Monday Children’s Book Reviews for June 16, 2014

Today is the day to start spinning and stamping in our Summer Reading Game

Paws to Read!

More fun new things to read:

Maggi and Milo by Juli Brenning

“Maggi is an excellent adventurer, a pretty good songwriter, an aspiring scientist, and Milo’s best friend. Milo is a Border Collie, and he’s very smart. When Maggi gets a book about frogs from her grandma, naturally, she decides to take Milo to find frogs the very next day. But it turns out that catching frogs is hard work. Lucky for Maggi, Milo is there to help. And lucky for Milo, even though Maggi’s not the world’s best frog hunter, she’s the kind of friend who makes everything a little more fun.”             [JPB BRENNING]

Mice Mischief: Math Facts in Action by Caroline Stills

“Ten mice wake and get their home ready for the circus. As they clean and play, these colorful and acrobatic creatures demonstrate how the numbers from 1 – 9 can add up to 10. Some mice mop and scrub, while others spin and clown around. All the mice are busy as they show different ways to make the same sum. Look out as they swing and tumble!”     [JPB STILLS]

The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler

Alice always thought fairy tales had happy endings. That–along with everything else–changed the day she met her first fairy

“When Alice’s father goes down in a shipwreck, she is sent to live with her uncle Geryon — an uncle she’s never heard of and knows nothing about. He lives in an enormous manor with a massive library that is off-limits to Alice. But then she meets a talking cat. And even for a rule-follower, when a talking cat sneaks you into a forbidden library and introduces you to an arrogant boy who dares you to open a book, it’s hard to resist. Especially if you’re a reader to begin with. Soon Alice finds herself INSIDE the book, and the only way out is to defeat the creature imprisoned within.

“It seems her uncle is more than he says he is. But then so is Alice.”                  [J WEXLER]

Gadgets and Inventions
by Mike Hobbs

Students interested in technology learn what it takes to become young entrepreneurs in the industry. Successful inventors of gadgets are spotlighted, and instructions are given to jumpstart ideas and business plans. Questions throughout the book challenge critical thinking.”                             [J600 HOBBS]

Drawing Dragons by Jorge Santillan and Sarah Eason

Throughout history, dragons have had a reputation for destruction. But there’s more to them than that! Cultures around the world have differing stories about these huge, magical creatures—including tales of fire-breathers and even dragons that can sometimes take human form. Readers will learn the fascinating lore of dragons as they create colorful drawings by following step-by-step directions. Each section highlights a different kind of dragon and features a finished, full-color drawing for readers to find inspiration in. As they draw water dragons and flying dragons, readers’ imaginations are sure to take flight!”                      [J743.87 SANTILLAN]



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