Best of 2016 #6

Welcome to a new week!  Our list is getting shorter, but there are soooo many good books left to share with you!  Our #6 spot will definitely start your week with a smile.  Without realizing it, #6 hit the funny bone for our staff. Miss out on yesterday?  Catch up here.

Sarah

Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke

Goblin is a homebody who is raided and loses his friend, Skeleton.  He must go into the world to rescue Skeleton and find out how the real world really feels about goblins.

Marta

King Baby by Kate Beaton

Look out lowly parent peons!  King Baby’s reign is just beginning!  This book will be a guilty pleasure for parents and kids alike.  It is a little tongue in cheek to veteran parents as Beaton describes real life with a new little one from the little ones perspective.  Kids will love the pictures and King Baby’s demands.

Teresa 

Lion Lessons by Jon Agee

A young lion (a human boy in costume) does his best to learn how to be a proper lion from the master (a real lion)- and after grueling lessons, learns the most important lesson of all.  A funny book with great laugh-aloud appeal.

Janna

A Child’s First Book of Trump by Michael Ian Black

Yes, this is a political satire, but it’s so brutally frank and honest about the state of our current political landscape in a way kids (and their parents) will actually understand and relate.

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Rave Reviews

Rave reviews is a new series we are kicking off to share books we have really enjoyed with you!  Check us out each month as we add new reviews from different children’s staff here at MPL.  Our first Rave Review comes from Janna.

 

I’ll confess: despite the sage advice to never to choose a book based on its cover, that’s exactly what I did. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill caught my eye one afternoon lying abandoned on a shelf, and I simply had to read it.  The image of a girl standing fearless in front of a glowing full moon, commanding an army of glowing paper cranes, was enchanting, and thankfully, the story inside did not disappoint. Like all great fairy tales, The Girl Who Drank the Moon shows the light in a world filled with darkness and woe. For generations, the people of the Protectorate have endured the evils of the witch in the woods, living in constant fear for their lives, and paying the ultimate sacrifice to appease her. Only one boy dares to defy the Elders by seeking answers to questions no one else dares to ask. Locked away in a tower, a madwoman prays for a day of revenge, and an infant abandoned in the woods grows into her secret power. Stories long forgotten must be remembered to save this world from the evils of the Sorrow Eater, and the cloud of sadness that threatens to swallow them all.

Several stories in one, this magical tale weaves separate narratives together to a riveting conclusion that will leave even the most seasoned reader enthralled.

Audiobook Round Up

If you haven’t tried an audiobook lately, you should give one a listen.  We carry books on CD which are great for car rides, but we also have Playaways, an MP3 format that comes with its own player!  These are great for anywhere and very discreet!

Why do we love audiobooks?  They are the best of both worlds! Not only do you get to read an awesome story but you get an entertaining performance to go with it.  You would be surprised at how many well-known actors and actresses have lent their talent (and voices) to bring an audiobook to life!  Here are a few of our current favorites!  Have a book you would love to read, but aren’t sure if it is available as an audiobook?  Just ask us at the children’s desk!  We are happy to help find it!

 

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The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry

This story follows seven girls at a Victorian boarding school as they try to cover up the untimely death of their headmistress.  Perfect blend of humor, mystery, and historical fiction.  The narrator for this book does an excellent job of bringing out the distinct personality Berry gave each character which makes the book that much more entertaining!

 

 

 

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Set in 1905 Czarist Russia, Elena’s family has been torn apart.  Her father is dead, her mother is dying, and her brothers have just been taken into the Tsar’s army.  Then a train shows up with a young noble girl named Ekaterina.  Both girls’ lives take an adventurous turn that includes mistaken identity and an appearance from the witch, Baba Yaga.  Because the narrator is amazing, every bit of Maguire’s humor and wit is brought to life in a way that anyone of any age will get and enjoy!

 

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A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd 

Felicity Pickle and her mother are new to Midnight Gulch, TN.  The town was once magic, according to legend, and Felicity and her friend Jonah are bound and determined to bring it back.  The narrator’s voice fits these characters perfectly, pulling the listener into this tale of friendship, family, and a little magic.

 

Happy Listening!