Reviews for month


Spring Hare
HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR) [HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR)]
Yelchin, Eugene
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Pre-Kindergarten
November 02, 2017
Williams, Karen I.
Baby hare who meets and plays with a young girl as they jump on a trampoline and go higher and higher - over the forest, catches the tail of an airplane flying through a flock of geese, bumps into a hot-air balloon, continues over a rainbow into outer space following a rocket ship before catching a shooting star back to earth and into the arms of his friend. Bright, colorful collage made from traditional painting illustrations but cut out that gives this wordless book as a spring board for little ones to create their own stories. While the title implies a seasonal connection, the story could be "read" at any time. Reinforced binding.
Founding Of America
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Gilman, Sarah
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
5th grade to 8th grade
November 02, 2017
Williams, Karen I.
Introduction to the American Revolution in eleven chapters of short length with classic photos credited at the beginning of the book. Basic information about the how and why the American Revolution started; Second Continental Congress; Boston Tea Party; Battles of Lexington and Concord; Continental Army with George Washington as the leader; Battle of Bunker Hill; petition to King George to avoid further fighting; publication of Common Sense by Thomas Paine; the Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson and reviewed, edited, and improved upon by delegates Ben Franklin ; 48 pages, and John Adams; writing of Articles of Confederation that was replaced by a new document, the Constitution with the Bill of Rights added in Dec. 1791. "Explore the Facts" boxes;. Timeline; Further Reading suggestions; 3 listed websites of interest to kids; Timeline; Index; Glossary; Library binding. Explains how the event was at a high cost to some who lost homes, wealth, and even lives in the battle for freedom.
Bad Kitty, Scaredy-Cat
ROARING BROOK PRESS [ROARING BROOK PRESS]
Bruel, Nick
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
November 02, 2017
Williams, Karen I.
Bad Kitty wasn't always a scaredy-cat. She was an Angry kitty..., an Energetic kitty ..., a Heroic kitty ..., an eXasperated kitty -- an alphabetic list of Kitty's attributes. Then something happened on a dark and foggy night when she saw frightening creatures in alphabetical order who scared her. The monsters dropped candy and then she decided to be a very, very BAD kitty who Attacked the Alien, Flattened Frankenstein, Tackled the Tarantula, and Zinged the Zombie. She would NEVER be a scaredy-cat again. Great alphabetical lists in a great book for Halloween! Fans will not be disappointed. Reviewed in SLJ. Reinforced binding.
Key
Magic Wagon [Magic Wagon]
Rogers, Kelly
Sullivan, Dana
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
November 03, 2017
Williams, Karen I.
Horror story of a female middle schooler, M.J., who has just started her first day of seventh grade along with a new teacher, Ms. Fleek, who teaches science. But Ms. Fleek has a problem of not being able to find the key to the lab door Room 201. Ms Emily Fleek has two 2 page diary submissions that give her perspective. When she finally has opened the door, weird changes occur to Ms. Fleek. Strange things happen and students start to avoid Rm 201. 5 by 7 1/2 inches in a short story format with illustrations and colored words on each page will draw interests of reluctant readers. From the series Rm 20l in Library binding. Cost found on Amazon Books is $28.50. AD+ rating but could be higher as this could be a great addition if needed and you have a good sized budget.
Ready, Set... Baby!
Hmh Books For Young Readers [Hmh Books For Young Readers]
Rusch, Elizabeth
Leng, Qin
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
All ages
November 03, 2017
Williams, Karen I.
Anna and Oliver are sharing their experience on the waiting for the expected sibling, when the baby comes home, tips about poop, what babies can't and can do, and much more. Cartoon drawings are humorous and capture feelings from facial expressions to body language. Useful for families expecting new additions to share with soon-to-be big brothers and sisters. Tips for parents, websites visit and books to read. Reviewed by SLJ, Booklist, Kirkus. Hardback. Would make a great gift to a family.
Overboard!
Hmh Books For Young Readers [Hmh Books For Young Readers]
Johnson, Terry Lynn
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
November 03, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "Survivor Diaries" series, and written by a survival expert, this book tells the fictional story of a whale-watching expedition in the Salish Sea that goes awry. Two children--Travis and Marina-- are swept away when the boat capsizes. They must do all they can to survive until they are rescued. Injury and fear, as well as hypothermia, play a role. Important survival tips are woven into the text. This series educates as it entertains.
Labyrinth
DARBY CREEK PUBLISHERS [DARBY CREEK PUBLISHERS]
Keats, Israel
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
5th grade to 8th grade
November 03, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
SuprSolvr and Fites4fun are two gamers in the year 2089. They are trying out a new virtual game, in which their avatars must face dangers, and solve puzzles, and finish before time runs out. They each have three lives. If they don't reach the end they will be trapped in the game. While the concept is not new, this is a fun quick read with two interesting characters. Both of their skills are needed to survive, and both change a bit as the game goes on. Themes of friendship and teamwork abound. This is part of the "Level Up" series and would be a good choice for middle schools.
Are You At Risk For Public Shaming?
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Mabry-Gordon, Sherri
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
6th grade to 12th grade
November 03, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
In this era of social media "shaming" has reached a new height--able to spread with a single click of a mouse, and devastate lives. This book, part of the "Got Issues" series, provides real-life stories, cautions, and advice for those who have been victimized. While it differentiates between shaming and cyberbullying, the two are very much intertwined. This is a solid, well-researched book that is, nonetheless, quite readable and addresses an important topic.
Diary Of An 8-Bit Warrior : Crafting Alliances : An Unoffici
Andrews & Mcmeel [Andrews & Mcmeel]
Cube Kid
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
November 04, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
In this third book in the "diary of an 8-Bit Warrior series our hero, Runt really is quite heroic. Their village is under siege. Human players have arrived but not all of them believe Minecraftia is real and so mostly they're no help. It's up to the villagers to save the day, and Runt's keen wits play a significant role. Written in a journal fashion, with plenty of pixelated color illustrations, this is sure to please Minecraft fans despite, or because of, it's "An Unofficial Minecraft Adventure" label.
Sheep Won't Sleep : Counting By 2S, 5S, And 10S
HOLIDAY HOUSE [HOLIDAY HOUSE]
Cox, Judy
Cuneo, Nina
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
November 05, 2017
Kline, Karen
When Clarissa can’t sleep she gives up her knitting and tries counting sheep. Little does she know, but the sheep end up staying in her room making for an even more distracted evening! If only she would try harder, chastise the sheep -- she should count pairs of alpacas. Clarissa is smitten with the colorful wool of the alpacas, and they suggest she try counting llamas by the fives. The llamas are decked out in wild multicolored patterns that demand that she try counting yaks ten at a time. These colorful woolly hoofers show up in arrays of coats color coordinated by their groups. Poor Clarissa, though, her room has been overtaken by these bleating and baaing quadrupeds shedding wool all over her room. After adding them all up -- 100 in all -- Clarissa knows they can’t stay. The digital illustrations are a delight and provide plenty of visual chaos to count. Ever the clever counter, Clarissa begins to subtract each set the same way they came in by their group totals (10 sheep, 20 alpacas, 20 llamas, 50 yaks) as she winds up the loose wool into a massive ball of yarn that tempts her back to knitting a cozy coverlet that she finds herself snoozing beneath as the sun comes up. This math tale doesn’t sacrifice story.
Old Macdonald Had A...zoo?
CHARLESBRIDGE PUBLISHING [CHARLESBRIDGE PUBLISHING]
Trapani, Iza
Trapani, Iza
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
November 05, 2017
Kline, Karen
What happens when Old MacDonald’s farm is invaded by zoo animals? Chaos breaks out! Zebras helping themselves to the hay! Monkeys breaking eggs in the henhouse! Even poor Old MacDonald gets an elephant’s trunkful of water sprayed right in his face. Crocodiles in the garden are the last straw, though, snapping here and snapping there, and our typically docile hero loses control. The zoo animals are rounded up into the back of the truck, and E-I-E-I-O’d right back to where they came from. Trapani’s colorful and and charismatic characters frolic about the pages on full-bleed-to-gutter illustrations that will capture the attention of the target audience and will have everyone singing along to this spirited variation of the well-loved song. A few simple bars of the music are included on the back page along with the seven stanzas.
Nasa Mathematician Katherine Johnson
LERNER PUBLICATIONS COMPANY [LERNER PUBLICATIONS COMPANY]
Schwartz, Heather E
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
2nd grade to 4th grade
November 05, 2017
Kline, Karen
This inspiring biography of math wiz Katherine Johnson whose life was feature in the movie Hidden Figures is a book that shows the civil liberties obstacles that women of color have faced in the US. The book states it is unlikely that Johnson would have had an opportunity to work in the aeronautics field if World War II had not taken so many men out of the jobs in her area and onto the war fronts. Johnson’s important work as a NASA mathematician is captured in the text citing John Glenn’s concern about machine computers and his asking Johnson to check the math before he would rely on the calculations that took him to the moon and back. Johnson’s persistence in asking questions is a central theme of the story, and readers will be reminded of the knack she also had for humility and grace despite her gifted skills. Period photos on every page support the text and bring the facts to life. Glossary, index, timeline, and list of additional reading included.
Great Penguin Rescue : Saving The African Penguins
MILLBROOK PRESS (HARD) [MILLBROOK PRESS (HARD)]
Markle, Sandra
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
3rd grade to 5th grade
November 05, 2017
Kline, Karen
Adult African penguins are having to travel farther to get food for their young awaiting them on the twenty-seven breeding grounds on the beaches of the coast near Cape Town, South Africa. The babies wait and wait, and many die. What was a population of four million penguins about two hundred years ago, has dwindled to only 19,000 breeding pairs in South Africa and 5,000 pairs in Namibia. What has caused the rapid decline? Many different issues disturbing their habitats, but the main cause is sadly -- humans. The penguins are at risk of extinction. Dramatic close-up photos of birds and rescue workers make this text come alive on each double page spread. Readers see the birds in their unprotected nests that used to be covered by guano shells that over time humans have removed. Uncontrolled overfishing has threatened the penguins’ food supply, and now the upwelling of nutrients that feed the birds’ favorite food, sardines, has been drifting further from the coast due to global warming and forcing the adults to swim further to get food as well. Source notes, bibliography, glossary and a well-developed one-page timeline flesh out this superb narrative presented by one of our foremost science writers for children in the field.
Big Book Of Canada : Exploring The Provinces And Territories
TUNDRA BOOKS [TUNDRA BOOKS]
Moore, Christopher
Slavin, Bill
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
4th grade to 6th grade
November 05, 2017
Kline, Karen
This compendium of all-things-Canada casts a wide net in scope. It covers Indigenous People, French and British settlers and influencers of today. Arranged by Province, each section begins with a one-page introduction and overview and an artistic, thematic map of the Province and its bordering Provinces, major cities, important geographical features, and thumbnails of noteworthy and iconic topics of interest (ie. Yukon map show a gold pan prospector and dog sled-- among others). Each section includes eight two-page layouts on “Landscape,” “Moments” (which is a narrative timeline), “Peoples,” “On the Map,” “At Work,” “Famous and Infamous,” “Law and Order,” and “At a Glance.” Captioned photographs and stylistic art by illustrator Bill Slavin enliven the text and bring a uniform visual quality to the book that provides eye-catching details browsers will linger upon. Captions for some of the drawings would have enhanced understanding. The extensive index will provide researchers with the useful tools needed to find topics, but they are likely to dive deeper into this treasure trove of information. This is a revised edition just in time for Canada’s 150th birthday.
Microsaurs : Tiny-Raptor Pack Attack
FEIWEL AND FRIENDS [FEIWEL AND FRIENDS]
Hansen, Dustin
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
3rd grade to 5th grade
November 05, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
In book #2 of Microsaurs Danny and Lin are involved in a wild remote car race. However, that's not the real focus of the book. They hold a tremendous secret about a place where microsaurs live--tiny dinosaurs that need care. Naturally there is a way to shrink down to be with the dinosaurs, and a way to get back to their normal sizes. Now Professor Penrod has sent them a mysterious box, with air holes. They discover it is full of tiny oviraptors, and an egg the children must protect. It's off to another adventure with the microsaurs. The book is quick-paced and has plenty of black and white illustrations. While it doesn't actually hang together well--for example, there are some things that would be done easily and without danger if the children were large, and why would anyone pack an egg (however well protected) in the same box as oviraptors?--young readers probably won't notice the plot holes.
One Good Thing About America
HOLIDAY HOUSE [HOLIDAY HOUSE]
Freeman, Ruth
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
November 06, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
Anais, her brother Jean-Claude, and her mother have just arrived to America. She writes (in English) to her grandmother back home in the Congo telling her about the difficulties and triumphs in starting school. Anais is worried about her father and big brother and the government soldiers who are looking to make trouble. This is a realistic story about students coming to the United States: they live in temporary housing with other new immigrants, look for an apartment; Mama fills out forms to stay; using cell phones to keep in touch with family in their country of origin. Anais has rough days: not understanding words and expressions; not understanding American holidays and customs. As the school year progresses she slowly learns how to live in their new home, and there is good news that more family will be joining them. The text is sprinkled with french words as she writes to her grandmother. No lexile level given, but would be good to read to ELL students or for older students to read on their own.
Braced
ARTHUR A LEVINE BOOKS [ARTHUR A LEVINE BOOKS]
Gerber, Alyson
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
5th grade to 8th grade
November 06, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
Rachel Brooks is ready to have a great year playing soccer for her school team. But when she goes back for a check up for the curvature in her spine, she finds out she has to wear a brace 23 of 24 hours a day. Practice is hard, forcing her to make adjustment to her game and clearing up rumors of her quitting the team. She endures rawness where the brace rubs, practicing harder on foot skills and left-foot kick to compensate for her limited mobility. Mixed in are guys and best friends who sometimes just can't understand. This is a first time author who wore a brace for her scoliosis from age 11 to 13. Good soccer story and persevering through a definite physical challenge. 640 lexile with RC Test
Reformed
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Weinberger, Justin
Additional Minus -- Mediocre.
3rd grade to 5th grade
November 06, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
Ian Hart and two of his buddies are in trouble at school and end up going to Bully Reform School during the summer. The story tries to keep it light and have them rolling around from one hijinks to another. At the core is whether Ian can refuse his friend Devon's direction. It seems hard to believe that parents would let their kids go to a camp at a moments notice; that there might have been more intervention before resorting to reform camp. And the seriousness of the prank, directed by Devon, to slip a peanut butter sandwich to a highly allergic student, would result in a lot more attention by parents and school staff. Another reviewer described this as a Gordon Korman wanna-be and I would agree. But not thought through and serious incidents trying to be funny.
Judy Moody, Tooth Fairy
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Mcdonald, Megan
Madrid, Erwin
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
2nd grade to 4th grade
November 06, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
Judy Moody and Friends series are beginning reader books in a 400 lexile range.In Judy Moody and the Tooth Fairy, Stink has a tooth that is loose. Judy and friends are trying to discover if the tooth fairy is real. Through trials and tests, (she tries to stay up to watch over Stink) the Tooth Fairy delivers. Though not with the same aip as Judy and Stink chapter books, this does provide age appropriate reading for the higher-level 1st and 2nd graders.
Ten : A Soccer Story
CLARION [CLARION]
Flint, Shamini
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
November 06, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
Maya LOVES soccer. She dreams about it, thinks about it, talks about it. But doesn't play it because girls are not allowed to play soccer in Kuatan, Malaysia in 1986. She is able to get her friends to practice during recess and soon has a team at her all-girls school. But her family is coming apart -- she worries about whether he parents will stay together. Her old-fashioned grandmother reminds everyone that Maya's mother should never have married a white (British) man and that Maya's light skin is important. Her father leaves to find work back in England and when she figures out he is not coming back, she knows that a winning goal will get her the award which will send her to watch her favorite team in England. This is a somewhat predictable plot for family dynamics and unrealistic narrative of winning a trip to England and to run out on the field of a professional (and televised) soccer game. A good enough sports story for girls with issues of skin color, Hindu vs. Muslin students in school, and mixed families.
Lgbtq Rights
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
Hyde, Natalie
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
6th grade to 12th grade
November 06, 2017
Dame, Anne
This 48 page text is part of a series that analyzes primary sources to learn things about the past. This one focuses on LGBTQ rights to do so. Overall, it is well-done and would make a good addition to any collection. Just a few things of note: it is very Canada-centric (which I liked as it gives a wider perspective for readers from the US); it uses the term gender fluid instead of non-binary, which is a bit of an issue as the terms are not synonymous; it is very legal/politics centered as far as sources go (using court cases and newspapers rather than letters, diaries, etc.); the section on gays in the military is very well done and thorough in using a variety of sources - I wish all the sections had been done in the same manner. Useful for developing critical thinking skills.
On The Free
CAROLRHODA [CAROLRHODA]
Voorhees, Coert
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
6th grade to 12th grade
November 06, 2017
Dame, Anne
Fans of "Hatchet" and other survival stories will enjoy this tale of 4 young people and two adventure leaders who go camping in the Bear Canyon Wilderness as part of an alternative juvenile detention program. Santi is the main character and he is in the program for car theft. He meets Victor, Rico, and Celeste who are also in the program but he doesn't know what they have done to get there. Jerry and Amelia, the group leaders, round out the cast. They all set off on what should be a 6 day hiking/camping trip through remote Colorado wilderness - but inevitably, disaster strikes. Santi and the others will need to pool their resources and wits to survive. Lots of action and adventure, one unexpected plot twist (for me), but the ending was too conveniently wrapped up and just felt very pat. Some underage drinking, violence, and sexual references make this a better fit for mature middle schoolers or for a high school audience.
Little Bits Of Sky
HOLIDAY HOUSE [HOLIDAY HOUSE]
Durrant, S E
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
4th grade to 6th grade
November 06, 2017
Dame, Anne
Ira (short for Miracle) and her brother Zac are foster kids who keep getting bounced from place to place. They finally end up at an orphanage called Skilly House where the two nicest people are the cook and the gardener. Set in 1987 in England, this book, although sweet, may not be the easiest to find an audience for. Neither Ira nor Zac particularly drew me in and I feel like there may be other books with more "feels" to them (like "Bridge to Terabithia"). However, it does fill a niche as there aren't lots of stories about kids in care. There's also some very British terms that won't be accessible to many (American) students: poll tax being the most obvious one.
Boo Who?
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Clanton, Ben
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
November 06, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
Boo is a ghost that is new to school. He is a little different and when he tries to make friends at recess, sometimes it just doesn't work out. Ghosts can't catch basketballs, or play tag. But his new friends--robot, dinosaur, monster, and unicorn-rabbit -- are willing to choose a game that he can play. Boo is good at playing hide and seek. In the end "He's new, but he fits right in." Students enjoyed the simple story and retro illustrations. Could be used to encourage children to welcome new students in their school. The illustrator adds a word game--when looking for Boo, the dinosaur discovers a boot... BOO...T. Students enjoyed the word play.
Dinosaurs In Disguise
Hmh Books For Young Readers [Hmh Books For Young Readers]
Krensky, Stephen
Munsinger, Lynn
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
November 06, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
There are several dinosaur books where the reader can imagine they are still around and how to use them. Illustrator Lynn Munsinger and Stephen Krensky pair up to imagine all the ways that dinosaurs disguise themselves in modern times. In Egypt they can hide in plain view, as a camel, sphinx, or pyramid. They can be pilgrims or Santa Claus. They could reveal themselves, but for now they will stay hidden. With an environmental message afterthought, the boy reassures them that humans will work on the issues of junk food, pollution, and garbage so that they shouldn't worry.
Carrot & Pea : An Unlikely Friendship
Hmh Books For Young Readers [Hmh Books For Young Readers]
Hood, Morag
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
November 06, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
Carrot and Pea use personification to show that friendships are not necessarily between two that are exactly alike. This picture book is in the style of Amy Krouse Rosenthal's "Pea," "Spoon," and "Chopstick." Colin the Carrot is too tall, too orange and cannot roll or bounce. But he can add to the fun when he can be a bridge or a slide. Even though there are other stories similar (Keith Bakers "LMNO Peas") it is still a whimsical story that is simple and true.
Prince Ribbit
Peachtree Publishers [Peachtree Publishers]
Emmett, Jonathan
Bernatene, Poly
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
2nd grade to 4th grade
November 06, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
Author and illustrator created "Princess and the Pig," a Washington Children's Choice nominee. This story is another spin-off of a fairytale with the kind of twist and turn humor that children enjoy. Princesses Lucinda and Arabella are silly princesses who dream of marrying a prince. Princess Martha "likes facts more than fairytales," and doesn't need a handsome prince to complete her life. Frog sees his chance for a life of leisure and poses as an enchanted prince. When Martha challenges her sisters, they insist that it is true "because it was in a book." Martha is able to prove Frog's ruse when princess kisses don't turn him into a prince. But she rather likes his spirit and when she gives him a kiss...he indeed turns into a prince. It is not so bad to be married to someone so clever AND good looking. And to the reader..."if that's not the ending you were expecting, then remember...just because it is in a book doesn't mean it's true."
Baby Goes To Market
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Atinuke
Brooksbank, Angela
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
November 06, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
Atinuke has written beginning chapter books about Anna Hibiscus and her country of Nigeria. In this picture book she writes of a small child on his mother's back as they go through the market to buy food. At each stall, the vendors slip baby a pieces of fruit, or candy, or cookies and baby adds some to mama's wide hat. When mama is ready to feed a hungry baby, she discovers all the food that is atop her hat. They ride home on a taxi motorcycle. Illustrations by Angela Brooksbank are colorful and bright, showing a cheerful bustling market. Clothes (and endpapers) have traditional African patterns. A great story for preschool and companion to "It Takes a Village."
Ancient China Inside Out
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
Spence, Kelly
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
November 07, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
Ancient Worlds Inside Out is a series of books which include Rome, Egypt, Greece, China, Maya, and Mesopotamia. See Mesopotamia for all-over review.
Ancient Maya Inside Out
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
Stuckey, Rachel
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
November 07, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
Ancient Worlds Inside Out is a series of books which include Rome, Egypt, Greece, China, Maya, and Mesopotamia. See Mesopotamia for all-over review.
Ancient Egypt Inside Out
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
Rodger, Ellen
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
November 07, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
Ancient Worlds Inside Out is a series of books which include Rome, Egypt, Greece, China, Maya, and Mesopotamia. See Mesopotamia for all-over review.
Ancient Rome Inside Out
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
Malam, John
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
November 07, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
Ancient Worlds Inside Out is a series of books which include Rome, Egypt, Greece, China, Maya, and Mesopotamia. See Mesopotamia for all-over review.
Ancient Mesopotamia Inside Out
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
Rodger, Ellen
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
November 07, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
This review is a general review for six titles in a series called Ancient ... Inside Out. Only 32 pages, it is stocked full of useful and interesting information about an ancient culture. Has T/C, bold headings, insets, photos, drawings, maps, captions, labels, primary sources, glossary, index, more resources, and a craft or activity.This gives plenty of information for school research and covers topics that are generally assigned (daily life, religion, government). Review copies were in paperback which would, with heavy glossy paper, soon fall apart. Can be ordered in hardback with library binding. Fits perfectly with curriculum and reading level of intermediate elementary schools. Appropriate for secondary as well.
Earth Movers
BELLWETHER MEDIA [BELLWETHER MEDIA]
Pettiford, Rebecca
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
November 07, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
This is a Level 2 Blastoff! Readers by Scholastic. There are 18 in the books series "Mighty Machines in Action." Earth Movers have 1 and 2 page spreads with photos, diagrams, and text. Single sentence on each page describes what they do, how it sounds, where they are used and the different types of features (buckets, blades, tracks, dump boxes, and hopper). Has T/C, bold headings, labels, Glossary, Index, and additional resources. Other book: Airplanes, Backhoes, Bulldozers, Concrete Mixers, Cranes, Dump Trucks, Fire Trucks, Garbage Trucks, Helicopters, Monster Trucks, Police Cars, Ships, Snowplows, Tractors, Trains, Zamboni.
Passenger Trains
BELLWETHER MEDIA [BELLWETHER MEDIA]
Leighton, Christina
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
November 07, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
This book is one in a series of 6 books about trains. Boxed text cover some of the photo on all two-page spreads. Text describes the different types of cars (locomotive, lounge, sleeping) and seems to suggest that passenger trains are for sight seeing and pleasure rather than function. Subway, Monorail, City, and High-Speed train books might cover the need for traveling for work or for long distances. Has T/C, bold print, labeling, glossary, additional resources, and index. Others in series: Subway, Monorail, City, High-Speed, and Freight Trains.
Game Change
Hmh Books For Young Readers [Hmh Books For Young Readers]
Monninger, Joseph
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
6th grade to 12th grade
November 07, 2017
Dame, Anne
Zeb is a senior in high school and a quarterback on the football team in rural New Hampshire. However, he doesn't get much playing time as the first string QB has brought the team all the way to the state championships, which are in 7 days. However, an accident takes him out so Zeb gets brought up to take his place. Zeb has never gotten much attention before but now he is high profile due to this unexpected chance. It brings about some unexpected consequences as well as a lot of pressure. Football fans will enjoy, so great for readers of Mike Lupica and Tim Green. Some swearing, a little bit of kissing, and also some deer hunting - so don't give this to your animal lovers.
Ancient Greece Inside Out
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
Malam, John
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
November 07, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
Ancient Worlds Inside Out is a series of books which include Rome, Egypt, Greece, China, Maya, and Mesopotamia. See Mesopotamia for all-over review.
Your Guide To Medieval Society
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
Stuckey, Rachel
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
5th grade to 8th grade
November 07, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
There are 6 titles in a series called Destination: Middle Ages. Titles: Medieval Society, Medieval Warefare, Knights and the Age of Chivalry, Medieval Society, Arts in the Middle Ages, Islamic Golden Age, and Trade in the Middle Ages. See TRADE for general review.
Your Guide To The Arts In The Middle Ages
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
O'brien, Cynthia
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
5th grade to 8th grade
November 07, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
There are 6 titles in a series called Destination: Middle Ages. Titles: Medieval Society, Medieval Warefare, Knights and the Age of Chivalry, Medieval Society, Arts in the Middle Ages, Islamic Golden Age, and Trade in the Middle Ages. See TRADE for general review.
Your Guide To Trade In The Middle Ages
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
Stuckey, Rachel
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
5th grade to 8th grade
November 07, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
There are 6 titles in a series called Destination: Middle Ages. Titles are: Medieval Society, Medieval Warfare, Knights and the Age of Chivalry, Medieval Society, Arts in the Middle Ages, Islamic Golden Age, and Trade in the Middle Ages. Titles have 32 pages and are filled with photos, maps, different colored font and bold print, boxed facts, and more. There are things I like about the series: a timeline, same basic structuring of information, primary sources, index, and additional resources. Each book has a similar map, and identifies a city, region, or battle that applies to the topic (Warfare: Battle of Hastings; First Crusades). But information seems random and not the depth that students might need for report writing or just plain enjoy. For example, in daily life, it talks about drinking ale instead of water without explaining the reason (lack of clean water). Daily life information could be in more than one of the books. Information is jammed into too little space and rethinking what to include would have made these a better series.
Your Guide To Castles And Medieval Warfare
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
Bow, James
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
5th grade to 8th grade
November 07, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
There are 6 titles in a series called Destination: Middle Ages. Titles: Medieval Society, Medieval Warefare, Knights and the Age of Chivalry, Medieval Society, Arts in the Middle Ages, Islamic Golden Age, and Trade in the Middle Ages. See TRADE for general review.
Your Guide To Knights And The Age Of Chivalry
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
O'brien, Cynthia
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
5th grade to 8th grade
November 07, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
There are 6 titles in a series called Destination: Middle Ages. Titles: Medieval Society, Medieval Warefare, Knights and the Age of Chivalry, Medieval Society, Arts in the Middle Ages, Islamic Golden Age, and Trade in the Middle Ages. See TRADE for general review.
Locked Up For Freedom : Civil Rights Protesters At The Leesb
MILLBROOK PRESS (HARD) [MILLBROOK PRESS (HARD)]
Schwartz, Heather E
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
5th grade to 8th grade
November 08, 2017
Dame, Anne
We often hear about the Civil Rights movement in a general sense, in broad terms. Rarely do we hear about the individual people, other than Martin Luther King, who took part in helping gain equal rights for blacks. This book focuses on specific young people who fought for justice and were thrown into jail because of it. In Americus, Georgia, there were 30 young girls (ages 11-15) who were held in terrible conditions because of their actions. Primary source accounts and photographs make this a well-researched and compelling account of a difficult and unfair period in US history. An excellent addition to elementary and middle school collections; could also be useful in high school for differentiated instruction.
Diary Of An 8-Bit Warrior : Path Of The Diamond : An Unoffic
Andrews & Mcmeel [Andrews & Mcmeel]
Cube Kid
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
November 09, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Runt's village in Miecraftia is under attack and the students who have been working for the privilege of choosing to be warriors, rather that farmers or other professions, are tested to the max. Runt wants to score high enough to be a team leader. Then he can select his friends to be part of his group. When he recruits a girl who has few other skills, but major redstone abilities, it may end up being a bad choice. Will it matter if his village is overrun? A clever plan is put into effect, but what will happen? This is the 4th installment in the "Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior" series. Written in journal format, it follows Runt's deepest, and shallowest, thoughts. He and his friends are growing up and their relationships are changing. In this unofficial Minecraft book, fans of the game will find references to things they truly care about. Is it high literature? No, but that hardly matters. Fans will enjoy it.
Going On An Airplane
LERNER PUBLICATIONS COMPANY [LERNER PUBLICATIONS COMPANY]
Rober, Harold T
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
November 10, 2017
Williams, Karen I.
Good book to share with young people who might be going on an airplane ride. Shows a family going through the security check, getting on the plane, the plane taking off, flight attendants giving out snacks, the view out the window, and what people do while on the plane during the flight. Parts of this NF book include the Table of Contents, Flight supplies, picture Glossary, Index, and other books to read. Library binding.
Muddle & Mo
CLARION [CLARION]
Robinson, Nikki Slade
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
November 10, 2017
Williams, Karen I.
Muddle (a duck) feels that Mo (a goat) is a funny color for a duck and has a hairy beak and other attributes until Muddle realizes that Mo is not a duck but a goat. Muddle then asks if he is a goat. Good for a discussion about friendship, differences and acceptance. Hardback.
Clifford The Small Red Puppy : Vintage Edition
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Bridwell, Norman
Highly Recommended -- Superior book everyone should buy.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
November 10, 2017
Williams, Karen I.
Reprint of the 1975 first printing of the classic tale of Emily Elizabeth's big red dog. One day a neighbor invited her to choose a puppy from his dog's litter of puppies. She chose the littlest one which she called Clifford. He was so small that her father worried that he might not live through the winter. The next morning Emily thought that Clifford looked bigger. He keeps on getting bigger and bigger in short periods of time. She takes him for a walk and he is even bigger when she gets home. He is so big that he scares the neighbor and must be removed from the garden by a crane and put into a moving van to be moved out to her uncle's home in the country. Emily and Clifford missed each other and were reunited when her uncle invites dad to work with him in the country. That's how she got her dog. Review copy was a hardback. Everyone should have this book.
How To Track A Truck
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Eaton, Jason Carter
Rocco, John
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
November 10, 2017
Williams, Karen I.
Want a truck for a pet? How to "track, catch, and tame your very own pet truck" starts with where to find the specific type that you want - a dump truck, or moving van, or garbage truck or other type and suggestions for names. Once you have your own truck, you'll want to have playtime with other trucks. Once they learn to play with the other trucks you'll have a great time. Great for the truck lovers as they enjoy the "petsonified" continuation of the Eaton and Rocco collaboration who also created How to Train a Train. Cartoon style illustrations will engage to readers in the story. Reviewed in SLJ and Booklist. Reinforce trade edition. Wonderful storytime read.
Snarf Attack, Underfoodle, And The Secret Of Life : The Riot
HOLIDAY HOUSE [HOLIDAY HOUSE]
Amato, Mary
Long, Ethan
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
November 11, 2017
Wittmann, Teresa
Meet Orville and Wilbur, The Riot Brothers, who make the most of life everyday with crazy games and schemes which sometimes gets them in trouble. They make up rules to make life interesting and Riot Brothers Rule Number One is "Make something exciting happen every day." Their first mission is to capture a criminal which involves making money so their mother will take them to a bank. Unfortunately when they charge money at recess for lessons on how to be annoying their mother who is the principal does not agree with their money making scheme. The Riot Brothers also make up unique games so they don't get bored. One example is The Frying Pan Game where you imagine your bed is a giant frying pan and you act like food frying in the pan and your brother tries to guess what kind of food you are. Orville and Wilbur are great characters with good hearts, fantastic imaginations, and lots of brotherly love. Their mother is amazingly patient with their antics, but also likes to join in the fun occasionally. This is a great humor series that is easy to read and full of very fun ideas.
Take The Mummy And Run : The Riot Brothers Are On A Roll
HOLIDAY HOUSE [HOLIDAY HOUSE]
Amato, Mary
Long, Ethan
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
November 11, 2017
Wittmann, Teresa
Summer vacations means fun and freedom for the Riot Brothers. They start with popcorn for breakfast and things are going well until they find out that their cousin Amelia is coming to visit for three days. Wilbur and Orville decide to trick her, but she ends up scaring them with her pet rubber snake and they decide she is their kind of cousin. The cousins have a great time together including a mission to find a lost mummy. Of course they need to fit in a trip to a museum and surprisingly they find and rescue Harry the mummy. Their next idea to make money to go to the water park by singing songs turns out to be quite an adventure also. All in all their cousin Amelia's visit was a success. The bonus section includes Riot Brothers' games, sayings, rules, songs as usual plus their secret handshake. This fourth book in the series is sure to please reader who like creative fun and crazy adventures.
Stinky And Successful : The Riot Brothers Never Stop
HOLIDAY HOUSE [HOLIDAY HOUSE]
Amato, Mary
Long, Ethan
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
November 11, 2017
Wittmann, Teresa
The typical wacky adventures start when The Riot Brothers decide to make it their mission to rescue a damsel in distress. This idea doesn't work so well on their field trip to the Botanic Gardens, but in the end they rescue a damselfly. April Fools' Day brings many opportunities for Orville and Wilbur to try to fool their mother, but she isn't easily fooled. Then they decide to be mad scientists which calls for crazy experiments and inventions like Make-in-Your-Mouth macaroni and cheese. The bonus section at the end has Riot Brother games, songs, rules, and sayings as usual plus knightly talk in case you want to talk like a medieval knight. The fun continues with this easy to read and very humorous series.
Drooling And Dangerous : The Riot Brothers Return!
HOLIDAY HOUSE [HOLIDAY HOUSE]
Amato, Mary
Long, Ethan
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
November 11, 2017
Wittmann, Teresa
The Riot Brothers are back in Book 2 in the series and they are full of new crazy games and ideas for making life interesting. Orville and Wilbur have a lot of fun hiding plastic insects and surprising people. Then they decide to be spies and sneak into the teachers' lounge and discover a diamond smuggling plan, except that it turns out to be completely wrong and they have to apologize and promise not to spy at school again. Their idea to have Switch Day where they switch everything around works out much better and their mom and friends even join in the fun. The bonus section at the end has several Riot Brothers' games like Bye-Bye Buggie and Sirty Dockball, songs, Riot Brother rules and sayings. Fans of this humorous series will love this books which continues the Riot Brothers' version of imaginative and good-hearted fun.
Mercy : The Incredible & True Story Of Henry Bergh, Founder
Hmh Books For Young Readers [Hmh Books For Young Readers]
Furstinger, Nancy
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
5th grade to 8th grade
November 11, 2017
Sepessy, Lona
Animal Rights were unheard of in the 1860’s and inhumane treatment ranging from whipping workhorses to death, dogfights, and chaining dogs to treadmills for work were the norm. Initially Henry’s Bergh’s efforts were directed towards abolishing slavery but inspired by the RBSPCA (Royal British Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) formed in 1832, Henry decided to form an American counterpart. Later in life he became aware of the severity of child abuse and neglect and started a comparable agency, The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Henry Bergh was an unlikely hero, a wealthy and happily married man who yet was willing to weather public humiliation and scorn in the streets and newspapers as well as loss of social status and friendships. Henry was quite controversial and some of his actions today seem contra his mission, but his perseverance resulted in the passage of significant legislation. Several factors stand out in this wonderful biography. The colorful digitally illustrations bring to life the world of the mid 1800’s and when paired with historical photographs and many pages of history interspersed throughout the text this is valuable as history of every-day life as well as an excellent biography.
Slowest Book Ever
Boyds Mills Press [Boyds Mills Press]
Sayre, April Pulley
Murphy, Kelly
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
4th grade to 6th grade
November 11, 2017
Sepessy, Lona
Distract your fans of Guinness Book of World Records with this bright orange book of unique two-page articles about a slew of animals, plants, jobs, historic events and hard-to-classify topics. Warning: This is not a book to be read cover-to-cover and the “table of contents” is provided only to give some structure and provoke interest. “Slow thoughts are big thoughts” and readers are admonished to ponder and reread. Every element of the book from a cover depicting a snail, turtle, sloth and the hare leaving them in the dust, to the catchy titles and black, white and orange illustrations are designed to draw the reader into a slowwww investigation of the mysterious workings of the universe. The century plant, and saguaro cactus growth, are joined by jobs such as watching paint dry and building the Great Wall of China as long lifespans, longevity in time for projects, slow animal and plant movements, are intermixed. Open the book to any page and prepare for an unusual snippet of information. Concluding with Chewy Words (glossary), and “Not-Exactly-End-Notes” that provide substantial additional information.
Tommy Mcknight And The Great Election
Stone Arch Books [Stone Arch Books]
Kravitz, Danny
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
November 11, 2017
Sepessy, Lona
12 year-old Tommy McKnight contracted polio soon after swimming in a lake and now walks only with his metal braces and crutches making him a prime target for bullying in middle school. Set during the Great Depression, as Franklin Delano Roosevelt was running for President, Tommy feels new hope when he discovers that FDR had polio and didn’t let it stop him. With a renewed enthusiasm Tommy changes his physical therapy to a pool and with encouragement from supportive friends decides to run for President of the student council. Modeling his speech after FDR’s acceptance speech, Tommy finds new courage to face the future believing it will only get better. The ravages of polio are unknown to this generation of readers and this moderate chapter book provides a toned-down look at a fairly mild case. But the struggles to overcome a challenge can be extrapolated to many other situations. Under 100 pages, the double-spaced text and short chapters are well suited for reluctant readers and those not ready for longer fiction. Back material includes six higher-level discussion questions, as well as an extensive glossary and background information on The Great Depression, Herbert Hoover, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and polio.
It's Great Being A Dad
TUNDRA BOOKS [TUNDRA BOOKS]
Bar-El, Dan
Perry, Gina
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
November 11, 2017
Williams, Karen I.
Dad is relaxing while eating pizza and having a drink while the wading pool fills with water. The kids are having fun being different creatures as they explain why they enjoy being a unicorn, Bigfoot, robot, Loch Ness Monster, and a fairy queen ballerina doctor. Each helps the others when they have a problem. Then the sneaky flying alligator pirate flies over and steals her wand. He bumps into Dad. Dad just loves being a dad and helping each one to play nicely. "So what's not to like about being a dad?" Read this family focused book together and ask what mythical creature would you be? Cookie style creatures. Printed and bound in China. Also in electronic format.
Chicken Lily
HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR) [HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR)]
Mortensen, Lori
Crittenden, Nina Victor
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
November 11, 2017
Sepessy, Lona
Adorable animal illustrations, a compelling story about overcoming your fears, and a few well-placed chicken puns are wrapped into this simple yet entertaining picture book. Lily, a scaredy chicken, is a “careful colorer (between the lines), a patient puzzler, and the quietest hide and seeker” but won’t give up her training wheels, is afraid to talk in class, and never tries new food. Lily wants to fly the coop when she needs to recite a poem in front of an audience. Timid and shy children will relate to Lily’s predicament and fears. Endpapers feature named portraits of Lily’s animal classmates matching the names on their desks and details such as the hanging solar system mobile or teacher’s cup provide close reading interest as well as large group read aloud. Designed for younger readers and well received by a class of 1st graders, I predict a wide readership.
Search And Rescue Teams : Saving People In Danger
Edge Books/capstone Press [Edge Books/capstone Press]
Petersen, Justin
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
4th grade to 6th grade
November 11, 2017
Sepessy, Lona
Danger, survival, and the ability to save people are all riveting topics for many middle grade readers and this well-written description of the Search and Rescue teams provides a thorough yet manageable amount of information to satisfy that interest. Several specific missions describe situations of wilderness mishaps, lost people, K-9 rescues and as well as the response to Sept 11 and illustrate typical situations for rescues adding personal interest. The 32-page Edge book covers the qualifications, training, and skills needed, as well as the sacrifices made by rescuers who may work full-time jobs and can be called out anytime of night or day and season and weather. Vocabulary words in bold are defined at the bottom of the pages and definitely add to the readability but I would like to see more acronyms defined on the pages as well. Photographs display rescuers planning with a few action shots but lack the drama and danger often faced in missions. Pair with Margarita Engle's book The Mountain Dog for a fiction/non-fiction duo. Sidebars and Fact boxes add important information. Glossary, recently published books, critical thinking questions, Internet sites and index included.
Oceans In 30 Seconds
Ivy Kids - Quarto Library [Ivy Kids - Quarto Library]
Green, Jen
Robins, Wesley
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
November 11, 2017
Sepessy, Lona
This 96 page library bound book packs a wide assortment of ocean facts into 30 separate two-page spreads that are divided into 6 chapters entitled blue Planet, Stunning Seascapes, Ocean Life, Ocean Perils, Exploring the Oceans, Using the Oceans. Each section begins with a large colorful illustration and paragraph describing an overview of the topic and a two-page glossary. This up front vocabulary both primes readers for content and gives a handy reference for difficult concepts and words in the topics such as In the Depths or Ocean Food Chains. The two-pages contain the 3-second summary, 3-minute mission (experiment) and what is supposed to be a 30 second explanation on the left page and the illustrations on the right. Even with background in these topics, I found 30 seconds to brief to allow readers to process the information and match with the illustrations on the facing page. But the concept is catchy and with the brief exploration of so many related subjects, readers can pick up and read at any point as well as find plenty of research topics or enquiry questions. Recommend to readers who prefer shorter books and point out the format. Index, books, websites included.
Moon Bears
HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR) [HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR)]
Newman, Mark
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
November 11, 2017
Sepessy, Lona
What’s not to love about crisp clear photographs of Moon Bears climbing trees, swinging in hammocks, floating in water, and being hand fed bottles in the two rescue centers portrayed. Enticing photographs of the Asiatic black bear are described by catchy captions naming the rescued bears and accompanied by ample clearly written text explaining details of the bear’s physical and behavioral characteristics. All the bears shown live in two sanctuaries in China and Vietnam and have been rescued from bear bile farms, circuses and other inhumane circumstances. All ages will enjoy the bears’ antics and beauty although the picture book format is an excellent non-fiction book for younger readers.
Little Red Riding Hood
Nosy Crow [NOSY CROW]
Bryan, Ed
Bryan, Ed
Highly Recommended -- Superior book everyone should buy.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
November 11, 2017
Williams, Karen I.
Updated classic fairy tale by illustrator Ed Bryan is lighthearted and has contemporary illustrations such as Red in a red hoodie. After meeting the wolf and his question about where she is going, Red moves along. On her way to Grandma's house, she collects daisies, acorns, and a jar of honey that she got from a bear after she helps him pour honey into jars. Classic questions and answers about big ears, big eyes, and big teeth lead to the wolf chasing Red who uses each of the extra gifts that she collected on her way to Grandma's house. Great for compare and contrast and just for an introduction to fairy tales. Reinforced trade edition. Also in series - Cinderella; Jack and the Beanstalk; and The Three Little Pigs.
I Want To Grow
Boyds Mills Press [Boyds Mills Press]
Adamson, Ged
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
November 11, 2017
Williams, Karen I.
Herb, green non-human, has notice that his best friend, human Muriel, is getting taller but he is not. He tries three ways to grow up - planted and watered like a plant; rolled back and forth like a piece of clay; then a new clothes outfit of a stovepipe style hat and high heels. But he just didn't grow, got sick, and fell down. One morning Muriel notices on the height chart on the wall that Herb has grown a little. Hooray! Delightful tale for kids stuck in a no growth period. Reinforced trade edition.
Hear The Wolves
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Scott, Victoria
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
7th grade to 9th grade
November 12, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Some teens and adults from a small Alaskan town must make the dangerous journey to the river to get someone out to a doctor. Unfortunately, the local wolves have lost their food supply due to man-made circumstances, and the travelers are in danger. Sloan is dealing with issues of self-confidence, but she's a hunter and has a limited number of bullets. Others in their party have skills they might need. However, as their journey mirrors that of the wolves, both groups are predator and prey. The author has done her research on wolf behavior, and it shows. This is a taught, well-told story, with believable characters and plenty of suspense. My one quibble? Setting is a problem. Having lived in Alaska I can say you don't fall into a frozen river, then walk to the next shelter. You don't talk about cloud types during a blizzard. If tributaries are iced in enough to walk over, the river is not ice-free. A small dog is not going to have enough body mass to survive. More important, you don't leave shelter when there are wolves, and bad weather. Still, those who don't know the area won't notice.
Lucy's Lovey
HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR) [HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR)]
Devany, Betsy
Denise, Christopher
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
November 12, 2017
Williams, Karen I.
Lucy has seventeen doll babies but her favorite is Smelly Baby who starts out smelling like peppermint. Eventually, Smelly Baby takes on the smells of what she comes in contact with -peanut butter, bananas, sour milk, and even spaghetti. While at Grandma’s house, Smelly Baby is taken by the dog, Mr. Slobbers and when they find her, Smelly Baby is a mess of drool. On the way home in the car, the windows are rolled down because of the smell with Lucy hanging to the doll’s arm while she flapped like a flag in the breeze outside of the car. Then ….R-I-I-I-I-P! All that remained in the car was Smelly Baby’s arm. They stopped and Dad goes back to search. No luck. In a few days, a package arrives in the mail. Lucy had written her name & address on Smelly Baby’s tummy so a lady who found her gave her a bath and mailed her with a note saying she was sorry about not finding the missing arm. But then Lucy drags her all over and around the area and food until she “was smellier than she’s ever been before.” Now Lucy was happy. Reviews in SLJ and Kirkus Review. Reinforced binding. Wonderful action filled illustrations add to the story makes a great one on one read aloud.
Can You See Me Now?
PINATA BOOKS [PINATA BOOKS]
Bernal, Estela
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
November 13, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
Amanda is dealing with the grief of her father's death, killed by a drunk driver when he was on an errand to pick up her birthday gift. She doesn't understand mother's response to put in longer hours at work and to hand Amanda over to the grandmother. Amanda reaches out to Paloma and her "yoga-natural food" family and Rogelio whose house has burned down where she starts on the path of healing. The story takes place in a hispanic community in California with mean girls, a few talks with the school counselor, and the elder neighbors sharing the history of their community for a school project. Mom has the chance to move to Seattle for a new job, but Amanda is able to convince her that their community is where they belong.
This Is My Post Office
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Bellamy, Adam
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
November 13, 2017
Williams, Karen I.
From the “All About My World” series is the title “This is MY Post Office.” Easy start NF book about the Post Office tells in simplified style about standing in line, sending packages and letters, buying and putting a stamp on a letter, people getting mail from their box at the Post Office. Postal workers drive mail trucks and some workers deliver mail to your home. But going to the Post Office can be fun! A Words to Know section at the beginning of the book helps students learn new vocabulary. Lists websites, other books to read, Index. Reinforced Library binding with a 110 word count. Level B Guided Reading.
Stella Batts : Broken Birthday
SLEEPING BEAR PRESS [SLEEPING BEAR PRESS]
Sheinmel, Courtney
Bell, Jennifer A.
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
2nd grade to 4th grade
November 13, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
Stella is having a birthday and she is excited to have her best friend Willa from her old school celebrate it with her. But when she uses a chair (as a ladder) in her classroom to get her piece of writing, she tumbles. A broken leg (cast and all) ruins her birthday. Disappointment is lessened when Willa comes to visit. This makes the 10th Stella Batts chapter book. A spunky kid with school and home experiences, this is suitable to the younger reader who is ready for a above grade level chapter book. No lexile or Reading Counts tests.
I Love You, Michael Collins
Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr) [Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr)]
Baratz-Logsted, Lauren
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
4th grade to 6th grade
November 13, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
This story takes place during the months around the landing of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon. Mamie's teacher has assigned her class to write letters to the astronauts--Armstrong, Aldrin, and Michael Collins, the one who is staying on board the space ship. Mamie chooses Michael Collins, the astronaut who is holding things together. Mamie continues to write letters as a means to hold her life together. She doesn't understand the tension between her parents or why her two older sisters are (figuratively) moving away from the family. In the end, she knows that things will change; maybe her parents will come apart again, her sisters move on to college, but she will take the moments as they happen.
Gordon Ramsay
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Nagle, Jeanne
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
5th grade to 8th grade
November 14, 2017
Threlkeld, Sarah
As someone who is known for his hot temper and obscenity-laden rants, Gordon Ramsey might not seem like the most appropriate subject for a middle grade biography, but as the book attests, Ramsey is also a hard-working, passionate man who has found great success despite many challenges, and his life will inspire many young readers to persevere. Presented in chronological order with all the usual nonfiction text features, like an index, glossary and footnotes, this biography, which is part of Enslow's Celebrity Chefs series, will be especially appealing to students interested in cooking. The final chapter provides advice on how to become a chef and there are several recipes included in the back for those who want to whip up a delicious dish. Overall, this is a solidly written and interesting biography about a person many students will recognize and be interested in learning more about.
Daisy Ridley
Purple Toad Publishing [Purple Toad Publishing]
Orr, Nicole K.
Additional Minus -- Mediocre.
4th grade to 6th grade
November 14, 2017
Threlkeld, Sarah
As of this biography's publish date, Daisy Ridley is mostly known for one role - Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And, while she's lead an interesting life, I'm not sure it merits an entire book quite yet. The biography opens with a detailed description of Ridley filming in the dangerous desert of Abu Dahbi, which immediately hooks the reader, but then the narrative falls apart. Information about Ridley's childhood and accomplishments are supplemented with somewhat random information, which left this reader a tad confused. Is it important to know that another actress tweeted her admiration for Ridley? Why is there a photograph of Carrie Fisher in her gold bikini? Overall, this biography will appeal to hardcore fans of Daisy Ridley, if there is such a thing, and will be ignored by almost everyone else.
If You Were The Moon
MILLBROOK PRESS (HARD) [MILLBROOK PRESS (HARD)]
Salas, Laura Purdie
Kim, Jaime
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
November 14, 2017
Korf, Clarence
A child wishes she could be like the moon and just do nothing. The moon explains there are many things she could do if she was the moon such as keeping earth in balance, hide in the shadows, play tug-of-war with the ocean, light a pathway to the sea and more. Each two-page spread shares a role the moon takes in helping Earth keep its rhythm of life and includes a short paragraph on facts which apply to the various activities the moon does. The fun illustrations with various moon facial expressions makes this a fun read for young students and with limited text a good book for emergent readers. This book could be a good jumping off point for a classes study of the moon. The book includes a short glossary and additional reading resources.
Ocean Animals From Head To Tail
KIDS CAN PRESS [KIDS CAN PRESS]
Roderick, Stacey
Moriya, Kwanchai
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
November 14, 2017
Korf, Clarence
Each sea animal presented with a question first about a specific body part such as head, eye, mouth and tail. Young children will love to guess what animal it is with an illustration of an enlarged part of the body highlighted. When a question is given, the next page provides a few brief facts about the sea animal. The animals include mammals, fish, reptiles and invertebrates. The book covers eight different animals highlighting eight different body parts. For young children the clear colorful paper collage illustrations are engaging and support the text well. Brief descriptions of an additional eight sea animals are listed at the back of the book.
Top 10 Shooters And Scorers In Basketball
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Aretha, David
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
November 14, 2017
Korf, Clarence
Over the many years of professional basketball, there have been many great shooters and scorers. An attempt is made to list the top 10 scorers and shooters of all time but when they have created other top 10 titles in the series, some of the top scorers in the game are not listed because they have been highlighted in other categories. Players come from several eras of basketball including the present. Each player has four pages which include a full page picture, a brief bio which includes their nickname, teams played, position, height and year of note. Three pages of text provide insight to the players success, personal background and successes on the court. The book includes a table of contents, glossary, further reading, online resources and an index.
Zoom In On The Liberty Bell
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Shea, Therese
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
2nd grade to 4th grade
November 14, 2017
Williams, Karen I.
Information about the famous Liberty Bell that was ordered from England in 1751 to honor the charter that gave colonists many freedoms. The bell cracked the first time it was rung. It was melted down, not once but twice, and remade. It was call the State House Bell. During the Revolutionary War the bell was hidden because it was feared that the British would melt it and create cannons with the metal. Explains how the bell is a symbol for so many and how it is still inspiring people. While not rung, the bell is tapped to celebrate various events. Glossary at the front of book helps with vocabulary. Activity page. Suggested books to read and two websites for additional information. Index. Library binding.
Top 10 Dunkers In Basketball
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Aretha, David
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
November 14, 2017
Korf, Clarence
Over the many years of professional basketball, there have been many basketball players who had a flair for dunking the basketball. An introduction provides the history of dunking in basketball and some of the players who were not highlighted in this book because they were highlighted in another book in the series. Players come from several eras of basketball including the present. Each player has four pages which include a full page picture, a brief bio which includes their nickname, teams played, position, height and what they were known for. Three pages of text provide insight to the players success, personal background and successes on the court. The book includes a table of contents, glossary, further reading, online resources and an index. The series includes Top 10 Injuries, Moments, Shooters, Teams and Towers of Power.
Hooray For Books!
Hmh Books For Young Readers [Hmh Books For Young Readers]
Won, Brian
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
November 14, 2017
Threlkeld, Sarah
Disclaimer: Like most librarians, I am a sucker for books that celebrate books, so my review of this picture book may be a smidge biased. This brightly illustrated story will have young students shouting "Hooray for books!" right along with the animals who are helping Turtle track down his favorite book. He loaned it to Zebra, who loaned it to Owl, who loaned it to...well, you get the picture. Will Turtle ever find his book? This will make a fantastic read aloud at the start of the year to highlight book care and the joy of reading.
Wiggling Whiskers : Rabbit
Cherry Lake Publishing [Cherry Lake Publishing]
Macheske, Felicia
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
November 14, 2017
Threlkeld, Sarah
Long ears, a small pink nose, strong back legs made for hopping - can you guess what I am? Each layout in this nonfiction book from Cherry Lake's Guess What series, consists of a short sentence that matches a closeup photograph that fills an entire page. At the end, readers are asked if they know which animal is being described and are then shown a photograph of an entire rabbit. The cropped picture of a rabbit's head on the cover makes it pretty obvious from the start which animal is being profiled, but young readers will still delight in shouting out their guesses after each page. Five facts about rabbits and six questions to consider before adopting a rabbit as a pet are included in the back. This series would be great as mentor texts for informational writing in the primary grades.
No Honking Allowed
HOLIDAY HOUSE [HOLIDAY HOUSE]
Calmenson, Stephanie
Ferrari, Antongionata
Additional Minus -- Mediocre.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
November 14, 2017
Threlkeld, Sarah
Can T-Rex honk at a littering dinosaur? What about to say "hello" to a buggy of children? Rex and Stego are out for a drive and Rex wants to honk at everything, but as Stego keeps reminding his friend, honking is only for safety. The illustrative style is visually appealing and the rhyme scheme is on point, but since children don't drive, it's not clear who this book is intended for; perhaps the frustrated, minivan-driving parents of young readers? Fans of silly dinosaur stories will enjoy this, while the adults reading it will be left scratching their heads, especially toward the end when the dinos break the fourth wall and the text stops rhyming.
Marta! Big & Small
ROARING BROOK PRESS [ROARING BROOK PRESS]
Arena, Jennifer
Dominguez, Angela
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
November 14, 2017
Korf, Clarence
Marta is "grande" to an ant and "pequena" to an elephant. In simple text, she is compared to other animals with a variety of antonyms. Spanish words are incorporated throughout the book and their meaning is clear in how each sentence is created. Bright, simple illustrations enhance the meaning of each word used to describe Marta. The fun illustrations which include nine descriptive words and seven animal names in Spanish can engage young readers. In the end, Marta is very clever like a girl which provides a strong message for young girls.
New Friend For Sparkle
Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr) [Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr)]
Young, Amy
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
November 14, 2017
Threlkeld, Sarah
Is that a goat? No! It's a unicorn! (Seriously, it's just a goat with a blue horn, but if you read the first book, it will all make sense). Lucy's friend Cole has come over to play and have so much fun together that they completely forget about Sparkle, who is so upset about being left out that he destroys some of the kids' toys. Time out for Sparkle! Then Cole starts playing a drum he brought with him and Sparkle discovers he can play, too. Now Lucy is upset because she's left out. Will these friends figure out how overcome hurt feelings and make music together? This a cute story that will appeal to young readers and could be used effectively in the classroom to discuss jealousy and acting out. The text is fairly mundane, but seeing a unicorn/goat shake his booty to the beat will get students giggling.
Goldfish Boy
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Thompson, Lisa
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
4th grade to 6th grade
November 15, 2017
Burton, Paula
Matthew describes his neighborhood in a small town close to London. He does this from the window in the guest bedroom/office/never used nursery. This is how he observes the world. The reason why he stays indoors is because he is afraid of germs, it started small; at school going to the restrooms every hour, staying at home and cleaning the bathroom with q tips and needing gloves because he is cleaning so much it damages his hands. This is something that has only recently become problematic, before it was manageable. The reader does not know what the reason is for his compulsive behavior. When a neighbor boy is missing, Matthews viewing habits can help solve the case. A wonderfully written first novel by British author Lisa Thompson. The compulsive behavior is well described and throughout the novel the reader becomes more aware how it affects Matthews life and the reason for his behavior. A great book for advanced readers about a topic not widely discussed among elementary school children.
Bear Make Den
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Godwin, Jane
Joyner, Andrew
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
November 15, 2017
Threlkeld, Sarah
Bear makes a den, but then realizes it's missing something. Is it a couch? A table? Light? Art on the walls? Will Bear ever figure out what his den needs to feel like a home? This story lends itself perfectly to making predictions and will most likely have young students shouting out suggestions to Bear. The one drawback is grammatically incorrect text, which might drive some adults crazy.
Little Red Rolls Away
SLEEPING BEAR PRESS [SLEEPING BEAR PRESS]
Whalen, Linda
Morris, Jennifer E.
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
November 15, 2017
Threlkeld, Sarah
Red the barn wakes up one morning and something isn't quite right. Where are his animal friends? Where are all of the tools that live inside of him? Why in the world is he being lifted off the ground and onto a large truck? Red is very nervous as he travels far from his farm, but once he realizes where his new home will be and what his purpose is, his anxiety changes into happiness. This is a cute read aloud for younger children that may spark discussion about change and how it feels when unexpected things happen. There is even a guide on the back cover called How to Help a Child Navigate Change.
Mommy Loves You!
SLEEPING BEAR PRESS [SLEEPING BEAR PRESS]
James, Helen Foster
Brown, Petra
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
November 15, 2017
Threlkeld, Sarah
Lush pencil and watercolor illustrations set the tone for this simple, sweet story about a rabbit mother and her firstborn. The rhyming text is simple, but very heartfelt, and captures the feelings of being a new parent perfectly. There is even a space in the back where a mother can write a short note to her child and paste a photograph. Due to the subject and format, this is more appropriate as a baby shower gift and not as an elementary library book.
Power Play
Stone Arch Books [Stone Arch Books]
Maddox, Jake
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
November 16, 2017
Sepessy, Lona
Kelly is an excellent hockey player but 9th graders are not included on Varsity this year. A recent divorce and her mother’s new-boyfriend coaching from the sidelines add to her growing anger and frustrations. And Mackenzie Martin and a prior rival is now on her team and competing for attention. Kelly is thrown off her game and knows she must stay focused if she is to succeed. Jake Maddox sports books contain lightweight dilemmas of sportsmanship, discouragement, jealousy, competitiveness, and friendship. The scenarios are realistic, the characters one-dimensional, and the solutions are wrapped up a bit too nicely. Jake Maddox JV books are a step up from the transitional series, with smaller font, and no illustrations, but the text is still double-spaced and the 96 pages are just the right length for reluctant readers needing more complex content. Back material includes writing prompts, discussion questions, and an explanation of various hockey rules, glossary and index.
Volleyball Victory
Stone Arch Books [Stone Arch Books]
Maddox, Jake
Wood, Katie
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
November 16, 2017
Sepessy, Lona
When the Puma’s new volleyball coach mixes up the players’ positions and Andrea finds herself at center blocking rather than setting, she struggles to adjust. Jake Maddox sports books contain lightweight dilemmas of sportsmanship, discouragement, jealousy, competitiveness, and friendship. The scenarios are realistic, the characters engaging but the solutions are always wrapped up nicely. With larger font, double-spaced text and black & white sketches, these 72 page books are just the right length for reluctant and transitional readers. Written at a GRL M the plots and character development are predictable but that is part of the attraction to many of these emerging readers. Back material includes writing prompts, discussion questions, description of volleyball positions, glossary and index.
Sticks & Stones
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Mlynowski, Sarah
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
3rd grade to 5th grade
November 16, 2017
Sepessy, Lona
Welcome back to the Dunwiddle Magic School where one class is set aside for those whose magic is “upside-down.” When wacky magic throws the school into a huge crisis after the pennies from the Potions jar are turned into tiny marble-shaped rocks littering the hallways, the Upside-Down class is blamed. And when Marigold loses control of her magical powers and shrinks Lacey to gerbil-size, a petition is circulated to remove the Upside-down class from the school. Follow Nory, Bax, Willa, and Elliot amongst the other characters as they struggle to learn to control their unpredictable magic and show the school they belong. Fans of the first book will eagerly fly through this and anxiously await further books in the series. Recommend to those who like magic with realistic characters.
Case Of The Missing Mom
Stone Arch Books [Stone Arch Books]
Brezenoff, Steve
Weber, Lisa K.
Additional Minus -- Mediocre.
2nd grade to 4th grade
November 16, 2017
Sepessy, Lona
Four friends, bound in friendship by parents who work in the Capitol City museums, work together to solve a mystery when 10-year old Wilson Kipper’s mom goes missing. A shipment of recently dug dinosaur bones has kept the paleontologists working all night, but when Wilson can’t find his mother, the lab is empty, and the bones have disappeared, the Police are called in. The plot is predictable and character development inadequate but the real problems stem from the stereotypes of the four friends. Introduced in color, comic-like drawings, Wilson is an African American boy, Raining Sam a Native American boy, Amal Farah i a Muslim girl wearing an hijab, and Clementine, a redhead Caucasian. This is tokenism rather than diverse and meaningful character development. Another problem with this book is the juxtaposition of information about prehistoric man and the missing dinosaur bones. While the solution to the mystery does involve the prehistoric man exhibit, it is misleading to portray them is such a way as to suggest that prehistoric man hunted dinosaurs. Large font, double-space text and short chapters support readers transitioning from Early Chapter books. There are better mystery series available at this level.
Women Entrepreneurs
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Gay, Kathlyn
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
6th grade to 12th grade
November 17, 2017
Dame, Anne
This 128 page text talks about women entrepreneurs from Colonial America all the way up through the present day, from Margaret Hardenbroeck Philipse who was a shipping magnate to Nely Galán who was president of a TV network and owns and operates her own media company. This book strives to recognize how women have always been involved in business, but have been given short shrift by history. Many primary source photographs, as well as other artistic renderings for those eras when photography was not an option. Also included: chapter notes, glossary, and additional resources both print and digital. Other books in the "Defying Convention: Women Who Changed the Rules" series include: Women Athletes, Women in Technology, Women Warriors, Women Political Leaders, and Women Writers.
Stem
Cherry Lake Publishing [Cherry Lake Publishing]
Reeves, Diane Lindsey
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
2nd grade to 4th grade
November 17, 2017
Dame, Anne
An introductory look at STEM careers for an elementary level audience. Features two page spreads focusing on a certain career such as epidemiologist or naval architect. Full color pictures. Each spread has "check it out" links to additional resources as well as a "start now" box with suggestions for ways to practice and/or get some experience with those types of activities that would be part of that career path. Includes glossary, index, a more complete list of careers available in this field, and several charts to fill out; *these charts also say not to write on them if it is a borrowed book and gives the link to online forms that can be printed out and written on*. It felt a little condescending in it's tone - perhaps because there are parts that are addressed directly to the reader rather than just presenting the information.
Scorpia : An Alex Rider Graphic Novel
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Horowitz, Anthony
Vieceli, Emma
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
5th grade to 8th grade
November 17, 2017
Dame, Anne
Action packed story with vivid supporting graphics make this a strong candidate for struggling/reluctant readers. Although it is not the first in the series, there was enough information given to easily follow the story line. May also be an inducement for readers who enjoy it to pick up the text version next. Excellent addition to a graphic novel collection. Alex finds out that his father may not have been the type of person he had always thought he was. In order to find out more, he gets involved with an agency of super-villains known as Scorpia.
Eagle Strike : An Alex Rider Graphic Novel
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Horowitz, Anthony
Damerum, Kanako And Yuzuru Takasaki
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
5th grade to 8th grade
November 17, 2017
Dame, Anne
Action packed story with vivid supporting graphics make this a strong candidate for struggling/reluctant readers. Although it is not the first in the series, there was enough information given to easily follow the story line. May also be an inducement for readers who enjoy it to pick up the text version next. Excellent addition to a graphic novel collection. Alex is on vacation when an unexpected attack drives him to track down the dangerous hit man without support from the MI-6.
Women Political Leaders
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Cunningham, Anne
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
6th grade to 12th grade
November 17, 2017
Dame, Anne
This 128 page text talks about women political leaders from ancient times all the way up through the present day, from Queen Nefertiti to Hillary Rodham Clinton. This book strives to recognize how women have always been involved in politics, but have been given short shrift by history. Many primary source photographs, as well as other artistic renderings for those eras when photography was not an option. Also included: chapter notes, glossary, and additional resources both print and digital. Other books in the "Defying Convention: Women Who Changed the Rules" series include: Women Athletes, Women in Technology, Women Warriors, Women Entrepreneurs, and Women Writers.
Women Athletes
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Mabry-Gordon, Sherri
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
6th grade to 12th grade
November 17, 2017
Dame, Anne
This 128 page text talks about women athletes from ancient times all the way up through the present day, from Kyniska, the first female Olympian to Mo'ne Davis the first girl pitcher to win a game in the Little League world series. This book strives to recognize how women have been involved in sports, but have been given short shrift by history. It also emphasizes how important fitness is and yet how it was not considered appropriate or feminine for females to be active. Many primary source photographs, as well as other artistic renderings for those eras when photography was not an option. Also included: chapter notes, glossary, and additional resources both print and digital. Other books in the "Defying Convention: Women Who Changed the Rules" series include: Women Athletes, Women in Technology, Women Warriors, Women Entrepreneurs, and Women Writers.
Striker
Lorimer (Lerner) [Lorimer (Lerner)]
Skuy, David
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
5th grade to 8th grade
November 17, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
Cody is ready to get back to playing soccer after undergoing chemo for a cancerous tumor in his leg. Cody wants to get back to normal but his parents worry--his father working extra hours just to not talk about it. His mother hovers and is afraid that any roughness in the game will trigger the cancer again or damage emaciated muscles. Cody joins a premier team and knows that it will take extra effort to get himself back into shape. But member of his team seem to be running the practices and the games --over the coaching and over the teamwork of the rest of the players. This is a book that boys and soccer players will love to read. The play by play action is not overdone. The "mean boys" perhaps are too stereotyped in bullying the rests of the players (dad sponsors the team with uniforms, etc.) Cody befriends a Brazilian new kid whose father is a medical doctor. They both overcome elitism AND win the tournament game. A good addition to the Tim Green and Mike Lupica sports books.
Podkin One-Ear
CLARION [CLARION]
Larwood, Kieran
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
November 17, 2017
Lewis, Jo
Three siblings are on the run from the villainous Gorm tribe who has killed their father and enslaved their clan. Podkin must act bravely as he, his older sister, and baby brother flee for their lives. (publisher) Another in the genre of animal (rabbits) warriors with some evil magic pushing the tension. It is voiced by a storyteller with great ability to enthrall his audience. A mix of Redwall and Watership Down but with only 244 pages, its size is less intimidating. A good read-a-loud anthropomorphic fantasy with spine tingling action, courage, and a little violence. Series: Longburrow ; 1.
Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen
Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr) [Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr)]
Florence, Debbi Michiko
Vukovic, Elizabet
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
November 17, 2017
Threlkeld, Sarah
Spunky 8-year old Jasmine is determined to help make mochi for her family's New Year's Eve celebration, even though everyone else had to wait until they were ten to be involved. Walnuts! How can Jasmine convince her parents that she is ready to roll mochi or, better yet, help hammer the sticky rice with the men in her family? She better start building up her arm muscles! This is a sweet story about a Japanese-American girl who desperately wants to buck tradition and won't let anything stand in her way, not even mean cousin Eddie. The storyline is stretched a tad thin, with the events occurring over just a few days, but young readers will relate to Jasmine's struggles and be eager to see how everything gets resolved. Good for fans of the Ramona books.
Bubbles
Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr) [Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr)]
Cooper, Abby
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
5th grade to 8th grade
November 17, 2017
Threlkeld, Sarah
Seventh grader Sophie Mulvaney always saw herself as an adventurous person, but lately all she wants to do is stay invisible on the sidelines. She's carrying the guilt of breaking up her mom's long-term relationship and getting her mom fired, plus her friends are clearly not enthusiastic about her recent change in personality. Could life get any worse? Definitely. Sophie has started seeing cartoon thought bubbles above people's heads, allowing her to know their true feelings and worries. It seems everyone is just as sad as Sophie. Is there anything she can do to help them? Will the bubbles ever go away? This is a charming story with the perfect balance of humor and drama. Middle grade readers will relate to the different characters and be eager to find out how Sophie resolves her unusual problem.
Sparkle Boy
Lee & Low Books [Lee & Low Books]
Newman, Leslea
Mola, Maria
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
November 18, 2017
Burton, Paula
Casey and Jessie are brother and sister, playing the roles Jessie believes they are meant to play. Boys play with blocks and dump trucks and girls play with glittery and shiny things. Jessie is surprised when Casey wants to imitate her; wear a shimmery skirt, have glittery nails, and a sparkly bracelet. The adults, mom, dad and Abuelita, have to think about Casey’s request but believe it is okay for boys to do the same things as girls. When Casey, Jessie and mom visit the library, Casey wears his shimmery skirt, has glittery nails, and his sparkly bracelet and is confronted by older boys. Jessie stands up for him by questioning the older boys.Acceptance of wearing the sparkly things are only shown as being okay at home which is somewhat of a disappointment. This picture book can be read to everyone to create a more accepting world. It is good for boys who want to wear items used to be specifically for girls and their siblings. The illustrations are a wonderful addition to the story with its own sparkly shine to it and would be a wonderful addition to any library.
Balinese
BELLWETHER MEDIA [BELLWETHER MEDIA]
Rathburn, Betsy
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
November 18, 2017
Sepessy, Lona
Immensely popular with readers, these Blastoff Level 2 Readers fly off the shelf. History of the breed, physical characteristics, labeled photograph of key features, map of the world showing where they were first bred from Siamese kittens with long hair, chart of four common Balinese coat colors add to the basic text. These silky haired cats were named after the graceful Balinese dancers and are known for their blue slanty eyes, long athletic bodies and frequent vocalization. Intelligent, active and family oriented, these engaging cats apparently can be trained to walk on a leash. Excellent addition for your cat loving younger readers. Index, glossary and learn more books and websites included.
Ocicats
BELLWETHER MEDIA [BELLWETHER MEDIA]
Rathburn, Betsy
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
November 18, 2017
Sepessy, Lona
Cat lovers flock to Blastoff Readers and the Cool Cats Level 2 series will fly off the shelves. Ocicats are a recent breed of domesticated cats resulting from breeding Abyssinian and Siamese cats and were named after the wild Ocelots. These large wild-looking cats have large spotted coats that come in 12 common colors with a long tail, and dark tip and slanted eyes. Ocicats are strong, considered quite intelligent, and like to be around their owners. Large font and just a few sentences per 2-page spread mixed with plentiful crisp, clear photographs of the cats in backyard habitats, pouncing, playing, caring for cubs will provoke plenty of ooh’s and ah’s from readers. Additional features include a rather pointless map of the world pinpointing Michigan as the place the cats were first bred, with labeled photographs of the two parent breeds but no other relevant information. A chart showing four of the most common ocicat coats and a labeled photograph of the cat with weight and life span are much more useful. Index, glossary and learn more books and websites included. Immensely popular with younger readers.
One Is Not A Pair
Big Picture Press [Big Picture Press]
Teckentrup, Britta
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
November 18, 2017
Sepessy, Lona
Delightful rhyming riddles challenge readers to spot the one object not in a matching pair. Rhyming riddles are centered on one page with the assortment of paired objects on the other. The third spotting book by author – illustrator Britta Teckentrup contains an assortment of challenges with socks, leaves, pencils, cats, tractors, planes, ice cream cones, birdhouses, cherries, blocks, teddy bears, and toadstools ready to be sorted and matched. The book concludes with a two-page spread that includes two of each item and the challenge to find the one unpaired! Beautiful mixed media illustrations invite close scrutiny and the muted color palette of the objects and pages are both soothing and attractive. There are just enough details to ponder and linger over but not so many as to over stimulate younger readers. Introduce this delightful book to your younger grades and encourage them to share the search with a friend or parent.
Different? Same!
KIDS CAN PRESS [KIDS CAN PRESS]
Tekavec, Heather
Curnick, Pippa
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
November 19, 2017
Seasholes, Craig L
Differences abound in the animal kingdom; it sometimes takes a second look to notice similarities. This picture-book's two page spreads ask readers to consider attributes of a variety of creatures, then zeros in on one point of commonality. Take for example the leathery rhinoceros, shaggy bison, lean impala and shiny rhinoceros beetle; while differences are many, "But look closer now...We all have horns!" So readers can go from page to page spotting stripes, whiskers, tusks, manes, shells, antennae, wings, fangs, scales,spikes, tentacles, flippers and fins. A short explanation of the adaptive advantages to each feature is found at the end. This will make a nice preschool/ KG non-fiction read-aloud with minimal text and friendly watercolor and ink illustrations.
Thief's Apprentice
CAROLRHODA [CAROLRHODA]
Methods, Bryan
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
5th grade to 8th grade
November 19, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Oliver Diplexito is an ordinary boy. Perhaps he's not the best student on the planet, but that's part of being ordinary. When he discovers that his father's valet is actually the infamous Ruminating Claw, and becomes the Claw's apprentice, things start to get interesting. Soon he's stealing things back from thieves who believe they have a right to supposedly magical artifacts, risking his life, and learning a lot about himself in the process. This is a fast-paced bit of steam-punkish literature that clearly leaves the door open for a future sequel, yet provides a satisfying ending.
Rabbit Stew
Boyds Mills Press [Boyds Mills Press]
Wahman, Wendy
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
November 19, 2017
Seasholes, Craig L
Rusty and Rojo Fox have tended their garden all summer long while a family of bunnies have gamboled about, fattening themselves on carrots, celery and leafy greens. But as the foxes gather ingredients for their favorite Rabbit Stew the bunnies seem destined for the pot. Fortunately author-illustrator Wendy Wahman loves animals far too much to eat them. The rising "Oh no, they're going to be eaten" tension of the foxes harvest is resolved in a banquet "for our favorite Rabbit, Stew-and his family, too!" Bright illustrations of garden vegetables and cute-as-a-bunny animals make this a charming read-aloud for the youngest grades.
Marti's Song For Freedom = Marti Y Sus Versos Por La Liberta
Childrens Book Press [Childrens Book Press]
Otheguy, Emma
Vidal, Beatriz
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Kindergarten to 6th grade
November 19, 2017
Seasholes, Craig L
Bi-lingual Spanish/English picture book tells the story of revolutionary Cuban poet Jose Marti. As the Civil War raged to the north, young Jose Marti drew inspiration, spoke and wrote for Cuba's independence from Spain and the emancipation of slaves on his island home. Arrested and exiled to the United States, Marti continued his fight against colonialism and oppression by writing elegant musical poetry. His "Versos Sencillos" draw on both the physical beauty of the natural world (in Cuba and in his Catskill Mtn home in the US) as well as on his profound aspirations for liberation of the oppressed. He returned to Cuba during the Cuban War for Independence, but died in 1895 during his first battle and before the eventual Cuban victory in 1902. Marti's poetic stanzas have served as poetic inspiration for numerous liberation struggles in Latin American, and are excerpted throughout this book. Written by Cuban-American author/historian Emma Otheguy and illustrated by Beatriz Vidal, this Junior Library Guild selection published by Lee & Low is a recommended addition to all elementary libraries.