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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for February 13, 2017

 

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Margo Thinks Twice / written and illustrated by Monica Arnaldo by 
Margo is an imaginative, adventurous little girl who has just one problem worry has found its way into her life. She sometimes feels nervous and uncomfortable, especially inside the wild world her imagination creates. Whenever her mom gives instructions, Margo’s mind turns the everyday advice into worst-case scenarios. Luckily, Margo’s mom comes up with an idea to ease her daughter’s anxieties and encourage her inventive spirit in a positive way.”
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I’m a Veterinarian  / written and illustrated by Brian Biggs

“In I’m a Veterinarian (a just-released board book), we see what it’s like in a day in the life of a town animal doctor. Tinyville Town’s veterinarian begins her day at home with her two cats, two dogs, and one fish. Once at work, she examines a firefighter’s dalmatian, who is not feeling well at all. Follow along as the vet runs tests and makes a surprising discovery! This book will comfort a child bringing a beloved pet to the vet for the first time, and satisfy an inquisitive child’s curiosity about what an animal doctor does, how they are able to diagnose so many different kinds of pets, and how their office is different from their own doctors.”
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A Forever Friend / by Judy Katschke ; illustrated by Serena Geddes
“Misty Inn is up and running, and the Dunlaps have a full house. Willa is thrilled that Kate, her best friend from Chicago, is going to come to Chincoteague for a visit. But it’s been a whole year since they’ve seen each other, and Willa soon realizes their friendship is not as easy as it had once been. Adding to the tension is the fact that aChincoteague friend, Sarah Starling, is away at camp for the week, not to mention the fact that Ben seems to disappear early in the morning and not show up again until dinner. So Willa is on her own to figure out how to start anew with her oldest friend
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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for February 6, 2017

dark-dark-caveA Dark, Dark Cave by Eric Hoffman

“On a cold night, under a pale moon, a brother and sister explore a dark, dark cave. Strange creatures skitter along the walls while bats brush past. A wild howl makes the cave feel just a teensy bit darker. But readers are in for a delightful surprise when a beam of light reveals a softer side of the cave.”                    [JPB HOFFMAN]

my-dad-at-the-zooMy Dad at the Zoo by Coralie Saudo

“The long-awaited follow up to My Dad Is Big and Strong, My Dad at the Zoo, is another tale of role reversal in which dad reverts to the unsocialized, wild ways of childhood. Probably tired from all of his wearying antics around bedtime, here Dad heads off to the zoo with his son and goes completely zany.”             [JPB SAUDO]

my-dogs-a-chickenMy Dog’s a Chicken by Susan McElroy Montanari

“Lula Mae wants a puppy, but times are hard and she’ll just have to make do. Her family has plenty of chickens, so she decides maybe a chicken can be a dog.

“Pookie, as Lula Mae names her, is an ordinary chicken, but Lula Mae thinks she is very doglike indeed. With a bow in Pookie’s hair, Lula Mae declares her a show dog. When she runs circles around the other chickens, Pookie is a shepherd dog. And when Cousin Tater sneaks up with a snake and Pookie starts bawk, bawk, bawking, well, she’s a guard dog, too. Then Lula Mae’s brother, Baby Berry, wanders away, and who do you think comes to the rescue?”                         [JPB MONTANARI]

dipper-and-mabelDipper and Mabel and the Curse of the Time Pirates Treasure by Jeffrey Rowe

“Once upon a time . . . travel, Blendin Blandin searches for the legendary Time Pirates’ Treasure, and he needs Dipper and Mabel’s help! They journey through time, exploring the dragon-infested medieval era, the weird-and-wild west, and the laser-and-giant-baby-filled future. Will they make the right choices to find the greatest treasure ever known? Or is it only a matter of time before the twins and Blendin are clutched by the hands of time?! This book features 272 pages of hilarious and thrilling adventures and original artwork!”                                    [J ROWE]

ticket-to-indiaTicket to India by N. H. Senzai

“A trip to India turns into a grand adventure in this contemporary novel about the Great Partition, from the award-winning author of Saving Kabul Corner and Shooting Kabul.

“A map, two train tickets, and a mission. These are things twelve-year-old Maya and her big sister Zara have when they set off on their own from Delhi to their grandmother’s childhood home of Aminpur, a small town in Northern India. Their goal is to find a chest of family treasures that their grandmother’s family left behind when they fled from India to Pakistan during the Great Partition. But soon the sisters become separated, and Maya is alone. Determined to find her grandmother’s lost chest, she continues her trip, on the way enlisting help from an orphan by named Jai.”               [J SENZAI,N]

emergency-vehiclesEmergency Vehicles by Rod Green

“Lift the flaps and look inside to learn all about amazing emergency vehicles!

“Look inside an ambulance, police car, fire engine, rescue helicopter, lifeboat, and more to discover their inner workings. With more than forty flaps to lift, Stephen Biesty’s award-winning and best-selling artwork brings these rescue vehicles to life in a whole new way.”                    [J629.225 GREEN]

This is my last Monday Children’s Book Reviews blog entry. I have enjoyed sharing them, and I hope you have enjoyed reading them!

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for January 16, 2017

i-am-not-a-numberI Am Not A Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer

“A picture book based on a true story about a young First Nations girl who was sent to a residential school. When eight-year-old Irene is removed from her First Nations family to live in a residential school she is confused, frightened, and terribly homesick. She tries to remember who she is and where she came from despite the efforts of the nuns to force her to do otherwise. Based on the life of Jenny Kay Dupuis’ own grandmother, I Am Not a Number brings a terrible part of Canada’s history to light in a way that children can learn from and relate to.”             [J DUPUIS,J]

treasure-of-maria-mamounTreasure of Maria Mamoun by Michelle Chalfoun

“Twelve-year-old Maria lives a lonely, latchkey-kid’s life in the Bronx. Her Lebanese mother is working two nursing jobs to keep them afloat, and Maria keeps her worries to herself, not wanting to be a burden. Then something happens one day between home and school that changes everything. Mom whisks them to an altogether different world on Martha’s Vineyard, where she’s found a job on a seaside estate. While the mysterious bedridden owner—a former film director—keeps her mother busy, Maria has the freedom to explore a place she thought could only exist in the movies. Making friends with a troublesome local character, Maria finds an old sailboat that could make a marvelous clubhouse. She also stumbles upon an old map that she is sure will lead to pirate’s plunder—but golden treasure may not be the most valuable thing she discovers for herself this special summer.”             [J CHALFOUN,M]

one-half-from-the-eastOne Half From the East by Nadia Hashimi

“Forced to move from Kabul to a small village after her father lost one of his legs in a bomb explosion, Obayda, the youngest of her sisters, dresses as a boy to bring her family luck and encounters an entirely different outside world of play and exploration alongside a fellow bacha posh.”                               [J HASHIMI,N]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for September 26, 2016

dianas white house gardenDiana’s White House Garden by Elisa Carbone

“Diana Hopkins lived in a white house. THE White House.

“World War II is in full force across the seas. It’s 1943, President Roosevelt is in office, and Diana’s father, Harry Hopkins, is his chief advisor. And Diana wants to be part of the war effort. After some well-intentioned missteps (her quarantine sign on her father’s office door was not well-received), the President requests her help with his newest plan for the country’s survival: Victory Gardens!

“From award-winning author Elisa Carbone comes the true story of how Diana Hopkins started her own Victory Garden on the White House lawn under the tutelage of Eleanor Roosevelt. With dedication and patience, she showed the nation that the war effort started first on the homefront.”                                                 [JPB CARBONE,E]

chloe in indiaChloe in India by Kate Darnton

“Though they’re divided by class, language, appearance—you name it—Chloe and Lakshmi have a lot in common. Both girls are new to Class Five at Premium Academy in New Delhi, India, and neither seems to fit in. But they soon discover how extraordinary an ordinary friendship can be and how celebrating our individuality can change the world.”         [J DARNTON,K]

audacity jones to the rescueAudacity Jones to the Rescue by Kirby Larson

“Audacity Jones is an eleven-year-old orphan who aches for adventure, a challenge to break up the monotony of her life at Miss Maisie’s School for Wayward Girls. Life as a wayward girl isn’t so bad; Audie has the best of friends, a clever cat companion, and plenty of books to read. Still, she longs for some excitement, like the characters in the novels she so loves encounter.

“So when the mysterious Commodore Crutchfield visits the school and whisks Audie off to Washington, DC, she knows she’s in for the journey of a lifetime. But soon, it becomes clear that the Commodore has unsavory plans for Audie — plans that involve the president of the United States and a sinister kidnapping plot. Before she knows it, Audie winds up in the White House kitchens, where she’s determined to stop the Commodore dead in his tracks. Can Audie save the day before it’s too late?”                   ]J LARSON,K]

angry birds movie laughtastic joke bookThe Angry Birds Movie Laughtastic Joke Book by Courtney Carbone

“Even Angry Birds get the giggles. Characters from The Angry Birds Movie come together in this 144-page collection of perfectly silly jokes and rollicking riddles. Arranged thematically, each section is chock-full of humorous riffs that will tickle kids’ funny bones.”         [J818.602 CARBONE]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for August 22, 2016

secret agent man goes shoppingSecret Agent Man Goes Shopping for Shoes by Tim Wynne-Jones and Brian Won

“Secret Agent Man (S.A.M.) needs new shoes. His mom — er, sidekick, ‘K’ (short for Kay) — takes him shopping. But the operation will be dangerous: to start with, Shoe Store Man looks shifty. ‘Frisk him,’ says S.A.M. With the help of a Team of Expert Spies and keen observation skills, will Sam find that his brand-new tiger-striped shoes convey a new superpower . . . and that he can now tie his own shoelaces? Imaginative play is the mission in this witty picture book with retro illustrations that cleverly merge S.A.M.’s escapades with the ordinary world. Roar!”     [JPB WYNNE-JONES,T]

secrets of the dragon tombSecrets of the Dragon Tomb by Patrick Samphire

“Mars in 1816 is a world of high society, deadly danger, and strange clockwork machines. Pterodactyls glide through the sky, automatic servants hand out sandwiches at elegant garden parties, and in the north, the great dragon tombs hide marvels of Ancient Martian technology.

“Twelve-year-old Edward Sullivan has always dreamed of becoming a spy like the ones he reads of in his favorite sci-fi magazine, Thrilling Martian Tales. Instead, he spends his days keeping his eccentric family from complete disaster . . . that is, until the villainous archaeologist Sir Titus Dane kidnaps Edward’s parents as part of a scheme to loot an undiscovered dragon tomb. Edward sets out on a perilous journey to save his parents and protect the dragon tombs in the process. Turns out spywork is a bit more challenging than he had imagined. . . .”               [J SAMPHIRE,P]

one thousand thingsOne Thousand Things by Anna Kovecses

“A  visual encyclopedia of first words to see and say. Search-and-find Little Mouse on every page and discover new words with every turn of the page. Stylishly laid out, the book is arranged by theme and features fully illustrated collections of ‘things’, each clearly labeled and easy to recognize. This 80 page book covers everything from space to the human body.”          [J428.1 KOVECSES]

 

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for August 1, 2016

i will not wear pinkI Will Not Wear Pink by Joyce Dunbar and Polly Dunbar

“When Plunkett the pig gets an invitation from Priscilla Pig he is excited, until he sees the dress code: WEAR PINK. Plunkett sets out for the party adorned in the pink outfit Priscilla has sent him, but very soon flings away the prescribed party gear in favour of his own favorite colour his own skin, which also happens to be pink! A glorious romp in celebration of personal freedom and choice, and also featuring glorious brown mud as well as a romantic ending!”         [JPB DUNBAR,J]

sir pete the braveSir Pete the Brave by James Dean

“Riding his loyal horse, climbing tall towers and listening to Lady Callie’s singing, Sir Pete the groovy cat-knight embarks on a daring quest when Lady Callie, the most awesome harpist in all the land, is carried off by a fire-breathing dragon.”         [JE DEAN,J]

school of the deadSchool of the Dead by Avi

“In this spine-tingling story from Newbery Medal winner Avi, a boy must solve the mystery of the ghost haunting him.

“For most of Tony Gilbert’s life, he has thought of his uncle as ‘Weird Uncle Charlie.’ That is, until Uncle Charlie moves in with Tony and his family. Uncle Charlie is still odd, of course—talking about spirits and other supernatural stuff—but he and Tony become fast friends, and Tony ends up having a lot of fun with Uncle Charlie.

“When Uncle Charlie dies suddenly, Tony is devastated. Then he starts seeing Uncle Charlie everywhere! It doesn’t help that Tony switched schools—it was Uncle Charlie’s dying wish that Tony attend the Penda School, where Uncle Charlie himself went as a kid. The Penda School is eerie enough without his uncle’s ghost making it worse. On top of that, rumors have been circulating about a student who went missing shortly before Tony arrived. Could that somehow be related to Uncle Charlie’s ghost?”

“Full of twists and turns that get spookier by the chapter, School of the Dead is a fast-paced mystery that Avi’s fans will devour!”             [J AVI]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for July 11, 2016

thre is a tribe of kidsThere is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith

“A meditation on childhood and life’s beginning by the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Grandpa Green traces a young boy’s fantastical encounters with a colony of penguins, a smack of jellyfish, a constellation of stars and other enchanting groups.”         [JPB SMITH,L]

paddington and the magic trickPaddington and the Magic Trick by Michael Bond

“Paddington is delighted to discover that the Browns are throwing him a birthday party. But when the magic trick he performs goes awry, Paddington needs something more than a tap of his wand to set things straight.”       [JE BOND,M]

karris familyThe Karris Family by Ruhani Chhabra

“Leah Karris doesn’t like how her family interacts – always too busy, always fighting, and Leah feels no one pays attention to her. After Leah visits her aunt, uncle and cousins, she decides she wants to make her family as good as theirs.”

“Ruhani Chhabra has been writing since she learned how to grip a pencil. She is a LOCAL eleven-year-old girl who wants to teach literature when she grows up!”         [J CHHABRA,R]

locker heroLocker Hero by Rachel Renee Russell

“A brand-new series from #1 bestselling Dork Diaries author Rachel Renee Russell! Introducing Max Crumbly!

“Max is about to face the scariest place he’s ever been—South Ridge Middle School! He has been home-schooled by his grandmother until now, and he’s begged his parents to finally let him start attending public middle school. He’s starting to question that choice, though, with the Thomas Silver Problem. As in, Thomas Silver keeps stuffing Max in his locker.

“If only Max could be like the hero in all the comics he likes to read—or the ones he draws—and magically escape the locker and defeat Tommy. Unfortunately, Max’s uncanny, almost superhuman ability to smell pizza from a block away won’t exactly save any lives or foil bad guys. But that doesn’t mean Max won’t do his best to be the hero his school needs!”             [J RUSSELL, R]

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