Monday Children’s Book Reviews for June 28

Sylvie written and illustrated by Jennifer Sattler

“Meet a flamingo of a different stripe!

“Mama, why are we pink?” asks an irrepressible and ever-curious young flamingo named Sylvie. When she learns that it’s due to the little pink brine shrimp they eat, Sylvie takes the maxim “You are what you eat!” to a whole new level. Her new diet leads to some very interesting new looks — from scarlet to stripey to positively purple! Like Leo Lionni’s chameleon in A Color of His Own, Sylvie eventually comes to learn that being yourself is the best thing to be — though with her own flair!”             [JPB SATTLER]

Stuck on Earth by David Klass

“Ketchvar III’s mission is simple: travel to Planet Earth, inhabit the body of an average teenager, and determine if the human race should be annihilated. And so Ketchvar — who, to human eyes, looks just like a common snail — crawls into the brain of one Tom Filber and attempts to do his analysis. At first glance, Tom appears to be the perfect specimen—fourteen years old, good health, above average intelligence. But it soon becomes apparent that Tom Filber may be a little too average — gawky, awkward, and utterly abhorred by his peers. An alien within an alien’s skin, Ketchvar quickly finds himself wrapped up in the daily drama of teenage life — infuriating family members, raging bullies, and undeniably beautiful next-door neighbors. And the more entangled Ketchvar becomes, the harder it is to answer the question he was sent to Earth to resolve: Should the Sandovinians release the Gagnerian Death Ray and erase the human species for good? Or is it possible that Homo sapiens really are worth saving?”          [J KLASS]

The Thirteenth Princess by Diane Zahler

“Zita is not an ordinary servant girl — she’s the thirteenth daughter of a king who wanted only sons. When she was born, Zita’s father banished her to the servants’ quarters to work in the kitchens, where she can only communicate with her royal sisters in secret.

“Then, after Zita’s twelfth birthday, the princesses all fall mysteriously ill. The only clue is their strangely worn and tattered shoes. With the help of her friends — Breckin the stable boy, Babette the witch, and Milek the soldier — Zita follows her bewitched sisters into a magical world of endless dancing and dreams. But something more sinister is afoot — and unless Zita and her friends can break the curse, the twelve princesses will surely dance to their deaths.

“A classic fairy tale with a bold twist, The Thirteenth Princess tells the unforgettable story of a magical castle, true love, spellbound princesses — and the young girl determined to save them all.”                             [J ZAHLER]

For Good Measure: The Ways We Say How Much, How Far, How Heavy, How Big, How Old by Ken Robbins

“The mile gets its name from the term mille passus, whichmeans “a thousand paces.” The abbreviation for pound (lb.) comes from the Latin libra pondo. Feet, pounds, quarts, miles: these are words we use every day. But where did they originate, and what do they actually mean?

“Once again, Ken Robbins takes an everyday subject and, through spectacular photographs and straightforward and entertaining text, makes it come alive.”           [J530-8 ROBBINS]

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