Monday Children’s Book Reviews for December 15, 2014

The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie by Chris Van Allsburg

“From two-time Caldecott winner Chris Van Allsburg, creator of Jumanji and The Polar Express, comes a poignant story of one hamster’s struggle with destiny. Being a pet store hamster isn’t much fun for Sweetie Pie, but life in human homes proves downright perilous. As Sweetie Pie longingly gazes out of his cage at the squirrels frolicking in the trees, he wonders if he’ll ever have the chance to feel the wind in his fur. Allsburg’s expressive, soft-hued illustrations artfully capture a hamster’s-eye view of the wide and wonderful world where maybe, just maybe, Sweetie Pie could someday run free.”                                [JPB VAN ALLSBURG,C]

Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick

“An unsent letter in a first edition copy of Charlotte’s Web leads to a hunt for treasure in this heartwarming middle grade mystery from the author of The Mother-Daughter Book Club.

“Now that Truly Lovejoy’s father has been injured by an IED in Afghanistan and is having trouble finding work back home, the family moves from Texas to tiny Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire, to take over Lovejoy’s Books, a struggling bookstore that’s been in the family for one hundred years.

“With two older brothers and two younger sisters clamoring for attention, her mother back in school, and everyone up to their eyebrows trying to keep Lovejoy’s Books afloat, Truly feels more overlooked than usual. So she pours herself into uncovering the mystery of an undelivered letter she finds stuck in a valuable autographed first edtion of Charlotte’s Web, which subsequently goes missing from the bookshop. What’s inside the envelope leads Truly and her new Pumpkin Falls friends on a madcap treasure hunt around town, chasing clues that could spell danger.”                [J FREDERICK,H]

Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky

“Tenderly and courageously told, Gracefully Grayson is a small miracle of a book. Its story is so compelling I found myself holding my breath as I read it and so intimate I felt as if what was happening to Grayson was happening to me. Thank you, Ami Polonsky, for creating this memorable character who will open hearts and minds and very possibly be the miracle that changes lives.” -James Howe, award-winning and best-selling author of The Misfits

“What if who you are on the outside doesn’t match who you are on the inside?

“Grayson Sender has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: ‘he’ is a girl on the inside, stuck in the wrong gender’s body. The weight of this secret is crushing, but sharing it would mean facing ridicule, scorn, rejection, or worse. Despite the risks, Grayson’s true self itches to break free. Will new strength from an unexpected friendship and a caring teacher’s wisdom be enough to help Grayson step into the spotlight she was born to inhabit?”                                          [J POLONSKY]

The Sweet Story of Hot Chocolate by Stephen Krensky

“Warm up with the enticing history of hot chocolate in this fact-tastic nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a series about the history of fun stuff!

“Did you know that for thousands of years, chocolate was a beverage and not a solid candy? Or that soldiers in the Revolutionary War received a monthly ration of chocolate for drinking? Learn all about the history of America’s favorite wintertime treat in this fun, fact-filled book.      [J641.3374 KRENSKY]

Fun and Festive Winter Crafts: Snow Globes, Groundhog Puppets, and Fairy Masks by Randel McGee

“Make Cool Projects for Winter! In winter, snow and ice cover the ground, the days are short, and the nights are long. In Fun and Festive Winter Crafts create easy crafts as you learn about the winter season. Read about symbols, holidays, and special events that take place during this frosty time of year and get creative!”                           [J745.5 McGEE]

Humorous Small Critter Jokes to Tickle Your Funny Bone by Susan K. Mitchell

“Why did the mouse take a shower? To get squeaky clean!

“Humorous Small Critter Jokes to Tickle Your Funny Bone is filled with fun jokes, limericks, tongue twisters, and knock-knock jokes that will make you squeal in delight! Read fascinating facts about rodents and other small animals, and learn how to create your own book of silly limericks!”                                             [J818.60208 MITCHELL]

 

 

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