Monday Children’s Book Reviews for April 18, 2016

everybody sleeps butEverybody Sleeps (But Not Fred) by Josh Schneider

“Every kind of bird and beast has to sleep, from the monkeys in the jungle to the whales in the ocean to the ants under the ground.

“But not Fred. His to-do list is far too long! Armed with plenty of imagination, this determined little boy and his attempts to resist bedtime are sure to strike a chord with today’s over scheduled families. Drowsy animals of all stripes look on in disbelief as Fred keeps on going and going and going, until . . .

“Could it be that, after so much activity, even Fred needs to rest? Shhh. Close the book softly, and please let Fred sleep.”                            [JPB SCHNEIDER,J]

unicorn hunterThe Unicorn Hunter by Che Golden

“‘Gripping, mystical and adventurous, young readers will be as hooked as Maddy was the minute she set foot inside that creepy-as-hell old castle,’ raved Irish World said of The Feral Child.

“Maddy’s adventures continue in The Unicorn Hunter. The adults of Blarney have always lived in fear. The faeries of Tir na nOg exist on their doorstep, and they could unleash terror on the mortal realm at any time.

“But eleven-year-old Maddy is not afraid. The unicorn that holds the key to balance and peace in both worlds is injured, and Maddy knows she is the only one who can track down whoever hurt her.

“Can Maddy survive the force and cunning of the Tuatha, who rule Tir na nOg? Or will she end up a mere pawn in their own power games?” The trilogy concludes with The Raven Queen.            [J GOLDEN,C]

investigating the water cycleInvestigating the Water Cycle by Candice Ransom

“Water is essential to life on our planet. Water is constantly moving between Earth’s surface, the air, and the ground. But did you know that water cannot be created or destroyed? Or that water is not only a liquid but also a solid and a gas? See the water cycle in action in this fascinating book.”           [J551.48 RANSOM,C]

brain gamesBrain Games: The Mind-Blowing Science of Your Amazing Brain by Jennifer Swanson

“QUICK: Name the most powerful and complex supercomputer ever built. Give up? Here’s a hint: It’s housed in your head and it’s the one thing that makes you YOU. Your brain is mission control for the rest of your body and steers you through life. Not bad for something the size of a softball that looks like a wrinkled grey sponge! In this fascinating, interactive book — a companion to the National Geographic Channel hit show – kids explore the parts of the brain and how it all works, brainy news nuggets from a neuroscientist, plus fun facts and crazy challenges.”                        [J612.82 SWANSON,J]

 

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