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Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff

September 2010





written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola



Tommy and his grandfather share the same name and both have a mischievous side. Whenever they are together they do nothing but laugh and have fun. One day, grandfather Tom shows Tommy a funny and very different trick that makes them laugh so hard that Tommy brings it to school to show all the children. The only problem is, his teacher doesn't think it is so funny. A wonderful story of a special bond between grandfather and his grandson.






Time Warp Trio

The Time Warp Trio series

by Jon Scieska, illustrated by Lane Smith


In the first book of this series, Knights of the Kitchen Table, Joe is given a magic book that transports him and his friends, Fred and Sam, to King Arthur's Britain. Throughout the series, the boys go from one historical era to another, having hilarious adventures all along the way. The snappy dialogue, fast-moving action scenes, and non-stop humor will keep even reluctant readers interested and involved.






A Long Way From Chicago

A Long Way From Chicago

by Richard Peck

When Joey and Mary Alice, two city kids, make their annual summer visits to Grandma Dowdel's small Illinois town, anything can happen-- and usually does! This hoot of a book won a Newbery Honor the year it was published, and is the prequel to Peck's Newbery-winning A Year Down Yonder.





Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

by Judi Barrett, illustrated by Ron Barrett


This charming story (and recent motion picture) is sure to tickle your funny bone (and make you hungry!) Imagine the tiny town of Chewandswallow-- where the weather reports read like a fast food menu. . . it was raining juice, snowing mashed potatoes. . . and there were hamburger wind storms! When the weather got bad, however, the food portions became super-sized-- with many houses damaged by giant meatballs. How do the townspeople solve this problem? Read Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and find out! Illustrator Ron Barrett only draws meatballs- he is a vegetarian :)





Dragon series

The Dragon series
written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey

Dav Pilkey is perhaps better known for another silly series, Captain Underpants. I find his Dragon series to be sillier and perhaps more appealing to parents. Young readers will practice their reading skills and giggle along as Dragon goes about his normal day. Nothing, however, is ever normal in Dragon's day. From a simple trip to the grocery store to a little house cleaning, Dragon makes it all fun.





The Hoboken Chicken Emergency

The Hoboken Chicken Emergency

written and illustrated by Daniel Pinkwater

Arthur Bobowicz is charged with picking up his family's Thanksgiving turkey. Except... the butcher seems to have lost their order, and it sure is hard finding a turkey for sale anywhere in Hoboken on Thanksgiving day! Then Arthur notices a card in an apartment window: "Professor Mazzocchi, Inventor of the Chicken System, By appointment." He rings the bell. Minutes later, Arthur finds himself back out on the stoop, holding a live, 266-pound chicken on a leash. Of course Arthur's family can't cook the bird, which Arthur names Henrietta ("Every boy should have a chicken," says Arthur's grandfather). But as it turns out, giant chickens aren't exactly the easiest pets to keep in an apartment. . . The dialogue in this book is hilarious, which makes this a great book for reading aloud. Arthur and Henrietta's misadventures will definitely keep you laughing. 






The Boss Baby

The Boss Baby

written and illustrated by Marla Frazee

We all got some big chuckles out of Marla Frazee's latest book, about the new boss in town-- the Baby. He wears a onesie and tie, and sets up office right in the middle of the house. He puts Mom and Dad on a round-the-clock schedule, with NO TIME OFF! It's hard to say whether the text or illustrations are more hilarious. Any parent, older sibling (or just about anyone, really) will enjoy this book.


-Youth Services Staff




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