Tag Archives: “children’s books”

New in Arabic

al-Ḥaqībah al-ʻajībah taʼlīf, Amīmah ʻIzz al-Dīn; rusūm, Tīnā Makhlūf
A story about wanting a new backpack for the first day of school

Yawm fī ḥayāt ummī, muʻallimat al-lughah al-ʻArabīyah naṣṣ Nabīhah Muḥaydlī; rusūm Rīmā Kūsā
A day in the life of my mother: A teacher of Arabic

If you liked A Fiery Friendship…

A Dark Descent by Lisa Fiedler
The Ages of Oz series continues following the adventures of young Glinda in this prequel to The Wizard of Oz.

No comics? Hmph!

Did some adult say “No comics” (I’m not going to say that, I love comics!)? Luckily, some of your favorite comics characters are now available in chapter books:

Babymouse: Tales from the Locker is a new series by Jennifer and Matthew Holm that is now on its second book. There are cartoon illustrations here and there, similar to Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Lumberjanes (the chapter book series by Mariko Tamaki) is based on Lumberjanes the comic book series (created by several people and shelved in our Young Adult collection). The illustrations here are more like those in a traditional chapter book. The action follows a group of girls at Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types, which is the sort of place where you run into supernatural creatures in the woods.

Can we go back to summer vacation now?

Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea by Lynne Rae Perkins.
The sea is salty and stretches for miles. The waves keep waving. The sand is hot. The gulls are diving. The dolphins are jumping. And the sisters–little sister, big sister, true sisters, secret sisters–are ready for summer.

Enjoy a bit of summer anytime with a relaxing beach vacation story full of quirky, descriptive language.

Quick Pick

Roxie and the Hooligans at Buzzard’s Roost by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
A bunch of bullies from her school sneak along when Roxie Warbler goes on a beach vacation with her beloved Uncle Dangerfoot, and soon they uncover the secret invention he has been hiding from his nemesis, Alfred Applejack. Not everything is as it seems, someone gets kidnapped, and there’s a daring rescue.

There was a previous Roxie and the Hooligans book, but you don’t need to read it first to enjoy this one.

Quick Pick

The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray by B.A. Williamson
Gwendolyn evades thought police, enters a whimsical world, befriends world-jumping explorers and ragtag airship pirates, and fights the evil threatening to erase the new world she loves and her old world that never wanted her.

This is a fantasy adventure with a touch of steampunk that features good versus evil and the importance of imagination.

Wait, “Disorderly Conduct” is a subject heading?

If you loved the babysitter from Marge in Charge, she’s back!

Marge in Charge and the Stolen Treasure by Isla Fisher
Meet Marge, the mischievous babysitter with rainbow hair who loves to make a mess and bend the rules … At dinnertime Chef Marge cooks up chocolate soup, and at school Marge the Musician conducts a chaotic concert in the playground! In these three stories, Jake and Jemima have brilliant fun with their new babysitter, but will they manage to tick off all the jobs on Mummy’s list?

This Australian series is a good choice of anyone who enjoys funny chapter books.