Monday Children’s Book Reviews for January 13, 2014

Friends written and illustrated by Eric Carle

“From the creator of the all-time classic VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR comes a sweetly resonant story about the power of friendship.

“When a best friend moves away, it can be painful for the child who is left behind. But the spunky boy in this upbeat story makes up his mind to find his missing playmate. Young readers will cheer on the boy as he braves currents, climbs mountains, and dashes through rain before, finally, reuniting with his friend. A story alive with love and perseverance, brightened with vibrant art and Eric Carle’s trademark fostering of imagination.”               [JPB CARLE]

Numbed by David Lubar

“When Logan’s class takes a trip to a math museum, his mischievous friend Benedict is sure it will be a boring day—until he discovers a robot and its creator in an off-limits area. The robot proves feisty, and soon both boys get zapped. They realize only later that they’d left the museum without their math skills. To get back the knowledge they need for school—not to mention buying food at the mall, divvying up dinner at home, and much more—they’ll have to get back to the museum and pass a series of math challenges. Being ‘numbed’ will teach Logan and Benedict just how useful, and even fun, math can be.”         [J LUBAR]

Just Joking 4 by Rosie Gowsell Pattison

“The fourth book in this successful series delivers 300 new laugh-out-loud knock-knocks, question-and-answer jokes, tongue twisters, and more! National Geographic Kids Just Joking 4 is packed with 300 more of the silly jokes that kids love, paired with photos of laughing animals and funny people.”               [J818.602 PATTISON]

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