Monday Children’s Book Reviews for August 22, 2011

Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin and James Dean

“Pete the Cat is back — and this time he’s rocking in his school shoes. Pete discovers the library, the lunchroom, the playground, and lots of other cool places at school. And no matter where he goes, Pete never stops moving and grooving and singing his song . . . because it’s all good.”                           [JPB LITWIN]

Katie Woo, Where Are You? by Fran Manushkin

“Katie and her parents are off to the mall for a day of shopping. While her mom looks for a new dress, her dad is checking out the lawn mowers and televisions. And Katie is nowhere to be found. Does Katie even know that she’s lost?”                                                         [JE MANUSHKIN]

The Absolute Value of Mike by Kathryn Erskine

“Mike tries so hard to please his father, but the only language his dad seems to speak is calculus. And for a boy with a math learning disability, nothing could be more difficult. When his dad sends him to live with distant relatives in rural Pennsylvania for the summer to work on an engineering project, Mike figures this is his big chance to buckle down and prove himself. But when he gets there, nothing is what he thought it would be. The project has nothing at all to do with engineering, and he finds himself working alongside his wacky eighty-something- year-old aunt, a homeless man, and a punk rock girl as part of a town-wide project to adopt a boy from Romania. Mike may not learn anything about engineering, but what he does learn is far more valuable.”             [J ERSKINE]

Animals Alive

“Explains biodiversity, discusses the role animals play in ecosystems, describes the threats affecting the lives of animals, and profiles various animals, including jaguars, black rhinoceros, and bluefin tuna.”  This Dorling Kindersley book is not only informative, it’s full of amazing pictures!                          [J590 ANIMALS]

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