Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Check out these new books!

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems- Wilbur, a naked mole rat who likes to wear clothes, is forced to go before the wise community elder, who surprises the other naked mole rats with his pronouncement.

Trouble Magnet Calvin Coconut by Grahm Salisbury-Nine-year-old. Calvin catches the attention of the school bully on the day before he starts fourth grade, while at home, the unfriendly, fifteen-year-old daughter of his mother's best friend has taken over his room.

Joe and Sparky Get New Wheels by Jamie Michalak- Sparky is a turtle who likes to stay inside his shell. Joe is a giraffe who likes to stretch his neck and see the world. When a car appears one day at the famous cageless zoo where they live, the two set off on the ride of their lives, with Joe behind the wheel and Sparky hanging on for dear life. From the shopping mall to the car wash to the take-out burger joint, Joe and Sparky cause mayhem everywhere they go.

Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson - Through letters to his little sister, who is living in a different foster home, sixth-grader Lonnie, also known as "Locomotion," keeps a record of their lives while they are apart, describing his own foster family, including his foster brother who returns home after losing a leg in the Iraq War.

Bill Gates Up Close by Marc Aronson - When Bill Gates was born in 1955, no one owned a personal computer. Gates envisioned what a computerized society could be and he set out to lead the way, building the Microsoft empire with single-minded drive. Today, the man who made his fortune by putting the whole world in touch now hopes to improve lives around the planet.

Swish - The quest for basketball's perfect shot by Mark Stewart and Mike Kennedy-A history of some notable basketball shots and players.

Dewey Doo-it Helps Little Owlie Fly Again- A children's story about Christopher Reeve- by Brahm Wenger and Alan Green-When Dewey gets his new kite caught in a tall tree and asks his friend Owlie for help, he finds that Owlie has been in an accident and can no longer flap his wings.

Math For All Seasons by Greg Tang - This collection of mind-bending math puzzles concentrates on groups of five, with each riddle posing a problem that readers can solve by counting.

The Vermeer Interviews - conversations with Seven Works of Art as imagined by Bob Raczka- In this book we take a look at seven paintings by Jan Vermeer, author Bob Raczka takes on the role of interviewer and the people in the paintings become his willing subjects.

Arthur's Family Treasury by Marc Brown- Three Arthur Adventures in One Volume- Now three of the most beloved Arthur Adventures, Arthur's Birthday, Arthur's Family Vacation, and Arthur's Baby are all in one volume!

A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk - a Forest of poems by Deborah Ruddell and Joan Rankin- In a watery mirror the rugged raccoon admires his face by the light of the moon: the mysterious mask, the whiskers beneath, the sliver of cricket still stuck in his teeth.Take a lighthearted romp through four seasons in the forest with these whimsical poems. Marvel at the overachieving beaver, applaud the race-winning snail and itsperfecttrail of slime, or head off to be pampered at a squirrel spa. Warning: Deborah Ruddell's quirky cast of animal characters and Joan Rankin's deliciously daffy pictures will cause giggles. The woods have never been so much fun!

Orangutan Tongs- Poems to Tangle your Tongue by Jon Agee- Have you ever gotten tripped up trying to say a silly succession of similar syllables? Of course-everyone has! It can frustrating, but it's always funny! For example, you know New York's unique, but did you know that unique New York's also pretty chic? And if you switched your wristwatch with a new Swiss watch, could you tell which wristwatch was which? Wordplay master Jon Agee tackles these and other tricky tongue twisters in a funny new title featuring his equally hilarious artwork. The combination will leave you speechless.

Tsunami! by Kimiko Kajikawa -Ojiisan, the oldest and wealthiest man in the village, doesn't join the others at the rice ceremony. Instead he watches from his balcony. He feels something is coming-something he can't describe. When he sees the monster wave pulling away from the beach, he knows. Tsunami! But the villagers below can't see the danger. Will Ojiisan risk everything he has to save them? Can he? Illustrated in stunning collage by Caldecott winner Ed Young, here is the unforgettable story of how one man's simple sacrifice saved hundreds of lives. An extraordinary celebration of both the power of nature and the power each of us holds within.

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