AT THE LIBRARY
"Minnie and Moo: The Night of the Living Bed" by Denys Cazet, HarperCollins, 48 pages
Read aloud: age 4 and older
Read yourself: age 7 and older
Minnie and Moo are cows and best friends. Minnie loves chocolate more than anything. One night the two friends are fast asleep in their bed under a tree on a hill when Minnie has a bad dream - a giant mouse eats the last piece of chocolate in the whole world. Minnie is so terrified, she wakes up yelling, shaking Moo, and they both tumble out of bed. Their tumbling causes the bed to roll down the hill, and the two cows dash after it in hot pursuit.
When they catch up to the runaway bed, Minnie and Moo hop on as the bed zooms through a barn and scoops up more animals and proceeds straight into town. One bizarre event leads to another, coupled with the fact that it's Halloween and trick-or-treaters are all over the place. Maybe they could join the fun and get some chocolate after all…
Library: Bill Memorial Library, 240 Monument St., Groton
Library Director: Hali Keeler
Children's Services: Mary-Jane Carle
Choices this week: "Fall is Not Easy" by Marty Kelley; "Hungry Hen" by Richard Waring; "Harry the Dirty Dog" by Gene Zion
AT THE BOOKSTORE
"Pete the Cat: Pete's Big Lunch" by James Dean, HarperCollins, 2013, 32 pages, $16.99 hardcover
Read aloud: age 3 and 4
Read yourself: age 5 to 8
It's lunchtime, and Pete is hungry. He decides a sandwich would taste good. Pete opens the fridge to see what he can put on his sandwich. He takes out one item, then another and another and another until his sandwich is too big for Pete to eat. What to do? Invite his friends over to share his sandwich, of course! After all, in Pete's words, "Sharing is cool."
"Boris on the Move" by Andrew Joyner, Branches/Scholastic, 2013, 76 pages
Read aloud: age 4 and 5
Read yourself: age 6 to 8
"Branches" is Scholastic's new illustrated early chapter book line that is designed for children who are ready to branch out from beginning reader books. In this book, Boris the warthog lives with his parents in a van in Hogg Bay. Before Boris was born his parents traveled all over the world in their van. Boris longs to travel, too, but their van hasn't left the yard since he was born. Boris expresses his desire to travel to faraway places, and soon thereafter Boris feels the van in motion. Where are the three of them off to?
Seven chapters, engaging text and plenty of humor make this early chapter book a genuine winner.