrs. Silver, tries to think of a way to win her attention away from her beloved pet turtle. Print
The Minpins The Minpins – Ignoring warnings against it, little Billy enters the Forest of Sins, only to be pursued by the fearsome Grinder, a creature who chases him high up an ancient tree, where he encounters a city of tree-dwelling, matchstick-sized people. Print, eAudio
Revolting Rhymes Revolting Rhymes – Humorous retellings in verse of six well-known fairy tales featuring surprise endings in place of the traditional happily-ever-after. Print, eAudio
Dirty Beasts Dirty Beasts – Roald Dahl’s inimitable style and humor shine in this collection of poems about mischievous and mysterious animals. From Stingaling the scorpion to Crocky-Wock the crocodile, Dahl’s animals are nothing short of ridiculous. A clever pig with an unmentionable plan to save his own bacon and an anteater with an unusually large appetite are among the characters created by Dahl in these timeless rhymes. This new, larger edition is perfect for reading aloud and makes Quentin Blake’s celebrated illustrations even more enjoyable. Print, eBook
Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories – Dahl read some 749 supernatural tales at the British Museum Library before selecting the 14 that comprise this anthology. “Spookiness is, after all, the real purpose of the ghost story,” Dahl writes. “It should give you the creeps and disturb your thoughts.” For this superbly disquieting collection, Dahl offers favorite tales by such masterful storytellers as E. F. Benson, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Rosemary Timperley, and Edith Wharton. Print
Roald Dahl's Mischief and Mayhem Roald Dahl’s Mischief & Mayhem – Offers step-by-step instructions for pranks and tricks, along with jokes, quizzes, and excerpts from such Dahl classics as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “The Witches.” Print, eBook
Boy Tales of Childhood Boy: Tales of Childhood – Presents humorous anecdotes from the author’s childhood, including his summer vacations in Norway and life at an English boarding school. Print, eBook, eAudio
Going Solo Going Solo – As a young man working in East Africa for the Shell Company, Roald Dahl recounts his adventures living in the jungle and later flying a fighter plane in World War II. Print, eBook, eAudio
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar & Six More – An account of how the author came to be a writer and selections from his writer’s notebook augment stories juxtaposing fantasy and truth, and peopled with outrageous and courageous characters. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio

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Treasured Reads from 1964 – 52 Years Old This Year

Treasured Reads from 1964 – 52 Years Old This Year

In 1964, Lucky Charms first appeared on the shelves in grocery stores, Martin Luther King, Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize, and Mary Poppins premiered at the movies.  It was also a year which saw the release of a crop of children’s books.  Here are 9 titles  which of have stood the test of time and celebrated 50 years in 2014 as treasured reads.

The Book of ThreeThe Pushcart War_1

Across Five Aprils_1 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory_1 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flat Stanley_1
Harriet the Spy Mountain Top Mystery_1 Ribsy Shadow of a Bull_1
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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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Kid Review – A Series of Unfortunate Events

Kid Review – A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Bad Beginning

 

After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune.

“If you have not read anything about the Baudelaire orphans, then before you read even one more sentence, you should know this: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are kindhearted and quick-witted, but their lives are filled with bad luck and misery. All of the stories about these three children are unhappy and wretched and will most likely fill you with deep despair.” ~from the Author

this book is soooooooo good. its not happy books so if you dont like sad books i dont recommend these to you. but i enjoyed it because of all the supsense!” ~ Kid Review from Jacqui

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Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events:

  1. The Bad Beginning
  2. The Reptile Room
  3. The Wide Window
  4. The Miserable Mill
  5. The Austere Academy
  6. The Ersatz Elevator
  7. The Vile Village
  8. The Hostile Hospital
  9. The Carnivorous Carnival
  10. The Slippery Slope
  11. The Grim Grotto
  12. The Penultimate Peril
  13. The End

If You Like a Series of Unfortunate Events:

When a story is gloomy and mysterious it is often called “gothic.” These stories often take place in castles or country estates and usually, children are left to cope with the darkness and mystery themselves. If you liked the gothic Series of Unfortunate Events, try these:
The Kneebone Boy The Mysterious Howling The Secret Garden The Willoughbys
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