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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for January 2, 2017

darkest-darkThe Darkest Dark by Astronaut Chris Hadfield

“Young Chris loves pretending he’s a brave astronaut, exploring the universe. Only one problem–at night, he’s afraid of the dark. Only when he watches the moon landing on TV does he realize how exciting the unknown can be. Inspired by the childhood of real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield.”                 [JPB HADFIELD]

paddington-plays-onPaddington Plays On by Michael Bond

“Paddington is having a wonderful time while on vacation with the Browns in a small French town. He loves exploring and meeting new friends. So how exactly does he end up marching through town as a drummer in the local band? Sure he can keep the beat on the drum. But can keep up with the band?”                 [JE BOND,M]

big-wishBig Wish by Brandon Robshaw

“When a shooting star grants Sam a million wishes (as long as they are logically possible) he thinks that he will be able to make his life better at his new school–but he soon learns that you have to be very careful, because wishes can have unexpected consequences.”     [J ROBSHAW,B]

animal-atlasAnimal Atlas by James Buckley, Jr.

“Animal Planet’s definitive atlas of animal life takes readers on a continent-by-continent and habitat-by-habitat passport to adventure! Meet fierce snow leopards in the Tibetan mountains, giant helicopter damselflies in the rain forests of Central America, majestic eagles in the temperate forests of North America, and hundreds more fascinating creatures. What is a habitat? How is the North Pole’s animal life different from the South Pole’s? How and why do animals adapt to their environment? Is a food web different from a food chain? Animal Planet Animal Atlas answers all these questions and more in a kid-friendly, accessible format that young readers, parents, teachers, and librarians will adore.”             [J590 BUCKLEY]

 

 

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for September 7, 2015

labor.day.03Today is Labor Day. “Labor Day is a holiday in the United States that is dedicated to workers across the country. The intention of the holiday is to recognize the contributions that laborers make to the United States as a whole. The public holiday always falls on the first Monday in September.”

messy jesse Messy Jesse by Paula Bowles

“Jesse is good at making all kinds of things. But he’s especially good at making messes! One day, he makes a mess so big that he gets lost in it. His friends try to find him, but they get lost, too! How will they ever find their way out?”               [JPB BOWLES,P]

ten pigsTen Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure by Derek Anderson

“One pig looks to take a relaxing bath in solitude, only to be joined by another pig, then another, then another. When Pig Number 10 jumps into the crowded tub, the first pig comes up with a plan to enjoy his bath.”                     [JPB ANDERSON,D]

year we sailed the sun The Year We Sailed the Sun by Theresa Nelson

“Orphaned Julia never expected to be sent away, especially not to the ill-named House of Mercy. But adventure awaits her in this historical journey, based on a true story.

“’Go home,’ eleven-year-old orphan Julia Delaney is told, but home for her is gone. Spirited and strong, Julia faces a cruel life at an orphanage—the House of Mercy—blistering cold winters, and countless disappointments. But not even hopeful Julia can imagine what awaits her in Montana—and with the help of a miracle or two, she sets the sun a-sailing.”                     [J NELSON,T]

astrotwinsProject Blastoff by Mark Kelly

“A team of middle schoolers prepares for blastoff in this adventure from the author of the New York Times bestselling Mousetronaut, based on the childhoods of real-life astronauts Mark Kelly and his twin brother Scott.

“It’s a long, hot summer and Scott and Mark are in big trouble for taking apart (aka destroying) their dad’s calculator. As a punishment, they’re sent to their grandfather’s house, where there’s no TV and they have to do chores. And Grandpa is less tolerant of the twins’ constant bickering. ‘Why don’t you two work together on something constructive. What if you built a go-kart or something?’ Grandpa suggests.

“But it’s not a go-kart the twins are interested in. They want to build a rocket. With the help of Jenny, nicknamed Egg, and a crew of can-do kids, they set out to build a real rocket that will blast off and orbit the Earth. The question soon becomes: which twin will get to be the astronaut?”                        [J KELLY,M]

 

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for September 29, 2014

Giant Vehicles by Rod Green

Get up close to some monster machines with the master of the cross-section!

“Internationally best-selling illustrator and undisputed master of the cross-section Stephen Biesty will have young readers enthralled by this lift-the-flap exploration of some of the world’s most enormous vehicles, including the double-decker Airbus, the biggest submarine on earth, the planet’s largest dump truck, and the most enormous helicopter ever to take to the air.”                  [JPB GREEN]

Life on Mars by Jennifer Brown

“Twelve-year-old Arcturus Betelgeuse Chambers comes from a family of stargazers and his quest to find life on other planets is unstoppable. But when Arty’s family announces they’re moving to Las Vegas, the City of Lights threatens to put an end to his stargazing dreams forever—especially when he has to stay with his scary next door neighbor while his parents look for a house. As it turns out, ‘Mr. Death’ isn’t terrifying at all—he’s actually Cash Maddox, a bonafide astronaut! But when Cash falls ill, will Arty find the courage to complete his mission by himself? And might he actually prove, once and for all, that there is life on Mars?

“For fans of Frank Cottrell Boyce’s Cosmic and Jack Gantos’s Dead End in Norvelt comes a heartwarming story of true friendship—earthly or otherwise.”                                    [J BROWN]

A Kid’s Guide to Awesome Duct Tape Projects: How to Make Your Own Wallets, Bags, Flowers, Hats, and Much, Much More! by Nicole Smith

“It is a known fact of the universe that duct tape can fix anything. If it’s broken, just add duct tape! For generations this has been the case, and now thanks to Instructables.com, there’s one more thing duct tape can fix?boredom!

“Duct tape has come a long way since being a simple metallic roll that you’d find in your grandparent’s basement. Walk into any craft or DIY store and you’ll have your senses bombarded with all sorts of colors and patterns, like argyle, zebra print, and even penguins! And unlike fancy origami paper or glitter, duct tape is inexpensive and lasts forever.

“Only in this all-in-one Instructables collection can you find some of the most unique duct tape projects that will make you the coolest person you know. Everybody will be talking about your duct tape art, with projects including:

“The classic duct tape wallet, a dapper duct tape bow tie, a fabulous duct tape clutch, duct tape lilies for your valentine. and so many more!

“Making paper snowflakes and beaded bracelets are so twentieth century; the future is here and it’s made from duct tape. Impress your friends, entertain guests, keep your creative juices flowing, and save tons of money on Christmas presents all at the same time! With A Kid’s Guide to Awesome Duct Tape Projects, you’ll be the talk of the town before you even know it.”                 [J745.5 KID’S]

 

 

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