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

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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President Squid

by Aaron Reynolds

Reading Level: Ages 6 - Adult

Squid wants to be president because he believes he is MADE to be president, after all, presidents get to wear ties, live in a great big house and be big and bossy.

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More books illustrated by Sara Varon

Illustrator: Sara Varon Reading Level: Kindergarteners,1st Grade,2nd Grade,3rd Grade,4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers,Adults Subjects: Animals--Talking, Humor Location: Picture Books
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Rules of the House

by Mac Barnett

Reading Level: Ages 5 - 9

Ian follows all the rules, his sister Jenny breaks them. When their family goes to stay at a house in the woods there are four posted rules. 1. Remove your muddy shoes, 2. Don't leave a ring around the tub, 3. Replace the firewood and 4. NEVER open the red door. And Jenny, just cannot resist breaking all the rules...

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More books illustrated by Matt Myers

Illustrator: Matt Myers Reading Level: Kindergarteners,1st Grade,2nd Grade,3rd Grade Subjects: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Horror Location: Picture Books
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Woodpecker Wants a Waffle

by Steve Breen

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 9

Woodpecker REALLY wants to try a waffle, but no matter how hard he tries he can't get into the diner, so he has to devise a clever plan.

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More books by Lynne Rae Perkins

Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade,2nd Grade,3rd Grade Subjects: Animals--Talking, Humor Location: Picture Books
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Frank and Lucky Get Schooled

by Lynne Rae Perkins

Reading Level: Ages 4 - 9

Frank adopts Lucky from the animal shelter when they are both having very bad days. It turns out they have a lot in common, especially their love of science and math.

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Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade,2nd Grade,3rd Grade Subjects: Animals--Real, Humor Location: Spanish Picturebook
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I Really Like Slop!

by Mo Willems

Reading Level: Ages 4 - 9

Mo Willems has written an Elephant and Piggie answer to Green Eggs and Ham, one with a more realistic ending.

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Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade,2nd Grade,3rd Grade Subjects: Animals--Talking, Friends, Humor Location: JP Fiction
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Somewhere There is Still a Sun: A Memoir of the Holocaust

by Michael Gruenbaum

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 8

This book was 70 years in the making.  It is the story of Michael Gruenbaum and his family, Jews who lived in Prague in 1939 when the Nazis marched in.  Written by gifted writer, Todd Hasak-Lowry, it chronicles life for 10- year-old Michael under the Nazis and the family's relocation to Terezin.  Told in the first person by a young Michael, it speaks volumes about courage, determination, and humanity.

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Reading Level: 4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade Subjects: Biographies, The Holocaust, Non-Fiction Location: J Non-Fiction
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