Monday Children’s Book Reviews for July 6

You might notice that July 6 is a Tuesday, not a Monday. All Alameda County Libraries are closed Sunday, July 4, and Monday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day.

Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth by Mary McKenna Siddals

“Apple cores

Bananas, bruised

Coffee grounds with filters, used

Just add to the pot

                                                                    and let it all rot into Compost Stew!

“From eggshells to wiggly worms, this delightful recipe in bouncy verse features items—some familiar and some not so—that are fit for the home compost bin and will nourish Mother Earth. Vibrant collage illustrations use recycled and found materials to further a timely message. And to keep young environmental chefs fully informed about compostingdo’s and don’ts, there’s a note in the back about what’s not fit for the bin.”           [JPB SIDDALS]

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

“In The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, a hilarious new middle grade novel, the politics of sixth grade meets the profound wisdom of the Jedi master, Yoda.

“Written in the form of a mystery case file, this quirky novel tells the story of Dwight, a “total loser,” who dispenses surprisingly sage advice to his classmates through an origami finger puppet of Yoda. Origami Yoda predicts the date of a pop quiz, knows who has a crush on whom, and saves several kids from total social humiliation. Tommy, one of Dwight’s savvier classmates, doesn’t understand how Origami Yoda can be so wise when Dwight himself is so clueless. Is the puppet somehow tapping into the Force? With the help of his classmates, Tommy attempts to discover the mystery behind… The Strange Case of Origami Yoda.”             [J ANGLEBERGER]

Stephenie Meyer: Author of the Twilight Saga by Lisa Rondinelli Albert

“With her TWILIGHT series of novels, author Stephenie Meyer created a media sensation that earned her millions of fans. After the incredible success of the film adaptation of TWILIGHT in 2008, interest in this series (and its author) can only increase. This title explores the life of Meyer and her fiction, which continues to capture the imaginations of so many young readers.”              [JB MEYER]

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