Monday Children’s Book Reviews for September 29, 2014

Giant Vehicles by Rod Green

Get up close to some monster machines with the master of the cross-section!

“Internationally best-selling illustrator and undisputed master of the cross-section Stephen Biesty will have young readers enthralled by this lift-the-flap exploration of some of the world’s most enormous vehicles, including the double-decker Airbus, the biggest submarine on earth, the planet’s largest dump truck, and the most enormous helicopter ever to take to the air.”                  [JPB GREEN]

Life on Mars by Jennifer Brown

“Twelve-year-old Arcturus Betelgeuse Chambers comes from a family of stargazers and his quest to find life on other planets is unstoppable. But when Arty’s family announces they’re moving to Las Vegas, the City of Lights threatens to put an end to his stargazing dreams forever—especially when he has to stay with his scary next door neighbor while his parents look for a house. As it turns out, ‘Mr. Death’ isn’t terrifying at all—he’s actually Cash Maddox, a bonafide astronaut! But when Cash falls ill, will Arty find the courage to complete his mission by himself? And might he actually prove, once and for all, that there is life on Mars?

“For fans of Frank Cottrell Boyce’s Cosmic and Jack Gantos’s Dead End in Norvelt comes a heartwarming story of true friendship—earthly or otherwise.”                                    [J BROWN]

A Kid’s Guide to Awesome Duct Tape Projects: How to Make Your Own Wallets, Bags, Flowers, Hats, and Much, Much More! by Nicole Smith

“It is a known fact of the universe that duct tape can fix anything. If it’s broken, just add duct tape! For generations this has been the case, and now thanks to Instructables.com, there’s one more thing duct tape can fix?boredom!

“Duct tape has come a long way since being a simple metallic roll that you’d find in your grandparent’s basement. Walk into any craft or DIY store and you’ll have your senses bombarded with all sorts of colors and patterns, like argyle, zebra print, and even penguins! And unlike fancy origami paper or glitter, duct tape is inexpensive and lasts forever.

“Only in this all-in-one Instructables collection can you find some of the most unique duct tape projects that will make you the coolest person you know. Everybody will be talking about your duct tape art, with projects including:

“The classic duct tape wallet, a dapper duct tape bow tie, a fabulous duct tape clutch, duct tape lilies for your valentine. and so many more!

“Making paper snowflakes and beaded bracelets are so twentieth century; the future is here and it’s made from duct tape. Impress your friends, entertain guests, keep your creative juices flowing, and save tons of money on Christmas presents all at the same time! With A Kid’s Guide to Awesome Duct Tape Projects, you’ll be the talk of the town before you even know it.”                 [J745.5 KID’S]

 

 

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