Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

Just So Stories

by Rudyard Kipling

The Library Book Club meeting for this book was on February 15, 2018, at 6:30 in the entry foyer.

This book was our chosen community reads book for the 2018 On the Same Page.  Free copies were available at the library until supplies ran out.

One of the world’s greatest storytellers weaves together an unforgettable collection of animal tales, including how the camel got its hump, how the leopard got its spots, and how even a butterfly stamping his leg can change a man’s life.

Initially written for his own “best beloved,” Just So Stories was published in 1902. It has been a favorite for the past century and is certain to be cherished by generations to come.

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Vivian rated it ★★★★★ and said “Imagine wondering what the crocodile has for dinner and being rewarded for your curiosity with a new, more versatile nose.

“This is just one of the many ingenious stories crafted by Kipling to explain why and how about animals humps, lumps, and so forth. He earns 5 stars for his inventive words, use of language, and imagination. I loved hearing these stories read to me when I was young. I now love sharing them with school classes and other story sharing events.”

Cathy rated it ★★★★.

Patty rated it ★★★.

Princess in Disguise by E. D. Baker

Princess in Disguise by E. D. Baker

Princess in Disguise

by E. D. Baker

With the help of family and friends, Annie and Liam’s wedding day looks as if it’s going to be perfect until everything starts to go wrong. Liam’s father doesn’t show up, nor do the magic-wielding guests. Members of the wedding party come down with strange afflictions, Annie’s gown is ruined, a storm floods the castle grounds, and an unknown king lays seige to the castle. Queen Karolina decides that they need the help of her fairy godmother, Moonbeam, but a pea-soup fog keeps the messengers from leaving. Only Annie and Liam can get past the magical fog to find Moonbeam, but even after they find her, it’s up to them to discover who cast the spells that ruined the wedding, and why the unknown king wants to conquer Treecrest.

book 4 in the Wide-Awake Princess series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Miranda rated it ★★★, and said, “Not my favorite one of the series, but still a cute read.”

The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling

The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling

The Chocolate Touch

by Patrick Skene Catling

Mother Daughter Book Club meeting for this book was held May 12, 2016.

A Books for Boys meeting for this book was held March 17, 2016.

In a laugh-out-loud hilarious twist on the legend of King Midas, a boy acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate. Can you ever have too much of your favorite food? John Midas is about to find out….

First published in 1952, The Chocolate Touch was an instant classic—and has remained a timeless favorite with kids, teachers, and parents.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

by Roald Dahl

Mother Daughter Book Club meeting for this book was held April, 14, 2016.

Books for Boys meeting for this book was held February 18, 2016.

The gates of Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory are opening at last—and only five children will be allowed inside.

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Miranda rated it ★★★★★.

Cathy rated it ★★★★★.

Courtney rated it ★★★.

Half Magic by Edward Eager

Half Magic by Edward Eager

Half Magic

by Edward Eager

A combined Mother Daughter Book Club and Books for Boys meeting for this book was held January 14, 2016.

Four children find a magical coin that grants each person one wish. There’s just one catch: the wish only comes half true, leaving the wisher in a big pickle. Even the family cat gets her turn, with disastrous results. Magic and mayhem run amok in this wonderful classic tale.

book 1 in the Tales of Magic series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Vivian rated it ★★★.

Bekka rated it ★★★★★ and said, “Wonderful, wonderful book! One of the all-time classics.”

Miranda rated it ★★★★★.

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda

by Roald Dahl

A Books for Boys Book Club meeting for this book will be March 8, 2018, at 6:30 in the Community Room. Book club reading copies will be available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

A Mother Daughter Book Club meeting for this book was held March 10, 2016.

Library Book Club meeting for this book was held October 15, 2015.

Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half she’s knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she’s a super-nerd and the teacher’s pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda’s world. For starters she has two of the most idiotic, self-centered parents who ever lived. Then there’s the large, busty nightmare of a school principal, Mrs. (“The”) Trunchbull, a former hammer-throwing champion who flings children at will and is approximately as sympathetic as a bulldozer. Fortunately for Matilda, she has the inner resources to deal with such annoyances: astonishing intelligence, saintly patience, and an innate predilection for revenge.

She warms up with some practical jokes aimed at her hapless parents, but the true test comes when she rallies in defense of her teacher, the sweet Miss Honey, against the diabolical Trunchbull. There is never any doubt that Matilda will carry the day. Even so, this wonderful story is far from predictable. Roald Dahl, while keeping the plot moving imaginatively, also has an unerring ear for emotional truth. The reader cares about Matilda because in addition to all her other gifts, she has real feelings.

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Cathy rated it ★★★★.

Tamara rated it ★★★★.

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