Monday Children’s Book Reviews for November 1

One Pup’s Up by Marsha Wilson Chall

“A loveable litter of puppies encourages youngsters to count from one to 10 and back again as each wakes up in turn and wriggles, eats and plays before falling back to sleep in a furry jumble.”                                   [JPB CHALL]

Funny Lunch by David Catrow

“This second installment in the early-reader series is laugh-out-loud silly. Max comes from a long line of chefs and embraces the role at the diner where he works with his feline pal. He pushes the special of the day, pizza pie, but has no takers. When chili is ordered, Max delivers a scarf; a hot-dog order is filled with a panting dog and a fan. Finally a busload of people order 100 pizzas with everything to go, and the chef is unable to deliver. Dog and cat hop on a tandem bike and head to the local pizza shop, returning loaded with steaming hot pies. In the end, the customers leave happy and the two friends can finally sit down for a satisfying and well-deserved lunch break.”   [JE CATROW]

Guys Read 1 Funny Business edited by Jon Scieszka

“The funny fellow (Jon Scieszka) with the impressive title (Emeritus National Ambassador for Children’s Literature) presents a collection of 10 humorous (you were expecting tragedy?) stories by some leading lights in literature for young readers. This is the first volume of the promised official Guys Read library, which is named for Scieszka’s well-known Web site, designed, like this book, to encourage boys to read. And what better way to start than with this collection of howlers by the likes of Eoin Colfer, David Lubar, Christopher Paul Curtis, and other yuk-inducing luminaries. Standouts include Kate DiCamillo (the lone female among the authors) and editor Scieszka’s charmer of a story in letters between a famous author named Maureen O’Toople and a boy named Joe; David Yoo’s wacky, laugh-out-loud story about a disappointed father and an evil turkey; and from the diabolical imagination of Jack Gantos, a cautionary tale about dangerous friends and rusty pliers.”                                    [J GUYS]

Dora and Diego Let’s Cook

“Dora, Diego and their friends teach kids how to make awesome (and healthy!) recipes while learning Spanish words and phrases along the way and includes 50 simple, delicious recipes that emphasize healthful ingredients, “Kids Help” icons flagging steps in every recipe where kids can lend a hand, useful material on health and nutrition for preschoolers, plus the basics of kitchen safety. Kid-friendly dishes that are easy to prepare, with advice for parents on appropriate ways to involve children in the preparation of the meals.”                                [J641.5 DORA]

 

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