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Books for children - Aug. 18

Kendal Rautzhan

Publication: The Day

Published August 18. 2013 4:00AM


"Shredderman: Secret Identity" by Wendelin Van Draanen, illustrated by Brian Biggs, Alfred A. Knopf, 138 pages

Read aloud: age 8 and older

Read yourself: age 9 and older

Bubba Bixby is a bully, prone to using his fists, name-calling and causing non-stop trouble. Nolan Byrd is half Bubba's size, a math genius and known as "Nerd." Both are in Mr. Green's fifth-grade class.

When Mr. Green announces the new project for the month, Nolan hatches a daring plan for his project that might make Bubba stop being a bully. He knows his plan is risky, and to pull it off will take more of a superhero than a Nolan Byrd, but maybe Nolan is more courageous than he realizes. If so, Bubba better watch out.

Filled with humor and peppered with wisdom, this book is excellent in more ways than one.


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

Library Director: Joanne Westkamper

Children's Librarian: Carole Pazzaglia, Christine Schultz

Choices this week: "Do Like a Duck Does" by Judy Hindley; "McDuff Moves In" by Rosemary Wells; "Big Bugs" by Keith Faulkner


"Eight Dolphins of Katrina: A True Tale of Survival" by Janet Coleman, illustrated by Yan Nascimbene, Houghton Mifflin, 2013, 40 pages, $16.99 hardcover

Read aloud: age 7 to 10

Read yourself: 8, 9 and older

Marine Life Oceanarium in Gulfport, Miss., was home to brilliant dolphins who entertained countless people. When Hurricane Katrina was about to come ashore on Aug. 29, 2005, the dolphins' trainers had to make swift decisions to try and protect their dolphins. Some were sent to hotel pools, but there wasn't time to move them all. Eight dolphins stayed at the Oceanarium. After the hurricane subsided, the trainers returned to find that the dolphin tank had been crushed by a 40-foot wave.

Where were the dolphins? Had they escaped out to sea? This true story is both riveting and educational.

"See What a Seal Can Do" by Chris Butterworth, illustrated by Kate Nelms, Candlewick, 30 pages

Read aloud: age 4 and older

Read yourself: age 7, 8 and older

If you look at a seal lying on the shore, you might think it is a clumsy creature. Nothing could be further from the truth. Seals manage quite well on land but they spend most of their time in the sea. Once in the ocean, these powerful animals are astounding, swimming down to depths of more than 300 feet at high speed, holding their breath for more than a quarter of an hour, all while snagging a tasty meal. Informative and engaging, with beautiful illustrations, this book introduces children to the fascinating world of seals.


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