Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
Expected Publication Date: August 4th, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
From the author of the acclaimed bestseller "Holes, " winner of the Newbery Award and the National Book Award, comes a new middle-grade novel with universal appeal. Combining horror-movie suspense with the issues of friendship, bullying, and the possibility of ecological disaster, this novel will intrigue, surprise, and inspire readers and compel them to think twice about how they treat others as well as their environment.
"Be careful. Your next step may be your last."
Fifth grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi and seventh grader Marshall Walsh have been walking to and from Woodridge Academy together since elementary school. But their routine is disrupted when bully Chad Hilligaschallenges Marshall to a fight. To avoid the conflict, Marshall takes a shortcut home through the off-limits woods. Tamaya, unaware of the reason for the detour, reluctantly follows. They soon get lost. And then they find trouble. Bigger trouble than anyone could ever have imagined.
In the days and weeks that follow, the authorities and the U.S. Senate become involved, and what they uncover might affect the future of the world.
Why We Can't Wait: Louis Sachar. Nuff said.
Ms. Rapscott's Girls by Dev Petty
Publication Date: February 10th, 2015
Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Genre: Picture Book
Fans of Mo Willems's "Don t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus " and Jon Klassen's "I Want My Hat Back" will love meeting this willful young frog with a serious identity crisis. Frog wants to be anything but a slimy, wet frog. A cat, perhaps. Or a rabbit. An owl? But when a hungry wolf arrives a wolf who HATES eating frogs our hero decides that maybe being himself isn t so bad after all. In this very silly story with a sly message, told in hilarious dialogue between a feisty young frog and his heard-it-all-before father, young readers will identify with little Frog's desire to be something different, while laughing along at his stubborn yet endearing schemes to prove himself right.
I love this book! We were fortunate enough to have the author come to our store and do a reading. She brought plastic frogs for the kids to take home and we gave out bookmarks too. The book can be read very expressively. It deals in a positive way about self-acceptance. The Frog and his Dad are having a discussion, he no longer wants to be a frog because they are too slimy, too wet, and eat too many bugs. He wants to be a cat, rabbit, owl, or pig. Dad explains why he can’t be that and what’s the matter with being a frog? Mr. Wolf comes and says how hungry he is and that he eats cats, rabbits, owls, and pigs!! But the one animal he doesn’t eat is frogs! What a relief! Find out why! It has a great ending. I read this for storytime and the kids and their parents loved it!
Reviewed by Dori at Books Inc. Mountain View
The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt
Expected Publication Date: August 18th, 2015
The companion to the #1 blockbuster bestseller, "The Day the Crayons Quit"
I'm not sure what it is about this kid Duncan, but his crayons sure are a colorful bunch of characters Having soothed the hurt feelings of one group who threatened to quit, Duncan now faces a whole new group of crayons asking to be rescued. From Maroon Crayon, who was lost beneath the sofa cushions and then broken in two after Dad sat on him; to poor Turquoise, whose head is now stuck to one of Duncan's stinky socks after they both ended up in the dryer together; to Pea Green, who knows darn well that no kid likes peas and who ran away each and every crayon has a woeful tale to tell and a plea to be brought home to the crayon box.
Why We Can't Wait: Oh goodness, The Day the Crayons Quit is one of our all-time favorites, so come on. OF COURSE, we're excited for this companion!