Monday Children’s Book Reviews for June 22

Boo Hoo Bird by Jeremy Tankard

“Bird and Raccoon are playing ball, when Bird gets bonked on the head. “Boo hoo hoo!” he cries. What will make Bird feel better? A kiss? A cookie? A Band-Aid™? Bird’s friends Raccoon, Rabbit, Beaver, Sheep, and Fox are full of hilarious and heartwarming ideas.

“Perfectly pitched and hilariously imagined, this charming story about a universal experience will put a smile on the face of every child who has suffered a boo-boo and every parent who has struggled to find just the right way to give comfort.”     [JPB TANKARD]

Pillage by Obert Skye

“When fifteen-year-old Beck Phillips travels by train to the secluded village of Kingsplot to live with his wealthy but estranged uncle, Beck discovers some dark family secrets. A buried basement, a forbidden wall, an old book of family history with odd references to . . . dragons? Beck’s life is about to be changed forever in this suspenseful tale about the destructive nature of greed and the courage to make things right.

“Pillage is filled with Mr. Skye’s signature humor as well as some very intense moments, including a surprise ending, that will keep readers young and old engrossed and entertained.”        [J SKYE]

Moon: Science, History, and Mystery by Stewart Ross

“The Moon has always been a magical and mystical icon for people throughout history. It is the only natural satellite of Earth. It is the 2nd brightest object in the sky after the sun. Since prehistoric times, the Moon has been an object of fascination, awe, and even worship. July 20, 2009, is the 40th anniversary of the date that man first walked on the Moon. This special book combines the story of the preparation, journey, arrival, and landing of Apollo 11 with scientific information about the Moon and its influence on our culture through music, theater, literature, and more.”      [J523.3 ROSS]

The Swamps of Sleethe: Poems From Beyond the Solar System by Jack Prelutsky

“Jack Prelutsky’s exploration of outer space is not for the faint of heart. No friendly little E.T.–type aliens await your arrival. There are many imaginative ways to perish in these darkly comedic cautionary verses about unexplored worlds so far beyond our solar system. The final poem is an environmental tour de force that packs a wallop. Here are poems the older reader will find great fun to memorize and rattle off to anyone who will listen! And there is a special bonus: anagrams for the kid who loves word puzzles.”      [J811.54 PRELUTSKY]

Patricia Ryan, Children’s Librarian

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