Monday Children’s Book Reviews for November 18, 2013

Dusk by Uri Shulevitz

“One December afternoon, boy with dog and grandfather with beard take a walk to watch the sun begin to set over the river. When the sun drops low in the sky, they start home. Buildings grow dimmer. People are rushing. As nature’s lights go out, one by one, city’s lights turn on, revealing brilliant Hanukkah, Kwanza, and Christmas displays in streets, homes, and stores. A stunning picture book that’s sure to be a winter holiday classic by Caldecott Medalist Uri Shulevitz.”   [JPB SHULEVITZ]

Bones and the Apple Pie Mystery by David A. Adler

“Detective Jeffrey Bones and Grandpa visit Grandpa’s friend Sally–the best apple pie baker around. Today, she’s practicing for the Best Pie Contest held at the county fair. But when it’s finally time to eat the pies, they are nowhere to be found–not in the oven, on the counter top, or on the table. Did Sally’s dog Oliver eat them? Detective Jeffrey Bones is on the case!” Penguin young readers. Level 3, Transitional reader. #10 in the Bones series.      [JE ADLER]

Sasquatch in the Paint by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld

“Theo Rollins is starting eighth grade six inches taller, and his new height is making everyone expect more from him. Coach Mandrake wants to transform him from invisible science geek into star basketball player, even though Theo has little experience with the game. When Theo tries to hone his skills by playing pick-up ball in the park, kids are eager to include him at first; then they quickly see that he has no control of his gangly body. A girl named Rain even dubs him “Sasquatch.” To make matters worse, all his time spent on training is starting to hurt his science club’s chances of winning the “Aca-lympics,” the school’s trivia competition. Just when Theo thinks he can’t handle any more pressure, he’s accused of stealing. Can he find the real thief before he is  kicked off the basketball and science club teams, or will his attempt at sleuthing be yet another air ball?”       [J ABDUL-JABBAR, K.]

The Tree Lady, the True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins and Jill McElmurry

“Katherine Olivia Sessions never thought she’d live in a place without trees. After all, Kate grew up among the towering pines and redwoods of Northern California. But after becoming the first woman to graduate from the University of California with a degree in science, she took a job as a teacher far south in the dry desert town of San Diego. Where there were almost no trees.

“Kate decided that San Diego needed trees more than anything else. So this trailblazing young woman singlehandedly started a massive movement that transformed the town into the green, garden-filled oasis it is today. Now, more than 100 years after Kate first arrived in San Diego, her gorgeous gardens and parks can be found all over the city.”              [JB SESSIONS, K]

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