“Button Down” by Anne Ylvisaker; Candlewick Press, $15.99.
“The only thing Ned Button had caught in his life was the mumps.” Thus begins this funny and heartwarming story, set in a small town in Iowa during the 1930s and starring the same down-on-their-luck family from “The Luck of the Buttons.”
Like everyone in his hometown of Goodhue, Iowa, skinny Ned Button has had football fever since high school star Lester Ward got drafted for the University of Iowa football team. When he catches a pass from Lester during a scrimmage, it’s a dream come true – until Lester’s bully of a brother, Burton, knocks Ned to the ground, steals the football and later steals it again.
Meanwhile, Grandpa Button is in pretty bad shape but he offers Ned and his friends a few football tips. Now, if only they had a real football to practice with!
This author has a real talent for creating colorful characters and realistic family situations.
– Jean Westmoore


Fall is in the air at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda. From noon to 4 p.m. Monday, the museum will hold its Fall Fair with old-time fair activities, games and crafts. Cost is $5 for adults, $4 seniors, $2.50 for students ages 2 to 12. For more information, call 693-1885 or visit


It is autumn and the leaves are falling. As sunlight decreases in autumn, the hollow tubes that carry sap into and out of a leaf begin to close. As that happens, a layer of cells forms at the base of the leaf steam. Those cells help the leaf separate from the branch, and it falls to the ground.
– Time Book of Why