Monday Children’s Book Reviews for October 18

For the Love of Soccer by Pele

“In this picture-book autobiography, readers see a young Pelé playing soccer alongside a boy who has the same love and enthusiasm for the sport. Morrison’s illustrations are filled with dynamic action shots, showing the boys’ legs stretching to incredible angles in order to execute a perfect shot. Readers witness dramatic scenes such as one painted with a soccer ball sailing high in the air against the backdrop of a vast blue sky, as Pelé, now appearing as a teenager, and the young boy look on. A spread near the end shows an adult Pelé autographing the child’s soccer ball. The pinnacle of the short text is represented with a vibrant spread showing a ball reaching the net—”GOOAALL!”         [JPB PELE]

Annie and Snowball and the Wintry Freeze by Cynthia Rylant

“Henry and Mudge” fans will enjoy reading about his cousin, Annie, and her rabbit Snowball.

“Annie loves winter. She loves her pink earmuffs. She loves her pink hand muff. And she really loves her pink polka-dot boots. But most of all Annie loves playing in the snow with her cousin Henry and his big dog, Mudge.” The eighth book in the series. Ready-to-Read Level 2             [JE RYLANT]

Thomas and the Dragon Queen by Shutta Crum

“A kingdom is at war.
A princess has been kidnapped by a dragon queen.
A brave squire volunteers to set out on a quest to rescue her.
But there’s just one small problem. He’s Thomas, the shortest of all the squires. With little more than a donkey, a vest, and a sword, Thomas will have to use all of his courage and determination to battle a beast with many heads, reach a forbidden island, and rescue the princess from a most fearsome dragon-and an even more fearsome fate!
“Part thrilling adventure and part enchanting fantasy, sprinkled with charming black-and-white illustrations, Thomas and the Dragon Queen will delight young readers from start to finish.”            [J CRUM]

4-H Guide to Training Horses by Nathan Bowers and Katie Bowers Reiff

“Training a horse is one of the biggest challenges a 4-H’r (or any animal lover, for that matter) can take on, and one of the most rewarding.  This step-by-step illustrated guide offers the first-time horse trainer straightforward instructions for getting started with a foal, a yearling, or an older horse.  With expert advice on safety and equine care, the guide covers the basics of establishing trust and authority, training with a bit, training to drive, training to allow riders, achieving different gaits, reaching definite goals, and breaking an old horse of bad habits.  Whether you’re a 4-H’r taking up the project of a lifetime, or someone simply interested in training a horse, this book provides all the information you need to get started — and to succeed.”             [J636.10835 BOWERS]

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