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Friday, March 6, 2015

Five for Spring

By Jan Pease




In an interesting coincidence, just after I looked for information about Marion Dane Bauer for this article, a patron asked about   In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb, also written by Ms. Bauer.  Her new book is Crinkle, Crinkle, Crack: It’s Spring!    She lives in St. Paul and knows about spring in Minnesota.  Quoting from the review at amazon.com, “Rap, bap, tap, crunch, scrunch, crinkle, crackle, CRACK!  In an explosion of spring, ice shatters, a baby bird is born, and flowers burst forth.”  The thought of spring   makes me smile, and the sounds of spring will be very welcome. 


Victoria Kann began inventing new words when she wrote Pinkalicious, published in 2006.  She wrote several Pinkalicious books and then began inventing new words such as GoldiliciousSilverliciousEmeraldalicious, and Purplicious, books that feature her character, Pinkalicious and her brother Peter.  Her new book, Aqualicious, continue their adventures, as the siblings discover a miniature mermaid named Aqua.  These books are among the most popular in our library. 


Do you wake up at night wondering about the origins of superheroes like Batman or Wonder Woman?  We have added two origin stories to the collection, Batman: an Origin Story, and Wonder Woman: an Origin Story, both by John Sazaklis.  These are chapter books illustrated by DC Comics illustrators, according to amazon.com.   They are already checked out, and I think they will be very popular.


Sara Pennypacker has written a seventh Clementine story, Completely Clementine.  Clementine is a third grade vegetarian who gives her dad pictures of sad animals that don’t want to be eaten.  She isn’t ready to leave her favorite teacher, and she’s trying to think of a name for the new baby expected in her family.  This may be the final book in the Clementine saga.  The other six books in the series are ClementineThe Talented ClementineClementine’s LetterClementineFriend of the WeekClementine and the Family Meeting, and Clementine and the Spring Trip
   
Herman Parish was in the fourth grade when his aunt, Peggy Parish, wrote the first book about Amelia Bedelia.  He grew up with the stories about Amelia Bedelia, and felt that her adventures needed to continue, even though Peggy Parish passed away in 1988.  He began writing Amelia Bedelia chapter books in 2002.  His new Amelia Bedelia book, Amelia Bedelia Cleans Up, is the sixth chapter book in his series.  It might be an interesting experiment to read one of Peggy Parish’s stories, such as Thank You, Amelia Bedelia, published in 1964, and one of the newer books by Herman Parish.   If you conduct this little experiment, let me know what you think.

If you are interested to know what books are new or on order for the library, go to the Pioneerland catalog page and click on  the link to “New Items Purchased,”  and have some fun exploring this new feature of the online catalog.