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January Book Horoscopes!

**All library locations are closed today!  Happy New Year!  See you in 2015!!**

starbookA brand new year deserves a brand new start.

The stars have told us that in order to welcome 2015, we need to ease ourselves into our reading. This January, you can delight in reading a childhood favorite that is, of course, perfectly suited for your Zodiac sign.

Yes, you read that correctly: we’re giving you picture books!  Indulge in a little New Year’s nostalgia as you look through the list, and make sure to check back in February for next month’s horoscope.

Baby Bear

Aries Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin

In this collaboration by Bill Martin and Eric Carle, Baby Bear is introduced to the many different animals of North America on his search to be reunited with his mom. Refresh your animal knowledge and wonder about the world through the eyes of this adorable little mammal.


Martha SpeaksTaurus Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh

Martha is just like any ordinary dog, except for one small detail… she can speak English! When Martha eats alphabet soup, the letters go to her brain instead of her stomach, and she can talk just like any other human. This is a hilarious series about all the strange situations a talking dog can get you into.


Gemini   Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo LionniAlexander

Alexander is a real-life mouse who wants nothing more than to be a toy like his wind-up friend, Willy. But this changes one day when Alexander learns that Willy is going to be thrown away! What will he do now?


Henry and Mudge


Cancer Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant

This series tells about the adventures of Henry and his dog Mudge. In the first book, we learn about the story that begins their friendship. Mudge is big and slobbery, but also the most loveable best friend that Henry (and us readers) could ever ask for.


Leo Arthur by Marc BrownArthur's Teacher

Another classic series, Arthur is a kid who lives with his mom, dad, and annoying sister, DW. Arthur is an aardvark and all his friends are animals too, like Buster the bunny and Muffy the monkey (can anyone detect a pattern here?). Many a childhood has revolved around these books.


Caps for SaleVirgo Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

This man is trying to sell his caps. He stacks them all on top of one another and wears them all at once! But there is one small problem – they keep disappearing mysteriously. Little does he know that there are sneaky monkeys that keep filching his caps away from him throughout the book.


Libra  The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda WilliamsLittle Old Lady

You might say this is a Halloween book, but it is great for telling a spooky tale at any time of year. The Little Old Lady is steadfast in her assertion that she is not afraid of anything. But the more scary things she meets along the pathway home, the more her stubbornness begins to waver…


 Trouble with SecretsScorpio The Berenstain Bears by Stan and Jan Berenstain

The beloved Berenstain Bears are a bear family that live together in their tree house in Bear Country. Mama, Papa, Sister, and Brother experience many different things throughout this series that teach them lots of important life lessons. Most importantly, though, they’re cute and funny!


Sagittarius An Undone Fairytale by Ian LendlerAn Undone Fairy Tale

This book is side-splittingly hysterical. It starts like a typical princess-locked-in-a-tower story, but the characters painting the set, gathering props and costumes, and narrating the story can’t make everything happen as fast as the reader is turning the pages. The result is madness!


Gregory's Shadow


Capricorn  Gregory’s Shadow by Don Freeman

This is a touching book about Gregory Groundhog, who is nervous about upcoming Groundhog Day because he doesn’t know if Shadow will show up. Gregory has to be brave and conquer his timidness as he confronts his fear of Shadow and makes a new friend.


Aquarius  The Minpins by Roald DahlMinpins

Little Billy is always bored. One day he decides to sneak out into the dark and sinister Forest of Sin, despite his mother’s warnings of all the terrible monsters that live in there. Inside he meets the Minpins, tiny people the size of match sticks who he must help defeat the terrible Gruncher that preys on them.


Grey Lady


Pisces  The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher by Molly Bang

A woman buys strawberries at a market, but somebody stalks after her to tries to steal her strawberries. This book has no words at all – just pictures, which means you can have lots of fun making up the dialogue for the characters.

See the whole list in the catalog here.  🙂

Happy Reading, and Happy New Year!

–Greenwood Teen Advisers


Venus Capriccio – Annoying guy lead, likable female lead, music genius

317px-Venus_Capriccio_3Title: Venus Capriccio

Author: Mai Nishikata

Summary: A tomboy has a series of bad boyfriends and her perfect childhood friend confesses to her.

Gut reaction: Annoying guy lead, likable female lead, I like childhood friends, music genius

Why: The hero is one of those perfect people who is half-foreign, a piano prodigy, insanely smart, beautiful, chivalrous, and has a tragic back-story and cruel family.  What’s surprising is that he’s the younger one and she’s not useless.  She may be a tomboy, but she’s not innocent and doesn’t need to be saved all the time.  So far she has no interest in him, and it is also nice to see a girl who can reject without having another love.  The story is going to be slow going for a bit and then intensify with a story about his tragic past and unknown rich family and she’s going to have to end up with him, but the beginning is good.

Who would like this book: Shoujo fans, Maid-sama fans. I’ll keep reading unless they over-do it with the tragic back-story arc.

–Lexie, 15, West Seattle Teen Blogger