Fun tales will entertain young readers

Kendal A. Rautzhan

People all over the world like to laugh. We know that even though life isn’t always fun, it’s always best to find a way to lighten the mood, because no one likes to stay under a dark cloud for long.

Reading books that make the reader/listener laugh is always a good choice when things have gone in the wrong direction. This is exactly what you will find in the books reviewed today. From a bizarre and imaginative tale of how a trip to the milk store went completely sideways, to a story of a persistent boy trying to be an entrepreneur and a bird that can’t fly but don’t give up, each of these three stories are sure to bring smiles and laughs. What a great way to spend time together and direct the mood to a happy, lighter place. Continue reading.

Books to borrow

The following book is available at many public libraries.

“Fortunately, the milk”, by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Skottie Young, Harper, 113 pages

Read aloud: 8-12 years old.

Do you read : 8-9 years and up.

Dad had gone out to get milk for his children’s breakfast cereal. When he finally returned, his son and daughter asked him where he had been. His story went like this:

He bought the milk, walked out of the store, put the milk in his pocket, and was quickly abducted by aliens, transported back and forth through time, faced pirates and off-world beings, and s befriended a Stegosaurus teacher in a hot air balloon. As events progressed, it became apparent that the fate of the universe depended on him and, oddly, on milk. Fortunately, he still had some (the milk, that is).

Outrageously wonderful, inventive, imaginative, with uninterrupted hilarity throughout (including the amusing illustrations), “Luckily Milk” excels in every way possible.

Librarian’s Choice

Library: Stark County District Library, North Branch Library, 189 25th St. NW, Township

Executive director: Mary Ellen Icaza

Senior Director of Public Services: Jen Welsh

Branch Manager : Catherine Ferrero

Choice this week: “If you give a pancake to a pig”, by Laura Numeroff; “Maisy Drives the Bus” by Lucy Cousins; “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”, by Jeff Kinney.

Books to buy

The following books are available at preferred bookstores.

“Willis Wilbur impresses the world” by Lindsey Leavitt, illustrated by Daniel Duncan, Penguin Workshop, 2022, 206 pages, $13.99 hardcover

Read aloud: 8 years and over

Do you read : 8/9 years and over.

At the end of third year, Willis and his best friend, Shelley, would soon be spending six weeks at summer music camp. Willis and Shelley had been basically inseparable since kindergarten, so Willis couldn’t imagine life any other way. Then, at the very last minute, Shelley announced that she couldn’t go to camp because her mother had taken a temporary job as a nurse in Hawaii and Shelley would be going with her the very next day – for the whole summer.

Willis was shocked and disappointed, but still wanting the best for Shelley, he knew he had to be happy for her. As for Willis, it wasn’t too late to pick up the camp deposit and skip that altogether, but he knew his mother couldn’t stand him doing nothing all summer. Fortune seemed to shine on Willis when he saw a flyer for a local business competition for young entrepreneurs, offering a scholarship to help support the winner’s business. Willis knew this was his opportunity to take Shelley’s advice to make a date with fate and apply. Deciding that his best business idea would be to become the neighborhood life coach for the kids, he had to work fast to learn all about it and hone his skills before competition day. But as Willis soon discovered, achieving fame and fortune was much harder than he thought.

Hilarious, heartfelt and loaded with fun, “Wilbur Willis Wows the World” will have children reading this sensational novel at breakneck speed.

"Breathe," written and illustrated by Sujean Rim.

“Breathe” written and illustrated by Sujean Rim, Atheneum, 2022, 40 pages, $17.99 hardcover

Read aloud: 4-8 years old.

Do you read : 6/7-8 years old.

With each new morning, the birds are excited for their first flight of the day. But there is one bird, Bob, who hasn’t been able to fly yet, despite his best efforts. So Bob keeps busy on the ground, doing this and that, and continues to practice his piloting. With one failed attempt after another, Bob doesn’t understand why he can’t fly.

Just as Bob is collapsing from his inability to fly, Crow enters the scene and gives him the advice he always needs – “Bob…you just need to breathe.” Crow then teaches Bob how to consciously breathe, and together they practice and practice until everything starts to make sense.

Expressive illustrations perfectly complement this extremely intelligent and fun book on mindfulness, perseverance and self-confidence, making “Take a Breath” a real gem.

Kendal Rautzhan

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