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Books for children - May 5

Kendal Rautzhan

Publication: The Day

Published May 05. 2013 4:00AM

BOOKS TO BORROW

"Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt" by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds, Candlewick, 118 pages

Read aloud: age 7 and older

Read yourself: age 8 and 9 and older

Judy and Stink and their parents are on a ferry boat en route to an island off the North Carolina coast. The siblings are very excited, especially Stink, who desperately wants to meet pirates, look at shipwrecks, and find gold and treasure. As they disembark onto the island, they are met by Cap'n Weevil, a pirate with an eye-patch, a scraggly beard and a treasure map.

Judy and Stink can't believe their good fortune - first thing tomorrow morning is the start of the Third Annual Pirate Island Treasure Hunt. The first to collect 16 pieces o' eight would win a pirate gold doubloon and a ride on Blackbeard's own private ship.

LIBRARIAN'S CHOICE

Library: Raymond Library, 832 Raymond Hill Rd., Oakdale

Library Director: Joanne Westkamper

Children's Librarians: Carole Pazzaglia, Christine Schulz

Choices this week: "Strega Nona" by Tomie dePaola; "Pete's a Pizza" by William Steig; "The Tale of Despereaux" by Kate DiCamillo

AT THE BOOKSTORE

"Bug Patrol" by Denise Dowling Mortensen, illustrated by Cece Bell, Clarion Books, 2013, 32 pages, $16.99 hardcover

Read aloud: age 4 and older

Read yourself: age 7 and 8

Journey with Captain Bob, the very busy policeman who makes his rounds in his bug patrol car solving one bug problem after another. From unruly ants swarming a donut to speeding spiders on their motorcycles, Captain Bob is always there to quickly solve any problem on his beat.

Hilarious, colorful illustrations are the perfect backdrop for this fun rhyming story.

"Dinosaur Zoom!" written and illustrated by Penny Dale, Nosy Crow, 2013, 30 pages, $15.99 hardcover

Read aloud: age 2 and older

Read yourself: 6 and 7

Zoom! Splash! Brrmm! Chug! Rrrmm! Bounce! Beep! Beep! Beep!

Dinosaurs of many different colors are on the move, driving different vehicles as fast as they can. Red dinosaur zooms through the desert, Brown dinosaur splashes quickly through the rain, Blue dinosaur charges up a mountain. Where are all of these dinosaurs hurrying to and why? Let's just say the ending is a pleasant "surprise!"

A clever book that introduces colors, dinosaurs and things that go zoom, young readers will love this selection.

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