Monday Children’s Book Reviews for December 12, 2016

branchThe Branch by Mireille Messier and Pierre Pratt

“When a severe ice storm knocks a special branch from her favorite tree, a girl refuses to let it be discarded, and with the help of her neighbor, Mr. Frank, makes something new of it.”               [JPB MESSIER,M]

buddy-and-earl-and-the-adventureBuddy and Earl Go Exploring by Maureen Fergus

“Buddy and Earl are safely tucked in for the night; Buddy on his blanket and Earl in his cage. But just as Buddy settles in for a nice, long sleep, Earl says it’s time to say Bon voyage.

“Soon these mismatched pals are at it again, exploring the wilds of the kitchen and defending a lovely lady hedgehog – who may or may not be Mom’s hairbrush – from imminent danger. When they’ve finally vanquished the greatest monster of all – the vacuum cleaner – it’s time for some well-earned shut-eye.

“This second book in the Buddy and Earl series reunites this odd and loveable animal couple: a dog who likes to play by the rules and a hedgehog who knows no limits.”                     [JPB FERGUS,M]

water-princessThe Water Princess by Susan Verde

“With its wide sky and warm earth, Princess Gie Gie’s kingdom is a beautiful land. But clean drinking water is scarce in her small African village. And try as she might, Gie Gie cannot bring the water closer; she cannot make it run clearer. Every morning, she rises before the sun to make the long journey to the well. Instead of a crown, she wears a heavy pot on her head to collect the water. After the voyage home, after boiling the water to drink and clean with, Gie Gie thinks of the trip that tomorrow will bring. And she dreams. She dreams of a day when her village will have cool, crystal-clear water of its own.

“Inspired by the childhood of Burkina Faso–born model Georgie Badiel.”                      [JPB VERDE,S]

best-manThe Best Man by Richard Peck

“Archer Magill has spent a lively five years of grade school with one eye out in search of grown-up role models. Three of the best are his grandpa, the great architect; his dad, the great vintage car customizer; and his uncle Paul, who is just plain great. These are the three he wants to be. Along the way he finds a fourth—Mr. McLeod, a teacher. In fact, the first male teacher in the history of the school.

“But now here comes middle school and puberty. Change. Archer wonders how much change has to happen before his voice does. He doesn’t see too far ahead, so every day or so a startling revelation breaks over him. Then a really big one when he’s the best man at the wedding of two of his role models. But that gets ahead of the story.”       [J PECK,R]

irenas-childrenIrena’s Children: A True Story of Courage by Tilar J. Mazzeo

“This young readers edition of Irena’s Children tells Irena’s unbelievable story set during one of the worst times in modern history. With guts of steel and unfaltering bravery, Irena smuggled thousands of children out of the walled Jewish ghetto in toolboxes and coffins, snuck them under overcoats at checkpoints, and slipped them through the dank sewers and into secret passages that led to abandoned buildings, where she convinced her friends and underground resistance network to hide them.

“In this heroic tale of survival and resilience in the face of impossible odds, Tilar Mazzeo and adapter Mary Cronk Farrell share the true story of this bold and brave woman, overlooked by history, who risked her life to save innocent children from the horrors of the Holocaust.”                            [JB SENDLEROWA,I]

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