The Edmond Sun

February 18, 2013

2-19 Good Reads


Special to The Sun




Break in at the Three Bears family home? It could only be one dame.

Wicked witch gone missing from her candied cottage? Hansel and Gretel claim it was self-defense.

Did Humpty Dumpty really just fall off that wall, or was he pushed?

Here are five fairy tale stories with a twist, all told from the point of view of a streetwise police officer called Binky, who just happens to be a toad in a suit and a fedora.

When Snow White doesn’t make it to the beauty pageant, Officer Binky is the first to find the apple core lying by her bed.

When an awful giant mysteriously crashes to the ground, upsetting the whole town, Binky discovers exactly who is responsible.

Author David Levinthal and illustrator John Nickle retell these classic stories in the style of a 1940s noir detective novel — for kids! Here is a great way to introduce classic stories to children, who will get a kick out of comparing and contrasting different versions.

Ages 4-8.




Every December, Grandma Lupita tells Rose the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

As they make paper flowers to put around her statue, Grandma begins: “Long ago, on a cold December morning near what is now Mexico City, a man named Juan Diego put on his cloak and started down the road to church.”

On his way, Juan Diego sees a beautiful lady at the top of a hill. She tells Juan Diego to go to the bishop and ask him to build a special church for her. But the bishop doesn’t believe that Juan Diego has seen the lady; he asks for a sign.

Again the lady sends Juan Diego, and again the bishop asks for a sign. Until finally, she provides one: her shining image on Juan Diego’s cloak for everyone to see.

A story of faith and determination, this book features Spanish words and phrases and is an ideal way to introduce young ones to the miracle of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Ages 5-8.



“Before you write me off as a delusional psycho, think about what it’s like to be thrown into a situation where everyone knows everyone…and no one knows you.” In this YA graphic novel Sadie has the perfect plan to snag some friends when she transfers to Plainfield High — pretend to have a peanut allergy.

But what happens when you have to hand in that student health form your unsuspecting mom was supposed to fill out? And what if your new friends want to come over and your mom serves them snacks? (Peanut butter sandwich, anyone?) And then there’s the bake sale, when your teacher thinks you ate a brownie with peanuts.

When you’ve created a fake allergy, one little lie can become a great big mess.

Ages 11-14.



Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met…a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born.

She didn’t spend her childhood silent about her imaginary friend, and is thus a bit of an outsider in the sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale.

Still, she has a best friend, runs the popular school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself.

Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return.

The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami.

Ages 12 up.



Full of humor, refreshingly original characters, and math problems that young readers will be clamoring to help solve, “The Chicken Problem” is an ideal addition to the home or classroom.

Left-brained Peg and her right-brained pal, Cat, are enjoying a picnic on the farm with Pig. However, when someone leaves the chicken coop open and the chicks run-a-muck, it’s up to Peg and Cat to use their math skills to help solve their poultry predicament.

Illustrated by Emmy-winning animators, this picture book is packed with farm-inspired counting and is a fun and refreshing take on learning math.

Ages 3-6.

NOTE: Email to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty?” and/or “The Beautiful Lady: Our Lady of Guadalupe” and/or “Peanut.” Deadline is 10 a.m. Feb. 25. 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.