Books for Ages 7 to 10
MAGIC AT THE BED AND BISCUIT (2011), by Joan Carris with Noah Z. Jones, Ill.Book three in the Bed and Biscuit series still features Ernest the very earnest pig, Gabby the chatty mynah bird, Milly the sassy teenage kitten, and Sir Walter, the Scottie, a most peppy puppy. Into this well-blended family comes another - Malicia - a magic show chicken from New York City. Convinced that the Bed and Biscuit boardinghouse is Hicksville, USA, Malicia stirs the pot with magic. Meet Malicia, the evil chicken.
THE SASQUATCH ESCAPE (2013), by Suzanne Selfors with Dan Santat, Ill.Luckily, this book has other books in the series (The Imaginary Veterinary), and even another series by Suzanne Selfors, SMELLS LIKE A DOG. In this story, our hero, Ben Silverstein, is spending the summer with his grandfather, and not expecting anything good. Then his grandad's cat brings home what appears to be a baby dinosaur. With the help of a new friend, Pearl Petal, Ben takes the slightly damaged dinosaur to the local vet, Dr. Woo. BUT...this is not a normal vet hospital; it's a secret clinic for imaginary creatures. Great idea, right? And soooooo much fun to read! Check out: THE LONELY LAKE MONSTER in this series.
THE WRIGLEY RIDDLE, BALLPARK MYSTERY SERIES #6*** (2013), by David A. Kelly with Mark Meyers
For baseball fans, this is another winning title in the baseball park series, this one set at Wrigley field in Chicago. When Mike and Kate get a good look at this famous stadium, however, they find something very wrong. Who would want to damage this storied place?
***Excellent titles for readers just getting the hang of it all.
LULU WALKS THE DOGS*** (2012), by Judith Viorst and Lane Smith
A perfect pairing of writer with illustrator if ever I saw it! Just run out and get a copy and make hourself happy, OK? Although there's an earlier book, LULU AND THE BRONTOSAURUS, just as wonderfully goofy as this one, this title works fine all by itself. In this story about the most-stubborn girl-on-the-planet-and maybe the loudest and rudest - Lulu begs and begs just short of forever for something her parents refuse to buy for her. She must earn the money to pay for it herself, and when she decides to be a dog walker, the book gets wilder and extremely funny.
***For older readers in this age group. Also, fun to read aloud!
EATS, SHOOTS & LEAVES, WHY COMMAS REALLY DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE! (2006), by Lynne Truss with Bonnie Timmons, Ill.
I have the adult version of this book, a first edition no less, published in the U.S. in 2004. It is subtitled A Zero Tolerance Approach to Punactuation. AMEN! for heaven's sake. English language speakers must know how to effectivelly use our own language. That is basic. The majority of students today, on all levels, are generally dreadful writers - a disgrace to education. Gripe, piss, and moan! SO...get this funny, cute book and teach yourself all about commas - a VITAL PUNCTUATION MARK. For instance, look at these parings:
"Slow, children crossing.
"Slow children crossing."
"Eat here, and get gas.
Eat here and get gas."
The comma is small, but powerful, obviously. Also, try TWENTY-ODD DUCKS, Why Every Punctuation Mark is Important (2008), by Lunne Truss with Bonnie Timmons, Ill. No doubt about it, punctuation is important!
- BABE RUTH AND THE BASEBALL CURSE (2009), by David A. Kelly with Tim Jessell, Ill.
- WILD TIMES AT THE BED AND BISCUIT, by Joan Carris. Ill. Noah Z. Jones
- BELL'S STAR, by Alson Hart. Ill. Ruth Sanderson
- CHOCOLATE FEVER, by Robert Kimmel Smith
- JUST GRACE, by Cherise Mericle Harper
- HOW OLIVER OLSON CHANGED THE WORLD, by Clauda Mills.
- ROXIE AND THE HOOLIGANS, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.
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