The Edmond Sun

Arts & Entertainment

September 11, 2012

9-11 Good reads: Books

EDMOND — ‘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.

Ages 3-7.

‘BABY FACES’

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.

Age 0-3.

‘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.

Ages 6-9.

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