‘MARIO MAKES A MOVE’
BY JILL MCELMURRY
Mario is a squirrel who loves to invent amazing moves, like the Super Looper and the Tail, Don’t Fail.
But though his parents ooh and aah at whatever he does, his friend Isabelle is not so easily impressed. When she points out that anyone can have a move, Mario must find some other way to stand out.
Sometimes being amazing is hard work, as shown in this zany yet accessible picture book. Young readers will instantly recognize themselves in Mario, as he searches for his one-of-a-kind talent.
Here is a hilarious read-aloud that will have little ones oohing and aahing — and trying out some moves of their own.
BY MALLORY LOEHR
Every spread of this adorable interactive board book features the smiling face of a different baby.
Pull the tabs and see the babies’ faces change expression just like yours, as they chew, wink, sneeze and more. Babies and toddlers will be able to recognize and imitate the things a face can do in this board book.
‘BALLPARK MYSTERIES: THE ALL-STAR JOKER’
BY DAVID A. KELLY
The stars are out in Kansas City . . . the baseball stars, that is! Mike and Kate are at the All-Star game, and even get to go on the field during the Home Run Derby to catch pop-ups! That’s where they meet Andy, whose dad, Josh Robinson, is an All-Star catcher.
But before the Home Run Derby ends, Josh finds himself in hot water. Someone is playing practical jokes on the other players, and the coach is sure it’s him. Andy swears his dad is innocent. Who would want to frame Josh? And why?
The “All-Star Joker” includes a fun fact page about Kansas City’s stadium.
Cross Ron Roy’s A to Z mystery series with Matt Christopher’s sports books and you get the Ballpark Mysteries: fun, puzzling whodunits aimed at the younger brothers and sisters of John Feinstein’s fans.
‘CROSS MY HEART’
BY SASHA GOULD
When 16-year-old Laura della Scala learns that her older sister, Beatrice, has drowned, she is given no time to grieve.
Laura’s father removes her from the convent where he forcibly sent her years earlier and orders her to marry Beatrice’s fiancé, a repulsive old merchant named Vincenzo.
Panicked, Laura betrays a powerful man to earn her way into the Segreta, a shadow society of women who deal in only one currency — secrets.
The Segreta seems like the answer to Laura’s prayers. The day after she joins their ranks, Vincenzo is publicly humiliated and conveniently exiled.
Soon, however, Laura begins to suspect that her sister’s death was not a tragic accident but a cold-blooded murder — one that might involve the Segreta and the women she has come to trust.
Ages 14 and up.
‘THE SMILEY BOOK OF COLORS’
BY RUTH KAISER
Who can resist the wacky, cute smiley faces to be spied in photos of colorful found objects?
Young readers will enjoy learning their colors as they’re identifying what the smileys are made from — an electrical outlet, a hubcap, even a piece of toast — and readers of all ages will appreciate the witty rhyming text and its inspirational message about choosing happiness.
Ruth Kaiser’s Internet-based “Spontaneous Smiley” project is made up of thousands of people photographing and posting smiley faces they find in everyday objects. In August 2009, Spontaneous Smiley began a partnership with the charity Operation Smile, which funds surgeries for children around the globe with facial deformities. A smiley upload earns a $1 donation to Operation Smile.
NOTE: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles:"Mario Makes a Move” and/or “Baby Faces” and/or “Baseball Mysteries: All-Star Joker.” Deadline is 10 a.m. Sept. 18. Winner will be notified by return email. Winner is responsible for picking up the book at The Edmond Sun at 123 S. Broadway.
‘MARIO MAKES A MOVE’
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All I want for Christmas is a new Christmas song
Despite the gigabytes of Christmas music released each year — big stars making their first charge into the yule breach this year include Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, and, alarmingly, the cast of Duck Dynasty — they are, overwhelmingly, reiterating yuletide warhorses.
‘MY PEN PAL, SANTA’
BY MELISSA STANTON
What happens when you write to Santa Claus after Christmas? In “My Pen Pal, Santa,” a little girl named Ava is about to find out.
On Christmas morning, Ava is so excited about her presents that she writes a letter to Santa to thank him (and ask why he didn’t eat her Christmas cookies!).
To her surprise, Santa replies, and a yearlong correspondence between Ava and St. Nick is born.
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‘DEEP IN THE SAHARA’
BY KELLY CUNNANE
Kelly Cunnane, the critically acclaimed author of “For You Are a Kenyan Child,” crafts a gentle and accessible picture book with “Deep in the Sahara” that offers a glimpse into the fascinating culture of West Africa and reveals that families are much the same the world over.
Older Oklahomans invited to share poetry
The 39th Annual Oklahoma Conference on Aging is accepting entries for the 2014 Senior Poetry Contest. The contest is a popular event in conjunction with the conference, which is sponsored by DHS Aging Services.
Contestants are encouraged to submit works which reflect the conference’s theme of “Inspired Living.” Winners will be invited to read their poems and be recognized at an awards luncheon on May 20 at the Embassy Suites Norman Hotel and Conference Center.
11-28 Holiday events listing
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Edmond Sun publishes a listing of Christmas-related events as a service to the public. If you would like to have an event open to the general public listed, send the information to Mark Schlachtenhaufen at email@example.com.
ACM@UCO faculty member releases album
Clay Withrow, adjunct faculty member at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), recently released the album “Between the Madness” as a member of the progressive metal band Vangough.
“Between the Madness” is Vangough’s third studio effort and follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Kingdom of Ruin” released in 2011. Spread across 12 songs and more than 70 minutes of content, “Between the Madness” has what Withrow describes as a strong, unified sound.
11-27 Good Reads
‘ANNE FRANK’S CHESTNUT TREE’
BY JANE KOHUTH
Jane Kohuth’s “Anne Frank’s Chestnut Tree” is the perfect introduction to the inspiring and important legacy of Anne Frank.
Hidden away in their Secret Annex in Amsterdam during World War II, Anne Frank and her family could not breathe fresh air or walk under the blue sky for years.
But through an attic window Anne could see the branches of a tall chestnut tree. This small glimpse of nature gave Anne hope and courage. It inspired her writing, in turn, inspiring the whole world.
FAI kicks off holiday activities Dec. 1
Winter is a busy time of the year for the staff at the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond as they plan December’s activities including the second year for “Art for the Holidays at FAI.”
Twitter reacts to the American Music Awards
In addition to being one of the biggest events on the music industry calendar, the American Music Awards also provides plenty of fodder for instant social media commentary. Here is a sampling of reaction on Twitter to Sunday night's show.
Broadway Star Kelli O’Hara to give master class at OCU
Broadway leading lady and four-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara will give a master class at Oklahoma City University, her alma mater, from noon to 2 p.m. Monday. The class is free to the public and will be in the Petree Recital Hall of the Bass Music Center at Northwest 25th Street and Blackwelder Avenue.
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