Monday Children’s Book Reviews for September 28, 2015

by trolley By Trolley Past Thimbledon Bridge by Ashley Bryan and Marvin Bileck

“As sleep starts the journey into the blue, marvelous threads unravel dreamy images out of the blue revealing animals, far-off places, a circus, games, toys, wind, rain, a touch of this and a touch of that, words and wordplay. A poem accompanies the whimsical illustrations, perfectly capturing the sense of awe and excitement of childhood.”             [JPB BRYAN,A]

henrys starsHenry’s Stars by David Elliot

“One beautiful evening on the farm, Henry stares up at the sky. As he looks from star to star, they seem to form a picture. He sees it! A great big starry pig! Henry can’t wait to show his friends. Yet instead of seeing the Great Pig’s ears, legs, and curly tail, the sheep see a woolly body . . . the Great Sheep! Abigail sees the Great Star Cow, of course, and the chickens spot Heavenly Hens flying all over the place. Henry is frustrated. Why don’t the others see what he sees?”    [JPB ELLIOT,D]

hit & miss Hit & Miss by Derek Jeter with Paul Mantell

“‘Just try to make solid contact, stay level and in control. Positive thoughts only, right?’

“That’s the advice Derek’s father gives him about batting—and a lot more. As luck would have it, he’s on the Red Sox this year, and they seem to have more talent than the Tigers, the team he was on when last season ended in disappointment. His best friend, Vijay, is with him again, and Derek gets the same number—13!—that his father wore in college. Now if the new kid with the chauffeur turns out to be a player, well, the Red Sox might just win it all.

“But as Derek finds out, both baseball and life are hard. Before the season is over, he’ll break out of a slump, bring his teammates closer together, learn a new sport, solve the mystery of why his sister Sharlee seems so quiet and suffer the consequences for violating ‘The Contract’ he had signed with his parents. Before he can move closer to his dream, there are many lessons to be learned.”              [J JETER,D]

how to draw with your funny boneHow to Draw With Your Funny Bone by Elwood H. Smith

“If you struggle to turn sticks into figures, then perhaps it is time to seek out a Trained Professional Artist! Illustrator Elwood H. Smith consults his expert funny bone as he leads budding artists through a tutorial on how to draw tricycle- riding pigs, silly-grinning cars, and jousting ketchup bottles. Emphasizing that subjects can be based on everyday materials and that artists have unique styles, this is a workbook that will encourage readers to experiment with their own types of visual expression.”                                 [J741.2 SMITH,E]

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