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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for May 9, 2016

traveling butterfliesTraveling Butterflies by Susumu Shingu

“Monarch butterfly migration is one of nature’s great mysteries. How do monarchs manage to fly some 2,500 miles from Canada and the northern United States south to Mexico? How do they trace a route they’ve never flown and reach the same destination their ancestors once found? Rich illustrations in a vibrant color palette bring the butterflies to life and depict the rural and urban landscapes through which they fly.”                [JPB SHINGU,S]

charmed childrenThe Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox

“’Keep calm and carry on.

“That’s what Katherine Bateson’s father told her, and that’s what she’s trying to do: when her father goes off to the war, when her mother sends Kat and her brother and sister away from London to escape the incessant bombing, even when the children arrive at Rookskill Castle, an ancient, crumbling manor on the misty Scottish highlands.

“But it’s hard to keep calm in the strange castle that seems haunted by ghosts or worse. What’s making those terrifying screeches and groans at night? Why do the castle’s walls seem to have a mind of their own? And why do people seem to mysteriously appear and disappear?

“Kat believes she knows the answer: Lady Eleanor, who rules Rookskill Castle, is harboring a Nazi spy. But when her classmates begin to vanish, one by one, Kat must uncover the truth about what the castle actually harbors—and who Lady Eleanor really is—before it’s too late.”         [J FOX,J]

wild robotThe Wild Robot by Peter Brown

“When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. Why is she there? Where did she come from? And, most important, how will she survive in her harsh surroundings? Roz’s only hope is to learn from the island’s hostile animal inhabitants. When she tries to care for an orphaned gosling, the other animals finally decide to help, and the island starts to feel like home. Until one day, the robot’s mysterious past comes back to haunt her….

“Heartwarming and full of action, Peter Brown’s middle-grade debut raises thought-provoking questions about the environment, the role technology plays in our world, and what it means to be alive.”         [J BROWN,P]

star wars rebels visual guideStar Wars Rebels Visual Guide: Epic Battles by Adam Bray

“A fact-filled companion to the first and second series of the newest Star Wars animated television series. Star Wars Rebels™ is set between the events of Episodes III and IV, and The Visual Guide depicts all the galactic escapades, interesting vehicles, and fun characters fans have come to love.”           [J791.4572 BRAY]


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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for November 4, 2013

Booksale Saturday, November 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Join the Friends of the Union City Library for their November book sale!  Gently used hardback and paperback books, children’s books, DVDs and music CDs.  All proceeds support library programs.

Monster Needs a Costume by Paul Czajak

“As Halloween nears, Monster tries out a variety of costumes, including a cowboy, a ballerina, and a ninja, but finally comes up with the perfect idea.”                        [JPB CZAJAK]

United We Spy by Ally Carter

“Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle’s elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie – and her country – forever.”       [J CARTER]

Is This Panama? A Migration Story by Jan Thornhill

“When Sammy, a young Wilson’s warbler, wakes up one frosty August morning near the Arctic Circle, he instinctively knows that it’s time to make his first migratory journey south to Panama. But there’s one problem — where’s Panama? All the other warblers having left without him, Sammy sets off on his journey by himself, stopping to ask the same question of each of the different animals that he meets along the way: ‘Is this Panama?’

“From the caribou heading to his winter forest to the monarch butterflies flitting to Mexico, every animal has a different destination and different advice for Sammy on how to find his way. Finally, a flock of his warbler cousins shows Sammy that finding Panama is as easy as following the stars.”  [J591.568 THORNHILL]

Art Lab For Kids: 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media by Susan Schwake

“A refreshing source of ideas for creating fine art with children, Art Lab for Kids encourages the artist’s own voice, marks, and style. This fun and creative book features 52 fine art projects set into weekly lessons, beginning with drawing, moving through painting and printmaking, and then building to paper collage and mixed media. Each lesson features and relates to the work and style of a contemporary artist.”          [J702.8 SCHWAKE]

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