Thursday, October 11, 2012

Staff Picks

Attack of the Growling Eyeballs by Lin Oliver

This book is the first in a series called Who Shrunk Daniel Funk?  Daniel is a boy who feels outnumbered.  He lives with his mom, his three sisters, his grandmother and his great-grandmother.  So, as the only male among a pack of females, he spends a lot of time wishing for a brother.  Then he discoverers he has one:  a twin brother who is only an inch high and has been kept secret and raised by his grandmother.  Once he meets his tiny bother, Daniel finds himself shrinking to match.  This can be a lot of fun, like when they release a roach into his sisters’ slumber party, and of course, chaos ensues.  But if the roach turns on you and you are only an inch tall, it can be dangerous.  Finding out the fate of the brothers is a fun ride.  This book includes humourous illustrations that may remind you of comic pages.  Even better, at the beginning of each chapter is a “funky fact,” which can be funny, interesting or just plain gross. For example: did you know that when you sneeze, air rushes out of your nose at 100 miles per hour?  How about the fact that your feet sweat an average of 10 gallons a year?  So, if you delight in funky facts and a funny story, you may enjoy this book and the others in the Daniel Funk series.

Virginia McCurry
Youth Services Specialist