Monday Children’s Book Reviews for March 8

Lawn to Lawn by Dan Yaccarino

“Not everyone loves lawn ornaments. But Pearl was different. Pearl was their friend — the only human who knew they were real.

“So when Pearl’s family moves and (shockingly!) leaves their pink flamingo, deer, gnome, and lawn jockey behind, Flo, Betty, Norm, and Jack know what they must do. They must find Pearl no matter how long and perilous the journey.

“Through cities and suburbs, over mountains and through swamps, the ornaments make their dangerous way. They survive storms and menacing gargoyles. They get directions from weather vanes and other statuary. And always, always, they must avoid the dreaded trash truck!”                       [JPB YACCARINO]

World of the Weird by Tracey Turner

“Comic relief is always welcome, especially when it’s coupled with unusual trivia and obscure scientific facts. World of the Weird describes the wonderfully weird world we live in, from giant gurgling worms and deadly dragons to revolting science experiments.

“Color-packed pages and real-life accounts make for a lively joyride through the universe of the weird, from baffling tales to amazing facts to the strangest of the strange.”         [J001.94 TURNER]

The Shadow of Malabron by Thomas Wharton [The Perilous Realm Book One]

“When Will crashes his father’s motorcycle and stumbles into the Perilous Realm, all he wants is to find his way back to the world he knows. But he cannot get back the way he came, and as he soon discovers, his story is bound up with this mysterious land and with the very fabric of Story itself. Will is befriended by many strange people and creatures — including Rowen, a girl with a special destiny of her own, and Shade, an unusual wolf — but he is also pursued by dark forces under the control of Malabron, otherwise known as the Night King, the Master of Fetches, and the Storyeater. As Will’s path crosses those of the inhabitants — both innocent and malevolent — of this strange new world, his choices will determine not only his own fate, but that of his new friends in the Perilous Realm.”        [J WHARTON]

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