The Edmond Sun

September 11, 2012

9-11 Good reads: Books

The Edmond Sun



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.



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.



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.



Venice, 1585.

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.



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.

Ages 3-6.

NOTE: Email 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.