Title: Hello Love

  • Author(s): Taro Miura
  • Illustrator(s): Taro Miura
  • Ages: Birth-2
  • ©2018 Chronicle Books LLC
  • Call Number: Juv BoardBk
What's the Story?

This is a very simple board book for the very young with brightly colored pages and sleek illustrations. Originally published in Japan in 2005, it tells the story of how animals – and at the end, humans – express their affection. “Fish swim Hello! . . . by touching noses!” “Ducks quack Hi!. . .by tapping beaks!”

Title: Fox the Tiger

  • Author(s): Corey R. Tabor
  • Illustrator(s): Corey R. Tabor
  • Ages: 4-8
  • ©2018 Harper Collins
  • Call Number: Juv Primer/Tabor, Corey
What's the Story?

Fox admires all of the characteristics of the tiger – size, speed, sneaky nature – and decides tigers “are the best.” He and his friends, turtle and Rabbit, spend the day pretending they are a tiger, race car, and robot, respectively, until a rainstorm washes away their disguises. A squirrel sees fox sans disguise and exclaims, “Foxes are big! Foxes are fast. Foxes are sneaky,” the very qualities fox had admired in the tiger. Upon hearing this, fox is glad to be a fox, providing a positive message of self-acceptance.

Title: Detective Paw of the Law: The Case of the Stolen Drumsticks

  • Author(s): Dosh Archer
  • Illustrator(s): Dosh Archer
  • Ages: 5-8
  • ©2018 Albert Whitman and Company
  • Call Number: Juv Reader/Archer, Dosh
What's the Story?

Detective Paw and his assistant, Patrol Officer Prickles, solve crimes in Big City. Detective Paw “can outthink any criminal with his brilliant brain,” and Patrol Officer Prickles, a brave and loyal porcupin, has all the latest police-issue crime-fighting gadgets such as a super-powered flashlight and a Pro X Fingerprint Kit. One afternoon, they receive a call that someone has stolen Crash McLaren's Classic 5C hickory wood drumsticks right before the Battle of the Bands. The duo examine the clues (an open window, missing drumsticks, and a note left on the table which says, “Too noisy.” They talk to neighbors, analyze the crime, and finally solve the mystery. They confront the culprit and encourage her to do the right thing by replacing the stolen drumsticks.

Title: No Boring Stories

  • Author(s): Julie Falatko
  • Illustrator(s): Charles Santoso
  • Ages: 3-5
  • ©2018 Penguin Young Readers
  • Call Number: Juv PicBk Falatko, Julie
What's the Story?

Mole, Crab, Deer-Pig, and Weevil are not your typical storybook heroes. Feeling left out of other stories, they make their own in which the misfits get to be the heroes. From sword fights to laser beams, their story has everything… except an ending. When an adorable story-loving bunny tries to suggest an ending, the misfits do not want to hear it. Will the story ever be finished? Everyone soon learns that it takes all kinds, from lovable to misfits, to make a great story.

Title: 100 Friends

  • Author: Ariel Bernstein
  • Illustrator: Mike Malbrough
  • Ages: 5-8
  • ©2018 Puffin Books
  • Call Number: Juv Step-up Berstein, Ariel
What's the Story?

Yum! Marshmallows—the favorite food of both Warren and his pet dragon. Dragon especially likes them burnt to a crisp, which is easy enough for him to prepare. To Warren’s parents, his twin sister, and everyone else, Dragon just looks a stuffed toy, but for Warren, dragon is alive! They love doing things together, like sliding down staircases, playing their own muddy version of soccer, and scarfing down delicious sweets. Just don’t call Dragon a “doll”—he’ll be mightily offended! In the opening of this delightful story, Warren learns that that his family is about to move to a new city, and he and his twin sister Ellie will start second grade in a new school. Ellie is sad because she doesn’t want to leave her friends. Warren’s not too concerned, because he’ll can take his best friend, Dragon, with them. But when he opens his mouth to tell Ellie that he’ll make more new friends than she does in their new town, a spirited competition begins. On the first day of second grade, Ellie easily makes bunches of friends. Warren has a few close calls but nothing really pans out by the end of the day. Worse, he discovers Dragon is missing from his bag! He goes home feeling dejected and worried. How will Warren get his one true friend back? And, can he make more friends? With Dragon’s encouragement, it’s entirely possible.

Title: Hilda and the Hidden People

  • Author(s): Stephen Davies
  • Illustrator(s): Seaerra Miller
  • Ages: 8-12
  • ©2018 Flying Eye Books/ imprint of Nobrow Press, London
  • Call Number: Juv Davies, Stephen
What's the Story?

Hilda is a blue haired girl who lives with her mother in a house in the middle of the woods and mountains. She has a white tailed fox as a friend, and along Hilda’s adventure she meets several sorts of creatures like mean troll monsters that turn into stone when the sun goes down, a wood man who can speak and act human, but has no readable facial expressions, a kind hearted and lonely giant, fluffy flying woffs, and tiny elves. There are thousands of tiny elves living outside Hilda’s front door that are not seen by the human eye. She does not know that they are there until they began to force Hilda and her mother from their home with vandalism because she and her mother keep stepping through their homes. One of the elves befriends Hilda, and she learns the elves have lots of paperwork. Alfur, Hilda’s friendly elf, offers Hilda paperwork to sign that allows her to see the elves and their villages when she explains that she does not want to move to the city. Hilda’s adventure to make way through secrecy to speak to the Prime Minister and then to the king for a peace treaty. In the end, Hilda is able to see the living challenges from another point-of-view. The illustrations are shaded and tinted, but compliment the story well. Hilda and the Hidden People would be suitable for readers interested in adventure or imaginary creatures. Hilda and the Hidden People is the first in a series, but EBRPL does not yet have the second book at this time. Hilda and the Hidden People is based on a graphic novel series, Hildafolk, created by Luke Pearson. Hilda and the Hidden People is now a Netflix TV series.

Title: Fruit Ninja: Frenzy Force

  • Author(s): Based on a screenplay by Brendan Deboy
  • Illustrator(s): Adapted and illustrated by Erich Owen
  • Ages: 8-12, grades 3-6
  • ©2018 Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Call Number: Juv Graphic Fruit Ninja
What's the Story?

“Long ago in the ancient land of fruit Asia, four young fruit ninjas worked to master the ancient secrets of juice jitsu until the old ways were eventually forgotten and all knowledge was lost forever. Or was it?” (pgs. 12-13) “Exactly 1,000 years later, four kids rediscovered the ancient secrets and have become the new generation of fruit ninjas! They have sworn to revive the art of juice jitsu in the modern age.” (pgs. 14-15) The four fruit ninjas have been training for months and are growing weary of their training. There don’t seem to be any enemies around for them to fight. Until an old man in a barrel jumps out and warns the ninjas of possible danger around the corner. A time traveling ninja appears and tells the fruit ninjas about a superior product that will help unlock their abilities. The fruit ninjas follow the time traveler and their first real adventure begins. Sharpen your samurai blades and join these crime-fighters in their thrilling, fruit-filled adventures.

Title: Welcome, Wombat

  • Author: Kama Einhorn
  • Photographs by: Phil Melzer, Donna Stepan, & Jacky Ling
  • Ages: 7-10
  • ©2018 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Call Number: Juv 599.24 E35w
What's the Story?

This wonderfully informative book presents an abundance of interesting facts about wombats, as it reveals the daily goings-on in a real animal sanctuary in Australia, called Sleepy Burrows Wombat Sanctuary. Children learn about the stages of wombat development from “pinky” (or newborn) to adult, wombat behavior, diet, habitat, burrows, and much more. Color photographs of the real wombats at the sanctuary really make the information come to life. So does the way this true story is narrated; it is told from the point of view of a young wombat named Chance, who is welcoming a just rescued pinky named Panzer into the Sanctuary. In a reassuring tone, he tells her what to expect at the sanctuary. It truly has the best interest of the wombats at heart. The book does not shy away how human actions have made such sanctuaries necessary. Panzer was still in his mother’s pouch when a car hit and killed her mother. Fortunately, the people in the car saw that the baby was still alive and called the Sanctuary. Donna Stepan and Phil Melzer, the two wildlife rehabilitators that live in and run the sanctuary are truly amazing in what they do. The newborn wombats need to be kept in cloth pouches for months and fed about every two hours around the clock. Chance explains each of the “sanctuary steps”--rescue, recovery, rehabilitation, and release. He shows how Donna and Phil move the wombats along in the processes, by giving room for their natural wombat instincts to come through. Children learn that some people have wanted to make wombats pets, but that has been one of the worst things for them. At the baby stage, wombats want to play and need lots of care, but they are not going to stay that way. They are wild nocturnal animals that need to dig and make their own burrows. As adults, they become independent and like mostly to be alone. Highly recommended for all young (and older) readers.

Title: Ordinary Extraordinary Jane Austen: The Story of Six novels, Three Notebooks, a Writing Box, and One Clever Girl

  • Author(s): Deborah Hopkinson
  • Illustrator(s): Qin Ling
  • Ages: 4-8
  • ©2018 Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
  • Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
What's the Story?

This is a picture book biography of the life of Jane Austen. The pictures in the book are done in in a light and airy manner. The text tells us about her family; how she grew up; and how she became a writer. This biography reminds us that Jane liked to tell stories that reflected real-life, rather than writing what was popular at the time, and thus invented a new kind of story, where “readers could recognize (and laugh at) themselves.” The back of the book lists a summary of each of her six major novels, three of which were completed before she turned 21. The book also gives a timeline of Jane Austen’s life, and lists websites and books for further reading.

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