Staff Picks

Librarian Assistant
Klimo, Kate
Random House, 2015

This is the 7th book in the series, Dog Diaries. And it is the true story of Stubby, one of the greatest dogs in military history.  Stubby, was a street mutt who wanted to belong somewhere.   He looked high and low for someone to take an interest in him. Then met a young man named, Conroy, who liked dogs.  Conroy was in training to go over to France and fight in the Great War. Stubby was thrilled. This “diary” tells the true story of an amazing dog hero who served in WWI.  I really enjoyed reading this book. It moved along quickly and clearly as Stubby told his story though his doggy eyes and I learned about a real hero and the “boys” he served with.

Youth Services Librarian
The Day Crayon Came Hone
Daywalt, Drew
Philomel, 2015

Duncan and his crayons were coloring one day, when he received a mysterious stack of postcards. The postcards were all from crayons he had lost.  Poor maroon crayon was lost for two years in the couch, when Duncan’s dad sat on it and broke it in half!  Neon red crayon was left at the hotel pool when Duncan and his family were on vacation.  Glow in the dark crayon was forgotten in the basement.  But the crayon that had it worst of all was tan (or possibly burnt sienna).  The crayon can’t even tell what color it is anymore because it was eaten by a dog and then puked up on the rug!

Duncan feels bad for forgetting these crayons, and he comes up with an idea to make them all feel at home.  Find out what happens to them in this companion book to The Day the Crayons Quit.

Youth Services Librarian
The Night World.
Gerstein, Mordicai
Little, Brown and Company, 2015

Caldecott Medalist Mordicai Gerstein has another beautiful book for kids (and adults) to enjoy. The Night World follows a young boy as he wakes in the dark of early morning. His cat, Sylvie wakes him up in bed, with her green eyes glowing. The little boy walks through the dark house and steps outside on his side walk to notice a whole new world, a night world full of animals whispering and shadows changing. "Here it comes" whispers a robin as the sun rises and morning colors emerge. The Night World uses only gray, black, and white illustrations (except for the cat’s eyes) until the end of the book when a burst of sunny color emerges. A great book for a night/day theme or a gentle bedtime story. For early childhood to elementary-aged children.


Mary Poppins & Page Turner
Youth Services Pet Frogs
I'm a frog
Willems, Mo
Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group, 2013

Our esteemed frog reviewer, Page Turner says, “Everyone was saying this author writes funny books so I took a look. But as soon as I saw the cover I began to have doubts. What does a pig know about being a beautiful, green, hoppy frog? So I was SO surprised to find myself laughing at Piggy who discovered how great it is to hop! 
“Well, I too, liked this book even though there is no picture of a frog!” croaks Mary Hoppins. “It is great to be a frog! And I hope that everyone tries using their imagination, ribbit!”
 Two frog thumbs up for this book.