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Perfect Pair #9
This month's pair entertains with science fiction then reveals the true science behind the story.
- Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger by Jon Scieszka (2015)
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Frank Einstein (kid-genius scientist and inventor) and his best friend, Watson, along with Klink (a self-assembled artificial-intelligence entity) and Klank (a mostly self-assembled artificial almost intelligence entity), once again find themselves in competition with T. Edison, their classmate and archrival—this time in the quest to unlock the power behind the science of energy. Frank is working on a revamped version of one of Nikola Tesla’s inventions, the “Electro-Finger,” a device that can tap into energy anywhere and allow all of Midville to live off the grid, with free wireless and solar energy. But this puts Frank in direct conflict with Edison’s quest to control all the power and light in Midville, monopolize its energy resources, and get “rich rich rich.” Time is running out, and only Frank, Watson, Klink, and Klank can stop Edison and his sentient ape, Mr. Chimp!
- Sun Power: A Book About Renewable Energy by Esther Porter (2013)
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Learn about clean, renewable power made by the sun, wind, water, and the earth.
Haiku for You
April is National Poetry Month. For this blog post, we're focusing on a very specific form of poetry. Haiku is a traditional form of Japanese poetry. It features a total of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five then seven then five syllables, that evoke images of the natural world. We have many wonderful children's books of haiku in our Kid Zone poetry collection (look for Dewey Decimal number 811) and in our picture book collection. Here are a few of our favorite titles.
Dogku by Andrew Clements
Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys by Bob Raczka
Haiku Activities: Asian Arts & Crafts for Creative Kids by Patricia Donegan
Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons by Jon J. Muth
If It Rains Pancakes: Haiku and Lantern Poems by Brian P. Cleary
The Maine Coon's Haiku: And Other Poems for Cat Lovers by Michael J. Rosen
One Leaf Rides the Wind: Counting in a Japanese Garden by Celeste Davidson Mannis
Santa Clauses: Short Poems from the North Pole by Bob Raczka
Won Ton and Chopstick: A Cat and Dog Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw
Yum! Mmmm! Qué Rico!: America's Sproutings by Pat Mora
April DVD Spinner -- Animal Antics
We're all about alliteration in April. That's why our seasonal DVD spinner this month is dedicated to Animal Antics. Find new (and old) favorites like these!
- 101 Dalmatians
- The Adventures of Milo & Otis
- Born Free
- Cats & Dogs
- Dolphin Tale
- The Fox and the Hound
- Kung Fu Panda
- Old Yeller
- Over the Hedge
- Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
- Stuart Little
- That Darn Cat
- Two Brothers
Return of the Ninja Detectives
Octavia Spencer is an Academy Award-winning actress from Montgomery, Alabama. She earned a degree at Auburn University. And, in 2013, she published her first book. Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit was surprisingly good. The characters were diverse and well-rounded. The mystery was believable. And, hello!, it packed a punch with martial arts! I'm looking forward to the second book in the series, The Sweetest Heist in History. Here's a sneak peek:
"Randi Rhodes and her fellow ninja detectives, DC and Pudge, were flying high after solving the Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit. But life in sleepy Deer Creek has begun to feel…a bit boring. There are no crimes to investigate! But a trip to New York City to visit Randi’s aunt changes that! While the ninja detective trio explores Randi’s old neighborhood in Brooklyn, they uncover an art heist. Except no one will believe them. So they’ll just have to catch the criminals in the act."
National Pencil Day
What, exactly, is the point of National Pencil Day? To celebrate my favorite writing implement, of course! The date for National Pencil Day (March 30, 2015) was chosen because Hymen Lipman received a patent for a pencil with an attached eraser on March 30, 1858. Do the math. The pencil is 157 years old today. Definitely worthy of a day-long dedication. Do we have books that correspond with this holiday? Sure do! Sharpen your minds (or wits) with these titles.
- Hot Dog and Bob and the Particularly Pesky Attack of the Pencil People by Lissa Rovetch
Fifth-grader Bob and his best friend Clementine are visited by the superhero Hot Dog from the planet Dogzalot to warn of an invasion of evil pencils with plans to erase the whole world.
- Little Red Writing by Joan Holub
Once upon a time, in pencil school, a brave little red pencil sets out to write an exciting story with nouns and adverbs and everything--but first she has to face the ravenous pencil sharpener, the Wolf 3000.
- The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg
A lonely pencil timidly draws a boy, a dog, and other items but soon faces a problem as his creations begin demanding changes, and when he draws an eraser to make them happy, the real trouble begins.
- Pencil of Doom! by Andy Griffiths
Northwest Southeast Central has always had strange teachers and weird students. But now it has a very dangerous ... pencil. At first, Henry McThrottle thinks this pencil is like any other pencil. But then things it draws start to come true. This might be fun if the pencil only drew nice things. But this pencil is mean -- and that means certain doom for Henry and his friends ... unless they can erase the pencil once and for all!
- Pencils Before the Store by Rachel Lynette
Shows the process of making pencils, from their beginning as trees to their ending in a student's hand.
The Boovs Have Invaded
My mom kept asking me if I'd seen the previews for the new animated movie Home. I told her I'd only seen a teaser that conveyed absolutely no plot line whatsoever, but that the animation style looked good. So she kept asking me. And I kept giving the same response. Finally, I decided to do a little research (I am a librarian, after all), and I discovered something unexpected and exciting. Home is based on The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. I read that book! I thought that book was super funny! And now it's a movie! Thanks, Mom!
There is now a sequel to The True Meaning of Smekday. It is called Smek for President! (Yes, the exclamation point is officially part of the title.)
I read Half Bad by Sally Green last April. It was touted as the first book in an internationally loved fantasy trilogy. That means I was either gonna be seriously disappointed or pretty darn impressed. My verdict? I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads, with the following review:
"A fully-fleshed Witch society within our fain society. A child labeled by his mixed parentage and punished for it. This is the book Harry Potter fans read when they want something a little grittier but just as magical."
So, yeah, I'm looking forward to the sequel, Half Wild. It came out yesterday. I have a hold on it. So whoever gets it before me, please read quickly!
We Need Your Talent!
It's almost time for our third annual talent show at Hoover Public Library. Hoover Has Talent will hit the Library Theatre on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. Anyone is welcome to watch, but we need some kids showcasing their talents on stage. That's where YOU come in! We are accepting applications now. Print the form or pick one up at the desk in the Kid Zone. Applications must be submitted by April 6.
Wangari Maathai was an amazing woman. She founded the Green Belt Movement, an "environmental organization that empowers communities (particularly women) to conserve the environment and improve livelihoods," in Kenya 1977. In 2004, she was the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Her life is an inspiration. Why not find out more about Wangari Maathai this Women's History Month? There are several wonderful books about her in the Kid Zone.
- Great Women Leaders by Heather Ball (2004)
- Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya by Donna Jo Napoli (2010)
- Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai by Claire A. Nivola (2008)
- Paths to Peace: People Who Changed the World by Jane Breskin Zalben (2006)
- Seeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace by Jen Cullerton Johnson (2010)
- Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees by Franck Prévot (2015)
- Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa by Jeanette Winter (2008)
Penderwicks in Spring
Today is the first day of spring! That makes it the perfect day to announce my good news. Jeanne Birdsall's beloved Penderwicks series will now be four books long. Penderwicks in Spring will be published on Monday, March 23, 2015. "Springtime is finally arriving on Gardam Street, and with it comes all the joyful chaos of the Penderwicks. The brood has grown to six with the addition of Lydia, the new youngest sibling, and there are surprises in store for all. Some surprises are just wonderful, like Nick Geiger coming home from war. And some are ridiculous, like Batty’s new dog-walking business, which has resulted in her spending an inordinate amount of time with Duchess, a very fat dachshund, and Cilantro, a wrinkled shar-pei with a bark like a lovelorn tuba. Batty is saving up her dog-walking money for an extra-special surprise for her family, which she plans to present on her upcoming birthday. The timing is perfect: Rosalind will be home from college, Skye and Jane will put their bothersome teenage worries aside to celebrate, and Jeffrey, honorary Penderwick and Batty’s musical mentore, will be visiting from Boston. But when an unwelcome surprise arrives, the best-laid plans fall apart. Filled with all the heart, hilarity, and charm that have come to define this beloved clan, The Penderwicks in Spring is about fun and family and friends (and dogs), and what happens when you bring what’s hidden into the bright light of the spring sun."Find the other three titles in the Kid Zone under J BIR. These make great family read-alouds!