Monday Children’s Book Reviews for September 15, 2014

What If…? by Anthony Browne

“What if Joe doesn’t like the party he’s going to? What if he doesn’t like the food or the games or the people? As Joe and his mom walk down the darkening street, Joe’s imagination starts to run wild. And as they search for the right place, he wonders ‘what if . . .’ at each house, peeking in to see some surprising sights. From the award-winning former British Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne comes a picture book whose slyly bewitching setup unfolds to a reassuring ending.”       [JPB BROWNE]

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L Holm

“Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She even misses her dearly departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He’s bossy. He’s cranky. And weirdly enough . . . he looks a lot like Ellie’s grandfather, a scientist who’s always been slightly obsessed with immortality. Could this pimply boy really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth?

“With a lighthearted touch and plenty of humor, Jennifer Holm celebrates the wonder of science and explores fascinating questions about life and death, family and friendship, immortality . . . and possibility.”     [J HOLM]

The Soda Bottle School: a True Story of Recycling, Teamwork, and One Crazy Idea by Seño Laura Kutner and Suzanne Slade

“A tiny town in Guatemala faced two huge problems: they had too much trash, and they had too small a school. Where others might have given up, they didn’t–thanks to one crazy idea. That idea not only solved both problems, but also inspired others. Never underestimate the power of an idea!”                                [J363.7282 KUTNER]

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