Monday Children’s Book Reviews for March 17, 2014

Little Miss Muffet as told and illustrated by Iza Trapani

“Poor little Miss Muffet. She just can’t seem to catch a break! All she wants to do is eat her curds and whey in peace. But, when a rather terrifying spider appears, she desperately scurries away. Frantically searching for some much-needed solace, she ventures outside, only to be startled by a vivacious frog, a squawking crow, and easily the largest moose ever seen! What else could she possibly encounter outside? And will she ever get back to the safety of her tuffet?”        [JPB TRAPANI]

Amelia Bedelia Joins the Club by Herman Parish

“Join in the fun! Amelia Bedelia loves her school. Her whole class gets along—except when it rains. Then they split into two groups—the Puddle Jumpers and the Puddle Stompers. Both clubs ask Amelia Bedelia to join, but she doesn’t want to choose between her friends. Oh, no! Luckily Amelia Bedelia finds a solution that makes a big splash with everyone.”

Level 1 I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences.                [JE PARISH]

Seven Stories Up by Laurel Snyder

“In this companion to Bigger than a Bread Box, a leap back in time and an unlikely friendship changes the future of one family forever.

“Annie has never even met her grandmother before.  In fact, she’s never had much family to speak of.  So when she and her mother pull into the drive of her grandmother’s home in Baltimore, Annie can hardly contain her excitement! But when she actually meets her grandma, the bitter old woman doesn’t seem like someone Annie could ever love, or miss.  Until one magical, stormy night changes everything.

“It’s impossible that Annie could have jumped back in time. . . right? But here she is in 1937— the year her grandmother was just her age. Molly is an invalid. She lives by herself, on the top floor of a hotel.  She seems a little lonely, but friendly and fun, nothing like the horrible old woman Annie just met. Annie entices Molly down from her room, and together the two girls roam. They sneak around the grand hotel, and explore the brick streets of old Baltimore. Carnivals and taxis, midnight raids on the kitchen.  The two grow closer. But as Molly becomes bolder, and ventures further from the safety of her room, Annie begins to wonder how she’ll ever get back home. Maybe she’s changed the past a little too much. . .”                      [J SNYDER]

Walking With Dinosaurs, the 3D Movie Encyclopedia by Steve Brusatte

The Walking with Dinosaurs Encyclopedia is filled with facts about the dinosaurs from the movie as well as facts about the world the dinosaurs inhabited and theories about their rise and fall. With full-color images from the film and photos of paleontologists at work, this encyclopedia is a must-have item for Walking with Dinosaurs fans.”      [J567.9 BRUSATTE]

Brilliant Braids, Beads & Bows: 25 Fantastic Hairstyles that You Can Create Yourself by Jacki Wadeson

“Learn to tackle a topknot, have a riot with ribbons and create completely cool cornrows. Add wonderful waves and ripples to your hair without the need for hot crimping irons. It also includes simple instructions and over 300 photographs. Ideal for 7 – 11 year olds with easy projects to start off with, and more sophisticated styles for older kids.”         [J646.724 WADESON]

Amazing Masks to Make Yourself: 25 Projects for Funny and Frightening Faces to Wear! by Thomasina Smith

“Make masks from balloons, kitchen sponges, funnels, strainers, paper plates and other household items! The inventive projects include a tiger mask made from a basket, crazy card glasses, a wicked witch, a teapot and a glow-in-the-dark skeleton. 250 fantastic photographs show you what to do every step of the way.”                     [J745.59 SMITH]

The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art by Barb Rosenstock

“Vasya Kandinsky was a proper little boy: he studied math and history, he practiced the piano, he sat up straight and was perfectly polite. And when his family sent him to art classes, they expected him to paint pretty houses and flowers—like a proper artist.

“But as Vasya opened his paint box and began mixing the reds, the yellows, the blues, he heard a strange sound—the swirling colors trilled like an orchestra tuning up for a symphony! And as he grew older, he continued to hear brilliant colors singing and see vibrant sounds dancing. But was Vasya brave enough to put aside his proper still lifes and portraits and paint . . . music?

“In this exuberant celebration of creativity, Barb Rosenstock and Mary GrandPré tell the fascinating story of Vasily Kandinsky, one of the very first painters of abstract art. Throughout his life, Kandinsky experienced colors as sounds, and sounds as colors—and bold, groundbreaking works burst forth from his noisy paint box.

Backmatter includes four paintings by Kandinsky, an author’s note, sources, links to websites on synesthesia and abstract art.”                           [JB KANDINSKY, W]

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