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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for May 19, 2014

Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle

“It’s a mad dash for shelter as rain sweeps into an urban neighborhood. Where to go? The subway! It’s the perfect place to wait out the wind and weather. Strangers share smiles and umbrellas and take delight in the experience of a city thunderstorm.”

[JPB BLUEMLE]

The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett

“Cecily and Jeremy have been sent to live with their Uncle Peregrine in the English countryside, safe from the bombing of London during World War II, along with a young refugee named May. But when Cecily and May find two mysterious boys hiding in the ruins of a nearby castle, an extraordinary adventure begins.”                          [J HARTNETT]

Thud! Wile E. Coyote Experiments with Forces and Motion by Mark Weakland

“Wile E. Coyote is one clever predator who thinks he’s a scientific genius, having invented hundreds of ways to catch Road Runner, but his inventions have a way of failing in unexpected ways and through lighthearted text and fun-filled illustrations, readers learn basic science while enjoying Wile E.’s wacky misadventures!”               [J531.112 WEAKLAND]

Loom Magic Xtreme!: 25 Spectacular, Never-Before-Seen Designs for Rainbows of Fun by John McCann

“These super imaginative, out-of-this-world projects will take your rubber band loom projects to the next level. Here are kid-tested step-by-step instructions and bright color photographs to show you how to make the coolest rubber band projects out there, including:

Twisty headband, Bouquet of flowers, Octopus, Decorated ponytail holder, Fashion jewelry stand, Glow-in-the-dark stars, Zipper decoration, Hockey stick, Bloodshot eyeballs, Black bat, and many more!                             [J745.57 McCANN]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for August 27, 2012

Just a few more days before school starts again – a brand new exciting year with a new teacher – or teachers – and new classmates!

But it’s not too late to find a few more fun books to read at the Library.

How about The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood?

The series begins with The Mysterious Howling

“Found running wild in the forest of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander, age ten or thereabouts, keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia, perhaps four or five, has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf, age somewhere-in-the-middle, is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.

“Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. Only fifteen years old and a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, Penelope embraces the challenge of her new position. Though she is eager to instruct the children in Latin verbs and the proper use of globes, first she must help them overcome their canine tendencies.

“But mysteries abound at Ashton Place: Who are these three wild creatures, and how did they come to live in the vast forests of the estate? Why does Old Timothy, the coachman, lurk around every corner? Will Penelope be able to teach the Incorrigibles table manners and socially useful phrases in time for Lady Constance’s holiday ball? And what on earth is a schottische?”

The Hidden Gallery

“Of especially naughty children it is sometimes said, ‘They must have been raised by wolves.’

“The Incorrigible children actually were.

“Thanks to the efforts of Miss Penelope Lumley, their plucky governess, Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia are much more like children than wolf pups now. They are accustomed to wearing clothes. They hardly ever howl at the moon. And for the most part, they resist the urge to chase squirrels up trees.

“Despite Penelope’s civilizing influence, the Incorrigibles still managed to ruin Lady Constance’s Christmas ball, nearly destroying the grand house. So while Ashton Place is being restored, Penelope, the Ashtons, and the children take up residence in London. Penelope is thrilled, as London offers so many opportunities to further the education of her unique students. But the city presents challenges, too, in the form of the palace guards’ bearskin hats, which drive the children wild – not to mention the abundance of pigeons the Incorrigibles love to hunt. As they explore London, however, they discover more about themselves as clues about the children’s – and Penelope’s – mysterious past crop up in the most unexpected ways. . . . “

The Unseen Guest

“Since returning from London, the three Incorrigible children and their plucky governess, Miss Penelope Lumley, have been exceedingly busy. Despite their wolfish upbringing, the children have taken up bird-watching, with no unfortunate consequences—yet. And a perplexing gift raises hard questions about how Penelope came to be left at the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females and why her parents never bothered to return for her.

“But hers is not the only family mystery to solve. When Lord Fredrick’s long-absent mother arrives with the noted explorer Admiral Faucet, gruesome secrets tumble out of the Ashton family tree. And when the admiral’s prized racing ostrich gets loose in the forest, it will take all the Incorrigibles’ skills to find her.

“The hunt for the runaway ostrich is on. But Penelope is worried. Once back in the wild, will the children forget about books and poetry and go back to their howling, wolfish ways? What if they never want to come back to Ashton Place at all?”

To paraphrase Dr. Seuss, Oh, the places you’ll go when you read!

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for April 2, 2012

And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano and Erin E. Stead

“Following a snow-filled winter, a young boy and his dog decide that they’ve had enough of all that brown and resolve to plant a garden. They dig, they plant, they play, they wait . . . and wait . . . until at last, the brown becomes a more hopeful shade of brown, a sign that spring may finally be on its way.”

[JPB FOGLIANO]

Annie and Snowball and the Surprise Day by Cynthia Rylant

“Annie can’t wait to spend a special day with her dad. With her pet bunny, Snowball, choosing the route, the day is bound to be a grand adventure with loads of surprises! Perfect for Father’s Day, this sweet story celebrates the special bond between daddy and daughter.”

[JE RYLANT,C]

The Haunting of Charles Dickens by Lewis Buzbee

“Meg Pickel’s older brother, Orion, has disappeared. One night, she steals out to look for him, and makes two surprising discoveries: She stumbles upon a séance that she suspects involves Orion, and she meets the author Charles Dickens, also unable to sleep, and roaming the London streets. He is a customer of Meg’s father, who owns a print shop, and a family friend. Mr. Dickens fears that the children of London aren’t safe, and is trying to solve the mystery of so many disappearances. If he can, then perhaps he’ll be able to write once again.”                                         [J BUZBEE]

Komodo Dragons by Melissa Gish

“Presents a look at Komodo dragons, describing their habitats, physical characteristics such as their sawlike teeth, behaviors, relationships with humans, and threatened status in the world today.”

[J597.95968 GISH]

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