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Chang, Ph.D. Director of Library Services RC = Recorded Cassette RD/FD = Disc BR = Braille Compiled by Theresa Robinett Network Services Librarian 1995 1 JOKES, RIDDLES AND LIMERICKS RC 12529 THE AMERICAN RIDDLE BOOK Carl Withers More than 1,000 riddles to tickle the funny bone and tease the wit. For grades 5-8.
RC 33698 ASTRONUTS: SPACE JOKES AND RIDDLES Charles Keller A collection of ... more. less.
jokes and riddles about astronauts and outer space such as, "What does an astronaut do when he gets angry? He blasts off." For grades 4-7. RC 7798 BALL POINT BANANAS AND OTHER JOKES FOR KIDS Charles Keller, compiler A rib-tickling collection of 99 riddles, elephant jokes, knock-knock jokes and nonsense rhymes.<br><br> For grades 3-6. BR 5610 BEASTLY RIDDLES: FISHY, FLIGHTY AND BUGGY, TOO Joseph Low An animated collection of riddles about animals. For grades K-3 to share with older readers.<br><br> RC 15897 / BR 4424 THE BEST BOOK OF RIDDLES, PUNS AND JOKES Bronnie Cunningham, compiler More than a 1,000 riddles of all kinds to tickle funny bones in grades 3-6. 2 BR 1824 THE BIG BOOK OF JOKES Helen Hoke A big bunch of jokes, riddles and funny stories to tickle anyone's funny bone. For grades 4-7.<br><br> RC 12493 BLACK WITHIN AND RED WITHOUT: A BOOK OF RIDDLES Lillian Morrison, compiler A veteran compiler offers a collection of riddles to challenge the wit and the imagination. For grades 5-8. BR 2472 BOOK OF RIDDLES Bennett Cerf Thirty-one very funny riddles which young children can read by themselves.<br><br> For grades K-3. BR 7102 BUGGY RIDDLES Katy Hall and Lisa Eisenberg A collection of 42 zany riddles about bugs, bees and other familiar insects. For preschool-grade 2.<br><br> RC 32080 CAN YOU MATCH THIS?: JOKES ABOUT UNLIKELY PAIRS Rick Walton and Ann Walton A collection of jokes describing humorous combinations such as "What do you get when you cross the sun with the ocean? A heat wave." For grades 3-6. BR 5631 THE CARSICK ZEBRA AND OTHER ANIMAL RIDDLES David A.<br><br> Adler A carload of jokes, riddles and puns about animals. For grades 3-6. 3 BR 8254 CAT'S OUT OF THE BAG!: JOKES ABOUT CATS Sharon Friedman A collection of jokes about cats including, "What do you call a cat who dresses just like her friends?<br><br> A copycat." For grades 3-6. RC 31568 CLOWNING AROUND: JOKES ABOUT THE CIRCUS Rick Walton and Ann Walton A collection of jokes about the circus including "What time of the year are most trapeze artists hurt? In the fall." For grades 4-7.<br><br> RC 12508 CRICKET'S JOKES, RIDDLES AND OTHER STUFF Marcia Leonard and the editors of CRICKET MAGAZINE A rib-tickling collection of jokes, riddles, limericks and tongue twisters. For grades 2-4. BR 4856 CROSBIE'S DICTIONARY OF RIDDLES John S.<br><br> Crosbie, compiler Presents over 2,000 riddles listed alphabetically by subject. Contains logical riddles (Which month has 28 days? They all do.); Plays on words (The cabbage won the race because it was a head.); Witticisms (What do you get when you cross a centipede with a parrot?<br><br> A walkie-talkie.); and riddles with imagery (There is a big white scarf lying across the gate--a snowdrift.). For grades 4-7 and older readers. BR 2129 A DILLER, A DOLLAR: RHYMES AND SAYINGS FOR THE TEN O'CLOCK SCHOLAR Lillian Morrison, compiler A collection of verses, riddles, puns and taunts about school days to amuse young scholars.<br><br> For grades 4-7. 4 BR 3742 DOCTOR KNOCK-KNOCK'S OFFICIAL KNOCK-KNOCK DICTIONARY Joseph Rosenbloom More than 500 knock-knock jokes to laugh at, groan at and stump your friends with. For grades 4-7 and older jokers.<br><br> BR 8259 DUMB CLUCKS!: JOKES ABOUT CHICKENS Rick Walton and Ann Walton A collection of jokes about chickens such as, "Are mud hens expensive? No they're dirt cheep." For grades 4-7. BR 2696 THE ELECTRIC RADISH AND OTHER JOKES Susan Thorndike, compiler Beginning readers will get a charge out of this electrifying collection of jokes, riddles and general nonsense.<br><br> For grades 1-4. BR 7321 THE FUNNIEST KNOCK-KNOCK BOOK EVER! Joseph Rosenbloom A collection of over 40 knock-knock jokes.<br><br> For grades 2-4. RC 18378 / BR 4529 THE GIGANTIC JOKE BOOK Joseph Rosenbloom More than 1,000 zingers and clinkers to inspire giggles and groans. For grades 4-7.<br><br> RC 21632 / BR 5696 HALLOWEEN HOWLS: RIDDLES THAT ARE A SCREAM Giulio Maestro A collection of Halloween humor featuring vampires, mummies and other creepy favorites. For grades 3-6 to share with older readers. 5 RC 27665 HAUNTED HOUSE JOKES Louis Phillips A collection of ghost-ridden jokes, spooky riddles and petrifying puns featuring skeletons in the closet, mummies in the basement and Dracula hanging out in the attic.<br><br> For grades 3-6. RC 21036 / BR 5823 HELLO MR. CHIPS: COMPUTER JOKES AND RIDDLES Ann Bishop A collection of original jokes and riddles about computers.<br><br> For grades 5-8 and older readers. RC 22668 HOW DO YOU GET A HORSE OUT OF THE BATHTUB?: PROFOUND ANSWERS TO PREPOSTEROUS QUESTIONS Louis Phillips Silly answers to humorous questions make fun of the suggestions offered by advice columnists in newspapers and magazines. For grades 5-8 and older readers.<br><br> RC 12711 I KNOW! A RIDDLE BOOK Jane Sarnoff A gaggle of giggles to tickle young funny bones. For grades 3-6.<br><br> BR 7109 IT DOES NOT SAY MEOW AND OTHER ANIMAL RHYMES Beatric Schenk De Regniers Nine riddle-rhymes about ants, dogs and other familiar creatures. For preschool-grade 2. RC 7863 JOKES AND FUN Helen Hoke Collection of zany jokes, riddles, tongue twisters, rhymes and other odds and ends.<br><br> For grades 3-6. 6 BR 1915 JOKES FOR CHILDREN Marguerite Kohl More than 650 rhymes, insults, puns, jokes and riddles. For grades 3-6.<br><br> RC 10269 JOKES, GIGGLES AND GUFFAWS Helen Hoke, compiler Riddles, jokes, rhymes and shaggy-dog stories. For grades 4-7. RC 13420 KNOCK KNOCKS, THE MOST EVER William Cole An unabashedly funny collection of more than 12 dozen "knock-knock" jokes.<br><br> For grades 4-7. BR 4449 KNOCKOUT KNOCK KNOCKS Caroline Anne Levine Sixty-one corny knock-knock jokes for young jokesters. For grades 2-4.<br><br> RC 26241 THE LAUGH BOOK: A NEW TREASURY OF HUMOR FOR CHILDREN Joanna Cole and Stephanie Calmenson A collection of 100s of jokes riddles, tongue twisters, limericks, poems and stories. For grades 3-6. RC 14717 LITTLE BOOK OF LIMERICKS Warren Lyfick, compiler Lively limericks including a number by Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, Rudyard Kipling and Robert Louis Stevenson.<br><br> For grades 2-4 and older limerick lovers. 7 BR 2867 MERRY -GO-RIDDLE Ann Bishop More than 100 zany riddles about the circus, crazy creatures and Dumdum. For grades 2-5.<br><br> RC 10822 THE MONSTER RIDDLE BOOK Jane Sarnoff and Reynold Ruffins Fear-and-fun-filled riddles about vampires, witches, werewolves, ghosts, ghouls, mummies and other monsters. For grades 4-7. BR 1867 MORE JOKES FOR CHILDREN Marguerite Kohl A collection of riddles, jokes, double-talk, puns and daffy definitions.<br><br> For grades 3-6. BR 1823 THE NONSENSE BOOK OF RIDDLES, RHYMES, TONGUE TWISTERS, PUZZLES AND JOKES FROM AMERICAN FOLKLORE Duncan Emrich This collection of humor from American folklore contains riddles, games, puzzles, tongue twisters, autograph rhymes and jingles for teasing, rope-jumping and ball bouncing. For grades 4-7.<br><br> RC 10921 / BR 5965 OH RIDDLESTICKES! Ann Bishop Zany collection of jokes, one-liners and funny questions. For grades 3-6.<br><br> 8 BR 2682 ONE HUNDRED ONE ELEPHANT JOKES Robert Blake, compiler A 14-year-old editor at Scholastic Book Services compiled his favorite elephant jokes. For grade 3 to adult. BR 2095 ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED RIDDLES, ENIGMAS AND CONUNDRUMS Darwin Alexander Hindman A collection of puzzles for the young and old.<br><br> RC 16488 / BR 3532 PUNS, GAGS, QUIPS AND RIDDLES: A COLLECTION OF DREADFUL JOKES Roy Doty Fifty pages of jokes so corny that even the author admits they are dreadful. For grades 4-7. RC 27675 REMEMBER BETSY FLOSS AND OTHER COLONIAL AMERICAN RIDDLES David A.<br><br> Adler A collection of funny riddles about the American Revolution and life in colonial America. For grades 3-6 and older readers. BR 7376 RIDDLES TO TAKE ON VACATION Joanne E.<br><br> Bernstein and Paul Cohen A collection of over 100 riddles related to travel including riddles about camp, highways, famous travelers, airports, states and cities. For grades 4-7. RC 21766 / BR 5756 THE SILLY KID JOKE BOOK Caroline Anne Levine Sixty jokes about silly kids and silly animals.<br><br> For grades 3-6. 9 RC 11814 THE SIX-MILLION-DOLLAR CUCUMBER: RIDDLES AND FUN FOR CHILDREN E. Richard Churchill, compiler Ridiculous riddles about animals, birds, flowers and of course, vegetables.<br><br> For grades 3-6. BR 7714 SPOOKY RIDDLES AND JOKES Joseph Rosenbloom A collection of more than 700 riddles and jokes about monsters, ghosts, vampires, mummies and other things that go bump in the night. For grades 5-8.<br><br> RC 21621 SPORTS RIDDLES Joseph Rosenbloom Giggle riddles about baseball, basketball, boxing, bowling, football and other sports. For grades 3-6. RC 11822 THE STAR-SPANGLES BANANA AND OTHER REVOLUTIONARY RIDDLES Charles Keller and Richard Baker, compilers Hysterical, historical riddles based on the Revolutionary War and other events and personalities from America's early years.<br><br> For grades 3-6. RC 25059 STORIES TO SOLVE: FOLKTALES FROM AROUND THE WORLD George Shannon In each of these 14 brief folktales there is a mystery--a riddle or problem. Readers are invited to solve each one before its solution is given.<br><br> For grades 3-6. 10 RD 6583 TOMFOOLERY: TRICKERY AND FOOLERY WITH WORDS Alvin Schwartz, collector A collection of word games, tricks, riddles, tall tales and scary stories. "If frozen water is iced water, what is frozen ink?" For grades 3-6.<br><br> RC 10598 WHAT? A RIDDLE BOOK Jane Sarnoff A big collection boasting more than 500 very funny riddles. For grades 4-7.<br><br> BR 9521 WESTWARD HO HO HO! JOKES FROM THE WILD WEST Victoria Hartman A collection of knock-knock jokes, riddles, puns and limericks about the wild, wild West. For grades 3-6.<br><br> RC 12491 WITCRACKS, JOKES AND JESTS FROM AMERICAN FOLKLORE Alvin Schwartz, compiler A roundup of American humor including shaggy dog stories, Tom Swifties, hate jokes and little moron jokes. For grades 4-7 as well as older interested readers. BR 7395 WORLD'S WACKIEST RIDDLE BOOK Evelyn Jones A collection of more than 500 humorous, silly, wacky riddles in categories such as "Chewy Riddles," "Rhyme Time" and "The Cart Before the Horse." For grades 3-6.<br><br> 11 BR 5569 THE WORLD'S WORST ELEPHANT JOKES: A BOOK ABOUT ELEPHANTS--THEIR HOPES, FEARS, JOKES AND PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS Lennie Weinrib Classic lighthearted jokes about the heavies of the animal world. For grades 4-7. BR 1046 WOULD YOU PUT YOUR MONEY IN A SAND BANK?<br><br> (FUN WITH WORDS) Harold S. Longman A collection of jokes, rhymes and nonsense riddles based on word play. For grades 2-5.<br><br> HUMOROUS STORIES BR 8565 ACE, THE VERY IMPORTANT PIG Dick King-Smith Ace, the great-grandson of the hero of Babe the Gallant Pig, (BR 6725) is intelligent and lovable and Ace can understand human speech. Farmer Tubbs is used to talking to his animals, but he is amazed when Ace makes his wants known through different grunts. With the help of Clarence the cat and by flattering Megan the dog, Ace gains entry into the house and develops a fondness for TV.<br><br> For grades 4-7. RC 16628 ALAN MENDELSSOHN, THE BOY FROM MARS Daniel M. Pinkwater Leonard Neeble, a lifelong weirdo, is destined to be an outcast at Bat Masterson Junior High until Alan Mendelssohn, another new misfit, shows up.<br><br> Alan, who claims to be part Martian, suddenly turns weird into chic. An outlandish tale for grades 6-9 and older lovers of the absurd. 12 RC 24505 AMELIA BEDELIA GOES CAMPING Peggy Parish Amelia does exactly what she is instructed to do.<br><br> To pitch a tent, she picks up a folded tent and tosses it. To row a boat or do anything else on the trip, Amelia literally finds a way. For preschool-grade 2 and older interested readers.<br><br> RC 33590 ANASTASIA AT THIS ADDRESS Lois Lowry Anastasia Krupnik is ready for romance. From the personals column in her father's magazine, she carefully selects an ad that reads "SWM (single white male), 28, boyish charm, inherited wealth" and begins a correspondence. She lies about her age and runs into trouble when he shows up to meet her!<br><br> Companion to Anastasia Has the Answer . For grades 4-7. RD 13167 APPELARD AND LIVERWURST Mercer Mayer A rollicking tall tale about a poor farmer in Cyclone County, U.S.A.<br><br> and a young rhinoceros blown away from a circus by the same cyclone that blows away the farmer's only mule. For grades K-3. RD 7597 ARABEL'S RAVEN Joan Aiken Three short stories about a raven named Mortimer who eats everything, sleeps in the refrigerator and croaks "nevermore" from time to time.<br><br> For grades 3-6. RC 19865 ATTILA THE PUN: A MAGIC MOSCOW STORY Daniel Manus Pinkwater When the mystic seer of Hoboken and the employees of the Magic Moscow ice cream parlor summon the ghost of a famous person, they 13 get a punster with a collection of 1500-year -old jokes. A preposterous companion piece to Magic Moscow .<br><br> For grades 4-7 and older lovers of Pinkwater. RC 32122 THE BARON ALL AT SEA: MORE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN Adrian Mitchell Baron Munchausen was a gifted storyteller. His tall tales were first recorded in 1785 and published anonymously, presumably by Rudolph Erich Raspe, his friend.<br><br> Here the baron undertakes a perilous journey to aid the Choir of One Thousand in returning to Timbuktu, West Africa, from a European concert, in time for their spectacular birthday celebration. For grades 2-4 and older readers. RC 25555 THE BIG SNEEZE Ruth Brown One lazy, quiet afternoon a farmer sneezes a fly off his nose and sets into motion a chain of events that lead to a barnyard commotion.<br><br> For preschool-grade 2. RD 10952 CENTERBURG TALES Robert McCloskey Some more delightfully funny tales about Homer Price, his Uncle Ulysses, the sheriff and Grandpa Hercules. BR 3199 THE CONTESTS AT COWLICK Richard Kennedy Little Wally outwits a gang of outlaws and saves the town of Cowlick by losing a race.<br><br> A Wild West comedy. For grades 2-4. 14 BR 3389 THE DAY THE COW SNEEZED James Flora A very tall tale about a cow whose gigantic sneezes cause a glorious escapade of havoc and destruction.<br><br> For preschool-grade 2. BR 7327 DEPUTY DAN AND THE BANK ROBBERS Joseph Rosenbloom Dan, the new deputy sheriff in peaceful Gulch City, devises a plan to catch the notorious bank-robbing Scrambled Eggs Gang. Easy reading for grades 2-4.<br><br> BR 7328 DEPUTY DAN GETS HIS MAN Joseph Rosenbloom Deputy Dan of Gulch City sets out to protect the gold shipment and foil Shooting Sam's wicked plan to rob the train. Easy reading for grades 2-4. RD 8249 THE DEVIL'S STORYBOOK Natalie Babbitt Ten humorous adventures show the devil as middle-aged and paunchy but still the dirtiest trickster of all.<br><br> For grades 3-6. RC 31625 THE FANTASTIC FRESHMAN Bill Brittain Stanley Muffet, 14, has always, always wanted to be a Very Important Person (V.I.P.). But he's invariably been just average, at everything.<br><br> And now that he's starting high school, he won't even be average, just a lowly freshman. Then something magical happens. Stanley becomes an "A" student, president of the student council and the starting football quarterback and he's absolutely miserable!<br><br> For grades 6-9 and older readers. 15 RC 12797 FAT MEN FROM SPACE Daniel Manus Pinkwater Through a new tooth filling that can receive radio programs and signals from far away, William learns of spacemen who are taking away all of the earth's supply of junk food. A preposterous spoof for grades 5-8 and older readers.<br><br> RC 33199 / BR 8443 FUDGE-A-MANIA Judy Blume The Tubmans and Hatchers are sharing a summer home in Maine, throwing together 5-year-old Fudge, his older brother Peter and Peter's arch-enemy Sheila "Queen of Cooties" Tubman for three long weeks. Mayhem becomes the order of the day as children, adults and pets find themselves in one predicament after another. Companion to Superfudge and Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great .<br><br> For grades 3-6. BR 2410 THE GREAT BRAIN AT THE ACADEMY John Dennis Fitzgerald Tom Fitzgerald, also the Great Brain, is sent to the strict Catholic Academy for Boys in Salt Lake City. The discipline at the Academy is a challenge to unreformed Tom who operates a profitable but illegal candy store and writes to the Pope protesting conditions at the school.<br><br> For grades 4-7. BR 2507 THE GREAT BRAIN REFORMS John Dennis Fitzgerald Home for the summer after completing seventh grade at the Catholic Academy for Boys, the Great Brain systematically defrauds one friend after another until his younger brother John decides that justice must prevail. For grades 4-7.<br><br> 16 RC 25542 GREAT-GRANDFATHER IN THE HONEY TREE Samuel F. Swayne and Zoa Swayne A tall tale of how great-grandfather went out to net some geese and came home with a barrel of honey, a bear, a fish, a partridge, a deer, seven wild turkeys, as well as the net of geese. For grades 2-4.<br><br> RC 27176 HENRY AND THE CLUBHOUSE Beverly Cleary Henry has his hands full with a paper route and a clubhouse project, but things get even more complicated when his friend's little sister keeps interfering and his dog gets in a fight. For grades 3-6. RD 8130 / BR 7178 HENRY HUGGINS Beverly Cleary A tonsillectomy and a broken arm are the most exciting things in Henry Huggins' life until a hungry old mutt begs for Henry's ice cream cone and a home.<br><br> For grades 3-6. RC 26911 HIGGLEDY PIGGLEDY Myra Cohn Livingston and Peter Sis Higgledy-Piggledy is always "good"--he enjoys doing his chores loves all his teachers and is thoughtful and quiet, neat and handsome and good at sports. In these delightful verses, a young narrator describes his perfect behavior, and wishes him bad luck as his just reward.<br><br> For grades 2-4 and older readers. RC 14185 HUMBUG MOUNTAIN Sid Fleischman Wiley never dreamed that the search for his Grandpa Tuggle would lead him into the hands of foul villains, or that he and his sister would discover a petrified man, or that one of his mother's chickens would precipitate a gold rush. A tall tale for grades 3-6.<br><br> 17 RC 34059 / BR 7339 I AM NOT GOING TO GET UP TODAY! Dr. Seuss A sleepy boy vows that "today's my day for woozy-snoozy zizzzzz&" and that nothing will get him out of bed--neither being shot with peas and beans, nor even bringing out the United States Marines.<br><br> For grades K-3 and older readers. RC 31228 / BR 8184 IT'S NOT EASY BEING GEORGE: STORIES ABOUT ADAM JOSHUA AND HIS DOG Janice Lee Smith Adam Joshua really likes his teacher, Ms. D., because she has plenty of ideas, like Pet Day.<br><br> Adam Joshua will be able to bring George, his dog, to school with him. And, although George can't come to the class camp-out in the library, he can be in the Fall Fling. As a matter of fact, George will be starring in a comedy routine!<br><br> For grades 2-4. RC 28931 / BR 7550 IT'S PERFECTLY TRUE Hans Christian Anderson A jolly hen makes a humorous remark to herself about losing a feather. By the time the overheard remark is passed from one bird to another and is printed in the newspaper, it has turned into a wild story about the suicidal deaths of five lovesick hens!<br><br> For grades K-3. RC 19781 JELLY BELLY Robert Kimmel Smith Ned wants desperately to grow up, but he just keeps growing out. And the kids at school make it even harder--the nickname "Jelly Belly" is one of their kinder insults.<br><br> A humorous story about a real problem told by a formerly fat person. For grades 4-7. 18 RC 15302 / BR 4109 JIM BRIDGER'S ALARM CLOCK AND OTHER TALL TALES Albert Sidney Fleischman Three tales about Jim Bridger, a mighty tall man who discovers the Great Salt Lake, the Petrified Forest and a flat-topped mountain that becomes his alarm clock.<br><br> High-spirited humor for grades 3-6. RC 29894 / BR 7824 JULIAN, SECRET AGENT Ann Cameron Julian, his little brother Huey and their friend Gloria have decided to become "crimebusters." They rescue a dog from a hot, stuffy car. They find a toddler in the hospital fountain and return him to his mother.<br><br> But just when they think that they are about to nab a bank robber with a $25,000 reward on his head, they are in for a very big surprise! For grades 2-4. RC 12103 KONRAD Christine Nostlinger By mistake, an unconventional lady receives Konrad, a perfectly behaved factory-made child, in the mail.<br><br> When the factory tries to reclaim Konrad, his new family and friends devise a hilarious scheme to teach him how to misbehave so the factory will not want him back. For grades 4-7. BR 6142 THE LITTLE FATHER Gelett Burgess A humorous story about Michael's father who keeps drinking India ink and shrinks to a smaller size every day.<br><br> Soon he fits into his son's pocket. When Michael misbehaves, his tiny father beats him with a match. For preschool-grade 2.<br><br> 19 RC 18867 THE MAGIC MOSCOW Daniel Manus Pinkwater The offbeat adventures of Edward, scrawny-looking grandson of a famous television sled dog and his owner, who runs a peculiar ice cream stand in Hoboken, New Jersey. Droll humor for grades 4-7 and older Pinkwater fans. BR 7331 THE MARIAH DELANY LENDING LIBRARY DISASTER Sheila Greenwald When Mariah Delany brings home a terrible report card with a note from her teacher saying that she "somehow resisted books and whatever they had to say." Mrs.<br><br> Delany once again tries to impress upon Mariah the need to apply herself to books as much as to her money-making schemes. But when Mrs. Delany drags her to the public library only to find it closed due to budget cutbacks, Mariah is off on her next entrepreneurial venture, the Mariah Delany Lending Library.<br><br> For grades 4-7. RC 31793 MATILDA Roald Dahl Matilda is an adorable 4-year-old genius totally unappreciated by her crass, dishonest, used-car salesman father and her blowsy, bingo-playing mother. Neither her parents nor her older brother, Michael, can understand why anyone would rather read a book than watch TV!<br><br> Matilda's life is made bearable by her chance discovery of the public library and dear Mrs. Phelps, the librarian. For grades 3-6.<br><br> RC 18529 McBROOM AND THE GREAT RACE Sid Fleischman Folksy tall tale describes the race between Josh McBroom on his giant rooster and rival Heck Jones on a Jackalope--half jackrabbit, half antelope and the fastest creature alive. For grades 3-6. 20 RC 22557 THE MIDDLE MOFFAT Eleanor Estes Although 10-year-old Janie is just the unremarkable middle member of the Moffat family, she lives a very rich and mysterious life in the privacy of her own imagination.<br><br> For grades 4-7. BR 7942 MINSKI BRAVO Arthur Yorinks A humorous story about Minski--said to be the greatest scientist ever known. But did he find happiness in his many inventions, which included the toaster, the telephone, the airplane, the light bulb, the automobile and the aspirin tablet?<br><br> No. He found happiness in singing and that is what he devoted his life to. For grades K-3.<br><br> RC 22556 THE MOFFAT MUSEUM Eleanor Estes Jane Moffat decides to open a family museum in the barn behind the Moffat's little grey house at Twelve Ashbellows Place in Cranbury, Connecticut. Her special museum will contain things that have been important to one, some, or all of the Moffats. And it will be the first and only museum in the entire town.<br><br> For grades 3-6 to share with older readers. RC 26569 MORTIMER'S CROSS Joan Aiken Young Arabel and her unpredictable pet raven, Mortimer, team up in these three funny stories to round-up international gangsters, rescue a kidnapped pop star, topple a radio tower and chase a dinosaur that had been preserved in an iceberg. For grades 3-6.<br><br> 21 RC 28769 MR. TWIGG'S MISTAKE Robert Lawson One day Mr. Twigg, a scientist with the Bita-Vita Breakfast Food Company, accidentally pulls the wrong lever and puts all the miraculous Vitamin X intended for thousands of packages into one.<br><br> When Arthur "Squirt" Appleton feeds that box to his pet mole, General Charles de Gaulle, a dull summer becomes very exciting as General de Gaulle grows to record-breaking proportions. For grades 3-6 and older readers. RC 11821 MR.<br><br> YOWDER AND THE STEAMBOAT Glen Rounds A very tall tale in which Mr. Yowder rents a rowboat for a day of fishing but finally finds himself piloting a steamboat up Broadway in New York City. For grades 3-6.<br><br> RC 32396 MY BUDDY, THE KING Bill Brittain Because he has just used the Heimlich maneuver to save the life of the teenaged king of Mokobway (who was choking on a hotdog at the local Slurp Shoppe), Timothy Quilt, 14, is drafted by Uncle Sam to be a protector and friend to the king for the rest of his stay in the U.S. Tokab, who rules a tiny oil-producing country, is grateful and that makes Tim the ideal recruit for a secret U.S. intelligence agency, "SIS-BOOM-BAH." For grades 6-9.<br><br> RC 31503 MY WAR WITH GOGGLE-EYES Anne Fine Kitty is surprised when her teacher asks her to go after Helen, who has rushed from the classroom in tears. When Kitty discovers Helen's distress is over a future stepfather, she understands. After all, Kitty had hated Gerald (alias Goggle-Eyes), her mother's dependable but dull boyfriend.<br><br> Cloistered with Helen in a closet, Kitty shares her own 22 efforts to sabotage Gerald's attempts to be friendly. For grades 4-7 and older readers. BR 5613 / RD 20332 NO SUCH THINGS Bill Peet Rhythmic verses describe a menagerie of fanciful beasts such as the Glubzunks, the Juggarums and the fancy Fandangos.<br><br> For preschool- grade 2 to share with older readers. RC 32555 NOT LIKE THAT, LIKE THIS! Tony Bradman In this humorous counting book, Thomas's dad gets his head stuck in the iron railings that enclose the park!<br><br> One old lady, two men with dogs, three park keepers, four joggers and a host of others all try to help, with surprising results. For preschool-grade 2. RC 33750 OTIS SPOFFORD Beverly Cleary Mischievous but lovable Otis, the class cut-up, is given his comeuppance by gentle, timid Ellen Tebbits in this humorous story about elementary schools, PTA meetings and antics of children.<br><br> For grades 3-6. RD 18706 PAJAMA WALKING Vicki Kimmel Artis Two giggly girls spending the night together entertain themselves, if not the parents, with a peculiar bedroom picnic and a toothpaste experiment that backfires. For grades K-3.<br><br> 23 RD 7364 PETEY Betty Cavanna Petey is a huge, friendly, but bungling Great Dane who gets his owner into one scrape after another when the family moves into a small housing development. For grades 5-7. RD 6343 PLAY BALL, AMELIA BEDELIA Peggy Parish Amelia Bedelia, the housekeeper, substitutes for a sick baseball player.<br><br> When the boys tell her to run home, she does exactly that! For grades K-3. RC 31814 THE RANDOM HOUSE BOOK OF HUMOR FOR CHILDREN Pamela Pollack The author believes that "'Laughing is a good way to spend time." She has collected 34 stories--some short stores and some selections from longer books--that she believes will make you laugh.<br><br> She includes stories by Mark Twain, Richard Peck, Betsy Byars, Roald Dahl, Natalie Babbitt, Garrison Keillor, Beverly Cleary and others. For grades 3-6 and older readers. RC 27979 ROMEO AND JULIET --TOGETHER (AND ALIVE!) AT LAST Avi Pete Saltz and Anabell Stackpoole are "in love," but too shy to even look at each other.<br><br> Their eighth-grade classmates decide to help them out by putting on a play, Shakespeare's ROMEO AND JULIET and electing Saltz and Stackpoole to the title roles. Everything that can go wrong does, as the production becomes hilarious! For grades 5-8.<br><br> 24 RC 29174 THE SHADOWMAKER Ron Hansen In this humorous story, 9-year-old Drizzie and her older brother, Soot, are penniless orphans in a town where nearly everyone is happy. That is, until the Shadowmaker comes to town and opens a shop selling shadows of all types. Drizzie discovers that the Shadowmaker is really a second-rate, minor-league wizard and she saves the town from bedlam.<br><br> For grades 2-4. RC 32667 SHREK! William Steig "His mother was ugly and his father was ugly, but Shrek was uglier than the two of them put together." Thus begins this tale, told with wit and humor, of how a hideous fire-breathing monster sets off to find a suitably ugly princess with whom he can live "horribly ever after." For grades 2-4.<br><br> RC 33541 SOUP Robert Newton Peck Stories of an exciting boyhood shared with Soup Vinson, the author's best friend, who is a genius at getting them into trouble. Companion to Soup for President, Soup on Fire, Soup in the Saddle, Soup's Goat and other Soup books. For grades 5-8.<br><br> RC 31501 SOUP ON FIRE Robert Newton Peck In December the small town of Learning, Vermont, is colder than the North Pole. But Rob and his best friend Soup can't spend too much time worrying about the temperature--they've got big plans for the town's Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. For grades 4-7.<br><br> 25 RC 24893 SWITCHAROUND Lois Lowry In nine years, 11-year-old Caroline and her 13-year-old brother J.P. have spent only two week-long vacations with their father. Suddenly, they are asked to spend the entire summer with him and his new family in Des Moines, Iowa.<br><br> When they are asked to take care of twin babies and coach a baseball team of non-playing 6-yearolds, the two children plot separate plans of revenge. Sequel to The One Hundredth Thing About Caroline (RC 20838) . For grades 5-8.<br><br> BR 7203 TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE NOTHING Judy Blume Peter finds his 2-year-old brother an ever-increasing problem as the child proceeds to get lost at the movies and eats Peter's pet turtle. For grades 3-5. BR 7522 THE TROUBLE WITH DAD Barbette Cole Dad has a boring job.<br><br> So, for his hobby, he makes robots, all kinds of robots, that bring his family delightful adventures. For preschool-grade 2 to share with older readers. RC 8660 WHAT THE NEIGHBORS DID, AND OTHER STORIES Ann Phillippa Pearce Eight humorous short stories involve a forbidden midnight snack, peculiar neighbors, the theft of a sock full of money and an old man who proves to a grandson that his own grandfather was seven feet tall.<br><br> For grades 4-6. 26 BR 8586 WHEN THE BOYS RAN THE HOUSE Joan Davenport Carris Four brothers try to run the household when their father is away on business and their mother is taken ill. The project is not as easy as they anticipated until they are offered assistance from a six-foot basketball player.<br><br> For grades 4-7. BR 7934 WHISTLE FOR WILLIE Ezra Jack Keats The adventures of a little boy who tries to whistle for his dog the way the big boys do. For grades K-3.<br><br> RC 24490 WHO KIDNAPPED THE SHERIFF? TALES FROM TICKFAW TICKFAW Larry Callen As a ploy to win sympathy votes before his election, the Tickfaw sheriff is kidnapped. Pat O'Leary and his friend Violet Deever find themselves involved with the kidnapping and other wild events in this small rural town.<br><br> For grades 5-8. BR 446 WHO'S IN CHARGE OF LINCOLN? Dale Fife Eight-year-old Lincoln is left alone in a New York City apartment when his two sisters go off to school.<br><br> For grades 2-4. RC 15775 A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR OR MY FRIEND ALFRED Judy Angell Twelve-year-old Alfred, a budding scientist, discovers that his little brother's Sandalwood Sam mug contains a dangerous amount of lead. Unfortunately, Alfred's father's ad agency is behind the product and Alfred makes no progress at all in his reform campaign until he lands a 27 spot on the evening news and gains more attention than he can handle.<br><br> For grades 5-8. BR 2075 ZOE'S ZODIAC Mary Jo Stephens Zoe's prize in the pet shop contest, a pet a month for one year, causes a great upheaval in her family. For grades 4-7.<br><br>