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Staff Pick: Little Eliot, Big City

Little Eliot, Big City

Elliot the little elephant has a hard time with a lot of things in the city he loves until he meets Mouse, who is even smaller–and hungrier.

In a big city that isn’t properly sized for a little elephant, Elliot does his best to live his quiet life amidst the hustle and bustle that surrounds him. When he finds a problem that is impossible to overcome on his own, he find that even the littlest things can help make his life a little easier and a lot more fun.

This heartwarming tale of friendship and personal growth, in spite of one’s natural disadvantages, is a title that is certain to engage readers of every age and background. While children will love the adorable and relatable character of Elliot the little elephant, adults will enjoy the book’s beautifully illustrated pages, filled with artwork reminiscent of Depression Era artists such as Thomas Benton, Edward Hopper and Diego Rivera. Due to his vertical disadvantages, Elliot’s tale is one that could be especially inspiring to anyone with a physical disability or complication, showing that any obstacle that might stand in their way can be overcome with a little help.

As the first book by author and illustrator, Mike Curato, this book is a promising start to what will soon become a new juvenile series—the sequel, “Little Elliot Big Family,” is slated to hit the shelves in October of this year.

—Recommended by Joseph Lutholtz, infoZone – The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Branch Library

 

Staff Pick: Ninja Red Riding Hood

Ninja Red Riding Hood

In this twist on “Little Red Riding Hood,” a certain wolf trains to be a ninja in order to catch his prey, but he is not the only one mastering a martial art.

The Big Bad Wolf is having a hard time catching a meal because all of his prey is learning martial arts. So, what happens when he encounters a little girl with a red hood and awesome moves? In the eternal debate of Pirates vs. Ninjas, Ninjas seem to be winning. I’ve always been a fan of a good “fractured fairytale” and this is no exception. Ninja Red Riding Hood is light-hearted, fun, and action packed.

—Recommended by Kasey Panighetti, Franklin Road Branch

 

Staff Pick: Nuts in Space

Nuts in Space

An elite crew has finally found the Lost Nuts of Legend. But will they get home before something happens to the nuts?

Far away in the deep, deep space is a spaceship with a very hungry and a completely lost space team trying to get back home. What obstacles will they face in order to reach home? What evil will they encounter on a banana ship!?
Nuts in Space is the story of a team who just completed their mission to get the lost nuts of legend and now they are on their way home…except for one thing their lost!! Now they must travel through the galaxy to find their way back home, passing some planets with some interesting creatures and running into trouble they never saw coming. Take a journey with the best team in the galaxy and fight against the Darth Banana to protect the nuts of legend!

Recommended by: Mikaela Smith – Garfield Park Library

 

Staff Pick: Return of the Library Dragon

Return of the Library Dragon

Miss Lotta Scales, a dragon also known as Miss Lotty the librarian, wants to retire from taking care of the school’s library but will not willingly stand by and see her beloved books replaced by computers.

If you loved The Library Dragon, you will be happy to learn that Miss Lotty has surfaced again in Return of the Library Dragon, written by Carmen Agra Deedy. In this sequel, Miss Lotty is about to retire as the school librarian when she learns that the books are being replaced with electronic devices. Her scales reappear as she staunchly defends her position to return the printed books back to the library. Fortunately, the new in-coming librarian, Miss Molly, agrees with Miss Lotty that children need to unplug from technology and Miss Lotty happily sails off to retirement.

Recommended by: Lisa Loepker – Eagle Branch Library

 

Staff Pick: You Are a Lion! And other Fun Yoga Poses

You Are a Lion! And other Fun Yoga Poses

Children pretend to be many different animals as they do various yoga poses.

Get ready to move with this colorful exploration of yoga poses through a child’s point of view. From beasts as mighty as lions, to the most delicate butterflies, Yoo’s simple, direct text and vibrant illustrations help children get in touch with their movements in a playful way. Animal noises are sure to accompany each page but by the end of the book, grown-ups are in for a peaceful surprise.

Recommended by:  Bethany Akerhielm, Outreach

Staff Pick: Shark vs. Train

Shark vs. Train

A shark and a train compete in a series of contests on a seesaw, in hot air balloons, bowling, shooting baskets, playing hide-and-seek, and more.

Two boys choose their favorite toys from the toy box: a shark and a train. Now it’s time for them to do battle-but who will win? It depends on the challenge. Eating pies? Shooting baskets? Playing a video game? It turns out that sharks and trains are good at very different things! Younger children will enjoy the detailed illustrations and simple text, while older children will laugh at the witty banter as the shark and the train battle with each other.

Recommended by: Casey O’Leary – Outreach

 

Staff Pick: Monkey Colors

Monkey Colors

Meet twelve monkeys from around the world in this playful introduction to colors. Some monkeys are brown and some are red. Some have orange feet. One monkey even has a blue face, yellow cheeks, a red tail, and a white moustache.

This book has it all. It’s a great nonfiction book with fantastic pictures, and sharing loads of colors and different kinds of monkeys. On the pages throughout the story the name of each type is given, then at the end of the book there is a glossary of sorts filled with more information about each one. This book is great as a read-aloud with younger children or those who are beginning to read on their own.

Recommended by: Mary Wirt – Pike Branch Library

Staff Pick: Is There a Dog In This Book?

Can cats and dogs share the same turf? Revisit the age-old dilemma with a hide-and-seek romp among furry friends.

Is there a dog in this book review? Yes and three cats. Little red cat and blue cat are happy to welcome you to their book, but big yellow cat smells something else in the book. Could it be a dog? That would be the worst because dogs hate cats. Sure enough, a small purple dog is behind the sofa and the cats run and hide wherever they can – first the piano, then the closet. Little red cat is curious about the dog and reaches out to pet it. Love abounds and the other cats find the little dog is nice after all. The real trouble begins when you, the reader, are invited to hug the dog. Then it is the dog that is hiding. You must help the cats find their new friend. This interactive book has many creative flaps for the reader to manipulate and makes for a wonderful read aloud.

Recommended by:  Will Smither, Decatur Library

Staff Pick: Here Comes the Easter Cat

Here Comes the Easter Cat

When Cat tries to replace the Easter Bunny, he soon learns that the job is much harder than he expected–and does not allow time for naps.

Why is Cat so grumpy? Is he jealous of the Easter Bunny?! Well, maybe Cat could be the Easter Cat. Would he like that? Great! But what could he bring for the children? No, Cat, not hairballs! Using funny expressions and posters to convey his thoughts, Cat figures out how he could not only be the Easter Cat, but also maybe be a friend to the Easter Bunny. Could this go too well, though? Ho, ho….meow? Oh, cat.

Recommended by: Melissa Wooten – Glendale Branch Library

 

 

Staff Pick: Mr. Ball Makes a To Do List

Mr. Ball Makes a To Do List

Mr. Ball loves to make to-do lists but never finishes his tasks, until one day he makes a list so simple it seems he cannot possibly fail.

Mr. Ball, literally an animated yellow ball, LOVES to make to-do lists! But this Walmart Smiley Face-on-Steroids NEVER finishes anything. Will the easiest to-do list EVER help Mr. Ball break his long-running streak of failures? Read along as Mr. Ball tackles angry bees, stinky skunks and a lot of tomato sauce in his quest to finally check-off EVERYTHING on his to-do list. Lots of slapstick humor and a graphic novel format make this a fun and easy read for the younger crowd, ages 4-8, but I confess I enjoyed it too. Not surprising, really, as SpongeBob is also a personal favorite! I look forward to reading the sequel: Mr. Ball an Egg-cellent Adventure.

Recommended by: Nancy Poppleton – Glendale Branch Library