The Edmond Sun

January 14, 2013

1-15 Good Reads

Books


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — ‘SQUISH: CAPTAIN DISASTER’

BY JENNIFER L. HOLM AND MATTHEW HOLM

From the acclaimed authors of “Babymouse” comes Squish — a comic-book-loving, twinkie-eating grade school amoeba trying to find his place in the world.

In this fourth installment of this graphic novel series, it’s soccer season. But the Waterfleas (hey, it could be worse — OK, maybe it couldn’t) are getting pummeled game after game.

Squish knows winning isn’t everything, but it’s something, right? Can Squish turn the losing streak around when he becomes team captain? Will Pod figure out how to harness the power of lightning? And how can amoebas play soccer when they don’t have any feet?

Find out in the electrifying, hilarious, action-packed Squish graphic novel adventure: “Captain Disaster.”

Just like Babymouse, Squish is smart and funny. Unlike Babymouse, Squish is GREEN and filled with superheroes, comics within comics and gross-out science — each book includes a science spread in the back, full of real science activities.

Ages 7-10.



‘HARLEM’S LITTLE BLACKBIRD:

THE STORY OF FLORENCE MILLS’

BY RENEE WATSON

Zora and Langston. Billie and Bessie. Eubie and Duke.

If the Harlem Renaissance had a court, they were its kings and queens.

But there were other, lesser known individuals whose contributions were just as impactful, such as Florence Mills.

Born to parents who were former slaves, Florence knew early on that she loved to sing. And that people really responded to her sweet, bird-like voice.

Her dancing and singing catapulted her all the way to the stages of 1920s Broadway where she inspired songs and even entire plays.

Yet with all this success, she knew firsthand how bigotry shaped her world. And when she was offered the role of a lifetime from Ziegfeld himself, she chose to support all-black musicals instead.

Fans of “When Marian Sang” and “Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuoso” will jump at the chance to discover another talented performer whose voice transcended and transformed the circumstances society placed on her.

Ages 3-8.



‘RAILROAD HANK’

BY LISA MOSER

Injected with Lisa Moser’s trademark humor, “Railroad Hank” celebrates the powerful bond of friendship.

When Hank finds out Granny Bett is feeling down, he enlists the help of his neighbors to find a way to cheer her up.

Wandering the countryside, Hank befriends all sorts of fun characters, from Missy May, who thinks there’s nothing better than scrambley eggs to bring a smile to someone’s face, to Cinnamon Cobbler, who swears by a fresh-picked apple as the cure-all to any sadness.

Readers will laugh together over Hank’s many goodhearted blunders — from uprooting an apple tree to scooping up all the water from Reel-’Em-In Sam’s pond.

Lisa Moser’s quaint and uplifting text is perfectly paired with Benji Davies’ colorful and bold artwork. Readers will enjoy Moser’s quirky and charming characters, which will remind them of the power of the simple things in life and the unbreakable bond of friendship.

Ages 3-8.



‘FIVE ANCESTORS

OUT OF THE ASHES: PHOENIX’

BY JEFF STONE

It is 350 years after the events of The Five Ancestors. Phoenix Collins lives in Indiana with his grandfather who is teaching him kung fu.

But Phoenix’s real love is dirt-bike racing. When unsettling events reveal that his grandfather is not only one of the legendary five Cangzhen monks, but also almost 400 years old, Phoenix must race the clock if he is going to keep his beloved ancestor alive.

Traveling to China, he meets an intriguing young woman who is a talented biker and a terrific mechanic. She offers to help him, but can she be trusted?

Ages 9-12.



NOTE: Email dpeery@edmondsun.com to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “Squish: Captain Disaster” and/or “Harlem’s Little Blackbird” and/or “Railroad Hank.” Deadline is 10 a.m. Jan. 21. 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.