Holiday

g i f t  -  b u y i n g   g u i d e

2007

 

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

B O O K S   F O R   T H E   Y O U N G E S T

*      * *    *    *   *      *      *

The Apple Pie That Papa Baked

The Apple Pie That Papa Baked

by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Jonathan Bean

A sweet and warm cumulative tale of a little girl, her loving Papa, and a wonderful pie. Starred reviews in Booklist, Kirkus, and Publisher's Weekly.

"A delicious homage to vintage children's books" -Publisher's Weekly

 

 

Mary and the Mouse, the Mouse and Mary

Mary and the Mouse, the Mouse and Mary
by Emily Donofrio, illustrated by Barbara McClintock

While Mary, a girl whose family lives in a big house, is learning things at school, a young mouse (whose family lives in a small house within the big one) is learning the same things at her school, and when the two eventually meet, they become good friends. Starred reviews in Kirkus and Publishers Weekly.

"Only a jaded reader could fail to be bewitched by McClintock's meticulous panels or her piquant cover art" -Publishers Weekly

 

 

Wolves

Wolves

written and illustrated by Emily Gravett

When a young rabbit checks out a library book about wolves, he learns much more about their behavior than he ever wanted to know! Starred reviews in School Library Journal and Kirkus. One of Kirkus's Best Children's Books of 2006. An ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) Notable Children's Book of 2007.

"An imaginative, cleverly designed story" -School Library Journal

 

 

A Good Day

A Good Day

written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes

It started out as a bad day for a little yellow bird, a little white dog, a little orange fox, and a little brown squirrel. Until. . . a discovery, love, luck, persistence, and a different point of view change all that. What can turn a bad day into a good day? You decide. A Book Sense Children's Pick. Starred reviews in Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Booklist.

"Expertly tuned to the emotions and imaginations of children" -Booklist

 

 

17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore

17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore

by Jenny Offill, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter

 

A young girl lists the seventeen things she's not allowed to do anymore, including not being able to make ice after having frozen a fly in one of the cubes. A Book Sense Children's Pick. Starred review in School Library Journal.  

 

"Terrifically cheeky" -Publishers Weekly

 

 

 

 

Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity

 Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity

written and illustrated by Mo Willems

Her daddy in tow, Trixie hurries to school to show off her one-of-a-kind Knuffle Bunny. But an awful surprise awaits her: someone else has the exact same bunny! Starred review in Kirkus and Publishers Weekly.

"Not a word or image feels out of place" -Publishers Weekly

 

*      * *    *    *   *      *      *

B O O K S   F O R   M I D D L E   G R A D E R S

*      * *    *    *   *      *      *

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

by Brian Selznick

When twelve-year-old Hugo, a clock-repairing orphan living within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and biggest secret are jeopardized. Starred reviews in Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, and School Library Journal.

“Here is a true masterpiece. . . as tantalizing as it is touching.” -Publishers Weekly

 

 

The Rising Star of Rusty Nail

The Rising Star of Rusty Nail

by Lesley M.M. Blume

In the small town of Rusty Nail, Minnesota, in the early 1950’s, musically talented ten-year-old Franny wants to take advanced piano lessons from newcomer Olga Malenkov— a famous Russian musician suspected of being a Communist spy by the community gossips. Starred review in Booklist.

“Blume has skillfully combined humor, history, and music to create an enjoyable novel that builds to a surprising crescendo” -School Library Journal

 

 

The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School

The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School

by Candace Fleming

 

An unlikely teacher takes over the disorderly fourth-grade class of Aesop Elementary School, with surprising results.

 

“This is a winner” -Kirkus

“Plenty of humor” -Booklist

 

 

 

 

 

A Dog for Life

A Dog for Life

by L.S. Matthews

 

When John, who has a special ability to communicate with animals, finds that his dog, Mouse, is scheduled to go to the pound, he decides take Mouse and run away to find his long-lost uncle, who may be able to help them. Starred reviews in Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly. A Booklist Editor’s Choice.

 

“This is a little gem-- part adventure and part heartfelt family story” -Booklist

 

 

A Dog Called Grk

A Dog Called Grk

by Joshua Doder

A British schoolboy finds adventure when he travels to a dangerous foreign country to return a small dog to its rightful owner.

“Lightly comic and cinematically adventurous” -Kirkus

“Fast paced and entertaining” -Booklist

“Recommended” -Horn Book

 

 

 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal

by Jeff Kinney

Greg is a sixth-grader in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope merely to survive. But when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship. Starred review in Publisher’s Weekly.

“Lots of fun” -Booklist

“Recommended” -Horn Book

 

 

 

*      * *    *    *   *      *      *

B O O K S   F O R   R E A D E R S  A G E S  12+

*      * *    *    *   *      *      *

Wildwood Dancing

Wildwood Dancing

by Juliette Marillier

From the author of several highly popular fantasy novels for adults comes an unforgettable young adult fairy tale in which a young woman will be tested in ways she cannot imagine—tests of trust, strength, and true love. Starred review in School Library Journal.

 

“A romantic fantasy rich in detail, magical creatures and strong female characters”

-Publishers Weekly

 

 

 

 

An Abundance of Katherines

An Abundance of Katherines

by John Green

 

Seventeen-year-old Colin Singleton always falls for girls named Katherine—and he's been dumped 19 times, to be exact. Letting expectations go and allowing love are in the heart of his hilarious quest to find his missing piece and avenge dumpees everywhere. Starred review in Booklist.

 

"The intelligent humor will make many readers eager to go along for the ride"

-Publishers Weekly

 

 

A Drowned Maiden's Hair: A Melodrama

A Drowned Maiden's Hair: A Melodrama

by Laura Amy Schlitz

 

Maud Flynn is known at the orphanage for her impertinence, so it is quite a surprise when charming Miss Hyacinth and her sister choose Maud to take home with them. It seems the sisters need Maud to help stage elaborate séances for bereaved, wealthy patrons.

 

“The details and the surprising turnarounds will keep readers hooked” -Booklist

 

 

The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Mysterious Benedict Society

by Trenton Lee Stewart

 

“ARE YOU A GIFTED CHILD LOOKING FOR SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES?” When this peculiar ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. But in the end, just four very special children will succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and resourceful children could complete. Starred reviews in Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal.

 

"Readers will likely enjoy getting lost in this fully imagined realm" -Publishers Weekly

 

 

 

Epic

Epic

by Conor Kostick

 

Generations ago, violence was banned on New Earth. Society is governed and conflicts are resolved in the arena of a fantasy computer game, Epic. When Erik, seeking revenge, dares to subvert the rules of Epic, he and his friends find themselves up against the ultimate masters of the game, the Committee… Starred reviews in Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal.

 

"A surefire winner" -Booklist

 

 

 

 

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

by Gabrielle Zevin

 

If Naomi had picked tails, she would have won the coin toss. She wouldn’t have had to go back for the yearbook camera, and she wouldn’t have hit her head on the steps. She wouldn’t have woken up with amnesia. She certainly would have remembered her boyfriend, Ace. She’d know about her mom’s new family and her dad’s fiancée. She never would have met James, the boy with the questionable past, who tells her he once wanted to kiss her. But Naomi picked heads… Starred review in Booklist.

 

"Fans of psychological drama won't want to put this book down" -Publishers Weekly

 

Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!

[Back to May We Recommend...]

Click to follow Radcliffe the Frog back to Youth Services

Perrot Memorial Library Youth Services Department, Old Greenwich, Connecticut