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Book Reviews

The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole
Michelle Cuevas
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NASA is about to launch a recording into space of all of the earth’s most wonderful sounds. 11 year-old Stella Rodriguez has a recording that she thinks should be included. But when she goes to drop it off, a black hole escapes and follows her home! Stella names it Larry and starts feeding it all of the things that she wants to disappear-homework, trash bags, ugly sweaters, and everything that reminds her of her father, who has recently passed away. Things seem fine… until Larry swallows a dog and Stella and her brother have to venture inside the black hole to save him. Find out if they succeed in this hilarious and original story that teaches us about memory and loss, and how people are like stars.


John Agee
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In Terrific, Eugene wins a trip to Bermuda, but he’s not very excited about it. His ship sinks and he is the only one not rescued. He finds a deserted island, and on this island there happens to be a talking parrot. Eugene is not very excited. The parrot helps Eugene make a boat to escape the island. On their way back to land they crash into a fishing boat, which happens to be the same boat the parrot came from. The parrot, Lenny, only talks to Eugene, so when Eugene tries to get the parrot to talk to the fishing crew he refuses. In the end, through all of Eugene’s experiences, he found a new friend.


Song of the Wild: A First Book of Animals
Nicola Davies
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This is a fantastic introduction to the world of animals, from tiny ants to enormous blue whales! Divided into different themes such as size, color, and movement, Davies dedicates a poem to each animal. There are even helpful charts that explain the differences between types of animals. Davies has a terrific grasp of language and showcases it through her use of imagery, similes, and onomatopoeia. The language is lyrical, but still accessible to children, as she uses objects like cupcakes and caramels in her descriptions. Perhaps the greatest achievement is the amazing, vibrant artwork by illustrator Petr Horáček. This book is as beautiful as it is informative.

–  Christina

Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion
Chris Barton and Victo Ngai
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This book is a great introduction to something you’ve probably never heard of–Dazzle Ships! It sounds like something straight out of Hollywood, right? Actually, it was the name given to thousands of British and American ships during WWI painted in wild colors and patterns in order to confuse enemies and prevent attacks. Why did they do this, and who came up with the idea? You will find out in this short but fascinating book filled with amazing illustrations and photos. Recommended for readers in second grade and up.

Lexile: 990

–  Jean

The Story of Ferdinand
Munro Leaf
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A classic story written in 1936 and soon a motion picture (don’t mess it up, Blue Sky Studios!), The Story of Ferdinand is a tribute to all the people who march to the beat of their own drum.  It also is a fine allegory for people who forget to slow down sometimes and smell the roses.  The historians out there may even notice this as a simplified 20th century children’s biography on the Ancient Greek philosopher, Diogenes of Sinope.

– Dan

Readers Advisory Staff

Looking for something new for your child to read? Are you a teacher looking for something to read to your children The Villa Park Public Library has a fantastic Readers Advisory staff that is happy to recommend all sorts of genres and titles. Whether you’re looking for new authors similar to old favorites, or you’re ready for something completely new, our staff is here to help. They organize fun programs like Toddler story and song time to help make reading a more social experience. These folks know their stuff!

Looking for a Recommendation?

If you’re looking for a recommendation you can contact one of the readers advisory staff.

heidi gHeidi
Favorite Genres:
Historical Non-Fiction, Fairy Tales
jean j_finalJean
Favorite Genres:
Books about animals that lose their hats, Mysteries
Jean’s bookshelf on goodreads
juliepJulie P.
Favorite genres:
Fantasy, Science Fiction
Julie’s bookshelf on goodreads
Favorite Genres:
Literary Fiction, Regional American History
Favorite Genres:
Mysteries, Science Fiction
 Juli K.
Favorite Genres:
Historical Non-Fiction and Mysteries
Favorite Genres:
Favorite Genres:
Fantasy and Mystery