Monday Children’s Book Reviews for January 27, 2014

Trouper by Meg Kearney

“A moving story of a three-legged stray dog   –illustrated by Caldecott Honor Book artist E.B. Lewis. Based on a true story.

“Trouper ran with a mob of mutts who tipped over trash cans and pawed the cold streets for bones. They howled and cried and wished for a home. Until one day, the dogs are captured from off the streets and put in cages in a shelter as they wait to be adopted. Trouper watches sadly as, one by one, each of his dog friends are chosen. He’s the only one left — will someone ever decide that this three-legged mutt is the perfect pet for him?”                      [JPB KEARNEY]

Athlete vs. Mathlete: Double Dribble by W. C. Mack

“One month ago, academic whiz Russell Evans never thought he’d be a basketball superstar. But now he’s playing on the seventh-grade team alongside his fraternal twin, Owen, and they’re tearing up the court. The Pioneers are on a winning streak, and Russ and Owen are getting along better than ever. Until the Matthews twins (Mitch and Marcus) show up. These twins are a triple threat: practically basketball pros, academic geniuses, and . . . identical. Things heat up on the court and in the classroom as these brothers are poised to rule the school.

“Now Russ and Owen are fighting for the spotlight, and sabotage seems like their only hope. But when Marcus suffers an injury and Mitch falters during a big game without him, it becomes clear that the Matthews are powerless when separated. Will Russ and Owen take advantage? Or do they have other plans in mind?” Sequel to Athlete vs. Mathlete.             [J MACK]

Frog Trouble: Deluxe Songbook written and illusted by Sandra Boynton

“A book-and-CD set by the Grammy-nominated creator of Philadelphia Chickens combines an illustrated songbook depicting her signature silly animals with 12 new Nashville-recorded musical performances by such artists as Josh Turner, Fountains of Wayne and Ryan Adams.”                 [J782.42 BOYNTON]

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