Monday Children’s Book Reviews for June 24, 2013

Fog Island by Tomi Ungerer

“No one has ever returned from the mysterious Fog Island, but when Finn and Cara get castaway on its murky shores, they discover things are not quite as they expect… Will anyone ever believe them?

“An imaginative tale of mystery and fear of the unknown by one of the world’s most acclaimed children’s books authors.”                [JPB UNGERER]

Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Summer Vacation by Tommy Greenwald

Charlie Joe Jackson is back and he’s at academic summer camp trying to convert all the other kids to non-academics.

“Despite all attempts to avoid reading and extra work, Charlie Joe Jackson finds himself in a terrible dream he can’t wake up from: Camp Rituhbukkee (pronounced “read-a-bookie”)—a place filled with grammar workshops, Read-a-Ramas, and kids who actually like reading. But Charlie Joe is determined to convince the entire camp to hate reading and writing—one genius at a time.”                  [J GREENWALD, T.]

Ape Escapes: and More True Stories of Animals Behaving Badly by Aline Alexander Newman

“Meet three naughty animals, including Fu Manchu, the orangutan escape artist. Fu Manchu lived at the Omaha Zoo and would routinely break out of his habitat to explore the zoo on a nice day. Zookeepers were baffled as to how the ape was escaping, until one day they caught him in the act. Fu Manchu knew how to pick locks. Not only that, he had created his own tool that he used to pick the locks with, which he would store in his mouth so as not to be found out. This and two other charming stories will engage readers and leave them wondering if humans are really the smartest animals.”                      [J591.51 NEWMAN]

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