Posts Tagged ‘ Chapter Books ’

Junie B. Jones Reading Club

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

It’s almost Summer Reading Time! Sign your kids up now for the Junie B. Jones Kids’ Reading Club and, in June, they’ll get a number of freebies, including a copy of Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus.

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New Book from Pseudonymous Bosch

Friday, April 5th, 2013

The popular author of the tween mystery books, Secret Series, is missing! At least that’s the premise behind Pseudonymous Bosch’s newest title, Write This Book: A Do-It-Yourself Mystery. To help find the missing scribe, kids are encouraged to finish writing the tome. And that’s where the real appeal—and innovation—come into play. Through a variety of puzzles, games, and activities, readers become writers and, hopefully, learn a little about the writing process as they go.

Some of my favorite examples:

  • Random Writing Tip: When in doubt, insert fart joke. Suggestions: What do you call a writer who doesn’t fart in school? A private writing toot-er. (Ok, maybe I like this tip because I have three boys!)
  • Pseudo-assignments, including Snoop Training: Pretend to be a first-time visitor in your home. What things stand out? What can you conclude about the people who live there? Write a list of observations and hypotheses based strictly on what you see, not on what you already know. (My house? You would find lots of lacrosse gear, homework stacked on the kitchen table, and a mostly empty jug of milk in the fridge.)
  • Procrastination Pages: Take three months off. Tell everyone you need to “recharge.” Creativity requires rest. (Hmmmm, maybe I need a vacation…)

Watch for more on Write This Book: A Do-It-Yourself Mystery in an upcoming issue. And for more

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A New Book Series From a Popular Comic Strip Author

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Assistant Researcher Krista Hojnowski recently found a great new chapter book series for kids. She writes:

Being a huge fan of the comic Pearls Before Swine and its creator Stephan Pastis, I had super-high hopes for Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made. And, right from the opening lines, I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed: “It’s harder to drive a polar bear into somebody’s living room than you’d think. You need a living-room window that’s big enough to fit a car. You need a car that’s big enough to fit a polar bear. And you need a polar bear that’s big enough to not point out your errors.”

Readers follow Timmy and his sidekick/business partner, Total ( a very lazy, very hungry Polar bear—just go with it) through the daily ins and outs of running their detective agency, Total Failure, Inc. They have big plans to take take the agency worldwide, but first they need to hone their skills on a more local level. Cruising around town in the Failuremobile (a Segway—again, just go with it) to investigate cases, Timmy and Total run into people and situations that may delay their business scheme for global dominance. Black and white illustrations appear throughout the pages and give the book a comic strip feel, but it’s best for kids in the 8+ age range.

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New Lemony Snicket Book

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Are your kids (or you?!) a Lemony Snicket fan? It was just leaked that the popular author’s newest book, When Did You See
Her Last
?, the second book in the All the Wrong Questions series, will be out on October 15th. Daniel Handler, sometimes confused with Lemony Snicket, recorded a conversation with the author in which they discuss the title of the book.

I know my boys and I are looking forward to the release. While you’re waiting, here are some other great chapter books to read.


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New Covers for Harry Potter Series

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Harry Potter is getting a facelift for the 15th anniversary of his book debut. That’s right. The original covers, all by Mary Grand Pre, will be replaced by covers from artist Kazu Kibuishi this September.

What do you think? I’m on the fence. While the new cover is lovely, I’m sentimental and am such a fan of the originals. But times change, and change is generally good.

New Cover

Original Cover

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