Reviews for month


Flurry Of The Snombies
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Cummings, Troy
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
2nd grade to 4th grade
October 02, 2016
Cook, Kathryn
This beginning chapter book, the seventh in the series, “The Notebook of Doom” a part of Scholastic’s Branches line designed to attract new independent readers. Alexander, Rip and Nikki are out of school for the summer and sent off to summer camp in the Gloamy Mountains. They are supposed to spend their time learning survival skills such as canoeing and mapmaking. It is really hot! Then it begins snowing! With the snow comes the Snombies, snow monsters trying to take over the camp, creating armies of Snombies. Can they be stopped? Will Alexander, Rip and Nikki save the camp? This is a fun easy to read beginning chapter books with short chapters will black and white cartoon style illustrations. Text ranges from a two to three sentences on a page to a moderate paragraph. With large type, illustrations cover most of the page and high interest characters this is a title that will draw interest from those beginning to read “chapter” books.
Ants Go Marching : A Count-And-Sing Book
CARTWHEEL BOOKS (SCHOLASTIC) [CARTWHEEL BOOKS (SCHOLASTIC)]
Burris, Priscilla
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten
October 02, 2016
Turpin, Sharon
This attractive Count-and-Sing board book brings back the cumulative rhyming song many adults know, which will be helpful since there is no musical accompaniment. Also the adults, if they wish, will need to supply the refrains that are not included. As the colorful, purple ants multiply from one to five each group carries a different food to what turns out to be a picnic in the rain. Shiny, silver raindrops increase as the song progresses. In the last scene they have transferred all of the picnic underground where they can now enjoy the watermelon, cupcakes, plums, orange slices, cherries, popsicle, hotdog, etc. they’ve worked so hard to move. The length will be about right for the very young with foods they should enjoy in this charming offering.
Monsters Go Night-Night
Abrams Appleseed [Abrams Appleseed]
Zenz, Aaron
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Pre-Kindergarten
October 02, 2016
Turpin, Sharon
With bold illustrations depicting bright and colorful monsters a pattern is found. A statement is made i.e. “MONSTERS eat bedtime snacks.” The opposite page asks, “Which snack do MONSTERS eat? above which are three normal items—glass of milk, bread slice, and carrot, plus the unusual umbrella. The following double-page spread has the unexpected answer, “MONSTERS eat UMBRELLAS!” with that monster devouring a big purple umbrella:) This goes on with chocolate pudding baths, toilet paper pajamas, snuggling with tubas and cleaning teeth with an octopus. But just when the pattern is set, a toilet is where the monster goes potty, rather than the expected fish bowl. Whew! Good night kisses go to mom, dad and baby, and the fourth choice as well—pizza! bringing about an appropriate ending to this very fun book. The illustrations are ink and brush that are digitally colored with a very appealing, lively presentation that is sure to draw in little ones who understand the choices and chortle at them, but will also engage at different levels the littlest ones who can point to the named items. Humor will be enjoyed by the adult reader as well as their little ones prepare for bedtime.
Jolley-Rogers And The Ghostly Galleon
TEMPLAR [TEMPLAR]
Duddle, Jonny
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
2nd grade to 4th grade
October 02, 2016
Turpin, Sharon
Jonny Duddle has created a transitional chapter book series that continues the characters he introduced in The Pirates Next Door picture book. Book #1 is a lively tale of thievery that has hit the village of Dull-on-Sea twice in a month on the nights of the full moons. First an archaeological dig was hit and then the museum housing those saved artifacts has been ransacked, but with no trace on camera of the pirates seen by the night watchman. The town is in a panic as a new moon approaches, and they try to secure all of their valuables. Calm Matilda is the exception as she assists her elderly neighbor in hiding her treasures. When she receives word that her pirate friend Jimmy and his family the Jolley-Rogers are arriving, she meets them, shares the problem, and finds that the literal key to this relates to a drowning of a most evil pirate king—Captain Twirlybeard, who with his ghostly crew comes once a month in search of the key to his Chest of Souls. Matilda knows where this is, and they hatch a plan to trick the evil ghostly clan. Lots of pirate language with glossary, and lots of suspense and fun appropriate for the intended audience with lots of illustrations. Gr. 1-4
Opposites
Cartwheel Books [SCHOLASTIC]
Ward, Sarah
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten
October 02, 2016
Turpin, Sharon
This Carry and Learn board book can be carried by the cut out handle top and features opposites including up and down, in and out, big and little, over and under, and full and empty. It uses a variety of techniques as listed on the cover—touch, feel, lift, and slide all with the intent of having the very young reader learn and grow. Side tabs feature five different farm animals which then match the pages they’re on. After a concept has been depicted with these very cute animals that concept is listed on the next page on the back of the tab i.e up/down and the list growis with each successive set of pages. A plus is that the text is minimal, usually having a label for the animal facing the page of the opposite. For each animal, the child is asked to make that sound. The book concludes with a summation of the concepts hidden under the flaps of those animals. This part may not hold up to repeated uses. Others in the Carry and Learn set are Colors, Numbers and Shapes.
Lift the flap First 100 Words
Scholastic Press [Scholastic Press]
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten
October 03, 2016
Turpin, Sharon
In 12 very full and busy pages, more than 100 words are depicted and labeled. Organized by a topic per page these include toys, pets, clothes, food, farm animals, wild animals, out and about, things that go, bath and bed, opposites, colors and numbers. Seventy items have flaps to lift, showing something related to the item depicted underneath as well as a question i.e. “Which do you put on first, a shirt or a sweater?” or animal sound or direction i.e. “Point to the red toy.” Each color photo is crisply clear in this foam covered, large format offering. Beneath the orange goldfish is a child holding an orange cup with the command, “Point to the orange beaker.”, which seems a bit above the intended level even for an adult. Despite the foam cover and board book pages, the lifting of flaps will make this a tattered read with an active child. The different levels of use are welcome from language development to hand/eye coordination.
Cityblock
Abrams Appleseed [Abrams Appleseed]
Franceschelli, Christoph
Peskimo
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten
October 03, 2016
Turpin, Sharon
This graphically pleasing experience takes the reader through a city with durable board book-like pages starting and ending with four-page turn-outs. Much thicker and thus longer than a normal board book, this will give young children and their adult helpers a rich journey with a grandfather figure and two grandchildren through various types of transportation from subways and ferries to walking and then on to different things to do—visit a natural history museum, a bookstore, a flea market, attend a game, and then find food—a pretzel at a snack stand, sushi, farmer’s market, pizza, and picnic and much more. Each double page spread leads into the next and can pose as a guessing game i.e. “Nachos from…the taco truck.” The pages have different cutouts or curves adding to this flipping adventure. Others in the Block Book series include Alphablock, Countablock and Dinoblock, which will surely be similar visual and tactile treats.
Touch And Feel Abc
CARTWHEEL BOOKS (SCHOLASTIC) [CARTWHEEL BOOKS (SCHOLASTIC)]
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten
October 03, 2016
Turpin, Sharon
As with the other Touch and Feel books in Scholastic's Early Learners series this is a foam covered board book with its recognizable red border, bright colors, and large, clear color photos. The attractive format will draw readers into this alphabet book for the very young. With mostly one letter per page i.e. “C is for cupcake, a pretty pink snack. D is for ducklings who like to go QUACK, the simple rhyming text adds to the appeal. Many pages have either touch/feel or lift a fold for extra tactile stimulation from shiny to scratchy or petting fur or yarn. Though this may be more durable than some others in this series, one fold-down pulled off on first use by a toddler.
Monster Science : Could Monsters Survive (And Thrive!) In Th
KIDS CAN PRESS [KIDS CAN PRESS]
Becker, Helaine
Mcandrew, Phil
Highly Recommended -- Superior book everyone should buy.
6th grade to 12th grade
October 03, 2016
Bateman, Teresa
Let's face it--we have a love/hate relationship with monsters. We love to hate them and adore the shivers we get from scary movies. Still, could monsters really exist? Can you examine them scientifically? Well, of course! This book takes a close look at vampires, Frankenstein's monster, bigfoot, zombies, werewolves, and sea monsters. It presents the legends, examines their origins, and points out ways in which real science and monster science collide. Readers learn about scientific theories of the past and present. Electricity, organ transplants, grave-robbers, genetic engineering, the scientific revolution and more. Blood, true animal vampires, and diseases that mimic or may have led to some of these monster stories are also examined. Possible explanations are presented. There's information about Plague, chromosomes, sonar, and ever so much more. It sounds like a mish-mash and, indeed, the information is presented in short bursts around central themes. But it works! There are a few mistakes--Frankenstein's monster was not named Frankenstein. Mt. St. Helens is in Washington, not Oregon. Still, this is a global look at all sorts of elements of an interesting subject. Secondary libraries are going to love this book.
Octopus Scientists : Exploring The Mind Of A Mollusk
Hmh Books For Young Readers [Hmh Books For Young Readers]
Montgomery, Sy
Ellenbogen, Keith
Highly Recommended -- Superior book everyone should buy.
6th grade to 12th grade
October 03, 2016
Bateman, Teresa
I have yet to meet a "Scientists in the Field" book that I didn't like, and Sy Montgomery is an author who really knows how to make nonfiction interesting. In this book she accompanies a group of researchers to an island near Tahiti to gather data about the octopuses who live there, in the hopes of drawing some conclusions. The book chronicles their research showing that success is not always easy when it comes to finding a very elusive creature with a propensity for camouflage. That makes the moments of discovery all the sweeter. Along the way readers learn a lot about octopuses and about scientists in the field. It sounds both fascinating and exhausting. You want narrative nonfiction? This is the series for you. The book includes a bibliography and index. The writing is excellent but really over the level of most elementary students. This series would do best in secondary schools where, hopefully, young scientists will embrace it.
Komodo dragon vs. king cobra
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Pallotta, Jerry
Bolster, Rob
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
October 03, 2016
Bateman, Teresa
This 32-page paperback is part of the ever popular "Who Would Win?" series. if a komodo dragon went up against a king cobra, who would win? Readers get side-by-side comparisons of teeth, venom, tongues, diets, and more. Illustrations accompany photographs and fact boxes abound. Then the confrontation happens. No spoilers, but only one glides away... This series is perfect for compare and contrast, and never sits on the shelf.
Hammerhead vs. bull shark
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Pallotta, Jerry
Bolster, Rob
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
October 03, 2016
Bateman, Teresa
This 32-page paperback is part of the ever popular "Who Would Win?" series. Sharks are sharks, right? But what would happen if a hammerhead shark went up against a bull shark? Who would win? Readers get side-by-side comparisons of teeth, anatomy, tails, and more. Lots of other odd and interesting information is included. Illustrations accompany photographs, and fact boxes abound. After the background is firmly laid the confrontation happens. Who swims away? This series is perfect for compare and contrast, and never sits on the shelf.
Rotten Ralph's Rotten Family
FARRAR, STRAUS, & GIROUX (BYR) [FARRAR, STRAUS, & GIROUX (BYR)]
Gantos, Jack
Rubel, Nicole
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
October 08, 2016
Evey, Kay
In this Rotten Ralph reader the story is divided into four short chapters. Sarah cannot find a babysitter for Ralph so she can't go to the birthday party sleepover, Ralph decides to run away to visit his family to find out when he became rotten, only to find that his family missed being rotten to him. He decided it was time to return home to Sarah and when he did he decided to surprise Sarah by being good and doing things for her because home was where he could do anything he wanted. While he exhibits the ability to become a good person for Sarah there is no guarantee that this isn't just a fleeting circumstance. This is a fun transitional reader that fans of Rotten Ralph are sure to enjoy.
Energy Technology
Essential Library/abdo [Essential Library/abdo]
Hulick, Kathryn
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
5th grade to 8th grade
October 11, 2016
Gallagher, Donna
Covers many topics: electric vehicles, fossil fuels, renewable fuel, solar power, wind energy, water- wave heat, batteries, and the future of energy. Accessible language for intermediate readers, graphs added, diagrams added for understanding yet some are not labeled (wave energy, hydro power-has no diagram, fusion reactors). It would be nice to see expanded diagrams for some of the larger engine, turbine or reactor diagrams).The narrative covers each topic well and anticipates engaged readers questions. A useful title for those interested in overview of topic . Very brief glossary, brief additional resources, excellent current source notes and index.
Native American Struggle In United States History
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Mccormick, Anita Louise
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
5th grade to 8th grade
October 11, 2016
Gallagher, Donna
This is a much more accurate portrayal of the struggles faced by native peoples for the last 400+ years. The European quest for gold, spices, trade routes, religious freedom and arable land exposed indigenous peoples for centuries to rampant violence and disease. All too often devastating the indigenous nations. The title chronicles the demands places on indigenous people by countless thousands of people coming to North America. The demands on the indigenous peoples resources, good will and resulting violence from first contact through modern times is examined. The genocidal policies of the USA at inception, the Indian Removal Bill, the abuses and disregard of treaties, the extermination of the buffalo are issues still impacting indigenous people. The last sad era of the Indian Schools, the banning of native religions, the government sponsored breakup of tribal homeland and role of The Bureau of Indian Affairs as well as the more recent role of the US Government is included. Timeline, Chapter Notes, Further Reading, and Index included. 1 map, 1 table, no pictures.
Medicine
Scobre Press [Scobre Press]
Mccreary, Jordan
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
October 11, 2016
Gallagher, Donna
“Yes She Did! Medicine” by Jordan McCreay. Scobre Educational 2015 A narrative highlighting women in the medical field, “Yes She Did! Medicine” portrays the struggles, dedication and hard work of women from Elizabeth Blackwell (the first female doctor), Clara Barton, Hazel Johnson-Brown (the first female African American Army General and nurse), Lee Clout (the first female paramedic in New South Wales) to Judy Seto (Physical therapist for the Los Angeles Lakers). The short, concise portrayals of these dedicated professionals as well as informative text boxes and pictures make this a very motivating read for elementary students. Sadly, there is no index to support quick access to the information covered in the text. Elementary grades.
Climate Change : A Threat To All Life On Earth
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Cunningham, Anne
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
7th grade to 9th grade
October 11, 2016
Gallagher, Donna
Firmly states that global climate changes “... chief culprit is an economic system dependent on burning fossil fuels for energy and profit” (with supporting citations). Although a complex topic the multitude of variables are well explained. It is assumed the reader has a basic understanding of the carbon cycle and earth's’ warming and cooling mechanisms as these are not introduced until page 75. It would have been helpful to have a brief overview of the topic earlier in the book. Quantitative data on CO2, the (Keeling Curve) are graphed until 2005, nothing from the current decade included. Understandably, it is difficult to stay on top of this evolving topic in print format. Additional graphs on other greenhouse gases (methane, nitrous oxide, etc) would be useful. There are text boxes title “Take Action Now” that empower the reader to take small political actions! An accessible overview on a difficult topic. Table of Contents, pictures, “Take Action” text boxes, tables, graphs, diagrams, appendix of 2014 data, extensive chapter notes, glossary, For more information section and index. Works well for high school students too.
Brave Like My Brother
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Nobleman, Marc Tyler
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Kindergarten to 6th grade
October 11, 2016
Gallagher, Donna
A hi-low narrative historical fiction told through letters between brothers. Joe, leaving home in 1942 (Cleveland Ohio) to fight in WWII is stationed in England. We learn through his letters to his kid brother Charlie, the difficult conditions the English (even in the countryside) are enduring. Charlie is selected for a top secret special mission alongside his troublesome compatriot Matt. Both brothers, Charlie at home and Joe in England are simultaneously dealing with the war as well life’s as typical challenges. Charlie no longer has his big brother to defend him from neighborhood bullies. We learn the top-secret mission is to deliver a large canvas item to a base in the north. The large canvas item turns out to be (an inflatable) something meant to deceive the Germans (watching the British coast for the anticipated troop build up for the D-Day invasion). The story is engaging; the inflatable object made a significant impact in the history of the war and is an intriguing story of propaganda by the British! The book would definitely be enhanced by maps and diagrams of England and the French Coast as well as simple tables to enhance students understanding of the War.
Zebras And Ostriches
Cherry Lake Publishing [Cherry Lake Publishing]
Cunningham, Kevin
Additional Minus -- Mediocre.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
October 12, 2016
Threlkeld, Sarah
The most appealing feature of this book in the Better Together series is the full-page photographs. The concept of the title - how two animals help each other avoid attacks by predators - is interesting and will appeal to primary students, but the execution falls a tad flat. The writing is choppy and the author doesn't make a clear connection between ostriches' sight and zebras' smell until the very end, which may confuse or frustrate younger readers. In typical nonfiction fashion, a glossary, index and list of further resources is included in the back.
Top 10 : Moms
45Th Parallel Press [45Th Parallel Press]
Loh-Hagan, Virginia
Additional Minus -- Mediocre.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
October 13, 2016
Threlkeld, Sarah
Ten different animal mothers are featured, each receiving a 1-2 page spread and color photograph. While the concept of highlighting protective or extreme mothers from the animal kingdom is interesting, the execution is dreadful. It seems like the author wanted to cram as many facts onto a page as possible, not worrying about the flow of the writing or the connection between ideas. Some lines that had me rolling my eyes include "Pregnant means having babies grow inside bodies," "Mate means make babies," and "Polar bears are loners. It's hard to find a mate." Overall, this is a disjointed title that is surpassed by many other books about animals.
Miniature Pinschers
Pebble Plus/capstone Press [Pebble Plus/capstone Press]
Morey, Allan
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
October 13, 2016
Threlkeld, Sarah
Part of Capstone's Tiny Dogs series, this book immediately grabbed my attention with the adorable photo of a lounging miniature pinscher on the first page and then managed to hold my attention for its entirety. The books is organized into three sections, Fearless Pooches, Bundles of Energy, and Min Pins as Pets, and also includes a glossary, list of further resources, index, and three critical thinking questions that reflect the CCSS. The text flows nicely from one idea and section to the next and is accompanied by full-page color photographs of different min pins. Primary grade dog lovers will squeal with delight when they get their hands on this book.
Ask Amy Green : Dancing Daze
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Webb, Sarah
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
7th grade to 9th grade
October 14, 2016
Bateman, Teresa
With an Irish author it's no surprise that this middle school series is set in Ireland. Sure that means some differences in language, but the emotions felt by the teen characters are all too real, and authentic to anyone in that age group. Amy's best friend, Mills, has a sister who is a ballet dancer. When she returns to Dublin from Hungaria, for a feature performance, something is clearly wrong, but what is it? That's not Amy's only concern, however. When Mills reads Amy's diary the friendship seems to be over forever. This impacts her relationship with her boyfriend. Family life gets in the way with everyone having issues, and things get a little overwhelming. Can any of these problems be solved? A trip to Budapest, another diary, heartfelt apologies... Problems can be solved, but it requires work. This is a great middle school series that girls worldwide would enjoy.
I'd Know You Anywhere, My Love
FEIWEL AND FRIENDS [FEIWEL AND FRIENDS]
Tillman, Nancy
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Pre-Kindergarten
October 15, 2016
Lewis, Jo
Perfect for young children who love to pretend to be different animals. Each verse recognizes some aspect of the child's appearance, from their grins to their tiptoes. The pictures features a women with some touch of red interacting with each animal in a joyful loving manner. Just right for sharing and acting out one on one with a preschooler. This will be on young children's "again" please list.
In The Wind
Peachtree Publishers [Peachtree Publishers]
Spurr, Elizabeth
Oliphant, Manelle
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten
October 15, 2016
Lewis, Jo
A little girl takes pleasure in flying a kite until the unruly wind whips it away. Sadly she returns home to find the kite in her own apple tree. Colorfully illustrated, this little board book features an African-American family in a suburban setting. A simple outing for a young child, running and climbing trees while enjoying the beautiful out-of-doors life.
Sing
HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR) [HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR)]
Raposo, Joe
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten
October 15, 2016
Lewis, Jo
The story begins without words with three birds sitting in their nest. The first two birds sing a note and fly away, but the third can't sing a note until a little boy sits on the ground below him sending musical notes up to inspire the little bird. With older viewers of Sesame street, this book will bring back memories of happy times on the street, singing along to this perky song. Share with the newer generation sitting in your lap, singing the song together.
Peg + Cat : The Race Car Problem
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Oxley, Jennifer
Aronson, Billy
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
October 16, 2016
Garrard, Thom
Peg and Cat are characters from an animated PBS television series for preschoolers about math and problem-solving. This book covers an episode from the first season in which they construct a race car out of junk in order to race in the Tallapegga Twenty. When she sees the competition, Peg is inclined to quit until race official Ramone talks her out of it. They fall far behind, but when the other crews stop for snacks, withdraw, drive into a pond while arguing, or leave in pursuit of triangles (!), Peg and Cat emerge victorious. In addition to incorporating simple shapes, numbers up to 20 are compared and used in counting up and down. The digital illustrations, which are colorful and cartoon-like, are sometimes set in panels and sometimes set against a background of graph paper. Fans of the television show will appreciate this book, but the plot is not especially compelling and the addition of the math concepts seems forced.
Friends For Life
David Fickling Books [David Fickling Books]
Norriss, Andrew
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
6th grade to 12th grade
October 16, 2016
Tucker, Merrilyn
Francis sits alone on a bench during school lunch time and meets Jessica, a ghost, whom Francis can see and speak to. The two strike up a friendship and, in time, Jessica helps Francis feel secure about his hobby of fashion design. The two meet Andi and then Roland, and the friendships result in their both of them becoming more confident in themselves. When Andi finds out that Jessica died by committing suicide, the friends learn that Jessica's purpose on earth will end when she saves one more person from harming herself. Jessica does save that one other teen's life and leaves all of the friends with the idea that they, too, having once been on the brink of despair, can help other teens in distress. I enjoyed the camaraderie of the friends and could identify with the lack of self-confidence each teen possessed. This is not a ghost story as much as a tale of a guardian angel who watches over teenagers, convinces them to believe their own gifts, and guides them out of the darkness.
Mischief At Midnight
Chicken House [Chicken House]
Kerr, Esme
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
4th grade to 6th grade
October 16, 2016
Tucker, Merrilyn
After the mesmerizing story of The Girl With the Glass Bird, I was a bit let down with this second book in the series. It didn't have quite the charm and mystery that the first book had. The plot of Mischief is that now that Anastasia is back safely in school, she is adamant that Edie still watches over her. The girls, however, have been given separate rooms at Knight's Haddon and Edie has a new roommate, Janet. Janet is a self-proclaimed troublemaker who wants nothing more than to get herself kicked out of school. She pulls pranks and leads Edie down the garden path, so that even the headmistress, who is usually Edie's ally, loses her patience. As it turns out, Janet has many problems of her own and is merely acting out due to her own family abandonment issues. I imagine the next book in the series will have adventures of Anastasia, Janet, and Edie, and I can only hope it will be more gripping than this one.
Paris For Two
ARTHUR A LEVINE BOOKS [ARTHUR A LEVINE BOOKS]
Stone, Phoebe
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
5th grade to 8th grade
October 16, 2016
Tucker, Merrilyn
Petunia's father, on his sabbatical, takes the family to live in Paris for one year. He is a French literature scholar and can think of no more ideal place on earth to enjoy with his family. It doesn't start out as quite the utopia he thinks it's going to be, however. 12-year-old Petunia and her older sister, Ava, are not getting along. Petunia's mother is depressed. Petunia is haunted by her past humiliations with the boy she has a crush on who, by coincidence, is living in Paris for a while, too. The plotlines start to come together when Pet and Collette, the elderly concierge, become friends. When Pet finds a doll dress hidden inside her armoire, Collette reveals a sad event in her life involving the family doll dress business during the second world war. From this revelation, the story unfolds in a lovely tale of transformation from a dark and sad event to many of the characters learning and opening up to future possibilities. Like Stone's other books, this one has a solid plot with strong characters, humor, and a satisfying ending.
Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Romeo And Juliet
FIRST SECOND [FIRST SECOND]
Lendler, Ian
Giallongo, Zack
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
All ages
October 18, 2016
Burton, Paula
Another comic retelling of a Shakespeare play taking place at the Stratford Zoo in graphic novel format. The animals are performing Romeo and Juliet this time. The same humor and illustrations are working for this story as they did for the first book. Laugh out loud tongue in cheeky comments from the actors, narration, and the audience are still present and make up the humor of the book. The story is the divide between those animals that live in the wild and those who are in a petting zoo but spills over into the audience where two younger animals feel like they cannot be friends because one is a monkey the other is a sheep. The story does not get old, the interpretation doesn’t either. Verdict another hit for any library.
Peck, Peck, Peck
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Cousins, Lucy
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
October 18, 2016
Burton, Paula
This is the the board book version of the hardcover reviewed on 05/02/2014. It has the same number of pages as the regular book but in a smaller, sturdier format. The holes that the little woodpecker is pecking are still available and might be less prone to tears since the pages are thicker. Father woodpecker instructs his son to learn how to peck. The little one takes it all over and even inside a house. The result; holes everywhere. Illustrations are the familiar black outlined with bold colors from Lucy Cousins. The rhyming text adds to its high interest among younger readers and could be a good addition if the regular picture book was not purchased.
American Revolution : Experience The Battle For Independence
Nomad Press [Nomad Press]
Cummings, Judy Dodge
Casteel, Tom
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
October 18, 2016
Cook, Kathryn
Examine the how and the why a small, ill equipped group of rebels win a war against the powerful British army through eight chapters, colorful maps, textboxes with interesting side notes and timelines. Well written, easy to understand text tells the story of how rebel soldiers fought in horrible conditions, families back home face terrible hardships all for freedom. Readers will look at primary sources to find the truth about events leading up to the Revolution. They will be asked to engage in debate, planning and use their reading skills to understand the documents presented. Twenty hands-on projects designed around essential questions will engage are suggested to engage the reader. Though this might appeal to teachers as a supplement to instruction on the American Revolution it has many features that will draw in the young history enthusiast.
Eva And The New Owl
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Elliott, Rebecca
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
2nd grade to 4th grade
October 18, 2016
Burton, Paula
Another owl diaries installment with the same colorful illustrations and short chapters to make this a wonderful book for those girls transitioning from picture books into chapter books. Other titles reviewed are Eva’s treetop festival and Woodland wedding. There is a new owl in town, Hailey, and Eva would like to befriend her but when it is her best friend Lucy whom Hailey is interested in, Eva is doubtful of herself and even a little jealous of Lucy. Fortunately sorry is said in the end and all parties are happy. This will be just as popular as the previous in the series.
Open Up, Please!
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Borando, Silvia
Clerici, Lorenzo
Additional Minus -- Mediocre.
Pre-Kindergarten
October 18, 2016
Burton, Paula
Simple and fun book on colors and animals. Watercolor illustrations give six different colored keys on the first spread. Following are similar colored lift the flap pages that would open a cage. Behind the flap is an animal who is very polite when its cage is opened thanking the reader. After the 6 cages comes a box that doesn’t require a key but can be opened and the snake behind that flap is also very thankful. It is going after the previous released animals and says thanks in the end, outlining the animals which he has eaten. The text on the back warning to not open the big brown box, would have made more sense on the opening page, the colors would have been more effective if they were bold and the flaps would not last very long in any library. Verdict; you can pass on this book.
Circles
HOLIDAY HOUSE [HOLIDAY HOUSE]
Adler, David A
Miller, Edward
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
2nd grade to 4th grade
October 18, 2016
Cook, Kathryn
What is a circle? Clocks, wheels, snaps, buttons, these things are all around us, but are they circles? Circles are. They are one of the basic geometric shapes and one of the first shapes we learn to identify, but is everything we see as round a circle? This book is full of examples with bright colorful illustrations and clear explanatory text and diagrams. Readers learn the difference between radius; diameter and chord. Also, just what is an arc, a sector with fun hands on activities to demonstrate how to find many of the properties of a circle. Students may not pick it up to read as they browse the shelves, but teachers will love it as they introduce each of the properties of a circle found in this book. It is definitely a title to be added to your library.
Wacky Football Trivia : Fun Facts For Every Fan
Sports Illustrated Kids/capstone Pr [Sports Illustrated Kids/capstone Pr]
Frederick, Shane
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
3rd grade to 5th grade
October 22, 2016
Threlkeld, Sarah
The author of this title from the Wacky Sports Trivia series achieved the impossible - he held the attention of someone who doesn't care a smidge about football from the very first to the last page. Who knew there was a well-known 320-pound tackle who has studied dance since college or that the Baltimore Ravens were named in honor of Poe? Not me! The book is comprised of four chapters, as well as a brief introduction, glossary, index, and lists of additional print and on-line resources. Each tidbit about players, teams or the NFL is only 1-2 paragraphs and is accompanied by captioned action photographs, making this a very accessible and appealing read for elementary students. Sports fans will clamor for this series and non-sports fans will find them interesting as well. Score!
Manners With Friends
Sandcastle/abdo [Sandcastle/abdo]
Plattner, Josh
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
October 22, 2016
Threlkeld, Sarah
Each book in the Manners series by Abdo follows the same formula. The reader is told that manners are great and should be used with whatever group or place that is focused on in the book - family, friends, school, etc. Then the author provides examples of good manners, with accompanying full-page color photographs, until the last page, when he prompts the reader to think of more examples on their own. There is also a glossary in the back of 2-3 words. The most appealing thing about these books is the inclusion of children of different ethnicities and abilities. Beyond that the text is simple to the point of uninteresting and some of the "chapters" don't quite connect to the topic. Is it really good manners to smile when you're enjoying yourself? Overall, this series could be used with very young children to prompt further thinking, but it is highly unlikely that students would pick these titles up on their own.
Manners With Family
Sandcastle/abdo [Sandcastle/abdo]
Plattner, Josh
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
October 22, 2016
Threlkeld, Sarah
Each book in the Manners series by Abdo follows the same formula. The reader is told that manners are great and should be used with whatever group or place that is focused on in the book - family, friends, school, etc. Then the author provides examples of good manners, with accompanying full-page color photographs, until the last page, when he prompts the reader to think of more examples on their own. There is also a glossary in the back of 2-3 words. The most appealing thing about these books is the inclusion of children of different ethnicities and abilities. Beyond that the text is simple to the point of uninteresting and some of the "chapters" don't quite connect to the topic. Is it really good manners to smile when you're enjoying yourself? Overall, this series could be used with very young children to prompt further thinking, but it is highly unlikely that students would pick these titles up on their own.
Manners Out And About
Sandcastle/abdo [Sandcastle/abdo]
Plattner, Josh
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
October 22, 2016
Threlkeld, Sarah
Each book in the Manners series by Abdo follows the same formula. The reader is told that manners are great and should be used with whatever group or place that is focused on in the book - family, friends, school, etc. Then the author provides examples of good manners, with accompanying full-page color photographs, until the last page, when he prompts the reader to think of more examples on their own. There is also a glossary in the back of 2-3 words. The most appealing thing about these books is the inclusion of children of different ethnicities and abilities. Beyond that the text is simple to the point of uninteresting and some of the "chapters" don't quite connect to the topic. Is it really good manners to smile when you're enjoying yourself? Overall, this series could be used with very young children to prompt further thinking, but it is highly unlikely that students would pick these titles up on their own. This title was more relevant than the others in the series.
Manners At School
Sandcastle/abdo [Sandcastle/abdo]
Plattner, Josh
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
October 22, 2016
Threlkeld, Sarah
Each book in the Manners series by Abdo follows the same formula. The reader is told that manners are great and should be used with whatever group or place that is focused on in the book - family, friends, school, etc. Then the author provides examples of good manners, with accompanying full-page color photographs, until the last page, when he prompts the reader to think of more examples on their own. There is also a glossary in the back of 2-3 words. The most appealing thing about these books is the inclusion of children of different ethnicities and abilities. Beyond that the text is simple to the point of uninteresting and some of the "chapters" don't quite connect to the topic. Is it really good manners to smile when you're enjoying yourself? Overall, this series could be used with very young children to prompt further thinking, but it is highly unlikely that students would pick these titles up on their own. This title was more relevant and interesting than the others in the series.
Body Manners
Sandcastle/abdo [Sandcastle/abdo]
Plattner, Josh
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
October 22, 2016
Threlkeld, Sarah
Each book in the Manners series by Abdo follows the same formula. The reader is told that manners are great and should be used with whatever group or place that is focused on in the book - family, friends, school, etc. Then the author provides examples of good manners, with accompanying full-page color photographs, until the last page, when he prompts the reader to think of more examples on their own. There is also a glossary in the back of 2-3 words. The most appealing thing about these books is the inclusion of children of different ethnicities and abilities. Beyond that the text is simple to the point of uninteresting and some of the "chapters" don't quite connect to the topic. Is it really good manners to smile when you're enjoying yourself? Overall, this series could be used with very young children to prompt further thinking, but it is highly unlikely that students would pick these titles up on their own.
Manners At Mealtime
Sandcastle/abdo [Sandcastle/abdo]
Plattner, Josh
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
October 22, 2016
Threlkeld, Sarah
Each book in the Manners series by Abdo follows the same formula. The reader is told that manners are great and should be used with whatever group or place that is focused on in the book - family, friends, school, etc. Then the author provides examples of good manners, with accompanying full-page color photographs, until the last page, when he prompts the reader to think of more examples on their own. There is also a glossary in the back of 2-3 words. The most appealing thing about these books is the inclusion of children of different ethnicities and abilities. Beyond that the text is simple to the point of uninteresting and some of the "chapters" don't quite connect to the topic. Is it really good manners to smile when you're enjoying yourself? Overall, this series could be used with very young children to prompt further thinking, but it is highly unlikely that students would pick these titles up on their own.
Sealed With A Secret
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Schroeder, Lisa
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
4th grade to 6th grade
October 22, 2016
Tucker, Merrilyn
12-year-old Phoebe and her 18-year-old sister, Alice, are not getting along. Alice seems to resent her sister, even though they have always been close and have recently spent their Easter holidays in Paris together. While in Paris, Phoebe buys a compact at a flea market and realizes later that it contains a letter from one sister to another during World War II. The sister passes along a spell that she believes will bring sisters together. Back at home in London, Phoebe and a friend follow the spell's steps so that Phoebe and her sister will reunite, but the going isn't easy. In the end, it isn't spells or magic that bring people together, it is something much more basic: communicating. This is a light piece of work. I would be interested in reading the previous book in which the sisters were following clues in Paris. Perhaps that book did so well that the author thought a second one would be a good idea.
Watch The Sky
Disney-Hyperion [Disney-Hyperion]
Hubbard, Kirsten
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
5th grade to 8th grade
October 22, 2016
Tucker, Merrilyn
When ex-soldier, Caleb, came into Jory's life, he seemed like the man who could bring happiness and security back into Jory's and his mother's lives. They moved out to a farm which sat above a canyon, took in a girl, Kim, who they found wandering in their fields, had a baby boy, and watched for the signs that the end was coming. When Jory was placed back in school in the sixth grade, after having been homeschooled for a year, he started to make friends and enjoy himself. He loved learning! Soon, though, Caleb told the family that it was time to start digging an underground shelter because the end was nigh. Very slowly, Jory begins to question what "the end" actually means and how Caleb knows for sure. Then, Kim disappears and Jory knows his stepdad is involved. All goes tumbling downward from there, although the end is hopeful. This is a great story with many gripping parts and believable characters. I think students will like it.
Explore With Jacques Cartier
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
Powell, Marie
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
October 23, 2016
Sepessy, Lona
Gossip magazine meets nonfiction in Crabtree's Travel with the Great Explorers series. Each busy cover features an historical picture of the explorer overlapped by a right side panel with three separate images, bold titles, stars and a compass as the series symbol. Organized into 13 - 2 page chapters with titles such as "Meet the Boss" and "Check out the Ride," snippets of information are contained in haphazardly placed text boxes interspersed with historical drawings, maps, and modern photographs. Each chapter title is followed by a brief summary of the content with torn paper headlines announcing each smaller box's topic. Known as an excellent navigator and cartographer, the French explorer, Jacques Cartier, made three failed trips searching for a Northwest Passage to Asia. Details of the boats, the navigating technology, and wildlife discoveries intrigued Europeans and his excellent maps laid the groundwork for Champlain’s exploration later in the century. Quotes, journal prompts, timeline, glossary, index, and recommended reading and websites are included. While not a standard biography, the entertaining format should appeal to reluctant readers containing basic information with a pizazz. Pair with a standard biography.
Explore With Ponce De Leon
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
O'brien, Cynthia
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
October 23, 2016
Sepessy, Lona
Gossip magazine meets nonfiction in Crabtree's Travel with the Great Explorers series. The cover consists of an historical picture of Ponce de Leon overlapped by a side panel with images of the Fountain of Youth, St Augustine, and a crocodile. Organized into 13 - 2 page chapters with titles such as "Meet the Boss" and "Check out the Ride," snippets of information are contained in text boxes interspersed with historical drawings, maps, and modern photographs. Each chapter title is followed by a brief summary of the content with torn paper headlines announcing each smaller box's topic. Ponce de Leon’s explorations started with Columbus’s second journey to Hispaniola, then to Puerto Rica, the Bahamas, and Florida where he is best known for founding the oldest town in America, St. Augustine. His most significant discovery though was his discovery of the Jet Stream, an aid to all future explorers. Quotes, journal prompts, timeline, glossary, index, and recommended reading and websites are included. While not a standard biography, the entertaining format should appeal to reluctant readers containing basic information with a pizazz. Pair with a standard biography if explorers are studied.
Bryce Harper
Sportszone/abdo [Sportszone/abdo]
Scheff, Matt
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
3rd grade to 5th grade
October 25, 2016
Sonnen, Dave
Part of the "Baseball's Greatest Stars" series, this 32 page biography looks at the life of the Washington Nationals right fielder, Bryce Harper. The book opens with a description of his two home run performance on Opening Day in 2013 against the Miami Marlins. Then the book follows his life chronologically from 1992 to 2015. The text is easy to understand. Fact boxes provide additional information. Captioned photographs are found throughout the book and are in color and grayscale. The book has the usual non-fiction text features: table of contents, timeline, glossary, index, and author information. As he is still playing today, this biography will become quickly out of date making this an additional purchase. This book will appeal to readers who love baseball, but will not have broad appeal.
Giancarlo Stanton
Sportszone/abdo [Sportszone/abdo]
Scheff, Matt
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
3rd grade to 5th grade
October 25, 2016
Sonnen, Dave
Part of the "Baseball's Greatest Stars" series, this 32 page biography looks at the life of Florida Marlin outfielder, Giancarlo Stanton. The book opens with a description of his grand slam against the Seattle Mariners in 2014. Then the book follows his life chronologically from 1989 to 2015. The text is easy to understand. Fact boxes provide additional information. Captioned photographs are found throughout the book and are in color and grayscale. The book has the usual non-fiction text features: table of contents, timeline, glossary, index, and author information. As he is still playing today, this biography will become quickly out of date making this an additional purchase. This book will appeal to readers who love baseball, but will not have broad appeal.
Clayton Kershaw
Sportszone/abdo [Sportszone/abdo]
Scheff, Matt
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
3rd grade to 5th grade
October 25, 2016
Sonnen, Dave
Part of the "Baseball's Greatest Stars" series, this 32 page biography looks at the life of pitcher Clayton Kershaw. The book opens with a description of his no-hit performance in June 2014 against the Colorado Rockies. Then the book follows his life chronologically from 1988 to 2015. The text is easy to understand. Fact boxes provide additional information. Captioned photographs are found throughout the book and are in color and grayscale. The book has the usual non-fiction text features: table of contents, timeline, glossary, index, and author information. As he is still playing today, this biography will become quickly out of date making this an additional purchase. This book will appeal to readers who love baseball, but will not have broad appeal.
Wakeboarding
A&d Xtreme/abdo [A&d Xtreme/abdo]
Hamilton, S L
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
3rd grade to 5th grade
October 25, 2016
Sonnen, Dave
Part of the "Wild Water" series, this 32 page book looks at the sport of wakeboarding. Readers learn about the history of this sport, a cross between water skiing and surfboarding. Then the book covers the equipment, stance, tricks, competitions, and danger. Each "chapter" is a two-page spread that includes a photographic background, text (sometimes white, sometimes black), addition photos, and xtreme fact boxes. The book is complete with a table of contents, glossary, and index.
Snowy Sunday
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Root, Phyllis
Craig, Helen
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
October 25, 2016
Sonnen, Dave
Snow falls on Bonnie Bumble's farm and the animals are cold. Bonnie knits each of them a piece of clothing so they will be warm. She even knits the sun a hat and snowflakes caps. In the end everyone is warm. The watercolor and ink illustrations are delightful, the text is simple and straight-forward. Children will laugh at the knitted outfits the animals wear. Although the book is smaller than the standard picture book, the illustration are large enough to share with a group. 18 pages.
Astronaut
A&d Xtreme/abdo [A&d Xtreme/abdo]
Hamilton, S L
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
3rd grade to 5th grade
October 25, 2016
Sonnen, Dave
Part of the "Xtreme Jobs" series, this 32 page book explores the role of the astronaut. The clearly written text explores the history of astronauts, the requirement and training needed to become one, and the various positions within this job title. Color, captioned photographs are found throughout the book, sometime they cover the entire two page spread. White text is, at times, on top of the photos which may make it hard to read for some. Xtreme Fact boxes provide additional information to the reader regarding the topic at hand. The book is complete with a table of contents, glossary, and index. This book can be used for student research, as well as, browsing.
Jackie Robinson
CHILDRENS PRESS [CHILDRENS PRESS]
Gregory, Josh
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
October 25, 2016
Sonnen, Dave
This 48 page biography from the "A True Book" series looks at the life of baseball phenom, Jackie Robinson. The book follows Robinson's life chronologically from his birth in 1919 to his death in 1972. Readers will learn about the segregation in baseball and how he opened the door to integration. We also learn about his family life, his life after baseball, and the legacy he created. The book closes with mention of how Major League Baseball celebrates him every year on the anniversary of his start in the majors, April 15, along with his number retired across baseball. The text is clear, concise, and informative. Photographs are captioned and found through the text. A quiz at the beginning of the book, with answers at the end will focus the reader. The book has a table of contents, glossary (words found in bold within the text), index, author information, and fact page. This book can be used for research, biography study, and for pleasure reading.
Astronauts
Super Sandcastle/abdo [Super Sandcastle/abdo]
Salzmann, Mary Elizabeth
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
2nd grade to 4th grade
October 25, 2016
Sonnen, Dave
This 24 page book is part of the "Out of This World" series. It looks at the role of an astronaut. There is no main text in this book. Each two page spread looks at a particular aspect of the astronaut. Within the two page spread readers will find photos and boxes with facts related to the topic at hand. Topics include: astronaut jobs, requirements, living in space, sleeping in space, fun and exercise, walking in space, space suits, space disasters, and famous astronauts. There is a three question quiz and a glossary at the end. The book also has a table of contents. Although the facts could be used in basic research, this is primarily a browsing book. Readers who are interested in space will like this book.
Gluten-Free And Other Special Diets
Core Library/abdo [Core Library/abdo]
Lusted, Marcia Amidon
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
October 25, 2016
Sonnen, Dave
Part of the "Core Library: Food Matters" series, this 48 page book explores special diets. The book describes diets due to medical, religious, and ethical reasons. The second chapter focuses entirely on a gluten-free diet. Also mentioned are vegetarian diets, the paleo diet, dairy-free diets, and weight loss diets. Readers learn why people go on a special diet and how they compensate for missing nutrients. There is also a discussion of fad dieting. The text in well-written. Color, captioned photographs are found through the book. Fact boxes provide additional information. Common core related activities are found at the end of each chapter and in the end matter. The book includes a table of contents, fact page, glossary, bibliography, index, and author information. This would be a good book for students who are asking questions about diets.
Art Show
45Th Parallel Press [45Th Parallel Press]
Loh-Hagan, Virginia
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
6th grade to 12th grade
October 27, 2016
Sonnen, Dave
This is a great book for budding artists. It describes how to host an art show. Readers will learn the vocabulary associated with art shows, what you need, how to set it up, and how to run the show. The tips are useable. Bulleted lists are helpful and will guide readers to a successful event. There is also advise from art professionals. The layout is engaging. The book includes a table of contents, glossary, index, and bibliography. Your art teachers will appreciate this book. Lower level teachers could use this book when creating a class art show. Buy for your art section!
Civil Rights Movement Through The Eyes Of Lyndon B. Johnson
Core Library/abdo [Core Library/abdo]
Donohue, Moira Rose
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
October 27, 2016
Sonnen, Dave
Part of the "Core Library: Presidential Perspectives" series, this 48 page book describes President Johnson's role during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s. The book covers how he became President after the Kennedy assassination, the fight in Congress to end segregation through the Civil Rights Act, and the Voting Rights Act. The book ends by looking at Johnson's legacy. The text is well-written and considers many perspectives. Photographs are captioned and found throughout the book. Common core related activities are found at the end of each chapter and in the end matter. The book contains a table of contents, glossary, bibliography (web resources are available through the publisher's website), index, and author information. This book would make a strong addition to your civil rights materials.
Charles Darwin : Groundbreaking Naturalist And Evolutionary
Core Library/abdo [Core Library/abdo]
Sullivan, Laura L
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
October 27, 2016
Sonnen, Dave
Part of the "Core Library: Great Minds of Science" series, this 48 page biography explores the life of Charles Darwin. The book follows his life chronologically. We learn about his upbringing, education, theory of evolution, controversies regarding the acceptance of his theories, and the lasting impact of his research. The text is clear and concise. Photographs/illustrations are captioned and found throughout the book. Common core related activities are found at the end of each chapter and in the end matter. Non-fiction text features included are: table of contents, glossary, bibliography (web resources available through the publisher website), index, and author information. This book will be useful in biographical research and scientific study. This is a strong offering that you should purchase when updating your biography collection.
Elephants
Qeb Publishing [Qeb Publishing]
Morgan, Sally
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
October 27, 2016
Sonnen, Dave
This is a beautiful book about elephants. Part of the "Animal Lives" series, the 32 book covers all of the information a student would need when working on animal research. Each two page spread covers one aspect of the elephant. The reader learns about habitat/range, youth, herd life, feeding, teeth, trunks, communication, and life cycle. Also discussed is their endangered status. The two page spread contains a paragraph of information, several fact boxes, a full color background photo, and other photos emphasizing the topic. The book has a table of contents, glossary (words are bold within the text), and an index. This book will be used by browsers and young researches. Consider this book when updating your mammal section.
Dinner With The Highbrows : A Story About Good(Or Bad) Manne
HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR) [HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR)]
Holt, Kimberly Willis
Brooker, Kyrsten
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
October 27, 2016
Sonnen, Dave
Bernard is invited for dinner with the Highbrow family. Since he has never been to another family's home for dinner before, his mother coaches him on proper etiquette. When he arrives for dinner he finds out that the Highbrow family is going out to eat. They seem to break all of the etiquette rules and some of the rules his mother taught him don't work as well in a restaurant (i.e. clearing the table and taking the plates to the kitchen). Colorful illustrations will delight readers. The end paper contains many etiquette tips. Teachers will use this book with lessons on manners. Students will enjoy the light, funny way the manners are presented. A strong purchase for your collection!
Cicada
Cherry Lake Publishing [Cherry Lake Publishing]
Shoulders, Mike
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
2nd grade to 4th grade
October 27, 2016
Sonnen, Dave
Part of the "21st Century Junior Library" series, this 24 page book looks at the cicada. Readers will learn about their life cycle, their long dormant periods, the noise the males make, and more. Color photographs are captioned and found on every other page. The text is well-written and easy to understand. The content is ample enough for basic research. Throughout the book, special boxes encourage readers to: look, ask questions, think, make a guess, and create. The book is complete with non-fiction text features: table of contents, glossary (words are found in bold within the main text), bibliography, index, and author information. Purchase if you have a need in your insect section.
Martin Luther King Jr. And The March On Washington
Core Library/abdo [Core Library/abdo]
Watson, Stephanie
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
October 27, 2016
Sonnen, Dave
This 48 page book is part of the "Core library: Stories of the Civil Rights Movement" series. Readers will learn about Dr. King, the Civil Rights Movement, and the March on Washington. The text is informative and well-written, quotes and primary source information is included. Photographs and maps are captioned and found throughout the book. Sidebars provide additional information about other civil rights leaders and information related to the text at hand. Common core related activities are found at the end of each chapter and in the end matter. The book has all of the usual non-fiction text features: table of contents, glossary, bibliography (web resources are found on the publisher's website), index, and author information. A strong purchase for your civil rights section.
Sylvia Earle : Extraordinary Explorer And Marine Biologist
Core Library/abdo [Core Library/abdo]
Rowell, Rebecca
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
October 27, 2016
Sonnen, Dave
Part of the "Core Library: Great Minds of Science" series, this 48 page biography explores the life of marine biologist Sylvia Earle. The book follow her life chronologically from birth in 1935 to 2014. We learn how she became interested in oceanography, her education, her studies, and her advocacy. She was NOAAs first female chief scientist. Side bars provide additional information of the topic at hand and captioned photographs are found through the well-written book. Common core related activities are found at the end of each chapter and in the end matter. The book contains a table of contents, glossary, bibliography (web resources are available on the publisher's website), index, and author information. Since Earle is still alive, this book will become out of date, however, since many collections lack biographies of female scientist, this would serve as a strong addition to your biography section.
Cool Maps & Geocaching : Great Things To Do In The Great Out
Checkerboard/abdo [Checkerboard/abdo]
Hengel, Katherine
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
October 27, 2016
Sonnen, Dave
Part of the "Cool Great Outdoors" series, this 32 page book looks at the topic of GPS and Geocaching. Readers learn what geocaching is, how to be safe on geocache adventures, how to use GPS, and how to geocache. Then the last part of the book contains hands on activities: making a journal, making geocache bottle caps, making a plastic bag compass, and more. The text is understandable and accompanied by color photographs. The book has a table of contents, glossary, and index. Web resources are also available though the publisher's website. A solid book on a topic that there is not much information available for this age level.
Wandmaker
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Masessa, Ed
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
4th grade to 6th grade
October 27, 2016
Bateman, Teresa
Henry Leach has an annoying little sister and a fascination with the idea that magic might be real and the wand he is working on might actually have power. Then his parents disappear, he accidentally changes his sister into a blue hedgehog, and he discovers a whole new world of magic. Grand wand Master Coralis takes henry under his wing and together they explore Henry's roots in trying to stop a disaster that will change the planet forever. Can Henry avoid evil influences and be courageous when the chips are down? Will his sister always be a hedgehog? What happened to his mother and father? And what about Coralis's former apprentice, now in the shape of a falcon? Evil is afoot and it might succeed unless someone can stop it. This is a fast-paced fantasy novel that is clearly the first in a new series. It should appeal to fans of Harry Potter and Magyk.
At The Beach : First Words
Flying Eye Books [Flying Eye Books]
Spitzer, Katja
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
October 27, 2016
Burton, Paula
This small book is part of the series “little books for little hands”. It is very small; measuring seven inches tall and four and a half inches wide. A mini hardback book geared towards those who are just starting to read. Spreads with single words and colorful illustrations teach youngsters about the popular vacation destination. The familiar words like sunglasses, and beach balls are present but also words that would less likely end up in a book about the beach; freckles, flip flops, or snorkeling. It would be a nice addition to a library but not a must have.
Snow White : A Graphic Novel
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Phelan, Matt
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
5th grade to 8th grade
October 27, 2016
Burton, Paula
Set in the pre-depression era in New York, it is the story of Snow White told in graphic novel format. If that's not enough to entice readers, it will be the illustrations. Well known illustrator Matt Phelan, The storm in the barn, Around the world, and Bluffton, starts out with the end of the story; Snow White behind a glass wall, observed by the NYPD. The next chapter is Samantha White, nicknamed Snow, seen as a young girl when her mother takes a turn for the worst. Her father does not remarry until ten years later with a famous Broadway performer. Short chapters with little text add to the mystery but also play on the fact this is a well known fairy tale. There are still surprises: Instead of a magic mirror the telegraph receiver tells the evil stepmother that Snow White is the beloved one and there are no seven dwarfs but a group of young boys that help Snow White survive until she meets her evil stepmother again. Mostly black and white water colors with light pencil or charcoal strokes and a hint of color, makes this an easy but fascinating read that could even be used as an addition to depression era discussions.
Comics Confidential : Thirteen Graphic Novelists Talk Story,
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Marcus, Leonard S
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
6th grade to 12th grade
October 27, 2016
Burton, Paula
Some of the well known graphic novelists of the last decade, Geoffrey Hayes, Kazuhiro Kibuishi, Hope Larson, Matt Phelan, Sara Varon and Gene Luen Yang to name a few, have contributed to this informative book to inspire those who want to pursue a career in comics. Every chapter highlights one person. The first couple of paragraphs describes the person's life and how they became an illustrator/artist. Preceding the text is a page with a self portrait of the person, done in their own unique style. The rest of the chapter are questions asked by Leonard Marcus and the artists answers. There are common questions for the different artists, but every interview is an interesting review of how they grew up, their work, their audience, and the comic included. This is usually a one page or spread comic and some preliminary sketches for the same comic made solely for this book. This is a wonderful addition to the graphic novels in your library, if not for those kids who would like a career than for information about the artists in a more personal manner than just plain information. With a foreword by David Small
Tractor Mac Sticker Activity Book
Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr) [Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr)]
Steers, Billy
Additional Minus -- Mediocre.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
October 27, 2016
Burton, Paula
An activity book based on the well known book character and his friends on the farm. There are 64 pages of activities and the second half has all the stickers. The sticker pages are easily identified with the page numbers to complete an activity. The activities are as simple as matching a silhouette to the character, or completing s puzzle with the missing puzzle/sticker pieces. Very few pages would allow for a child's creativity but peeling of the stickers and placing them on the right spot could be a great fine motor skills activity for the very young. The stickers can not be reused once they have been added to the activity page.
Of Better Blood
Albert Whitman Teen [Albert Whitman Teen]
Moger, Susan
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
October 28, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 650 Hi/Lo Debut novel -- Teenage polio survivor Rowan Collier is caught in the crossfire of a secret war against "the unfit." It's 1922, and eugenics--the movement dedicated to racial purity and good breeding--has taken hold in America. State laws allow institutions to sterilize minorities, the "feeble-minded," and the poor, while local eugenics councils set up exhibits at county fairs with "fitter family" contests and propaganda. After years of being confined to hospitals, Rowan is recruited at sixteen to play a born cripple in a county fair eugenics exhibit. But gutsy, outspoken Dorchy befriends Rowan and helps her realize her own inner strength and bravery. The two escape the fair and end up at a summer camp on a desolate island run by the New England Eugenics Council. There they discover something is happening to the children and determine to stop it. Terrible and wonderful foreshadowing of Hitler’s policies.
Monster Calls : Inspired By An Idea From Siobhan Dowd
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Ness, Patrick
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
October 28, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Grades 7 - 12 Reissue of 2011 publication – Movie being made. At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting-- he's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It's ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd-- whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself. A haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined. Recommend to councilors.
Memory Of Light
ARTHUR A LEVINE BOOKS [ARTHUR A LEVINE BOOKS]
Stork, Francisco X
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
October 28, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 680 Hi/Lo When Vicky Cruz wakes up in the Lakeview Hospital Mental Disorders ward, she knows one thing: After her suicide attempt, she shouldn't be alive. But then she meets Mona, the live wire; Gabriel, the sage, E.M. the always angry; and Dr. Desai, a quiet force. With stories and honesty, kindness and hard work, they push Vicky to reconsider her life before Lakeview, and offer her an acceptance she's never had. But her newfound peace is as fragile as the roses that grow around the hospital. And when a crisis forces the group to split up, sending Vick back to the life that drove her to suicide, she must try to find her own courage and strength. She may not have them. She doesn't know. Inspired in part by the author's own experience with depression focuses not on the events leading up to a suicide attempt, but the recovery from one -- about living when life doesn't seem worth it, and how we go on anyway
Light Fantastic
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Combs, Sarah
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
October 28, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Grades 8-11 Four days after the Boston Marathon bombing, another crisis is brewing. Someone known as "the Mastermind" is using an online forum to lure students into becoming assassins. Meanwhile, potential victims carry on with business, regretting mistakes and pondering life, unaware of how their past and present actions could make them targets. Check in with narrators from Delaware, Nebraska, Idaho as they work through what the goals of “the Mastermind” might be, the secrets they keep from their friends, the worried that they share, and report on what their teachers suspect. Readers will have to pay close attention because of the many perspectives. The story takes place in a number of hours and never rushes but Combs creates a tenderness, tension and chilling narrative. Interesting execution and it’s sometimes hard not to see the author’s control. Some reviewers were not wholly convinced about Comb’s reflection on growing up in the age of terrorism rings true.
Devil's Banshee
HOLIDAY HOUSE [HOLIDAY HOUSE]
Hosie, Donna
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
October 28, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Grades 7-12 “Abandon hope all ye who enter here” and take a trip with Team Devil through Dante’s nine circles of Hell in reverse, guided by Virgil, to find the Devil’s banshee and save Mitchell’s baby brother from a life and death in Hell as the Devil’s dream filter. Alfarin meets his greatest challenge as he leads the team; all members confront their worst and best selves. Will they find the Devil’s dream catcher, Beatrice Morrigan, and save the love of Alfarin’s life and death, Elinor. Plenty of action and suspense ensue, but Hosie keeps the focus on the wry comedy generated by Alfarin’s unique outlook on life and on his own magnificent manliness. Alfarin has no doubt about his superior masculinity and constantly remarks on the Viking way of doing things in a consistently and amusingly formal voice. Nice twisty, Viking end to the series.
Raven King
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Stiefvater, Maggie
Highly Recommended -- Superior book everyone should buy.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
October 28, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 760 Hi/Lo All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. She doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore. In the last installment “something wicked this way comes.” The Raven Boys (Gansey, Ronan, Adam, and Noah) and their best friend Blue are in considerable and dangerous disarray. As strange, increasingly sinister things begin happening in Henrietta and the magic forest of Cabeswater, the search for sleeping king Owen Glendower becomes more imperative. When the quest for Glendower is completed, they find that kings aren't always what they're cracked up to be. Gansey and his friends become desperate to change what they have come to believe is his fate -- to die before the end of the year. They also have to cope with the villainous forces of greed and corruption that descend on their town in the form of RoboBees, and a power-hungry demon. Surprise reveals aside, Stiefvater has successfully tackled big questions about life and death, power and personal responsibility, dreams and promises, and fate and destiny.
Cloudette
HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR) [HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR)]
Lichtenheld, Tom
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Pre-Kindergarten
October 28, 2016
Lewis, Jo
Even small creatures can accomplish great things as is shown in this sweet little book about a very small cloud finding a spot where she can make a difference. Vocabulary makes it a read aloud to the preschool crowd, but small format will make it difficult to share in a group. Watercolor, ink, and colored-pencil cartoons with captions capture the thoughts of the characters. Cloudette also highlights making new friends in new environments. Mid-sized board book.
Rise Of The Wolf
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Nielsen, Jennifer A
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
7th grade to 9th grade
October 28, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Grades 6-10 Nic may have escaped enslavement in the mines outside of Rome, but his troubles are far from over. The Praetor War - the battle to destroy Rome from within - is in full force, and Nic is caught in the crossfire. The secretive Praetors are determined to unlock a powerful amulet - one sure to bring the empire to its knees. Worse, the Praetors believe Nic holds the key to finding this amulet, and they will stop at nothing to steal it, even if that means harming the people Nic holds most dear. When the Praetors capture Nic's mother, Nic knows he must do anything to save her. He challenges the Praetors to a chariot race. If he wins, they will release his mother. But if he loses, he must hand over a magic that will certainly bring about the end of Rome - as well as his own life. Can Nic once again harness his magic and gather the strength to defeat his enemies? Or will he lose his mother and bear witness to Rome's destruction?
Naked '76
CAROLRHODA [CAROLRHODA]
Brooks, Kevin
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
October 28, 2016
Datisman, Eve
It’s 1976 and the London Punk scene is just heating up. Lili, the bassist for Naked, witnesses punk rock’s rise from counterculture obscurity to center stage in London’s music scene and comes face to face with the Troubles, Northern Ireland’s bitter, violent guerilla conflict. Lili is pretty independent. She’s been left alone by her Mexican film-director father and abandoned by her mentally ill mother. Curtis Ray, pianist for the band, is her best friend. When she meets William Bonney, a virtuoso musician whose talent transforms the band into a headlining act, she falls for him instantly. As William confides in Lili about his IRA connections and Curtis succumbs to drug and alcohol addiction, Lili is increasingly torn between William and the band. They could be in real danger. Punk music aficionados, lovers of realistic fiction, and suspense lovers will like this. There is a bit of distancing of the characters from the readers towards the end but the acts against authority are grounded in familiar teen experiences and help address that.
Top Prospect
CAROLRHODA [CAROLRHODA]
Volponi, Paul
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
5th grade to 8th grade
October 28, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 760 Hi/Lo Almost every kid who ever punts a football dreams about playing at the college or professional level, and competition has gotten tougher, with a few colleges actually drafting middle-school students. Before he even enters high school, Travis, a pre-teen quarterback with big potential, gets the opportunity of a lifetime when the University of Florida football coach offers him a scholarship. Travis must wrangle with his new found celebrity, his rivalry with a brother, Carter, who's already part of the Florida program, and a sudden injury that puts everything in jeopardy. This story captures the excitement of youth football while also casting a look at the ethical questions around college recruiting. The story is mostly told by Travis with some interludes by Carter. Purchase if there is a high interest in football and or kids who read reluctantly.
Pact, The
RED DEER PRESS [RED DEER PRESS]
Lewis, Amanda West
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
October 28, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 800 Grades 8-12/YA Peter Gruber is a ten year old German boy who, in May of 1939, is dealing with the drowning death of his closest friend, living with his mother in Hamburg. The novel follows his life through the war years and the ultimate defeat of Germany - and explores how an intelligent, sensitive youth responds to the propaganda and posturing of the Nazis. It also provides insights into the realities of living in a country at war, seen through the eyes of a boy who is drawn into the Hitler Youth and who has growing misgivings about what he is being told about his country and its destiny. "Inspired by a true story." Includes bibliographical references (pages 298-299). Follow up to September 17 "Exploring the radicalization of youth through the lens of Nazi Germany, protagonist Peter Gruber responds to propaganda and posturing while trying to understand conflicts of personality, culture, duty and morality"--Provided by publisher.
Kill The Boy Band
POINT SIGNATURE [POINT SIGNATURE]
Moldavsky, Goldy
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
October 28, 2016
Burton, Paula
Erin, Isabel, Apple, and the unknown narrator are in the same hotel as their favorite band: The Ruperts. If that's not enough, they also have one of the Ruperts kidnapped and tied down with tights in their room. This is the start of Goldy Moldavsky’s first novel. The four girls did not score any tickets to the one time American appearance from the British boy band but found something better to express they are true fans. At the hotel things do not go as planned, they did want to meet their Rupert (every girl has a different band member they prefer), but they never dreamed they would have access to everything; one of the band members room key and more important his cell phone which gives access to phone numbers, texts, private pictures, and social media accounts. It all goes from bad to worse and ends with death. The heroin, she is never mentioned by name, tells her side of what happened that night and because of what transpired she realizes what the other girls truly mean to her, are they really her friends or are they friends because the have a common obsession. At some times funny, sometimes very sad, it is one of those books where you would like to know what really happened. A fun read for fans.
Compass South
Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr) [Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr)]
Larson, Hope
Mock, Rebecca
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
October 28, 2016
Burton, Paula
Two babies are left with a gentleman in New York in the year 1848. With them are two art effects that should stay with them at all time and never be sold. Twelve years later the reader catches up with the twins Alex and Cleopatra; part of a gang stealing some silver bars. Their dad, the gentleman has left them months ago. The robbery does not pan out and they get caught. As a deal, they tell the police where the bars are and they get a train ticket to New Orleans and this is where the chase begins. A group of pirates is after the two artifacts; a watch and a pocket knife that hold the map to a treasure. The twins are split up and both end up with another twin. A colorful graphic novel, fast pace, full of action and anticipation. Great read for those who like Zita the spacegirl and Cleopatra in space. Like those two, there is another book in the making.
World Of Programming
LERNER PUBLICATIONS COMPANY [LERNER PUBLICATIONS COMPANY]
Lyons, Heather
Tweedale, Elizabeth
Additional Minus -- Mediocre.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
October 28, 2016
Burton, Paula
The creators of blueshift coding, blueshiftcoding.com, have come out with a series of books on coding and computers for the younger elementary school crowd. This particular book is on the basics of computers. It reveals information on bits and bytes, sounds, pixels, storing and naming, and sounds. The text is very simple. Headings for topics are: “what can a computer do? Inputs and outputs, searching and sorting.” The font is small and the text might be too long for the very young to keep their attention. Every topic includes an activity and Every spread has a small drawing of a duck which is called data duck. Data duck has the information of the spread summed up in a two sentences. Also included is an index, a list with words to remember and the website for additional activities. Those kids who thought this book was about coding will be disappointed and the information given might be to basic for anyone above second grade
Hippopotamister
FIRST SECOND [FIRST SECOND]
Green, John Patrick
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
October 28, 2016
Burton, Paula
Hippopotamister lives in a zoo that is run-down. Everything is in dire need of repair. This is when his friend Red Panda leaves. He finds a job but still comes to visit Hippopotamus and tells him how wonderful life is outside the zoo. The stories sound so fantastic, Hippopotamus wants to try it too. He has to change his name to Hippopotamister. It works and together they try construction, hair styling, cooking and many other professions. Hippopotamister is good at everything but Red Panda will get them fired. The results are humorous every time but it is Hippopotamister who thinks it is all his fault. In the end he returns to the zoo and fixes it up with all his job experience. A predictable story but funny and colorful for beginning or reluctant readers. Clear text and repetition could make this a popular and fun read.
Girl In Dior
Nbm Publishing [Nbm Publishing]
Goetzinger, Annie
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
October 28, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Fashion designer and graphic artist Annie Goetzinger dreams up a girl who is a little Audrey Hepburn and a little fashion writer Carmen Snow but is wholly the vehicle to tells the story of French designer Christian Dior, the development of his post-war New Look, and his absolute mastery of couture from 1947 until his death in 1957. We watch the magic happen through the eyes of Clara Nohant injected into the story amid real-life modistes, drapers, pattern makers, muses, magazine editors, and movie stars who surrounded the designer. Particularly informative and educational are the representations of all the hard work that went into the creation of a Dior "line": from conception to realization to presentation, and the loyalty, inspiration, and support the designer's team provided him. Goetzinger's renderings of each character, from Dior's beloved dog "Bobby" to French grandmères to Hollywood icons is distinct and memorable in every respect. The book is like a Dior creation, strikingly designed, detailed, beautiful and elegant. Fashionistas/os will eat this up.
Child Of Books
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Jeffers, Oliver
Winston, Sam
Highly Recommended -- Superior book everyone should buy.
2nd grade to 4th grade
October 28, 2016
Burton, Paula
This is a picture book with an imaginary world made out of words and typography that implies that these two elements can lead you to any place. The reader follows a little girl throughout the book. She takes a boy on a journey to show him that the combination of books and imagination can take you on adventures that are not possible in real life. The book’s main story is simple handwritten text which separates it from the illustrations created with the words of classic children’s books. The book comes full circle because it repeats the words from the first page again on the last page where it is put together with the last sentence. In addition the typography from the illustrations is the same as the handwritten text. This beautiful picture book might appeal more to older kids and adults who love reading. Well known picture book author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers, The day the crayons quit and Lost and found, is responsible for the illustrations and texts. The typographical illustrations are done by Sam Winston. Although this book is formatted as a picture book, I don’t believe it will be appreciated by the picture book audience. It would be a great book to use in a classroom setting for language arts or visual arts.
Artist's Alphabet
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Messenger, Norman
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
October 28, 2016
Burton, Paula
This is not your ordinary alphabet book, this is a book that will make you admire the detailed illustrations on about any topic you can think of; nature, circus artist, tools, and more. It is also one of those books that could be looked at multiple times to find more detail. Every letter is represented by a capital letter and a lower case letter. Most letters have a two page spread and include a simple san serif letter as a sample placed on lines in a box to separate it from its surreal illustration shaped to mimic the letter. The first two pages, letter A and letter B follow the usual illustration connecting to the letter idea of an alphabet book but after that the imagination takes over and children will have to look closer to the letters and the illustrations. Letter C is represented by waves and letter D by cats. A great addition to any library.
Lgbtq+ Athletes Claim The Field : Striving For Equality
TWENTY FIRST CENTURY BOOKS [TWENTY FIRST CENTURY BOOKS]
Cronn-Mills, Kirstin
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
October 28, 2016
Datisman, Eve
LEX 1230 The summer 2016 showed that there were LGBTQ+ athletes everywhere. Soccer star Abby Wambach kissed her wife after the FIFA Women’s World Cup win, Milwaukee Brewers minor league first-baseman David Denson came out as a gay man, and Caitlin Jenner, an 1976 Olympic decathlete, came out as transgender. It hasn’t always been this way and we haven’t always thought much about LGBTQ+ issues in sports or other social institutions. That’s why this book is important. This brief and up-to-date overview highlights the issues and the struggles of numerous LGBTQIA amateur and professional athletes across a wide variety of sports. The text is divided into five thematic chapters that somewhat necessarily overlap: stories of athletes coming out, for instance, are woven throughout the text, not just in the "Athletes Come Out" chapter. The is not chronologically arranged; thus the detailed time line in the back matter more effectively connects a narrative of major events and progress over time. Crisp color photographs, usually of athletes on or off the field, enhance the text throughout and visually reinforce the message that athletics are for everyone. Includes bibliographical references, index, and call to action examples.
Black River Falls
CLARION [CLARION]
Hirsch, Jeff
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
October 28, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 700 Hi/Lo An epidemic novel with a twist. A virus has struck Black River Falls. It doesn't sicken or kill its victims--it simply robs them of their memories. Teenager Cardinal Cassidy (named after a comic book character created by his father) is one of the few uninfected in town. Together, he and his former bully-turned-best friend (who is infected) take care of a group of other infected children with nowhere to go. While Cardinal himself has no home to return to, he has everything under control. Then two things happen: he meets a girl, and the National Guard turns the town over to a ruthless private corporation. As the safety of his town is threatened, Cardinal must deal with new feelings and new revelations about the virus. In addition, he must confront the demons of his past. Set up as a letter to his brother, (named after David Tennant because Card’s mother liked him as Dr. Who) there are twists all the way to the end on of the most surprising is the virus origin story.
It Looks Like This
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Mittlefehldt, Rafi
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
7th grade to 9th grade
October 28, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Grades 7-17 LGBTQ realistic fiction. Debut novel. A new state, a new city, a new high school. Mike's father has already found a new evangelical church for the family to attend. Then Mike meets Sean, the new kid, and 'hey' becomes games of basketball, partnering on a French project, hanging out after school. A night at the beach. The fierce colors of sunrise. But Mike's father is always watching. So is Victor and he has a cell camera. A story of first love and loss that exposes the undercurrents of a tidy suburban world. Heartbreaking and ultimately life-affirming, a novel of love and family and forgiveness—not just of others, but of yourself.
Cody Harmon, King Of Pets
Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr) [Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr)]
Mills, Claudia
Shepperson, Rob
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
2nd grade to 4th grade
October 29, 2016
Lewis, Jo
Cody Harmon loves his nine pets, so when a school pet show is announced, he has a serious problem. Which pet should he take to the show? Added is the problem of having to pay $10 for each pet entered in the show. Solution comes by way of friends who would love to borrow one of his pets for the day. Perfectly fitted for the readers in third grade with no dangerous conflicts and a nice solution. Somewhat ho hum for more advanced readers’ tastes. A nice addition to the Franklin School Friends series.
Nobody Likes A Goblin
FIRST SECOND [FIRST SECOND]
Hatke, Ben
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
October 29, 2016
Lewis, Jo
Life is peaceful for Goblin in his cozy dungeon with rats, bats and Skeleton as his companions until the day the Adventurers intrude on his domain, rampaging and pillaging. They take his treasure and his dear companion, Skeleton. Goblin sets out to find what belongs to him and on the way picks up a whole slew of new friends. Ben Hatke’s illustrations are just right for this tale, not too scary but just right for goblins, trolls, elves and a Honk Honk. Good for story time telling even though the pictures may need to be shown up close for the hearers’ full enjoyment.
Royal Wedding Disaster
FEIWEL AND FRIENDS [FEIWEL AND FRIENDS]
Cabot, Meg
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
4th grade to 6th grade
October 29, 2016
Lewis, Jo
In this second book of the series, Olivia who has just discovered she’s a princess is in Genovia helping her Grandmere and sister, Amelia prepare for Amelia’s wedding. As with any wedding, not all goes according to plan while Olivia is trying to adjust to life as a princess. Throw in a jealous cousin, a love-lorn prince, a pesky half-brother and a pet that steals food from the royal kitchens. Olivia must work overtime to keep this royal wedding from being a disaster while she navigates the bumpy road of unwanted boyfriends. This will be popular with fans of Meg Cabot’s princess stories.
Nadia : The Girl Who Couldn't Sit Still
Hmh Books For Young Readers [Hmh Books For Young Readers]
Gray, Karlin
Davenier, Christine
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
3rd grade to 5th grade
October 29, 2016
Wittmann, Teresa
This picture biography tells how Nadia Comaneci always loved to run, jump, and climb and this led to gymnastics class and joining Bela Karolyi’s new gymnastics school at six years old. She loved gymnastics and practiced long hours. At age nine she went to the first National Junior Championships and didn’t do well, so she practiced more and the next year won the gold medal. In 1976 when she was fourteen years old Nadia became known around the world when she scored the first perfect 10 score in Olympic gymnastics history. She went on to win five Olympic medals that year. This is a story of hard work and passion for gymnastics that will inspire readers. The ink and colored pencil illustrations beautifully illustrate Nadia’s life and gymnastic finesse. The last two pages have a brief afterword, timeline, notes, and resource list. The end flap on the cover includes two photos of Nadia competing in gymnastics.
W Is For Webster : Noah Webster And His American Dictionary
Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr) [Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr)]
Fern, Tracey
Kulikov, Boris
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
5th grade to 8th grade
October 29, 2016
Wittmann, Teresa
Noah Webster was an unusual man who loved learning and writing about words. This picture biography captures his life and accomplishments with interesting details and fanciful illustrations. It traces his childhood when his eagerness to study began through his education and career as writer, lexicographer, and perpetual learner. It explains how his speller and dictionary and other reference works changed and standardized the American English language. The density of text and details including many quotes makes it for older readers. It doesn’t have the appeal or clarity of Jeri Chase Ferris’ book Noah Webster & his Words. The last page has an author’s note, list of resources, and painting of Webster.
What's On My Plate? : Choosing From The Five Food Groups
LERNER PUBLICATIONS COMPANY [LERNER PUBLICATIONS COMPANY]
Boothroyd, Jennifer
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
October 29, 2016
Wittmann, Teresa
This book explains the basics of the five food groups in a clear and appealing way. There is an introduction chapter and then four more chapters of four to six pages about fruits and vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy, and “sometimes foods.” Each chapter has a sentence or two of text on each page along with a supporting captioned photograph of a food or children eating a food mentioned in the text. Each chapter included the suggested amount of the food group to eat each day with examples. The bright backgrounds and large text make it easy to follow and appealing. The last pages include fun facts, an activity, short glossary and index, and list of resources. This is a simple but clear introduction to the five food groups.
Weekends With Max And His Dad
Hmh Books For Young Readers [Hmh Books For Young Readers]
Urban, Linda
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
2nd grade to 4th grade
October 29, 2016
Wittmann, Teresa
Max and his Dad spend weekends together getting to know and get used to his new apartment and neighborhood. They have a comfortable relationship and their weekends include school projects, spy games, food, and dog walking. Each weekend brings a little everyday adventure for Max and his dad and his apartment begins to feel more like home for both of them. This is a quiet but fun beginning chapter book about dads and family life that young boys will enjoy.
Extreme Kite Surfing
45Th Parallel Press [45Th Parallel Press]
Loh-Hagan, Virginia
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
5th grade to 8th grade
October 30, 2016
Wittmann, Teresa
In extreme kite surfing a person is attached to a surfboard with footstraps and attached to a kite using a harness. People do stunts in the air and the waves while being pulled by the kite. This book focuses on several competitive kite surfers and the basics of the sport. There are five chapters of four to six pages with several paragraphs of simple text and a few captioned photographs. Although there is more text than photographs, the sentences are generally very short and dry such as “Kite surfers use wind power. The kite drags them across water. They jump waves.” At the end are a list of facts, a few resources, glossary, and short index. It is part of the “Nailed It” series.
Enchanted Gardening : Growing Miniature Gardens, Fairy Garde
Snap Books/capstone Press [Snap Books/capstone Press]
Amstutz, Lisa J
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
5th grade to 8th grade
October 30, 2016
Wittmann, Teresa
This book mixes gardening in containers with crafts with twelve projects and well as two short chapter about gardening basics. The project on the cover and three other projects are miniature gardens and are inspiring with their clever arrangement of small plants and props in to create a scene such as a fairy garden or a day at the beach. There are also three projects with specific plantings to attract butterflies, hummingbirds, or show off night-flowering plants. Some of other projects just have painted elements such as golf balls painted as animals or a jar painted like a chicken. For each project there is a list of items needed and a list of instructions along with a few photographs of the finished project. It is an adequate book to start mixing gardening with crafts, but some photographs of the project as it is assembled would be very helpful. A list of resources is included. It is part of the Gardening Guides series.
All About Magnetism
Heinemann Raintree Library [Heinemann Raintree Library]
Royston, Angela
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
October 30, 2016
Wittmann, Teresa
The basics of magnetism are clearly explained in nine two-page chapters covering topics such as shapes of magnets, magnetic force, north and south poles, and maglev trains. Five of the two-page chapters are about the basics of magnetism including shapes of magnets and magnetic force. The other four chapters are about using magnetism such as maglev trains, the earth as a magnet, and compasses. The text is clear and in large font and is supplemented by captioned photographs or illustrations on every page. There are also three simple experiments with a list of items needed, step-by-step instructions, and captioned photographs. The results of the experiments are at the end of the book along with a 3-question quiz, glossary, list of resources, and index. This is a solid addition to a collection for younger readers. It is part of the All About Science series.
Earth
Little Pebble/capstone Press [Little Pebble/capstone Press]
Rustad, Martha E H
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
October 30, 2016
Wittmann, Teresa
Earth is introduced in three short chapters covering Earth as a planet, living conditions on earth, and how it moves. Each chapter has five to nine very short simple sentences and a photograph or illustration including some with labels, but none with captions. The information is very basic such as “The sun warms Earth. Earth is not too hot. It is not too cold.” It is accessible to a beginning readers, but without details. It includes a 7-word glossary, list of resources, and short index. It is part of the Space series.
How Garbage Gets From Trash Cans To Landfills
Pebble Plus/capstone Press [Pebble Plus/capstone Press]
Shores, Erika L
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
October 30, 2016
Wittmann, Teresa
The very basic facts about garbage is covered in four short chapters with large photographs. The first chapter explains what waste is and the following chapters introduce the idea of landfills, burning waste to get electricity, and recycling. The last chapter is two pages with four sentences about using less and reusing products. There is not much information in the book, but it could be used to start a conversation about recycling and waste. It includes a 6-word glossary, list of resources, and short index. It is part of the Here to There series.
Ebola
CHILDRENS PRESS [CHILDRENS PRESS]
Squire, Ann O
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
5th grade to 8th grade
October 30, 2016
Wittmann, Teresa
The Ebola epidemic which hit several African countries in 2014-15 is explained with clarity and interesting details. It covers the source of the outbreak and how it was tracked down, the spread of Ebola, treating the deadly disease and how people protect themselves. Each of the five chapters has sections with subtitles, captioned photographs, and easy to follow text. The book covers Ebola outbreaks since 1976, why the disease is hard to control and prevent, and how some customs in Africa have changed to limit the risk of another epidemic. This is an informative and interesting book about an difficult subject which threatened people around the world as well as Africa. A list of two resources, a monitored web site, glossary and index are included.
Fearless Flyer : Ruth Law And Her Flying Machine
Boyds Mills Press [Boyds Mills Press]
Lang, Heather
Colon, Raul
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
October 30, 2016
Wittmann, Teresa
In 1916 Ruth Law was a stunt pilot, but she decided to do what had never been done before and try to fly from Chicago to New York in one day. When no one would give her a newer plane because she was a woman, she decided to alter her old flying machine including adding three more gas tanks. She made it to Chicago despite winds, extreme cold, and ended up gliding into an airport with no gas. She barely was able to take off after refueling and made it to New York despite fog to break the record. This is an inspiring picture biography that focuses on Ruth Law’s record-breaking flight with little about the rest of her life except in the two-page afterword with three photographs. Almost every two-page spread includes a quote from Ruth as part of the text. The color pencil and lithograph crayon illustration give a warm vintage feel to the story as well as historic details. Resource list and source notes are included.
Before I Leave
ROARING BROOK PRESS [ROARING BROOK PRESS]
Bagley, Jessixa
Roher, Rebecca
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
October 30, 2016
Wittmann, Teresa
Zelda the hedgehog has to move away and leave her best friend Aaron the anteater behind. Her family starts packing and Zelda makes sure she has time to play with Aaron and remember the fun times they have had together. She isn’t sure her new home with be fine, but everyone reassures her. When Zelda does move with her family she opens her suitcase to find notes from Aaron and they continue to write each other. This is a sweet reassuring story that is mostly told in the illustrations with just a sentence or part of one on each two-page spread. The details of the charming watercolor and ink illustrations are the best part of the book and highlight the friendship between the two animals. This would be a good book for a discussion about moving.
Luna & Me : The True Story Of A Girl Who Lived In A Tree To
HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR) [HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR)]
Kostecki-Shaw, Jenny Sue
Additional Minus -- Mediocre.
2nd grade to 4th grade
October 30, 2016
Wittmann, Teresa
Luna is an ancient redwood tree and Julia, who went by her nickname Butterfly, loved nature and felt a great affinity to Luna when she first saw her. Luna was marked to be cut down and when Butterfly found out she decided to live in Luna on a platform to protect the tree. She ended up staying up in the tree for two years with help of her friends and only came down when Luna became part of a preserve. The story is a charming one with a powerful message about conservation, but the subtitle claims that is it a true story and it is catalogued as a biography even though it does not follow what really happened according to the afterword. The tree is anthropomorphized with feelings, branches like arms to hug Butterfly, and sometimes a face in her bark. Butterfly is a girl in the beginning of the story and continues to look just as young throughout the two years she lived in the redwood despite that fact that in the afterword it says that Julia Butterfly Hill was twenty-three at the time. Important facts are left out of the story so it doesn’t match the actual event in several ways. This book belongs in the fiction section and the subtitle should be changed to say it was inspired by a true story.
One Day On Our Blue Planet ... In The Antarctic
Flying Eye Books [Flying Eye Books]
Bailey, Ella
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
October 30, 2016
Sepessy, Lona
One day a young Adélie penguin sets off on her first journey to the sea. Waddling, she passes other penguins, birds, and plunges in to spend a year or more feeding escaping predators, sleeping on ice floes, until one day returning to land again. Ella Bailey’s muted pastel blues, hazy mauve and purples, shades of grey, white, and black capture this icy world with her digitally rendered illustrations. Part of the illustrations’ charm exists in the coherence found with the end papers glossary-like showing the variety of birds found above the ice and the creatures dwelling under the ice. While the text is spare, the beautiful illustrations invite readers to locate and match the animals and birds with the endpapers. The illustrations are large enough for group sharing and the subtle details will entice individual readers. This is a delightful book to present to quieter readers or use in studies of polar animals.
Marion Takes A Break
Spotlight [Spotlight]
Barkley, Callie
Riti, Marsha
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
October 30, 2016
Sepessy, Lona
Marion loves riding horses, playing piano and dancing but when one misstep results in a serious sprain, she is in a cast and missing the big horse show. Dancing and riding are out for at least three weeks and even playing the piano is difficult. But the strong friendships of the Critter Club girls and taking care of 5 new kittens helps Marion feel better. And when confronted with the need to find the kittens permanent homes, Marion realizes the horse show is the perfect place to find them. Contributing by making special collars for the kittens, Marion realizes she can slow down and have fun without all the frantic activities. Perky black and white drawings are found on each page breaking up the large double spaced text. Small life lessons, solid friendships, and a realistic solution to each problem will appeal to younger girls transitioning from early chapter books. Currently the series contains 15 books with one more on the way.
Liz Learns A Lesson
Spotlight [Spotlight]
Barkley, Callie
Riti, Marsha
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
October 30, 2016
Sepessy, Lona
Liz loves art but not math. Fractions, decimals, and carryovers don’t make sense and unfortunately instead of a great summer art class, Liz is signed up for a math class in order to catch up. But Mr. Brown slows down the pace and the assorted students from around the city find themselves actually understanding and even liking the class. Afternoons are spent at the Critter Club pet sitting for owners on vacations and Liz brings Robert and Laura to the Critter Club as well. This reviewer wonders if the club will expand to include these two new friends in some of their adventures. Perky black and white drawings are found on each page breaking up the large double spaced text. Small life lessons, solid friendships, and a realistic solution to each problem will appeal to younger girls transitioning from early chapter books. Currently the series contains 15 books with one more on the way.
All About Ellie
Spotlight [Spotlight]
Barkley, Callie
Riti, Marsha
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
October 30, 2016
Sepessy, Lona
Weekly sleepovers with the four best friends, Amy, Marion, Liz, and Ellie, are the highlight of their week and cement their friendship. But when Ellie’s preoccupation with her starring role in the school play dominates, she seems to be no longer interested in her friends’ lives, skips a sleepover and forgets to help the Critter Club take care of the baby bunnies. Finally Ellie is confronted by her thoughtlessness and makes amends. Issues of self-importance and the give and take of friendship will resonate with young readers as they confront their own friendship difficulties. Perky black and white drawings are found on each page breaking up the large double spaced text. This is part of a series where each book highlights a simple problem and will appeal to younger girls transitioning from early chapter books. Currently the series contains 15 books with one more on the way.
Amy And The Missing Puppy
Spotlight [Spotlight]
Barkley, Callie
Riti, Marsha
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
October 30, 2016
Sepessy, Lona
Spring Break has arrived and second grader, Amy is at home reading her Nancy Drew mystery and helping her veterinarian mother at the clinic, when an aloof, wealthy woman’s St. Bernard, Rufus, goes missing during a storm. Her three best friends are out of town and busy with relatives, so Amy starts looking for clues on her own. After noticing big paw prints and missing doggie treats, Amy and two of her friends trap Rufus with doggie treats. Best of all, Marge Sullivan decides to open an Animal Shelter in her barn and invites the girls to help out and work there. And thus the Critter Club is born. Plentiful black and white drawings are found on each page breaking up the large double spaced text. This is part of a series where each book highlights a simple problem and will appeal to younger girls transitioning from early chapter books. Currently the series contains 15 books with one more on the way.
Eat Your Colors
CHILDRENS PRESS [CHILDRENS PRESS]
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten
October 31, 2016
Turpin, Sharon
This Rookie Toddle board book with scalloped right side pages emphasizes the colors blue, yellow, orange, red and green. The sturdy format should hold up well and is simple enough for the intended audience. After introducing that veggies are crunchy and fruits are sweet with a child in matching t-shirt holding up each colored fruit or vegetable, the book then focuses on one color per double page spread. The photos are clear and bright with oversized food items and a smaller child sitting among the giant produce. They rhyming text is cute and short with an additional action question for each color. At the end the child is asked to find the hiding forks on most pages, which a 17-month-old could do no problem. There are many other color books with food items, and this is a decent addition to that collection. The back cover has some suggestions for reusing the book or extending the learning to actually trying the foods.
Jacob & Lily
Epic Press/abdo [Epic Press/abdo]
Layne, Shannon
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
October 31, 2016
Turpin, Sharon
This He Said She Said series of six titles merits the "WARNING: Explicit Content" on the cover. In this title the chapters alternate between Lily, the popular, driven ballerina with the self-absorbed jock boyfriend whose control verges on abuse and fear; and Jacob, a self-proclaimed nerd, who’s passion is comics and ultimately Lily. He started a comics club at school and participates in an online comics forum, where he and Lily meet anonymously even though they attend school together. Their online conversations take off, they meet at the Seattle Comic Convention, and meet secretly as their relationship takes off. After graduating, Lily breaks up with Rob, who won’t allow this and in the process of trying to restrain her he accidentally hits her in the face. This traumatizes her, she seeks consolation from Jacob, and the virgins can’t deny their newfound passion. Several pages are pretty graphic which makes the audience unclear. Definitely NOT middle school, and probably not for a public high school. Perhaps an alternative school student will not be shocked by the details. The characters are decent; Jacob, near perfect, takes and unexpected turn to jealousy in the end to add to the drama. Font looks upper elementary.
Jesse & Savannah
Epic Press/abdo [Epic Press/abdo]
Layne, Shannon
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
October 31, 2016
Turpin, Sharon
This He Said She Said series of six titles merits the WARNING: Explicit Content on the cover. In this title the chapters alternate between the male and female protagonists/love interests. Several pages are pretty graphic which makes the audience unclear. Definitely NOT middle school, and probably not for a public high school. The format looks like upper elementary school with the font size. This is not high literature. See review of Jacob & Lily for a specific review.
Michael & Maria
Epic Press/abdo [Epic Press/abdo]
Layne, Shannon
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
October 31, 2016
Turpin, Sharon
This He Said She Said series of six titles merits the WARNING: Explicit Content on the cover. In this title the chapters alternate between the male and female protagonists/love interests. Several pages are pretty sexually graphic which makes the audience unclear. Definitely NOT middle school, and probably not for a public high school. The format looks like upper elementary school with the font size. This is not high literature. See review of Jacob & Lily for a specific review.
Shawn & Rachel
Epic Press/abdo [Epic Press/abdo]
Layne, Shannon
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
October 31, 2016
Turpin, Sharon
This He Said She Said series of six titles merits the WARNING: Explicit Content on the cover. In this title the chapters alternate between the male and female protagonists/love interests. Several pages are pretty sexually graphic which makes the audience unclear. Definitely NOT middle school, and probably not for a public high school. The format looks like upper elementary school with the font size. This is not high literature. See review of Jacob & Lily for a specific review.
Tom & Alice
Epic Press/abdo [Epic Press/abdo]
Layne, Shannon
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
October 31, 2016
Turpin, Sharon
This He Said She Said series of six titles merits the WARNING: Explicit Content on the cover. In this title the chapters alternate between the male and female protagonists/love interests. Several pages are pretty sexually graphic which makes the audience unclear. Definitely NOT middle school, and probably not for a public high school. The format looks like upper elementary school with the font size. This is not high literature. See review of Jacob & Lily for a specific review.
Tristan & Emma
Epic Press/abdo [Epic Press/abdo]
Layne, Shannon
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
October 31, 2016
Turpin, Sharon
This He Said She Said series of six titles merits the WARNING: Explicit Content on the cover. In this title the chapters alternate between the male and female protagonists/love interests. Several pages are pretty sexually graphic which makes the audience unclear. Definitely NOT middle school, and probably not for a public high school. The format looks like upper elementary school with the font size. This is not high literature. See review of Jacob & Lily for a specific review.
Iridescence Of Birds : A Book About Henri Matisse
ROARING BROOK PRESS [ROARING BROOK PRESS]
Maclachlan, Patricia
Hooper, Hadley
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
October 31, 2016
Datisman, Eve
K- 3 and up. Narrative nonfiction story focusing on the influences in Henri Mattisse’s childhood that helped him develop his style. The text is two long sentences. The first distills his early encounters with light, color, movement and a Mother who loved everything he did. The second shows how they manifested themselves in his art. Hadley Hooper’s vivid block-print illustrations vibrate and hum, echoing Matisse’s lively sense of dynamic composition and brilliant color. In expansive spreads that fill the pages, she shows us a boy who thrilled to his environs, especially their hues, patterns, and iridescence. In the latter half of the book both the child and mature Matisse share the pages. Endnotes by the author and illustrator illuminate the depth and specificity of their research and suggest further reading. Useful in art classes at all levels.
Dark Metropolis
Disney-Hyperion [Disney-Hyperion]
Dolamore, Jaclyn
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
October 31, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Grades 8-12 Lexile 630 Hi/Lo In a vaguely decadent 1920’s in a Russo-German area of Europe where a world-wide conflict is brewing between two magic using empires a young girl who works at a modern cabaret and sports a new shingled haircut is found dead. There are no marks on her body so poison or pills. But why should Gerik, the king’s necromancer worry about people he’d never seen again? So why does he? Meanwhile, waitress Thea is in search of her friend Nan, who, like many of the city's residents, has mysteriously disappeared. Freddy, a boy who knows more than he wants to share, is the key to uncovering dark secrets below the society's surface. Straddling dystopia and fantasy, the book presents modern dialogue in an alternative steampunky, magiky past flavored with Jazz-Age glamour and alternative history.
Secrets Of Neverak
Shadow Mountain [Shadow Mountain]
Gowans, Jacob
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
6th grade to 12th grade
October 31, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 740 Book 2 takes off with Henry, Maggie, James and Ruther having to dare the torturous Iron Path to find a way to make it back to Neverak to rescue Isabelle, now being held as slave concubine in Emperor Ivan Kallick’s harem. New adventures, new allies, new dangers await both the travelers and Isabelle in their respective trials of bravery and treachery. The characters are further developed and revealed. This is definitely a middle book. The cliffhanger ending of the first books is resolved and a second is set up as a hook for book three. An interesting twist is that the Emperor’s best general is plotting against him because he does not believe the Emperor is fit to rule; of course, the Emperor suspects. It helps to have read book one although enough clues are embedded to give the reader a gist of the story, if not the meaty details. This a frame story, a traveling scribe is setting down the story as a wandering bard tells it. Readers of Quest tales who are ready for character development as well as action will pick this up. The cover however look a little too clean and the characters a little too modern for the setting as written.
Crow Mountain
Chicken House [Chicken House]
Inglis, Lucy
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
October 31, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 710 While on a trip to Montana with her mom, British teen Hope meets local boy Cal Crow, a ranch hand. Caught in a freak accident, Hope and Cal take shelter in a cabin, where Hope makes a strange discovery in an abandoned diary. More than a hundred years earlier, another British girl, Emily, met a similar fate. Her rescuer was a horse trader named Nate. Told with alternating voices readers discover parallel stories of rescue, love, and self-reliance, 150 years apart. Northwestern Montana, around Glacier National Park is as a much a character as the people in the story. Lucy Inglis is an English historian but has managed to capture the language, the culture and characters of two distinct periods in Western history and touches on a number of political and social issues in both of those lenses. Excellent historical fiction with a side of romance and wilderness.
Sleeping Prince
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Salisbury, Melinda
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
October 31, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 800 Hi/Lo In The Sin Eater's Daughter, 16-year-old Twylla is engaged to the Prince of Loremere but is an outcast. People fear her because one simple moment of skin-to-skin contact with her will emit a poison that will kill. Twylla feels that no one will truly be able to love her. When a new guard, Lief, arrives at the jail, he looks at her like she is a real person. In The Sleeping Prince the story follows focuses on Errin Vastel, an apothecary trainee trapped with her invalid mother as war approaches. The Sleeping Prince, once dismissed as a superstition but now proven to be brutally real and bent on revenge, is coming, and his path seems set to intersect with Errin’s. Haunted by erotic, enigmatic dreams, Errin looks for companionship from Silas, but the always-hooded smuggler has his own agenda. Even fairy tales cannot comfort her, for the mythical Sleeping Prince--a man or god or alchemist whose origins are repeatedly but never definitively explained--has woken, killing King Merek, razing religious houses, and sending forth his army of golems and traitorous men. Blackmail, werewolves, alchemy and revenge make this fast-paced fantasy hard to put down. The Scarecrow Queen-March of 2017.
Infamous Alcatraz Prison In United States History
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Oliver, Marilyn Tower
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
6th grade to 12th grade
October 31, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Chronicles the history of Alcatraz Island from its discovery by early Spanish explorers to its role in Native American uprisings in the 1970s, focusing on the time it was a prison for soldiers and later for criminals. Rated for grades 5-8 this will more likely be useful at grades 8-11 especially for ELL students enrolled in US History and Government classes and students needed a modified reading level. There are few illustrations, mostly text and that’s too bad since Alcatraz is mythic in prison history and there are lots of phots available that could have illustrated the chapter topics. This is a reprint and minor reworking of a 1998 issue called Alcatraz Prison in American history. Chapters are The rock -- Early settlements -- Fort and lighthouse -- Alcatraz military prison -- Federal prison-- Prison life -- The prisoners of Alcatraz -- Escapes and riots -- Controversy brings change – Included are a Timeline -- Chapter notes -- Further reading -- Index.
Book Of Storms
HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR) [HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR)]
Hatfield, Ruth
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
7th grade to 9th grade
October 31, 2016
Bateman, Teresa
Danny O'Neill is only 11 when his parents disappear. They have always been unusually interested in storms, and he fears that a storm has taken them. Indeed, his investigation leads him to a magical lightning-created object that allows him to talk to animals, trees, and more. They set him on the path to finding his parents, looking for the "Book of Storms". Little does he realize that the evil Sammael is responsible for their disappearance, eager for the book, and gathering what he needs to destroy the world with storms. Danny stands in his way but really, what possible threat could the boy be? this is the first book in a series originally published in Great Britain. Unfortunately the story is very very dark, making it inappropriate for elementary school libraries. Secondary school readers might be off-put by the age of the main character. At times intriguing, and certainly well=written, this book still failed to capture me and left me with no desire to read any sequels.
Sing-Along Nursery Rhymes
CHILDRENS PRESS [CHILDRENS PRESS]
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten
October 31, 2016
Turpin, Sharon
Part of the Rookie Nursery Rhymes series, this typically sized Rookie Reader format contains three popular nursery rhymes, in this case, “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring"; "The Itsy-bitsy Spide"r; and "Mary Had a Little Lamb" in the first 28 pages. The pastel illustrations will engage a young child, the text size is large enough for possible beginning readers, and the added bonus is Listen online! option where one with a free barcode scanner app can quickly scan the barcode and sing along with the pages/text. The first song was a bit fast for turning the pages and looking at the story, but the others worked much better. This book held the attention of a 17-month-old familiar with these songs. Pages 30-32 contain further activities to extend the participation in each rhyme such as count or name the animals, etc.