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Weird and Wacky Audiobooks

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Demon Dentist by David Walliams
The UK’s #1 bestselling children’s author, David Walliams, hailed as “the heir to Roald Dahl” by the Spectator, bursts onto the American market with Demon Dentis–and this is one dentist appointment you don’t want to miss. Something strange is happening in Alfie’s town. Instead of shiny coins from the tooth fairy, kids are waking up to dead slugs, live spiders, and other icky, terrible things under their pillows. Who would do something so horrific? Alfie is sure that Miss Root, the new dentist in town, is behind it all. There’s nothing Alfie hates more than going to the dentist, but to solve this mystery, he may have to book a dreaded appointment. . . . (downloadable or available on Playaway or CD).

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Mutant Bunny Island by Obert Skye
en-year-old Perry Owens has learned everything he needs to know from comic books. So when Perry receives a troubling message from his favorite uncle, Zeke, he knows exactly what’s wrong. Obviously, evil newts wearing trench coats must have kidnapped Zeke. Now they’re holding him hostage somewhere on Bunny Island, the remote vacation destination that Zeke calls home. On his own, Perry travels to Bunny Island, where dozens of bunnies are running wild. One in particular doesn’t seem quite right. A creature this cute shouldn’t exist in nature. Are there truly evil newts on the loose, or something much stranger…and more disturbingly adorable? (Available on CD)

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The Revenge of the Beetle Queen by M.G. Leonard
(This book is the sequel to Beetle Boy, so to quickly catch you up: One day Darkus finds a large and unusually intelligent and self-aware beetle, and soon he and his two friends are caught up in a struggle to protect an intelligent super species of beetles. Got that?)
In the second book, cruel beetle fashionista Lucretia Cutter is at large with her deadly yellow ladybug spies — and she has a devious plan. When Darkus, Virginia, and Bertolt discover further evidence of her evil, they’re determined to stop her. (Downloadable or on CD)

Things to read while you wait for Fantastic Beasts 2

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Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain by Zac Gorman
In the absurd land of Nth, Thisby Thestoop can be found within the forlorn walls of Castle Grimstone, down the precarious steps of the Black Mountain dungeon, up to her nose in griffon toenails, gnoll spittle, and troll meat (to give to them, not made of them). When the prince and princess arrive for a Royal Inspection, the much too good-looking Princess Iphigenia winds up lost in the tunnels of the dungeon — without her guards, her staff, or her younger twin brother — and it’s up to Thisby to guide the princess safely past the hordes of minotaurs, wyverns, ghouls, and who-knows-what-else that would love nothing more than to nosh the royal highness for dinner. Thisby Thestoop and Princess Iphigenia have a dangerous adventure ahead of them. If they’re going to a rescue the missing prince, stop a mounting war, and keep safe all the creatures who call the mountain dungeon home, they’ll have to learn how to trust each other (and maybe they’ll make friends along the way).

Getaway to the library

Are you waiting for your copy of the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book?
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Then you’ll want to come to our

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Celebration
Sunday, November 19, 2-3 p.m.
Age group: Tweens, Children
Zoo-Wee-Mama! Celebrate 10 years of Diary of a Wimpy Kid with games, crafts and a snack with your family. This event will be of greatest interest to children who are familiar with the series. Drop in.

And be sure to register for

S’mores Book Club – “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and Other Diary Books
Wednesday, November 29, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 3–6
Do you devour a book like a great after-school snack? If so, sign up for the S’mores Book Club! We will eat a snack and talk about a different topic each month.

Happy birthday, dear Underpants…

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I first became aware of Captain Underpants during the presidential election of 2000, when a student at my college sent out an email reporting on the results of putting the presidential candidates’ names through Professor Poopypants’ Name Change-O Chart. But the series is actually a little older than that– it came out 20 years ago this month!

We have lots of Dav Pilkey books to help you mark the occasion, and you can also enjoy reading an interview with the author.

 

Eve Merriam at 100

Poet Eve Merriam would have been 100 years old today.  She is known for writing everything from children’s picture books to poems for adults.  Here are some of her books that you can find at the library; her poems are also included in several poetry collections.

Goodnight to Annie: An Alphabet Lullaby
In alphabetical order, creatures all over the world fall asleep, from alligators dozing in the mud to zebras asleep on their sides.

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On My Street
This book is a good example of how families can make rhymes out of the ordinary people, places, and activities they see around them, like “Mr. Sklar washing his car” or “Pat at the laundromat.”

Ms. Merriam’s poems for older children are often playful.  Here’s one from Blackberry Ink:

Cat cat cat on the bed,
Bed’s too soft, it jumps on my head.
Head head, head’s too hard,
Cat wriggles out into the yard.
Yard yard, cat slips away
Over to the playground where the children play.
Playground seesaw, who wants to ride?
Cat’s all ready on the other side

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Chortles: New and Selected Wordplay Poems

The Singing Green: New and Selected Poems for All Seasons features some poems that are about poetry– I could see these coming in handy for an English teacher.

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Spooky ABC features spooky illustrations by Lane Smith (you probably recognize his style from books like The Stinky Cheese Man).
A poem for each letter of the alphabet introduces a different, spooky aspect of Halloween.

 

John Ciardi at 100

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John Ciardi, author of funny poetry books like The Reason for the Pelican, Doodle Soup, Fast and Slow, and Mummy Took Cooking Lessons, was born 100 years ago.  Here’s a sample of his poetry that seems perfectly suited to an election year:

 

We all have thought a lot about you by John Ciardi

Two hundred twenty thousand, five hundred twenty-three
Registered local voters (well, yes, including me)
Were asked to vote in secret on what to do with you.
Two hundred twenty thousand five hundred twenty-two
Voted to put you in a cage and throw away the key.

That isn’t quite unanimous, but I think you will agree
That as a test of sentiment their vote will surely do
To indicate what seems to be a rather general view
Shared by the mayor, the aldermen, your teachers, the police,
The deputy dog-catcher, the man who makes the keys,
The man who makes the cages, and the keeper of the zoo.
You might say everyone in town–no, that’s not strictly true–
But almost everyone in town takes a dim view of you.

Who needs Poetry Month?

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Fans of Greg Heffley probably already know about wimpykid.com, but if you haven’t visited the site in a while you may not know that April is Wimpy Kid Month!   Kids and teachers can find fun things like posters, games, and trivia.  The website is also featuring daily giveaways during the month of April.  You can also sign up to see a live webcast with author Jeff Kinney on April 27, during which he will reveal the cover for book 10 (coming out November 3).  (Just keep in mind– due to legal requirements, a parent or guardian needs to enter for prizes for kids under 18 and register for the webcast for kids under 13).