Monday Children’s Book Reviews for January 5, 2015

sally in the snowSally in the Snow by Stephen Huneck

“Sally visits a dog-friendly ski lodge, complete with dog skiing, dog snowboarding, dog sledding, and, of course, dog dinner! Adapted from the classic picture book Sally’s Snow Adventure and illustrated in Huneck’s pitch-perfect woodcut prints, this simplified text is perfect for snow-loving toddlers and wintertime positioning.”                 [JPB HUNECK]


monsteratorThe Monsterator by Keith Graves

“When he entered a dusty costume store, one that he hadn’t seen before he got what he’d bargained for . . . and more. Enter the Monsterator if you dare. Put a coin in the slot . . . but beware! Join Master Edgar Dreadbury as he discovers the Monsterator, a machine that changes people into monsters in this spooky Halloween adventure from Keith Graves.”               [J GRAVES]


The Mouse Mansion
by Karina Schaapman

mouse mansion“Beatrix Potter meets I Spy in this detailed and charming storybook adventure.

“Best friends Julia and Sam are mice who live in the Mouse Mansion. When they’re together they find all sorts of adventures and all kinds of trouble!

“Come with them as they discover a secret hiding place, greet the ragman, and learn to make pancakes. There is a shop that sells everything and a box full of treasure. Andoh no!there might even be a rat! The Mouse Mansion is always full of surprises.

“Author and artist Karina Schaapman spent years building and furnishing the Mouse Mansion in which this collection of stories takes place. The elaborate dollhouse is made of cardboard boxes and papier-mâché and contains more than one hundred rooms to explore.”                    [J SCHAAPMAN,K]

black starsBlack Stars by Dan Krokos

“Mason Stark has a problem with minding his own business. This worked to his advantage when he helped bring peace between humans and the alien Tremist. He’s now considered an intergalactic hero, but that hasn’t made school any easier. With his new reputation, any bully with something to prove wants to fight him.

“With the new peace treaty on shaky ground, Mason is called upon to infiltrate the Tremist school for soldiers. Mason’s bound to find trouble, especially now that he has the power to channel electricity through his Tremist gloves, but when his new classmates begin to disappear under mysterious circumstances, trouble might find him first. The Tremist are working on a secret project, but what Mason discovers goes beyond that, to an ancient, powerful enemy.

“With that very enemy threatening to invade, Mason must call on his friends, both human and Tremist, to fight. They call him a hero, and now that’s what he must be—even if it requires the ultimate sacrifice.

“In this stellar follow-up to The Planet Thieves, Dan Krokos imbues The Black Stars with all the tension and action that made his first middle-grade novel such a gripping tale.”                      [J KROKOS,D]

 

 

 

 

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