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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 October 3, 2016

yoda-gets-a-buddyYoda Gets a Buddy by Beth Stern

“Yoda, the Persian cat, is busier than ever in the Foster Kitten Room, taking care of litter after litter. Buddy, a blind kitten who is recovering from eye surgery, has been with Beth and Howard longer than any other foster kitten, so Yoda takes him under his wing—or paw—and makes him his fostering partner! While Yoda grooms and scolds the naughty kittens, Buddy is the cat they cuddle up to and adore, mimicking his every move, with no clue he is blind.

“One day Frankie, a new foster, is introduced and from the very first moment, none of the kittens like him. Oversized ears and an unruly cowlick make him look goofy. But Buddy loves this new little guy and helps the other kittens see all of Frankie’s goodness and sweetness. And when they discover Buddy is the kitten with a true disability and challenge, the other felines learn that love truly is blind when we see each other with our hearts.”              [JPB STERN,B]

sara-lost-and-foundSara Lost and Found by Virginia Castleman

“Sara and Anna Olsen face an uncertain world. Their mother left home and may—or may not—be coming back. Their father is a drummer in a band and comes home long after the girls go to sleep—if he comes home at all. Too often, ten-year-old Sara and twelve-year-old Anna are left to fend for themselves. Then one night, three loud knocks at the door change everything: their father is in jail and social services has come to take the girls away. Rather than risk being split up, Sara and Anna decide their only option is to run away.

“But the girls don’t get very far, and when the authorities catch up with them, Sara and Anna are forced back into the foster care system. Along the way, the girls encounter good people who want to help them but they also meet people who have no patience for mistakes or accidents. As Anna begins to act out or withdraw completely, Sara knows that it’s up to her to take care of her older sister. But what if she can’t anymore? What if she finds a forever home that may not include Anna? Will Sara keep the promise she made to her mother to stay with her sister or will she find the courage to do what’s best for herself?”                     [J CASTLEMAN,V]

so-you-want-to-be-a-leaderSo, You Want to Be a Leader? An Awesome Guide to Becoming a Head Honcho by Patricia Wooster

“Have you ever been excited by the idea of leading a group or being in charge? This comprehensive guide reveals a whole host of careers you can pursue with leadership skills you can start building today.

“We have all known kids who say they want to grow up to be President of the United States, but what about becoming an educational leader or the CEO of a company? There are myriad ways kids today can grow up to become the leaders of tomorrow. But the only way to get there is to start becoming a leader today.

“In addition to tips and interviews from professionals in the industry, So, You Want to Be a Leader? includes inspiring stories from kids who are already leaders in their own communities, activities, a glossary, and resources to help kids on their way to a successful and fulfilling career.”                               [ J303.34 WOOSTER]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for August 29, 2016

dog like thatA Dog Like That! by Janene Cooper and Evie Kemp

“Evie has a cute, little dog. Everybody tells her how dogs should be, but this girl knows better. Her dog does what he likes, which just so happens to fit perfectly with the owner.”                [JPB COOPER,J]

captain jack and the piratesCaptain Jack and the Pirates by Peter Bently and Helen Oxenbury

“The boys from King Jack and the Dragon are back in this swashbuckling pirate adventure with pictures by the bestselling illustrator of Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes.

“Jack, Zack, and Caspar are building a ship—on the beach, out of sand. When they set sail on their imaginary adventure, Jack spies an enemy pirate ship nearby. They chase after the pirates, but a storm wrecks their ship and sweeps them up on a desert island. The island isn’t totally deserted, though—their pirate enemies are there too. Just as the boys discover the pirates’ treasure (an array of delicious desserts), the pirates (their parents) capture them. But these pirates are friendly—they’re willing to share the treasure, and they throw in some ice cream just for good measure!”                 [JPB BENTLY

house that zack builtThe House That Zack Built by Alison Murray

“A contemporary adaptation of the classic rhyme finds Zack and Rufus from Hickory Dickory Dog sharing a day on the farm and building a house out of blocks before a wandering fly attracts the attention of a determined feline, inadvertently wreaking havoc.”                    [JPB MURRAY,A]

rising aboveRising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars by Gregory Zuckerman

Discover the inspirational real-life stories of superstar athletes like LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Tim Howard, and more!

“Team USA goalkeeper Tim Howard was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome in 6th grade. He went on to become a national treasure after single-handedly keeping America competitive in the 2014 World Cup. Stephen Curry was told he was too small, too weak, and too slow to even receive a scholarship to play college basketball. He outworked everyone and went on to become MVP of the National Basketball Association. Jim Abbott was born without his right hand, yet he refused to be defined by what he lacked. He went on to pitch a no-hitter in the Major Leagues.

“Athlete after athlete in this book found discipline, hope, and inspiration on the playing field, rising above their circumstances. Filled with first-hand accounts from stars who exemplify the idea of enduring at all costs, Rising Above will serve as a must-read source of inspiration for kids and sports fans of all ages.”       [J796.0922 ZUCKERMAN,G]

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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 October 12, 2015


my autumn book My Autumn Book
by Wong Herbert Yee

“A young girl rushes outside when the air is crisp and the sky turns gray in order to observe all of the amazing changes that autumn brings.”                        [JPB YEE,W]

my pet humanMy Pet Human by Yasmine Surovec

“Oliver is an independent kitty. He has his run of the neighborhood and looks at his animal friends with their fussing humans with pity. But when a freckle-faced girl moves into town, Oliver sees the opportunity to train a human to provide him with a few creature comforts. And if he can help her adjust to her life and make a new friend, that’s just all in a day’s work. The real surprise comes, however, when Oliver needs Freckles just as much as she needs him.”       [J SUROVEC,Y]

school for sidekicks School for Sidekicks by Kelly McCullough

“Evan Quick has spent his whole life dreaming of becoming a hero. Every morning he wakes up and runs through a checklist of test to see if he’s developed powers over night, and every day it is the same thing – nothing. No flying, no super strength, no heat rays or cold beams. No invulnerability – that always hurt to check – no telepathy, no magic. Not even the ability to light a light bulb without flipping a switch. And now, he’s finally ready to give up.

“But then, the class field trip to the Mask Museum is interrupted by a super villain attack, and Evan somehow manages to survive a death ray. Even better, Evan’s favorite Mask, Captain Commanding, shows up to save them all — and when things go very wrong, it’s Evan who finds the strength to come to Captain Commanding’s rescue.

“Yet the hero’s reception Evan is expecting never happens. Before he even gets the chance to say hello, Evan is bundled away to The Academy, an institution derisively called The School for Sidekicks by its students. Forced to take classes like Banter Basics and Combat with Dinnerware, while being assigned as an ‘apprentice’ to Foxman – a Mask widely considered a has-been — Evan starts to worry that he’ll never be able to save the day…”             [J McCULLOUGH,K]

make money choicesMake Money Choices by Mary Reina

“People use money to buy all sorts of things– some things they want and some things they need. Young readers discover the difference and find out how to make good money choices with simple, engaging text and colorful images.”                        [JE 332.024 REINA,M]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for July 6, 2015

You may have noticed signs at the duck pond by the Union City Library saying DO NOT FEED THE WATERFOWLThere are good reasons for those signs, and very good reasons that you should obey them!

duckThe natural diet of waterfowl – ducks and geese – “include grass, seaweeds and aquatic plants, seeds and grains, insects, small fish and amphibians, worms and other invertebrates. These foods are naturally available in the correct proportion of carbohydrates and proteins, and provide the vitamins, calcium and other minerals that comprises the optimal, balanced nutrition for waterfowl.” Bread and other processed human food are heavy in carbohydrates. This can cause health problems in waterfowl, and cause the birds to lose their natural instincts for survival.

“Unnatural food sources cause ducks and other waterfowl to lay more eggs. The result is overpopulation and all the problems that accompany it. Close contact and overcrowding increases the likelihood of territorial aggression. It also causes unsanitary conditions that create the perfect environment for pathogens like botulism and salmonella. Moldy bread can cause aspergillosis, a fatal lung infection that can decimate entire duck and waterfowl flocks.” Some conditions can also harm humans.

The best way to enjoy waterfowl, for you, your children, and the wildlife, is just to sit back and watch them.

how to catch a mouse How to Catch a Mouse by Philippa Leathers

“A confident but inexperienced cat is certain she has scared all the mice out of her house, but things are not always as they seem.

“Clemmie the cat knows everything about how to catch a mouse, and she would prove it, too—except that she’s never actually seen a mouse. Perhaps, she thinks, they’re all afraid of her. But wait . . . is that a pink tail, or a dangling ribbon? A whiskery nose, or a spider’s legs? Kids will love spotting the pesky mouse throughout this sprightly picture book and will root for Clemmie to discover the mouse under her nose once and for all.”                             [JPB LEATHERS,P]

grounded the adventures of rapunzelGrounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel by Megan Morrison

“In all of Tyme, from the Redlands to the Grey, no one is as lucky as Rapunzel. She lives in a magic tower that obeys her every wish; she reads wonderful books starring herself as the heroine; her hair is the longest, most glorious thing in the world. And she knows this because Witch tells her so—her beloved Witch, who protects her from evil princes, the dangerous ground under the tower, even unhappy thoughts. Rapunzel can’t imagine any other life.

“Then a thief named Jack climbs into her room to steal one of her enchanted roses. He’s the first person Rapunzel’s ever met who isn’t completely charmed by her (well, the first person she’s met at all, really), and he is infuriating– especially when he hints that Witch isn’t telling her the whole truth. Driven by anger at Jack and her own nameless fears, Rapunzel descends to the ground for the first time, and finds a world filled with more peril than Witch promised … and more beauty, wonder, and adventure than she could have dreamed.”           [J MORRISON,M]

boys who challenged The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose

“At the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nation’s leaders, fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and a handful of schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not. Naming their secret club after the fiery British leader, the young patriots in the Churchill Club committed countless acts of sabotage, infuriating the Germans, who eventually had the boys tracked down and arrested. But their efforts were not in vain: the boys’ exploits and eventual imprisonment helped spark a full-blown Danish resistance. Interweaving his own narrative with the recollections of Knud himself, here is Phillip Hoose’s inspiring story of these young war heroes.” [J940.53489 HOOSE,P]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for April 27, 2015

10 little rubber ducks10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle

“Based on a true story, an amusing tale tells about ten rubber ducks who, after being tossed overboard a ship during a storm, find themselves floating alone on the high seas–reaching lands and meeting people far away from their original destination.”             [JPB CARLE,E]

square cat abcSquare Cat ABC by Elizabeth Schoonmaker

“Each letter of the alphabet tells the story of an adorable mouse who discovers Eula, a hip-yet-square cat, in her garden. Mouse wants a taste of his favorite vegetable, spinach, but our four-sided feline hates the green leafy stuff. Enter the threatening, pointed quills of a porcupine, and Mouse is ready to run! One letter leads to another and by the story’s end, Mouse and Porcupine are pals—and Eula might even try a taste of zesty spinach.”             [JPB  SCHOONMAKER,E]

bo at iditarod creekBo at Iditarod Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill

“Ever since five-year-old Bo can remember, she and her papas have lived in the little Alaskan mining town of Ballard Creek. Now the family must move upriver to Iditarod Creek for work at a new mine, and Bo is losing the only home she’s ever known. Initially homesick, she soon realizes that there is warmth and friendship to be found everywhere . . . and what’s more, her new town may hold an unexpected addition to her already unconventional family.

“This stand-alone sequel to Bo at Ballard Creek  is a story about love, inclusion, and day-to-day living in the rugged Alaskan bush of the late 1920s. Full of fascinating details, it is an unforgettable story.”      [J HILL,K]

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