New childrens' book titles at Juneau libraries

In The Stacks

Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2003

New titles at the Juneau Public Libraries for the young and young at heart!

• "Sailor Moo," by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Ponder Goembel. Don't pick this up unless you can stomach ridiculous rhyming puns of the bovine variety! If you can, you'll really enjoy this. The marvelously detailed pictures show the journey of Moo, who went to sea on a fishing boat (with a cat crew), got thrown overboard, was rescued by manatees and ended up on a pirate ship captained by Red Angus. In the end, Angus finds his (dairy) queen and he and Moo settle down to open an ice cream shop. And what do they call their calf? Half-and-half! (picture book)

• "Bridget and the Muttonheads," written and illustrated by Pija Lindenbaum. Bridget, on vacation with her parents is bored, bored, bored, so she wanders off to play in the sand. Spotting a little island offshore with fluffy clouds resting on it, she wades out to investigate, and finds - sheep! Lindenbaum's quirky illustrations set the tone for an imaginative, boredom-banishing read. (picture book)

• "Matthew A.B.C." written and illustrated by Peter Catalanotto. Mrs. Tuttle has 25 kids in her class, all boys, and all named Matthew! How does she tell them apart? Very easily, in this out-of-the-ordinary alphabet book! Matthew A. is extra Affectionate, Matthew B. likes Band-aids, and so on. Very funny pictures! (picture book)

• "Lucky Boy," written and illustrated by Susan Boase. This is a short, sweet, tear-jerker of a dog story. Boy, the dog, lives in the backyard of a family that is much too busy to spend time with him. He isn't abused, but he is neglected, and when he digs his way out of the yard his family doesn't even notice he's gone. Boy ends up next door with an elderly gentleman whose wife has recently died. Mr. Miller pronounces them lucky to have found each other, and christens the dog Lucky Boy. Beautiful pencil drawings capture the moods of the story perfectly. (picture book for older children)

• "The Book of Wizard Parties," by Janice Kilby, illustrated by Marla Baggetta. Whether you've dreamed of being an alchemist, druid, snow sorceress, or genie, this book will give you the information you need to make costumes (including wands, staffs, hats and other accessories) and throw the party of your dreams. Each chapter is devoted to a different kind of wizardly fun, and includes everything from invitations, to recipes and games, to stories to tell. (non-fiction)

• "19 Varieties of Gazelle," by Naomi Shihab Nye. Nye writes "I'm not interested in/who suffered the most/I'm interested in/people getting over it." Nye, who grew up in the United States steeped in her Palestinian father's culture, has lived in the Middle East and has a knack for creating beautiful, lyrical poems that bridge the gap between the two cultures. This book is a response to the events of Sept. 11, 2001. (non-fiction)

• "Surviving the Applewhites," by Stephanie Tolan. A Newbery Honors book for this year, this is the story of middle-schooler Jake Semple, who excels at creating chaos. Jake's been kicked out of every school he ever attended, but at the Creative Academy, a homeschool run by the Applewhites, not even his most potent swear words have any effect. Will he survive the Applewhites and their eccentricities? (chapter book)

• "After Hamelin," by Bill Richardson. When Penelope wakes up on the morning of her 11th birthday, eager to meet the wise man and learn what her talent is, her family discovers she has been struck deaf during the night. Later that day, the Piper comes to her town and pipes all the children away with him, except for Penelope. When the wise man finally reveals her gift to her, Penelope realizes that by making use of it she might save her friends and sister. But she must be brave. (young adult)

• "The Sterkarm Handshake," by Susan Price. The Sterkarm clan, which has ravaged the 16th century Scottish countryside for generations, is being reined in by a group of Elves who advocate peace. But the Elves are really employees of an avaricious 21st century company bent on siphoning off the natural resources of the area. Andrea, an anthropologist, has been hired by the company to live with the Sterkarms and act as translator and go-between, but when she falls in love with Per Sterkarm, who is adamantly opposed to the company's presence in his world, her loyalties come into question. (young adult)

If you'd like to place a hold on any of these titles, call the Juneau Public Library at 586-5249. If you have Internet access, your library card and a PIN, you may place your own holds by going to our Web site ( and looking at our catalog. The "In the Stacks" column is now archived! Go to the Juneau Public Libraries' Web site and look for "In the Stacks."

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