The Take-Out Book Group

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The Take-Out Book Group features a new, librarian-selected book each month. The books are chosen for kids in grades 3-5 in mind, or as family read-alouds. All you have to do is grab the book, read it, & do the month's take home activity (if you want, its not required, but we will hang it up for the next month if you bring it in.)  That's it!

This book group has been designed with busy Westwood kids and families in mind -- with no book group meetings to remember or pack into your already busy schedule. 

January 2016 -- The BFG by Roald Dahl

A Quick Rundown: "The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It's lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of the other giants—rather than the BFG—she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!" -- from the publisher

A funny, quirky book with great use of language (including Dahl's signature word-manipulation and word play) this is a great family read aloud that will have you all giggling. This great story is also about to be made into a live-action movie that's set to be released in July. Take a sneak peak here -- but remember... the book is ALWAYS better! 

February 2016 -- The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity by Mac Barnett (copies available Feb. 1)

A Quick Rundown: "Seventh-grader Steve Brixton is an avid reader of the Bailey Brothers series, and he’s about to get a chance to put the detective tactics he’s read so much about into practice. He’s out to solve a mystery being investigated by America’s most secret crime solving agency: the United States Department of Library Sciences. It will take all of Steve’s skills to navigate this story of intrigue and crime as he tracks down the missing quilt (yes, quilt) containing all of America’s secrets." -- from the publisher 

Another funny read, but this time with a mystery-twist! Mac Barnett has been a rising star in the children's publishing world for a few years now, and he's yet to disapoint. You may recognize his name from some hilarious picture books such as President Taft is Stuck in the Bath, Telephone, the wonderful Leo: A Ghost Story or the Summer Reading 2015 smash-hit The Terrible Two. This book has a fresh, funny new take on the old kid-detective trope. I love it not only for its ability to grab kid readers and get them turning pages, but also because Barnett never underestimates kids and knows just how to push their reading skills with varied sentence structure and rich langauge. 

So remember -- all the awesomeness of a book group but with none of the hassle!