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2010 Reviews by Library: Seymour

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Author: Helen Lester

A penguin wearing a Hawaiian shirt--yes, we know from the beginning that this penguin is an individual. This fun book shows that even though Tacky is so different, he is important to the team. This is the first in a line of several books about Tacky. Try them out!

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Author: Bob Graham

Cute little chapter book (4 chapters) about the family life of crocodiles.

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Author: Michael Buckley

This series has been recommended to me by several kids. The action is very fast and prevalent. This is also an example of fractured fairy tales. You have to know your fairy tales well to catch on. The book also has many plays on words which I enjoy--it shows the wit of the author. I get the appeal--the book is fantasy and everyone is coping with defeating the evil without being tempted by it. Learning magic is integral. Definitely should start with book number one and move forward. My question is: who is the problem child? Sabrina or Uncle Jake?

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Author: Ken Geist

Patterned after ’The Three Little Pigs’ this delightful read aloud gives the shark an interesting punishment at the end so he can no longer be threatening. Of course, I am happy that the smartest fish is female! 

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Author: Emily Arnold McCully

A great book for Women’s History Month!! Thanks to Colette & Kim for showing me this book, right on our library shelves, about Margaret Knight who invented the machine that makes the common paper bag. She was an inventor all her life and nicknamed "Lady Edison". Too cool! 

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Author: Rebecca Stead

This book had so many threads--I really liked that. It also challenged the brain. You may have to reread parts to follow what is happening. There is a mystery in the story, a mom who is training to be on a game show, a sub shop where three 6th graders work on their lunch hour, a funky neighborhood in New York, and time travel! That is just to name a few things. It is amazing how the book culminates and brings everything together. Miranda is the 6th grader who is trying to figure out the puzzle besides dealing with a changing family and evolving friendships. The author adores Madeleine L’Engle and the reader can see that influence.

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Author: Patricia Reilly Giff

I admire the author’s ability to take such a tragic, mature topic and bring the writing down so that a young person can understand it. The topic is the Great Hunger/Irish potato famine. In the book you learn about the lengths that the people must go to find food. Besides the diseased potatoes, the people are being thrown out of their homes by British overlords if they can’t pay their rent. Actually, the British overlords have Irish people working for them who do the "dirty work" of evicting their neighbors. Horrifying. The difficult decisions of who would emigrate and when are showcased in this book. The author’s ancestors came to America during this time in history--she does a wonderful job of honoring them. We fall in love with Nory, the main character, and we wish her the best.

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Author: Mo Willems

Yippee! A super easy reader about getting along with new people and making new friends!