Monday Children’s Book Reviews for October 10, 2011

The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant by Jean de Brunhoff

Eighty years ago, The Story of Babar was first published in France, and soon was translated into many other languages and made available around the world. Over the years 60 books about Babar and his family have been written and released, by the original author Jean de Brunhoff, his son Laurent de Brunhoff, and others, as well as movies, TV shows, and toys and stuffed animals.

 The story of the young elephant who comes to the big city, lost and alone, and is befriended by the Old Lady who loves and pampers him, is still popular today.


Torn by Margaret Peterson Haddix

“Still reeling from their experiences in Roanoke in 1600, Jonah and Katherine arrive in 1611 only moments before a mutiny on Henry Hudson’s ship in the icy waters of James Bay. But things are messed up: they’ve lost the real John Hudson, and they find what seems to be the fabled Northwest Passage — even though they are pretty sure that that route doesn’t actually exist. Will this new version of history replace the real past? Is this the end of time as we know it? With more at stake than ever before, Jonah and Katherine struggle to unravel the mysteries of 1611 and the Hudson Passage…before everything they know is lost.”

Book 4 of the series The Missing.                            [J HADDIX]

Zita the Spacegirl Book 1: Far From Home  by Ben Hatke

 “Zita’s life took a cosmic left turn in the blink of an eye.

“When her best friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult, Zita leaps to the rescue and finds herself a stranger on a strange planet. Humanoid chickens and neurotic robots are shocking enough as new experiences go, but Zita is even more surprised to find herself taking on the role of intergalactic hero. Before long, aliens in all shapes and sizes don’t even phase her. Neither do ancient prophecies, doomed planets, or even a friendly con man who takes a mysterious interest in Zita’s quest.”

     [J741.5973 HATKE]



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