Where’s the Elephant? by Barroux

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

Some picture books work on different levels and this is one of those stories. On the surface it’s about finding the three animals hidden in each illustration which becomes easier and easier each page of the book. Below the surface it’s about lost habitat and what happens to animals when the place they lived no longer exists and they can no longer hide? I picked up the book because who doesn’t love a hide and seek book and while I enjoyed reading it and finding the animals older picture book readers will get the message long before the Author explains why he wrote the story.

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E BARROUX)

And the Train Goes by William Bee; Safari Friends by Treesha Runnells

Reviewed by Diane Basting

And the Train Goes
Many people ride the train in this delightful noise color blocked story for many reasons I loved reading this one out loud with my great nephew and any train loving child will get a kick out of this train trip!

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E BEE)

Safari Friends
Guessing books, lifting flaps, and animals all add up to be excellent in the car books! I love the two clues easy fold/unfold flaps that let my great nephew hold the book and manipulate it while we read in the car. Simple bold illustrations designed in 4 quadrants.

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E RUNNELLS)

The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman

Reviewed by Andrea Bisordi (Library Staff)

Viji believes that she and her sister Rukku are in danger at their home and decides that the best way to avoid that danger is to leave. They find that living on the streets of the big city is harder than she thought it would be. They do find some friends and helpers along the way, including Muthi and Arul, boys who have been living on their own for some time.

I thought the writing in this story was beautiful, and at many points in the tale I did not want to put the book down. There were both mean people and kind people that the girls meet, and it’s not always easy to tell who is who when you encounter them. I did enjoy reading this book, but it is a bit sad, so just know that going in! If you liked The War That Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley or A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata then you would probably like this book as well. Don’t miss reading the author’s note at the end!

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC VENKATRAMAN)

The Snatchabook by Helen and Thomas Docherty

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

Reading at bedtime and losing your place in your book is bad enough but to have the book snatched out of your hands and nowhere to be found would be a nightmare, which is what happens in a woodland neighborhood. Rabbit puts on their detective hat and tracks down a Snatchabook; who just wanted someone to read them a story. Sweet story with vignette illustrations.

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E DOCHERTY)

Hippos Go Berserk! by Sandra Boynton

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

Love a counting book and Sandra Boynton is a favorite as well making this book a delight! One hippo is sad and lonely so calls some friends who brings friends along which allows the counting to start, in true Boynton fashion sprinkled with great lines for adult readers to chuckle at.

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E BOYNTON)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End by Jeff Kinney

Reviewed by Ethan H (Library Patron)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End by Jeff Kinney is a book mostly about the struggles that Gregory (the main character) faces after having to move into his grandparent’s home, because of what happened in the previous diary of a wimpy kid book. Greg is a boy in 6th grade who feels he needs some time away from his family because of how close they have been recently. His mom is not fond of this idea though because she thinks they should spend more time as a family before Greg and his siblings grow up. All of a sudden, Greg’s dad gets a call from his grandma saying there’s an old camper that Greg’s uncle left behind and that the camper is up for the taking. Greg’s family see this as an opportunity to get out of Grandma’s house and to just take a road trip for however long it is needed. Everything is going great on the road trip but after a day or two and getting kicked out of multiple places they start to get tired. Greg’s family starts to consider going home when they see a sign called “Campers Eden.” They decide to give this resort a try and find out they actually like it. There are a lot of activities to keep them busy and everything seems to be going amazing but after half a week or so things start to fall off the deep end. When it’s all over can they save their vacation “or are they already in too deep”?

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC KINNEY)

The Ice Cream Machine by Adam Rubin

Reviewed by Andrea Bisordi (Library Staff)

What do a giant robot, a grouchy ice cream man, a strange professor, an alien, a sorcerer, and a cow named Bubbles have in common? I’m so glad you asked! They are all characters in Adam Rubin’s middle grade debut, The Ice Cream Machine. This is a fun collection of short stories, each with a different take on an ice cream machine. Each story takes you in a fun new direction.

Of the six stories, I think the second one with the ice cream eating contest was my favorite. There are only two humans in the story, and it was interesting to imagine what it might be like to live in a town with just you and a lot of talking animals. It’s also interesting to imagine what my own story about an ice cream machine might be like – and Mr. Rubin invites kids to write their own stories and send them to him! Also, watch for some elements that appear in every story, like a cherry tree and the number 347.

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC RUBIN)