Check ‘Em Out

December 2nd, 2010 by

(Warning: I’m about to make one of my corny puns.) Here at Kidsmomo, we’re always telling you to check out this book or that book, but today I’m going to talk about some books that I literally checked out — from the library! (HA HA HA HA! Sorry, I warned you…)

I was inspired by an elementary school librarian who posted a photo of the books currently on hold in his library:

  • Four books in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney
  • The Kind of Friends We Used to Be by Frances O’Roark Dowell
  • The Old Willis Place by Mary Downing Hahn
  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • Let the Circle Be Unbroken by Mildred D. Taylor
  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini

So, I thought I’d share a rundown of books that I recently requested from the library. Who cares what those random kids are reading, right? You want to hear all about me, obviously!

Reckless by Cornelia Funke
Three humans travel through a twisted otherworld, desperate to find a way to reverse the magic that is quickly turning one of them into stone. This was a much darker book than I expected, and one scene in particular (involving a forest-dwelling serial killer!!!) was so terrifying that I skipped it altogether and just went on to the next section. Also, the characters didn’t come alive for me the same way that this author’s creations did in the Ink-trilogy. But I was definitely curious as to how the story would end! My take: proceed with caution.

Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee (illustrated by Tony Fucile)
A few small peeks into the delightful world of two best friends who are almost total opposites. This little treat is kind of in between a picture book and a chapter book, which is why I didn’t dedicate a whole post to it on Kidsmomo. But let me tell you, I loooooooooooooved it! The illustrations and the dialogue work together perfectly — even though each page has lots of blank space, the two characters seem full and real, and both lovable in their own different ways. My take: if you’re not embarrassed of the pictures and big text size, you’ll be rewarded with a bite-sized sweet.

Brixton Brothers Book 2: The Ghostwriter Secret by Mac Barnett (with illustrations by Adam Rex)
I just started on this book today, and I actually don’t know what it’s about! Well, I know it’s about a boy detective, but that’s about it. But I immediately requested it from the library way back when I first read an announcement about it because I really enjoyed the first book in the series. Check out my review, and then check out the book for yourself — maybe even from the library! (HA HA HA HA HA! Giggle. Snort.)

I’m currently waiting for these books to become available for me:

The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
My request is “9 of 19 holds on 0 copy” — whatever that means! I hope this doesn’t mean the library has no copies…
Description from the publisher: Four children have been chosen to compete in a national competition to find the tastiest confection in the country. Who will invent a candy more delicious than the Oozing Crunchorama or the Neon Lightning Chew? Logan, the Candymaker’s son, who can detect the color of chocolate by touch alone? Miles, the boy who is allergic to merry-go-rounds and the color pink? Daisy, the cheerful girl who can lift a fifty-pound lump of taffy like it’s a feather? Or Philip, the suit-and-tie wearing boy who’s always scribbling in a secret notebook?

The Heroes of Olympus Book 1: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
My request is “1 of 2 holds on 234 copies” — this sounds good, but I’m skeptical. This book’s GOTTA be in high demand… Instead of a description from the publisher, how’d you like a video presentation from the author himself? You’d like that a lot? I thought so. [insert smug smile here]
And there you have it — an inside look at my account with the New York Public Library. What do you have on hold with your library? Or have you checked out (HA! chuckle chuckle) some awesome books lately? Leave me a comment!

— Karen

Karen also recently bought some books at the store where she volunteers. Olive Kidney by Ellen Potter and Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, in case you were wondering.

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