The Edmond Sun

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August 13, 2013

10-13 Good Reads

Books

EDMOND — ‘ODESSA AGAIN’

BY DANA REINHARDT

Fourth-grader Odessa Green-Light’s dad is getting remarried, which makes no sense according to Odessa. If the prefix “re” means “to do all over again,” shouldn’t he be remarrying Mom?

When Odessa takes up residence in the attic bedroom of the new home she has moved into with her mother and her toad of a little brother, Oliver, she discovers that there’s something decidedly different about her new room.

One day Odessa gets mad and stomps across the attic floor, finding herself falling through and landing back on the attic floor once again.

Turns out that Odessa has gone back in time a whole day!

With this new power she can fix all sorts of things — embarrassing moments, big mistakes and even help Oliver be less of a toad.

But her biggest goal of all is to reunite Mom and Dad.

Ages 8-12.

‘CUTE & CUTER’

BY MICHAEL TOWNSEND

Janie Jane’s life takes a turn for the cute when she receives an adorable puppy as a birthday present.

She and Sir Yips-a-lot do everything together. But before you know it, it’s Janie’s birthday again and she’s got a new, potentially cuter present to unwrap: Lady Meow-meow, “The World’s Cutest Kitty.”

Sir Yips-a-lot has always been the cute one in Janie Jane’s life.

What if she doesn’t need him anymore?

With “Cute & Cuter,” Michael Townsend has crafted a lighthearted romp that will help children — especially those with new siblings — recognize and overcome feelings of jealousy.

Michael Townsend is the author of “Monkey and Elephant’s Worst Fight Ever!” “Billy Tartle in Say Cheese!” and the Kit Feeney graphic novels. While he may not be as cute as 10 hamsters dancing in a field of flowers while eating cupcakes, he is a reasonably attractive person.

Ages 5-8.

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