Monday, June 28, 2010

Some New Books for June

Mac Slater Hunts the Cool
by Tristan Bancks

Mac Slater is an inventor who has never really thought of himself as “cool.” Then one day the creators of Coolhunters offer him the job of finding cool after his attempt of using the “flying bike” that Mac and his friend Paul created failed. The creators think that he would be great as a coolhunter, but Mac is not so sure he even knows what cool is. He also has to compete with the popular girl, Cat, to see who will ultimately become the coolhunter of his area for Coolhunters. They are both given a camera for a “vlog” for each day of a week, and the person with the most votes wins. Can Mac balance friendships, his inventions, find enough “cool” things, and still beat Cat to become the next coolhunter?

Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum
by Meghan McCarthy

Gum has been around since the time of the Ancient Greeks. They chewed the sap of the mastic tree. This book discusses other chewing that has gone on throughout history. Gum was created just for chewing or to cure things like stomachaches. The factory owned by the Fleer family, however, wanted to create a new kind of gum. With this gum, people could blow bubbles. Walter Diemer, an account for the family, decided to help create this gum. Many disappointments lead the boss to give up, but Walter keeps going. Finally, he manages to create a mixture that can make bubbles. However, the mixture became too hard to chew the next day, so he was back at creating again. Finally, Walter creates bubble gum, and he dies it pink, because pink was the only color available. Once they started selling it in the store, it was an instant hit, especially with children. At the end of the book are some interesting facts about Walter and gum, such as chewing nonstop for a year straight will help you lose eleven pounds.

Cats' Night Out
by Caroline Stutson and illustrated by J. Klassen

It is Saturday night, and the cats are out to dance. How many cats are dancing and what kind of dancing do they do? Two of the cats samba, while four boogie in their poodle skirts and saddle shoes. Each cat also wears a different outfit as they dance. By the time you get to the end of the book, twenty cats are dancing the conga in florals, plaids, and stripes. Will the cats continue their dance, even if the neighbors might not be enjoying the noise?

by Ned Young

While Mom is out of town, it is Dad’s job to get the three pups ready for school. Hooper and Cooper get to work making their beds, but Zoomer is getting ready for his busy day (as Power Puppy). He also tells Hooper and Cooper that he is not going to school today, but they do not believe him. As his brothers and father continue getting ready for school, Zoomer works to blow the world’s biggest bubble, build a castle out of dog food, and make a brontosaurus out of sand. Will Zoomer’s father be able to stop Zoomer from doing incredible things, like drawing a picture of the universe, long enough to get ready for school? Why has Zoomer decided he is not going to school that day?

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