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Ask Me What I'm Reading

Weekly write-ups of books recently read by the Youth Department staff.


The Very Tiny Baby
by Sylvie Kantorovitz – j PTP 649.143 Kan
Parent/Teacher/Professional Section, Premature Infants

A baby brother, born prematurely, throws a young boy’s life into chaos. The myriad of emotions he feels – even the dark ones of jealousy and anger – are realistic and relatably compassionate. Told in a “big brother’s” voice and with child-like drawings, this book will help kids who are faced with a premature sibling deal with this scary life event more easily. (MK)

My New Friend Is So Fun!
by Mo Willems — JE Yellow Wil
First Reader

Elephant and Snake are worried, because Piggie and Bat are having TOO much fun playing together. Will they lose their best friends? Should Elephant and Snake really tell them to “stop having fun?” (No worries, Mo Willems wrote this.) (KW)

The Time of the Fireflies
by Kimberley Griffiths Little — j Lit
Fiction, Time Travel

Larissa Renaud answers a disconnected telephone and is plunged into a time-slip adventure that exposes family secrets, brings a hundred-year-old curse to light, and gives Larissa a chance to reclaim her own life after a disfiguring accident.  Compelling! (PS)

Mr. Ferris and His Wheel
by Kathryn Gibbs Davis, illus. by Gilbert Ford – j791.068 Dav
Nonfiction, Inventors

The Ferris wheel that we all love at carnivals made its debut at the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893. Mr. Ferris wanted to outdo the Eiffel Tower which was built the previous year at the Paris World’s Fair.  This is the story of how he overcame all the obstacles he encountered and ignored the people who ridiculed him and doubted its safety. (RD)

by Lizi Boyd — E Boy
Picture Book

Explore the nighttime world with a boy and his flashlight in this fun wordless book. What is lurking outside that tent? Let’s go out and explore the darkness filled with many creatures and surprises. Can you spot the raccoon in this story? Discover what this sneaky creature is up to and meet many other animals too. (KAW)

Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise
by Kate DiCamillo − JE Blue DiC
Early Reader

Squeezing into a pink princess Halloween costume sewn by dear Mrs. Watson, Mercy the pig is truly a “porcine vision”! But Mercy’s idea of Halloween treats involves butter (if not buttered toast), and the candy is not quite right. Halloween mayhem ensues on Deckawoo Drive. (AE)

Skydiver:  Saving the Fastest Bird in the World
by Celia Godkin —  j598.918 God

Every spring the peregrine falcons mate and produce young.  However, the pesticide called DDT is causing harm to the chick’s eggshells by making them break easily.  Experts have found a way to save these birds. (EM)

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