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Books for children - Oct. 20

Kendal Rautzhan

Publication: The Day

Published October 20. 2013 4:00AM

Everyone occasionally has one of those days. You know what I'm talking about - days filled with high-anxiety overload.

"Those" days aren't the exclusive province of the adult world. Children have days that are filled with frustration, anger and anxiety, too. Since children have much less experience with these things, they need to learn how to handle those situations.

We know running out the door won't solve our problems, but we can all escape for awhile. A wonderful way to diffuse the tensions of the day is to take a break and get lost in an imaginative, funny book.


"Diary of a Worm" by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Harry Bliss, HarperCollins, 36 pages

Read aloud: age 6, 7 and older

Read yourself: age 7, 8 and older

According to this highly entertaining tale, kids and earthworms have more in common than most people might think. Earthworms go to school and the teacher gets mad if something happens to their homework (such as eating it). According to earthworm moms, nightmares can be caused by eating too much garbage before bed. And yes, worms even make macaroni necklaces in art class.

If you've ever wondered what it would be like to be an earthworm, wonder no more. "Diary of a Worm" spells it out, and this hilarious tale will have kids cracking up on every page.


Library: Salem Free Public Library, 264 Hartford Rd., Salem

Library Director: Jackie Hemond

Children & Teen Services: Pat Aldrich

Choices this week: "Fly High, Fly Guy" by Tedd Arnold; "Minnie and Moo (Easy Reader series)" by Denys Cazet; "My Weird School" series by Dan Gutman


"Fortunately, the Milk" by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Skottie Young, Harper, 2013, 113 pages, $14.99 hardcover

Read aloud: age 8 to 12

Read yourself: age 8, 9 and older

Dad goes out to fetch milk for his children's breakfast cereal. When he finally returns, his son and daughter ask where he has been. His story goes something like this: He purchased the milk, emerged from the store, put the milk in his pocket and was promptly abducted by aliens, transported back and forth through time, faced pirates and unworldly beings, and was befriended by a Stegosaurus professor in a hot air balloon. As events progressed it became evident that the fate of the universe depended on him and the milk. Fortunately, he still had it.

Outrageously wonderful and imaginative with nonstop hilarity throughout (including the perfect illustrations), "Fortunately, the Milk" excels.


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