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ADVENTURE ACCORDING TO HUMPHREY Betty G. Birney Read by William Dufris At Longfellow School in Room 26, Mrs. Brisbane has a lively class with a lively pet hamster, Humphrey. In this story the class focus is on the pirates and the high seas and on the waters of Potter's Pond as the students work to build model boats. Humphrey narrates and has opinions on everyone and every- thing that happens. William Dufris vocalizes Humphrey with high anima- tion. His voice squeaks with excitement, rises and falls with ocean waves, and gently empathizes with the characters' feelings. Dufris creates distinct voices for all the characters—from imperious Mrs. Wright to enthusiastic Aldo the custodian and complaining, bossy classmates Richie and Kirk. A.R. Penguin Audio 3 hrs. Unabridged Ages 8+ Trade Ed.: CD ISBN 9781611760019 $14.95 YOUNG PELÉ: Soccer's First Star Lesa Cline-Ransome Read by Ibsen Santos A torn net in the shade of a mango tree. A ball made of a sock stuffed with rags. Bare feet. Does this sound like an auspicious beginning for "soccer's first star"? In Brazil in the 1940s and 1950s, young Edson do Nascimento left school and, with his young buddies, the "shoe- less ones," practiced moves, challenged older boys, and raised money for uniforms and shoes—all on his way to becoming a soccer standout. Ibsen Santos is an unobtrusive narrator who sets a leisurely pace and lets young listeners interact with both the text and the illustrations. Santos's delivery of the thoughts in Pelé's mind as he plays mirrors his athletic intensity. Radio broadcasts of soccer games add ambiance to the production, and an author's note provides additional infor- mation on the world soccer star. A.R. Live Oak Media 16 mins. Unabridged Ages 4-6 Book & Recording: CD ISBN 9781430110101 $18.95 More Listening DJANGO: WORLD'S GREATEST GUITARIST Bonnie Christensen, read by George Guidall Christensen's biography of Django Reinhardt brings this pioneer of jazz to life for young people. Through her poetry, Christensen chronicles Django's life. George Guidall expertly delivers the syncopation of Christensen's text, and background sound effects and Django's own music add depth. 2012 Audies Finalist Live Oak Media Unabridged Ages 6+ Book & Recording: CD HOUNDSLEY AND CATINA James Howe, read by Peter Pamela Rose Narrator Peter Pamela Rose does every- thing to enhance this gentle story. In three chapters, best friends Houndsley the dog and Catina the cat learn about being true to themselves and supportive of each other. Rose draws listeners into the story with an easy, steady pace that's ideal for early readers. Live Oak Media Unabridged Ages 6+ Book & Recording: CD HOUNDSLEY AND CATINA AND THE BIRTHDAY SURPRISE James Howe, read by Peter Pamela Rose When highly sensitive friends—a charming cat and a thoughtful dog—need a narrator capable of expressing each nuance of feeling, they have a champion in Peter Pamela Rose. As the two main characters each solve the problem of bringing joy to the other, Rose judiciously paces the story's rising suspense and excitement. Live Oak Media Unabridged Ages 6+ Book & Recording: CD SCHOOL DAYS ACCORDING TO HUMPHREY Betty G. Birney, read by William Dufris Humphrey the hamster is back! As Humphrey, narratorWilliam Dufris is enthusiastic about all things school. Dufris's lithe transitions between human characters reflect the authoritative teacher, the nonstop talker, the painfully shy student, and the overly helpful one. The brisk pace of his narration moves the school year along. Penguin Audio Unabridged Ages 8+ Trade Ed.: CD , DD April/May 2012 s 31 Illustration from Young Pelé © 2007 by James E. Ransome (Dragonfly Books)

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