No sooner had I unpacked a box of new books than a student came in and said, “Do you have the book, Chomp by Carl Hiaasen?” I think this is going to be one very popular book! The word is already out about Chomp: it has animals, humor, and adventure. Wahoo Cray has a father who is a wildlife wrangler and he has grown up with monkeys, birds, tortoises, raccoons, snakes and an alligator named Alice. The family is going through difficult times at their home in the Everglades, so they agree to let a survival reality show film on their propery-and that is when all the adventure and troubles begin.
This funny and engaging book is the story of Cadmium Casson and the summer that changed her life. Caddy’s dense boyfriend dumps her, her mom is expecting a baby and needs to spend a lot of time at the hospital, and her dad takes over the household. Through lots of chaos, Caddy learns that change doesn’t mean the end of things; change can be a new beginning. This is a wise and funny novel and another winner from Hilary McKay.
Annie Rossi’s father finally gives in and lets her have a dog: Leo. Leo is the perfect audience for the stories that she writes in her notebook, stories about her day that show her at her worst and her best. She reads them to Leo at night, just like her mom used to read to her. There’s the poem about her mom that the teacher asks her read to the class, there’s Mean Edward and his goldfish, there’s her best friend, Jean-Marie, who moves away, and there is her dad, who finally seems to be coming out of his shell. Annie is hilarious and appealing–this book should appeal to 3rd and 4th graders especially.
Leo Geo and His Miraculous Journey Through the Center of the Earth, by Jon Chad, is a book that makes science both fun and a fantastic adventure. Leo is a brave explorer off on a journey to the center of the earth. Along the way he encounters an evil army, giant centipedes (my worst nightmare), monsters and alien kings, plus we all learn some things about geology and biology along the way. Loaded with information and presented in comic form, Leo Geo is sure to attract many readers.
From the publisher:
“Z is for Zebra.
Zebra is absolutely certain he’ll be able to direct everyone to appear on the correct page, at the appropriate time, without any mishaps, unnecessary drama, or hurt feelings. It’s the ABCs, for goodness’ sake. How difficult can it be?
Zebra forgot about moose.”
Did you think there could be no new ways to present the alphabet? Don’t count on it-Paul Zelinsky really delivers in this amusing, five-star book. This one is going to be a blast to read out loud.
This is one gorgeous book. Caldecott worthy. You can preview it by watching the video below, but you need to see it in person!
And last, but most certainly not least, is the newest offering from Mo Willems, The Duckling Gets A Cookie!? Finally the duckling has something the pigeon wants and this, of course, leads to a pigeon-style tantrum. While children will perhaps recognize some of their own behavior in the antics of the pigeon and the duckling, this will also keep them laughing and wanting to hear the story again and again.