New Book Reviews for Kids

Below are staff reviews of select new books in the Youth Services Department.
For a list of all the new and forthcoming Youth books, click here.

New Book Reviews

King Baby

by Kate Beaton

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 8

King baby, like every baby, is a gracious king and a demanding one, whose subjects are expected to bow to his every command. 

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Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade,2nd Grade,3rd Grade Subjects: Family, Humor Location: Picture Books
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Sniffer & Tinni: A True Tale of Amazing Animal Friendship

by Berit Helberg

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 8

Sniffer the fox and Tinni the German shepherd meet in a meadow one day and a life-long friendship ensues.  Illustrated by photos of the two animals at play, this book will entrance all animal lovers.

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More books illustrated by Torgeir Berge

Illustrator: Torgeir Berge Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade,2nd Grade,3rd Grade Subjects: Animals--Real, Friends, In Other Lands, Non-Fiction Location: JP Non-Fiction
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This is Not a Werewolf Story

by Sandra Evans

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 6

Raul has attended the One of Our Kind boarding school for years, ever since his mother ran off leaving his father to care for him. His father stopped picking him up for the weekend a long time ago, but he has kept secret from the dean by pretending that his father insists on picking him up at the main road, not the school. Each weekend he packs his bags, heads towards the road, and sneaks into White Deer Woods where he goes to an abandoned lighthouse to meet a beautiful white wolf and enjoy his second, secret, weekend life.

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Reading Level: 4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Animals--Talking, Family, Fantasy, Friends, Misfits, Mysteries, Relationships, School, Self Image, Supernatural, Werewolves Location: J Fiction
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Ugly: a memoir

by Robert Hoge

Reading Level: Grades 4-7

This memoir traces the life of Robert Hoge from the time he was born in 1972 until he turned 14.  Robert was born with enormous tumor in the middle of his face.  His eyes were on either side of his face and he had only holes for a nose.  Besides the mass on his face, his legs were twisted and stunted.  Mary, Robert’s mother was horrified.  She thought the baby looked like a monster.  She didn’t want to take him home.  Her doctor told her to put the baby away in an institution.  Her husband, Vince, told her that it was up to her.  For over a month the baby stayed at the hospital.  Then Mary decided to ask their other kids.Vince and Mary told them about their baby brother; how he looked, his legs and the fact that he might also be mentally challenged.  Then Mary pointed to each of her children and asked, “Should we bring Robert home?”  All four voted yes.  Robert had many operations.  The tumor was removed.  The unusable parts of his legs were amputated.  He got prosthetics and learned to walk.] He went to school and made some friends.  Not everyone was nice.  He learned to do things his way and to be his own person in a world that thinks he is very, very ugly.

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Another interesting biographies and memiors about living with a disability are:

Small Steps: the year I got polio by Peg Kehret

Med Head : my knock-down, drag-out, drugged-up battle with my brain by James Patterson and

Temple Grandin : how the girl who loved cows embraced autism and changed the world by Sy Montgomery

Engrossing stories about kids living with a disability are:

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper

Counting By 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan and

The Thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff

 

 

Reading Level: 4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade,7th Grade Subjects: Biographies Location: J Non-Fiction
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Fuzzy

by Tom Angleberger

Reading Level: Grades 4-7

Every school has a principal.  Sometimes principals are men.  Sometimes they are women.  Mr. Dorgas, the principal at Vanguard One Middle School is a man. Vice Principal Barbara is a woman…well, not exactly.  She is actually a computer.   Her job is to enforce rules.  Her sensors are everywhere: in the hallway, in the classroom, in the lunchroom... She issues disciplines tags EVERYWHERE. Maxine is a good kid, but no matter how much she tries to obey the rules, she can never get through a day without getting discipline tags from Vice Principal Barbara.  Every discipline tag and citizenship demerit Vice Principal Barbara gives to Max is IMMEDIATELY sent to her mom’s cell phone. One day, a new student comes. His name is Fuzzy. He’s a robot.  Max LOVES robots!  Maybe school is about to get a whole lot better.

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Other books by Tom Angleberger

If you like reading stories about robots try:

House of Robots by James Patterson

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown an

Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka

 

 

Reading Level: 4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade,7th Grade Subjects: Science Fiction Location: J Fiction
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Fuzzy

by Paul Dellinger

Reading Level: Grades 4-7

Every school has a principal.  Sometimes principals are men.  Sometimes they are women.  Mr. Dorgas, the principal at Vanguard One Middle School is a man. Vice Principal Barbara is a woman…well, not exactly.  She is actually a computer.   Her job is to enforce rules.  Her sensors are everywhere: in the hallway, in the classroom, in the lunchroom... She issues disciplines tags EVERYWHERE. Maxine is a good kid, but no matter how much she tries to obey the rules, she can never get through a day without getting discipline tags from Vice Principal Barbara.  Every discipline tag and citizenship demerit Vice Principal Barbara gives to Max is IMMEDIATELY sent to her mom’s cell phone. One day, a new student comes. His name is Fuzzy. He’s a robot.  Max LOVES robots!  Maybe school is about to get a whole lot better.

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Other books by Tom Angleberger

If you like reading stories about robots try:

House of Robots by James Patterson

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown an

Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka

 

 

Reading Level: 4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade,7th Grade Subjects: Science Fiction Location: J Fiction
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Quit Calling Me a Monster!

by Jory John

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 6

Just because he has horns, wild eyes, fangs, crazy hair, long toenails and a glow in the dark smile is NO REASON to call this poor maligned creature a monster. After all, he doesn't call you Meat Snack does he?

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More books illustrated by Bob Shea

Illustrator: Bob Shea Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade Subjects: Humor Location: Picture Books
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School of the Dead

by Avi

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 6

When Tony's parents take in his ancient Great Uncle Charlie, who is obsessed with communicating with the dead, Tony slowly starts pulling away from all his friends and spending more time with Uncle Charlie. Charlie then convinces his parents to move to California so that Tony can attend Charlie's old school, but from day one Tony suspects that something is very wrong at the Penda School.

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Reading Level: 4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Friends, Horror, Misfits, Mysteries, School, Self Image, Supernatural Location: J Fiction
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A Hungry Lion, Or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals

by Lucy Ruth Cummins

Reading Level: Ages 6 - Adult

Let's just say the title says it all. If you like Jon Klassen's books, you will also enjoy this surreal picture book for older less sensitive readers.

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Reading Level: 1st Grade,2nd Grade,3rd Grade,4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers,Adults Subjects: Animals--Real, Horror, Humor Location: Picture Books
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Wolf Camp

by Andrea Zuill

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 9

Homer is a dog who has always wondered what it would be like to live like a real wolf.  He gets the opportunity to find out when he attends wolf camp.

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Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade,2nd Grade,3rd Grade Subjects: Adventure, Animals--Talking, Humor Location: Picture Books
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