Monday Children’s Book Reviews for February 13, 2012

All branches of the Alameda County Library are closed Monday, February 13th, in honor of Lincoln’s Birthday

A Giant Crush by Gennifer Choldenko

“As Valentine’s Day gets closer, Jackson has a hard time keeping his crush on Cami a secret. His chocolate hearts end up next to her lunch and he can’t hide his red face when the huge Valentine he made for her lands on her desk. Cooper thinks Jackson should just talk to her, but Jackson’s afraid she doesn’t like him. Carter Corey always makes fun of how big he is – what if Cami thinks he’s a giant, too? Luckily, Cami is not afraid to tell Carter that if she had a boyfriend, he’d be totally giant.”    [JPB CHOLDENKO]

Baby, Come Away by Victoria Adler

“Readers, come away! Join in as baby sips tea with a bird in a tip-top tree, floats with a cat in a milk-white sea, and dances with a fish to a deep-sea band, only to return at the end of the day to Mama’s waiting arms. With enchanting, vibrant illustrations and lyrical verse that begs to be read aloud, this book is a love song from all of us who delight in our babies—and want to give them the world.”                                   [JPB ADLER]

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

“Tuesdays at Castle Glower are Princess Celie’s favorite days. That’s because on Tuesdays the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes even an entire wing. No one ever knows what the castle will do next, and no one – other than Celie, that is – takes the time to map out the new additions. But when King and Queen Glower are ambushed and their fate is unknown, it’s up to Celie, with her secret knowledge of the castle’s never-ending twists and turns, to protect their home and save their kingdom.”                      [J GEORGE]

Harry Houdini: The Legend of the World’s Greatest Escape Artist by Janice Weaver

“This illustrated biography of Harry Houdini includes photographs, playbills and posters, letters, and even some of Houdini’s own stage props to bring the story of the world’s greatest escape artist to life.

“Readers will learn all about Houdini’s unique rags-to-riches story, from his birth in a Hungarian ghetto to his death from a ruptured appendix at age fifty-two. The book details his career as an escape artist and explains how he evolved into the “King of Handcuffs” on the vaudeville circuit and became an international star as his escape attempts reached ever more elaborate and dangerous heights. Filled with little-known facts, this is the perfect book for readers interested in magic and the history of Houdini.”                             [JB HOUDINI,H]

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