A Boy And His Bunny
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One day a boy woke up with a bunny on his head... So begins this sweet and wacky rhyming story. Just what can you do with a bunny on your head? Turns out, pretty much anything. First in a delightful series.
Odd Thomas
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Odd Thomas is a young man who can see both the spirits of the dead, and bodachs, evil spirits whose presence foretell violence. Odd must find out why bodachs are gathering by the hundreds, what what their connection is to the creepy stranger town. With a likable hero, humor and suspense, Odd Thomas is Koontz at his very best.
Odd Thomas
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Odd Thomas is a young man who can see both the spirits of the dead, and bodachs, evil spirits whose presence foretell violence. Odd must find out why bodachs are gathering by the hundreds, what what their connection is to the creepy stranger town. With a likable hero, humor and suspense, Odd Thomas is Koontz at his very best.
This Is Not My Hat
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In this Caldecott winner, we meet a little fish who has stolen a hat from a very big fish. Completely unrepentant, he is sure he will get away with the crime. And just in case, he heads to where the plants grow close together and he can hide. But the reader knows something the little fish doesn't. Darkly funny, this picture book may not be for everyone.
Son Of Hamas
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Mosab Hassan Yousef is the son of a founding member of Hamas. This compelling book recounts how Yousef came to reject terror and violence and instead worked as an undercover agent many years in an effort to stop it. His history and perspective from all sides of the conflict make him a unique voice in the discussion of the Middle East.
Learning To Fly
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A man meets a penguin who tells him that he was flying until some other birds told him he couldn't, and he crashed. The odd couple pair up to in an effort to return the penguin to the skies. Full of deadpan humor, quirky, and with a message that is sweet without being sugary. One of my all-time favorite picture books (and I love picture books).
Cold Cereal
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The Goodco cereal company is trying to take over the world, and a group of children and assorted magical creatures must stop them. Filled to overflowing with a delightful mish mash of Celtic folklore, Arthurian legend, Shakespeare, and puzzle-solving, the characters are likable and the plot is fast. But for adults the best part is the satire.
Cloud Atlas: A Novel
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Literary pager-turner. Amazing book, fantastic read. Six different stories, loosely linked. The first five end in cliffhangers, and after the sixth we go back in reverse order and tie up the other five. As soon as I finished, I wanted to read it again.
Blue Moo: 17 Jukebox Hits From Way Back Never
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While known best for her classic board books, Sandra Boynton's music CD Blue Moo features such iconic artists as B.B. King, Neil Sedaka and Beach Boy Brian Wilson singing hilarious spoofs of their own musical styles. This is children's music that is just as much fun for the adults as for the kids (Okay, probably more fun, but don't tell your kids that.)
Code Name Verity
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Set in WWII Europe, Code Name Verity is the story of best friends who crash land their plane in German-occupied France. By turns harrowing, funny, and heartbreaking, the book begins with the written confession of one of the friends who is caught as a spy by the Nazis, and ends with the account of the desperate attempt to save her; but not all is as it first appears.
Everything I Know About Pirates
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Subtitled "A collection of make-up facts, educated guesses, and sill pictures about bad guys of the high seas.", this book had the library staff trying to stifle our laughter while reading it aloud to each other. A crazy spoof of non-fiction titles like Pirateology and Dragonology, this book may be enjoyed more by parents than their children.
Jake Stays Awake
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Jake doesn't like to sleep in his bed, but his parents are tired of having him sleep in their bed, so they tell Jake to pick another spot for all of them to sleep. Hilarity follows. I love this and all of Michael Wright's "Jake" books (three to date). The pictures are in a bright cartoon style, with interesting perspectives and humorous details. The rhyming text adds to the laughs, especially when read aloud.

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