Children's Bookshelf - July 2016
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You Can Never Have Too Many…
by Krystal Makusevich

Or perhaps you can! These amusing picture books explore what happens when there are more characters than the situation can handle.

In Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham, Mr. Gumpy decides to go out on his boat. As he paddles down the river, he passes children and a menagerie of animals all wanting to come aboard. Mr. Gumpy has a request for each character— he asks the rabbit not to hop about, and doesn’t want the goat to kick. With the boat so full, you can guess what happens when Mr. Gumpy’s riders forget what they were asked!

Britta Teckentrup’s Get Out of My Bath! is an interactive and delightful story perfect for reading before tub time. As Ellie the elephant is enjoying her bath, readers are asked to tilt the book to the side, which at first results in fun waves for Ellie. Soon the tilting causes more animals to land in the tub until it is far too full. How will Ellie get her bath back to herself? Pick up this book (literally) and find out.

So Cozy by Lerryn Korda begins with Dog happily resting in his comfortable bed. Before long, Goose notices and wants to be cozy, too. This continues with more and more animal friends, including rabbits and an elephant! The illustrations are especially fun as the reader will notice the expressions on the animals’ faces change as more arrive and take over the small bed.

Peter is bothered by all of the sounds in his house in Ann McGovern’s Too Much Noise. There are floors squeaking, leaves swishing and more. Peter visits the wise man of his village for a solution, and he is instructed to get a cow. Peter’s house is still too noisy so he returns to the wise man only to be told to acquire another animal! This goes on until his house is quite full of loud critters. This book is wonderful to read aloud, and especially enjoyable for children who would like to join in with the repetitive sounds throughout. 

In Mirra Ginsburg’s Mushroom in the Rain, an ant finds shelter beneath a mushroom during a storm. The mushroom has barely enough room to cover him, yet a butterfly asks to squeeze in beside him. As the rain continues, more characters seek shelter with the ant beneath his mushroom, and he is willing to make room. How is he able to allow more animals beneath the mushroom as their space gets more and more crowded? Children will find clues to the answer in the final illustrations and then will likely want to share their newfound knowledge on the final page.

Upcoming Events at Manchester Public Library

This summer is full of fun activities for children and families! Visit Mary Cheney or Whiton for a special activity, join the summer reading program online and find many great books, movies, CDs and puppets to borrow. Check the Calendar of Events on the homepage for great programs all summer long.

Outdoor Picnic Storytime on Mondays, 11:30 a.m. at Mary Cheney; and Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. at Whiton. Bring lunch and relax outside while listening to stories and singing songs.

Mother Goose Storytime on Mondays, 10:30 a.m. at Whiton; and Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. at Mary Cheney. This program is geared for children 0-24 months and their caregivers. Bounces, rhymes and stories are included.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Craft on Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Whiton; and Thursdays, 2-4 p.m. at Mary Cheney. Make a cool craft at the library!

Tremendous Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m. at Whiton; and 6:30 p.m. at Mary Cheney. Enjoy a variety of performers on Tuesdays! Explore the secret world of bubbles with Keith Michael Johnson’s Bubbleology show on July 5.

Enjoy the Nappy’s Puppets shadow puppet rendition of Jack & the Beanstalk on July 12. Get ready to move with musician Mr. Gym and his fun, active songs on July 19. Watch and learn the beautiful hula dance with Melia on July 26.

Special programs at Mary Cheney on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. will change week to week. Call or visit the website for further details, as many require pre-registration.

Curious Kids on Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. at Mary Cheney, requires registration beginning July 5 for the late summer session. This program is for children ages 3-5 and includes activities or a craft and stories.

Kickball Peeps on Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. at Mary Cheney. Children entering grades 4-8 may sign up for the new kickball program! Registration and a waiver form are required.

The Mary Cheney Library is located at 586 Main Street in Manchester. The Whiton Branch Library is located at 100 North Main Street in Manchester. For more information, call 860-645-0577 for Mary Cheney; 860-643-6892 for Whiton or visit

Krystal Makusevich is the Children’s Librarian at the Manchester Public Library.





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