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Book Review: Mr. Crum’s Potato Predicament

Mr. Crum's Potato Predicament.jpgToday I recommend: Mr. Crum’s Potato Predicament by Anne Renaud.

When a fussy patron sends his order of potatoes back twice, chef George Crum decides to have some fun, based on the true story of the potato chip.

This book is an enjoyable mix of both history and a good dose of your classic tall tale. What makes this one specially nice is the inclusion of some back matter that gives information about the real-life Mr. Crum and the photographs of the restaurant which explains how even if eh was not the original inventor of the potato chip that his version was certainly well-known. Hand this to anyone who enjoys humor and anyone who loves this classic snack.

You can find this book in the Easy Fiction section at E RENAUD.

~aw

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Throwback Thursday: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Alice adventures in wonderlandSaturday January 27th is Lewis Carroll’s birthday so for this Throwback Thursday in honor of that I recommend: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

When a young girl falls down a rabbit hole, she discovers a strange and interesting world with fantastical, mad characters as she tries to find her way back home.

First published in 1865 this book has become a beloved children’s classic that has been adapted into numerous movies, plays, and languages! This book has never been out of print. It’s just as strange and delightful in book form as it is as a movie. If you like fantasy and love the movies you should definitely check out this book.

You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J CARROLL.

~aw

Book Review: The Losers Club

losers clubToday we recommend: The Losers Club by Andrew Clements.

Alec, a sixth-grade bookworm always in trouble for reading instead of listening and participating in class, starts a book club, solely to have a place to read, and discovers that real life, although messy, can be as exciting as the stories in his favorite books.

From the author of Frindle and Extra Credit comes this school story that features Alec, an avid reader who often gets in trouble while reading his favorite books while NOT paying attention to his teachers or assignments. When his working parents need him attend the After School program, he plans a way to read uninterrupted by forming an unusual book club. And to avoid unwanted members from joining, he names the club “The Losers Club” to keep other students away.  Unfortunately, trouble follows him wherever he goes.  Readers will discover many favorite titles introduced in this novel.

You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J CLEMENTS.

~ra

 

Book Review: It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel

With the new school year approaching, I recommend reading It Ain’t So Awful Falafel, by Firoozeh Dumas.

Zomorod Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block .25897857 . . for the fourth time. California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name–Cindy. It’s the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American hostages. Even mood rings and puka shell necklaces can’t distract Cindy from the anti-Iran sentiments that creep way too close to home. 

I picked this book up because I saw that it took place in the 1970’s which I thought would make for a fun setting.  Zomorod, or Cindy’s, family is from Iran but they love living in America.  Even though Cindy is from Iran, she’s just a kid trying to fit in and make friends, like a lot of us.  The historical events, like revolts taking place at that time in Iran, made me want to do a little research on Iran and American relations.  A little bit of humor and a little bit of history make this an appealing read!

Find it in our Juvenile Fiction collection under J DUMAS.

-AM