Monday Children’s Book Reviews for October 10, 2016

lucy-and-companyLucy and Company by Marianne Dubuc

“Whether they’re searching for the perfect picnic spot, buried treasure or a cozy nest for baby chicks, Lucy and company always find fun–and plenty of surprises–along the way!”            [JPB DUBUC,M]

wolfs-boyThe Wolf’s Boy by Susan Williams Beckhorn

“Kai burns to become a hunter and to earn a rightful place among his people. But that can never be. He was born with a club foot. It is forbidden for him to use or even touch a hunter’s sacred weapons.

“Shunned by the other boys, Kai turns to his true friends, the yellow wolves, for companionship. They have not forgotten the young human they nurtured as an abandoned infant. When Kai discovers a motherless cub in the pack, he risks everything to save her, bringing her back to live with him.

“But as winter draws near, Kai’s wolf grows ever more threatening in the eyes of the People. When the worst happens, Kai knows that they must leave for good. Together, they embark on a journey into the north – a place of unimaginable danger – that tests the power of friendship and the will to survive.”                                        [J BECKHORN,S]

tricky-vicTricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower by Greg Pizzoli

“In the early 1900s, Robert Miller, a.k.a. ‘Count Victor Lustig,’ moved to Paris hoping to be an artist. A con artist, that is. He used his ingenious scams on unsuspecting marks all over the world, from the Czech Republic, to Atlantic ocean liners, and across America. Tricky Vic pulled off his most daring con in 1925, when he managed to ‘sell’ the Eiffel Tower to one of the city’s most successful scrap metal dealers! Six weeks later, he tried to sell the Eiffel Tower all over again. Vic was never caught. For that particular scam, anyway. . . .

“Kids will love to read about Vic’s thrilling life, and teachers will love the informational sidebars and back matter. Award-winner Greg Pizzoli’s humorous and vibrant graphic style of illustration mark a bold approach to picture book biography.”        [JB LUSTIG,V]

distance-between-usThe Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande

“When her parents make the dangerous and illegal trek across the Mexican border in pursuit of the American dream, Reyna and her siblings are forced to live with their stern grandmother, as they wait for their parents to build the foundation of a new life.

“But when things don’t go quite as planned, Reyna finds herself preparing for her own journey to ‘El Otro Lado’ to live with the man who has haunted her imagination for years: her long-absent father. Both funny and heartbreaking, The Distance Between Us beautifully captures the struggle that Reyna and her siblings endured while trying to assimilate to a different culture, language, and family life in El Otro Lado (The Other Side).”         [JB GRANDE]

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