Monday Children’s Book Reviews for May 16, 2011

Tiny Little Fly by Michael Rosen and Kevin Waldron

“When Tiny Little Fly sees great big toes (and lands on a great big nose), the poor elephant tries — tramp, crush, tramp — but can’t catch it. Off flies the fly! The teasing insect easily misses the rhino’s roll, squash, roll and the tiger’s swat, swoop, snatch too. Michael Rosen’s simple language is a joy to read aloud, while Kevin Waldron’s whimsical images match his playful rhythm beat for beat, offering a fly’s-eye view of each favorite animal before revealing the energized creature in full. How will this gently suspenseful adventure end? Fly, fly, fly!”        [JPB ROSEN]

The Secret River by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

“A depression era story that is just as timely as it is enchanting, this is a stunning picture book for the ages.

“There’s just not enough — not enough money, not enough food, not enough fish for her daddy to sell at the market. Hard times have come to the forest, but Calpurnia wants to turn them back into soft times. With her little dog Buggy Horse and a tip from old Mother Albirtha, the wisest person in the forest, Calpurnia finds a secret river and uses the pink paper roses from her hair to catch enough beautiful catfish to feed the whole swamp land — with some left over for Daddy to sell. When she tries to find the river again the next day, Mother Albirtha tells her, “Child, sometimes a thing happens once, and does not ever happen anymore.You caught catfish when catfish were needed; you will not find the river again.”

“This story by the literary icon and Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Yearling Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings is about living in a time of want, yet it is overflowing with riches — stunning language, mystical happenings, wondrous, wondrous artwork. Beautiful in all ways that a book can be beautiful, this unforgettable picture book is a classic in the making.”         [J RAWLINGS]

The Secret of the Sealed Room: A Mystery of Young Benjamin Franklin by Bailey MacDonald

“Boston, 1721

“Fourteen-year-old Patience Martin faces four dreary years a an indentured servant to Abedela Worth. But when Mrs. Worth dies, Patience takes her chances and runs away.

“Soon Patience learns something shocking: Mrs. Worth was poisoned! Even worse for Patience, the runaway servant is accused of having stolen cash from Mrs. Worth’s strongbox, and a reward is out for her capture.

“Patience needs someone to help her, and her only hope is in her unlikely friendship with an inventive, adventuresome young printer’s apprentice named Ben Franklin.”


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