Monday Children’s Book Reviews for July 27

Heaven’s All-Star Jazz Band by Don Carter

“From its captivating endpapers to its funky title page, this book will draw readers in with its strong, pulsing beat. A small boy imagines that his Grandpa Jack, who loved jazz and who is now up in heaven, is surrounded by all the greats. In Heaven’s Cotton Club, there’s an all-star band filled with all the immortals from Louis Armstrong to Charlie Parker to Miles Davis. Grandpa Jack hangs back, nervous about being in the company of these jazz legends, but the music draws him in and finally, after watching the singers and musicians he’s loved all his life, he starts moving and grooving to their sounds, even playing the spoons. His musicality earns him his angel wings.”  Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY, SLJ Reviews 2002 November   [JPB CARTER]

Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!: a Toon Book by Geoffrey Hayes

“What will Benny and Penny find when they cross the line in The Big No-No? Benny’s favorite pail is missing, and there are mysterious muddy footprints. In this charming whodunit, Benny and his little sister Penny team-up to investigate, braving the dangers of the new neighbor’s yard, and finding something unexpected on the other side of the fence.”      [JE HAYES]

Jake Ransom and the Skull King’s Shadow by James Rollins

“When a mysterious envelope arrives for Jake Ransom, he and his older sister, Kady, are plunged into a gripping chain of events. An artifact found by their parents — on the expedition from which they never returned — leads Jake and Kady to a strange world inhabited by a peculiar mix of long-lost civilizations, a world that may hold the key to their parents’ disappearance.”    [J ROLLINS]

Beyond: A Solar System Voyage by Michael Benson

“You know about the planets, but you’ve never seen them like this before. Using images shot by space probes over the last forty years, Michael Benson gives us an up close and personal view of even the farthest of the planets in our solar system. The photos are absolutely stunning and you should definitely pick up this book.” Abby the Librarian  [J523.2 BENSON]

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