Monday Children’s Book Reviews for April 5

An Anaconda Ate My Homework by Alice Schertle

“When Digby complains about a lengthy homework assignment, Mr. Crumbundle promptly tacks on an additional 10 pages for him. On his way home, the boy is snatched up by a gigantic repulsive raptor, swallowed by an anaconda, and tossed around by a playful gorilla. Each time he finds himself in danger, Digby finds the solution to his problem in his seemingly bottomless backpack. Riding on the back of a rogue elephant, he eventually arrives at the Oval Office, where his homework is officially canceled by presidential order.”      [JPB SCHERTLE]

Wild Things by Clay Carmichael

“Eleven-year-old Zoë is a survivor. Her fiery independence has seen her through a series of adults who “don’t stick,” and she trusts no one, including Uncle Henry, who has just taken her in after the death of her neglectful mother. Henry is a renowned sculptor of what Zoë skeptically calls “wild things.” Other wild things slip through Henry’s North Carolina woods unnoticed until Zoë’s arrival catapults them into the spotlight, with life-changing consequences for everyone. In her debut novel, Carmichael gives a familiar plot fresh new life in this touching story with a finely crafted sense of place. Zoë’s first-person narration alternates with the observations of a feral tomcat who provides hints to the past, and an array of well-drawn eccentric characters add additional sparkle to the magic-touched story. Zoë’s fierce, funny voice is compelling, whether she is describing tense standoffs or moments of rare vulnerability that go straight to the heart. Carmichael uses a sure, light touch to portray the gradual blooming of trust among the story’s many wild things in this satisfying tale. Grades 5-8. –Lynn Rutan [Booklist]                              [J CARMICHAEL]

Log Cabin in the Woods: A True Story About a Pioneer Boy by Joanne Landers Henry

“This classic Indiana children’s book was first published in 1988 and became an immediate favorite with teachers, parents, and especially children fascinated by the stories of the past. The appealing and engaging story follows the daily life of eleven-year-old Oliver Johnson, whose family pioneered early Indianapolis. Join Ollie and his six brothers and sisters as new adventures and challenges occur every day.”                           [JB JOHNSON, O.]

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