Monday Children’s Book Reviews for March 4, 2013

March is

Art IS Education

month! All branches of the Alameda County Library have great, fun, creative programs scheduled and you’re invited! Check the Library website for all the details.

Happy Birthday, Bunny! by Liz Garton Scanlon

“A fun and cozy celebration of birthdays from the author of the Caldecott Honor book All the World.

What are these and what are those?

Fancy shoes and party clothes!

“Bunny’s big day has arrived, and her family and their forest friends are ready to celebrate in style. There’s hugging and kissing, singing and dancing, and, of course, cake and presents! In this sweet picture book that’s just perfect for reading aloud, Liz Garton Scanlon commemorates that most cherished of childhood events—a little one’s birthday.”                    [JPB SCANLON]

The Bully Book: A Novel by Eric Kahn Gale

“The rules governing middle school are often a mystery, but for Eric Haskins, they’re a mystery he needs to solve, and fast. He’s a normal, average kid, until sixth grade starts. For some inexplicable reason, the class bully and his pack make Eric the Grunt. Even his best friend since first grade turns on him. Eric can’t figure out why he’s the Grunt until he hears about the Bully Book, a cryptic guide that teaches you how to ‘make trouble without getting in trouble, rule the school and be the man’ and how to select the Grunt – the kid who will become the lowest of the low.”   “Originally self-published as an ebook and based on the author’s real life experiences, the story of a bullied sixth-grader is conveyed through a series of journal entries that document his efforts to protect himself and are juxtaposed with insights into bully behavior.”        [J GALE]

Button Down by Anne Ylvisaker

“Ever since local boy Lester Ward got drafted by the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, Tugs Button’s scrawny cousin Ned can think of nothing but football. Sure, Lester’s younger bully of a brother is determined to keep Ned and his gang from ever getting near a real pickup game. But Ned has a few things going for him: he can catch and sometimes even throw, much to his surprise. And he’s got his eccentric grandpa Ike, who may have less get-up-and-go these days, but no shortage of down-home wisdom to pass along – like that being a football star is less about being big and more about playing as a team and honing your strategy, and that having friends and family in your corner is a bigger prize than a lucky football will ever be.” From the author of The Luck of the Buttons                          [J YLVISAKER]

Operation Beautiful: One Note at a Time by Caitlin Boyle

“An empowering new book for girls inspired by the Operation Beautiful movement, an underground campaign to promote self-esteem and positivity in women, showcases notes written and posted by real girls from all over the world alongside stories of how writing and finding these notes has changed their lives, all organized in a way that is meant for girls to share with their mothers or best friends.”     [J646.70083 BOYLE]

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