New Books and Resources in the Children's Room

Book Review for The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Reviewed by Children/Teen Librarian Tamara Hamm

wild robotThis recent offering by New York Times Bestselling Author, Peter Brown is his first forray from the world of children's picturebooks into chapter books for elementary grade readers. A grand enterance indeed to my mind and apparently I'm not alone as this book is already shortlisted to this coming year's Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, Vermont’s annual student choice book competition. When Roz is unwittingly stranded on a wild and remote island after a transport ship encounters stormy seas, she must adapt, as much as her robot programming will allow, to existing among the island's only inhabitants--various and sundry wild animals. Roz is able to learn each animal's language and communicate in a very short time, but is it enough to quell the mistrust of the island's long-time inhabitants? Through a series of adventures, misadventures, thrilling and moving scenes, well visualized and dialogued, lessons of friendship, loyalty, kindness, courage and much more are demonstrated. Alert...There is some robot violence, and the issue of death (animal) and killing (predator and prey, animal and robot) are presented. I found this book to be entertaining, well-written and thought provoking all at the same time. A sequel is soon to follow. The library has one print hardcover and one audio/CD version of this book in our collection. Recommended for ages 9 through adult.

Book Review for Everyone Loves Bacon by Kelly DiPucchio; Illustrations by Eric Wight (recommended for children ages 4 to 8)

Reviewed by Children’s Librarian Tamara Hamm

baconEOkay, so we know that not everyone loves bacon, but in this lively and cautionary tale beautifully illustrated by Eric Wight, Bacon is the most popular foodie on the menu.  However, this status begins to go to his "meat" head and soon he has forgotten his companions, taking those who are uniquely special for granted, This story ends with a big crunch and leaves the reader with a good taste for humility and appreciation for more than just bacon. This book makes for a fun and educational reading experience.  A good recommendation for a summer weekend breakfast read aloud. Come check it out at the library! 

Other new books:

Ages 4-8: Andy & Sandy and the Big Talent Show by Tomie dePaola

Ages 9-12: Minecraft: Redstone Handbook by Nick Farwell

Teens: Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

Videos/Audiobooks: HEARTLAND SEASON 8 (DVD) / Hidden Figures (for Young Readers) Audio CD

WEB RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

Windham County Parent Resource Calendar

Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Booklists for Vermont Students Grades 4-8

Red Clover Book Award Booklists for Vermont Students Grades K-3

 

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