‘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.
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Santa Fe High presents Pirates of Penzance
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‘Dog Whisperer’ helps dogs on new ‘Cesar 911’ show
Best known as the “Dog Whisperer,” Cesar Millan is a world-renowned dog trainer who came to the United States from Mexico as an illegal immigrant and became a celebrity training dogs for the rich and famous. He is the author of several best-selling books, including “Cesar’s Way,” “Be the Pack Leader” and “How to Raise the Perfect Dog.” He also founded the Dog Psychology Center in California. The Millan Foundation rescues and supports abused and abandoned dogs.
Armstrong foundation extends biblical-based exhibit to Oct.
Armstrong International Cultural Foundation recently announced the extension of its popular free archaeology exhibit, “Seals of Jeremiah’s Captors Discovered” through October at Armstrong Auditorium.
Independent film festival planned for August
For the first time, an independent film festival will open in Enid. This summer, local organizers have plans for the Films Like Yours, or FLY Film Festival.
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Mitchell returns to Armstrong Auditorium
Tony Award winning Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell returns to the Armstrong Auditorium on Tuesday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. with select songs from his new album “Simply Broadway.”
UCO features voices in production of musical ‘side show’
The University of Central Oklahoma Musical Theatre Division will present the Tony Award-nominated musical “Side Show” at 7:30 p.m. March 6-8 and 2 p.m. March 9 in Mitchell Hall Theater, located on campus.
University of Central Oklahoma to host internationally-renowned composer
The University of Central Oklahoma School of Music will feature internationally-recognized composer David Maslanka as its guest artist in a series of workshops and performances March 10-13.
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NOTE: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “The Velveteen Rabbit” and/or “Small Bunny’s Blue Blanket” and/or “Dog Diaries: Togo.” Deadline is 10 a.m. March 10. Winner will be notified by return email. Winner is responsible for picking up the book at The Edmond Sun at 123 S. Broadway. All entrants must be 18 or older to win.
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