The Nine Lives of Pinrut the Turnip Boy
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This book began as a lark but kept on growing - especially when teachers and parents contacted Reg and said their kids loved this slightly zany, fast-paced tale. Pinrut's fans have been of mixed ages, too: grade 3, 4, 5, 6 - also the kids in a grade 8 class were highly amused by him and inspired to write similar tales of their own as part of their writing block.
There was once a turnip. He was an ordinary turnip, one you’d pass by without noticing. He grew in a row of turnips, one of many rows of turnips in a field that was one of many fields of turnips. That’s how ordinary this turnip was. Neither bigger, nor smaller, nor fatter, nor skinnier, nor longer, nor sweeter, nor more peppery: that’s how he was. And he had company, as you can imagine, for there were lots like him—thousands in fact.One summer’s evening this turnip up and left. He’d had enough. He pulled himself from the ground, turned upside down, and took off on his leafy stalks. He ambled along the row and out of the field.“Hey, you can’t do that!” cried the other turnips.“Watch me,” said the turnip.And watch him we will, through all nine lives: in America, Canada, China, New Zealand, New Guinea, Mars and Wobbles. Naturally he has a few adventures on the way, but his skills and savvy, indeed, his sheer existence, also come to the attention of the devilish boss of a nefarious GMO seed corporation called Nonsanto. Need we say more?!
Delightful and true, highly recommended for grades 3 thru 6 and older.
The Adventures of Jayne
The Cat Who Was a Dog
Delightful line drawings by the author
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Jayne is a cat, raised as a dog. Found as a new-born she is brought up with a litter of puppies. Jayne does not turn out to be just any kind of dog, she is the top dog, the main-man dog, the king-of-the-castle dog. She holds her tail up straight when she walks and brooks no nonsense. When they go for a stroll everyone has to stay behind her: her brothers and sisters, her doggy-daddy and doggy-mommy, even the human she keeps as chief back scratcher and can opener. Jayne is a tough cookie—as tough as nails and as cool as cucumbers come—as she proves in (almost) all her adventures: with Big-Bad and Bengal Bob, flying and skydiving, as lifesaver extraordinaire and later as mayor of the great city of New Philawashingyork.
The Adventures of Jayne is a fun tale for family reading or for children to read themselves. Suitable for ages 5 to 10.
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Fergus had looked at fireworks at a neighbor's bonfire party, and remembered liking the instructions: "light blue touch-paper and stand well back." It was the same with Murdo, his friend. To activate him, you just had to put a small idea in his head and then get out of the way.
Fergus can’t believe it when his brand-new digital watch starts going backward. Then he crashes (literally) into gadget-loving Murdo, and a second mystery comes to light—all around the neighborhood, cats are missing.
This book is the winner of the Kelpies Prize 2005. Sharply and wittily observed, it’s a story of unlikely friendships, unexpected allies and cat surveillance.
Ages 9 and over.
New School Blues
It’s first term at the Big School for Mary McPherson, and right from the start it looks as if her new friend, Jamie, is going to lead her astray … literally!
Using a forgotten footpath on the way home, they are chased by a ferocious bull and narrowly escape being flattened. Meanwhile Mary has to put up with the humiliation of wearing braces and thick-framed glasses, and they both have to get used to new school subjects such as sex education, self-defense, and basic soldering. But all this is as nothing compared to the dreaded dinner queues and the obnoxious prefects who police them.
You really don’t need all this when trying to establish a right of way. But help comes in the unexpected form of parents and teachers ... who may just be human after all.
Tales of Childhood
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Boy is one of the best-ever autobiographies - no matter how old you may think you are! This is one of those books that you or your children or your children's friends or all of you together will laugh your way through - and the best part is that it's all true.
If you've ever wondered where Roald Dahl got the ideas for his rather far-out stories, the answer is right here - from his own life. Dahl's tales of his own childhood are completely fascinating and unendingly funny. did you know that he nearly lost his nose in a car accident? Or that he was once a chocolate candy tester for Cadbury's? Or was involved in the Great Mouse Plot of 1924? Well, you'll find out all about it in Boy. Just don't laugh so hard you wake the baby!
The Phantom Tollbooth
Illustrations by Jules Feiffer
With an appreciation by Maurice Sendak
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I read [The Phantom Tollbooth] first when I was 10. I still have the book report I wrote, which began, 'This is the best book ever.
- Anna Quindlen, The New York Times
A classic children's tale of a journey to lands beyond! For Milo, everything's a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he's got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo visits the island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and even embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason! Somewhere along the way, Milo realizes something astonishing. Life is far from dull. In fact, it's exciting beyond his wildest dreams!
Your 9-year-old and older child will love this book - if you can put it down long enough for them to read it!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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This is a longtime family favorite at our house. Willy Wonka's chocolate factory is finally opening and all the children want to see it. Only five children will be lucky enough to win an tour of the treasured site. Four of the winners are: Augustus Gloop, a fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents heed her every command; Violet Beauregarde, a dimwitted gum-chewer and nonstop talker; and Mike Teavee, a toy-pistol-toting gangster in training who is obsessed with TV. The fifth? Charlie Bucket, our hero. Charlie is honest, kind, brave and true, and about to embark on the wildest time of his life! Non-stop giggles for ages 9 to 12!