Monday Children’s Book Reviews for October 8, 2012

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin

“Pete the Cat is wearing his favorite shirt – the one with the four totally groovy buttons. But when one falls off, does Pete cry? Goodness, no! He just keeps on singing his song? – after all, what could be groovier than three groovy buttons? Count down with Pete in this rocking new story from the creators of the bestselling Pete the Cat books.”                             [JPB LITWIN]

Two Crafty Criminals and How They Were Captured By The Daring Detectives of the New Cut Gang by Philip Pullman

“Benny Kaminsky and Thunderbolt Dobney lead a rag-tag gang of neighborhood rowdies in 1894 London. Their territory is the New Cut on London’s South Bank — a place bristling with swindlers, bookies, pickpockets, and the occasional policeman. And their aim is to solve crimes.

“When counterfeit coins start showing up in their neighborhood, Thunderbolt fears his own father may be behind the crime. But his friends devise a way to trap the real culprit. Then the gang takes on the case of some stolen silver. They have just two clues — a blob of wax, and an unusually long match. But even this slippery thief is unmasked by the determined kids of the New Cut.” By the author of the His Dark Materials trilogy.           [J PULLMAN]

Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search For a Cure                   by Jim Murphy and Alison Blank

“Starting with the dramatic cover photo of a row of girls lying in their hospital beds, Murphy and Blank unwind the tangled history of tuberculosis, a disease that continues to kill millions every year. Readers will be surprised to learn that kings believed that a single touch of their hand would cure the peasants. At times gruesome and somewhat somnolent when describing the peaceful sanatoriums, the book clearly details all the many unsuccessful attempts to cure this infectious disease. The authors also describe how close modern medicine has come to eradicating it.” (c) Copyright 2012.  Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned  subsidiary of Media Source, Inc.                           [J616.995 MURPHY]

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