Monday Children’s Book Reviews for September 28

The Clever Stick by John Lechner

“The stick has always been clever: it solves difficult problems, enjoys poetry, and ponders the music of birds and the beauty of a rose. The one thing it can’t do is speak. And because of this, no one can see that the stick is clever; all they can see is a stick. John Lechner, the creator of A Froggy Fable, follows the most unlikely of heroes on a journey of self-discovery, arriving at a place that will surprise and enchant readers everywhere.”               [JPB LECHNER]

Ten Apples on Top by [Dr. Seuss writing as] LeSieg, Theo.

“Since 1961, Ten Apples up on Top has been helping preschoolers learn to count and read simultaneously. Simple illustrations and even simpler rhymes make this apple-balancing competition between a dog, a tiger, and a lion a fun, easy place to practice sight words and phonics. Siblings can even take turns reading phrases like “Seven apples up on top. I am so good they will not drop.” The inevitable tumbling crash is a great climax for busy toddlers to enjoy, and parents will appreciate the cooperative lesson the last page offers.”   [JE SEUSS]

The Potato Chip Puzzles by Eric Berlin

“When puzzle addict Winston Breen and his best friends head to an all-day puzzle hunt with a $50,000 grand prize, they’re pumped. But the day is not all fun and games: not only do they have a highstrung and highly competitive teacher along for the ride, but the puzzles are hard even for Winston, the other schools’ teams are no joke, and someone in the contest is playing dirty in order to win.

Trying to stop this mystery cheater before it’s too late takes an already tough challenge to a whole other level. . . .

Packed with a variety of fun puzzles to solve, this fast-paced sequel will pull readers right into the action from start to finish.” [*]     [J BERLIN]

Egyptian Myth: A Treasury of Legends, Art, and History by Ann Kramer [The World of Mythology Series]

“The people of ancient Egypt worshipped numerous gods and goddesses from local deities to the supreme Sun god Ra. They believed these divine beings controlled all parts of their lives and feared chaos if the gods of the cosmos were unhappy. Discover the magical stories and legends of Isis, Queen Hatshepsut and the Sphinx. Art and artefacts, as well as photographs of the landscapes immortalized in the tales, bring the world of Egyptian myth to life. Over 70 photos, maps, and illustrations.” [*]     [J299.3113 KRAMER]

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