Monday Children’s Book Reviews for July 20

Down by the Station by Jennifer Riggs Vetter

Down by the depot, early in the morning

See the yellow school buses all in a row

See the school bus driver warming up the engine

Vroom vroom beep beep! Off we go!

Little fans of trucks and trains and boats and planes will love to sing this action-packed, expanded version of the classic rhyme, paired with Frank Remkiewicz’s happy, vibrant illustrations. “Vetter’s debut adds new verses to the familiar favorite. Children who love things that go will be thrilled with the vehicles included here: school bus, tractor-trailer, excavator, jumbo jet, sailboat, racecar, fire engine and rocket. The ending is a good segue to bedtime, as the train returns to the station and several sleepyheads head to bed.” — Kirkus Review       [JPB VETTER]

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Book Five) by Rick Riordan

While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it’s up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.  [J RIORDAN]

Seven Natural Wonders of North America by Michael Woods and Mary B. Woods

“Without any human influence, nature has created extraordinary wonders – from majestic mountains and bubbling volcanoes to amazing plants and animals. These wonders are found across all the continents and oceans of this planet. In a tour of the seven greatest wonders of North America, we will find a giant “dinosaur graveyard” in Canada. Along the Pacific Ocean coast, we’ll see the tallest trees on Earth. Some of North America’s natural wonders begin underground. In Yellowstone National Park, for instance, red-hot melted rock deep inside the Earth creates giant geysers, hot springs, and mud pools on the surface. In Mexico in 1943, the same kind of melted rock burst up through a farmer’s field, creating a giant volcanic mountain. What other natural wonders does North America hold? To find out, we’ll explore dripping rain forests, rugged canyons, and roaring waterfalls in fascinating detail.”         [J917 WOODS]

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