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My new favorite storytime book, The Circus Ship is an exciting and fun story by master author and illustrator Chris Van Dusen.  With bright stylized illustrations and perfectly metered rhymes, it is the perfect read-aloud book.  When a ship full of circus animals is marooned on a small island off the coast of Maine, the residents are quite put out at first.  However, they soon find that the animals and people can help each and get along very well even on a small island.  Van Dusen has a knack for working good vocabularly words into his rhymes very smoothly and combined with his fantastic illustrations, The Circus Ship is a treat for both kids and adults!

-Reviewed by Anna from Books Inc. Chestnut St

 

Written with a delightfully British sense of humor, Mr. and Mrs. Bunny is always completely silly without ever feeling ridiculous.  Madeline's parents have been kidnapped by a band of people who look suspiciously like foxes.  Luckily Madeline, who happens to speak Bunny, runs into a pair of newly minted detectives, Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, who chose the profession because they would get to wear fedoras.  The meeting of the three unlikely friends leads to a madcap adventure involving garlic-bread loving marmots and foxes who learned to speak English by watching sitcoms, and also shows the importance of those rare friends who can become your family.

-Reviewed by Anna from Books Inc. Chestnut St.

Looking for a chilling ghost story that will keep you guessing from beginning to end? Then look no further than this incredible middle-grade book from Rebecca Wade!  When 14-year-old Hannah and her parents relocate to a crumbling old Victorian home while theirs is on the mend, things seem normal at first.  But that’s before Hannah finds an old faerie-tale book, an abandoned doll with strange markings and strange messages written with magnets on her fridge.  And oh yeah- before the house starts slowly reverting back to the 1890’s…
This book delivers just the right amount of chills with an ambiance that will creep out even the most jaded middle-reader.  The main character is a strong, level-headed girl who knows how to tackle her problems- even those from the great beyond!  Due to the chilling atmosphere and some seriously creeptastic goings on I would say this book is definitely for the 10-12 age group.  Also noteworthy here is that this book is a companion to her previous novel which appears to be out of print.  Aside from a couple references to people and events that happened in the first novel, this novel can be enjoyed on its own.  Read it and creep yourself out today!
 
--Reviewed by Katherine from Books Inc. Laurel Village
I'll take for granted that you like movies and I know you love books - so here is one that combines the best of both fantastic worlds into a beautiful, charming and magical amalgam of both. Based on the story that inspired the Academy-Award winning short film, you'll be whisked away along with Morris Lessmore into a life of passion for literature with nods along the way from such disparate inspiration as Humpty Dumpty, The Wizard of Oz, Buster Keaton and many, many more classics. This is "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" for the younger set, but book aficionados of all ages are going to treasure this. Truly beguiling.
 
--Reviewed by Ken, manager of Books Inc. Market Street

In this small fishing village, there are only six small schoolchildren. But when one of them asks a small question, big things start to happen. Soon the whole town is involved and dreams just might come true.

- reviewed by Katie from Books Inc. Palo Alto


Sometimes the old is the best. First published in 1954, Half Magic is a perfect summertime read for any primary schooler. A magic coin is found and it saves an otherwise boring summer. It will grant a wish, but only halfway. How do you figure out what twice your wish is? Read the book and find out!

Once your done with this one, enjoy the other books by the great Edward Eager.

- reviewed by Elizabeth from Books Inc. Alameda

 

 

A rediscovered classic from 60s, Pickle-Chiffon Pie is that rare beast, a completely silly picture book with fantastic illustrations and an important message.  Jolly Roger Bradfield has created his own fairytale world complete with a princess, several princes, a quest, and an enchanted forest. 

When the princess can’t decide which prince to marry, her father sends them on a quest into the enchanted forest to bring back the most wonderful thing they can find.  A fairly standard premise turns wacky with the addition of four-wheeled Dimdoozles, lions juggling root beer cans, sixteen-footed Gazoos, mice painting Picassos, Three-nosed Snozzles, and of course, Pickle-Chiffon pie.  The book, while silly and fun, also shows the importance of, as Bradfield puts it, “kindness and love and consideration for others…truly THE MOST WONDERFUL THING OF ALL.”

Also check out Bradfield's Pickle-Chiffon Pie Olympics!

for ages 4-8

- reviewed by Anna from Books Inc. Chestnut Street

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