Kendal A. Rautzhan
With everything going on in the world, kids need a break from the tensions and concerns that seem to beat all of us over the head through social media, news reports, conversations and the like. A marvelous way to diffuse the worries of the day is to read books to children. Subjects can be across the board – fiction and nonfiction, soothing books, hilarious books, adventure – all the way down the line.
We all need an escape now and then, and so do kids. Pick up a book every day and read to the kids in your life; it’s a gift of immeasurable value.
Books to Borrow
The following book is available at many public libraries.
“Geronimo Stilton: The Search for Sunken Treasure,” by Geronimo Stilton, illustrated by Larry Keyes and Mirellik, Scholastic, 122 pages
Read aloud: Age 7 and older.
Read yourself: Age 8 and older.
Geronimo Stilton runs a newspaper, but what he really likes is to write adventure stories. When Aunt Sweetfur proposes a sailing adventure to the Ratlapagos Islands, Geronimo agrees to accompany her. She wants to visit the place her long-lost husband de ella, Grayfur, ventured to in search of buried treasure; the place he never returned from.
The excursion turns out to be a lot more than a trip down memory lane. From a crazy flight and sailing the sea (neither of which Geronimo likes), Geronimo, Aunt Sweetfur, and their companions find themselves searching the ocean floor for the very treasure Grayfur had sought. But it turns out they aren’t the only ones hoping to lay their hands on the treasure.
Loaded with illustrations, comedy, suspension, and a delightful surprise ending, it’s no wonder this series is enormously successful around the globe.
Library: Stark County District Library, DeHoff Memorial Branch, 216 Hartford Ave. SE, Canton
Managing Director: Mary Ellen Icaza
Senior Director of Public Services: Jen Welsh
Branch Manager: Jo Schofield
Choices this week: “My Teacher is a Monster,” by Peter Brown; “I Am the Wolf and Here I Come,” by Benedicto Guettier; “Ripley’s Fun Facts & Silly Stories,” by Ripley’s Believe It or Not
Books to Buy
The following books are available at favorite bookstores.
“The Ice Cream Machine,” by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Emily Hughes, Liniers, Nicole Miles, Seaerra Miller, Daniel Salmieri, Charles Santoso, Putnam, 2022, 366 pages, $17.99 hardcover
Read aloud: Age 8-12.
Read yourself: Age 8/9 – 12.
Six hilariously different stories are in this incredibly creative book, yet each has the same name: The Ice Cream Machine. Why, you ask? Because each story is about ice cream and an ice cream machine, and each is wildly different from the others.
Meet a boy and his five-armed robot nanny who zip around the globe in search of the best ice cream to be found. Join two sisters who are determined to win an ice cream contest where the long-standing winner has always been literally a huge pig. Learn the secrets of a young genius who invents a lucrative way to make the freshest ice cream in the world. And of course, there’s more.
There’s an ice cream truck salesman who embodies every manner of evil as he terrorizes the neighborhood children. Then there is a sorcerer’s apprentice who does his best to conjure ice cream for a very important festival with disastrous results. And join a kid from New Jersey, planet earth, as he becomes part of an intergalactic experiment where yes, ice cream is involved.
A hilarious set of stories, each being illustrated by a different artist, “The Ice Cream Machine” is one of the most ingenious books to hit the shelves in a long time.
“Everything Will Be OK,” by Anna Dewdney, illustrated by Judy Schachner, Viking, 2022, 32 pages, $18.99 hardcover
Read aloud: Age 2 – 5.
Read yourself: Age 6-7.
Sometimes things don’t always go the way they ought to, and the little bunny in this charming book is having a bit of a rough ride. From a jelly sandwich when the bunny wanted cheese, a pesky brother, a stubbed toe, a lost kite, missing Mom and Dad, being scared and worried and more, friends and family will always be there to make clear that everything will be OK.
A lovely book that encourages children to understand that even when things look bleak, they will soon turn around. Told in rhyme and perfectly complemented by expressive illustrations, “Everything Will Be OK” is a reassuring story that will have kids feeling good all over.