Monday Children’s Book Reviews for February 27, 2012

The Jewel Fish of Karnak by Graeme Base

“Ordered by the Pharaoh to retrieve the magical Jewel Fish from the Palace of the Crocodile Prince in ancient Karnak, thieves Jackal and Ibis are unable to resist stealing other treasures and ultimately lose the Jewel Fish in the water, in a story complemented by a locked device that readers can decode by visiting GraemeBase.com. By the best-selling author of Animalia.”                    [JPB BASE]

Dumpling Days: a Novel by Grace Lin

“Pacy is back! The beloved heroine of The Year of the Dog and The Year of the Rat has returned in a brand new story. This summer, Pacy’s family is going to Taiwan for an entire month to visit family and prepare for their grandmother’s 60th birthday celebration. Pacy’s parents have signed her up for a Chinese painting class, and at first she’s excited. This is a new way to explore her art talent! But everything about the trip is harder than she thought it would be–she looks like everyone else but can’t speak the language, she has trouble following the art teacher’s instructions, and it’s difficult to make friends in her class. At least the dumplings are delicious…

“As the month passes by, Pacy eats chicken feet (by accident!), gets blessed by a fortune teller, searches for her true identity, and grows closer to those who matter most.”     [J LIN]

Real-Life Vampires by Megan Kopp

“Describes some of nature’s vampires, including vampire bats, leeches, lampreys, and mosquitoes.”

[J591.53 KOPP]

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