Books for children - Aug. 12


"The Birthday Ball" by Lois Lowry, illustrated by Jules Feiffer, Houghton Mifflin, 186 pages

Read aloud: age 8 and older

Read yourself: age 9 and older

Princess Priscilla is bored, spending day after day inside the castle walls. To remedy her situation, she disguises herself and begins attending the local school with peasant children. Priscilla is delighted with life outside of the castle, loves going to school, feels protective of her classmates and has a crush on her handsome teacher. But Priscilla's time posing as a peasant is running out - her 16th birthday is coming up, and according to tradition, she must choose a husband among the disgusting available suitors.


Library: Waterford Public Library, 49 Rope Ferry Rd., Waterford

Library Director: Roslyn Rubinstein

Head of Children's Services: Nadine Lipman

Choices this week: "The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk" by Thornton W. Burgess; "Petite Rouge, a Cajun Red Riding Hood" by Mike Artell; "Little House in the Big Woods" by Laura Ingalls Wilder


"Jack and the Baked Beanstalk" by Colin Stimpson, Templar Books/Candlewick, 2012, 34 pages, $15.99 hardcover

Read aloud: age 4 and older.

Read yourself: age 7 and 8.

Jack and his mom are proud of their lively business at their food truck, JACK'S FAST FOOD. But when an overpass is built and the street where their immovable food truck is located is closed, business screeches to a halt.

Jack's mom gives him their last few pennies to buy coffee beans and milk. On his way to the store, Jack meets an old man who offers to sell Jack a can of magic baked beans. When Jack's mom finds out what he'd done, she throws the can of baked beans out the window in a fury.

The next day Jack finds a giant magic baked beanstalk. And you would be correct in assuming that Jack climbs up the beanstalk and finds a giant living there. The rest of this tale is certain to surprise and delight readers of all ages!

"Elephant Joe, Brave Knight!" by David Wojtowycz, Random House, 2012, 32 pages, $16.99 hardcover

Read aloud: age 2, 3 and older

Read yourself: age 7

One day at the castle, Elephant Joe and Zebra Pete are swimming in the moat when they hear a cry for help. It is the king, distressed because the Dark Knight has stolen the king's crown. The king promises the biggest feast in the kingdom to whoever returns the crown to him.

Elephant Joe and Zebra Pete spring into action and set off through the Enchanted Forest. Soon they are at the Dark Knight's tower where they encounter what they think is a damsel in distress and what they think is a fierce, dangerous dragon. But things are not always what they seem. Would the two brave knights succeed in their mission?

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