The Adventures of Violet and Dash:
Book 1, Friend or Foe?
This is a cute chapter book based on the movie The Incredibles 2. Violet and Dash may be part of the Incredibles and super heroes but they also have chores, homework and school, just like any other kid.
Violet wishes her life could be NORMAL, but Dash wants life to be SUPER all the time. When some mysterious events happen at school, the siblings begin to wonder - are there other Super kids out there? And are these kids heroes or villains?
The story is told in diary format with Violet and Dash alternating chapters in the same diary (since Dash kept reading Violets diary, she told him he could write in it as well). There are two books in the series so far and it is a great set for reluctant readers, as the diary format makes for a quick and easy read and the story moves along quickly alternating between the two narrators. It tells a story of how if you work together you can accomplish SUPER results! Kids will love the fact that it looks handwritten and has illustrations mixed in just like a normal diary would and of course who can resist a Super Hero story?
By Cindy Feltes, Penworthy Sales Representative
Mistakes can end up being fun! Frog has big plans for an exciting Christmas vacation this year. According to his brochure, the "Christmas Extravaganza Hotel" has supersonic sleigh ride, a big singing tree, tons of bright lights and also a North Pole breakfast bar each morning! Unfortunately a map-reading error brings him to the home of a bear who's all set for a quiet, simple Christmas of his own. Frog is crushed but bear offers him a place to stay, and soon realizes he's has to think of alternatives to all the activities in Frog's brochure.
Bear and Frog end up having a blast enjoying each other's company as they bake cookies, have snowball fights, ride sleighs and gaze at the Northern Lights! Frog loves Bear's Christmas Hotel and forgets all about his fancy resort in the brochure. Children will absolutely love this story about two unlikely friends who through chance, explore the true meaning of Christmas together. The book's large beautiful pictures and cheery expressions make this a wonderful choice for story time this holiday season!
By Justin Barkhurst, Penworthy Sales Representative
This book is part of a books series about two friends, Desmond and Andres. Surf's Up, Creepy stuff gives a story of Desmond and Andres who go to the beach and they have to battle beach bullies, who also happen to be creepy monsters! Even though they battle monsters and ghosts in all of the books, the two friends are complete opposites when it comes to dealing with spooky or scary stuff. Desmond is a Ghost Patrol and isn't scared of anything and Andres is afraid of everything. With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page it is perfect for any readers.
By Nate Kovatch, Penworthy Senior Sales Representative
New to the Penworthy Story-time Collection in October is the fantastic small press title, The Only Way is Badger by Stella Jones. Badger is the main character who is extremely relatable to even the smallest child. He is stubborn, rude, obstinate, loud, demanding, bullying and exclusionary. Badger feels the only right ways of living and being are to be more badger, to look like, live like, act like and be like a badger. One by one, he excludes every other animal from the forest by bullying them and then casting them aside for their own uniqueness. In the end of the story, Badger realizes he is all alone, and finally sees all the other animals had value too and having friends is more important than holding on to his bullying and exclusion.
This Penworthy Pick is perfect for story time. Badgers demanding ways are great for read aloud exaggerations and make for a very fun and animated story time circle. This book is excellent for teaching behavior, character building skills, friendship and tolerance of others for Pre-K and up.
By Kris Cunningham, Penworthy Senior Sales Representative
I'm New Here by Anne Sibley O'Brien.
This books is an insight of how difficult it can be to transition to a new country and to do it in elementary school. Kids have to work hard to understand language and customs. New alphabets in some cases, reading and writing are huge challenges. Making new friends can be also be a challenge with all of these other barriers. This book is written simply and shows the transition of adjustment. It is a necessity for kids to be exposed to this kind of story and it helps for them to be empathetic.
By Lauri Streeck, Penworthy Sales Representative
The Daphne, Secret Vlogger series is a great chapter book series for today's pre-teen girl. The main character Annabelle is a shy, insecure preteen girl who lives through her alter ego 'Daphne' who films a YouTube Vlog (video blog) Daphne Definitely Doesn't. Annabelle is a military brat and has just moved from Germany with her parents to New Jersey, then finds out her mom is going to be deployed to Afghanistan. So before her mother goes, her parents think that she needs to see a therapist to help her cope with all the changes. Her alter ego Daphne (who wears a pink wig on YouTube) says all the things Annabelle wishes she could. Her therapist challenges her to try new things, which is the theme of each book : Dances, Drama, Fashion, and Sports. It's a very modern take a girl's life today: deployed military parents, asking for help with therapy and vlogging.
By Katie Ratajczyk, Penworthy Sales Representative
In the Red Canoe by Leslie A. Davidson
Ducks and frogs, swallows and dragonflies, beaver lodges and lily pads―a multitude of nature's best captures the attention of the child narrator in this beautifully illustrated picture book. In the Red Canoe celebrates the bond between grandparent and grandchild and invites nature lovers of all ages along for the ride.
By Dawn Marowsky, Penworthy Sales Representative
The King of Bees by Lester L. Laminack
'What's all the buzz about? Educate and fascinate patrons of all ages with this beautifully descriptive tale from down south on the life and necessity of bees. We journey with young Henry to his Aunt Lilla's farm in the low-country of South Carolina. Time and summer pass slow and beautifully as Aunt Lilla patiently teaches Henry the art and magic of caring for bees. Henry loves helping with chores of the farm but especially loves watching his aunt work with her beehives and awaits the time he is old enough to help out. As Henry watches his Aunt, he is fascinated by her ability to 'bee speak' as she tends them and harvests their honey. Gentle, rolling, lyrical narrative by Lester L. Laminack and soft, inviting illustrations from Jim LaMarche engages us in learning all about bees and how vital they are for our environment and how important it is to protect them. A website in the note at the end also provides additional resources to learn more about honeybees. A wonderful read aloud for storytime, one on one or a great resource in the classroom when learning about bees, plants and pollination as well as protecting species. This story on "bees' gets an A!
By Joan Schimmels, Penworthy Sales Representative
Luciana Vega was introduced earlier this year as the American Girl for 2018, and is the first girl with a science interest. Her dream is to be an astronaut, and she inspires young girls in STEM related fields. Discover Science takes it one step further by encouraging young girls to explore the science world through fun experiments. There are more than 50 science-related projects in Discover Science, all the projects are illustrated and modeled by American Girl dolls. They include music, astronomy, nature, matter, sound, and yes....even fashion. Luciana was designed to inspire the "Mars generation" of young girls growing up now to become interested in STEM fields. Discover Science encourages them with hands-on STEM activities that will take the girls into the science world to explore, learn, and have fun.
By Susan Frappier, Penworthy Sales Representative
Looking for a great story to help ease the jitters for your new kindergartner? Then you have to read Whiffy Wilson, The Wolf who Wouldn't go to School. This book is about a wolf who had no interest in school or learning. He refused to learn his ABCs, write his name and felt that school was boring, but really he was afraid. One day, it all changed, when his father informed him that he was going to school. Whiffy wasn't thrilled and wanted to play so he walked to his friend Dotty's house who was also on her way to school. With the help of Dotty, Whiffy's fear of school went away. He made so many new friends and enjoyed playful learning games and the things he had been afraid of, no longer scared him. This is a terrific book to have in every home and classroom to be read on the first day of school. I'm sure your kids will enjoy hearing the outcome of fun that they will also experience when going to school.
By Kanisha Hines, Penworthy Sales Representative
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