Monday Children’s Book Reviews for December 7

The Longest Night by Marion Dane Bauer

“Winter has the world in its frozen grip. Stark trees are sparse-leafed and covered with snow. The silver moonlit landscape show bear, moose, mice, and crow, each attempting to get the sun to reappear. “Not you, not you”, sighs the wind. But tiny chickadee with his little dee-dee-dee song awakens the sun and sets the stage for spring. Only after the sun appears is the dark earth transformed. Lewin’s artwork is a perfect accompaniment to Bauer’s spare poetry.”             [JPB BAUER]

The Runaway Dragon by Kate Coombs

In this sequel to The Runaway Princess, Meg’s dragon, Laddy, flies away from home and she must go on a quest to find him. But she hasn’t counted on her parents, the king and queen of Greeve, sending ten guardsmen along. Fortunately, she is also accompanied by her best friends: Dilly, a lady-in-waiting and a cool head in any crisis not involving heights; Cam, a gardener’s assistant who knows the exact value of a brick shed filled with sausages; Nort, a skinny guardsman who has never given much thought to crows; and Lex, a young wizard with bad taste in horses, magic carpets, and sorceresses. Of course, Meg’s quest goes topsy-turvy once she enters the enchanted forest—and her adventure is just beginning.         [J COOMBS]

Little Mouse Gets Ready: a Toon Book by Jeff Smith

“There’s lots to do before Little Mouse is ready to go visit the barn. Will he master all the intricacies of getting dressed, from snaps and buttons to Velcro and tail holes?

Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Jeff Smith and his determined Little Mouse reveal all the smallest pleasures of this daily task.”       [J741.5973 SMITH]

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