Monday Children’s Book Reviews for April 9, 2012

Penny and Her Song by Kevin Henkes

“A first entry in a new series by the Caldecott Medal-winning author of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse and Kitten’s First Full Moon introduces sweet and curious little mouse Penny, who longs to share a special song with her family without waking her baby siblings.”

[JPB HENKES]

How to Beat the Bully Without Really Trying by Scott Starkey

“Rodney Rathbone is a self-admitted coward. Things scare him, and he can’t help it. So naturally he’s terrified when he moves to a new town and the bully is ready to pounce. But just as Rodney is about to flee, a baseball flies in from out of nowhere and knocks out the bully. Now everyone thinks Rodney’s invincible — when really he feels just the opposite. Can he figure out how to live up to his new reputation and make friends along the way?”

[J STARKEY,S]

Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer

“In the little colonial town of Salem Village, Massachusetts, two girls began to twitch, mumble, and contort their bodies into strange shapes. The doctor tried every remedy, but nothing cured the young Puritans. He grimly announced the dire diagnosis: the girls were bewitched! And then the accusations began.

 “The riveting, true story of the victims, accused witches, crooked officials, and mass hysteria that turned a mysterious illness affecting two children into a witch hunt that took over a dozen people’s lives and ruined hundreds more unfolds in chilling detail in this book by award-winning author and illustrator Rosalyn Schanzer.

 “With a powerful narrative, chilling primary source accounts, a design evoking the period, and stylized black-white-and-red scratchboard illustrations of young girls having wild fits in the courtroom, witches flying overhead, and the Devil and his servants terrorizing the Puritans, this book will rivet young readers with novelistic power.”                                            [J133.43097 SCHANZER]

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