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Uh-Oh Octopus! by Elle van Lieshout & Erik van Os Mies van Hout

Uh-Oh Octopus book cover: water color scene of ocean, a yellow octpous is center with fish, jelly fish, seahorse surrounding him"Octopus lived in a cozy home under the sea. He had nothing to complain about. He could make himself a decent meal. He had a wonderful view."

Everything is perfect for Octopus until the day a very large and mysterious tail is found sticking out of his cave. All the fish have different ideas of what to do, but will Octopus have the best idea of all?
 
Told with both soft, impressionistic watercolors and crisp ink that show off the details of Octopus's underwater home and the variety of wildlife; both real and imaginary, readers of all ages will find something in this picture book to enjoy. 

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Jennifer Palermo, Kid's World

Sleepless Knight by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost

Sleepless Knight book cover: cartoon figure of a knight and horse cuddling together afraid in the forest at night“Who do you think you are, throwing sticks in the middle of the night, waking up cute little animals?!

James Sturm continues to combine wacky storytelling with “how to” cartoon instruction in this cute little graphic novel.  Is it the Knight’s best camping trip ever or, actually, the worst? Well, it depends which page you’re on.  Follow the Knight and his horse Edward on their madcap adventure involving marshmallows, a cave and a lost teddy bear.

Readers ages 6 – 12 will enjoy this silly and short graphic novel at whatever reading and humor level they are at.  Extra fun: Learn to draw the four main characters with some basic drawing instructions included on the endpapers.

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Mary Jo, Kids World

Whose Butt? by Stan Tekiela

Whose Butt? book cover: photographs of the butts of various animals including a bird, forest animals, and animals from Africa"I love taking pictures of animals...Sometimes the animals run or fly away... I only get pictures of their butts..."

And so begins this humourous animal trivia book formatted into a "Guess that butt" game. For each photograph of a butt, the reader is invited to look at the photograph and its clues (tail, feathers, fur, coloration, size) and see if they can recognize the animal it belongs to. The next page will display a photograph of the whole animal along with a short informational paragraph about the animal (and how they use their behind).

Children ages 2 through 9 will find the vocabulary and length right up their alley, but this nonfiction title is perfect for both, the young and old, who enjoy a bit of fun thrown in with their facts. The large photographs and game show style makes this the perfect read-a-loud for larger groups as well as one-on-one sharing. This is the book animals lovers didn't even know they have been waiting for.

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Celeste, Kids World

The New Small Person by Lauren Child

The New Small Person book cover: Shows a the side of a staircase, a young boy of color wearing a green striped outfit sits at the second to the top stair while an older sibling wearing a pink striped outfit sits on the bottom of the stairs. There are various toys on each step."The small person followed Elmore Green everywhere.  It wanted to sit next to him; it wanted to copy everything that Elmore did. It wanted to be everywhere that Elmore was."

Elmore is an only child and things are just the way he likes them.  But then the new, small person arrives and interferes with Elmore’s routine.  This charming picture book portrays Elmore’s feelings toward the new baby and how they soften over time.

The lively drawings incorporate collage materials such as fabric and wood, which add energy and coziness to Elmore’s world.  The book’s layout adds more dimension to the story, with text sometimes tilted or otherwise stylized to emphasize words or Elmore’s feelings.  The fact that this picture book portrays non-Caucasian characters is a plus.

Elmore’s story might add a bit of levity at your house, especially if your “only” child has or is about to become your “oldest”.  This engaging picture book is recommended for ages 3 and up.

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Mary Jo, Kids World

Soar into the Summer Months

Summer 2015: illustrated superheroes hold various books in a city backdrop with slogan Every Hero Has a StorySuperheroes are filling Kids World with a blast of fun this summer.

Summer Reading

Summer Reading Prizes are being awarded this week- don't miss out!

Sign up at the Kids Desk to participate in our Summer Reading program, "Every Hero Has a Story." You will receive a time log to keep track of the minutes you spend reading. Once a week, stop by Kids World with your minutes and receive a prize (for a total of 5 weekly prizes). Additional prizes are given if you reach a total of 500 minutes and/or 1000 minutes by July 31st.

For ages 3 to 12. Older patrons are encourages to join the Teen and Adult Summer Reading programs.

Storytime

Storytime starts up this week. See our storytime schedule for when to drop-in for stories and games.

If you miss a week, feel free to pick up a copy of the Storytime Weekly Bulletin at the storytime bulletin board next to the Story Room door.

Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers

Once Upon an Alphabet book cover: rea with a small astronaut boy floating upon title and a blimp floating below title"If words make up stories, and letters make up words, then stories are made of letters..."

This picture book, longer than most, may or may not keep your listener engaged. The adult doing the reading is more likely to enjoy the clever humor, as I did. Witty Jeffers offers a story for each letter of the alphabet, each a few pages long. Some of the stories are lovely little poems while others are outlandish or wacky. The text and images play off each other in a remarkably imaginative way, each extending the other. His humans, animals and invented characters --- such as the Whiraffe --- are lots of fun and often pop up in each other’s stories.

This over-sized picture book is recommended for parents and caregivers who are bored with the read-alouds that their kids have been choosing.  Jeffers’ imaginative stories and art will keep you in good humor as you read book after book to your little one.

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Mary Jo, Kids World

Rainy Day Fun

Messy Hands, Busy Minds with photograph of child's hand covered in pink fingerpaintIn our Messy Hands program, we had a lot of fun creating things with homemade playdough. Homemade playdough is a perfect activity when you are stuck indoors when the weather turns leaky.

The dough was made with simple ingredients, just flour (can substitute Gluten-Free flour if necessary), vegetable oil, cream of tartar, water, salt, food coloring. We recommend using various food coloring to have a lot of different colors to play with. However, each color batch will need to be prepared separately. The homemade playdough does require a bit of cooking on a stove top burner so the dough preparation should be done by (or with) an adult.

Our recipe cPhotograpgh of balls of homemade playdough.ame from the blog Domestic Superhero, and we encourage to visit there for the complete cooking instructions. Step-by-step photographs were included, which make the preparation instructions very easy to follow.

Once the dough has finished cooking (and cooled) you are ready to unleash your creativity. It is also worth noting that you can prepare the dough ahead of time and store it in a sealed plastic container until you are ready to play.

crocodile made from green homemade playdoughWhat will you make? Perhaps something with a little bite?

This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne

"somethThis Book Just Ate My Dog! book cover. Features a girl dressed in blue dress, coat, and hat holding a leah that trails to the book's spine with no dog in sight ing very odd happened."

You know the crease in the middle of the book where the pages meet? Well, Bella's dog went in and didn't come back out. Help arrives in the form of a friendly boy, a police car, and a fire truck. They also promptly go missing. What's Bella to do by try to rescue her dog herself?

This simple picture book encourages independence, quick thinking, and is silly enough to entice plenty of giggles. A perfect short read-out-loud for those aging from 2 to 7 or anyone who is willing to be a little silly.

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Celeste, Kids World

Super Heroes: Colors, Shapes, and more! By DC Comics

Super heroes Colors, Shapes, and more! book cover: illustrations of batman, green lantern, and superman on the cover“Krypto is White. Catwoman’s cat is Black.”

Learning is always better with friends, so these Super Heroes are here to help. Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman (just to name a few) are on the scene, and together you’ll learn about colors, shapes, and actions. Made of durable cardboard, this book is perfect for infants and toddlers to learn basics that every child will need. Parents can easily help children associate shapes and colors with characters they already know and love to make learning fun. Super!

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Naomi, Kids World

Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Carl Bowen & Daniel Ferran

The stange case of dr jekyll and mr hyde book cover. A man's profile cut in half. One side shows a man in Victorian suit the other side shows a green muscular monster with a hat on."It happened some months ago, late at night in the Soho neighborhood."

Meet kindly Dr. Jekyll and horrific Mr. Hyde, two men who are so different...or are they? The answer is so bizarre, that readers need to see it to believe it.

Retold in a graphic novel format with lush Victorian illustrations, this edition is perfect for readers from grade 4th and up, as well as those with a taste for classic literature.

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Jennifer, Kid's World

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