Clover's Luck is the first book in The Magical Animal Adoption Agency series. Clover has always considered herself unlucky and especially with pets. Her most recent one, a pet bird, flies off into the forest and when she goes chasing after her Clover stumbles upon a flyer advertising a job at an animal adoption agency. When Clover goes to ask about the job she is hired on the spot and soon learns the secret of M.A.A.A.; it's full of magical animals. Fairy horses, magic toads, witch kittens, unicorns, and even a baby dragon are among the animals available to adopt. Just as Clover is feeling her luck might be changing she gets left in charge of the agency and a sneaky witch shows up causing all sorts of trouble. Can Clover overcome her bad luck and help the animals find good homes? (Grades 2-4 School Library Journal)
What's better than a really good book? A new book in a wonderful series, of course. There are some great sequels on the way. Visit our catalog to reserve your copy today.
Lemony Snicket keeps his readers guessing with When Did You Last See Her? the next book in his All the Wrong Questions series. Fans of funny books will enjoy Hard Luck: Diary of a Wimpy Kid #8 by Jeff Kinney. and Guinea Dog 2 by Patrick Jennings. For non-stop adventure, you can't beat Dan Gutman's Genius Files books. The fourth book in this wild ride, From Texas with Love promises to be action packed. And let's not forget about adding a little magic to our lives. Wendy Mass revisits Willow Falls in The Last Present.
Brrrrrrrr!!! Winter is definitely here, which means more time to read! And, it also means that our Winter Reading Club has begun. Here is the scoop:
Who: Kids of all ages! (infant through 12th graders)
When: Jan. 5th through Feb. 15th
Where: You can pick up a Winter Reading Club coloring sheet at any UAPL location.
What: This works similar to a color-by-number painting. Each coloring sheet has a winter animal; the picture of the animal is divided up into 8 sections. On the back of the coloring sheet you will find a list of reading and literacy activities. Every time you complete one of the activities (you get to decide which activities to do), go ahead and color in a section of the animal on the front. Once you have completed your 8 activities and colored in your winter animal, just fill out the bottom slip with your name and contact info, remove that slip from your coloring sheet, and return the slip to any UAPL location. Upon your slip submission you will recieve a bookmark and be entered into the grand prize drawing for your age category.
Grand prizes will be drawn at each location on Monday, Feb. 16th; winners will be notified by phone, so please write legibly!
Categories for prizes are divided by age/grade:
- Infant-PK: Grand prize winner will recieve a board book and plush Curious George.
- K-2nd: Grand prize winner will recieve a blacklight book kit.
- 3rd-5th: Grand prize winner will recieve a Deluxe Art Set.
- 6th-12th: Grand prize winner will recieve a gift card to Michael's arts and crafts store.
Once participants have colored in a sheet and submitted their slip they are free to grab another sheet and color again!
When a boy moves into a new neighborhood he devises a way to meet new people and make new friends. Neville!? Where did he go? A fun read-aloud for ages 4 and up.
Ivo the orphan, together with the Hag of Dribble, Ulf the Troll, and Brian the Wizard, sets out to save Princess Mirella from the dreaded Ogre of Oglefort. When the rescuers arrive at the castle they are shocked to find that the princess doesn't want to be saved! In fact, the princess wants the ogre to turn her into a bird so she can escape an arranged marriage. To further complicate matters the Ogre isn't nearly the fearsome creature everyone believed. He's actually rather depressed. Now the rescuers are going to help save Princess Mirella from her tyrannical royal family and help restore the Ogre and his castle to the fearsome paradise it used to be. If you're looking for a fun fantasy story with a good sense of humor you will want to pick this book up! (Grades 4-7)
As the weather becomes frigid the kids may be itching for new activities to explore. Why not bring out that sewing machine that has been collecting dust and put it to work with a great new sewing project? It’s a great activity to work on together and it might just spark a lifelong interest. The Youth Department has a great collection of sewing books waiting to be discovered. Here are a few book suggestions to start you on a new sewing adventure.
- Sewing Basics: All You Need to Know to Begin Sewing Clothes and Home Furnishings by Wendy Gardiner
- Sewing with Felt: Learn Basic Stitches to Create More than 60 Colorful Projects by Buff McAllister
- Customize Your Clothes (Be Creative) by Anna Claybourne
- Made by Me: a Book of Lovely Things to Make by Jane Bull
- We Love to Sew: 28 Pretty Things to Make: Jewelry, Headbands, Softies, T-shirts, Pillows, Bags & More by Annabel Wrigley
- Simple Sewing (Klutz) by The editors of Klutz
Welcome back to Super Power Saturdays! Last week we looked at super powers in juvenile fiction and even looked at ways to find our own unique powers in the post What's Your Power?. This week takes us into the place that started it all – Graphic Novels and Comics. From traditional powers like super strength and flying, to magical abilities, to super heroes in space there are a lot of great graphic novels and comics out there that feature some amazing and unique super powers. Some great picks are:
- Zita: The Space Girl by Ben Hatke
- Sidekicks by Dan Santat
- Leave It to PET: The Misadventures of a Recycled Super Robot by Kenji Sonishi
- Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Spelling Trouble by Frank Cammuso
- Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
- A Bit Haywire by Courtney Huddleston
- Superman Family Adventures: The Adventure Begins! by Art Baltazar
- Pandemonium by Chris Wooding
- Dragon Girl: The Secret Valley by Jeff Weigel
One of my favorites is Zita: The Spacegirl by Ben Hatke. In this three part series Zita and her friend Joseph are unwittingly transported to another planet where Zita and Joseph are swept up in a series of adventures and where Zita dons a green cape and becomes known as Zita the Spacegirl! For a sneak peak check out the book trailer:
And for some more fun don’t miss Sidekicks by Dan Santat which features super powered animals. See the book trailer for a look at the adventures these animal heroes have.
For links to these and other great graphic novels in our catalog see our Juvenile Graphic Novels – All Kinds of Powers! book list. And for the juvenile fiction list that was featured in the May 30th blog post What's Your Power? see the Juvenile Super Powered Fiction book list.
Don’t forget to check back in two weeks (June 20th) for Middle School Powers! And then again the first and third Saturday in July for more great super powered books.
Happy “Super Powered” Reading!
A torn piece of paper can turn into a crocodile's smile. A paint spill can be turned into an elephant. You can turn any oops into an unlimited number of beautiful possibilities. Imaginative fun for ages 3 and up.
It is time to celebrate all things chess! Sunday, July 20th, is International Chess Day and it’s time to play! And read! Not only do we have lots of strategy guides, from beginner to advanced, but we also have lots of great chapter books about kids who love chess. And if that is not enough check out the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer. See the trailer below for a sneak peek.
And if chess is only one among many games that you love to play and can barely stop playing in order to do anything else – do not despair! We have some great books about games that incorporate games and puzzles for you to solve right into the story! My favorite so far is Gollywhopper Games and Gollywhopper Games: New Champion. Both are about a toy company who puts on a nationwide competition where participants must solve several rounds of puzzles and games, narrowing the completion down bit by bit, until there is one winner – who wins 1 million dollars! The book’s website gollywhoppergames.com has games, puzzles, and contests.
For links to these books, other books about games and puzzles, and/or chess books in the library catalog, see the links below.
Happy Chess Playing!
“The Force is strong with this one”
In case you have not heard, Star Wars Episode VII was released to theaters this past week.. And I've heard it's AMAZING. But SHHH! Let's not spoil it for those of us who have not seen it yet! Instead, take a look at these books that have been inspired by this iconic film series. From nonfiction to graphic novels to retellings, you may find the Force hidden in its pages.
- The strange case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
- Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown
- The princess, the scoundrel, and the farm boy: an original retelling of Star Wars: a new hope by Alexandra Bracken
- Star Wars mania crafts, activities, facts, and fun! by Amanda Formaro
- Star Wars: the original trilogy stories
- The art of Star Wars, The force awakens by Phil Szostak