Monday Children’s Book Reviews for July 21, 2014

Froggy Gets a Doggy by Jonathan London

“A pet!

“Mom has agreed: Froggy can have a pet. Off to the pet store they go. Mom would prefer a bunny or some mice, but Froggy and his little sister, Pollywogilina, have their hearts set on a doggy. And when Froggy sees the little dog with big brown eyes, he begs to take her home.

“Mom cautions Froggy about all the new responsibilities he will have taking care of Doggy, but Froggy’s sure there will be no problem. He doesn’t count on Doggy being more difficult to train than he expected.

“Froggy always lands himself in a pickle, but he always bounces back. That’s why everyone loves him!”       [JPB LONDON]

The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove

“Boston, 1891. Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and cartologers who, for generations, have been traveling and mapping the New World – a world changed by the Great Disruption of 1799, when all the continents were flung into different time periods. Eight years ago, her parents left her with her uncle Shadrack, the foremost cartologer in Boston, and went on an urgent mission. They never returned. Life with her brilliant, absent-minded, adored uncle has taught Sophia to take care of herself.

“Then Shadrack is kidnapped. And Sophia, who has rarely been outside of Boston, is the only one who can search for him. Together with Theo, a refugee from the West, she travels over rough terrain and uncharted ocean, encounters pirates and traders, and relies on a combination of Shadrack’s maps, common sense, and her own slantwise powers of observation. But even as Sophia and Theo try to save Shadrack’s life, they are in danger of losing their own.”         [J GROVE]

I Can Make That! Fantastic Crafts for Kids by Mary Wallace

“The book one librarian called ‘the best craft book she’d ever seen’ has been updated to introduce a new generation of children to the fun of crafts. Children as young as four years old can take common household items and easy-to-obtain natural materials like twigs and turn them into costumes, puppets, toys, games, and more. Step-by-step instructions and photographs keep things simple and easy to understand, making this book perfect for home, school, library, camp, or even daycare. Accessible and fun, the very doable crafts of I Can Make That! provide young crafters the opportunity to develop new skills and leave them with a sense of accomplishment.”                                 [J745.5 WALLACE]

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