Reviews for month


Disney Kingdoms : The Haunted Mansion : 4
Spotlight [Spotlight]
Williamson, Joshua
Additional Minus -- Mediocre.
3rd grade to 5th grade
May 02, 2017
Shirts, Brooke
Disney theme park fans, rejoice: now you can enjoy a graphic-novel adventure based on your favorite Disney park attractions. As part of the “Disney Kingdoms” series, readers can enjoy stories based on either Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, The Haunted Mansion, or “Figment,” which is inspired by the Journey Into Imagination ride, which can only be found at EPCOT (sorry, West Coast Disney fans). As expected, “Big Mountain” features a large-cast Western adventure, filled with multiple storylines about a train heist, mine explosives, and sharp-shootin’ cowboys. “Mansion” revolves around Danny a young boy braving the many perils of a haunted house in a quest to find a buried treasure -- and set the mansion’s imprisoned ghosts free. “Figment 2” employs a manga-inspired art style and a storyline similar to Pixar’s “Inside Out”: a young girl and her magical-creature friends embark on a “journey of the imagination” to conquer the demons of Fear and Doubt to rescue her great-great uncle and prevent the world from going Dreamless. It’s fine, fluffy fun (the art in all three books are full-color and beautiful) and while the storylines are fast-paced to the point of being difficult to follow, it will still please young fans.
Disney Kingdoms : The Haunted Mansion : 5
Spotlight [Spotlight]
Williamson, Joshua
Additional Minus -- Mediocre.
3rd grade to 5th grade
May 02, 2017
Shirts, Brooke
Disney theme park fans, rejoice: now you can enjoy a graphic-novel adventure based on your favorite Disney park attractions. As part of the “Disney Kingdoms” series, readers can enjoy stories based on either Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, The Haunted Mansion, or “Figment,” which is inspired by the Journey Into Imagination ride, which can only be found at EPCOT (sorry, West Coast Disney fans). As expected, “Big Mountain” features a large-cast Western adventure, filled with multiple storylines about a train heist, mine explosives, and sharp-shootin’ cowboys. “Mansion” revolves around Danny a young boy braving the many perils of a haunted house in a quest to find a buried treasure -- and set the mansion’s imprisoned ghosts free. “Figment 2” employs a manga-inspired art style and a storyline similar to Pixar’s “Inside Out”: a young girl and her magical-creature friends embark on a “journey of the imagination” to conquer the demons of Fear and Doubt to rescue her great-great uncle and prevent the world from going Dreamless. It’s fine, fluffy fun (the art in all three books are full-color and beautiful) and while the storylines are fast-paced to the point of being difficult to follow, it will still please young fans.
Disney Kingdoms : Big Thunder Mountain Railroad : 4
Spotlight [Spotlight]
Hopeless, Dennis
Additional Minus -- Mediocre.
3rd grade to 5th grade
May 02, 2017
Shirts, Brooke
Disney theme park fans, rejoice: now you can enjoy a graphic-novel adventure based on your favorite Disney park attractions. As part of the “Disney Kingdoms” series, readers can enjoy stories based on either Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, The Haunted Mansion, or “Figment,” which is inspired by the Journey Into Imagination ride, which can only be found at EPCOT (sorry, West Coast Disney fans). As expected, “Big Mountain” features a large-cast Western adventure, filled with multiple storylines about a train heist, mine explosives, and sharp-shootin’ cowboys. “Mansion” revolves around Danny a young boy braving the many perils of a haunted house in a quest to find a buried treasure -- and set the mansion’s imprisoned ghosts free. “Figment 2” employs a manga-inspired art style and a storyline similar to Pixar’s “Inside Out”: a young girl and her magical-creature friends embark on a “journey of the imagination” to conquer the demons of Fear and Doubt to rescue her great-great uncle and prevent the world from going Dreamless. It’s fine, fluffy fun (the art in all three books are full-color and beautiful) and while the storylines are fast-paced to the point of being difficult to follow, fans will still enjoy them.
Revenge Of The Green Banana
CLARION [CLARION]
Murphy, Jim
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
4th grade to 6th grade
May 02, 2017
Tucker, Merrilyn
When Jim enters sixth grade, he thinks this year will be better than the ones gone before. That was, however, before he noticed that Sister Angelica Rose, his teacher, had a red folder with Jim's name on it. She seemed out to get Jim and with every transgression of his, whether accidental or not, out came the red folder in which she made notes. Jim got angry over her picking on him and decided to take revenge. Enlisting his buddies, they made an intricate plan to "murderlate" her by concocting a scheme to knock her down on the school's bowling alley. The plan backfires, but not from a lack of trying, when Jim is cast as a green banana in the second graders' play. The story is full of humor, family life, pranks, and loyal friends. It is set in a Catholic school in the 1950s with nuns in full costume and wielding unquestionable power. I wonder how children of today will relate to the story and if they will find this an enjoyable story.
Conejos
Abdo Kids [Abdo Kids]
Murray, Julie
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten
May 02, 2017
Wittmann, Teresa
This Spanish language book introduces wild rabbits at a very basic level with very simple sentences and a large up-close photograph to support the text. For example, “Sus patas traseras son largas. Las usan para saltar.” with a photograph of a rabbit jumping. There is also a page with labeled photos of parts of a rabbit, a two-word glossary with photos, and a simple index. Young readers will enjoy the cute photos and basic facts.
Total Soccer
Sportszone/abdo [Sportszone/abdo]
Kortemeier, Todd
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
May 02, 2017
Wittmann, Teresa
Young soccer fans will love this book that touches on many aspects of soccer from famous players to frenzied fans. The thirteen chapters are four to six pages with a mix of paragraphs of text, captioned photographs and fact boxes. Other topics covered are women in soccer, the World Cup, other kinds of soccer, equipment, and derbies. This would appeal to those who love soccer as a player or a fan as well as someone who wants to get an understanding of soccer and its importance around the world. A simple glossary, index and list of three resources and monitored publisher’s web site are included. It is part of the Total Sports series.
Star Wars : Darth Vader : Shadows And Secrets : 5
Spotlight [Spotlight]
Gillen, Kieron
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
3rd grade to 5th grade
May 02, 2017
Shirts, Brooke
Who doesn’t want to have an adventure in a galaxy far, far away? All the ol’ gang is here: Han, Leia, Luke, Chewie, R2D2 and C3PO, as they escape one danger-filled adventure after another, especially avoiding the sinister grasp of Darth Vader. The plots of these graphic novels (taking place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, for the initiated) are brief, snappy, and action-filled, fully reminiscent of the old Saturday adventure serials George Lucas wanted the original Star Wars films to emulate. There are enough laser shoot-outs, lightsaber duels, snappy one-liners and spaceship chases to keep any young fans happy and reaching for the popcorn, and while the baddies are menacing, the violence is kept at just the right not-too-threatening level for the elementary school set. Older fans will enjoy seeing how the authors rework the original material to create clever new storylines that still fit neatly into the world of the films. The artwork is stylish, capturing the essence of the live-action cast members without descending into caricature, and using a fine variety of perspectives and page-layouts to keep the action brisk. If you’re looking for something to sate the demand for all things Star Wars, this is a great bet.
Star Wars : Darth Vader : Shadows And Secrets : 6
Spotlight [Spotlight]
Gillen, Kieron
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
2nd grade to 4th grade
May 02, 2017
Shirts, Brooke
Who doesn’t want to have an adventure in a galaxy far, far away? All the ol’ gang is here: Han, Leia, Luke, Chewie, R2D2 and C3PO, as they escape one danger-filled adventure after another, especially avoiding the sinister grasp of Darth Vader. The plots of these graphic novels (taking place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, for the initiated) are brief, snappy, and action-filled, fully reminiscent of the old Saturday adventure serials George Lucas wanted the original Star Wars films to emulate. There are enough laser shoot-outs, lightsaber duels, snappy one-liners and spaceship chases to keep any young fans happy and reaching for the popcorn, and while the baddies are menacing, the violence is kept at just the right not-too-threatening level for the elementary school set. Older fans will enjoy seeing how the authors rework the original material to create clever new storylines that still fit neatly into the world of the films. The artwork is stylish, capturing the essence of the live-action cast members without descending into caricature, and using a fine variety of perspectives and page-layouts to keep the action brisk. If you’re looking for something to sate the demand for all things Star Wars, this is a great bet.
Hero Therapy Dogs
LERNER PUBLICATIONS COMPANY [LERNER PUBLICATIONS COMPANY]
Fishman, Jon M
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
2nd grade to 4th grade
May 02, 2017
Wittmann, Teresa
Therapy dogs are used in many situations to help people feel calmer and to get people to interact with the world. This book explains the difference between therapy dogs and service dogs. The four chapters cover how therapy dogs help people in hospitals, schools, during disasters, and as support. The format mixes simple sentences with informative photographs that sometimes have captions with extra information on different colored backgrounds. There is also a page on the history of therapy dogs and a page about a therapy dog who surfs, but without a photo of the dog. There is a simple glossary, list of resources, and index. It is part of the Hero Dogs series. Students who love dogs will enjoy learning about how therapy dogs help people in different situations.
Sharks
Abdo Kids [Abdo Kids]
Murray, Julie
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
May 02, 2017
Wittmann, Teresa
Sharks are introduced at a very basic level with very simple sentences and a large up-close photograph to support the text. For example, “They have fins. These help them swim.” with a photograph of a shark from the side. There is also a page with labeled photos of four types of sharks, a two-word glossary with photos, and a simple index. Young readers will enjoy the interesting photos and basic facts.
Total Hockey
Sportszone/abdo [Sportszone/abdo]
Kortemeier, Todd
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
May 02, 2017
Wittmann, Teresa
Young hockey fans will love this book that touches on many aspects of hockey from its history to working the puck. The twelve chapters are four to six pages with a mix of paragraphs of text, captioned photographs and fact boxes. Other topics covered are women in hockey, the Stanley Cup, netminders, equipment, and defense. This would appeal to those who love hockey as a player or a fan as well as someone who wants to get an understanding of hockey and its importance around the world. A simple glossary, index and list of three resources and monitored publisher’s web site are included. It is part of the Total Sports series.
Wheels And Axles
Abdo Zoom [Abdo Zoom]
Rivera, Andrea
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten
May 02, 2017
Wittmann, Teresa
Wheels and axles are introduced at a very basic level with simple sentences supported by photographs and diagrams. Topics introduced are why wheels and axles are helpful and what they look like. Some of the examples of wheels and axles are car, wagon, cart, and pottery wheel. The pottery wheel section might be confusing because only the top of it is shown. Doorknobs, clock parts, and bicycle wheels are also mentioned in the “Key Stats” page, but only the doorknob is explained. There is a five-word glossary, link to publisher’s website for more information, and simple index. This is a very basic introduction for young children that will start a discussion about wheels and axles and how they are used in everyday life. The explanations and examples in this book are not as clear as other ones in the series.
Levers
Abdo Zoom [Abdo Zoom]
Rivera, Andrea
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten
May 02, 2017
Wittmann, Teresa
Levers are introduced at a very basic level with simple sentences supported by photographs and diagrams. Topics introduced are parts of a lever, why levers are helpful, and types of levers. Some of the examples of levers are wheelbarrow, crowbar, and nutcracker. Scissors, brooms, baseball bats are also mentioned in the “Key Stats” page, but aren’t explained. There is a five-word glossary, link to publisher’s website for more information, and simple index. This is a very basic introduction for young children that will start a discussion about levers and how they are used in everyday life.
Impossible Clue
Chicken House [Chicken House]
Rubin, Sarah
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
4th grade to 6th grade
May 02, 2017
Averill, Linda
Alice loves math and has a reputation among her peers as an expert mystery solver. Her twin is a drama queen diva who lives with their mother. Alice lives with her father, a journalist. This summer two 12-year-olds are sharing Alice’s room while their mother is in Italy. Alice is enlisted to find a missing scientist who is rumored to have invented an invisibility suit and her sister is auditioning for the part of “Annie” in a play. Alice looks at the case in terms of a math problem, treating it like an equation. She tells the story in first person, facing challenges and maintaining her control by counting by prime numbers. After her house is broken into, she is followed, tied up, and falls from a fire escape, she solves the case and she and her sister come to an understanding.
Figment 2 : The Legacy Of Imagination : 5
Spotlight [Spotlight]
Zub, Jim
Additional Minus -- Mediocre.
3rd grade to 5th grade
May 02, 2017
Shirts, Brooke
Disney theme park fans, rejoice: now you can enjoy a graphic-novel adventure based on your favorite Disney park attractions. As part of the “Disney Kingdoms” series, readers can enjoy stories based on either Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, The Haunted Mansion, or “Figment,” which is inspired by the Journey Into Imagination ride, which can only be found at EPCOT (sorry, West Coast Disney fans). As expected, “Big Mountain” features a large-cast Western adventure, filled with multiple storylines about a train heist, mine explosives, and sharp-shootin’ cowboys. “Mansion” revolves around Danny a young boy braving the many perils of a haunted house in a quest to find a buried treasure -- and set the mansion’s imprisoned ghosts free. “Figment 2” employs a manga-inspired art style and a storyline similar to Pixar’s “Inside Out”: a young girl and her magical-creature friends embark on a “journey of the imagination” to conquer the demons of Fear and Doubt to rescue her great-great uncle and prevent the world from going Dreamless. It’s fine, fluffy fun (the art in all three books are full-color and beautiful) and while the storylines are fast-paced to the point of being difficult to follow, it will still please young fans.
Almost Autumn
ARTHUR A LEVINE BOOKS [ARTHUR A LEVINE BOOKS]
Kaurin, Marianne
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
6th grade to 12th grade
May 03, 2017
Turpin, Sharon
Translated from Norwegian, this is the Holocaust in Norway. Told from five limited omniscient view points, it begins and ends with Ilse, the 15-year-old daughter of an Oslo tailor, in the autumn of 1942. She’s only interested in meeting her tenement neighbor Hermann for a secret rendezvous. When he doesn’t show, she’s unaware he works for the underground resistance against the occupying Germans. When her father and the other Jewish men are suddenly arrested and sent to a labor camp, their mother becomes useless. Oldest daughter Sonja then runs the home since their shop has been closed. With each perspective we learn what it would have been like to figure out what is happening. The taxi driver in their building has all the pieces to make sense of the puzzle as he happens to take the family (minus Ilse) when they are arrested and sent to the docks to be shipped to Auschwitz. Ilse, off with Hermann, is ultimately saved and escapes to Sweden, once again being driven by the same taxi driver. The family at Auschwitz is never heard from though their harrowing journey and internment is shared. Ilse and Hermann do reunite. Readers unfamiliar with the Holocaust will have their eyes opened in this subtle, suspenseful, haunting tale.
Runs With Courage
SLEEPING BEAR PRESS [SLEEPING BEAR PRESS]
Wolf, Joan M
Matteson, Angela
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
3rd grade to 5th grade
May 03, 2017
Dame, Anne
Four Winds is a member of the Lakota tribe. One day, when she is 10-years-old, a wagon with white people on it comes into her tribe's camp and change their life forever. Four Winds is taken to a boarding school where she has no access to her family, all her belongings from home are burned, and she is forbidden to speak anything but English. I understand that Debbie Reece has some misgivings about this book, but to me it appears that the author consulted knowledgeable resources and did in-depth research to make this story as historically accurate as possible. It is a very dark, shameful time in our history and I believe that students need to be reading this book and others like it, so we don't perpetuate or repeat this grave errors. Could be read up to 8th grade
Scar Island
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Gemeinhart, Dan
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
5th grade to 8th grade
May 03, 2017
Dame, Anne
For upper elementary and middle school kids looking for scary books - but not too scary - this is the one for them. Has some Lord of the Flies elements/similarities without getting nearly as dark. Jonathan is sent to Slabhenge, a juvenile reform/detention center on an island. The administration is all quite cruel and do not really seem fit to actually be rehabilitating anyone. When a chance occurrence renders all the grownups on the island, dead, the boys decide to take advantage of the situation for a few days before getting help and returning home. Needless to say, things go terribly wrong.
Inexplicable Logic Of My Life
CLARION [CLARION]
Saenz, Benjamin Alire
Highly Recommended -- Superior book everyone should buy.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
May 03, 2017
Dame, Anne
Sal (short for Salvatore) has been raised by his mom's gay best friend ever since she died when Sal was only 3 years old. Sal's best friend is Sam (short for Samantha); she is chronically addicted to dating bad boys and also has an obsession with shoes. They are in their senior year and beyond the usual drama that entails, their lives are about to become even more complicated. Sweet, tender, endearing, sad... If you want "all the feels", this is the perfect book for you. Sal's dad is amazing; everyone should be so lucky to have a person like him in their lives. Gear more towards high school due to content (teen drinking, sexual references) but nothing graphic.
Star Scouts
FIRST SECOND [FIRST SECOND]
Lawrence, Mike
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
3rd grade to 5th grade
May 03, 2017
Dame, Anne
I thoroughly enjoyed this graphic novel. Avani has moved from the country into the city and is having a hard time fitting in. The girls in her Flower Scouts troop only seem to want to talk about boys, clothes, and makeup. She would rather talk about riding horses and throwing lassos. One day, an intergalactic scout accidentally beams Avani up to her home. They quickly become friends and Avani joins the Star Scouts! Love the characters, love the illustrations. Will be very appealing to students. Could easily go from 3rd-8th grade
Wrath Of The Storm
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Nielsen, Jennifer A
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
May 03, 2017
Dame, Anne
Conclusion to the "Mark of the Thief" series. You will definitely want to read the other books in the series before picking up this one as it starts right where the cliff-hanger from book two left off. Nic still has Caesar's bulla and the Malice of Mars - but they seem to keep putting him in harm's way and with lots of people trying to either kill or manipulate him. He is desperate to save his friends and family, but there doesn't seem to be any good way to do it. Lots of action, adventure and plot twists to keep one reading to the satisfying conclusion of the series. Marked as 4th-6th, but could easily go up to 8th grade.
Big Dark
BLUE SKY [BLUE SKY]
Philbrick, Rodman
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
May 03, 2017
Dame, Anne
For upper elementary (or middle school) students who are wanting a dystopia that is not as graphic as some of the YA novels out there, this is a good choice. When a massive solar flare erupts on New Years Eve, all electricity, including any kind of battery, is lost in a small, rural town in the cold, snowy north. People are forced to heat their homes using wood or kerosene, light is by candle-light or kerosene lantern as flashlights are not working either. Many people are working together, but one family is causing lots of trouble. And when his mom's medication starts to run out, Charlie Cobb must set out on the most dangerous mission of his life.
Hidden
HOLIDAY HOUSE [HOLIDAY HOUSE]
Halahmy, Miriam
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
6th grade to 12th grade
May 03, 2017
Dame, Anne
Despite being originally published in the UK in 2011, this recent US publication is very timely in light of certain issues and decisions being made by the US administration. Alix is 14 and lives neat the coast in Britain. One of her teachers has started discussions about refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers. She is starting to notice more and more about racism and it is brought to a head when she witnesses a bullying event. One day, while she is training to run a marathon by running on the beach, she and another student witness a man being dropped overboard from a boat offshore. They rescue the man, who happens to be an asylum seeker from Iraq. They decide to hide him but are quickly overwhelmed with the responsibilities. They know they need help, but they do not know who to trust. If they make the wrong decision, the man will be sent back to Iraq where he will be tortured and killed. Grades 5 and up. Some knowledge of current events is helpful, but the author also provides quite a bit of background and supporting information. Could be a great book club discussion book.
Denver Broncos
Big Buddy Books/abdo [Big Buddy Books/abdo]
Zappa, Marcia
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
May 03, 2017
Kline, Karen
Published just before the Broncos Super Bowl L win in 2016, this book provides young readers with plenty of content about this popular and winning AFC team. The Broncos struggled early on in their history not having a winning season until 1973, though. A couple of black and white photos provide historical relevance, but the rest of the pictures are full color and the book’s layout is splashy and vibrant. Large font text on each double page spread faces a page of captioned photos to support the text. Seven famous players are highlighted in separate sections including Floyd Little, John Elway, and Peyton Manning. A timeline, short quiz (with answers upside-down on the same page), brief glossary, publisher’s website link, and index are included. Sturdy cover material and reinforced binding should last the repeated use this book will surely get. One of sixteen titles in the NFL’s Greatest Teams series.
Brain : Journey Through The Universe Inside Your Head
Nomad Press [Nomad Press]
Mooney, Carla
Stone, Bryan
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
6th grade to 12th grade
May 03, 2017
Kline, Karen
Delve deep into the inner workings of the human brain in this book full of eye-catching text features like QR codes and cartoons. Seven chapters lay out topics on the brain’s physiology, development, emotions, memory and learning, language and speech, and brain health. The text explains necessary science vocabulary both in context as well as in its extensive glossary, and it should be accessible to most middle school readers. Each chapter contains two to four “Inquire & Investigate” segments laid out as experiments. For instance, in the Memory and Learning chapter, readers are presented with an experiment called “Create a False Memory” wherein the procedure involves testing the memories of volunteers using two different word lists. One list has a theme (school-related words) and the other only has a couple of terms from the first list. Variables are suggested for decreasing the amount of time that the subjects look at the lists and wait to look at the second list. Engaging content that will drive understanding makes this book useful to students and educators.
Elves Help Puss In Boots
Heinemann Raintree Library [Heinemann Raintree Library]
Sutcliffe, Tim
Sutcliffe, Tim
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
May 03, 2017
Averill, Linda
Puss In Boots is not happy as his boots are worn and need repair. After much searching he finds a cobbler who can mend them. The boots are left on a workbench and 2 elves in tattered clothing mend the boots one night. The shoemaker wants to reward the elves with new clothes but doesn’t have any thread fine enough to sewing the garments. Puss is able to provide a solution. This will be fun for readers who are familiar with both stories; The Elves & the Shoemakers and Puss in Boots, though there is a synopsis of each at the back of the book. A glossary of 4 words, a half-page of writing prompts and an internet site are also provided.
Vietnam War Heroes
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Zullo, Allan
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
6th grade to 12th grade
May 03, 2017
Averill, Linda
Ten Medal of Honor heroes are recognized for the actions that earned them the honor. Each person’s story came from personal interviews with the recipients, their families, news accounts, battle accounts and military citations. The author provides detailed, factual information about the actions that were the basis for each of the men to receive the medal. A glossary is available to help the reader understand the many military terms.
Scourge
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Nielsen, Jennifer A
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
6th grade to 12th grade
May 04, 2017
Dame, Anne
Ani is one of the River People; they are not well liked by the other people in their country and are constantly being harassed and forced to move from one place to another. However, a plague is sweeping through the country and Ani and the River people may be the only ones who are not susceptible to it. She gets swept up into the thick of the action - and things go terribly wrong... Ani proves to be particularly strong and courageous throughout the difficulties faced. Ani is a strong female character, easy to like and identify with. First in a series. The next one is definitely something to look forward to. As always, Nielsen's writing is clear, engaging, and fast-paced.
Playbook : 52 Rules To Aim, Shoot, And Score In This Game Ca
Hmh Books For Young Readers [Hmh Books For Young Readers]
Alexander, Kwame
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
All ages
May 04, 2017
Dame, Anne
This is an inspirational book written by the author of The Crossover and Booked. It is very sports oriented, has lots of quotes from a wide variety of famous people (although a majority of them are sports celebrities), a few short stories, and lots of great photographs. Frankly, I don't know that my middle school students will be all that interested in it, even though they really enjoyed his fiction books. Definitely more of a browsing type book than something to read cover to cover, even though I'm sure that's how it is intended.
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid : Double Down
Amulet Books [Amulet Books]
Kinney, Jeff
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
5th grade to 8th grade
May 04, 2017
Dame, Anne
When Mom decides that Greg needs to play fewer video games and be more creative, Greg definitely gets creative: with a video camera and some gummy worms! However, this was not exactly what she had in mind and now he really needs to get to work. Fans of Wimpy Kid will continue to laugh at Greg's antics. Recommended due to high appeal to students, especially struggling/reluctant readers.
Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide To Not Growing Up
ROARING BROOK PRESS [ROARING BROOK PRESS]
Greenwald, Tommy
Coovert, J. P.
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
5th grade to 8th grade
May 04, 2017
Dame, Anne
The 6th and final book in the series. Charlie Joe Jackson is getting ready to graduate from middle school. At first he was really excited about it, but then nostalgia and some other things kick in and he might not be as ready to move on as he thought he was. Fans of Diary of a wimpy kid will also enjoy this series with it's middle school humor and illustrations throughout.
Star Wars : Vader Down : 5
Spotlight [Spotlight]
Aaron, Jason
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
3rd grade to 5th grade
May 04, 2017
Shirts, Brooke
Who doesn’t want to have an adventure in a galaxy far, far away? All the ol’ gang is here: Han, Leia, Luke, Chewie, R2D2 and C3PO, as they escape one danger-filled adventure after another, especially avoiding the sinister grasp of Darth Vader. The plots of these graphic novels (taking place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, for the initiated) are brief, snappy, and action-filled, fully reminiscent of the old Saturday adventure serials George Lucas wanted the original Star Wars films to emulate. There are enough laser shoot-outs, lightsaber duels, snappy one-liners and spaceship chases to keep any young fans happy and reaching for the popcorn, and while the baddies are menacing, the violence is kept at just the right not-too-threatening level for the elementary school set. Older fans will enjoy seeing how the authors rework the original material to create clever new storylines that still fit neatly into the world of the films. The artwork is stylish, capturing the essence of the live-action cast members without descending into caricature, and using a fine variety of perspectives and page-layouts to keep the action brisk. If you’re looking for something to sate the demand for all things Star Wars, this is a great bet.
Star Wars : Vader Down : 6
Spotlight [Spotlight]
Gillen, Kieron
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
3rd grade to 5th grade
May 04, 2017
Shirts, Brooke
Who doesn’t want to have an adventure in a galaxy far, far away? All the ol’ gang is here: Han, Leia, Luke, Chewie, R2D2 and C3PO, as they escape one danger-filled adventure after another, especially avoiding the sinister grasp of Darth Vader. The plots of these graphic novels (taking place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, for the initiated) are brief, snappy, and action-filled, fully reminiscent of the old Saturday adventure serials George Lucas wanted the original Star Wars films to emulate. There are enough laser shoot-outs, lightsaber duels, snappy one-liners and spaceship chases to keep any young fans happy and reaching for the popcorn, and while the baddies are menacing, the violence is kept at just the right not-too-threatening level for the elementary school set. Older fans will enjoy seeing how the authors rework the original material to create clever new storylines that still fit neatly into the world of the films. The artwork is stylish, capturing the essence of the live-action cast members without descending into caricature, and using a fine variety of perspectives and page-layouts to keep the action brisk. If you’re looking for something to sate the demand for all things Star Wars, this is a great bet.
Gallo Que No Se Callaba! = The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quie
Scholastic En Espanol [Scholastic En Espanol]
Deedy, Carmen Agra
Yelchin, Eugene
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
May 04, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
See review of "The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet" English language version.
Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Deedy, Carmen Agra
Yelchin, Eugene
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
May 04, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
This picture book will have students wanting to join in with the rooster's "Kee-kee-re-KEE" to drive out the mayor of a too-quiet town. Everyone in the village of La Paz loves to make sound--mothers crooning, engines humming, and teakettles whistling. When it becomes a bit too much they vote for a mayor who outlaws singing in public, no.... singing at home... no, (finally) NO singing! But Rooster shows up under the mayor's window and continues to sing despite being caged, no family, no food, and threatened with death. Even if Rooster is no more, the people will remember and sing his song. The mayor is booted from the town and music is again heard from morning till night. The illustrations are bright bold, and LOUD. Adults might pick up on the social-political message of suppression of spirit and voice, but children will just want to "Kee-kee-re-KEE"!! PSC received both English and Spanish language versions of this title.
Half Magic
Hmh Books For Young Readers [Hmh Books For Young Readers]
Eager, Edward
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
4th grade to 6th grade
May 04, 2017
Shirts, Brooke
Edward Eager’s classic comic fantasy novels have been reupholstered yet again, this time with emphasis on being known as the “Tales of Magic” series. The first (and most well known) volume, “Half Magic,” is still as charming as when it was first published in 1954, showcasing the adventures of four American suburban siblings -- Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha -- whose lives are turned upside down when they discover a magic coin that grants them half of whatever it is they wish for. (Did you absentmindedly wish you were on a desert island? Then to the desert you go.) Like Eager’s acknowledged inspiration, E. Nesbit, the brilliance here is how magical adventures work out in the mundane, ordinary world. The comic contrast remains witty as ever. It’s unclear who will appreciate the new forward by Alice Hoffman (parents?), and the new cover art, while true to the novel, makes the book look too much like a traditional swords-and-sorcery story. Hopefully that won’t keep the story from finding its best audience: kids with an eye for irony of being saddled with exactly what you wished for -- or at least half of it.
Cow Said Meow
HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR) [HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR)]
Himmelman, John
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
May 04, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
A delightful picture book. It's raining outside. The cow notices that the cat gets let inside by the old woman because it says "meow." Cow tries it and she gets in too! A pig notices what the cow did and does it too with the same result. One-by-one animals get let in by the old lady by saying "meow." It changes to "heeow" when a donkey successfully tries to get in the house. Children will love the repetition and make predictions of what will happen next. Color illustrations are easy to share at story time. A fun read.
Bizzy Bear : Do-It-Yourself Day
Nosy Crow [NOSY CROW]
Davies, Benji
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten
May 06, 2017
Turpin, Sharon
Bizzy Bear fans will enjoy this sturdy, interactive board book with its lively rhyming text. With a hammer, saw, tape measure and drill to move themselves, young readers will be surprised at the tree house rocket Bizzy Bear and his animal friends build. Intended for ages 0-3, this simple book invites multiple readings with its hands-on enticements.
Maisy's Bus
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Cousins, Lucy
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten
May 06, 2017
Turpin, Sharon
Another new Go With Maisy Board Book will add variety for the adults who have already read and reread the other Maisy books featuring a digger, fire engine, plane, race car, tractor and train. As cute white rat Maisy drives her bus to the beach she picks up her animal friends along the way until it’s packed full. They sing the appropriate “Wheels on the Bus” song as they arrive for a sunny stay at the water. Cousin’s signature vivid illustrations carry the reader and the bus through a lively, entertaining romp once again.
Maisy's Sailboat
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Cousins, Lucy
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten
May 06, 2017
Turpin, Sharon
This Go with Maisy Board Book is a welcome new addition to the Maisy series especially for parents who have read and reread Maisy’s Digger or Maisy’s Race Car over an over again. Cute white rat Maisy takes a sail with Charley her alligator friend on board where they travel under a bridge and past a lighthouse to moor in a beautiful lagoon. While Charley fishes Maisy scuba dives. This very simple story has lots of vibrant illustrations with Lucy Cousin’s signature bold colors and thick black outlines that make this fun for both adults and children. For ages 6-months to 3 years.
Race Car Count
HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR) [HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR)]
Dotlich, Rebecca Kai
Slack, Michael
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten
May 06, 2017
Turpin, Sharon
This board book of the original 2015 picture book combines numbers, counting, race cars and colors as each race car enters the race and at the end lines up at the starting line (which is a bit confusing to the adult reader). The rhyming text introduces each car with its number that highlights its color and is cumulative as each previous car is always included on the new double page spread. The illustrations have an edgy digital look to them and the emphasis is on action (There is an unexplained and unresolved pile up as 7 enters the race.)The final page has MEET THE RACE CARS! with all 10 in a table listing their names, loves and what they collect i.e. Race Car 1 (green) is named Lucky, loves spinach, and collects old fenders. This could prove entertaining for young children who enjoy race cars or adults who want to reinforce colors and numbers.
Death Of The Hat : A Brief History Of Poetry In Fifty Obj
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Janeczko, Paul B
Raschka, Chris
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
6th grade to 12th grade
May 08, 2017
Threlkeld, Sarah
Everyday objects, like a fan and a wheelbarrow; common animals and more unusual creatures; grass and flowers and trees; a queen, a palace, the moon and the stars; all of these items and many more are represented in this intriguing anthology of short poems that reflect a variety of literary time periods, from the early Middle Ages to the present. Poets commonly analyzed in high school English classes are included, as well as lesser known writers, with the hope that readers would be motivated to seek out more works by the poets that intrigue them. Because the entries are chronological, it makes sense to read the anthology from beginning to end, but the book also lends itself to quick reads of a random page or two. Raschka’s watercolor illustrations neither elevate nor detract from the poems and will entice those who already enjoy his art style. Overall, an interesting idea that's executed well and will appeal to middle and high school readers who are fans of poetry.
Language Of Angels : The Reinvention Of Hebrew
CHARLESBRIDGE PUBLISHING [CHARLESBRIDGE PUBLISHING]
Michelson, Richard
Gudeon, Karla
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
May 10, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
Ben-Zion has a hard time communicating with other children in 1885’s Jerusalem (people spoke the language of their former nation) His father wanted him to only speak Hebrew, however, at the time the language was only used in religious ceremonies. His father also wanted Hebrew to become an evolving language, a way for all of the people of Israel to communicate. The picture book explains how they began to create new words for an old language. The story is compelling and the illustrations fit well with the text. An afterword gives additional information about Hebrew, Ben-Zion, Devorah, and Eliezer, and Palestine. There is a 3 title bibliography. A nice addition to your language collection.
The Grand Canyon
Purple Toad Publishing [Purple Toad Publishing]
O'Neal Claire and Gagne, Tammy
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
5th grade to 8th grade
May 10, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
Part of the “Walk on the Wild Side: The National Parks” series, this 48 page book explores Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park. The book describes the geology, history, and wildlife found in the park. The book also does a fine job exploring the native cultures that lived in the canyon. The book also gives the readers some ideas of activities that could be done in the park: hiking, rafting, and sightseeing. Color, captioned photographs are included. The text layout makes the text seem dense. A table of contents, fun fact page, chapter notes, extensive bibliography, glossary, and index are included which will make this a good book for research. This was an interesting book and will serve classes who study national parks.
Simple Solutions With Rachael Ray
Checkerboard/abdo [Checkerboard/abdo]
Finne, Stephanie
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
4th grade to 6th grade
May 10, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
Part of the “Reality TV Titans” series, this 32 page biography follows the life of Rachel Ray. The book is arrange chronologically through 2014. The reader learns about her rise to fame and her causes: animal and hunger. The text is well-written and accompanied by color, captioned photographs. A simple recipe “inspired by Rachel Ray” is included. The book contains the usual non-fiction features: table of contents, glossary (word found in bold within the text), timeline, and index. Web resources are provided through the publisher’s website. As her life and projects are ongoing, this edition will soon be outdated making this an additional purchase.
On The Job In A Restaurant
RED CHAIR PRESS [RED CHAIR PRESS]
Cohn, Jessica
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
May 10, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
Part of the “On the Job” series, this 32 page offering explores the positions available in a restaurant. Readers learn about managers, marketing staff, chef, kitchen workers, servers, hosts, and more. All of this is tied in to STEM learning. Sidebars provide additional interesting information about restaurants. Color photographs enhance the clear text. The book is complete with a table of contents, glossary, index, and author information. This book does a great job connecting learning students do in school with positions in this industry.
Athena
45Th Parallel Press [45Th Parallel Press]
Loh-Hagan, Virginia
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
5th grade to 8th grade
May 10, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
Part of the “Gods & Goddesses of the Ancient World” series, this 32 page book explores the Greek goddess, Athena. Each chapter opens with several focus questions and then answers those questions. We learn who she is, the skills and powers she has, and more. Color illustrations and photographs of statues add to the text. Text boxes provide additional information on connections to other cultures, science, and family tree. The book also has comprehension questions/activities in the end matter. The book is complete with a table of contents, index, glossary, and 2-title bibliography. This book will be useful during ancient world units in sixth grade classes.
I See And See
HOLIDAY HOUSE [HOLIDAY HOUSE]
Lewin, Ted
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
May 10, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
A simple picture book for the new reader. Each double page spread has a beautiful watercolor illustration and a single sentence. The boy sees many things. “I see a dog. I see a truck. I see and see.” This pattern continues several times. At the end of the book we see that the boy has created his own drawings of the things he saw. There is not much content, but this will serve the “learning to read” population. A good purchase if you have a need.
Little Elliot Big Fun
HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR) [HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR)]
Curato, Mike
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
May 11, 2017
Threlkeld, Sarah
Elliot the elephant can't wait to visit the boardwalk with his best friend Mouse. Unfortunately, Elliot is intimidated by the rides, scared by a clown, and gets lost in the Fun House. This day is turning out to be terrible! Then Mouse has a brilliant idea - they can go on the Ferris Wheel, which isn't fast or wet or dizzy, like the other rides. Elliot is unsure, but decides to be brave and trust his friend. The view from the top of the Ferris Wheel, which is painted in soothing purples, pinks, and golds and spread over four fold-out pages, takes Elliot's breath away. From that point on he enjoys his time at the boardwalk, driving the bumper cars, riding the carousel, playing Skee-Ball and getting his picture taken, all with his best friend, which makes it all the more special. Little Elliot, Big Fun is a sweet story of friendship and will reassure young readers that it's ok to be nervous in new situations. The illustrations have a retro feel that will transport readers back in time to the heyday of Coney Island. This story will be enjoyed over and over again, both as a read aloud and independent read.
Renoir
Purple Toad Publishing [Purple Toad Publishing]
Leavitt, Amie Jane
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
4th grade to 6th grade
May 11, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
Part of the “Brush with Greatness” series, this 32 page book looks at the life of Auguste Renoir. The book is a mix of non-fiction with a fiction narrative. The boy is a neighbor of Renoir. As he visits the famous painter we learn about his life, works, and style. The final page of text adopts a more non-fiction tone explaining his last days. The book contains a table of contents, timeline, list of selected works, bibliography, glossary (words in bold within the text), and index. Author information is found on the verso. This book will provide readers with a basic background of his life. The reproductions of his painting also give the reader an appreciation for his work. This work might not be accessible for students for research because many facts are embedded in the narrative, however, this would be a solid addition to your art or biography section.
Malala : Activist For Girls' Education
CHARLESBRIDGE PUBLISHING [CHARLESBRIDGE PUBLISHING]
Frier, Raphaelle
Fronty, Aurelia
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
4th grade to 6th grade
May 11, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
This beautiful 45 page picture book describes the life and accomplishments of Nobel Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai. The illustrations are incredible and fit the text. The text is somewhat dense making this for an older crowd of students. We learn about her birth, early life, and schooling. We also learn about the culture of her region in Pakistan and the changes that occurred when the Taliban arrived. The book then talks about her blog, the shooting of her, recovery, and her rise to international fame. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 at 17 years old. The end matter contains more information about Malala, Pakistan, girls and schooling in the world, her views on Islam, and where she finds inspiration. This is a well-written book and would provide a great overview before students read “I am Malala”. There is a small bibliography, but no other non-fiction text features. Buy this book for your biography sections, it deserves to be in all libraries.
Brown V. Board Of Education Of Topeka
Core Library/abdo [Core Library/abdo]
Wilson, Sharon J
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
5th grade to 8th grade
May 11, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
This book is part of the “Stories of the Civil Rights Movement” series. The 48 pages opens with Moton High School in Farmville, VA. We learn how separate, but equal was not working and how the students in Farmville were trying to get an equal education. We learn about the history of Jim Crow laws and the court cases that lead up to Brown v. Board of Education. The ruling of Brown is discussed. Readers will also learn about the 14th amendment and the efforts in Congress. We also learn of the legacy of this case and the impact it had across the nation. The book had Common Core related activities at the end of each chapter and in the end matter. The book has a table of contents, index, glossary, bibliography (web resources found through the publisher’s website), and author information. This would be a great resource in the study of the Civil Rights Movement.
Kansas City Chiefs
Big Buddy Books/abdo [Big Buddy Books/abdo]
Lajiness, Katie
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
May 11, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
Part of "The NFL's Greatest Teams" series, this 32 page book gives an overview of the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs entered the AFL as the Dallas Texans in 1960, then moved to Kansas City in 1963 and became the Chiefs. Most chapters are 2 pages (one is 4 pages). Each chapter contains a topic and color, captioned photographs. The text is well-written and will appeal to young football fans. The reader will learn about the team's history, famous coaches and players, stadium, fans, and game highlights (including one Super Bowl win). A stat page is found in the middle of the book, titled "Halftime! Stat Break." The book is complete with a table of contents, timeline (through 2015), quiz (4 questions), glossary, and index. Web resources are available through the publisher's website. An additional book for your sports section.
Bad Kitty Goes To The Vet
ROARING BROOK PRESS [ROARING BROOK PRESS]
Bruel, Nick
Brinesh, Heather Jane
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
2nd grade to 4th grade
May 11, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
Bad Kitty is back, and fans of this cat will love this book. Bad Kitty is not feeling well, so he must be taking to the vet. Bad Kitty does not want to go to the vet and once he is there he gets a shot. He dreams he goes to the gates of heaven and learns he must be nice to puppy in order to enter. He does a good deed just in time! The comic illustrations are hilarious and the story moves fast. Along the way, readers might learn about taking care of cats and what a veterinarian does! 143 pages of fun.
James Meredith And The University Of Mississippi
Core Library/abdo [Core Library/abdo]
Kenney, Karen Latchana
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
5th grade to 8th grade
May 11, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
This 48 page book is part of the “Stories of the Civil Rights Movement” series. The text opens with the unrest (riot) on the University of Mississippi campus in 1962 as federal law enforcement came to help James Meredith register for classes on the segregated campus. Then the book goes back in time to explain why segregation was the norm in the South and how court cases lead to this event. We learn how the federal government was supporting integration, while state government was trying to keep the status quo. Historical, captioned photos are found throughout the thoughtful and well-written text. Common core connected activities are found at the end of each chapter and in the end matter. The book has a table of contents, index, glossary, bibliography (web resources found through the publisher’s website), and author information. This would be a great resource in the study of the Civil Rights Movement.
Blackfeet
Purple Toad Publishing [Purple Toad Publishing]
Wilson, Wayne L
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
May 11, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
This non-fiction book is part of the “We Were Here First: The Native Americans” series. The 48 page text looks at the Blackfeet tribes of the North American Plains. The book covers tribes from both the United States and Canada. The reader will learn about the Blackfoot Confederacy, their reliance on buffalo, how their lives changed with the coming of horses and settlers, and the lives of this incredible tribe today. The text is well-written and will be easy to understand. The book has many color, captioned photographs, maps, and drawings. A list of Blackfoot words and fascinating facts are in the end matter. The usual non-fiction text features are present: table of contents, timeline, chapter notes, bibliography, glossary, index, and author information. This would be a great book to update your Native American section.
Sophie Flufftail's Brave Plan
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Meadows, Daisy
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
May 11, 2017
Shirts, Brooke
Need a jolt of cuteness in your life? Look no farther than this beguiling beginning chapter book series, where Lily and Jess, both animal lovers, embark on adventures in the Friendship Forest, where adorable, anthropomorphized animals live in an enchanted village akin to something from Brambly Hedge or the Beatrix Potter books. Unlike those other stories, Friendship Forest suffers under the threat of an antagonist: the witch Grizelda, who sends a variety of dragons to inflict various maladies on the animal buddies, from everlasting darkness to ice storms. In each book our heroines partner with a different squirrel, fox, hedgehog, or the like to rescue the other animals’ families. The fantasy adventures usually parallel the efforts of a real-world wildlife hospital run by Lily’s family to help rehabilitate rescued animals. Repetitive, yes, but also comforting. It’s great fare for fans of the Magic Treehouse series who’d like something a little more cuddly to whet their palate.
April Fools', Mr. Todd!
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Mcdonald, Megan
Madrid, Erwin
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
2nd grade to 4th grade
May 12, 2017
Averill, Linda
Mr. Todd is Judy Moody's teacher. He tells the class about special days in April, days like Earth Day, Peanut-Butter-and-Jelly-Day, and Blah-Blah-Blah Day. They discuss April 1 which is Judy's birthday and April Fool's day. Judy is sure Mr. Todd will have a nice party for her just as he had for done for her classmates. Judy plans and implements an April Fools trick on her teacher that amuses him and the class. It seems that he has forgotten Judy's birthday. Judy is very disappointed as she nears the end of her school day, but the joke is on her.
Good Night, Baby Animals - You've Had A Busy Day
HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR) [HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR)]
Winnick, Karen B
Watkins, Laura
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten
May 12, 2017
Averill, Linda
A baby African or Asian animal is featured in each of the stories. Tigers, elephants, giraffes, rhinos, pandas, and gorillas are portrayed in soft mixed-media illustrations. The poems highlight the antics and daily lives of the babies. Each story closes with “Good night baby _____ you’ve had a busy day.” A two page “Animal Facts” section provides a paragraph of additional information about each animal; size, food, and habitat. If offered one story at a time this can introduce pre-schoolers to “chapters”.
Microsaurs : Follow That Tiny-Dactyl
FEIWEL AND FRIENDS [FEIWEL AND FRIENDS]
Hansen, Dustin
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
3rd grade to 5th grade
May 12, 2017
Averill, Linda
When a microscopic dinosaur flies away with the GPS beacon from Lin’s helmet during the X-Treme Games skateboard competition she and Danny find themselves in an adventure filled with tiny dinosaurs, a spooky house, a science lab, and a shrink-machine. The duo have just 2 hours to retrieve the beacon, find the missing scientist, re-size themselves and return to the games in time for Lin’s event. She has a good possibility of winning as last year she placed second. The illustrations portray a variety of miniature dinosaurs as lovable pets. The mix of science fiction, fantasy, and realistic fiction will keep the reader engaged. This is the first in a series.
Small Thing...but Big
ROARING BROOK PRESS [ROARING BROOK PRESS]
Johnston, Tony
Hooper, Hadley
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
May 12, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Lizzie is a little girl visiting the park with her mother. There is an elderly man walking a dog there. Lizzie is leery of the dog. The man is nervous, too. Nevertheless he introduces Lizzie to his dog and she ventures to pet it. A small thing, but big. Step by step she becomes more comfortable, and so does the man. Soon Lizzie is walking the dog on her own. Reassuringly, illustrations show Lizzie's mom always within view, giving her child space, but security. Each step is small, but big as Lizzie's confidence grows. In the end the girl admits that she was afraid of dogs. Amusingly, the man admits that he was afraid of children. Each has made significant progress. This is a sweet book with big digital illustrations making it perfect for sharing. Are all dogs safe? No, but the carefully constructed circumstances in the story are perfect for relieving fear. Parents may welcome this book if they have a child with similar concerns to Lizzie's.
Horse Named Steve
KIDS CAN PRESS [KIDS CAN PRESS]
Collier, Kelly
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
May 12, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Steve, the horse, has dreams. He doesn't just want to be ordinary. He wants to be EXCEPTIONAL! How to achieve that goal, however? When he finds a golden horn he straps it to his head and goes off to show his friends, who seem unimpressed. Especially since that horn is slipping. However, young readers will notice in the illustrations that all his friends have started strapping various things to their own heads. When he loses his horn he realizes he is unique because he DOESN'T have anything on his head, and that he is quite the trendsetter. this is a silly story told with great enthusiasm. The ink, watercolor, and digital illustrations have a limited palette but are quirky and fun. Is there a message here? Not really, but that's hardly the point.
Day I Ran Away
FLASHLIGHT PRESS [FLASHLIGHT PRESS]
Niner, Holly L
Ongaro, Isabella
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
May 13, 2017
Averill, Linda
As she is getting ready for bed Grace tells her father about her day. She describes what upset her, her temper tantrum, what happened during her time-out and her mother’s reaction to the announcement of “I’m running away”. Told as questions and answers between Grace and her father the typeface and color are different for each character. The cheery illustrations alternate between the bedroom and the day’s happenings of where she went and why she came home. They provide enjoyable details that will capture a young reader’s attention.
Go Big Or Go Gnome!
Imprint (Mps) [Imprint (Mps)]
Mayer, Kirsten
Horton, Laura K.
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
May 13, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Poor Al. In the gnome world you are judged by the bounteous quality of your beard, but Al hasn't a single whisker. With the bear contest coming up he is sure to be disgraced once again. He tries various fake types of beards--inventive but ultimately futile. How can he find his place in his community? Turns out he's quite the barber. In caring for the beards of others he finds his true calling. This is a sweet and silly book with bright digital illustrations featuring red-capped gnomes and crazy facial hair. It just goes to show that you don't have to be like all of the others to fit in.
Frankie
Hmh Books For Young Readers [Hmh Books For Young Readers]
Sullivan, Mary
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
May 13, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Frankie is the new dog in the house and the old dog, Nico, is not going to share his things. Poor Frankie has to improvise, until he finds that his new owners have gotten him things that are his very own. In simple sequential pictures with short sentences or conversation bubbles, we see Frankie's excitement, Nico's jealousy, and the eventual resolution. The illustrations are the key here as Mary Sullivan aptly portrays a bouncy new arrival and a worried older pet's reaction. This is a fun book that will please dog lovers.
Handprint People
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
Mehtani, Henu
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Kindergarten to 6th grade
May 13, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Everyone's heard of thumbprint art, but why stop there? Why not dip your whole hand in paint and use the front, back, side, or whatever as the basis for artwork. Stiltwalkers, clowns, fairies, and more can be created with some imagination, bright paints, and a little help from a paintbrush for further details. Instructions for each piece of artwork are given, though they are not always completely clear. Examples show what the finished product might look like. The concept is interesting and playful. However, Let's hope nobody does the art WHILE reading the book. How do you turn a page when your hands are covered with paint?
Horizon
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Westerfeld, Scott
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
5th grade to 8th grade
May 13, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Teens on their way to a robotics contest, a Japanese boy returning home in shame, two Japanese girls... When the plane, which is supposed to be flying over the Arctic Circle, unexpectedly goes down, the teens are the only survivors. There aren't even bodies of the other passengers. Now they find themselves in a mysterious jungle setting and must work to survive, recognize danger, use strange new technology, and figure out what is going on. Are they truly on an alien world, or is something else going on? This is a high action book filled with mystery and suspense. It is the first in a series and leaves the reader hanging, Perhaps some answers could be found in the videogame that goes with the story? This is a good beginning. Let's see if the author can keep it up.
I Will Love You
CARTWHEEL BOOKS (SCHOLASTIC) [CARTWHEEL BOOKS (SCHOLASTIC)]
Capucilli, Alyssa Satin
Anchin, Lisa
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
May 13, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
How long will a mother love her child? In this rhyming, lyrical book a mother is shown romping with a young girl as she declares the extent of her love for the child. Warm and expressive illustrations spill across double-page spreads showing different landscapes and shared activities. This is a sweet book to be shared between mother and child.
Bee-Wigged
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Bell, Cece
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
May 13, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Jerry Bee is misunderstood. He loves people, but they run away from the enormous bee. His salvation? A wig. Suddenly people don't think he's a bee any more. He goes to school, makes friends, is generally helpful, and gains quite a fan club. when his wig falls off in the middle of a parade his new popularity seems to be lost. However the wig, a guinea pig, speaks up for his host and Jerry discovers he can be part of the group while just being himself. Big, bold, silly illustrations accompany this whimsical story about acceptance and belonging.
Boy X
Chicken House [Chicken House]
Smith, Dan
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
5th grade to 8th grade
May 13, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Ash McCarty doesn't know where he is, or why he is there. Gradually he comes to understand that he is on an island where a deadly virus has been released. He and another teen, Isabel, have only one chance to get the cure, save those they love, and possibly prevent a worldwide catastrophe. Ash notices, however, that his senses are heightened. Something is going on. In some way he is connected to the island. Can they win against mercenaries? Can they survive? Can he adjust to the new abilities awakening within him? This is a fast-paced thriller with plenty of action and suspense. It should keep middle grade readers enthralled.
Noisy Night
ROARING BROOK PRESS [ROARING BROOK PRESS]
Barnett, Mac
Biggs, Brian
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
May 13, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
In a different approach to a sequential book (yet similar to Arnold's bathtub book) Mac Barnett looks at a busy apartment building. Every resident is being bothered by what's going on above their heads. A young boy cannot sleep because of an opera singer, who can't practice because of a baby crying, and so it goes, up the different floors of the building. The bold and clever illustrations give a hint as to what might be coming next, making this a good choice for prediction lessons. Finally the grumpy old man at the top has his say, and things quiet down. This would be a fun read-aloud with plenty of opportunities for audience participation.
Birthday Crafts
CHILDS WORLD [CHILDS WORLD]
Trueit, Trudi Strain
Gallagher-Cole
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
May 13, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Someone's birthday is coming up. Are there crafts you can make for gifts, or to help celebrate it? Yes there are! This sturdy 24 page book features bright illustrations, materials lists, and step-by-step instructions as young readers learn various crafts. They learn how to make a pop-up birthday cake card, a birthstone picture frame, a fortune-teller jar, a wish jar, and a fleece pillow. Most of these crafts will require a trip to the craft store, but they are quite doable, with the right supplies. A little creativity, and they could be fantastic! Some of them might make good art projects for craft activities at the birthday party itself. This is a fun addition to the arts and craft section.
My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish : Jurassic Carp
FEIWEL AND FRIENDS [FEIWEL AND FRIENDS]
O'hara, Mo
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
3rd grade to 5th grade
May 14, 2017
Averill, Linda
Tom has a pet goldfish named Fred. Fred has the ability to hypnotize, to recognize evil and communicate. His eating habits include anything green; slime, crayons, or green sugar cubes. In the first of two stories, The Night Knight, Tom’s school takes a fieldtrip to a castle to participate in a medieval day. They observe some competitions between four knights. One of the knights is a robot built and disguised by the evil big brother of Tom’s best friend Pradeep. Tom’s big brother was a part of the evil plot. Tom, Pradeep and Frankie recognize that there is something strange about the knight who is winning all of the competitions. They investigate, try to stop him and expose their older brothers’ plot. The second story, Jurassic Carp, involves a scientist who wants to merge DNA of a dino-fish with Fred. Tom’s evil brother kidnapped Fred for the cloning. Tom, Pradeep and Pradeep’s toddler sister, Sami, have to rescue Fred and the dino-fish. This is a part of a series.
Dinosaur Pirates!
Nosy Crow [NOSY CROW]
Dale, Penny
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
May 14, 2017
Averill, Linda
The story, with words repeated from one line to the next, tells of dinosaur pirates reading a secret map, rowing to an island and digging up a treasure chest. Raptors want the treasure and they attack. The dinosaurs have to fight the raptors. Readers will enjoy matching the dinosaur pirates pictured in the story to their pictures with names (i.e. stegosaurus, megalosaurus, baryonyx) located on the inside front cover. Large, colorful illustrations will encourage discussion.
Hattie & Hudson
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Van Dusen, Chris
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
May 14, 2017
Averill, Linda
Hattie, an athletic redhead, is singing as she paddles her canoe. Her singing attracts a friendly monster from the bottom of the lake. She names him Hudson. They become friends and play games, but when other people see the monster they are afraid, call him a “Deadly Beast” and make plans to trap him. Hattie told Hudson of the plans and they create their own plan of how to save him. The illustrations add much to the story; conveying the idyllic summer setting, the townspeople’s emotions and the expressions of the friendly monster.
If I Could Drive, Mama
Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr) [Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr)]
Best, Cari
Shin, Simone
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Pre-Kindergarten
May 14, 2017
Averill, Linda
An imaginative toddle pretends a cardboard box is a car. He invites his mother for a drive, has her fasten her seat belt then takes her to get her nails polished, to the library where he shares a story, and another stop is shopping at the dress shop. They visit the playground, the ice cream shop, and the neighborhood swimming pool. He pretends to use turn signals, to stop at red lights and to drive through a construction zone. When he has 2 flat tires he tells mama not to worry he has a tire pump. After such a busy day he pretends to tuck mama in for a nap. The illustrations of this imaginative trip will keep the children engaged and they will enjoy the role reversal
Middle Me : A Growing-Up Story Of The Middle Child
Rocking Chair Kids [Rocking Chair Kids]
Dinardo, Jeff
Rudebjer, Lars
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
May 14, 2017
Averill, Linda
A panda with an older brother and a younger sister explains the drawbacks of being a middle child. When riding in the car he is trapped in the middle. Mom helps brother with homework while Dad gets sister ready for bed. At a carnival he is too little for some rides and too big for others. However, there are times he is happy to be in the middle, like getting hugs. Large colorful, 2-page illustrations enhance the short, single sentences that appear on alternate pages.
Blooming At The Texas Sunrise Motel
HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR) [HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR)]
Holt, Kimberly Willis
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
May 15, 2017
Wittmann, Teresa
Stevie lives happily with her mother and father tending their small farm and roadside stand until an accident happens and suddenly she is alone. She is sent to live with her mother’s father Winston who runs a somewhat run-down motel even though Stevie didn’t even know she had a grandfather. Stevie has a difficult time adjusting to her grandfather’s silent character and yearns to learn more about her mother’s early life and why they never mentioned each other. Other characters at or near the motel help her feel more welcome like Roy the cute boy who does odd jobs at the motel with his father and Mrs. Crump, Stevie’s narcoleptic private teacher. Stevie tries her best to learn about her family’s secrets and even plants a garden at the motel, but nothing seems to work. What will Stevie’s future bring? This is a heartwarming novel of grief, relationships, and family secrets mixed with a theme of gardening and new life.
Animal Crackers : Circus Mayhem
FIRST SECOND [FIRST SECOND]
Sava, Scott Christian
Holmes, Mike
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
May 15, 2017
Dame, Anne
This graphic novel is the prequel to the 2017 animated movie "Animal Crackers". Owen's parents are dropping him off to stay with his Uncle Bob, who just happens to run a circus. Owen is less than thrilled about the idea but isn't given any choice in the matter. While at the circus, he discovers that his uncle plus all the amazing animals that are the heart of the circus are missing. A box of magical animal crackers help Owen and the rest of the circus people get the best of Contorto - the rival that has caused all the problems. A quick, fun read. Students will enjoy. I didn't like the way that El Gato, one of the rival circus' performers was portrayed. It seemed stereotypical, plus the Spanish was never translated which will frustrate some students.
Dog Man : 1
GRAPHIX [GRAPHIX]
Pilkey, Dav
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
2nd grade to 4th grade
May 15, 2017
Dame, Anne
Fans of Captain Underpants will love this book! This graphic novel is written and illustrated by George and Harold (from the Captain Underpants world). In it, a policeman who was very strong and brave but not very smart had a dog who was very smart but not very capable. After a bomb explosion caused grievous harm to both, the head of the dog was sewn on to the body of the policeman. The result? A smart and strong officer called Dog Man. Lots of laughs and adventures follow. There is still a theme of potty humor and other low humor but not to the extreme of CU.
Dog Man Unleashed
GRAPHIX [GRAPHIX]
Pilkey, Dav
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
2nd grade to 4th grade
May 15, 2017
Dame, Anne
Sequel to DogMan The adventures of DogMan (smart dog head on strong policeman body) continue in this sequel graphic novel. Lots of low humor laughs. A must have for fans of Captain Underpants.
Pro Wrestling's Greatest Rivalries
Sportszone/abdo [Sportszone/abdo]
Scheff, Matt
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
May 15, 2017
Threlkeld, Sarah
From Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan in the eighties to The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar in 2015, the world of professional wrestling has had many bitter rivalries through the years that entertain fans and spice up matches; this book covers ten of them. Presented in a countdown format, each rivalry is described in a few paragraphs of large text and accompanied by captioned photographs of the two men. There is also a table of contents, glossary, index, author bio, and a brief list of further resources. Fans of wrestling will devour the titles in this series and even those who don't follow wrestling will find the information interesting and accessible. The one component that's missing is an explanation of the sport’s focus on theatrics. After reading this book students may not understand that matches aren't as violent as they appear and rivalries are often fabricated for entertainment purposes. Nevertheless, these titles will circulate frequently.
Judaism
Cherry Lake Publishing [Cherry Lake Publishing]
Marsico, Katie
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
5th grade to 8th grade
May 16, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
Part of the “Global Citizens: World Religions” series, this 32 page book provides a brief overview of Judaism. The reader will learn about the history of the religion, the historical areas where the religion is practiced, and the variations of practice today. The text is understandable, however, after telling the reader the religion is divided into three major subgroups, it describes four subgroups. The four groups are also mentioned in the social studies standards related activity on that page (p.20). The map of Palestine on p. 16 is zoomed in. It would be better to widen the view to see the surrounding area to get a better sense of place. Social studies standards related activities are found throughout the book challenging students to spend more time with the material and search outside of the book. The book has the usual non-fiction text features: table of contents, bibliography, glossary, and index.
James Carter
CHILDS WORLD [CHILDS WORLD]
Rissman, Rebecca
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
3rd grade to 5th grade
May 16, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
Part of the “Premier Presidents” series, this 24 page biography explores the life of President Carter. The book opens with a description of the 1979 Camp David Accords, then the text follows his life chronologically from birth in Plains, Georgia to the present day (2015). We learn how he found politics, his views against segregation, his ascent to the presidency, his presidency, and life after being president. The text is well written and accompanied by captioned photographs. The book has a table of contents, glossary, bibliography (web resources available through the publisher’s website), index, and author information. Since Carter is still alive and working on charitable projects, this book may be out of date soon making this an additional purchase.
Cezanne
Purple Toad Publishing [Purple Toad Publishing]
Leavitt, Amie Jane
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
3rd grade to 5th grade
May 16, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
This narrative non-fiction biography is part of the “Brush With Greatness” series. The 32 pages offer a glimpse of the life of French artist, Paul Cezanne. Belle visits the artist on several occasions to help. She learns about Cezanne’s inspiration, techniques, and works. Color reproductions of his works compliment the text. The book is complete with a table of contents, timeline, list of selected works, bibliography, glossary, index, and author information. While the narrative might make it hard for students to extract information for bibliographic research, this would be a good addition to your art or biography collection.
Gainsborough
Purple Toad Publishing [Purple Toad Publishing]
Orr, Nicole
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
May 16, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
This narrative non-fiction biography is part of the “Brush With Greatness” series. The 32 pages offer a glimpse of the life of artist, Thomas Gainsborough. Edmund (fictional character) visits the artist on several occasions. He learns about Gainsborough’s inspiration, techniques, and works. Color reproductions of his works compliment the text. The final sentence informs the reader what is made-up and what is true in the story (this is much appreciated). The book is complete with a table of contents, timeline, list of selected works, bibliography, glossary, index, and author information. While the narrative might make it hard for students to extract information for bibliographic research, this is a worthy addition to your art or biography collection.
Ice Boy
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Stein, David Ezra
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
May 16, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Want to see the water cycle from the inside? Follow an exuberant ice cube as he sneaks out of the fridge to find out what will happen. The sun is great and so warm! Too warm? Ice Boy finds himself evaporating. Now he's in a cloud. Wait, he's summer hail. Will he see his folks again? Perhaps, and he can give them good information about life after the freezer. This is a fun, buoyant book with a delightful main character. (Love those striped socks!) Young readers will enjoy the story. Teachers will appreciate the curriculum tie-in.
Super Monsta Friends Be You! (Book 2)
Scholastic, Inc. [Scholastic, Inc.]
Tharp, Jason
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
All ages
May 16, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Like to doodle, but need as little guidance? Hey, this is the book for you! With your Super Monsta Friends you'll be doodling about yourself in no time. BFFs? There's a place for that. What's your future gonna be? Can you draw your favorite burger toppings? This is a smorgasbord of fun ideas, goofy cartoons, and bright colors, with plenty of blank spaces left to fill in. This is definitely NOT a library book, but it would make a fun birthday gift for an avid doodler.
Jp And The Bossy Dinosaur : Feeling Unhappy
ALBERT WHITMAN & COMPANY [ALBERT WHITMAN & COMPANY]
Crespo, Ana
Sirotich, Erica
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
May 16, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
The J.P. series is bibliotherapy, each book focusing on a specific emotion. In this book J.P. is sad. He and his family go to the water park, but he is too short to go on the ride he wants. That stupid dinosaur sign with the height indicator! J.P. wants to throw a fit. He wants to cry and be miserable. But he realizes that he has a choice here, and he chooses to be happy instead. Big bright illustrations show a young boy and dinosaurs, which is sure to appeal to the target audience. School counselors will welcome this series, as they help young children identify and deal with emotions.
Whopper
TEMPLAR [TEMPLAR]
Ashdown, Rebecca
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
May 16, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Grandma is a knitter, but her sweaters sometimes leave a lot to be desired. When a young boy puts his new sweater ont he dog it gets totally, utterly, ruined. In covering up the loss he tells a fib, a lie, a whopper. Unfortunately that whopper grows and now it follows him everywhere. It even sleeps in his bed. At last he confesses, and the whopper shrinks then disappears. Splashy, sloppy mixed-media illustrations draw in the eye and clearly show what a mess a little lie can make. Parents can certainly use this book when discussing honesty with their children.
Bloom
Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr) [Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr)]
Diesen, Deborah
Lundquist, Mary
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
May 16, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
A mother and daughter plant bulbs. Time passes. Seasons roll by. Both the girl and the bulbs sprout and bloom. This is a gentle and sweet analogy with soft warm watercolor illustrations showing a loving biracial family sharing activities and love.
Happy Hunter
ENCHANTED LION BOOKS [ENCHANTED LION BOOKS]
Duvoisin, Roger
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
May 16, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Roger Duvoisin's classic story, a NY Times Best Illustrated Book of 1962, is back, restored and reissued. Mr. Bobbin lives next to the forest, smokes his pipe and watched the hunters. Finally he decides to become one, with all the accoutrements. However, upon spotting animals, he is not exactly the type to shoot. Pretty soon the forest animals recognize him and know he is not a threat. One day, however, Mr. Bobbin doesn't show up for his annual "hunt" and this concerns the animals. They decide to visit him, instead. This is a gentle, sweet story with Duvosin's patterned and evocative illustrations. Will it play for a modern audience? Hard to say. The pipe-smoking is now frowned upon, and the whole hunting concept is politically incorrect. Still, the story is one many treasure from their childhood.
Steve Jobs
Abdo Zoom [Abdo Zoom]
Strand, Jennifer
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
May 16, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
This biography is part of the “Zoom In On Technology Pioneers” series. Its 24 pages provide an extremely simple overview of Apple computer founder Steve Jobs. After a couple of introductory sentences, the book follows his life chronologically from birth in 1955 to his death in 2015. Each page has a color photograph and one to three simple sentences. The book has quick stats and a timeline in the end matter which would provide the most information for biographical research. The book also has a table of contents, glossary, and index. Further resources are available on the publisher’s website. This book might find use while students are learning about biographies, however, there is not enough information for biographical research.
Tv Station
Cherry Lake Publishing [Cherry Lake Publishing]
Colby, Jennifer
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
2nd grade to 4th grade
May 16, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
Part of the “21st Century Junior Library: Explore a Workplace” series, this 24 page, level N book looks at the careers available at a television station. The first chapter explains what a television station is. We learn about recorded and live shows. The second chapter focuses on the jobs available at a station. The final chapter provides a few ideas for readers interested in television careers. The text is well-written for basic content. Color, captioned photographs reflect the text. Throughout the book readers are asked to look, think, make a guess, ask questions, and create. These activities provide more focus to the content. The book has a table of contents, glossary (words in color and bold within the text), bibliography, index, and author information. A good book if you are updating your career books.
What Is A Solstice?
CHILDS WORLD [CHILDS WORLD]
Terp, Gail
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
May 16, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
This 24 page book is part of the “Everyday Earth Science” series. The text describes the summer and winter solstices and what they mean. The book opens with a discussion of the seasons. Then the book looks at the winter solstice. It describes what the day means and how the length of daylight affects living things on earth. This is then repeated for the summer. Color, captioned photographs enhance the descriptive text. There is an activity at the end of the book to solidify learning. The book has the usual non-fiction features: table of contents, glossary, bibliography (web resources are provided through the publisher’s website), index, and author information. Teachers conducting a season or astronomy unit will find this book helpful.
Dump Truck Duck
ALBERT WHITMAN & COMPANY [ALBERT WHITMAN & COMPANY]
Bryant, Megan E
De Ruiter, Jo
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
May 16, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
This picture book finds duck using a dump truck to create a park with a pond. Brambles get in the way, but duck is tough and clears the jam. The rhyming text will delight truck lovers. The water color illustration are large enough for sharing. This book would be good for read aloud and for emerging reader to read on their own. 32 pages.
Tunnels
Cherry Lake Publishing [Cherry Lake Publishing]
Loh-Hagan, Virginia
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
May 16, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
Part of the “Extraordinary Engineering” series, this 24 page book takes a look at tunnels. The book opens with a general explanation of tunnels and their uses. The next three chapters look at different types of tunnels: soft ground, rock, and underwater. The reader learned how each type is constructed and the conditions engineers need to focus on for that type. Color, captioned photographs are found through the book and a tunnel from British Columbia is shown in the rock tunnel chapter. This book will inspire future engineers to learn more about force and tunneling techniques. Activities throughout the book ask readers to look, think, make a guess, ask questions, and create. The final activity looks at tunnel design. The book contains a table of contents, glossary, bibliography, index, and author information. This would be a great addition for your library to promote STEM learning.
Princess And The Peas
CHARLESBRIDGE PUBLISHING [CHARLESBRIDGE PUBLISHING]
Himes, Rachel
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
May 17, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
While the title may lead readers to think this is a fractured fairy tale, it's actually an original story set in the South. Ma Sally knows her way around a pot of black-eyed peas. Her handsome son is very eligible, but how to choose him a wife? Well, Ma Sally won't settle for someone who doesn't know how to cook her signature dish. A contest is held and none of the local gals meet the mark. A new gal in town, Princess, was taught her cooking skills by her mother. Her black-eyed peas may even surpass Ma Sally's! John falls in love with her cooking, and then with her. Eventually it leads to a wedding. This is a nimbly-told tale with a nice southern swing and big bold acrylic and multimedia illustrations. Lest anyone find this sexist, Princess soon puts John to work doing the dishes, and insists on getting to know him before plans are made. This is a sweet story, and includes a recipe for black-eyed peas.
Everywhere, Wonder
Imprint (Mps) [Imprint (Mps)]
Swanson, Matthew
Behr, Robbi
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
All ages
May 17, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
The world we live in is amazing--filled with wonderful sights, and sounds, and people, all of which help to make up our story. In this lyrical book a young boy is sucked into the world through a book. He is carried through the world to see pyramids in Egypt, sockeye salmon in Alaskan waters, and jungles in Brazil. But wait, there's more than unique new places. There are spectacular wonders to be seen in your day-to-day life, if you just keep your eyes open. The author opens the world of possibilities to young readers as Robbi Behr beautifully illustrates the evocative text. This is sweet and compelling, but will probably not appeal to most child readers who long for something a little more concrete.
Fred Flintstone's Adventures With Levers : Lift That Load!
Warner Brothers/capstone Press [Warner Brothers/capstone Press]
Weakland, Mark
Cornia, Christian
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
2nd grade to 4th grade
May 17, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Fred Flintstone introduces young readers to levers in this nice mix of cartoon and science. Fred takes time to show Barney, his wife, and even Pebbles and Bam-Bam all the different levers that are part of our everyday lives. He explains how levers work, and what makes them effective. While at times it feels like Fred is giving a bit of a lecture, it will interest young readers to see how many things are levers and to gain a better understanding of why we use them and how they work.
Incredible Olympic Records
CHILDS WORLD [CHILDS WORLD]
Mason, Tyler
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
3rd grade to 5th grade
May 17, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
There are lots of records set at the Olympic Games. Some endure forever, some for only a short time. This book examines some of the significant records for men and women in both the Summer and Winter Games. The longest medal streak, the oldest competitor, the youngest medalist, the most medals. These are more are examined. Sharp graphics and color photographs accompany the crisp text. The only problem is that the book doesn't include anything that changed due to the Rio Games and that's the issue with any book like this. Every two years some of these records have the potential to change. It will become outdated rather quickly. Still, for a quick overview this is a fun choice.
True Princess Of Hawai'i
Arbordale Publishing [Arbordale Publishing]
Greenway, Beth
Yee, Tammy
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
May 17, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
When lava from Mauna Loa threatens the Hawaiian town of Hilo, Princess Luka is sent to appease the goddess Pele and save the town. Nani is a young girl in Hilo and finds herself both a witness to the event, and a participant as her own worth is tested by the goddess. It turns out you don't have to BE a princess to act like one. This is based on a true event that took place in 1881 where a volcanic eruption threatened the town. While the story is fictional, the book includes information about Princess Luka, as well as information about volcanoes and the Ring of Fire. Warm, detailed illustrations are filled with the colors of the Islands, while giving a nice historical feel to the story. This is a sweet story about history and character that children, especially those in Hawaii, will enjoy.
Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake
Big & Small [Big & Small]
Lee, Ji-Yeong
Pacheco, Gabriel
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 6th grade
May 17, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
The basic plot of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" has been retold here in brief fashion. All the key characters are described, as are all the basic plot points. The story is adequate, and would be a good introduction for anyone listening to the music or watching the ballet. End notes provide more information about the composer, music, story, and ballet. What makes this stand out, however, are the haunting and ethereal elongated illustrations by Gabriel Pacheco. They have a gauzy touch of surrealism that captures the eye and the imagination.
Bruno Mars
Abdo Zoom [Abdo Zoom]
Strand, Jennifer
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
May 18, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
Part of the “Zoom In On Stars of Music” series, this short, simple beginning biography explores the life of musician Bruno Mars. Born in Hawaii in 1985, he has worked as a song writer, producer, and musician. Each page has one to three sentences and color photographs. There is not much here. We learn that his real name is Peter Hernandez in the timeline. The book has a table of contents, stat page (birth date, place, known for), timeline, glossary, and index. Web resources are available through the publisher’s website. Since his career is emerging, this book will be out of date soon. It does not have enough information for research, but would serve emerging readers with a simple introduction. 24 pages.
What If You Had Animal Ears?
SCHOLASTIC NONFICTION [SCHOLASTIC NONFICTION]
Markle, Sandra
Mcwilliam, Howard
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
May 18, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Sandra Markle knows how to write good nonfiction, and with fun illustrations by Howard McWilliam, and some crisp photographs, this book is both a visual and a factual winner. Animal ears vary in size, shape, and utility. Each double-page spread focuses on a different animal, the functionality of its ears, and how it might impact you if you had ears of the same type. It would increase your height, or hearing. It might make kite-flying easier, or give you chances to be more sylish. The facts are fascinating, and the conjecture is fun. This whole series is enjoyable. Get them all!
Top 10 : Super Senses
45Th Parallel Press [45Th Parallel Press]
Loh-Hagan, Virginia
Additional Minus -- Mediocre.
2nd grade to 4th grade
May 18, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "Wild Wicked Wonderful" series, this book focuses on the Top 10 Super Senses, or at least that's the title. In the book readers learn a little about tarsiers, star-nosed moles, pigs, dogs, moths, elephants, dolphins, snakes, mantis shrimp, and great white sharks. Yes, there is a little information about senses, but the book starts out with a pretty clear focus and rapidly loses it. Lots of odd facts are tossed in that have nothing to do with senses. What's worse, the writing is not good. It consists of short declarative sentences that do not flow well together. "They survive. Survive means to live. They live in the wild. They have to be smart." It almost seems like the text was created by computer. Yes, there are photographs, but nothing can save this book's lack of focus and poor writing.
Rosie Gigglepip's Lucky Escape
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Meadows, Daisy
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
May 18, 2017
Shirts, Brooke
Need a jolt of cuteness in your life? Look no farther than this beguiling beginning chapter book series, where Lily and Jess, both animal lovers, embark on adventures in the Friendship Forest, where adorable, anthropomorphized animals live in an enchanted village akin to something from Brambly Hedge or the Beatrix Potter books. Unlike those other stories, Friendship Forest suffers under the threat of an antagonist: the witch Grizelda, who sends a variety of dragons to inflict various maladies on the animal buddies, from everlasting darkness to ice storms. In each book our heroines partner with a different squirrel, fox, hedgehog, or the like to rescue the other animals’ families. The fantasy adventures usually parallel the efforts of a real-world wildlife hospital run by Lily’s family to help rehabilitate rescued animals. Repetitive, yes, but also comforting. It’s great fare for fans of the Magic Treehouse series who’d like something a little more cuddly to whet their palate.
Ruby Fuzzybrush's Star Dance
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Meadows, Daisy
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
May 18, 2017
Shirts, Brooke
Need a jolt of cuteness in your life? Look no farther than this beguiling beginning chapter book series, where Lily and Jess, both animal lovers, embark on adventures in the Friendship Forest, where adorable, anthropomorphized animals live in an enchanted village akin to something from Brambly Hedge or the Beatrix Potter books. Unlike those other stories, Friendship Forest suffers under the threat of an antagonist: the witch Grizelda, who sends a variety of dragons to inflict various maladies on the animal buddies, from everlasting darkness to ice storms. In each book our heroines partner with a different squirrel, fox, hedgehog, or the like to rescue the other animals’ families. The fantasy adventures usually parallel the efforts of a real-world wildlife hospital run by Lily’s family to help rehabilitate rescued animals. Repetitive, yes, but also comforting. It’s great fare for fans of the Magic Treehouse series who’d like something a little more cuddly to whet their palate.
Emily Prickleback's Clever Idea
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Meadows, Daisy
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
May 18, 2017
Shirts, Brooke
Need a jolt of cuteness in your life? Look no farther than this beguiling beginning chapter book series, where Lily and Jess, both animal lovers, embark on adventures in the Friendship Forest, where adorable, anthropomorphized animals live in an enchanted village akin to something from Brambly Hedge or the Beatrix Potter books. Unlike those other stories, Friendship Forest suffers under the threat of an antagonist: the witch Grizelda, who sends a variety of dragons to inflict various maladies on the animal buddies, from everlasting darkness to ice storms. In each book our heroines partner with a different squirrel, fox, hedgehog, or the like to rescue the other animals’ families. The fantasy adventures usually parallel the efforts of a real-world wildlife hospital run by Lily’s family to help rehabilitate rescued animals. Repetitive, yes, but also comforting. It’s great fare for fans of the Magic Treehouse series who’d like something a little more cuddly to whet their palate.
John Ronald's Dragons : The Story Of J.r.r. Tolkien
ROARING BROOK PRESS [ROARING BROOK PRESS]
Mcalister, Caroline
Wheeler, Eliza
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
2nd grade to 4th grade
May 18, 2017
Shirts, Brooke
Know a kid who loves dragons more than anything? She might find a kindred spirit in this lyrical depiction of the life of J.R.R. Tolkien, where the fanciful love of dragons and adventure is the connecting thread through the events of the author’s life. We see him as a boy, reading from Lang’s Green Fairy Book and imagining a sky filled with scaly beasts; thinking about dragons as a source of comfort when orphaned at the age of twelve, and desperately wanting them as an adult in the trenches of the first World War. Finally, while telling stories to his children, he begins the story that becomes The Hobbit, which leads him to create his own everlasting dragon, Smaug. McAlister’s simple text features a wealth of details about Tolkien -- school boy literary clubs, his Catholic faith, the courtship with his wife Edith -- but assumes that readers are already familiar with Tolkien’s books. Eliza Wheeler’s delicate, detailed watercolor-and-ink illustrations are bursting both with enough dragons to appeal to any fantasy fan, and serves in contrast to the quiet intellectual life Tolkien lived. Hidden dragon shapes are tucked into the backgrounds, as well as minute details referencing more events from the author’s life.
Extreme Motogp
45Th Parallel Press [45Th Parallel Press]
Loh-Hagan, Virginia
Additional Minus -- Mediocre.
2nd grade to 4th grade
May 18, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
This 32 page book is part of the “Nailed It” series. Promoted as high interest with accessible reading levels. The entire text consists of simple sentences: “He adjusts his speed. He twitches his upper body. He balances. He leans in. He tilts his bike.” While it may be accessible, it is boring and cumbersome. We learn about some of the sport’s stars, races, and equipment. Color, captioned photographs appear throughout. “Nailed It” boxes call out additional information. There are some activities in the end matter to provide connections with common core standards. The book has a table of contents, bibliography, index, author information, and glossary.
Hug It Out!
Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr) [Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr)]
Thomas, Louis
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten
May 19, 2017
Burton, Paula
Woody and Annie are siblings. They play well together until one of the toys is something they both desire. They ask for mom’s help, who tells them they need to share. Apparently that is not the best solution; “sharing had never worked for Annie and Woodie.” After apologizing, a round of kicking is what sends mom over the edge. She looks very mad but comes up with a solution; Hug it out. Woodie and Annie try this often and after a while it is not the best solution because they are as flat as a pancake. They started playing well on their own and started missing one another and would like to hug another just because. The expressive watercolor illustration add to this great topic for younger kids but the characters are not showing any diversity and mom is in the familiar role of nurturing parent. This is the illustrator’s first picture book.
Bad Kitty Does Not Like Video Games
ROARING BROOK PRESS [ROARING BROOK PRESS]
Bruel, Nick
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
2nd grade to 4th grade
May 19, 2017
Burton, Paula
This is the last in the series about the very popular cat invented by Nick bruel for beginning readers. Bad Kitty has to proof she is actually a feline to keep her cat license. With the help of Chatty Kitty, Bad Kitty is trying to make sense of the class on how to become a cat which is taught by Strange Kitty. The familiar humor, black and white illustrations, and comic book style text will be attractive for fans, and new beginning readers.
Adventures Of Kung Fu Robot : How To Make A Peanut Butter, J
Andrews & Mcmeel [Andrews & Mcmeel]
Bays, Jason
Additional Minus -- Mediocre.
2nd grade to 4th grade
May 19, 2017
Burton, Paula
A colorful graphic novel full of action but when looking closer at the illustrations and the story line there is not much that keeps this reader going. It takes our hero 30 pages to complete his first Kung Fu sandwich. The book is based on a free app which is promoted on the front of the book. Kung Fu robot is a superhero that lives by the idea that only a peanut butter and jelly sandwich can help you in a time of crisis. He has a sidekick named Marvin who is not always sure if Kung Fu’s plans are the best, especially since his mom warns him to not repeat the previous disaster. Like any superhero story there is an archenemy; Kung Pow Chicken who has his own army of ninjas to protect him. Those kids who like the app might be interested in the book too. The copy reviewed was a paperback format and the front of the cover came loose during the review period already.
Mouse And The Moon
HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR) [HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR)]
Alborozo, Gabriel
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
May 20, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
A little mouse loves the moon, and considers the moon to be a friend. He talks to his friend, but never hears a reply. One night he follows the moon and discovers it much closer, in a pond. Oddly, it now answers back. That's because there's a small fish who also loves the moon. Now each believes they are talking to their dear friend which, it turns out, they are as they befriend each other at dawn's arrival. this is a sweet, gentle story with watercolor and ink illustrations that start out with the black and white of night and end in the joyful colors of day. My only quibble is that the moon would not stay reflected in a pond all night. it moves. Ah well, young readers won't catch that. They'll just enjoy this sweet story of friendship.
Swinging Smarties : Orangutan
Cherry Lake Publishing [Cherry Lake Publishing]
Macheske, Felicia
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
May 20, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "Guess What" series, this book introduces an animal to young readers. But which animal? Ah, that's the guessing part! A full-page photograph faces a single sentence of bold text. For example, a photograph of an eye faces "I can see very well." Various parts of the animal are shown, along with hints. Can the reader guess what animal it is? The final picture shows the whole orangutan. Useful for very basic information, and for prediction lessons, this series would find a place in kindergarten classrooms.
Savanna Showdown
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Earhart, Kristin
Kaban, Eda
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
2nd grade to 4th grade
May 20, 2017
Elders, Ann
“Race the Wild” series takes teams of 4 children to various parts of the world (Rain Forest, Great Barrier Reef, the Arctic, and the Savanna) to compete in a contest finding clues to win while learning facts about animals and dangerous habitats. Included with each chapter is a section of information about animals, places, and habitat to supplement the story. Each team member brings his/her own strengths to the team and working with stranger in the team brings tension and distrust. Mari’s strength is her know ledge and use of it. Reading the series in sequence will help the reader follow the plot line and characters. This is an adventure tale which early chapter readers will enjoy along the lines of the Magic Treehouse series.
Super-Spooky Fright Night! : Hubble Bubble
Nosy Crow [NOSY CROW]
Corderoy, Tracey
Berger, Joe
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
May 20, 2017
Elders, Ann
Tracey’s Granny Crow is a witch who creates a lot of fun and a lot of trouble wherever she goes. The three stories in the first book of a new series are delightful fun that early chapter readers will love. This book includes Super-spooky Fright Night, Teddy Trouble, and Granny Makes a Splash. Magical mayhem occurs at a birthday party where the teddy bears come to life, on a bus that turns into a circus train, and at a Halloween party. Tracey’s “non-witch” other grandmother provides contrast. Illustrations in orange, gray, and black line cartoon sketches add to the spirit of Halloween and witches. Girls will love this lively tale.
Super Simple Wetland Projects : Fun & Easy Animal Environmen
Super Sandcastle/abdo [Super Sandcastle/abdo]
Bernhardt, Carolyn
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
May 20, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "Awesome Super Simple Habitat Projects" series, this sturdy 32-page book introduces young readers to wetlands. Information about food chains, wetland benefits, and a paragraph about Steven Irwin are included. Six projects follow, most of which will require a trip to the craft store to get air-dry clay, plastic swamp creatures, and other supplies. Young arts and crafts devotees, and scientists, can create a layered jar showing fresh, brackish, and salt water in their various densities. They can make a next with eggs, a slimy swamp, show a crocodile's food chains, show a pond habitat and (my favorite) create a floating firefly. Materials lists, and step-by- step instructions, as well as photographs of key steps and the final products, are provided. The projects aren't easy, and some require considerable dexterity. Nevertheless, they might be valuable for science fairs or for classroom projects.
Search For Olinguito : Discovering A New Species
MILLBROOK PRESS (HARD) [MILLBROOK PRESS (HARD)]
Markle, Sandra
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
3rd grade to 5th grade
May 20, 2017
Burton, Paula
These days it is rare to find a new species and one as cute and black round eyed as the olinguito will make a great nonfictional topic for elementary grades. Picture book format with 40 pages. The author turns it into an adventure. The adventure starts in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History by a scientist named Kristofer Helgen. He discovered a difference in species among olingos, a member of the raccoon family. when he traveled to other museums he noticed there were different colored pelts and skulls. Going to the habitat of this possible unknown mammal would prove his theory. A book which lines out the process of a scientific discovery from theoretical to hands on experience. Larger text and photographs on each page, with small text insets could make this a great book for young science detectives. One spread talks about the raccoon family, there's a map of all the museums Helgen visited and where the olinguito lives. A glossary, extra resources and how to be a science detective is also included.
Extreme Cave Diving
45Th Parallel Press [45Th Parallel Press]
Loh-Hagan, Virginia
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
2nd grade to 4th grade
May 20, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Cave diving is one of the most extreme and dangerous sports around. This book introduces young readers to the sport in 32 pages. Photographs, fact boxes, people who are noted in the field, and a list of cave-diving terms are all included. Readers learn about the history of cave diving, important equipment, the bends, and necessary skills. The book includes a fact page, resource list, glossary, and index. Add it to your extreme sports section.
What Do I Want? What Do I Need?
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
Eagen, Rachel
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
May 20, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Learning the difference between wants and needs is the first step toward truly understanding economics and money management. This 24-page paperback book introduces young readers to the concept and helps them distinguish the difference. Crisp color photographs and equally clear text clearly lay down the key principles involved. This is a solid addition to collections, and a useful book to share with students, on an important topic.
Bring On The Bling! : Bracelets, Anklets, And Rings For All
Savvy/capstone Press [Savvy/capstone Press]
Kachidurian, Debbie
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
6th grade to 12th grade
May 20, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Hey, what girl doesn't like a little bling? (OK, me, but that's beside the point.) And if you can make it yourself, and personalize it? Or make it for friends, or as gifts? Well, that's all the better. Here are 21 projects for rings, bracelets, and more. All will require a trip to the craft store and a considerable amount of dexterity. But the finished products are genuinely cute, and could springboard readers into other exciting self-determined projects. Each project comes with a materials list, and step by step instructions. The biggest problem? The book lacks a glossary or explanations page and throws around terms like "seed beads," "end caps," and "jump rings," as if everyone should know what they are. Nevertheless, crafty girls will glom onto this book and figure it out. While it would make a nice addition to the craft section of your library, it would also make a terrific gift. Package the book up with a box full of supplies and you'll have a happy crafter for some time to come.
Maid Of The King's Court
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Worsley, Lucy
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
4th grade to 6th grade
May 20, 2017
Doran, Kelly
First fiction novel, set during the reign of Henry VIII. Eliza comes from a noble family, and knows it is her duty to marry well for her family's sake. After her first betrothal fails, she finds herself on a path to serve at Henry VIII's court. At court, Eliza is witness to the fates of several of Henry's wives: Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, and most especially the spectacular rise and catastrophic fall of Katherine Howard, Eliza's own cousin. Along the way, Eliza learns the ways of the court (good and bad), befriends one of the King's pages, and eventually escapes with her honor and virtue intact. The author is a curator of the Historic Royal Palaces charity, and uses her knowledge of the history and layout of the Tudor palaces to good effect; she conveys the Tudor mindset (even at the age of twelve, Eliza knows it is her duty to marry well), and she writes the characters in ways that really show their ages (Eliza at twelve is something of a know-it-all brat and it shows). A welcome antidote to many torrid Tudor romances, and accessible to younger readers. (Slight warning for sexual situations; nothing explicit, but the king is an old lecher and there is discussion of becoming a mistress.)
Great Wall Of China
Fact Finders/capstone Press [Fact Finders/capstone Press]
Stanborough, Rebecca
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
4th grade to 6th grade
May 20, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
The Great Wall of China is actually a series of walls built over hundreds of years. This book, part of the "Engineering wonders" series, gives young readers a solid overview of the topic with plenty of photographs, historical artwork, and fascinating facts. Readers learn not only about the wall, but about the history of China. Specifics about different methods of building the wall are provided. (Fascinating). There's even an index, glossary, and bibliography. The author also explores how useful the wall was in its purpose(s). This is an interesting topic and the author writes crispy and clearly, pulling the reader in and clarifying key points. This is exceptional nonfiction. One hopes the rest of the series is as good. the only flaw? I would have liked a map. That would have moved the book up to an R*.
Super Simple Farm Projects : Fun & Easy Animal Environment A
Super Sandcastle/abdo [Super Sandcastle/abdo]
Bernhardt, Carolyn
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
3rd grade to 5th grade
May 20, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "Awesome Super Simple Habitat Projects" series, this sturdy 32-page book introduces young readers to farms, and what they produce. Information about food chains, as well as a paragraph about Dr. Temple Grandin, is included. Six projects follow, most of which will require a trip to the craft store to get animal and farm figurines, air-dry clay, and other supplies. Young arts and crafts devotees can build a barn owl display, make compost, build a cow hug machine and a mini pigpen, and their own chicken coop. None of these projects were particularly inspiring, but the Grassy Stocking Sheep was actually a cute idea--a sort of variation on a chia pet. That is a project that would be fun to do in either a home or classroom setting. Most of the rest leave this reviewer thinking of dioramas, which would be handy for school projects but not something you'd choose to do for fun.
Cool Sausage Recipes : Main Dishes For Beginning Chefs
Checkerboard/abdo [Checkerboard/abdo]
Kuskowski, Alex
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
May 20, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Who doesn't love sausage? In this sturdy 32-page cookbook young chefs learn about sausage and cooking basics, and then are given seven recipes highlighting sausage. From blueberry sausage to sausage stir fry to sausage and apple salad, these recipes will make you drool. Crisp photographs, step-by-step instructions, ingredient and tool lists, and appropriate cautions for young cooks are included. Despite the main ingredient these recipes seem relatively healthy and not too difficult, with some adult help. Add this to your cookbook collection.
Old Turtle : Questions Of The Heart : From The Lessons Of Ol
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Wood, Douglas
Ruth, Greg
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
All ages
May 20, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
This is the third "Old Turtle" book with warm, enigmatic pencil, watercolor, and digital illustrations. In it a diverse group of people have questions. Surely the Old Woman knows where Old Turtle is. Old Turtle knows all the answers. A long journey ensues and a welcoming Old Turtle provides the answers they seek. Why are we here? How do we find happiness? What about family and play, or evil? Old Turtle has zen-like answers even to the question about death. This is philosophy with warmth and humanity. Truthfully it is aimed at adults, rather than children, and many adults will find the words soothing and fulfilling. It might be a good book to give to someone in transition--graduation, divorce, marriage, etc. Its reassuring words offer hope and comfort.
Bell In The Bridge
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Kooser, Ted
Root, Barry
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
3rd grade to 5th grade
May 20, 2017
Elders, Ann
Every summer when Charlie visits in grandparents, he is often alone so explores the stream and the bridge. One day he notices that if he hits the bridge with a rock, it rings with a bong like a church bell. Sometimes, he notices that there is a faint, distant echo in the valley. Other times a very distant, different bong comes back. One day he spots a stone on a different bridge and stops to do the same. It leaves him wondering if perhaps another person did the same. The soft illustrations enhance the story with the reflection of a quiet summer time and loneliness in the story and the mysteries of a boy on a summer day in the country. The illustrations are lovely. The story reflects peace and the magic of a boy on a summer day. The tone is reflected in both words and pictures in this nostalgic tale.
Restoration
Magic Wagon [Magic Wagon]
Wolff, Tracy
Kinsella, Pat
Additional Minus -- Mediocre.
2nd grade to 4th grade
May 21, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Obviously designed as high-interest low-vocabulary books, this "Restoration" series consists of 4 very short hardback books that tell of tells being shipped to Mars. Sabotage kills the crew and key teens must work together to help everyone else survive. Each book is 48 pages long, small format, and well-bound with short chapters. There's action here, but there are also problems. The text uses creative fonts that vary with the words, making it hard to read. it is also superimposed on dark illustrations, which also decreases clarity. Character development is nonexistent. There're some serious science flaws in this science fiction. Not only that, but each book really only has about a chapter's worth of the story in it, meaning the loss of a single book invalidates the series. The entire plot of this book is that the ship is off course so the three heroes create an explosion that puts it back on course. Better hi-lo books exist.
Arrival
Magic Wagon [Magic Wagon]
Wolff, Tracy
Kinsella, Pat
Additional Minus -- Mediocre.
2nd grade to 4th grade
May 21, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Obviously designed as high-interest low-vocabulary books, this "Restoration" series consists of 4 very short hardback books that tell of tells being shipped to Mars. Sabotage kills the crew and key teens must work together to help everyone else survive. Each book is 48 pages long, small format, and well-bound with short chapters. There's action here, but there are also problems. The text uses creative fonts that vary with the words, making it hard to read. it is also superimposed on dark illustrations, which also decreases clarity. Character development is nonexistent. There're some serious science flaws in this science fiction. Not only that, but each book really only has about a chapter's worth of the story in it, meaning the loss of a single book invalidates the series. The entire plot of this book is the ship finally arriving at Mars only to have problems landing. It's very slight.
Violence In Sports
Sportszone/abdo [Sportszone/abdo]
Bowker, Paul
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
5th grade to 8th grade
May 21, 2017
Kline, Karen
Fans, players, and referees are frequently victims of attacks during and after sporting events. Descriptive accounts of violence are included in this book, beginning with an episode known as “Malice at the Palace” when fans and players broke out fighting at an Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons National Basketball game at the Michigan stadium. The book explores violence in youth sports as well as international teams. Highlighting research studies and the US grant-funded organization National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security, readers will learn about the science behind the violence and how steps are being taken to address the issue. Full-page color photos of some controversial events like officers spraying fans with pepper spray and fans of the Italian soccer team Lazio displaying a Nazi flag show will likely get readers thinking about the actions and consequences of stadium violence. The five chapters include topical sidebars and “Straight to the Source” single page descriptions of events, a reference sources, and brief sections with thought-provoking questions. Solid info on an important topic. Index, glossary, publisher website, bibliography and rugged binding and cover. Issues in Sports series.
Professor's Discovery
Stone Arch Books [Stone Arch Books]
Jakubowski, Michele
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
May 21, 2017
Elders, Ann
When Professor Higgins finds a letter from Abraham Lincoln to Albert Somer, the founder of Somerville, the entire town speculates and squabbles over how to use the money they would receive if it was sold. Everyone has their favorite option from a waterpark to schools to any other needs of the area. Then, the letter disappears form the library safe. Rowan, Astrid, Jake, and Quinn, Somerville’s young sleuths, decide to figure out what happened to it. This is the fifth book in the series. Extra information at the end of the book includes author information, a glossary, discussion questions, and writing prompts. This is an entertaining story that illustrates how people get when money is available. The town learns a lesson by the end of the tale.
Judy Moody And The Bucket List
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Mcdonald, Megan
Reynolds, Peter H.
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
2nd grade to 4th grade
May 21, 2017
Elders, Ann
This is typical Judy Moody fun and craziness. When Judy Moody, the Queen of Lists, discovers her Grandma Lou’s bucket list, she makes her own—some realistic, some not—to be finished by the end of fourth grade. Included on her list are master the cartwheel, ride a horse (scary), go to Antarctica, get three stickers in class, invent something, and others. Each challenge has its own unique twist from the horse that will not move to learning contractions—red marks, no stickers. Her antics are always exciting. Peter Reynold’s sketches enhance each chapter. Girls who love Judy Moody will welcome this new adventure.
Competitive Cheerleading
Sportszone/abdo [Sportszone/abdo]
Onsgard, Bethany
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
4th grade to 6th grade
May 21, 2017
Threlkeld, Sarah
Rah, rah for reading! One of six titles in ABDO’s Cheerleading series, Competitive Cheerleading is packed with eye-catching photographs and information about what it takes to compete in the sport at a national level. Unfortunately, there is so much text (and it’s fairly dry) that most students will simply skim it, spend a few moments on the photographs, and return the book to the shelf. A reasonable purchase for elementary and middle schools that have a number of students involved in cheerleading or for collections that want a variety of sports represented in the nonfiction section. Otherwise, feel free to vault past this series.
First Kiss
Magic Wagon [Magic Wagon]
Taddonio, Lea
Price, Mina
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
6th grade to 12th grade
May 22, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
The "Head over Heels" four-book series tells the story of Lola Jones, a member of the drum line, and her romance with C.J., her brother's best friend. That friendship, and her brother's protectiveness, make revealing their relationship a problem. The series is clearly high-interest, low-vocabulary, with the subject matter being appropriate for teens, but the reading level being much much lower. In this, the final book in the series, Lola is true to C.J., lets her brother in on their relationship, and has her first kiss...and second kiss...and third kiss.... Each book, while containing several short chapters, is really just a single chapter of the story. They cannot stand alone, and the loss of one book invalidates the series. The text is white, with varied fonts, on a dark background, making it difficult to read. It's nice to have African-American main characters, but the story is not especially compelling. It might appeal to the target audience, due to its reading level, but it is not exceptional.
First Fight
Magic Wagon [Magic Wagon]
Taddonio, Lea
Price, Mina
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
6th grade to 12th grade
May 22, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
The "Head over Heels" four-book series tells the story of Lola Jones, a member of the drum line, and her romance with C.J., her brother's best friend. That friendship, and her brother's protectiveness, make revealing their relationship a problem. The series is clearly high-interest, low-vocabulary, with the subject matter being appropriate for teens, but the reading level being much much lower. In this entry in the series Lola denies their relationship to her brother, leaving C.J. feeling betrayed. Here's the problem--each book, while containing several short chapters, is really just a single chapter of the story. They cannot stand alone, and the loss of one book invalidates the series. The text is white, with varied fonts, on a dark background, making it difficult to read. It's nice to have African-American main characters, but the story is not especially compelling. It might appeal to the target audience, due to its reading level, but it is not exceptional.
Mind-Boggling Numbers
MILLBROOK PRESS (HARD) [MILLBROOK PRESS (HARD)]
Rosen, Michael J
Patton, Julia
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
4th grade to 6th grade
May 22, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Want to apply math to interesting word problems? Hey, Ms. Mary Math has the questions...and the answers...for you! How many whales would it take to reach your school? If everyone on the planet owned the same amount of land, how long would it take to mow it? If there were a hiking trail to the moon how long would it take to get there? These are my kind of questions. They require some research before you apply the math. Ms. Math walks readers through the problems to find the interesting solutions. Fun illustrations by Julia Patton enhance the test and add amusing asides. End notes provide further information, as well as a nice metric conversion table. This is a solid addition to your math section that will appeal to young numbers fans.
Food Freak
ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS [ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS]
Van Tol, Alex
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
6th grade to 12th grade
May 23, 2017
Dame, Anne
Based on the title, I was sure that this was going to be about an eating disorder. It was not! Dani is constantly embarrassed by her dad. He stands on street corners wearing and waving signs warning people about the dangers in the foods they are eating; things like Frozen pizza = death by sodium, fat, and chemicals. She's even switched schools because she lost all of her friends and was being teased and harassed constantly. A good hi-lo read
Pinch Me
ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS [ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS]
Prendergast, Gabrielle
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
6th grade to 12th grade
May 23, 2017
Dame, Anne
Darius is a huge pop star who lives a wild life with big parties and lots of groupies. One morning he wakes up in an alternate reality where he never achieved all the fame and money - but has some other perks instead. He does a lot of reflection and wonders if he can ever get his old life back - or if he even wants that anymore. A serviceable hi-lo. Plot is nothing really new; stereotypical characters.
Bootlegger's Goddaughter : A Gina Gallo Mystery
RAVEN BOOKS [RAVEN BOOKS]
Campbell, Melodie
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
May 23, 2017
Dame, Anne
Book 5 in this Rapid Reads series Gina's family definitely has some underhanded dealings going on and while Gina tries to stay clear of them, she often becomes entangled in them anyway. In this case, she is preparing for her wedding, plus trying to get some Christmas shopping done when she is mugged. In addition, her cousin has a heart attack while making a delivery, and then a truck full of illegal alcohol gets stolen. Due to age of characters, this is more likely to appeal to high school and up. I think it would also help to have read the other books in the series, at least for struggling readers. However, there was enough information there to hold everything together.
Mirage
Hmh Books For Young Readers [Hmh Books For Young Readers]
Clark, Tracy
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
May 23, 2017
Dame, Anne
I love that there is a strong, ethnic, female protagonist in this book, clearly featured in the cover art as well. Ryan is 17 and she is addicted to adrenaline, especially in the form of skydiving. Oh, and getting her thrills with bad boy boyfriend Dom as well. Due to this relationship, there is some sexual content and innuendo that is better suited to high school and older audiences. Ryan is thrilled that her parent's skydiving center is on the short list of places to host a competition that could save their struggling business. However, she needs to prove to her dad that she is good enough to be a part of the action. Sadly, everything she does just sets him more against her involvement, especially when she overdoses on LSD. After that incident, everything about Ryan changes and they are convinced that she is going crazy or that the drugs have been a catalyst for a latent mental illness. Lots of action and adventure. However, there are times when the voice of Ryan is hard to distinguish from another character and can be confusing to less than competent readers. I think teens will be drawn to the drama of the story, though.
Animal Crackers
FIRST SECOND [FIRST SECOND]
Sava, Scott Christian
Acton, Alison
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
2nd grade to 4th grade
May 23, 2017
Dame, Anne
This graphic novel is now a major motion picture as well (2017). Uncle Doug has taken his niece and nephew to the circus - but when Zoe is concerned for the welfare of the animals, the ringmaster takes notice and is determined to shut her up. And to capture her for her ability to speak to animals. A magical box of animal crackers (and some clowns) may be their only way to avoid capture. Fun story line as well as colorful, engaging illustrations will grab and hold students' attention. A good addition to an elementary graphic novel collection.
Tucker Grizzwell's Worst Week Ever
Andrews & Mcmeel [Andrews & Mcmeel]
Schorr, Bill
Smith, Ralph
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
3rd grade to 5th grade
May 23, 2017
Dame, Anne
I love the illustrations in this graphic novel. They are cute and colorful. They are the best part of this book for sure. Tucker is a grizzly bear. He and his family live in a (national?) park. He is dreading the weekend when he will go on a "jaws and claws" survival weekend with his dad. Every day holds something that doesn't go right which just heightens his anxiety about the weekend. Story is disjointed and does not always make sense. Bad puns and jokes abound. With all that said, I think the cover and illustrations will draw students in and they might overlook the things I didn't appreciate.
When My Sister Started Kissing
Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr) [Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr)]
Frost, Helen
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
4th grade to 6th grade
May 23, 2017
Dame, Anne
This novel in verse is told from 3 different perspectives: Abi, Claire, and the lake. Each voice is in a different poetical format (which I did not notice until I read the afterword). Claire, Abigail (who now wants to be called Abi) and their dad have always spent a month at the cabin on the lake every summer. A terrible accident there involving their mom happened when Abi was little and Claire was just a baby, but they still go every year. Now dad has remarried and Pam is expecting a baby any day now. All these changes, plus the fact that Abi is interested in boys, make things really hard for Claire. Sweet story about sisters and family. One poem style has bolded letters and words to form additional messages. I didn't notice it right away, but it is a really interesting effect and adds just a little something special to the story.
Mist
Stone Arch Books [Stone Arch Books]
Manning, Matthew K
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
4th grade to 6th grade
May 23, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "F.O.D." Soldiers series, this short graphic novel deals with the cost of war. When a child steps on an I.E.D. Dan West has to do his best to deactivate it. When insurgents arrive his team protects him, but at a cost. This is gritty, compelling fiction with excellent artwork, and a short plot that never stops running. Clearly designed for high-interest/low-vocabulary fare (It's a level 4.8) this will also appeal to other readers. The theme, however, makes it a better choice for secondary collections.
Floodwaters And Flames : The 1913 Disaster In Dayton, Ohio
MILLBROOK PRESS (HARD) [MILLBROOK PRESS (HARD)]
Huey, Lois Miner
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
6th grade to 12th grade
May 23, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
In 1913 a terrible weather system hit the Midwest. Thousands died, but the worst-hit city was Dayton, Ohio. Using primary sources the author presents a compelling and heart-wrenching look at this now-almost-forgotten tragedy. She follows specific individuals--Andrew Fox who warned of the imminent disaster; John Patterson, whose foresight and preparation helped save lives; Mary Althoff, the town librarian; Wilbur and Katharine Wright in the path of the flood; John Bell who established and maintained communication that brought outside help; Bill Sloan, rescuer; and others. Maps, photographs, and alternating stories follow the disaster from flood to fire to rebuilding. The book is hard to put down, and the author's note at the end about her research shows how primary sources can be used effectively. This is outstanding nonfiction that belongs in every secondary school.
Wild Cards
ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS [ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS]
Szpirglas, Jeff
Whamond, Dave
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
2nd grade to 4th grade
May 24, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Monster Zap cards are all the rage at Matt's school. Unfortunately, trading them can create problems and hard feelings. The principal bans them. But Matt doesn't think that's fair. He creates his own cards and his teacher appreciates the work he does on them. Soon the whole class is creating cards, using them for writing and math practice. When two boys decide to make cards mocking the principal, that new practice seems threatened. If only there were more to do at recess. Where's the equipment? Where are the games? Take away the cards and what will they have? Matt comes up with an idea and enlists friends and his teacher. Soon these superhero kids make a super change at their school. This is a short chapter book with occasional black and white illustrations. It demonstrates good problem-solving in action.
Super Happy Party Bears : Staying A Hive
Imprint (Mps) [Imprint (Mps)]
Colleen, Marcie
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
2nd grade to 4th grade
May 24, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
It's back to the Grumpy Woods for the third "Super Happy Party Bears" book. While most of the residents of the Grumpy Woods perfectly fit the expectations raised by the name, the Super Happy Party Bears don't. They are a constant thorn in the flesh of the complaining, rule-making other residents. In this book a failed honeybee with a pollen allergy enlists the help of the bears. Soon they are the main customers for the local hive's honey. In fact, they have to expand. Even the bears, however, have a limit on how much they can eat, and all the bees are a plague upon the grumpy neighbors. This is another silly bouncy book with bright digital illustrations. My students love this series and will be delighted to see a new volume.
Silent Soldiers
Hungry Tomato [Hungry Tomato]
Chambers, Catherine
Juta, Jason
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
6th grade to 12th grade
May 25, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Sure, everyone's heard of ninjas, but there are (or were) many other silent soldiers around the world that don't get so much press. Frankly, this speaks well for their stealth! This book examines mostly historical warriors who worked through sneakiness. Roman Batavi, ninjas, Apaches, Mamluks, Aztecs, Gurhas, Inuits, Azandes, Horror Koa, and Maroons are all briefly highlighted. Each gets a two-page spread with a well-drawn illustration and an examination of when and where they were warriors, as well as some of their famous attacks, weapons, training, and additional facts. The book includes an index and glossary. The Hungry Tomato Press is interesting in that it chooses great topics, but the very small type can be a little off-setting. Nevertheless this is the book bloodthirsty readers are looking for!
Dream Jobs In Technology
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
Hynson, Colin
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
6th grade to 12th grade
May 25, 2017
Dame, Anne
What are your options for a career if you really like technology? How about developing apps? Or fighting crime by developing better cyber-security? Both of these and more are options for those who want to pursue technology throughout college and into a career path. There is a full-color two page spread for each career described in this 32 page book. Lots of photographs, wide diversity of gender and ethnicity throughout. Index and glossary in the back. This is a very basic introduction. Good for a career counseling office in a high school setting. It would benefit by having some links to other websites or other book recommendations. Other titles in the series (Cutting-edge Careers in STEM) include: Dream Jobs in Math, Dream Jobs in Science, and Dream Jobs in Engineering.
Dream Jobs In Math
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
Hynson, Colin
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
6th grade to 12th grade
May 25, 2017
Dame, Anne
What are your options for a career if you really like math but don't want to teach? How about cracking codes or mapping the planet? Designing faster transportation or doing digital forensics? All these and more are options for those who are good at math and want to pursue it through college and into a career path. There is a full-color two page spread for each career described in this 32 page book. Lots of photographs, wide diversity of gender and ethnicity throughout. Index and glossary in the back. This is a very basic introduction. Good for a career counseling office in a high school setting. It would benefit by having some links to other websites or other book recommendations. Other titles in the series (Cutting-edge Careers in STEM) include: Dream Jobs in Engineering, Dream Jobs in Science, and Dream Jobs in Technology.
Dream Jobs In Science
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
Hynson, Colin
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
6th grade to 12th grade
May 25, 2017
Dame, Anne
What are your options for a career if you really like science but don't want to be a teacher? How about fighting crime or feeding the world? Tracking storms or fixing brains? All of these and more are options for those who want to pursue science throughout college and into a career path. There is a full-color two page spread for each career described in this 32 page book. Lots of photographs, wide diversity of gender and ethnicity throughout. Index and glossary in the back. This is a very basic introduction. Good for a career counseling office in a high school setting. It would benefit by having some links to other websites or other book recommendations. Other titles in the series (Cutting-edge Careers in STEM) include: Dream Jobs in Math, Dream Jobs in Technology, and Dream Jobs in Engineering.
Dream Jobs In Engineering
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
Hynson, Colin
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
6th grade to 12th grade
May 25, 2017
Dame, Anne
What are your options for a career if you really like engineering? How about making body parts or building ships? Designing roller coasters or saving the planet through green engineering? All these and more are options for those who want to pursue engineering through college and into a career path. There is a full-color two page spread for each career described in this 32 page book. Lots of photographs, wide diversity of gender and ethnicity throughout. Index and glossary in the back. This is a very basic introduction. Good for a career counseling office in a high school setting. It would benefit by having some links to other websites or other book recommendations. Other titles in the series (Cutting-edge Careers in STEM) include: Dream Jobs in Math, Dream Jobs in Science, and Dream Jobs in Technology.
Super Happy Party Bears : Going Nuts
Imprint (Mps) [Imprint (Mps)]
Colleen, Marcie
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
2nd grade to 4th grade
May 26, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
The Grumpy Woods has faced its challenges in maintaining its deep-down melancholy. It doesn't help that the Super Happy Party Bears are always throwing those annoying parties. Now the Bears are in the doughnut business, topping them with frosting and nuts. It's the nuts that cause the problem. Their supply chain involves other folks' food stores, which the bears never suspect. War is declared, but the bears are rather oblivious. They think it's a dance-off, which works out well for all concerned. With bright digital illustrations and great silliness this series is hard to quantify. It is, however, very popular at my library.
Wrong Side Of Magic
FEIWEL AND FRIENDS [FEIWEL AND FRIENDS]
Rallison, Janette
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
May 26, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Hudson doesn't believe his little sister's story of magic. That is, until he finds himself in a magical realm, working with a friend to save a missing princess. Hudson may not have been a hero to begin with, but he learns valuable lessons about friendship, persistence, and sacrifice as he faces deadly magic practitioners, flirty mermaids, and a rather disappointing stuffed penguin. Then there's that curse that gives people boils, if they spend too much time around him. Magic isn't quite as much fun as he had hoped. This is a fast-paced tale of magic with some humor tossed in, and a couple of plot twists. In parts it reads like "The Phantom Tollbooth" as the author plays with language and teaches lessons in good character traits. Fantasy fans will enjoy this book and while it finishes the story the door is left open for a sequel.
Grumpy Bird
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Tankard, Jeremy
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten
May 26, 2017
Williams, Karen I.
Bird wakes up grumpy. Too grumpy to eat, play, or fly, so he walks. While on his walk, Sheep, Rabbit, Raccoon, Beaver, and Fox decide to walk with him. At last he stops, stands on one leg, then the other, and then jumps while the other animals follow suit. They then return to Bird's house for a snack. Back cover challenges the reader/listener to come up with what makes your grumpies go away. Review copy is a board book good for the toddler group.
Most Wonderful Thing In The World
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
French, Vivian
Barrett, Angela
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
May 27, 2017
Sepessy, Lona
What is the most wonderful thing in the world? If you can guess you might just win marriage to the Princess Lucia. But just before the competition starts, Princess Lucia elicits permission to use the royal coach and barge and explore the area outside the palace walls. Leaving the grounds she sees a young lad and adopts him as her guide. While countless suitors try and fail, Lucia is happily finding her freedom and discovering a beautiful and curious world. Meanwhile Salvatore has fallen in love when he discovers she is the Princess and thinks all is lost. The inevitable happens and everyone lives happily ever after. Whimsical watercolor illustrations rim the text and are bordered by a gold filigree-like delicate design. The land and town hint of Venice and Italy and the pastel colors impart a dream-like quality. Pair with traditional European fairy tales and investigate typical fairytale motifs. Compare and contrast with fairytales deriving from other cultures. A beautiful, modern fairytale to add to a more traditional collection.
Drawn Away
ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS [ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS]
Bennett, Holly
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
6th grade to 12th grade
May 29, 2017
Datisman, Eve
Lex 800 How about this? One moment you’re in math class and the next you are in long, dark street with no one in it except a girl selling matches. You introduce yourself as Jack and ask where everyone is. She replies “Gone. Everyone’s gone. There’s only me left.” A minute later you are back in class and your insulin pump is chiming and you aren’t sure if what happened is a low insulin incident or not. It doesn’t seem to feel that way. It was too eerie for that. So begins a creepy retelling of Has Christian Andersen’s story. Jack befriends an edgy looking new girl, Lucy an accomplished artist who’s had her own encounter with the match girl. Jack’s visits to the other realm grow more frequent, he and Lucy band together, determined to find out what the match girl wants. Told in minichapters, by Jack, Lucy and Klara, the match girl. Klara is determined to bring Jack to her realm permanently and chooses darker and darker rituals to make that happen. Jack and Lucy’s research leads them to familial connections to both Andersen and to Klara. Three strong protagonists, some humor, deft blending of the original story with contemporary elements. Darker than The Graveyard Book.
Overturned
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Giles, Lamar
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
7th grade to 9th grade
May 29, 2017
Datisman, Eve
Kirkus* 7-12 Famed poker player Nathan "the Broker" Tate is back in Las Vegas and free from death row after fresh evidence overturns a wrongful murder conviction. When he winds up dead outside his casino, his 16-year-old daughter, Nikki, already responsible for running the business and carrying on his legacy at the card table, starts doing some detective work in order to bring his killer to justice. Solid murder mystery with intimations of underworld connections, missing evidence, the socio-economic splits of Vegas as well as references to places that allow the reader to make a mental map of the uptown around Fremont Street and the Strip. Good mystery fiction is hard to find and even though this is the third book by Giles, it’s worth a mention in the orals. Characters are well-developed, the subplots helps ratchet up the tension slowly. Consider buying Fake ID and Endangered by this author as well.
Honestly Ben
ARTHUR A LEVINE BOOKS [ARTHUR A LEVINE BOOKS]
Konigsberg, Bill
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
May 29, 2017
Datisman, Eve
Lex 660, Hi/Lo; BL*, PW*, SLJ* Follow up to Openly Straight. Ben’s mantra, “We’re Carver men. We work. We work hard,” has gotten him off the farm and into a prestigious private school where he’s captain of the baseball team and in the running for a scholarship to an Ivy League school where he can study history and become a professor by age 25. He’s working hard to please his parents, his friends and teammates and it feels like he’s just about to drown. Part of that might be his internal conflict: he’s having difficulty with Rafe Goldberg, his gay former friend (with whom he got quite close in Openly Straight), and might be falling for a girl named Hannah. The trouble is, Ben is in love with Rafe, but he can't accept the idea of being in love with a boy. Ben is complex and sympathetic (if not always likable in his treatment of his romantic interests), and his ruminations on privilege, misogyny, and labels are thought-provoking. Family tensions, trying to become more extroverted and be a leader, and taking an unpopular stand against hazing and “locker room” sexism on the baseball team develop the books themes. A multidimensional coming-of-age tale that celebrates individuality and interconnection.
Refugee's Journey From The Democratic Republic Of The Congo
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
Rodger, Ellen
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
May 29, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
There are many reasons why people become refugees--political, economic, religious, etc. This series explores those issues, provides background information on the highlighted countries, examines the UN Rights of the Child, and shows positive ways in which children can be involved in helping refugees. Each 32-page glossy large-format paperback features maps, fact boxes, photographs, illustrations, glossary, bibliography, index, and the fictional (but fact-based) story of a child refugee. This book focuses on the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It explores the country's checkered past, then follows a young boy as he is kidnapped to become a child soldier, escapes, rejoins his family, and is eventually resettled with his family in Canada. The series is somewhat one-sided as it speaks only of the hardships of the refugees, and not the challenges faced by nations hosting them. This lack of balance shows a bias. Nevertheless, the series focuses on an important topic that is having an increasing impact on people of all nations.
Refugee's Journey From Iraq
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
Rodger, Ellen
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
4th grade to 6th grade
May 29, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
There are many reasons why people become refugees--political, economic, religious, etc. This series explores those issues, provides background information on the highlighted countries, examines the UN Rights of the Child, and shows positive ways in which children can be involved in helping refugees. Each 32-page glossy large-format paperback features maps, fact boxes, photographs, illustrations, glossary, bibliography, index, and the fictional (but fact-based) story of a child refugee. This book focuses on Iraq. It explores the country's history, then follows a young girl through a happy life, war, and eventual relocation to the United States with her family. The series is somewhat one-sided as it speaks only of the hardships of the refugees, and not the challenges faced by nations hosting them. Both issues need to be addressed to adequately resolve the problem. This lack of balance shows a bias. More troubling is the map. In other books in the series all other countries are clearly labeled. Not so here. Israel seems deliberately ignored, and the West Bank is given a border as a separate, though also unlabeled, country. Seriously? The publisher chose politics over accuracy? That reduces the value of the series in my eyes.
Refugee's Journey From Afghanistan
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
Mason, Helen
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
May 29, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
There are many reasons why people become refugees--political, economic, religious, etc. This series explores those issues, provides background information on the highlighted countries, examines the UN Rights of the Child, and shows positive ways in which children can be involved in helping refugees. Each 32-page glossy large-format paperback features maps, fact boxes, photographs, illustrations, glossary, bibliography, index, and the fictional (but fact-based) story of a child refugee. This book focuses on Afghanistan--its history and its past and present troubles. It follows Sonita through escape, a refugee camp, and eventual return to Afghanistan. The series is somewhat one-sided as it speaks only of the hardships of the refugees, and not the challenges faced by nations hosting them. This lack of balance shows a bias. Nevertheless, the series focuses on an important topic that is having an increasing impact on people of all nations.
Hearts & Other Body Parts
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Bloom, Ira
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
May 29, 2017
Datisman, Eve
Debut by Funny Times Contributor. Esme, Katy and Ronnie Silver are sisters, smart, gorgeous. They are also witches, but times being what they are, they identify as Wiccan and they have school wired, until two new students arrive. Norman (Norm) Stein is a scarred teen with acromegaly, a brace on his right leg, and a muffler wrapped around his neck is the 19th tallest man in the world and a complete pacifist. Emse is drawn to him in spite of his mis-matched look. The other is Zack Kallas, a late transfer from the UK, who like his father exudes a nearly fatal charm. Girls seem to disappear after just talking to him. He catches the eye of both Katy and Veronica, and Esme falls prey to his charms as well. Norm struggles to bring Esme to her senses, but will he be too late? Add Esme’s demon cat Kasha, her "familiar" who speaks English aloud and has served the Silver family for generation, the ghost of Esme’s great –aunt, and a special branch of Interpol you get a reworking some classic stories that will entertain its readers with tongue-in-cheek humor and sharp-edged dialogue and spiky interactions among Bloom's supernatural teenage cast.
Science Fiction
Essential Library/abdo [Essential Library/abdo]
Hamen, Susan E
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
6th grade to 12th grade
May 29, 2017
Datisman, Eve
Lex 1100 This title examines the genre of science fiction in Kindred, A Wrinkle in Time, 1984, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and The 5th Wave. It features four analysis papers using the tools of literary theory and criticism of science fiction to consider the elements and characteristics, writing techniques, or aspects of the genre. Critical thinking questions, sidebars highlighting and explaining each thesis and argument, and other possible approaches for analysis help students understand the mechanics of essay writing, many of which are featured in sidebars using orange and blue respectively to differentiate between tips for writing and notes about elements. B/W and color photos of the authors and stills from movies are included. Features include suggestions for other approaches to criticism for each title, a glossary, references, websites, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. While, intended for middle school up, the choice of novels and the ideas approached are more in line with instruction at high school.
Women Writers
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Johanson, Paula
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
May 29, 2017
Datisman, Eve
Although writing was long considered suitable only for men, there were some brave and clever women who defied the limitations cast upon their gender. Divided by chronological eras beginning with Makeda, the Queen of Sheba whose writings have not been preserved but commentaries upon them have, and ending with J.K. Rowling who is the least substantial of the writers included and obviously a ploy to appeal to students, this collection of short biographies and short critical synopses of their work will enlighten readers about the women who have crafted the written word to record their surroundings, their imaginations, and their experiences. Also included are chapter notes, a glossary, a further reading section containing books and websites, and an index. Highly readable and useful for an intro to women’s studies. Consider getting the whole series.
Sticks And Stones
Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr) [Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr)]
Cooper, Abby
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
5th grade to 8th grade
May 29, 2017
Datisman, Eve
Sixth grader Elyse suffers from a bizarre (and fictional) disease: cognadjivisibilitis, or the visual appearance of words on one’s skin when someone levels a compliment or insult. While nice words like "awesome" or "cool" are soothing, unkind words such as "dork" or "loser" itch a lot, and they're more prevalent now that Elyse's protective best friend has abandoned her for the mean popular girls. When someone starts leaving her notes encouraging her to try new things like compete for the coveted position of Explorer Leader for the 6th grade mid-winter trip; she begins to confront and overcome her fears, make friends, and become someone who could BE the Explorer Leader. S elf-acceptance is the key in Cooper's debut, but Elyse's struggle to get there is painfully realistic. Her interior thoughts and monthly letters to herself reveal a healthy sense of humor ("Holy high heels, he had eyeballs! That was a surprise considering he was such a furry guy"), but it's Elyse's kindness, perseverance, and smarts that help her rebuild her self-esteem. Cooper's stance on bullying is clear: words can-and do-hurt, but their power over you is only as strong as you allow them to be. A little heavy- handed, but charming
Keeping The Beat
KIDS CAN PRESS [KIDS CAN PRESS]
Powell, Marie
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
May 29, 2017
Datisman, Eve
Lex 740, Hi/lo Seventeen-year-old Lucy finds her best friend, Harper, shot dead in an LA swimming pool. How did things ever go so wrong? In flashback, reader sees five London girls form a band, Crush, headed by Harper with Lucy as drummer in even though Lucy's parents have forbidden her to see her best friend. Harper assures Lucy, Robyn, Toni, and Iza that Crush will win. However, Harper has an ulterior motive: she wants to hook up with her old boyfriend, ne'er-do-well Rafe, son of an entertainment icon. They win one of the top four slots and begin the rock n’roll life and each girl has to deal with her own difficulty: Robyn falls into the trap of diet drugs to reach the size 2 outfits that their stylist has selected for her; Toni starts an affair with an older married man; Iza falls in love with a boy who is perfect for her but she’s too shy to manage the romance well. It’s up to Lucy to keep the beat and the band on track, figure out how to reconcile with her parents, and solver the murder. The issues-drug use, alcoholism, sexual assault, peer pressure, body image, overbearing parents, negligent parents make this YA. Light, soapy, beach read. Previously published as Drummer Girl in the UK.
Baby
Chicken House [Chicken House]
Drakeford, Lisa
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
May 29, 2017
Datisman, Eve
Debut. Olivia is having a rubbish year. Her best friend Nicola has a baby in her bathroom during her 17th birthday party. Her boyfriend Jonty has started being jealous and sometimes hurts her; her gay friend Ben is trying to get her to dump Jonty; and her autistic sister Alice, who is 12 spends most of her time away from school working on her imaginary farm. It’s all a bit much. Nicola, who is in no way ready to be a mother, tells Livy that Jonty is the father of the baby. It’s official; this is the most rubbish year ever. Told in monthly installments beginning in February by Olivia and ending in June with Ben, the characters each tell what they know of the story as it relates to them and to the others, adjust to this new life, and they work to repair the threads that knit them together while making the changes they need to move out of cluelessness, grief and betrayal. Teen domestic violence is not realistically resolved, Jonty is involved in an anger management class and over three months, everything seems to go away. The twist at the end is one step too far and moves an angsty teen life story into a soapy Lifetime movie.
Take The Key And Lock Her Up
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Carter, Ally
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
7th grade to 9th grade
May 30, 2017
Dame, Anne
Book 3 and conclusion to the Embassy Row series Grace and her brother Jamie are are still on the run from those that are trying to kill them, but no where is safe. She needs a solution that will not throw her country into turmoil and also does not end in her death. Lots of action and adventure, a little bit of romance, and a satisfactory but less than thrilling ending. (It feels a little bit anti-climactic after all that Grace has been through). A fun read; strong female protagonist.
Double Or Nothing With The Two And Only Kelly Twins
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Hurwitz, Johanna
Mourning, Tuesday
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
2nd grade to 4th grade
May 30, 2017
Averill, Linda
Identical twins, Arlene and Ilene have the same hair style, always wear matching outfits. Classmates have trouble telling the apart but gradually realize there are differences when Ilene loses a tooth before her sister. The girls begin to explore other differences when a misunderstanding about a sleepover separates them. This beginning chapter book presents realistic situations such as an epidemic of head lice and the situations have positive outcomes. Black and white illustrations add some warmth to the story.
Army Brats
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Benedis-Grab, Daphne
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
4th grade to 6th grade
May 30, 2017
Averill, Linda
A multi-ethnic family moves to an army base. Mom is a military intelligence officer, dad is a graphic designer and works from home. The three children are delighted that they will be able to have more freedom and be with kids “who get army life”. Tom is dyslexic, bullied, and called Sergeant Wimpy. Charlotte tries hard to get accepted, shares how she does her manicures and tries to keep her dolls a secret. The children discover a spooky old building and hear noises inside. They feel there is a mystery and Rosie is convinced it has something to do with the dogs that are disappearing. The three siblings band together to solve Tom’s bullying problem and find the dogs. The parents, not as oblivious as the children believe, support the children and allow them to solve their problems.
Tank & Fizz : The Case Of The Missing Mage
ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS [ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS]
O'donnell, Liam
Deas, Mike
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
May 30, 2017
Averill, Linda
Monsters, magic and technology collide in this action packed mystery. Tank, a troll, and Fizz, a goblin, help Aleeta, a wizard-in-training, solve the disappearance of the leaders of each domain. Stink juice, a cloaking spell, a staff of skulls and a Doom Master create an interesting, fast paced plot. The comic-book format illustrations move the story along and will appeal to reluctant readers.
Harry And Clare's Amazing Staycation
TUNDRA BOOKS [TUNDRA BOOKS]
Staunton, Ted
Song, Mika
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
May 30, 2017
Averill, Linda
Two creative children, Clare and her younger brother Harry have to spend their vacation at home and it’s raining. On Monday the family room became Mars. Bossy Clare had Harry carry the luggage, she carried the snacks. They went around volcanoes but Harry got stuck in quicksand so she ate his snack. On Tues. the grocery carts became race cars and Clare drove until time to park in the checkout line. Then it was Harry’s turn. Because he was little Clare told him to use two hands and she ate his snack. Her imagination made her a pirate queen and she continued to eat all of the snacks. Harry devised a plan that he didn’t divulge. When the sun finally appeared and they went to the park he accompanied Clare on a treasure hunt through the jungle where she discovered her snacks were left at home. Harry has brought volcano sticks and asteroid burgers. Youngsters with bossy siblings will relate and cheer at Harry’s resourceful resolution. The simple line and pastel color drawings how the imaginative actions of the two children.
Mr. Postmouse Takes A Trip
KIDS CAN PRESS [KIDS CAN PRESS]
Dubuc, Marianne
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
May 30, 2017
Averill, Linda
Reminiscent of Richard Scarry’s “Busy Town” , the illustrations on each double page spread show cutaways of imaginative, detailed animal homes that Mr. Postmouse and his family visit as they travel on their vacation around the world, because he continues to deliver the mail. They deliver mail to a variety of animals; a polar bear, a dragon, and a butterfly. They travel by camel, cruise ship, dog sled and hot air balloon. While there are two or three sentences per page that explain the setting it is the pictures that carry the story. Children will enjoy the busy details that can be found at each stop. This is the second Mr. Postmouse book.
Big Cat, Little Cat
ROARING BROOK PRESS [ROARING BROOK PRESS]
Cooper, Elisha
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
May 31, 2017
Wittmann, Teresa
A white cat lives alone until a black kitten comes to live with it so the big cat teaches the kitten everything important like how to be and what to do. The black kitten grows up and both cat become very close and do everything together. Then the white cat leaves for every and which is hard for everyone until a white kitten appears. The simple black and white drawings are the best part of the book and clearly show the emotions between the two cats. This is a book for cat lovers and those dealing with loss.