Holiday

g i f t  -  b u y i n g   g u i d e

2006

    books chosen especially by the children, young readers, 
and youth services librarians at perrot library

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BAD KITTY, by Nick Bruel

BAD KITTY

by Nick Bruel

What does a good kitty do when there's no cat food and she's forced to eat vegetables? She turns into a bad kitty-- a very, very bad kitty. Take a delightful romp through the alphabet (four times) with this mischievous cat.

 

 

SO SLEEPY STORY, by Uri Shulevitz

SO SLEEPY STORY
by Uri Shulevitz

"In a sleepy sleepy house [where] everything is sleepy sleepy," a boy snoozes peacefully-- until music awakens him (and the chairs and tables and dishes) into joyful midnight revelry. When the music floats away, all return to sweet slumber.

 

 

LIBRARY LION, by Michelle Knudsen

LIBRARY LION

by Michelle Knudsen, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

When a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren't any rules about lions in the library. A charming picture book that captures the essence of what libraries are all about: reading, sharing and enjoyment. A book to be read and shared by all.

 

 

DUCK AND GOOSE, by Tad Hills

DUCK AND GOOSE

by Tad Hills

Duck and Goose are not very good at sharing the big, polka-dot "egg" they’ve found, or at waiting for it to hatch! Can you guess why?

 

FLOTSAM, by David Wiesner

FLOTSAM

by David Wiesner

 

A boy combing the beach finds a camera that yields photos of astounding mechanical marvels from under the sea, as well as a mysterious photo that links children throughout time. A wordless wonder with gorgeous paintings of the seaside that is perfect for exploring together.     

MOON PLANE, by Peter McCarty

                               

MOON PLANE

by Peter McCarty

A young boy sees a plane overhead and finds himself on an imaginary trip from the earth to the moon and back again, visiting trains, planes, and boats along the way. Luminous illustrations make the boy’s fantasy into a dreamlike journey that ends in his mother’s arms-- a perfect way to end the day.

 

 

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THE HOMEWORK MACHINE, by Dan Gutman

THE HOMEWORK MACHINE

by Dan Gutman

The unlikely foursome made up of a geek, a class clown, a teacher's pet, and a slacker--Brenton, Sam "Snick," Judy and Kelsey, respectively-- are bound together by one very big secret: the homework machine. Because the machine, code-named Belch, is doing their homework for them, they start spending a lot of time together, attracting a lot of attention. And attention is exactly what you don't want when you are keeping a secret.

 

 

PISH POSH, by Ellen Potter

PISH POSH

by Ellen Potter

Each night at the Pish Posh restaurant, ultra-snobby Clara Frankofile watches the glittery movie actresses and princesses, and decides who is important enough to stay and who she will kick to the sidewalk in disgrace. But Clara’s world is turned upside down when she discovers that a peculiar mystery is happening in the restaurant, right under her upturned nose. With the help of a whip-smart twelve-year-old jewel thief, Clara embarks on a wildly dangerous mission through the streets of New York to solve a two-hundred-year-old secret.

 

HEAT, by Mike Lupica

HEAT

by Mike Lupica

Newly-orphaned after his father led the family's escape from Cuba, Michael has no one to watch out for him except his older brother Carlos, who is only 17. If Social Services hears of the boys' situation, they will be separated in the foster care system-- or even worse, sent back to Cuba. So the boys do their best to carry on alone, dodging bills and anyone who asks too many questions. Until, that is, someone asks how a 12-year-old boy could possibly throw with as much power as Michael Arroyo throws.

ABADAZAD BOOK 1: THE ROAD TO INCONCEIVABLE, by J.M. DeMatteis

ABADAZAD BOOK 1: THE ROAD TO INCONCEIVABLE

by J.M. DeMatteis

 

Kate’s little brother Matt is missing, and Kate thinks she will never see him again. But then she finds out that Matt is trapped in the world of Abadazad. Will Kate have the courage to look for her brother? And if she leaves home, will she ever return?

 

 

EIDOLON CHRONICLES BOOK 1: THE SECRET COUNTRY, by Jane Johnson

EIDOLON CHRONICLES BOOK 1: THE SECRET COUNTRY

by Jane Johnson

 

Ben wants a Mongolian Fighting Fish more than anything. But when he goes to Mr. Dodds' Pet Emporium with his hard-earned savings, he buys a cat instead. He didn't have a choice, really. The cat insisted. Iggy (as the tabby likes to be called) has been kidnapped from his home, a parallel world known as the Secret Country. And as the two soon discover, Iggy is not the only animal to fall victim to the pet store owner's devious scheme: Mr. Dodds is stealing the Secret Country's magical creatures and selling them to England's rich and curious.

 

 

THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ORDINARY BOY: THE HERO REVEALED, by William Boniface

THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ORDINARY BOY: THE HERO REVEALED

by William Boniface

In the town of Superopolis, Ordinary Boy is definitely the odd lad out. Everybody else in this crowded hero hamlet has some kind of superpower. The only problem is that they are not very bright. When Professor Brain-Drain looses his evil scheme on Superopolis, there is only one person to save the hometown from dastardly destruction. Can you guess who it is?

 

 

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ENDYMION SPRING, by Matthew Skelton

ENDYMION SPRING

by Matthew Skelton

This thriller takes precocious children whose lives are disrupted by their parents' separation, surrounds them with untrustworthy, professionally jealous and personally greedy academics, and drops them into a mystery involving an ancient book containing the secrets of eternal wisdom.

 

 

 

PEEPS, by Scott Westerfeld

PEEPS

by Scott Westerfeld

[For Young Adult readers] In this fast-paced modern vampire story, nineteen-year-old Cal is both hunter and hunted: he works for the Night Watch, New York City's clandestine organization to capture "peeps": "parasite positive" people infected with an ancient disease that causes vampirism.

 

 

THE BOOK THIEF, by Markus Zusak

THE BOOK THIEF

by Markus Zusak

Death hates to admit it, but there are some human stories that distract him and haunt him, and the book thief's story is one of these. Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, narrator Death relates the story of Liesel-- a young German girl whose book-stealing and storytelling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

 

 

THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS, by John Boyne

THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS

by John Boyne

Bruno is nine when his family moves from their luxurious Berlin home to the country, where "the Fury" has appointed Bruno's father commandant. From his bedroom window, Bruno can see a barbed wire fence surrounding a huge place with low houses and sad looking people-- boys and men of all ages. Bored and lonely, Bruno secretly befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind that fence.

 

 

RASH, by Pete Hautman

RASH

by Pete Hautman

In the United Safer States of America of the late twenty-first century, a national obsession with safety has criminalized verbal abuse, obesity, and the playing of sports without appropriate protective equipment. Hautman takes a satirical look at an antiseptic future in this darkly comic mystery/adventure.

 

 

 

 

BORN TO ROCK, by Gordon Korman

BORN TO ROCK
by
Gordon Korman

Leo Caraway seems to be living a charmed life: he is a model student and member of the Young Republicans, he has just won a scholarship, and he has received admission to Harvard. But when Leo finds out that his biological father is Marion X McMurphy, the notorious punk rocker, his life changes drastically!

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