Monday Children’s Book Reviews for April 15, 2013

It’s Monday, Mrs. Jolly Bones! by Warren Hanson

“The weekly routine of Mrs. Jolly Bones is far from typical—but tons of fun!

It’s Monday, Mrs. Jolly Bones, there’s laundry to be done.

So gather up the dirty clothes and sort them one by one.

Wash them, dry them, iron them, and fold them nice and neat—

Then fling them out the window so they brighten up the street!

“Mrs. Jolly Bones has a very busy week ahead of her—and a very unique style of doing her chores. Each day of the week brings a new thing to do. But with the help of her animal roommates, she’ll grocery shop, clean house, and garden, getting everything done just in time for a wrestling match with her best gal pals!”                    [JPB HANSON]

Hyde and Shriek: a Monsteriffic Tale by David Lubar

“There’s something strange going on at Washington Irving Elementary School. People are turning into monsters—literally!

“Ms. Clevis is one of the most popular teachers at Washington Irving. Until the morning she accidentally puts some of the wrong ingredients into her breakfast smoothie. Suddenly she finds herself switching back and forth between mean substitute teacher Ms. Hyde and a sweet sixth grade girl named Jackie. Will Jackie figure out the cure before she changes into the horrible Ms. Hyde forever?”       [J LUBAR]

Beauty and the Beast: The Only One Who Didn’t Run Away by Wendy Mass

“Wendy Mass tells the story of Beauty and the Beast, as never heard before!

“When you’re stuck with the name Beauty, people expect a lot from you – like beauty and grace and courage and a sense of style. But what if you have none of these things? What if all you like to do is read books and search for odd objects that other people drop? Oh, and you have a perfect older sister who really should have had your name instead of you.

“And when you’re a prince, you’re supposed to be athletic and commanding and brave and tall. But what if you are none of those things? What if all you like to do is play the bagpipes (badly), study the stars, and try to figure out how to make worms live forever? Oh, and you also have a perfect older brother who is a lot more princely than you’ll ever be.”            [J MASS]

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