The Edmond Sun

June 4, 2013

6-4 Good Reads


Special to The Sun



There are zombies at Kailua beach! Well, kind of.

Fourth-grader Calvin Coconut and his friends have been recruited by Benny Obi (the boy from “Kung Fooey” who liked to tell crazy stories and ate bugs) to be extras in his uncle’s movie: “Zombie Zoomba!”

And who ends up with an actual part? Calvin’s babysitter, Stella.

Graham Salisbury’s Calvin Coconut books are boy-friendly, family-centered and full of humor and the fun of growing up in Hawaii. Fun facts about Hawaii are included in each book, as well as a map of Calvin’s neighborhood while the cast of multicultural characters reflects the ethnic mix of Hawaii.

Ages 7-10.



Beloved author Kate Klimo returns with a brand-new dog-centric Step into Reading book that is sure to inspire new readers.

Clever and funny, “Twinky the Dinky Dog,” is the perfect first book to give to dog-obsessed readers learning to read independently.

The world treats Twinky like a dinky dog — including his owner, who has the nerve to carry him around in a purse and dress him up in frilly sweaters.

Every day Twinky longs to play with the big dogs, but is laughed out of the park because of his size. But when Twinky’s owner is threatened by a robber, he’s finally able to prove that courage comes in all shapes and sizes.

Enhanced by Michael Fleming’s bright and bold illustrations, this timeless story of a little dog trying to prove his worth is sure to become a learning-to-read favorite.

Full of engaging characters, easy-to-follow plots, and popular topics, “Twinky the Dinky Dog” is an ideal first book for dog-loving children excited to read on their own.

Ages 5-8.



Young readers will be whisked away to a land where mermaids sleep and pirates snore in “When Mermaids Sleep,” a beautifully lyrical bedtime picture book where fairies slumber on flower petals and giant’s sleepy sighs make the valley fumble.

Featuring dream-like illustrations by Society of Illustrators Gold Medal recipients Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher, “When Mermaids Sleep” is an ideal addition to the bedtime canon.

Featuring such beloved characters as mermaids, genies, unicorns, and dragons, “When Mermaids Sleep” is a new bedtime tale with a classic feel. Johnson and Fancher’s beautifully lush illustrations will keep children engaged as Bonwill’s soothing and rhythmic text gently rock them to sleep in a dreamland filled with slumbering giants and sweetly dozing fairies.

Ages 3-5.

NOTE: Email to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “Calvin Coconut: Extra Famous” and/or “Twinky the Dinky Dog” and/or “When Mermaids Sleep.” Deadline is 10 a.m. June 10. 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.