Monday Children’s Book Reviews for October 5

Seymour and Henry by Kim Lewis

“Seymour and Henry love to play and can’t wait to jump in the pond. Plop! But when it’s time to go home, pit-a-pat, they run away, scampering farther and farther from their mother. Now it’s starting to rain, and Mommy is nowhere to be seen. “QUACK!” Can they find their way back? And what will their mommy do then?”     [JPB LEWIS]

Put Me In The Zoo by Robert Lopshire

“They say a leopard can’t change his spots–but Spot sure can! Babies and toddlers will love pointing out the colors of his changing spots in this delightful, rhyming adaptation of Robert Lopshire’s classic.”  I Can Read It All By Myself Beginner Books        [JE LOPSHIRE]

The Bag of Bones by Vivian French

“When the quill writes GO GO GO frantically on the wall, and the House of the Ancient Crones heaves Gracie Gillypot outside onto the path, it can mean only one thing: there’s Trouble in the Five Kingdoms. This time it’s in the form of a beady-eyed, green-tongued witch named Truda Hangnail, who with her banished Deep Magic has vowed to succeed Queen Bluebell on the throne. Now that her horrible spell has shrunk the good witches of Wadington to the size of, well, rats, can anything stop her? Will the strengths, smarts, and charms of a spunky trueheart, a sweet-natured orphan, a scruffy prince, a substantial troll, and two squabbling bats be enough to foil her insidious plot?”   [The second book in the Tales from the Five Kingdoms series]    [J FRENCH]

Waggit Again by Peter Howe

“Abandoned . . . again!

Waggit misses the team of dogs who live in Central Park — his real family. He should have listened to them and never trusted the human. Now she’s brought him to a faraway place and left him there.

But Waggit is determined to find his way back home and nothing is going to stop him . . . not chains, not cruel enemies, not anything. When Waggit comes face-to-face with a very unusual human and an unlikely ally, he must decide if he can trust his instincts and his heart one more time. The long journey may lead him to the park, but what if it isn’t home anymore?

In this sequel to Waggit’s Tale, Peter Howe continues the exciting story of a young dog who finds what he needs to survive in the most unexpected places.”       [J HOWE]

Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales by Lucy Cousins

“Here’s the deal. If you are, or know, a parent who wants red-cheeked cherubs waltzing merrily through an innocent candyland of neutered fairy tales for the young, the aforementioned Mary Engelbreit Nursery Tales is the book for you. If, on the other hand, you want a funny introductory book to the real stories in all their raucous, scary, eclectic glory, Yummy is your best bet. Lucy Cousins has gone out of her way to give us an early reader collection of tales that will amuse parents as much, if not more, than kids. It’s not for everyone, so be warned of that now. But for those of you that appreciate it, your kids will be thoroughly, almost wrongly amused, even as you, the adult, cower away from it in fear.” [review from School Library Journal]      [J398.2 COUSINS]

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