Thursday, January 19, 2017

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

This is the screenplay of the recently released Harry Potter prequel movie.  It includes the dialogue as well as notes on character movement.  It definitely read much better and easier than this past summer's Harry Potter and the Curse Child screenplay.  I think the additional notes on character movement helped a lot with the reading.

This is a definite must-read for Harry Potter fans and those who enjoyed the movie.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Apollo's been punished by Zeus in the worst possible way -- he's been cast out of Olympus and sent to earth as a human teenage boy.  He's immediately set upon by two thugs before being rescued by a half-feral demigod girl who attacks with rotten fruit.  Now he must serve this demigod girl while trying to keep her safe and discovering who is stealing the power of the oracles.

This is the first book in Rick Riordan's new Greek mythology series.  It was a great read!  The whiny Apollo is surprised by his new human feelings and desires which makes for some hilarious incidents.  It was also great to revisit some of the favorite characters from the two previous Percy Jackson series.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Scary School by Derek the Ghost

Scary School is the first school of its kind -- a school that accepts both monster kids along with regular human children.  There are zombies, vampires, werewolves, and even a ghost who narrates this story.

Derek the Ghost is going to tell you about one of the most exciting years ever at Scary School -- the year they are selected to host the Ghoul Games.

The Ghoul Games are an annual competition between the various schools for monsters.  This is the first time a school with regular children are invited to participate.  They can't wait for the fun to begin.

Only there is a new rule.  This year the winners' prize is to eat the losers.

This book by Derek Kent is great for kids who like their horror to also be funny.  There is a lot of humor in this book.  It's also the first book in a series, so check out the other books also.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Fable Comics edited by Chris Duffy

This collection of fables, familiar and unfamiliar, has been retold in graphic novel format.  While most of the fables are taken from Aesop, there are several from Middle Eastern, European, and Russian cultures.  Each fable has been retold and drawn as seen by the graphic novelist -- so some are strict retellings while others have been embellished and expanded.  This book, the third in a series including Nursery Rhyme Comics and Fairy Tale Comics, is a great book for kids, teens and adults.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Who-Dun-It? It's a Mystery!

This week, I'm sharing some of my favorite mystery chapter books for kids . . .

Horton Halfpott by Tom Angleberger
Horton, an upstanding kitchen boy in a castle in nineteenth-century England, becomes embroiled in a mystery surrounding a series of thefts, which is also connected to the pursuit of a very eligible and wealthy young lady's affections.

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny -- Detectives Extraordinaire by Polly Horvath
Middle-schooler Madeline's hippie parents have been kidnapped from Hornby Island, Canada, by foxes, and Madeline, upon discovering that she can understand animal languages, hires two rabbit detectives to find them.

Below by Megan McKinlay
On the day Cassie was born, the mayor flipped a lever and everyone cheered as Old Lower Grange was submerged beneath five thousand swimming pools' worth of water and now, twelve years later, Cassie is drawn to the mysterious manmade lake.

More Mysteries for Kids --
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
The Forgetting Machine by Pete Hautman
The Inquisitor's Apprentice by Chris Moriarity
Knightley & Son by Rohan Gavin
Madhattan Mystery by John H. Bonk
Murder Is Bad Manners by Robin Stevens
The Mystery of Meerkat Hill by Alexander McCall Smith
Ruby Redfort: Look Into My Eyes by Lauren Child
The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
Sensible Hare and the Case of Carrots by Daren King
Snowize & Snitch: Highly Effective Defective Detectives by K.H. Briner
The Trouble with Chickens: A J.J. Tully Mystery by Doreen Cronin
Walls Within Walls by Maureen Sherry
Who Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket

Check these books out on display at the Arnold Branch through January 13, 2016.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

My Favorite Christmas Books

With Christmas only a few days away, I thought I would share some of my favorite Christmas books with you . . .

Santa Duck by David Milgrim
When Nicholas Duck, wearing a Santa hat and coat he found on his doorstep, goes looking for Santa to tell him what he wants for Christmas, all the other animals mistake him for Mr. Claus.
A sweet story of Christmas cheer.

The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper
On his eleventh birthday Will Stanton discovers that he is the last of the Old Ones, destined to seek the six magical Signs that will enable the Old Ones to triumph over the evil forces of the Dark.
While not a traditional Christmas book, the story does take place during the twelve days between Christmas and Epiphany.

Sweet Rein series by Sakura Tsukuba
Sad at the thought of spending Christmas alone, Kurumi Sagara goes out for a walk. While she's crossing the street, a boy bumps into her, and a rein suddenly appears that binds them together. The overjoyed boy tells her she's his master and that she's a Santa Claus. Kurumi dismisses him as a crazy person, but then he transforms into a reindeer?!
A whole manga series based on an original Christmas myth.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Stories for a Snowy Evening

It's that time of year when cold weather makes us want to cuddle up under the blankets and read a good book.  Hear are some of my favorite picture books to share on a cold and snowy evening . . .

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner
Snowmen play games at night when no one is watching.

Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton
Katy is a crawler tractor who saves the city when it is snowed in by a blizzard.

Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
Some children create a family out of snow.

Winter Woes by Marty Kelley
Rhyming lament of a young worrywart who wants to go outside and play in the snow but fears what could happen if he does, from slipping on steps to freezing his brain.

Snow by Uri Shulevitz
As snowflakes slowly come down, one by one, people in the city ignore them, and only a boy and his dog think that the snowfall will amount to anything.

More Snowy Books --
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
The First Day of Winter by Denise Fleming
First Snow by Bernette Ford
First Snow by Peter McCarty
Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
Grandmother Winter by Phyllis Root
A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke
A Kitten Tale by Eric Rohmann
A Little Bit of Winter by Paul Stewart
The Missing Mitten Mystery by Steven Kellogg
Moon Glowing by Elizabeth Partridge
Old Bear by Kevin Henkes
Sleepover with Beatrice and Bear by Monica Carnesi
Snow Day! by Lester Laminack
The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen
Snowball Fight! by Jimmy Fallon
Snowbots by Aaron Reynolds
Straight to the Pole by Kevin O'Malley
Supertruck by Steven Savage
Tacky and the Winter Games by Helen Lester
The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett
When Winter Comes by Nancy Van Laan
Winter is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer
The Winter Visitors by Karel Hayes

Check out these and more "snowy" books on display at the Arnold Branch through January 5, 2017.