The Edmond Sun

September 24, 2013

9-24 Good Reads


The Edmond Sun



The third installment in The Dog Diaries series continues to be both entertaining and educational.

Barry der Menschenretter — the most famous St. Bernard dog in history — tells the story of his life for the first time. Since the 11th century, his breed has been bred and trained to help rescue travelers lost in the snow.

With great modesty, Barry tells not just about his own heroic exploits (saving over 40 lives, including that of a 12-year-old boy frozen in a cave), but about his daily life in the hospice., his close relationship with his trainers, and about the other hospice hounds with whom he teams up to guide lost travelers and save lives.

With realistic black-and-white illustrations by Tim Jessell — plus an appendix with information about St. Bernards, the Great St. Bernard Hospice, and much more — Barry’s tale is perfect for dog-crazy middle-grade readers.

Ages 7-10.



There is no other horse quite like Calliope. She’s short. She’s slow. She’s lumpy. She’s a rhinoceros.

Still, Cowboy Boyd has a real strong belief in Calliope and her ability to help out the crew at the Double R Ranch.

Boyd and Calliope try to prove themselves to the ranchers by rounding up strays and hauling posts, but it just doesn’t look like it’s going to work out. That is, until a storm drives all the cattle away from the ranch. They need someone real special to bring them back…

In “Cowboy Boyd and Mighty Calliope,” Lisa Moser bring her trademark humor and creates a smart and silly story of a cowboy and his beloved steed — who just happens to be a rhinoceros. This comical twist on cowboy lore will delight young readers — and even bring a smile to their parents’ faces.

Ages 3-7.




The critically acclaimed Babymouse graphic novel series chronicles the hilarious, angst-ridden trials and tribulations of elementary school told from the perspective of  a sassy girl mouse with attitude to spare.

In each book, of which there are now 17, this reissue of the book that started it all, Babymouse is dealing with the same issues and problems that many kids do — annoying younger siblings, fear of rejections and the desire to be popular among peers.

Her spirit, wit and boundless imagination help her overcome her obstacles and deliver empowering and positive messages.  With more than 1.5 million copies sold, these books continue to resonate with readers just as they did when the series launched in 2005.

Jennifer L Holm and Matthew Holm are pioneers in the genre of graphic novels for young readers. The beloved Babymouse series was the first graphic novel series to be named an ALA Notable Children’s Book and won several children’s choice awards. Most recently, the Babymouse team was honored with the comic book industry’s prestigious Will Eisner Award in the Early Readers Category for “Babymouse: Babymouse for President.”

Ages 7-10.

NOTE: Email to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “Dog Diaries: Barry” and/or “Cowboy Boyd and Mighty Calliope” and/or “Babymouse: Queen of the World."  Deadline is 10 a.m. Sept. 30. 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.