Monday Children’s Book Reviews for May 9, 2016

traveling butterfliesTraveling Butterflies by Susumu Shingu

“Monarch butterfly migration is one of nature’s great mysteries. How do monarchs manage to fly some 2,500 miles from Canada and the northern United States south to Mexico? How do they trace a route they’ve never flown and reach the same destination their ancestors once found? Rich illustrations in a vibrant color palette bring the butterflies to life and depict the rural and urban landscapes through which they fly.”                [JPB SHINGU,S]

charmed childrenThe Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox

“’Keep calm and carry on.

“That’s what Katherine Bateson’s father told her, and that’s what she’s trying to do: when her father goes off to the war, when her mother sends Kat and her brother and sister away from London to escape the incessant bombing, even when the children arrive at Rookskill Castle, an ancient, crumbling manor on the misty Scottish highlands.

“But it’s hard to keep calm in the strange castle that seems haunted by ghosts or worse. What’s making those terrifying screeches and groans at night? Why do the castle’s walls seem to have a mind of their own? And why do people seem to mysteriously appear and disappear?

“Kat believes she knows the answer: Lady Eleanor, who rules Rookskill Castle, is harboring a Nazi spy. But when her classmates begin to vanish, one by one, Kat must uncover the truth about what the castle actually harbors—and who Lady Eleanor really is—before it’s too late.”         [J FOX,J]

wild robotThe Wild Robot by Peter Brown

“When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. Why is she there? Where did she come from? And, most important, how will she survive in her harsh surroundings? Roz’s only hope is to learn from the island’s hostile animal inhabitants. When she tries to care for an orphaned gosling, the other animals finally decide to help, and the island starts to feel like home. Until one day, the robot’s mysterious past comes back to haunt her….

“Heartwarming and full of action, Peter Brown’s middle-grade debut raises thought-provoking questions about the environment, the role technology plays in our world, and what it means to be alive.”         [J BROWN,P]

star wars rebels visual guideStar Wars Rebels Visual Guide: Epic Battles by Adam Bray

“A fact-filled companion to the first and second series of the newest Star Wars animated television series. Star Wars Rebels™ is set between the events of Episodes III and IV, and The Visual Guide depicts all the galactic escapades, interesting vehicles, and fun characters fans have come to love.”           [J791.4572 BRAY]

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