Staff Picks

Librarian Assistant
Harriet the Invincible, Hamster Princess Book 1
Vernon, Ursula
Dial Books, 2015

This is a terrific modern princess who lives her dream by solving curses and fighting evil. I have finally found a princess that I like. Unfortunately, Harriet, is cruelly cursed at birth by an evil rat. But she doesn’t let that stop her. With cleverness she turns her curse into an advantage and surprises everyone, frightens some and has a great time saving the kingdom and herself!

Youth Services Librarian
The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Evil Penguin Plan
Eaton, Maxwell
Alfred A Knopf, 2012

Bub and Ace are brother beavers who have a great life. Bub enjoys napping and Ace enjoys surfing. One day, their peaceful life is ruined when two penguins steal Ace’s surfboard. Not only is there a surfing competition coming up, but the brothers discover the penguins have a plan to freeze their beloved Beaver island. Will Ace and Bub be able to stop the penguins in time?  Will Ace lose another surfing competition to his rival Bruce? Find out in this fast-paced, laugh-out-loud graphic novel, which is book one in the Flying Beaver Brothers series!

Youth Services Librarian
Your Alien
Sauer, Tammi
Sterling. New York, 2015

This adorable picture book channels the film E.T. the Extraterrestrial. One day, a young boy looks out his window and finds a surprise in his yard: a tiny green alien. The alien and boy become fast friends, and the boy takes the alien to school and out to play. But the little alien misses his space home.  Even toys and “robot jammies” don’t cheer him up. After bedtime tuck-in, the little alien starts to cry. The young boy knows just what to do to signal attention in outer space, and the alien’s mom and dad reunite with their little green child. Your Alien is written in the second person, and “you” will agree with the little earth boy and the little alien: home is where the heart is.  For preschool-early elementary aged childre


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.