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Are you looking for a funny book, one that will make you laugh out loud,
 in fact, one that would be great to be read out loud? Looking for
 Bobowicz, by the zany and a bit off kilter - Daniel Pinkwater, is a
 hilarious read that begins when Nick and his parents move to Hoboken.
 He's not too sure about this move since he discovers that his bike has
 been stolen (never mind that it's an old bike with painted pink flowers on
 it).  Then, he hears about a mysterious phantom who takes people's
 belongings, but leaves parts of tuna sandwiches behind.
 I found myself laughing out loud when Nick met his new friends, Bruno and
 Loretta. Bruno has apparently taken a vow of silence, but when Loretta met
 Nick, she turns to Bruno and says, "Bruno, when did you take the vow of
 silence?" Bruno answers Loretta and gets mad at himself for breaking this
 vow and says that he has to start all over again.  Nick and Loretta begin
 a conversation when Loretta asks Bruno another question, which he answers.
 So, now Bruno has to begin again. Pinkwater's characterization of these
 three kids plays off each other with a great amount of humor that is sure
 to make any kid, young or old, smile.
 There are other off-beat characters in the book that bring humor and
 mystery to the story. The three are trying to discover if the phantom, or
 someone else, took Nick's bike. When their favorite comic books are
 stolen, they become very serious at solving this mystery. Nick finds an
 old newspaper clipping in his basement that talks about a very large
 chicken that lived in Hoboken years ago. The size of this chicken resulted
 from an experiment and they discover that the bird was owned by a young
 boy by the name of Arthur Bobowicz. The three decide that if they can find
 Bobowicz, they'll find an answer to the phantom and maybe the chicken.
 (This story is kind of a continuation of The Hoboken Chicken Emergency
 which was written back in the 70's and a movie was made from the book.)
 One peculiar character in the book that really hit home with me was Vic
 Trola who plays old songs on the radio. Many old songs are listed in the
 book, but one song holds a central theme throughout. It's a chicken song.
 Of course there is a reason for this and the reader will just have to find
 out for himself.  But I found that the songs listed throughout the book
 are truly old songs and the chicken song is a song that my grandpa used to
 sing to me when I was very young.
 So, read the book, smile all the way through and try to solve this
 mystery.  But, I'm warning you, that you're in for some surprises toward
 the end. I think that besides the fun, and funny, way Pinkwater has
 written this story, and my discovery of an old family song, there is an
 alternate theme here. The comics that the kids love to read are written
 from some of the greatest classics ever written. Well, these kids soon
 discover that the books the comics are based on are much, much better! Way
 to go, Mr. Pinkwater! This is a great book for all ages, young and old,
 read silently or aloud.

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 Kitten's First Full Moon, by the celebrated Kevin Henkes, is a most
 unusual picture book. The pictures are simply drawn in shades of grays and
 black and the text is bold and simple as well. Kitten is anxious to get
 the large bowl of milk that seems to be "waiting" high in the sky. Kitten
 jumps to reach it, chases it and even climbs to reach it. What Kitten
 doesn't realize is that the large moon will only hover in the sky and
 reflect itself in the pond. But after resigning herself to giving up, she
 finds a surprise "waiting" for her back at home. This is one adventure
 that youngsters will revisit again and again. And once again, Mr. Henkes
 has written a masterpiece in simple majesty!  This is perfect for kitten -
 or milk - lovers ages 3 to 6.


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