Monday Children’s Book Reviews for March 12, 2012

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

“The bear’s hat is gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, whether they have seen it. Each animal says no, some more elaborately than others. But just as the bear begins to despond, a deer comes by and asks a simple question that sparks the bear’s memory and renews his search with a vengeance. Told completely in dialogue, this delicious take on the classic repetitive tale plays out in sly illustrations laced with visual humor– and winks at the reader with a wry irreverence that will have kids of all ages thrilled to be in on the joke.”                  [JPB KLASSEN]

Spunky Tells All by Ann Cameron

“Spunky the dog would be happy to share all of his secrets, if only his human family spoke his language. But no matter how hard he tries to talk, it’s all ‘yerf!’ to them. Through a series of unfortunate miscommunications, his family decides that Spunky wants a friend — specifically, a cat. Spunky can’t imagine anything worse than having to share his family, especially Huey and Julian, with the snobby Balinese Fiona. But when headstrong Fiona keeps getting into trouble and it’s up to Spunky to save her, he is astonished to find that being her protector has given his life new purpose and meaning.”                                      [J CAMERON]

The Polar Bear Scientists by Peter Lourie

“The Polar Bear Project conducts ongoing research on polar bear populations and habitats around Barrow, Alaska. Scientists including polar bear biologists Kristin Simac and Mike Lockhart are based at the abandoned Research Laboratory in Barrow. Every spring scientists like Kristin and Mike go out for six to eight weeks to capture bears on the Southern Beaufort Sea. Capture means ‘tranquilize, take samples and measurements, tag, and release’

“All sorts of information and measurements are taken, blood is drawn, tags are affixed. What does it all mean? Are the polar bears getting smaller and moving further to find food every year? Is there more water and less ice than there was before? What can be done?”                                   [J599.786 LOURIE]

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One response to “Monday Children’s Book Reviews for March 12, 2012

  1. I absolutely adored I Want My Hat Back. Jon Klassen is great and I just checked out More Yarn, also illustrated by Klassen, today and hope my daughter enjoys it.

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