Books & DVDs

Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band
Kwame Alexander
Pre-school through Gr. 2

Inspired by a band competition, Rooster gathers some fellow musicians to form a jazz band.  The book features rhyming verse and colorful appealing art by Tim Bowers.  Adults reading to their kids will smile at the names of Rooster's musical peers, like Duck Ellington, Bee Holiday, and Mules Davis. Acoustic Rooster is the 2014 Michigan Reads! One State One Book selection.  Westland patrons will see it featured at storytimes and other programs throughout the month of October!

Sep 9, 2014
Claire
Everyone Prays: Celebrating Faith Around the World
Alexis York Lumbard
Pre-school through Gr. 3

This is a lovely introduction to world religions for young children.  The large text and beautiful pictures present a respectful glimpse into many different forms of prayer.  Though there are differences, children will see that there is beauty and integrity in each.  There is an appendix at the end with brief definitions of eight major world religions.

Sep 9, 2014
Claire
Rio 2
Release Date: 7/15/14
All Ages!

Family movie night is going to the birds!  The birds of Rio 2, that is!   Join Jewel, Blu, and their three youngsters on a journey back to the Amazon, where they will meet family, friends, and their old nemesis, Nigel.  Rio 2 is rated G and is a wholesome adventure your whole family can enjoy!

 

Sep 9, 2014
Mrs Fry
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid, Smelly Bus
Barbara Park
Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

In this popular series by Barbara Park, Junie B. Jones goes to her 1st day of Kindergarten, which is exciting until Junie learns that she will have to ride the school bus home. She does everything in her power not to ride that bus. While everyone else looks for her, Junie spends extra time in her classroom and in the nurse’s office. A silly thing gets her found out. Junie is a totally sassy girl and not always for the faint of heart, but she is very clever and offers a fun ride for kids and families.

Sep 9, 2014
Andy
Muppets Most Wanted
Disney
Rated PG

The Muppets embark on another adventure as they take their show on an exciting world tour!  But, problems arise when the Muppets unknowingly become entangled with some criminals, Dominic Badguy and the “World’s Number One Criminal” and Kermit look-alike, Constantine, who are making plans to steal the Crown Jewels.  With Kermit mistakenly identified as Constantine and locked behind bars in the terrible Gulag prison, all seems lost!  Will Kermit escape in time to help his friends and save the day?  Find out by watching Muppets Most Wanted

Sep 9, 2014
Laura
Powerless
Matthew Cody
Ages 8 - 12

Fans of superheroes and Percy Jackson will love Powerless!

Twelve-year-old Daniel has just moved to a new town. He makes friends relatively quickly, but he soon realizes that there’s something out of the ordinary about them: they have superpowers! While having special powers is pretty awesome, there is a catch: each person loses these powers on their thirteenth birthday. What is causing this to happen, and can Daniel stop it before all of his friends lose their powers forever? Read this book to find out!

Sep 9, 2014
Heather
Flora & Ulysses
Kate DiCamillo
3rd to 7th Grade

Your "illuminated adventures" will begin when you turn the pages of this Newbery Award winner.  Flora and Ulysses are remarkable in their observations and words.  Thank goodness, or you might not know a hero from an arch-nemesis.  Flora's encounter with a squirrel is hardly ordinary.  He flies, writes poetry and types.  She has a rough time getting people to believe in his exceptional gifts, obvious though they are.  This strong and heart-tugging story will stay with you for all the right reasons.  It is about resiliency, trust, loyality and hope.  And, more than that, it is about finding a super-hero in a humble form.

Aug 8, 2014
StorySeeker
The One and Only Ivan
Katherine Applegate
ages 9-12

This is the heartwarming story of a gorilla in a roadside zoo. Ivan, the title character, spends his days in his "domain" creating art, sleeping, talking with his friend, Bob the dog, and acting like a gorilla for the paying tourists. One day, a baby elephant, Ruby, is introduced to the zoo and is treated unkindly and unfairly by the owner. This causes Ivan and his friends to action. See how they change minds for the better as they search for a place to call home. See Christina Applegate's website for more info about this and other books she's written.

Jul 7, 2014
Andy
The Amazing Story of Space Travel: Max Axiom Stem Adventures
Agnieszka Biskup
8-12 year olds

Do you like Science? Do you like reading Graphic Novels? Would you like a book that teaches science facts in a graphic novel format?  If you answered “Yes!” to these questions then the Max Axiom series is for you!  In “The Amazing Story of Space Travel,” join Max as he explains how astronauts travel to and from outer space.  This book is loaded with facts and includes diagrams, side bars and a “More About Space Travel” section.  For added knowledge, the book provides a glossary where scientific terms covered in the book are defined.  Other Max Axiom topics include Cell Phone Technology, Combustion Engines and Television Technology.  They can be found in our Youth Graphic Novel section.

Jul 7, 2014
Laura
Little Red Writing
Joan Holub
4-10 yrs.

This clever twist on a favorite folk tale takes a brave red pencil on a writing adventure.  Obstacles like run-on sentences lead to nowhere, but a truck full of adverbs helps Little Red get back on her story path.  Engaging illustrations complement the story line and will enhance repeated readings.  Younger ones who are familiar with Little Red Riding Hood will delight in comparing this to the original.  Older readers will be drawn in by the playful puns and teachers can use this as an introduction to a writing exercise. 

Jul 7, 2014
Claire

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