Monday Children’s Book Reviews for July 9, 2012

The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas by Tony Wilson

“A modern retelling of the classic fairy tale follows the adventures of nature-loving Prince Henrik, who tests a sequence of complaining princess candidates by hiding packets of frozen peas beneath flimsy camping mattresses until his long-time friend, Pippa, suggests a better use for his frozen peas.”       [JPB WILSON]

The Wild Book by Margarita Engle

“Fefa struggles with words. She has word blindness, or dyslexia, and the doctor says she will never read or write. Every time she tries, the letters jumble and spill off the page, leaping and hopping away like bullfrogs. How will she ever understand them?

“But her mother has an idea. She gives Fefa a blank book filled with clean white pages. ‘Think of it as a garden,’ she says. Soon Fefa starts to sprinkle words across the pages of her wild book. She lets her words sprout like seedlings, shaky at first, then growing stronger and surer with each new day. And when her family is threatened, it is what Fefa has learned from her wild book that saves them.”            [J ENGLE]

Do you like Dorling Kindersley books, like Eyewitness? Amazing pictures and always interesting and factual. They now have a new series, Pocket Genius. Two books in this series:

Rocks and Minerals: Facts at Your Fingertips

Pocket Genius: Rocks and Minerals profiles nearly 200 types of rocks and minerals from volcanic rocks and granite to sparkling diamonds and explosive sulfur, and tells what they are made of, how they are formed and what they are used for.”     [J552 ROCKS]

Dinosaurs: Facts at Your Fingertips

Pocket Genius: Dinosaurs profiles more than 140 prehistoric animals and features fossils, skeletons, anatomy and history as well as species including dinosaurs on land, winged pterosaurs in the sky and a range of sea monsters in the ocean.”      [J567.9 DINOSAURS]

“Destined to be toted in school backpacks everywhere, this new encyclopedia series for young readers contains on-the-spot information in children’s favorite subject areas. Kids love facts: they want to know about the biggest, fastest, tallest, and oldest everything. Full of instant information, these books feature a fresh design that is sure to appeal to the middle grade audience. These single-subject guides offer a unique catalog-style presentation, which clearly lays out individual subcategories with concise and punchy text covering all of the essential information on whatever topic is at-hand.”

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