Monday Children’s Book Reviews for June 20, 2011

More great books for summer reading! Here are some fun series you can find on the J Paperback Series racks:

Calendar Mysteries by Ron Roy, author of A to Z Mysteries. This is a new series for younger readers featuring Dink’s young cousin, Lucy, and Josh’s younger brothers, Brian & Bradley, and Ruth Rose’s younger brother, Nate.

May Magic – Bradley and Brian need help from Nate and Lucy after a hypnotist turns their mother into a duck but does not quite get her changed back.     [J PBK CALENDAR]

June Jam – As a Father’s Day gift to the twins’ Dad, Bradley, Brian, and their cousins Lucy and Nate try to identify and stop whatever creature is biting fruits and vegetables in the garden.  [J PBK CALENDAR]

Absolutely Lucy by Ilene Cooper. Bobby is a shy boy until he gets a beagle puppy named Lucy, who helps him to make new friends.

Absolutely Lucy Bobby Quinn is shy. In fact, he’s so shy, he has trouble making friends. But that changes when he gets a squirmy little puppy for his birthday. Unlike Bobby, Lucy isn’t shy at all. And to his surprise, she keeps dragging him into all sorts of adventures—and friendships, too!     [J PBK ABSOLUTELY]

Lucy on the Loose – When Bobby Quinn got a beagle puppy for his eighth birthday, his whole life changed. Lucy helped him forget his shyness and make new friends. But now Lucy’s taken off after a fat orange cat, and no one in the neighborhood has seen her anywhere. What will Bobby do if his best friend is gone for good?         [J PBK ABSOLUTELY]

Ballpark Mysteries by David A. Kelly. A brand-new early chapter book mystery series where each book is set in a different American ballpark!

The Fenway Foul-Up – Cousins Mike and Kate are at Boston’s Fenway Park when the Red Sox’s star hitter discovers that his lucky baseball bat has been stolen.     [J PBK BALLPARK]

The Pinstripe Ghost – While visiting New York’s Yankee Stadium with Kate’s mother, cousins Mike and Kate decide to investigate the rumor that the ghost of Babe Ruth is haunting the stadium.   [J PBK BALLPARK]

Geronimo Stilton by Geronimo Stilton. In the series, the title character is a talking mouse who lives in New Mouse City on Mouse Island. A best-selling author, Geronimo Stilton works as a journalist and editor for the fictional newspaper The Rodent’s Gazette.

He has a younger sister named Thea Stilton, a cousin named Trap Stilton, and a favorite little nephew, nine-year-old Benjamin Stilton. Geronimo is a nervous, mild-mannered mouse who would like nothing better than to live a quiet life, but he keeps getting involved in far-away adventures with Thea, Trap, and Benjamin.

I’m Not a Supermouse! – “Yes, it’s true — I’m a total ‘fraidy mouse and the biggest worryrat. In fact I’m the complete opposite of my super-sporty and very brave friend Bruce Hyena. That’s why I couldn’t believe it when he dragged me off on a series of outrageous adventures to toughen me up. I had to keep reminding him that I’m not a supermouse! Or am I?”               [J PBK GERONIMO]

The Giant Diamond Robbery – When Geronimo agrees to be a caddie for his grandfather in a golf tournament, he and Special Agent OOK team up to prevent the theft of the Super Mouse Cup.             [J PBK GERONIMO]

Save the White Whale! – “I invited my friend Petunia Pretty Paws to visit the Bay of Whales with me. But our trip got off on the wrong paw, and my relaxing vacation turned into a real nightmare. That is, until Petunia and I came across a great white whale that needed our help.”                                  [J PBK GERONIMO]

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