Monday Children’s Book Reviews for November 12, 2012

November 11 is Veterans Day, originally called Armistice Day. “On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect.” This ended World War I, and every year since then November 11 has been observed “to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States in all wars, particularly living veterans.” In recognition of Veterans Day, all Alameda County Libraries will be closed Monday, November 12.

I Have Two Homes by Marian De Smet and Nynke Talsma

“A young girl named Nina recounts her feelings about her parents’ divorce and describes what it is like to live in two households. Everything is different from the way it was, and sometimes the behavior of the adults around her is upsetting to Nina. When she is with her mom, she wants to be with her dad. She misses her hamster, her cat, her playmate, and her favorite climbing tree when she is away from them. Many things about her new life upset her, but there are happy moments, too – she celebrates her birthday twice, and both her parents are there when she jumps into the deep pool for the first time. Her parents don’t like each other any more, but they both love her and they make sure she knows it.”     [JPB DE SMET]

The Humming Room by Ellen Potter

“Hiding is Roo Fanshaw’s special skill. Living in a frighteningly unstable family, she often needs to disappear at a moment’s notice. When her parents are murdered, it’s her special hiding place under the trailer that saves her life.

“As it turns out, Roo, much to her surprise, has a wealthy if eccentric uncle, who has agreed to take her into his home on Cough Rock Island. Once a tuberculosis sanitarium for children of the rich, the strange house is teeming with ghost stories and secrets. Roo doesn’t believe in ghosts or fairy stories, but what are those eerie noises she keeps hearing? And who is that strange wild boy who lives on the river? People are lying to her, and Roo becomes determined to find the truth.” Inspired by The Secret Garden.              [J POTTER]

How to Draw Manga Chibis and Cute Critters by Samantha Whitten and Jeannie Lee

“With big glossy eyes and soft pudgy cheeks, it’s hard not to love manga chibis and critters. In this latest addition to the Walter Foster Studio series for tweens, aspiring artists can learn all about these cute creatures as they follow along with step-by-step drawing projects that range from a mischievous chibi princess and a roly poly ninja to a furry manga bunny and a cuddly panda cub. Also included is a chapter on how to render any animal or person as a ‘chibi-fied’ character. Instructions for adding color with markers or watercolor make this cartooning book perfect for any tween fan of manga or anime.”    [J741.51 WHITTEN]

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