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Throwback Thursday: Matilda

matilda.jpgFor this Throwback Thursday I recommend: Matilda by Roald Dahl.

Matilda, a brilliant, sensitive little girl, uses her talents and ingenuity to seek revenge on her crooked father, lazy mother, and the terrifying Miss Trunchbull, her wicked headmistress, and save her beloved teacher, Miss Honey.

Published in 1988, Matilda is another example of Roald Dahl’s work and another classic novel that has been released as a movie. The humor and the triumph of good over evil with the girl as the hero make this a book that has become a classic.

You can find Matilda in the Juvenile Fiction section at J DAHL.



Book Review: Polly Diamond and the Magic Book

Polly Diamond and the Magic Book.jpgPolly Diamond and the Magic Book by Alice Kuipers is the story of a young girl, Polly, who discovers magic and has many misadventures.   Polly loves to write stories and begins to put them in a special book.  She soon discovers that everything she writes about will appear in real life.  Certainly, all of Polly’s dreams will come true.  Come to the library to check out a copy of this book to see if all of Polly’s dreams are as magical as they seem.


You can find Polly Diamond and the Magic Book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J KUIPERS.

2018 Reading Resolution!

It’s that time of the year again – New Years Resolutions! Last year I challenged myself to read 100 books during 2017, and unfortunately I fell a little short at 87 books.

So for 2018, I’ve decided to try again. My reading challenge is once again 100 books and I will be using Goodreads to keep track – it gives you some fun stats such as keeping track of the number of pages that you read. Hopefully this year will be the year I make it.

Did anyone have a 2017 reading resolution or does anyone else have a reading resolution for 2018?


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.



Free Comic Book Day!

May 6th is Free Comic Book Day! What is Free Comic Book Day? This day is a celebration of comics and is meant to encourage people to give comic books a try. You can check out the video below from the organizers of Free Comic Book Day and you can locate the nearest participating comic book shop at http://www.freecomicbookday.com/StoreLocator You can also check out the comics available for borrowing here at the Bartlett Public Library!

Star Wars Day!

May the 4th Be With You! In celebration of Star Wars Day, here is a round up of some of our favorite Star Wars books:

Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy by Vesa Lehtimaki (Juvenile Nonfiction  j688.725 LEHTIMAKI): A really neat book where they use Lego Star Wars pieces to re-create famous scenes from the Star Wars movies!

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side! by Tom Angleberger (Juvenile Fiction J STAR): This original retelling of the Return of the Jedi is an enjoyable read!

Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know by Adam Bray (Juvenile Nonfiction j791.437 BRAY): For those who want to know even more trivia and strange but true facts this is the book for you!

What’re your favorite Star Wars books?

2017 Reading Resolution

Now that it is the new year, it is resolution time! Or as I prefer to think of it, time to create a new challenge. This year I have created a reading challenge for myself. I want to try and read 100 books during 2017. Goodreads is the website that I will be using to keep track of how many books that I read since it already has a reading challenge feature. But there are many other types of reading resolutions that you could set for yourself! Maybe you have a list of books that you’ve always meant to read but haven’t yet, or maybe you just want to try reading more books in other genres like mysteries or sports books!

Does anyone else have a reading resolution this year?

Summer Is For Reading

Summer is the perfect time to catch up on all the reading you wanted to do over the summer!  Maybe you didn’t have time to read Rick Riordan’s new Trials of Apollo
or the Pete the Cat book, Go, Pete, Go!

There may be some of you thinking, “I’ve worked hard all school year and I’m going to use the summer to sleep in, play video games, and lounge around.”  Hey!  I hear you!  School is tiring work!  There were some days I would rather have stayed home and do chores instead of go to school!  Your teachers probably tell you that you have to read because it’s good for you, and they’re right.  Like broccoli, reading will be good for you in the long run.  It helps with spelling, writing papers, but unlike broccoli, it can be fun and it’s like watching a movie in your head!

If you don’t want to believe me, watch this video by DavPilkey, the author of Captain Underpants.

And since you’ll be reading anyways… you may as well sign up for the Summer Reading Club and earn some prizes!  Summer Reading Starts Monday, June 6 so get reading!