Thursday, May 2, 2013

Who's On Top: Children's Books 5/2


This Week's Spotlight:
Picture Book:
STEAM TRAIN, DREAM TRAIN
by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld

The team behind the #1 New York Times bestseller Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site returns with another fabulous book for bedtime! The dream train pulls into the station, and one by one the train cars are loaded: polar bears pack the reefer car with ice cream, elephants fill the tanker cars with paints, tortoises stock the auto rack with race cars, bouncy kangaroos stuff the hopper car with balls. Sweet and silly dreams are guaranteed for any budding train enthusiasts!



Middle Grade: 
CHOMP
 by Carl Hiaasen

Wahoo Cray lives in a zoo. His father is an animal wrangler, so he's grown up with all manner of gators, snakes, parrots, rats, monkeys, snappers, and more in his backyard. The critters he can handle.  His father is the unpredictable one.

When his dad takes a job with a reality TV show called "Expedition Survival!", Wahoo figures he'll have to do a bit of wrangling himself—to keep his dad from killing Derek Badger, the show's boneheaded star, before the shoot is over. But the job keeps getting more complicated. Derek Badger seems to actually believe his PR and insists on using wild animals for his stunts. And Wahoo's acquired a shadow named Tuna—a girl who's sporting a shiner courtesy of her old man and needs a place to hide out.

They've only been on location in the Everglades for a day before Derek gets bitten by a bat and goes missing in a storm. Search parties head out and promptly get lost themselves. And then Tuna's dad shows up with a gun . . .

It's anyone's guess who will actually survive "Expedition Survival". . . 




Young Adult:
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN PERU 
by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan  

Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices know that Magnus Bane is banned from Peru—and now they can find out why. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.

There are good reasons Peru is off-limits to Magnus Bane. Follow Magnus’s Peruvian escapades as he drags his fellow warlocks Ragnor Fell and Catarina Loss into trouble, learns several instruments (which he plays shockingly), dances (which he does shockingly), and disgraces his host nation by doing something unspeakable to the Nazca Lines.

This standalone e-only short story illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality populates the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series. This story in The Bane Chronicles, What Really Happened in Peru, is written by Sarah Rees Brennan and Cassandra Clare.


Series:
Catching Fire
by Suzanne Collins
  
Katniss is the spark to a revolution, and the Capitol wants revenge. She won the Hunger Games and returns alive with District 12 Tribute partner Peeta. But he and longtime friend Gale both reject her. On their Victory Tour of all the districts, locals riot but the winning duo must appear lost in their love.







Top 5 Children's Books:
Picture Book:
1. STEAM TRAIN, DREAM TRAIN, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
2. POEMS TO LEARN BY HEART, by Caroline Kennedy. Illustrated by Jon J Muth
3. GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
4. THE DARK, by Lemony Snicket. Illustrated by Jon Klassen
5. THIS IS NOT MY HAT, by Jon Klassen

Middle Grade:
1. WONDER, by R. J. Palacio
2. THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN, by Katherine Applegate
3. THE CARE AND KEEPING OF YOU 1, by Valorie Schaefer. Illustrated by Josee Masse
4. THE CARE AND KEEPING OF YOU 2, by Cara Natterson. Illustrated by Josee Masse
5. LEGO NINJAGO CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA, by Claire Sipi

Young Adult:
1. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, by John Green
2. DIVERGENT, by Veronica Roth
3. THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, by Stephen Chbosky
4. WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN PERU, by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan
5. INSURGENT, by Veronica Roth

Series:
1. THE HUNGER GAMES, by Suzanne Collins
2. THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, by Cassandra Clare
3. DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney
4. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
5. BIG NATE, written and illustrated by Lincoln Peirce

Disclaimer: All blurbs can be found on Goodreads.com, all list can be found at NYTimes.com

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