Monday Children’s Book Reviews for September 23, 2013

Ah Ha! by Jeck Mack

“Frog is settling in for a relaxing day at the pond. (AAHH.) But wait—there are other creatures at the pond as well. (AH HA!) And some of them are out to get Frog. (AHHH!) Not to worry, Frog gets the last laugh. (HA HA!) Using only two letters, along with many brightly colored and lively illustrations, Jeff Mack brings his hallmark humor to this rollicking book that will leave young readers – and their adults – guessing and laughing.”    [JPB MACK]

Dee Dee and Me by Amy Schwartz

“Hannah has had it with her older sister! Tired of being bossed around, Hannah decides to run away so she will never have to see Dee Dee again. She packs her suitcase full of things she looks forward to not sharing with Dee Dee. But on her way out the door, Hannah gets a loving present that makes her rethink her plan.”                    [JPB SCHWARTZ]

Trash Can Days: A Middle School Saga by Teddy Steinkellner

“Jake Schwartz is not looking forward to middle school. Puberty feels light years away, he’s not keen on the cool clothes or lingo, and he has the added pressure of preparing for his bar mitzvah. The only saving grace is that Danny Uribe, his lifelong best friend, will be by his side….

“Or will he? Since Danny’s summer growth spurt, there’s been a growing distance between him and Jake. Danny is excited to explore all that junior high has to offer–especially the girls (and most notably Hannah, Jake’s older sister). But gang life has its allure, and he soon finds himself in over his head.

“Meanwhile, Hannah is dealing with her own problems; being Queen Bee is not easy. The other girls are out for blood, and boys are so…exhausting. Danny surprises her with his maturity, but can her reputation survive if she’s linked to a sevvy? And what would Jake think about his sister hooking up with his best friend?

“Dororthy Wu could not care less about junior high drama. She is content staying in her bedroom and writing epic stories of her adventures as a warrior mermaid maiden. But that changes when she discovers the school’s writing club. There, she meets a young lad with heroic potential and decides that life outside of her fantasy world just might have some appeal.

“In the course of one year at San Paulo Junior High, these four lives will intersect in unique and hilarious ways. Friendships will grow and change. Reputations will transform. And someone will become a man.”  [J STEINKELLNER]

Crafting With Duct Tape by Dana Meachen Rau

You’ve seen them: wallets, purses, belts, even clothing, made of or decorated with Duct Tape. Now you can try it yourself! Step-by-step directions for making fun and usable things for yourself or as gifts like placemats, vases, pencil cases and belts.     [J745.5 RAU]

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