Posted by: kitkat | July 31, 2008

Zathura by Chris VanAllsburg

From Goodreads:

On the last page of the Caldecott-winning book Jumanji, young Danny Budwing is seen running after his brother, Walter, with a game tucked under his arm. Now after twenty years, Chris Van Allsburg is ready to reveal what happens when Danny and Walter roll the dice. This time the name of the game is Zathura and the battling Budwing boys are in for the ride of their lives.

The first book in seven years by Chris Van Allsburg, Zathura is a dramatic adventure that promises a breathtaking and unforgettable experience. At the story’s end which becomes, miraculously, the beginning, we find that Walter’s feelings for his little brother are greatly altered. Only the mind and hand of Chris Van Allsburg could create this fantastic world where shifts in time and space and perspective take the reader on such an extraordinary journey.

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Posted by: kitkat | July 30, 2008

The kids summer games book by Jane Drake and Ann Love

You can find this book in non-fiction: j790.1 DRA

From Goodreads:

When you’re a kid, summertime stretches before you like a vast plane of possibility. Long days await, ready to be filled with excitement and discovery–and games, of course! Whether you feel like playing croquet, Frisbee golf, hide-and-seek, or staging a treasure hunt–or maybe just a quick game of crazy eights–this book has all the rules for over 150 games and activities, many summers’ worth of entertainment. The collection is divided into sections such as “Land Action” (croquet, badminton, capture the flag); “Just for One or Two” (juggling, card tricks, double solitaire, marbles); “Indoor Games” (charades, dominoes, hearts); “Games to Make” (comet ball, pickup sticks, homestyle bingo); “Waterfront” (water safety’s no game, beach games); and “Warm Weather Olympics” (Olympic planning, beach biathlon, land challenges). Jane Drake and Ann Love are sisters who have spent many summers together with their families, playing lively, silly, and just-plain-fun games. They are both avid naturalists and are the authors of the bestselling The Kids’ Summer Handbook and The Kids Campfire Book. This excellent game guide–clearly and attractively designed, straightforward, and packed with potential–belongs on the shelf of any kid or parent looking for year-round fun. (Ages 8 to 98). –Karin Snelson

From me:

This is a bright colorful book that’s fun for everyone. The suspense grows as wolf starts to get dressed… What will happen to all the animals playing games in the forest? Just wait and find out!

From Goodreads:

“Let’s play in the forest while the wolf is not around,” sing the animals in the forest. “Wolf, are you there?” “I am putting on my underpants,” Wolf answers. As Duck, Bunny, Moose, Beaver, and others play between the trees, Wolf continues getting dressed: undershirt, pants, T-shirt, socks, and shoes. By the time he has combed his hair and put on his backpack, Wolf is VERY hungry, and the animals are suddenly VERY afraid. Luckily for the animals, Wolf is hungry for…

Posted by: kitkat | July 27, 2008

Fourth Week of Summer Reading: Games

Looking for a way to spice up a lazy summer day? How about checking out books in these dewey decimal numbers?
Educational Games – 649
Card Games – 795
Group Games – 796

Here’s our special program of the week:

July 30 at 2 pm – Family Bingo
Bingo for the whole family with snacks, prizes and lots of screaming “BINGO”!

Looking for ideas? How about trying these things:

  • Play a game of disc golf. Here are some local places to play: Ellison Park: Rochester, NY 14610 Baker Farm: Chili, NY 14428 Basil Marella Park: Greece, NY 14616
  • Ask your parents or grandparents what games they played as a kid. Invite them to join you!
  • Trying to decide who gets to pick what you eat for lunch? Why not play a game of rock, paper, scissors for it?
Posted by: kitkat | July 25, 2008

Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

From Me:

My son and I have read this 10 times already. Today. This is a really simple picture book, but its a lot of fun and, if you play it up, it can be interesting enough to read it over and over again.

From Goodreads:

When George’s mother tells her son to bark, he meows. She patiently explains that “Cats go meow. Dogs go arf. Now, bark, George.” But he quacks! Then oinks. Then moos. Becoming less patient and more exasperated, George’s mom takes him to the vet, who reaches deep down inside the errant pup, and, much to everyone’s surprise, pulls out a cat! Then a duck, a pig, and finally a cow. George is cured, and barks at last! On the way home, his proud mother wants to show off her convincingly doglike son to everyone on the street. But when she says, “Bark, George,” he simply says, “Hello.” This is the simplest offering yet from Jules Feiffer–creator of the delightful picture books Meanwhile and I Lost My Bear. Still, his cartoonish drawings are intensely expressive, alive, and hilarious. None of it will be lost on the youngest of readers who will giggle every time George fails to bark, every time the vet extracts a new animal, and at the final punchline, too. In a world of often overdone or underdone picture books, this fine Feiffer creation is just right. (Click to see a sample spread. Copyright 1999 by Jules Feiffer. Permission by HarperCollins Publishers.) (Ages 2 and older) –Karin Snelson

Posted by: kitkat | July 24, 2008

The House With a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs

From me:

I read quite a few of John Bellairs’ books when I was a kid and I loved them! I’m always suggesting these to people who want a mystery. They are a little dark and disturbing though, so if you aren’t ready or aren’t into that kind of thing I might take a pass. I haven’t read any of his books in ages, so I might have to take a day or two and read a couple of his books. If you read them before I get a chance to, let me know what you think!

From Goodreads:

Lewis always dreamed of living in an old house full of secret passageways, hidden rooms, and big marble fireplaces. And suddenly, after the death of his parents, he finds himself in just such a mansion–his Uncle Jonathan’s. When he discovers that his big friendly uncle is also a wizard, Lewis has a hard time keeping himself from jumping up and down in his seat. Unfortunately, what Lewis doesn’t bank on is the fact that the previous owner of the mansion was also a wizard–but an evil one who has placed a tick-tocking clock somewhere in the bowels of the house, marking off the minutes until the end of the world. And when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead on Halloween night, the clock only ticks louder and faster. Doomsday draws near–unless Lewis can stop the clock!

This is a deliciously chilling tale, with healthy doses of humor and compassion thrown in for good measure. Edward Gorey’s unmistakable pen and ink style (as seen in many picture books, including The Shrinking of Treehorn and Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats) perfectly complements John Bellairs’s wry, touching story of a lonely boy, his quirky uncle, and the ghost of mansions past. (Ages 9 to 12) –Emilie Coulter

Posted by: kitkat | July 23, 2008

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

From Goodreads:

For over twenty-five years, Ellen Raskin’s Newbery Medal-winning The Westing Game has been an enduring favorite. It has sold over one and a half million copies. This highly inventive mystery involves sixteen people who are invited to the reading of Samuel W. Westing’s will. They could become millionaires-it all depends on how they play the tricky and dangerous Westing game, a game involving blizzards, burglaries, and bombings! Ellen Raskin has created a remarkable cast of characters in a puzzle-knotted, word-twisting plot filled with humor, intrigue, and suspense.

Posted by: kitkat | July 22, 2008

Cam Jansen series by David Adler

The Cam Jansen books by David Adler have been written for more than twenty years now! When I was younger I used to read these all the time. I highly recommend them.

A series of books following the adventures of a young female detective named Jennifer “Cam” Jansen. Nicknamed Cam for her photographic memory, she closes her eyes and says “click” at various points in a story, mimicking the noise of a camera while memorizing a scene in front of her. She later recalls these scenes to aid in solving a mystery.

You can find the Cam Jansen books in the “bridge books”, which is in between the easy readers and the harder chapter books.

Posted by: kitkat | July 21, 2008

The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone

The first time I read this book, I was probably four or five. I loved this book! I used to watch Sesame Street when I was young and so I already knew how absolutely wonderful “Super” Grover is. Don’t be scared of the monster at the end of the book, I think Grover might be able to protect you. 🙂

This book isn’t exactly a mystery, unless of course you’re Grover and you don’t know who the monster is! Do you?

From Goodreads:

Many, many adults name this book as their favorite Little Golden Book. Generations of kids have interacted with lovable, furry old Grover as he begs the reader not to turn the page . . . for a monster is at the end of the book!
“Oh, I am so embarrassed,” he says on the last page, for of course the monster is Grover himself!

Posted by: kitkat | July 20, 2008

Third Week of Summer Reading: Mystery

Want to disappear into the world of magic? Have a look at j793, or ask someone at the front desk for help!

Here’s our special program of the week:

July 23 at 11 AM – Magician Bill Rahn
Magician Bill Rahn, a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, will astound us with his amazing tricks and illusions. Don’t miss this fun-filled magical extravaganza!

Here’s some things you can do:

  • Play a game of hide and seek with friends
  • Write a mystery play to put on for your family and invite friends to play the characters
  • Hide a special toy and leave clues along the way so your sisters and brothers can find it
  • Play the game Clue
  • Learn some magic tricks and put on a show for your family

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