2013 Reviews by Library: Seymour

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Title: Zombiekins
Author: Kevin Bolger

Stanley buys "Zombiekins" at a rummage sale in his neighborhood. The stuffed toy looks a little sinister and he has purchased it from a lady who is considered the neighborhood witch. When Stanley brings Zombiekins to school all sorts of havoc begins. What is the antidote to Zombiekins? And why aren't the teachers noticing that something is wrong?

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Author: Jeff Kinney

This is an entertaining and engaging book that provides a successful reading experience for struggling reader at the older level.  The humor is on target for all ages.  Plus the fluency of the diary entries keeps everything tied in and connected through the reading.

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Author: Marty Figley

This exciting tale opened my eyes to a moment in history that I never read or heard about before.  It's a great easy reader to help elementary aged students explore the struggles of pioneer life.  I am proud of how strong the human spirit is during trying times.

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Author: Eric Wight

I enjoyed this graphic novel (for the younger set) about Frankie who is finding mathematics challenging. Unknown to him, over a weekend, his parents set up some situations for him in which he is actually learning about the concepts of math, hands-on. Because of this he has a better understanding of mathematical equations. Very well done, this is a book kids can relate to.

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Author: George McClements

Oh the melodramatics we see, keep the kids laughing and acting along a bit while the enjoy the dinner table antics.

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Author: Patricia MacLachlan

This is a story that kids can connect to their own lives.  It helps to create and introspective view in the world they live.  It is a great tool for helping with sentence fluency and helps to spark great ideas for how to describe the world around them.

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Author: Eva Gray

This was a compelling conclusion to the series.  We all have secrets, even within our own families.  Maddie is unraveling the secrets of her family and becoming a stronger person as a result.  This great started with four girls on the run.  I love how they are still standing together in the end to fight for what they know is right.

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Author: James Dashner

I found this to be a fun an entertaining way to approach history.  Things aren't they way they should be and our band of time travelers are on a mission to correct history and set it on its natural course.

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Author: Mike Reiss

Benji looks a lot like Lincoln and he doesn't like it. His parents send him to a camp where people look like things and he discovers that he is proud of his looks and who he looks like. Fun!

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Author: David Small

This book rhymes (with challenging vocabulary) and gives a spin on why George Washington may have decided to go into politics. Amusing!

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Author: Kay Winters

This book makes wonderful comparisons between what teachers do every day and what the President does daily!

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Title: All I See
Author: Cynthia Rylant

This is an older book, but it is worth a second look. It has lovely pictures and it is about Gregory, a painter, who takes Charlie, an aspiring painter, under his wing. It reminds us how we learn from those who have gone before!

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Author: Carrie Ryan

The Infinty Ring series brings us into the depths of battle.  Thus helping a young reader develop a better understanding of war, working together and doing what's right for the whole instead of the individual.  I love the new approach to history brought to us by this series.

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Author: Mo Willems

For old Mo Willems fans (& new!) this is a great take on the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I used this as a companion to the original during story time and it was a huge hit! Fun for parents AND kids.

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Author: David Baldacci

I am not disappointed by the concluding book in the 39 Clues Cahills Vs. Vespers series.  The use of teamwork to accomplish the goals they need to meet always gets the job done.  The selfish nature of the Vespers oozes from every detail written about them.

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Author: Lisa McMann

This jump in history takes us to the failed attempt of abolishionist to establish an underground railroad for runaway slaves.  Our time travelers must determine what must be done to correct the timeline so that the break in time can be fixed.  Riq is separated from the others and is learning first hand what it means to be purchased as a slave and to run away.  Jump into history and see it unravel in front of your eyes with the third book in the Infinity Ring series.

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Author: Kate Messner

This is a beautiful picture book about cross country skiing and the hibernating worlds that are inhabited beneath the snow and under our footsteps. This book is a great reminder that all of nature at rest will reemerge in the spring. Come on spring!

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Title: Hey, Duck!
Author: Carin Bramsen

This cute book about an annoyed cat and a relentless duck will tickle your funny bone. The pictures make the cat and duck actually touchable.

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Author: Jane Kohuth

What would it be like if the ducks got together and danced on Friday night every week? This rhyming, active book tells us all about it.

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Author: Doug Wilhelm

The revealers is a great way to shed light on the issue of bullying.  It helps the reader to see that everyone has their own story to share.  By sharing stories we see that students in Parkland (aka Darkland) Middle school are looking differently at one another and seeing each other with open eyes.  Bullying is a problem that should never be ignored or swept under a rug.

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Author: Mittie Cuetara

This book has inviting pictures and quick, clever rhymes about vehicles, from "Garbage Truck" to "Delivery Vans". This is a great concept book!

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Author: Matt De La Pena

This book delivers the suspense and a day in the life of a Mayan village.  The infinity ring has malfunctioned.  Our three time travelers have found themselves in the wrong era, too far before the actual break in history.  To make matters worse, the infinty rings programming has been damaged.  Without an accurate date and time, the ring can not be reprogrammed.  You must read this book to find out how our time travellers escape this time to fix the break in the future.

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Author: Bob Raczka

This book is a marvelous celebration of my favorite season!

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Author: Pseudonymous Bosch

I saw this come through the library and I was absolutely intrigued by the title. Then the chapters are numbered BACKWARDS like a countdown to doom. I loved that! I enjoyed the tenuous friendship between the two main characters, Max Ernest and Cass, and how they were thwarting the evil of Dr. L. and Miss Mauvais. I was almost done with the book when I realized I was reading a sequel so then I had to go back to the first book! Also, there five in this series. I have lots of reading to do. I love the humor exhibited by the author!

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Author: Pseudonymous Bosch

It was fun to go back to this book after reading the second series so that I could fill in a few gaps. I would recommend that you read them in order, if you can! This book was really great. We see how Cass and Max Ernest's friendship developed and also what things both of them are afraid of. We also get a glimpse at their families and how they fit into them. Again, the author had a fabulous sense of humor in the book. I can see why this series is a hit!

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Author: Graham Salisbury

What is it like to live in Hawaii? What is it like to go school in Hawaii? This fun book (first in a series) tells us about Calvin. Summer is just ending and school is back in session. Calvin has a new teacher and a new classmate named Willy. Stella is a new girl living at his house, too. Calvin gets into trouble as he learns responsibility. I can't wait to read more!

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Author: Karel Hayes

This wordless picture book tells two stories. One is about the bears who live in the cabin during the winter and one is about the family who lives in the cabin in the summer. Will their pathes cross? This is a funny and imaginative book.

Delightful!

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Author: Drew Daywalt

Adorable book about all of the crayons in the crayon box expressing their needs to their owner, Duncan, and how he cleverly devises a way to make them all happy. Also, the result is creative! Thanks, Sue A., for telling me about this book!

Adorable!

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Author: Alison Murray

The three characters in this book are a puppy, a pie(!), and a little girl. The book is a clever exploration of the alphabet with each page reeling out a letter to tell the story of the three characters. *There is satisfaction in the chase.* I loved the expressive pictures.

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Author: Jan Pinborough

Did you know there was a time when children were not welcome in public libraries? This is so hard for us to fathom because nowadays children are some of our best patrons! Anyway, there was really a time like that and this book teaches us about Miss Moore who was a pioneer in New York libraries and changed people's views on this. This lovely book gives us a great history lesson!

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Author: Tim Harrington

This book is a new twist on the fingerplay, "This Little Piggy". The toes decide to break out on some wonderful adventures.  It is pretty funny what they get themselves up to!

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Author: Chris Grabenstein

This magical book is so much fun and the action keeps moving forward. We all know being at a library lock-in is the best thing ever. How about a lock-in in a brand new library for the weekend? How about a quest to solve clues and challenges in a game invented by a game maker? The book follows the gamers as they find and solve their clues and explain their decisions. There are a few unsavory characters (think Willy Wonka) but overall everyone is pretty cool and the ending of the book is great!

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Author: Graham Salisbury

Calvin plays a terrible trick on his babysitter, Stella. To make up for it, he gives her an exceptionally thoughtful birthday present. Another sweet story in the series.

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Title: Dog Heaven
Author: Graham Salisbury

Calvin has a challenge to write an essay for his teacher, Mr. Purdy. He also gets attached to a dog at the Humane Society. Will he be allowed to keep it? How does the journey with the dog help with the essay?

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Author: Eric Kimmel

This great book shows the obstacles that Marc Chagall overcame to become an artist. This is a kid's book about Marc figuring out that he was gifted. This quote, from Marc, was inspiring: "We all need art to show us what is truly important in the world. We need art to show us the small, secret things that we never take time to see. We need art to show us how to live, how to be alive in the world."

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Author: Mo Willems

Adorable! This book is about "pretend" and says that yes, even grownups pretend! If Elephant learns to pretend from Piggie (aka Frog)then what will he pretend to be? :)

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Author: Orianne Lallemand

In this comical readaloud, wolf tries on different colors until he realizes that he is good the way he is.

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Author: Matthew Kirby

Dak, Sera and Riq are teenagers trying to fix mistakes in time.  With each passage through time, they set right what once was put wrong.  This is fixing the future, but how will it affect them.  Riq knows that his lineage has be altered as a result of correcting one time break.  Sera has witnessed the actual distruction of their future by accident if they fail to complete there mission, while discovering that her parents are no longer dead in the future she could return to if they can prevent its destruction.  So much responsibility and chaos for three young teenagers to face.  Yet they face their greatest challenge yet.  Going up agains the Monguls, they must protect Aristotle's work for the future Historians to identify breaks that still must be corrected.

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Author: Patricia MacLachlan

This gorgeous celebration of snowflakes is brought to you by the winning combination of Patricia MacLachlan and Steven Kellogg. What is extra special is that Random House made a donation to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund with each of these books sold. In the book, there is a quick mention of the local library (which of course this librarian loved!).

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Title: Bully
Author: Laura Vaccaro Seeger

In  a soft and simple way, this book shows that a bully has to be confronted to change their behavior (and sometimes even be aware of it). It also shows that a bully has most likely been bullied. So simple yet perfectly told.

Yay!

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Author: Mary Vander Sanden

A vibrant book about how the library is not "all quiet all the time", especially at story time. The refrain is, ""When she's happy and content, her voice gets louder by 100%!" As a librarian who can relate (!) I adored the message in this book. Congrats to the author who works at the library in Kaukauna!

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Author: Jennifer Nielsen

The sixth book in this series takes us to a serious break in history with an unexpected complication.  Sera, Dak, and Riq know that something is wrong when they are faced with an enemy that shows a high level of aggressive need to be in control of the world.  The series is forever changed by the actions of the villian that is presented in this book.

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Author: Janet Schulman

This is a nice counting book about decorating the tree. I like that menorah candles represent the number 9. This shows how multifaceted our society is and that we are all celebrating together and enjoying the lights of the season.