Reviews for month


Penicillin Was Discovered By Accident : And Other Facts Abou
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Payne, Jan
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
February 02, 2017
Korf, Clarence
Readers are asked to take a quick True and False quiz on interesting, odd facts about the creative discoveries made in science and technology. The first chapter explores facts about bicycles, first televisions, toilets, photography and the world’s fastest train. The subsequent chapters review science discoveries and history, accidental findings and flops, cures throughout history and well as some unusual inventions such as Doggles (sunglasses for dogs). There are important facts about Leonardo DaVinci but many facts fit in the weird but true category. Readers who love the Weird but True series may be engaged by the books content but the illustrations do not match the same quality as the pictures used in Weird but True series. There are four books in the series which include Penicillin was Discovered by Accident, Rabbits Eat Their Own Poop and It Can Rain Frogs and Fish. Additional resources include glossary, index, further reading and websites which were not always very kid friendly. A fun read to learn some interesting and weird facts about inventions. Can be a fun resource for teachers to teach effective key word searches for the facts listed.
Arlington National Cemetery
CHILDS WORLD [CHILDS WORLD]
Temple, Bob
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
2nd grade to 4th grade
February 03, 2017
Norton, Geneva
This book is one of eight titles in the United States Landmarks series. It is "…an attractive, organized, and informative series. Each title consists of two-to-four page chapters of concise, engaging text. The author keeps the information age appropriate without oversimplifying. Captioned illustrations mostly consist of archival and modern-day photographs, many of which show the monuments from a variety of perspectives—during construction, from above, inside, and outside (from SLJ). The text is informative without being "kid-ed" down. This fills a need in libraries for clear information about important places with visual appeal and solid content. Each book includes a glossary of key words, index, sources for further research, the publisher's website with web links and additional materials, and a table of contents. Very well done. The suggested reading level is Grades 1-4, but the books would be good support for higher grades with ELL populations.
Washington Monument
CHILDS WORLD [CHILDS WORLD]
Gilmore, Frederic
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
All ages
February 03, 2017
Norton, Geneva
This book is one of eight titles in the United States Landmarks series. It is "…an attractive, organized, and informative series. Each title consists of two-to-four page chapters of concise, engaging text. The author keeps the information age appropriate without oversimplifying. Captioned illustrations mostly consist of archival and modern-day photographs, many of which show the monuments from a variety of perspectives—during construction, from above, inside, and outside (from SLJ). The text is informative without being "kid-ed" down. This fills a need in libraries for clear information about important places with visual appeal and solid content. Each book includes a glossary of key words, index, sources for further research, the publisher's website with web links and additional materials, and a table of contents. Very well done.
Statue Of Liberty
CHILDS WORLD [CHILDS WORLD]
Wilson, Jon
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
2nd grade to 4th grade
February 03, 2017
Norton, Geneva
This book is one of eight titles in the United States Landmarks series. It is "…an attractive, organized, and informative series. Each title consists of two-to-four page chapters of concise, engaging text. The author keeps the information age appropriate without oversimplifying. Captioned illustrations mostly consist of archival and modern-day photographs, many of which show the monuments from a variety of perspectives—during construction, from above, inside, and outside (from SLJ). The text is informative without being "kid-ed" down. This fills a need in libraries for clear information about important places with visual appeal and solid content. Each book includes a glossary of key words, index, sources for further research, the publisher's website with web links and additional materials, and a table of contents. Very well done. The suggested reading level is Grades 1-4, but the books would be good support for higher grades with ELL populations.
Lincoln Memorial
CHILDS WORLD [CHILDS WORLD]
Gilmore, Frederic
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
2nd grade to 4th grade
February 03, 2017
Norton, Geneva
This book is one of eight titles in the United States Landmarks series. It is "…an attractive, organized, and informative series. Each title consists of two-to-four page chapters of concise, engaging text. The author keeps the information age appropriate without oversimplifying. Captioned illustrations mostly consist of archival and modern-day photographs, many of which show the monuments from a variety of perspectives—during construction, from above, inside, and outside (from SLJ). The text is informative without being "kid-ed" down. This fills a need in libraries for clear information about important places with visual appeal and solid content. Each book includes a glossary of key words, index, sources for further research, the publisher's website with web links and additional materials, and a table of contents. Very well done. The suggested reading level is Grades 1-4, but the books would be good support for higher grades with ELL populations.
Ellis Island
CHILDS WORLD [CHILDS WORLD]
Temple, Bob
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
2nd grade to 4th grade
February 03, 2017
Norton, Geneva
This book is one of eight titles in the United States Landmarks series. It is "…an attractive, organized, and informative series. Each title consists of two-to-four page chapters of concise, engaging text. The author keeps the information age appropriate without oversimplifying. Captioned illustrations mostly consist of archival and modern-day photographs, many of which show the monuments from a variety of perspectives—during construction, from above, inside, and outside (from SLJ). The text is informative without being "kid-ed" down. This fills a need in libraries for clear information about important places with visual appeal and solid content. Each book includes a glossary of key words, index, sources for further research, the publisher's website with web links and additional materials, and a table of contents. Very well done. The suggested reading level is Grades 1-4, but the books would be good support for higher grades with ELL populations.
Pocket Mommy
TUNDRA BOOKS [TUNDRA BOOKS]
Eugster, Rachel
Goldsmith, Tom
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
February 03, 2017
Norton, Geneva
This is a delightfully whimsical story about a child's starting school and separation anxiety. "Saying goodbye to Mom at the kindergarten door can be tough. Samuel hates it and wishes he could have a tiny, pocket-sized mommy to carry around with him all day. His mom slips a pretend mommy into his pocket, and when she comes to life, Samuel is delighted . . . at first. But he soon discovers that having a mom along in kindergarten isn’t as much fun as he thought it would be. Sure, she helps him remember the words to songs and keeps him company. But she also rearranges the bookshelf, corrects his artwork, and tries to clean out the guinea pig cage–all with disastrous (and comic) results. An energetic romp with a sweet core, The Pocket Mommy follows one little boy as he navigates the age-old conflict between the comfort of the familiar and the joy of letting go"from Random House). The less than perfect pocket mommy invites children to hear and/or read the story over and over just to make sure she does all those unexpected things, all the while subtly encouraging independence in the children without being "preachy". The watercolor illustrations are fresh and fit the text well.
Newsies : Stories Of The Unlikely Broadway Hit
Disney Editions [Disney Editions]
Additional Minus -- Mediocre.
6th grade to 12th grade
February 03, 2017
Norton, Geneva
For fans of Newsies, this will be a hit. For fans of theater, this will be a hit, as well. Ken Cerniglia has skillfully edited the development of this Broadway hit with a wealth of primary source information put together to create a compelling read. Sharp, crisp photos are well placed throughout the book to tie text and pictures together. Lack of any bibliographic sources or attribution, an index or additional resources is probably because this is designed by Disney to be a Welcome Book defined by publisher as "gift and coffee table books". It is not a library bound book, but will be much enjoyed by Newsie/ Fansie fans and drama students as it wears out.
If I Were You
Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr) [Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr)]
Margolis, Leslie
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
5th grade to 8th grade
February 03, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Katie and Melody have been best friends forever, but the summer before they enter 7th grade may be the one that breaks their friendship. They both like the same boy, and Katie is sure that Melody has betrayed her. Melody, indeed, has been keeping a secret, but that doesn't mean she doesn't care about Katie. On the way to the beach on the last day of summer they are both on the bus and, as they go through the tunnel, they make the same wish. Suddenly summer is starting over again, and each is in the other's body. Living, literally, in the other girl's shoes is a revelation, as both had been envying the other. A happy, busy family isn't quite what Melody thought it was, nor is a palatial mansion and every material thing she would ever want really what suits Katie best. But can they return to themselves again? This is a fun, well-written middle school book. I just wish the cover were more attractive.
Mommy, Pick Me Up
Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr) [Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr)]
Bravi, Soledad
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten
February 04, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
A little boy fills each vivid colored page with a statement to his mother. "I'm hungry." "I don't feel good." "I can't find my pajamas." Clearly this mother is busy. But wait, what's that at the end? He's asking for Daddy? Why? To ask "Where's Mommy," of course. The pictures are bold and simple, with big white word bubbles for the little boy's words. One note--when he can't find his pajamas he's in the full-frontal cartoon all-together. The thing is, I can see parents reading this and smiling knowingly, but I don't think the preschool crowd will "get it." So I'm not sure about the intended audience.
Trudy's Big Swim : How Gertrude Ederle Swam The English Chan
HOLIDAY HOUSE [HOLIDAY HOUSE]
Macy, Sue
Collins, Matt
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Kindergarten to 6th grade
February 04, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Swimming the English Channel was a challenge that many men could not meet. Gertrude Ederle was the first woman to meet that challenge, and this picture-book focuses on her amazing achievement. In 1926 women were breaking into all kinds of traditionally male-dominated arenas. Gertrude's many sports achievements, including the Olympics and this historic swim, thrilled the nation and set a path for others to follow. The author puts the reader right into the water, pulled by the currents, chilled, and leached of energy, providing a good insight into Ederle's tenacity. The amazing digital and pencil illustrations are realistic and the faces often have a "Norman Rockwellesque" quality. This would be a nice book to share during Women's History Month.
Magnets Push, Magnets Pull
HOLIDAY HOUSE [HOLIDAY HOUSE]
Adler, David A
Raff, Anna
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
2nd grade to 4th grade
February 04, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Who isn't fascinated by magnets? However, understanding their properties can be difficult. Fortunately, Adler is a master at introducing basic concepts with clarity and precision and he does a wonderful job here. He explains how magnets work, provides experiments that illustrate key concepts, and points out how magnets are used in many modern conveniences. Humorous watercolor and digital illustrations by Anna Raff beautifully complement the text. This book merits a place in any library serving children and would be a good way to augment science units.
Hello Spring
HOLIDAY HOUSE [HOLIDAY HOUSE]
Rotner, Shelley
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
February 04, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Filled with beautiful, vibrant photographs, this is an homage to the season that celebrates rebirth and the return of sunshine. Lyrical text is filled with action verbs because spring is not a static season. Bird return, eggs are laid, ferns unfurl. This is a beautifully imagined book that teacher will want to share with their students when the snow begins to melt. It would fit in nicely with season studies.
My Awesome Summer By P. Mantis
HOLIDAY HOUSE [HOLIDAY HOUSE]
Meisel, Paul
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 04, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Told in the first person by P. Mantis, this is a fun, funny, and informative introduction to the life cycle of the praying mantis. She was born on May 17th, and was soon eating aphids...and siblings. Short diary entries follow our heroine through summer and into fall, with various moltings, dangers, and consumings. In October P. Mantis lays her own eggs and goes to sleep as the days grow colder. The acrylic ink illustrations are wonderfully detailed, and eye-catching. Even the end papers contain valuable praying mantis information. This is an exceptional non-fiction book that entertains as it informs. It would make a fun read-aloud and lead naturally into additional research.
Stay-At-Home Sammy And The Runaway Spot
HOLIDAY HOUSE [HOLIDAY HOUSE]
Thore, Maria Nilsson
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
February 04, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Originally published in 2011 in Sweden, this import tells the story of a leopard named Sammy who's a stay-at-home type of animal. One of her spots, however, is more adventurous. It escapes from Sammy's hide and goes off into the world enjoying the triumphs and travails of travel (in fold-out pages) and living life. It misses home and Sammy, however. When it returns they have both changed...for the better? The illustrations are whimsical, and the concept is fun. Nevertheless, the story is slight, and the fold-out pages in the middle will reduce the life of the book for library use.
Patrick Griffin's Last Breakfast On Earth
ROARING BROOK PRESS [ROARING BROOK PRESS]
Rust, Ned
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
5th grade to 8th grade
February 04, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Patrick Griffin is the middle child of seven so when he wakes up one day to find himself alone in the house this is an unusual situation--calling for a massive "breaking of the rules." What he didn't expect to "break" however, was the portal between dimensions. It's not really his fault, someone from the other dimension is transporting in, and Patrick is the counterweight. Now he's on Ith, and a large intelligent jackalope is on Earth, hoping to save the world. Patrick just wants to go home...unless this is all a bad dream. Ith is a very controlled society, and when he discovers the same fate is planned for Earth he knows he has to do something, but what? The concept is interesting, and the writing is good. However, this 401 page book is basically used to set up the situation, without resolving anything. The next book is due out in August of 2017.
Unbecoming
David Fickling Books [David Fickling Books]
Downham, Jenny
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
February 05, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
This is the story of 3 generations of women-- daughter, mother and grandmother-- who come together for what Katie' thinks is the first time. Katie discovers how the past has shaped she and her mother Caroline. Mary, the grandmother is suffering from dementia and Katie is trying to piece together her absence over the last 17 years. This story brings together several teen themes--abandonment, ridged parenting, awakening sexual identity, an autistic brother, and single parent (unwed) mom. Author has received recognition for similar-themed YA titles.
Nantucket Red
Disney-Hyperion [Disney-Hyperion]
Howland, Leila
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
February 05, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
"Red" follows the first story, "Nantucket Blue", of Cricket Thompson's summer before college. With a scholarship and a spot on the lacrosse team, she is back in Nantucket to earn enough money to pay for next years housing at Brown University. She deals with old boyfriend Zack who has moved on to someone that Cricket considers an enemy. She meets new friends that "aren't the right type" and makes mistakes along the way that might cause a different path for her than what everyone expected. Cricket is a strong character who is just finding her heart. The story does a quick jump from the previous summer to now, running though her last school year and long-distance romance with Zack in about 7 chapters. Seems like there could have been another story in the middle worth telling.
Longbow Girl
Chicken House [Chicken House]
Davies, Linda
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
7th grade to 9th grade
February 05, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
Merry Owen and her family are trying to hang on to their farm in the wilds of the Welsh mountains. They are being threatened by the de Courcys, an aristocratic family who lost part of their land to her ancestors from the days of Henry VIII. Merry discovers an ancient text on the disputed property and goes back in time to win the land. The present and past are intertwined; the present day Merry must use her longbow skill to win the land that they now hold. Reviews find gaps and slow plot, but targeted readers find this a winner. There is rich history, a expert long bowman like Katniss Evergreen, and defying those who are arrogant and powerful.
Spider Ring
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Harwell, Andrew
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
4th grade to 6th grade
February 05, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
Maria inherits a spider-shaped ring from her grandmother and comes to discover that it is one of 8 that holds great power. A strange woman, the Black Widow, is out to take all the rings which will give her ultimate power. Maria battles the evil--will she succeed? Readers of Harry Potter and other light-dark fantasy stories will enjoy this tangled story.
Claude In The Country
Peachtree Publishers [Peachtree Publishers]
Smith, Alex T
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 05, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
"Claude" is sixth in a series of books about a beret-wearing dog who visits the country. The stories are light, whimsical, which I think will delight early readers. Illustrations, in reds and black/grey, match the mood of the text. High lexile for the series: 700-800 range.
Another Me
TUNDRA BOOKS [TUNDRA BOOKS]
Wiseman, Eva
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
7th grade to 9th grade
February 05, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
This story takes place in 14th century Strasbourg, France. Natan is a Jew whose father is in the rag trade. Natan helps his father in his business, looks out for his younger brother, studies the Torah and feels a growing attraction to Elena, a Gentile master draper's daughter. But this is not a good time for the Jews. Natan is murdered as he comes across Christians who are contaminating the town well, bringing the Plague to their city and planning to blame the Jews. His soul inhabits Hans, an apprentice to the master draper through the mystics of the ibbur--a righteous soul that can enter the body of another to complete a task. Multiple characters tell the story from their own viewpoints. Anmeister Schwarber, an actual 14th century mayor of Strasbourg is a possible savior to the Jews, but may also lead them to their death. This dark and tense fantasy is based on actual history of Strasbourg. Canadian author Eva Wiseman has received awards from Canadian Jewish Book Award, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People and others for her previous books.
Good, The Bad, And The Beagle
Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr) [Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr)]
Burns, Catherine Lloyd
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
February 05, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
Spunky Zelly Fried has moved to Vermont where she is starting to fit in with a new school, new friends, and now has a new dog named Ace. Not only is the dog in need of training, she is dealing with the antics of her newly widowed grandfather, "Grandpa Ace." Grand Ace is starting in on a new social life, juggling three girlfriends at the same time. Dog Ave is flunking out of doggy kindergarten. This is a humorous and out of control "typical Jewish" family story that is a companion book to "When Life Gives You O.J."
Books Do Not Have Wings
SLEEPING BEAR PRESS [SLEEPING BEAR PRESS]
Barnes, Brynne
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
All ages
February 05, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Brynne Barnes has written a beautiful and evocative poem showing how books are more than paper and words. They can transport. They can transcend. They can enlighten. They can carry you away into other worlds of imagination. The poem is lyrical and warm. The illustrations by Brazilian, Rogerio Coelho, are truly amazing, filled with wonderful details and quirky perspectives as two children explore whimsical new worlds, and make new friends, all through the spirit of a book. This merits reading, and re-reading, and close examination. It's gorgeous. I wouldn't be surprised if it showed up on awards lists. However, its beauty and ethereal quality may not appeal to the picture book crowd as much as it will to the adults who serve them.
Cow Said Meow
HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR) [HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR)]
Himmelman, John
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
February 05, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
In this amusing nearly wordless picture book it is raining. A little old lady with thick-lensed glasses hears her cat say "meow" outside and lets her in. However, the cow is passing buy and truly hates the rain, so she goes to the door with her own "meow" and gains entry with a purr. The pig happens to notice and dislikes the rain as well. Another "meow" and the pig is inside as well, and so it goes. Animal after animal uses the "meow" strategy, though it starts to break down until they are all evicted. Then they notice that the dog gets in with a bark. Hmmmm. Everything here depends on the hilarious illustrations and leaves plenty of room for inference and prediction. Children will giggle as they see the strategy in play. This is a fun book that children will enjoy.
Hill & Hole Are Best Friends
FEIWEL AND FRIENDS [FEIWEL AND FRIENDS]
Mewburn, Kyle
Unka, Vasanti
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
February 05, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Hill and Hole are best friends. Hill sees the sun rise, and Hole feels the earth breathing. They are both happy... for a while. Then each wishes to experience what the other has. They get a mole to do some digging so they switch places. Now the former Hole can see the sunrise, and the former Hill can feel the earth breath and they are both happy...for a while. When they ask the wind to change them back it does the best job it can, but now they are both part of a flat plain where they can both see the sunrise, and feel the earth breath. They're happy...for now. This is a rather existential book with a quirky and subtle sense of humor that may be beyond the very young audience it appears aimed at. The illustrations by Vasanti Unka are wonderful, with bold curves and wonderful textured colors. This will win awards, but will it get checked out?
Emerson Barks
HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR) [HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR)]
Woodruff, Liza
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
February 05, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Emerson is a little yippy dog. He barks at everything in the neighborhood. Folks endure him and he is happy. However, one day he barks at the neighbor's cat and she runs away. Now Emerson is in disgrace and told not to bark at all. Holding those barks in makes his stomach hurt, and is almost more than he can bear. Finally he has to let it out. Fortunately this time his barking has a purpose and all ends well. This is a humorous book that will definitely call to that loquacious child who has difficulty holding his tongue. The watercolor and ink illustrations are filled with humorous details that will tickle close observers. No, there's no big message here, but it is a fun story.
Dolphins
CHILDS WORLD [CHILDS WORLD]
Laughlin, Kara L
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
2nd grade to 4th grade
February 05, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "In the Deep Blue Sea" series, this sturdy 24 page book introduces young readers to the basics about dolphins. Readers learn about dolphin anatomy, echolocation, life cycle, and family groups. Dolphin intelligence is highlighted. Crisp photographs accompany the text and fact circles abound. The book includes an index, glossary, and bibliography. This is an attractive book that will entice young readers.
Big Monster Snorey Book
Nosy Crow [NOSY CROW]
Hodgkinson, Leigh
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
February 05, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Big monsters snooze in this large format picture book. But what is that? A very small monster is recording their unusual snores. He will put them to good use later, when his own life is at risk. This is a very simple book, with imaginative colorful illustrations. It's obviously designed to be read aloud, and children will love hearing the reader do all the unique snores. It's slight, but fun.
My Name Is Not Friday
David Fickling Books [David Fickling Books]
Walter, Jon
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
5th grade to 8th grade
February 05, 2017
Tucker, Merrilyn
Samuel and his younger brother, Joshua, are being raised in the South in an orphanage during the Civil War. Although they are African American, they are free people due to the orphanage's protection. One day, Samuel takes the blame for a wrong he did not commit and is sent away. Eventually, he is renamed "Friday," sold at auction to a plantation owner, and from there on lives as a slave. When the Yankees liberate the slaves, Samuel finds his brother and discovers the truth behind the crime and the criminal that sent him away in the first place. A very readable story notwithstanding the gruesome realities of slave life. Parts of the story seem like afterthoughts. Many coincidences give this tale a less-than-real feeling. Still, it is a good read and I would not hesitate to suggest it for students studying the Civil War.
Creeping Caterpillars
LERNER PUBLICATIONS COMPANY [LERNER PUBLICATIONS COMPANY]
Nelson, Robin
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
February 05, 2017
Fisk, Rhetta
"Creeping Caterpillars" is one in a series of First Steps Nonfiction books that include coackroaches, dragonflies, fireflies, snails, centipedes, spiders, and earthworms. It uses words like squishy,beady (eyes), and "crunch, crunch, crunch" which, to this reader, seem make the information more subjective and less straight facts. Good photographs, large print, colored headings, table of contents, glossary and index make this a beginning resource for primary readers. 440 lexile.
Quiero Ser Dentista
FIREFLY BOOKS [FIREFLY BOOKS]
Liebman, Dan
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 06, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "I Want To Be A..." series this sturdy 24-page book introduces young readers to the occupation of dentist. It is the Spanish-language version of "I Want to be a Dentist. Each page is filled with a photograph, with a white text box providing information. Readers learn what a dentist does, and a little bit about teeth. Dentistry tools and education are briefly examined. Orthodontists and hygienists are mentioned as is basic dental care.This is an upbeat book that provides basic information. It includes no standard text features but, for its length, those are hardly necessary.
I Want To Be A Dentist
FIREFLY BOOKS [FIREFLY BOOKS]
Liebman, Dan
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 06, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "I Want To Be A..." series this sturdy 24-page book introduces young readers to the occupation of dentist. Each page is filled with a photograph, with a white text box providing information. Readers learn what a dentist does, and a little bit about teeth. Dentistry tools and education are briefly examined. Orthodontists and hygienists are mentioned as is basic dental care.This is an upbeat book that provides basic information. It includes no standard text features but, for its length, those are hardly necessary.
Move-Along Nursery Rhymes
CHILDRENS PRESS [CHILDRENS PRESS]
Huliska-Beith,laura
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
February 06, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
This very large format paperback big book contains 3 nursery rhymes, with big bright illustrations. "Jack and Jill", "Little Miss Muffet" and "Little Boy Blue" are each presented over several pages in this Rookie Read Aloud. Each poem has a QR code leading to a website where the poem is read aloud. This is a clever idea and extends the usability of the book which would be good for sharing with preschoolers or kindergarteners.
Quiero Ser Granjero
FIREFLY BOOKS [FIREFLY BOOKS]
Liebman, Dan
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 06, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "I Want to be a..." series, this 24-page book introduces young readers to the occupation of farmer. Much of the work around a typical farm is shown, with farm children doing those jobs which would naturally fall to them. This is the Spanish-language version of "I Want to Be a Farmer." Each page is filled with a photograph and a white text box containing explanatory information. Animals, machines, and crops are all briefly mentioned. The book contains no text features to speak of, but hardly needs any with its short length. This might be a good choice to read to kindergarteners before taking them to the fair.
I Want To Be A Farmer
FIREFLY BOOKS [FIREFLY BOOKS]
Liebman, Dan
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 06, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "I Want to be a..." series, this 24-page book introduces young readers to the occupation of farmer. Much of the work around a typical farm is shown, with farm children doing those jobs which would naturally fall to them. Each page is filled with a photograph, and includes a white text box containing explanatory information. Animals, machines, and crops are all briefly mentioned. The book contains no text features to speak of, but hardly needs any with its short length. This might be a good choice to read to kindergarteners before taking them to the fair.
Quiero Ser Cientifico
FIREFLY BOOKS [FIREFLY BOOKS]
Liebman, Dan
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 06, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "I Want To Be A..." series this sturdy 24-page book introduces young readers to the many of the types of jobs that scientists do. This is the Spanish-language version of "I Want to Be a Scientist." Each page is filled with a photograph, with a white text box providing information about a particular field of science and what the scientist is called who works in that field. Readers get a chance to see that science jobs range from biologists to those who work in robotics. Both male and female scientists, of various ethnic backgrounds, are shown. This is a book that provides basic information. It includes no standard text features but, for its length, those are hardly necessary.
I Want To Be A Scientist
FIREFLY BOOKS [FIREFLY BOOKS]
Liebman, Dan
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 06, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "I Want To Be A..." series this sturdy 24-page book introduces young readers to the many of the types of jobs that scientists do. Each page is filled with a photograph, with a white text box providing information about a particular field of science and what the scientist is called who works in that field. Readers get a chance to see that science jobs range from biologists to those who work in robotics. Both male and female scientists, of various ethnic backgrounds, are shown. This is a book that provides basic information. It includes no standard text features but, for its length, those are hardly necessary.
I Like Pit Bulls!
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Bozzo, Linda
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 06, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "Discover Dogs With the American Canine Association" series, this 24 page book gives young readers a quick look at pit bulls as pets. Readers are given information about the dog's size, whether an adult or a puppy would be appropriate, and the care of their new pet. Exercise, food, supplies, grooming, personality, life span, and vet care are all very briefly covered. The book ends with a note to parents about neutering or spaying the pet, and looking at animal shelters and rescue groups for pet acquisition. The only mention made of the animal's sometimes aggressive nature is to advise it be kept from small children. Almost identical short glossaries and website lists are found in each book in the series, as well as a short bibliography and index. There's not a lot of information here, but it's an introduction. The books are clearly written to a formula with few differences between books except for photographs and breed specific information. Nevertheless, the crisp photographs and easy reading text will entice young readers.
I Like Dalmatians!
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Bozzo, Linda
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 06, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "Discover Dogs With the American Canine Association" series, this 24 page book gives young readers a quick look at dalmatians as pets. Readers are given information about the dog's size, whether an adult or a puppy would be appropriate, and the care of their new pet. Exercise, food, supplies, grooming, personality, life span, and vet care are all very briefly covered. The book ends with a note to parents about neutering or spaying the pet, and looking at animal shelters and rescue groups for pet acquisition. Almost identical short glossaries and website lists are found in each book in the series, as well as a short bibliography and index. There's not a lot of information here, but it's an introduction. The books are clearly written to a formula with few differences between books except for photographs and breed specific information. Nevertheless, the crisp photographs and easy reading text will entice young readers.
I Like Labradoodles!
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Bozzo, Linda
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 06, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "Discover Dogs With the American Canine Association" series, this 24 page book gives young readers a quick look at lanbradoodles as pets. Readers are given information about the dog's size, whether an adult or a puppy would be appropriate, and the care of their new pet. Exercise, food, supplies, grooming, personality, life span, and vet care are all very briefly covered. The book ends with a note to parents about neutering or spaying the pet, and looking at animal shelters and rescue groups for pet acquisition. Almost identical short glossaries and website lists are found in each book in the series, as well as a short bibliography and index. There's not a lot of information here, but it's an introduction. The books are clearly written to a formula with few differences between books except for photographs and breed specific information. Nevertheless, the crisp photographs and easy reading text will entice young readers.
I Like Yorkshire Terriers!
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Bozzo, Linda
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 06, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "Discover Dogs With the American Canine Association" series, this 24 page book gives young readers a quick look at Yorkshire terriers as pets. Readers are given information about the dog's size, whether an adult or a puppy would be appropriate, and the care of their new pet. Exercise, food, supplies, grooming, personality, life span, and vet care are all very briefly covered. The book ends with a note to parents about neutering or spaying the pet, and looking at animal shelters and rescue groups for pet acquisition. Almost identical short glossaries and website lists are found in each book in the series, as well as a short bibliography and index. There's not a lot of information here, but it's an introduction. The books are clearly written to a formula with few differences between books except for photographs and breed specific information. Nevertheless, the crisp photographs and easy reading text will entice young readers.
Groovy Joe : Ice Cream & Dinosaurs
Orchard Books (Scholastic) [Orchard Books (Scholastic)]
Litwin, Eric
Litchtenheld, Tom
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
February 06, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Groovy Joe is a dog who loves strumming his guitar, and eating doggy ice cream. In fact, he's so enamored of his ice cream that he must put his enthusiasm into song. But wait...what's that stomping through the door? A dinosaur!?! What is Joe going to do? Share. of course! This pattern repeats itself as more dinosaurs show up. But what will Joe do when the ice cream is gone? Turn the tub into a drum, of course. This is a high-action, very repetitive book about sharing that begs to be read aloud. Let's face it--it's basically Pete the Cat, with ice cream, a dog, and dinosaurs. Then why isn't it more popular? I've had this book in my library right next to the Pete books, and it just sits there. Sigh. Great pictures and fun repetition would make it a good choice for story time, and maybe that's the way to get students to check it out.
I Like French Bulldogs!
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Bozzo, Linda
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 06, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "Discover Dogs With the American Canine Association" series, this 24 page book gives young readers a quick look at French bulldogs as pets. Readers are given information about the dog's size, whether an adult or a puppy would be appropriate, and the care of their new pet. Exercise, food, supplies, grooming, personality, life span, and vet care are all very briefly covered. The book ends with a note to parents about neutering or spaying the pet, and looking at animal shelters and rescue groups for pet acquisition. Almost identical short glossaries and website lists are found in each book in the series, as well as a short bibliography and index. There's not a lot of information here, but it's an introduction. The books are clearly written to a formula with few differences between books except for photographs and breed specific information. Nevertheless, the crisp photographs and easy reading text will entice young readers.
Finding Perfect
Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr) [Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr)]
Swartz, Elly
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
5th grade to 8th grade
February 06, 2017
Tucker, Merrilyn
Molly, a middle school student, is upset about her mother leaving Molly and her two siblings under the sole charge of their father. Mother moved to Canada for her job and, even though she has promised to return in a year, Molly is not convinced. She begins to worry about every little thing and soon sends herself into a tailspin, thinking that if her life isn't perfect, then her little brother will die. Molly goes online to research what is making her "crazy," and realizes that she has developed Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. For a while, she tries to keep it hidden from her friends and family. Finally, a breakdown on the poetry slam stage convinces Molly that she needs help and to get help, she needs to let the people who love her know how deeply she's been suffering. I admire the author for so thoroughly researching the topic of OCD; I learned much about this, including that it is hereditary. This will be a topic of interest for middle school girls; they very well may have (or know someone who has) this disorder. The subtopics of the complexities of friendship and family, of light romance, and school will attract readers as well.
Jingle
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Korman, Gordon
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
3rd grade to 5th grade
February 07, 2017
Williams, Karen I.
".....Dear Elf, Thank you for volunteering to participate in Cedarville's annual Santa's Workshop Holiday Spectacular." Christmas time story about the middle school gang in the Swindle mystery series. Fans will enjoy this tale about the kids dressed up as elves for the town celebration at the Colchester estate. Most were volunteered along with the grandson of Charles Colchester. Hired to play Santa is a Harley-Davidson biker who is working so to pay off gambling debts. Logan is trying to get into the good graces of Mrs.Yvette Boucle, director of the North Shore Players by being kind to her daughter, Tiffany, who is also an elf. Ben's Ferret Face is present in the tight elf costume. Savannah and her Doberman pinscher, and the rest of the gang are present when the lights go out so that everyone must evacuate the great hall. But when they return, they discover that the shining Star of Prague, a priceless heirloom worth about $10 million is missing. Everyone is a suspect. Griffin Bing "The Man with a Plan" tries to to solve the crime and after several wrong attempts that put the group individually grounded, the real culprit is found and the Star returned. Who did it? Why? Read "Jingle" to find out! Eighth in the series.
Space Boy And The Space Pirate
Boyds Mills Press [Boyds Mills Press]
Regan, Dian Curtis
Neubecker, Robert
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
February 07, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Space Boy, his robot, and his dog have amazing imaginary adventures in his cardboard space ship. However, when his sister gets involved all bets are off. Bright page-filling illustrations with a large format graphic novel feel accompany the story, which is a sequel to "Space Boy and His Dog." Adventure, treachery, and backyard play-time all combine for a fun story that celebrates imaginative play.
Are Pirates Polite?
Orchard Books (Scholastic) [Orchard Books (Scholastic)]
Demas, Corinne
Catrow, David
Highly Recommended -- Superior book everyone should buy.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 07, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Are pirates polite? Why, of course they are matey! They always say "please" and they're never ingrate-y. They knock before entering, use quiet voices. They're always good friends and they don't make foul noises. At least that is what the two authors both say. Catrow's illustrations show things aren't that way. His pirates are nose-pickers, butt-kickers, rude. They smile as they do everything that is crude. The prim prose says one thing, the pictures another. The readers will have lots of giggles to smother.
Hungry Bird
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Tankard, Jeremy
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
February 07, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Bird is on a hike with his woodland friends. However, he is unprepared. His tummy is rumbling. What did his friends bring to eat? Berries, branches, sandwiches? ICK! Bird is going to DIE of hunger. He languishes on the ground as his friends keep moving. His melodramatic announcement of imminent death is ignored by friends who have clearly seen this before. Finally he endures their food choices. Now what did they bring to drink? This is a simple but delightful book with big, boldly outlined illustrations. It is perfectly aimed at a preschool/K crowd, and will also make parents and teachers hide their smiles of recognition.
With Dad, It's Like That
ALBERT WHITMAN & COMPANY [ALBERT WHITMAN & COMPANY]
Brun-Cosme, Nadine
Le Huche, Magali
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
February 07, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Mom's out, and Daddy's in charge. However, his young daughter is critiquing his performance and he is not doing things like Mom would. Informed of his transgressions, Dad steps up his game but still doesn't do things like Mom because he's not Mom. He's Dad, and he has his own style. This is a joyous celebration of fathers and daughters and relishing the differences in parenting styles. The bold illustrations by Magali Le Huche are energetic and fun. This would be a good Father's Day read-aloud.
Boy Who Said Nonsense
ALBERT WHITMAN & COMPANY [ALBERT WHITMAN & COMPANY]
Chernesky, Felicia Sanza
Anderson, Nicola
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 07, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
A family finds a baby in a pumpkin patch and they name him Tate. He's an unusual child, who loves numbers but doesn't always fit in well. Sometimes he seems to be speaking nonsense. However, when the family goes to sell their pumpkins at the market it is Tate's savant math skills that save the day. Nicola Anderson's delightful and expressive digital illustrations show a Latino family in a small community finding joy in a child who is different. On first reading the story seems slight and silly, but further reflection provides the insight that there are children who see the world differently who still contribute in their own unique way.
Cats : Questions And Answers
Pebble Plus/capstone Press [Pebble Plus/capstone Press]
Gardeski, Christina Mia
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 07, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "Pet Questions and Answers" series, this well-bound Pebble Plus book features big, crisp photographs of cats facing a page of text. Each text page features a question, such as "Why do cats meow?" and then provides an answer in a clear and readable fashion. Bright colors, appealing graphics, and interesting information will make this a fun browsing book for cat lovers.
Are Aliens Real?
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Summers, Portia
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
February 07, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "I Want to Know" series, this 32-page book addresses the subjects of aliens and UFOs. Are they real? First the concept is explained and examples of unusual or unexplainable events are presented. the book points out that most scientists agree that life must exist elsewhere in the universe. Still, are we being visited? The book presents facts, debunks some common myths, provides possible explanations, then leaves it up to the reader. The book includes an index, glossary, website list, and bibliography. Weird photos abound. This tries very hard to walk a thin line between nonfiction and speculation. Still, this subject is ever popular, and the cover is sure to draw readers in. They might be disappointed, however, to find that the title question isn't answered...nor can it be.
Morning To Polish And Keep
RED DEER PRESS [RED DEER PRESS]
Lawson, Julie
Ordonez, Miguel
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 07, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
It's early morning and a family is going fishing on the ocean. When Amy loses not only her fish, but her rod, as orcas appear, she is downhearted. However, a later surprise makes everything right and they'll have salmon for dinner. This is a gentle story of family togetherness. The author uses plenty of sensory devices to bring the reader into the experience--hearing the gulls and smelling the sea. Sheena Lott's splashy watercolor illustrations are perfectly suited to the text. This reminds me of "A Morning in Maine." The book was originally published in 1992, and reissued in 2015.
Hypothesis, Theory, Law
ROURKE EDUCATIONAL MEDIA [ROURKE EDUCATIONAL MEDIA]
Duke, Shriley
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
5th grade to 8th grade
February 07, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
What is a science fact? How about a hypothesis, theory, or law? This thoughtful, well-presented book clearly defines the terms, giving plenty of examples and showing how one builds on the other. I especially appreciated the author's pointing out that these things change as our knowledge grows. Famous scientists are highlighted. Photographs abound. This is an excellent resource for those who wish to clearly define the terms.
One World Trade Center
Scobre Press [Scobre Press]
Kaur, Ramandeep
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
February 07, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "How Did They Build That?" series, this well-written 32-page book focuses on One World Trade Center, also known as The Freedom Tower, built after the fall of the Twin Towers on 9/11. The book provides background information about the tragedy, then plenty of facts about how the new building was designed, what materials went into it, and the safety features that were added. Similar structures are highlighted. Firms that occupy the building are mentioned. A glossary is included. This is a solid, well-researched book that might appeal to those who are interested in architecture.
Surprise For Teresita = Una Sorpresa Para Teresita
PINATA BOOKS [PINATA BOOKS]
Sanchez-Korrol, Virginia
Flores, Carolyn Dee
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 07, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Pinata Books is a publisher that sees a need and fills it. We really do need more bilingual Spanish/English picture books. In this story Teresita is having a birthday and has been told her uncle will be bringing her a special present. He sells snow cones from a cart, and she's is anxiously awaiting his arrival on a hot summer day. In the meantime she enjoys inner city neighborhood life--jumping rope, seeing kids play in the water from the hydrant, watering plants on the fire escape. Her uncle arrives on the last few pages of the book to present her with a kitten that she names Piragua and Teresita is happy. Unfortunately, while well-intentioned, the story strives too hard to provide a slice-of-life picture of daily life, and has way too little plot. The illustrations are clearly a labor of love, but are not going to attract young children. The text is presented in both Spanish and English, which is great, but I wish the whole package were more enticing.
Miss Muffet, Or What Came After
CLARION [CLARION]
Singer, Marilyn
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Professional
February 07, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
I love Marilyn Singer's poetry. She's amazing. In this book she takes the nursery rhyme about Miss Muffet, mashes it up with other nursery rhymes, puts the whole thing into rhyme, includes a chorus, and creates an interesting plot. Miss Muffet is misunderstood by her parents. Her mother wants her to go shopping. Her father collects insects and has his eye out for a very particular spider. He has expectations of his daughter as well. Miss Muffet? She wants to play the fiddle. When she and the spider team up, they go off on an adventure that has them meeting a few other nursery rhyme characters and eventually ending up at Old King Cole's court. The poetry is laughable and lilting, changing rhythms and patterns with different characters. (Practice before reading aloud.) It's all very clever, and David Litchfield's humorous illustrations suit it well. This is sure to win awards. However, the text is very dense, with a lot going on. The author uses big, rich words. This is great for adults, but this book is over the head of the picture book crowd. I'd still buy it and put it in the poetry section.
Sky Stirs Up Trouble : Tornadoes
MILLBROOK PRESS (HARD) [MILLBROOK PRESS (HARD)]
Jensen, Belinda
Kurilla, Renee
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 07, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "Bel the Weather Girl" series, this well-bound 24-page book shows a family in the midst of a tornado warning. Dylan is scared, but his cousin Bel knows the facts, which is reassuring. They know what to do in case of a tornado warning, They have the right supplies, and they follow instructions. After the warning is over Bel's mother helps the children make a tornado cake, showing how the cake only turns out if you have all the right ingredients, mixed correctly, just as a tornado only forms when you have all the right ingredients, mixed correctly. The book ends with a cake recipe. For those living in tornado-prone areas this is a reassuring volume.
Death Drop
ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS [ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS]
Jackson, Melanie
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
6th grade to 12th grade
February 08, 2017
Dame, Anne
Zeke is a bit early for baseball practice - which is right across the street from Vancouver's newest thrill ride: The Death Drop. He doesn't want to be late but he does want to check out what all the hype is about. Before he can consciously choose, however, he gets caught up in a mystery involving a missing little girl, a priceless work of art, and of course the death drop itself. Savvy readers will have the mystery solved long before the end of the book, but it is a good hi-lo read nonetheless.
Science Fair Projects About Weather
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Gardner, Robert
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
February 09, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "Hands-On Science" series, this 48 page book takes young scientists into the field of meteorology. A quick introduction explains the basics, and provides solid advice about entering science fairs, including safety information. Ten experiments follow including a list of needed supplies, Readers are urged to form a hypothesis, then given instructions on investigating that hypothesis. Each experiment ends with an explanation, and ideas for science fair projects based on the principle. There's an index, bibliography, website list, and glossary. Clear illustrations and bright graphics make this an eye-pleaser, What I liked most was the way the book invited readers to explore the topic, and be creative. I also appreciated that these were not exotic experiments, but ones that explain things common in our world, mostly using readily-available objects.
Science Fair Projects About Planet Earth
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Gardner, Robert
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
February 09, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "Hands-On Science" series, this 48 page book introduces young scientists to the planet on which they live. A quick introduction explains the basics, and provides solid advice about entering science fairs, including safety information. Ten experiments follow including a list of needed supplies, Readers are urged to form a hypothesis, then given instructions on investigating that hypothesis. Each experiment ends with an explanation, and ideas for science fair projects based on the principle. There's an index, bibliography, website list, and glossary. Clear illustrations and bright graphics make this an eye-pleaser, Volcanoes, plate tectonics, earthquakes and more are considered. What I liked most was the way the book invited readers to explore the topic, and be creative. I also appreciated that these were not exotic experiments, but ones that explain things common in our world, mostly using readily-available objects.
Science Fair Projects About Water And Soil
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Gardner, Robert
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
February 09, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "Hands-On Science" series, this 48 page book lets young scientists take a closer look at water and soil. A quick introduction explains the basics, and provides solid advice about entering science fairs, including safety information. Ten experiments follow including a list of needed supplies, Readers are urged to form a hypothesis, then given instructions on investigating that hypothesis. Each experiment ends with an explanation, and ideas for science fair projects based on the principle. There's an index, bibliography, website list, and glossary. Clear illustrations and bright graphics make this an eye-pleaser, In this book readers are encouraged to explore soil, aquifers, capillary action and more. What I liked most was the way the book invited readers to explore the topic, and be creative. I also appreciated that these were not exotic experiments, but ones that explain things common in our world, mostly using readily-available materials.
Science Fair Projects About The Atmosphere
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Gardner, Robert
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
February 09, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "Hands-On Science" series, this 48 page book lets young scientists take a closer look at Earth's atmosphere. A quick introduction explains the basics, and provides solid advice about entering science fairs, including safety information. Ten experiments follow including a list of needed supplies, Readers are urged to form a hypothesis, then given instructions on investigating that hypothesis. Each experiment ends with an explanation, and ideas for science fair projects based on the principle. There's an index, bibliography, website list, and glossary. Clear illustrations and bright graphics make this an eye-pleaser, In this book readers are encouraged to explore color, clouds, stars, and air. What I liked most was the way the book invited readers to explore the topic, and be creative. I also appreciated that these were not exotic experiments, but ones that explain things common in our world, mostly using readily-available materials.
Science Fair Projects About The Sun And The Moon
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Gardner, Robert
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
February 09, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "Hands-On Science" series, this 48 page book lets young scientists take a closer look at the sun and the moon. A quick introduction explains the basics, and provides solid advice about entering science fairs, including safety information. Ten experiments follow including a list of needed supplies, Readers are urged to form a hypothesis, then given instructions on investigating that hypothesis. Each experiment ends with an explanation, and ideas for science fair projects based on the principle. There's an index, bibliography, website list, and glossary. Clear illustrations and bright graphics make this an eye-pleaser, In this book readers are encouraged to explore seasons, shadows, heat, color, phases of the moon and more. What I liked most was the way the book invited readers to explore the topic, and be creative. I also appreciated that these were not exotic experiments, but ones that explain things common in our world, mostly using readily-available materials. One problem--it introduces an analemma, and says to build a sundial using a gnomon, but neither word appears in the glossary. I had to look up gnomon on the internet.
Animals By The Numbers : A Book Of Infographics
Hmh Books For Young Readers [Hmh Books For Young Readers]
Jenkins, Steve
Highly Recommended -- Superior book everyone should buy.
All ages
February 09, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Let's face it, some things are easier to understand in a visual format. Steve Jenkins has always appreciated that, hence the incredible illustrations that pepper his nonfiction books. This book, however, takes it a step farther. It contains animal infographics--statistical information about animals presented in a variety of formats--charts, graphs, tables, timelines. Readers get a general overview in a quick glance, then will feel compelled to take a closer look at the specifics offered in this format. It's truly fascinating and gives a wonderful feeling of scope. Additional information about some of the animals is included, along with terrific Jenkins illustrations. There is information here about animal classifications, species, size, biomass, speed, migrations, endangered status, and more. This is the sort of book you pore over, marveling at how facts compare when stacked up side by side. Every library should have a copy.
SWAT Team Member
BELLWETHER MEDIA [BELLWETHER MEDIA]
Perish, Patrick
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
3rd grade to 5th grade
February 09, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
Part of the "Dangerous Jobs" series, this 24 page book offers basic information about being a SWAT officer. Readers learn how a SWAT team might help, what SWAT stands for (Special Weapons and Tactics), training, and the risk involved. Color photographs are found throughout, many (but not all) are captioned. Only males are pictured and most photos contain weapons. The text is engaging and supported by a few additional text boxes. The book has a table of contents, index, glossary, and bibliography. Web resources are provided through the publisher's website.
Marco Polo
Abdo Zoom [Abdo Zoom]
Strand, Jennifer
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 10, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
This 24 page biography is part of the "Zoom In On Pioneering Explorers" series. The book looks at the life of explorer, Marco Polo. Each two page spread contains a few simple sentences and illustrations. We learn about his travels to China and how he inspired others to explore. The book is complete with a table of contents, quick stats, timeline, glossary, and index. Web resources are provided through the publisher's website. This would be a great book for early readers beginning to explore biographies or for older students who might need a basic overview of this man. A good purchase if you have the budget and need.
Anders Celsius
Super Sandcastle/abdo [Super Sandcastle/abdo]
Gordon, Fernando
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
2nd grade to 4th grade
February 10, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
Part of the "Scientists At Work" series, this 24 page biography focuses on the life of Anders Celsius. Each chapter is two pages and covers an aspect of his life in simple and informative sentences. We learn about his early life, education, study of the Aurora Borealis, and his development of the centigrade temperature scale (later renamed in his honor as Celcius). Photographs, illustrations, and maps help guide the reader. The book is complete with a table of contents, glossary, and three question quiz. There is no index (although with simple chapters, the contents would serve this purpose), bibliography, and timeline. This would be a great entry level biography for classroom projects.
Maurice Sendak
Abdo Zoom [Abdo Zoom]
Strand, Jennifer
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 10, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
Part of the "Zoom In On Amazing Authors" series, this 24 page, basic, biography explores the life of "Where the Wild Things Are" author, Maurice Sendak. The reader will learn about his childhood, his rise to fame, and legacy. The text is presented in a few sentences across two page spreads that include illustrations/photographs. The book has a table of contents, stat page, timeline, glossary, and index. Web resources are provided through the publisher's website. The book would be used during an author study or for a beginning biography study.
Lewis And Clark
Abdo Zoom [Abdo Zoom]
Strand, Jennifer
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 10, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
Part of the "Zoom In On Explorers" series, this 24 page book looks at American explorers, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Each two page spread contains a few simple sentences and illustrations. The reader will learn where they grew up, the expedition they went on, and their death. The book has a table of contents, glossary, stat page, timeline, and index. Web resources are provided through the publisher's website. While not meaty enough to serve for biographical research, it will be accessible to new readers learning about these explorers and provides a simple overview for older students. Purchase if you have the budget and need.
Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Abdo Zoom [Abdo Zoom]
Strand, Jennifer
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 10, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
Part of the "Zoom In On Trailblazing Athletes" series, this simple, 24 page biography explores the life of golfer, Babe Didrikson Zaharias. Each two page spread contains a few simple sentences and a photograph. We learn about the basics of her life, including sports she played other than golf, her influence on golf (including the LPGA), and basic life facts. The book has a table of contents, quick facts page, timeline, glossary, and index. Web resources are available through the publisher's website. This is a strong book that will serve students who are just beginning biographical study.
Dallas Cowboys
Buddy Books/abdo [Buddy Books/abdo]
Zappa, Marcia
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
3rd grade to 5th grade
February 10, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
This 32 page book is part of the "NFL's Greatest Teams" series. The book explores the self-coined "America's Team," the Dallas (TX) Cowboys. Readers will learn how the team started over 50 years ago. The championship years are mentioned. The middle spread contains a "stat break," filled with information usually found in the end matter. The book's last half looks at coaches, players, and AT&T Stadium. We also learn their mascot, "Rowdy". Color photographs are captioned and found throughout the book. The book has a table of contents, timeline, four question quiz, glossary, and index. Web resources can be found on the publisher's website. Every season this book will become more out of date making this an additional purchase. This book will delight young football fans wanting to know more about one of the National Football League's storied franchises.
New England Patriots
Buddy Books/abdo [Buddy Books/abdo]
Zappa, Marcia
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
3rd grade to 5th grade
February 10, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
This 32 page book is part of the "NFL's Greatest Teams" series. The book describes the New England Patriots through 2010. Readers will learn how the team started in 1960 as the Boston Patriots, changed their name to "New England" when they moved out of the city, and rose to become one of the NFL's most popular teams. The championship years are mentioned. The middle spread contains a "stat break," filled with information usually found in the end matter. The book's last half looks at coaches, players, and Gillette Stadium. We also learn how the "End Zone Militia" and the mascot, Pat Patriot. Color photographs are captioned and found throughout the book. The book has a table of contents, timeline, four question quiz, glossary, and index. Web resources can be found on the publisher's website. While interesting, this book will become more out of date with each passing season. This book will delight young football fans wanting to know more about one of the National Football League's storied franchises.
Miami Dolphins
Buddy Books/abdo [Buddy Books/abdo]
Zappa, Marcia
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
3rd grade to 5th grade
February 10, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
This 32 page book is part of the "NFL's Greatest Teams" series. The book describes Florida's Miami Dolphins through 2013. Readers will learn how the team started in 1966 and rose to become one of the NFL's most popular teams in the 70s and 80s. The championship years are mentioned. The middle spread contains a "stat break," filled with information usually found in the end matter. The book's last half looks at coaches, players, and Sun Life Stadium. We also learn how Flipper, a live dolphin, was used for a mascot from 1966-1968. Color photographs are captioned and found throughout the book. The book has a table of contents, timeline, four question quiz, glossary, and index. Web resources can be found on the publisher's website. While interesting, this book will become more out of date with each passing season. This book will delight young football fans wanting to know more about one of the National Football League's storied franchises.
Pittsburgh Steelers
Buddy Books/abdo [Buddy Books/abdo]
Zappa, Marcia
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
3rd grade to 5th grade
February 10, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
This 32 page book is part of the "NFL's Greatest Teams" series. The book describes Western Pennsylvania's Pittsburgh Steelers through 2009. Readers will learn how the team started in 1933 and rose to become one of the NFL's most popular teams. The championship years are mentioned. The middle spread contains a "stat break," filled with information usually found in the end matter. The book's last half looks at coaches, players, and Heinz Field. We also learn how the "Terrible Towels." Color photographs are captioned and found throughout the book. The book has a table of contents, timeline, four question quiz, glossary, and index. Web resources can be found on the publisher's website. While interesting, this book will become more out of date with each passing season. This book will delight young football fans wanting to know more about one of the National Football League's storied franchises.
San Francisco 49Ers
Buddy Books/abdo [Buddy Books/abdo]
Zappa, Marcia
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
3rd grade to 5th grade
February 10, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
This 32 page book is part of the "NFL's Greatest Teams" series. The book describes California's San Francisco 49ers through 2013. Readers will learn how the team started in 1946 as a member of the All-American Football Conference (AAFC) and then joined the NFL in 1950. They quickly rose to become one of the NFL's most popular teams. The championship years are mentioned. The middle spread contains a "stat break," filled with information usually found in the end matter. The book's last half looks at coaches, players, and Levi Stadium. We also learn their mascot, Sourdough Sam. Color photographs are captioned and found throughout the book. The book has a table of contents, timeline, four question quiz, glossary, and index. Web resources can be found on the publisher's website. While interesting, this book will become more out of date with each passing season. This book will delight young football fans wanting to know more about one of the National Football League's storied franchises.
How Hot Is Hot? : Science Projects With Temperature
Enslow Elementary [Enslow Elementary]
Gardner, Robert
Labaff, Tom
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
February 10, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "Hot Science Experiments" series, this sturdy 48-page book provides young scientists with some solid information, and some interesting experiments, on heat and temperature. First the difference is explained. Students learn three ways heat is measured--Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin. Safety rules are emphasized. 18 experiments follow, ten of which are recommended for science fairs. Many of the experiments build on facts learned from previous experiments, creating a solid foundation of knowledge. A supply list, explanation, and step-by-step instructions are given. The book includes a glossary and index. This is a solid addition to the science shelves, and would be useful for students preparing for science fairs.
Predict It!
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
Smith, Paula
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
February 10, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "Science Sleuths" series, this 24 page paperback clearly provides solid information on scientific prediction. It focuses on recognizing patterns over time and using them to make predictions about what will happen in the future, for example with seasons, or weather. Crisp color photographs show scientists, both old and young, of all ethnic backgrounds. The book includes a bibliography, website list, glossary, and index. This is a clear and cogent approach to an important scientific subject.
Measure It!
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
Sikkens, Crystal
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
February 10, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "Science Sleuths" series, this 24 page paperback Clearly outlines the concept of measurement, as it applies to science and experiments. The author points out that observation is an important part of science, but accurate measurement is vital for good information. Readers then learn about the metric system, measuring flat surfaces, measuring volume, and measuring capacity. Temperature, mass, and using the correct tools for measurement are all examined. Crisp color photographs show children of all ethnic backgrounds as young scientists. The book includes a bibliography, website list, glossary, and index. This is a clear and cogent approach to an important scientific subject.
Making Of Minecraft
Cherry Lake Publishing [Cherry Lake Publishing]
Zeiger, Jennifer
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
All ages
February 10, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "Unofficial Guides" series, this is a clear, interesting look into the innovation process as it applied (and continues to apply) to Minecraft. Readers learn about Markus Persson's early life and career, which led to his game-making. The creation of Minecraft and its growth, user input, and changes, and its acquisition by Microsoft are all examined. There is also speculation about the future of the game--how will it evolve? This is all quite fascinating, to see such a popular game from its inception to the present. Even though the book is not about playing the game, I think enthusiasts of any age will find it interesting. Well-captioned color photographs and standard text features apply.
Megafast Motorcycles
Hungry Tomato [Hungry Tomato]
Farndon, John
Edwards, Mat & Jeremy Pyke
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
6th grade to 12th grade
February 10, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
There are those who LOVE motorcycles. FAST motorcycles. That's the audience for this book. First, readers learn how speed is determined--miles per hour, mach, acceleration. Then the text dives into the fastest motorcycles out there--machines built specifically for speed (most of which are not street bikes). These superbikes are amazing and a facts list on the right-hand side of each two-page spread lists power, acceleration, top speed, type of engine, torque, and price. (You think the speed is high, check out that last number!) From the Dodge Tomahawk to Electric Lightning, seven superbikes are featured. Then there is a little information about dirt bikes and race tracks. The book includes a glossary and index. Action photographs and lots of facts are included here. The small print is a little off-putting, but motorcycle enthusiasts will not complain.
Locket
Magic Wagon [Magic Wagon]
Varley, Dax
Proctor, Jon
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
4th grade to 6th grade
February 10, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
While the readability of this book is probably around 2nd or 3rd grade, the topic is really aimed at an older audience, making this a high-interest, low vocabulary, short chapter book. Book #3 in the "Demon Slayer" series, this follows Max (a demon hunter) as a strange substitute shows up in his class. She has a lock of his missing mother's hair in a locket. She may the only way he can find his mom. However, she is possessed by a demon. When he has to go to after school detention is life is in danger. Will he survive? This is a scary story with equally scary illustrations. It's sure to attract the exact audience it seeks.
Dwayne Johnson
Edge Books/capstone Press [Edge Books/capstone Press]
Jones, Jen
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
5th grade to 8th grade
February 10, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
This 32 page biography is part of the "Hollywood Action Heroes" series and explores the life of actor and former pro-wrestler, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The book basically follows his life chronologically from his 1972 birth in California to his time playing football, then wrestling, and finally his movie stardom. The book is current through 2015. The text is well-written and accompanied by color, captioned photographs and fact boxes. There is a table of contents, glossary, bibliography (web resources provided through the publisher's web page), and index. This book is appealing and will find readers, however, it will be out of date soon as Johnson's career continues. A good purchase if you have the money and need.
Flag Football
CHILDS WORLD [CHILDS WORLD]
Laughlin, Kara L
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 10, 2017
Sonnen, Dave
Part of the "Beginning Sports" series, this 24 page offering looks at flag football. Each "chapter" contains a few sentences and a color photograph (photos show youth, adults, male/female athletes). Photo captions are labeled "fast facts." We learn how the game is played, equipment, and scoring. The book has a table of contents, glossary, bibliography (web resources are provided through the publisher's website), author information and index. A good purchase for the younger set as they can read about a game they could play (and might play in PE).
Universe, Black Holes, And The Big Bang
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
Gifford, Clive
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
February 11, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Looking at the title you can see that this 32-page paperback book has high aspirations. Does it meet them? Well, it introduces young readers to the universe, its possible origin, black holes, galaxies, dark matter, possible aliens, and more. As you can imagine, nothing is examined in depth. However, the cool graphics, plethora of fact boxes in bright colors, enthusiastic text, and fast-paced nature of the book makes it fun for browsing and for getting a quick overview of a wide range of astronomical topics. The book includes an index, glossary, and bibliography. It's a lot of fun and would appeal to astronomy fans. However, this book focuses on breadth not depth, so it wouldn't be a great resource for report-writing.
Model It!
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
Johnson, Robin
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
4th grade to 6th grade
February 11, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Some things are hard to observe using our normal senses--they're too large, or too small, or too far away. Models, however, allow us to examine them closely, draw conclusions, and try out theories. That is the focus of this "Science Sleuths" paperback. The book examines why scientists use models, various types of models, and how models can show systems in action. Crisp photographs show young scientists of many ethnic backgrounds working with a wide range of models. Clear, informative text draws the reader in and fact boxes and thought questions abound. The book includes a short glossary, index, bibliography and website list. This whole series is a good choice for budding scientists.
Creatures Close Up
FIREFLY BOOKS [FIREFLY BOOKS]
Watts, Gillian
Watts, Gillian
Highly Recommended -- Superior book everyone should buy.
All ages
February 11, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Wow, and again, WOW! Phillippe Martin has created a photographic technique that allows him to get crisp clarity with very small subjects. He has used this on insects, spiders, birds, moths, and more in this extraordinary book. First, an explanation of the technique is provided. What follows are pages of exquisite photographs with a brief paragraph of information. The information is interesting, but the photographs are what make the book. You'll pore over them again and again, picking out unique details and being overwhelmed by the intricate beautify of that small world. The book includes an index, but it's really best for casual browsing.
Are Mermaids Real?
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Summers, Portia
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
February 11, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "I Want To Know" series, this 32-page book explores an ever-popular subject--mermaids. Are they real? The book delves into mermaid legends and folklore. Stories of mariners sighting mermaids are presented. Possible explanations are provided. Readers are left to draw their own conclusions. The book is filled with illustrations, artwork, photographs, and maps. It includes a bibliography, website list, and index. Be aware, this is about mermaids so yes, there is the occasional exposed breast (all in classical artwork.) It's sure to be popular due to the subject matter. (Or maybe the nudity...which brings me back to the National Geographic days.)
Are Monsters Real?
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Summers, Portia
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
February 11, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "I Want To Know" series, this 32-page book explores an ever-popular subject--monsters. Are they real? The book briefly delves into all kinds of monster legends and folklore from around the world. Giants, werewolves, vampires, sea monsters, Bigfoot and more are touched upon. Possible explanations are provided. Readers are left to draw their own conclusions. The book is filled with illustrations, artwork, and photographs. It includes a bibliography, website list, and index. The subject matter is sure to make this series popular.
Are Dragons Real?
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Summers, Portia
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
February 11, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "I Want To Know" series, this 32-page book explores an ever-popular subject--dragons. Are they real? Were they ever real? The book delves into dragon legends and folklore. It's interesting that such stories are found around the world. Western and Eastern dragons are compared. Real dragons--such as komodo dragons and dinosaurs--are lightly touched upon. Possible explanations for dragon legends are provided. Readers are left to draw their own conclusions. The book is filled with illustrations, artwork, and photographs. It includes a bibliography, website list, and index. The book is sure to be popular. However, I noted two editing errors--one on page 10 and the other on page 12. These should been caught before the book went to print.
Spork Out Of Orbit
KANE PRESS [KANE PRESS]
Walker, Nan
Warrick, Jessica
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 11, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
It's an ordinary day at school when suddenly a UFO crashes into the playground. Out pops Spork, who wants to learn about Earthlings. The students are excited--one so much so that she swipes the stuff he will use to fix his spaceship so he will stay longer. However, she realizes her mistake and trouble-ridden Spork is going to stay for a while longer anyway. This is the first in a series of short chapter books that include occasional black and white illustrations. The series is obviously designed for transitional readers, but better series exist--"The Kingdom of Wren", "Heidi Heckelbeck", "Captain Awesome," and more. If you need an additional series you can add this one.
Skin Care & Makeup Tips & Tricks
LERNER PUBLICATIONS COMPANY [LERNER PUBLICATIONS COMPANY]
Kenney, Karen
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
5th grade to 8th grade
February 11, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "Style Secrets" series this book does exactly what the title implies. It provides readers with basic information about skin care and make-up. It's a very girl-centric book and goes beyond what you'd expect. Good nutrition and hygiene are emphasized. There are recipes for making your own make-up and beauty treatments. Advice abounds on make-up use, cleaning up your brows, and making sure what you're doing is appropriate to the situation. The book includes a glossary, bibliography, and index. There is definitely an audience for this book and it would be a welcome addition to middle school libraries.
Your Growling Guts And Dynamic Digestive System
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
Mason, Paul
Highly Recommended -- Superior book everyone should buy.
3rd grade to 5th grade
February 11, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Ever wanted to truly understand your digestive system? Hey, this is the book for you. Cool graphics, great illustrations, clear diagrams, and fabulous text combine to make this a winner. I was planning on scanning it, but the information was so interesting, and presented in such an enthralling way, that I read, and re-read sections. Fact boxes abound and when they say "Strange But True" they mean it. Cool stuff, weird stuff, odd stuff, true stuff--it's all here! Oh, and let's not forget gross stuff, including the Bristol Stool Chart. I couldn't put the book down. If the rest of the "Your Brilliant Body" is as good as this every library should have the whole series.
Bugs In The Backyard
FIREFLY BOOKS [FIREFLY BOOKS]
De La Bedoyere, Camilla
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
February 12, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Want a close-up, rather eclectic look at bugs, insects, and spiders? Here you go! This large format paperback book features crisp and incredible close-up photographs that extend across the two-page spreads highlighting each critter. Water bears, centipedes, stick insects, termites, froghoppers, ticks and more are all covered. Each has a quick fact box covering size, type, diet, and range. Interesting facts abound, and related insects are often mentioned. It's the labeled photographs, however, that really make this book as readers can get a close-up look at these fascinating animals. I'm not sure there is enough here for report-writing, but as a browsing book this can't be beat, and teachers will want it when doing insect units. The book includes a glossary and index.
That Figures! : Tips And Tricks For Acing Math
Savvy/capstone Press [Savvy/capstone Press]
Hammelef, Danielle S
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
7th grade to 9th grade
February 12, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "That Figures" series, this is a quick overview of a lot of basic math concepts that should have been covered, mostly, in elementary school. The author has clear explanations, and lots of story problems involving real life situations in which these math skills would be used. Fractions, decimals, pi, and some geometry are included. Photographs, fact boxes, and diagrams abound. Teachers might like to pull some of the problems out for classroom use. It's hard to imagine what student would find the book useful, however, unless they had missed some key concepts and wanted to study a bit more.
Explore Money! : With 25 Great Projects
Nomad Press [Nomad Press]
Blobaum, Cindy
Stone, Bryan
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
5th grade to 8th grade
February 12, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
I'll confess--I really love this series of paperback books. Each thoroughly explores a topic while providing 25 projects that extend readers' knowledge. This one focuses on money. it goes into the history of bartering, then various types of tradable goods before the invention of money. Coins and paper money, especially those for the United States, are examined in depth. There are cool facts here many will not know. The projects are fun and reinforce key text concepts. An index and glossary are included. Teachers doing an economics unit would find this a valuable resource.
Creatures Of The Rain Forest
Hungry Tomato [Hungry Tomato]
Rake, Matthew
Mendez, Simon
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
6th grade to 12th grade
February 12, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
This 32 page book introduces readers to some of the weird and wonderful critters found in the rain forest. Treehoppers, poison dart frogs, electric eels, harpy eagles and more are each given a two-page spread that includes descriptions, interesting information, and a tally of points for size, power, strength, aggression, and deadliness. Close-up photographs give readers a clear look at the featured creature while the writing is conversational yet informative, kind of like a chatty professor. The book includes an index. The small print and format of the book show it is aimed at a secondary audience, although advanced readers at the elementary level may also find it interesting.
Good Night, Bat! Good Morning, Squirrel!
Boyds Mills Press [Boyds Mills Press]
Meisel, Paul
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 13, 2017
Turpin, Sharon
A young bat, who has lost his home, goes looking for a new one—the old bat says they’re overcrowded; the fox might eat him, so he declines; and the skunk says the little bat is too stinky. After searching everywhere Bat finds a home inside a clump of leaves on a tree with a nice twig to hang from. When Squirrel awakens and finds Bat sleeping he leaves a note saying, “Dear Bat, Bug off! Sincerely, Squirrel”. Bat misinterprets this, moves his bugs to a corner, and leaves a polite reply before going off to hunt bugs. Again Squirrel’s note to him gets misread due to one word being covered up. This continues back and forth with the two never meeting because of their schedules, but Bat assuming he’s welcome and Squirrel trying harder to make himself more clear. After all of the miscommunications, Squirrel realizes Bat is actually a very nice creature. They finally meet and are able to share Squirrel’s home. This is a sweet story and children will enjoy how Bat misinterprets the messages and keeps a positive, kind attitude that ultimately pays off. This can work on a variety of levels including short messages, friendship, and kindness. The drawings reminiscent of Harry Bliss’s in the Diary of a Worm, are a hit in themselves.
Parade Of Puppies
ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS [ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS]
Ghigna, Charles
Bridgeman, Kristi
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten
February 13, 2017
Turpin, Sharon
Following in the footsteps of A Carnival of Cats, this board book begins with a young child walking along with an adult saying, “I saw a puppy look up at me. What kind of puppy could she be?” On the opposite page is an illustration of a cute dog in a frame with the description, “White coat. Black spots. Friendly and smart.” When the page is turned there is a full bodied drawing of the “loyal Dalmation who stole my heart!” holding a water hose out of a hydrant. This continues through a variety of dogs—their descriptions and then their breed. The lively rhyming text is matched by the active, colorful drawings that depict each dog. Included are a beagle, golden retriever, poodle, dachshund, pug, boxer, chihuahua, Saint Bernard, and finally a what must be a mutt, the one the child chooses from what turns out to be an animal rescue place. The final two pages show a romping parade of these puppies along a balloon-filled sidewalk walking past the animal rescue building. This is a fun frolic for both the very young learning about different dogs as well as their adult readers.
Bathtub
Big & Small [Big & Small]
Shin, Soon-Jae
Oh, Seung-min
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten
February 13, 2017
Turpin, Sharon
Wilbur the little pig takes baths in his blue bath tub until the day he outgrows it. His parents try to convince him to use his new pink bathtub, but he resists losing the blue one. Thus he takes it to bed with him, but when he awakens it’s gone. Fortunately his innovative parents have transformed it into a sled that he can enjoy in the snow. The new pink tub then becomes acceptable for baths. The illustrations capture the stubbornness of a young child who becomes attached to something, and have a child-like quality especially in some of the scribbles on the pages and even within the drawings. Very young children and their parents should enjoy this offering originally produced in Korea now in the Step Up--Life series by big & Small of Lerner, edited by Joy Cowley.
Waiting For Snow
Hmh Books For Young Readers [Hmh Books For Young Readers]
Arnold, Marsha Diane
Liwska, Renata
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
February 13, 2017
Turpin, Sharon
Badger is impatient for the snow to come. Despite the patient advice and voice of reason presented by his friend Hedgehog that it will snow in snow’s time, Badger is not willing to wait. He enlists the help of their other friends Rabbit, Vole and Possum to bring the snow. When banging pots and pans doesn’t wake the snow, nor throwing pebbles to punch holes in the sky, they resort to a snow dance, which also doesn’t work. Wearing his pajamas backwards also doesn’t even though his friends send sugar down from his roof to make Badger think so. They finally wait as the rational and scientific Hedgehog counsels, and wait and wait until they’re exhausted into sleep. Of course, that is when the snow does arrive. This cute story with darling illustrations of the five creatures is well written and may resonate with those young ones yearning for snow. Hedgehog is especially charming with mushrooms stuck to his spines.
Sunker's Deep
FEIWEL AND FRIENDS [FEIWEL AND FRIENDS]
Tanner, Lian
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
5th grade to 8th grade
February 13, 2017
Tucker, Merrilyn
To begin with, I should say that I did not read the first book in this series, Icebreaker. There was enough background in the second book to give me an idea of what happened, but, still, it took me a while to get up to speed. The Sunkers have been living in a submersible for 300 years. They escaped from the Devout, a group of people who do not believe in technology. The Devout rampaged the land, killed and/or captured people, and got rid of all machinery. Now they find out that a small group of Sunkers are still alive and the Devout are out to kill them off, too. There is another group who live on land who also want to take the Devout down. When the Sunkers and the land group cross paths, they eventually join powers and set out to free their captured people and destroy the Devouts. The characters are interesting: a robot captain, rats who can talk, and children who possess knowledge and fortitude beyond their years. The story moves along and contains moments of tension and humor. The Claw, the submersible, is fascinating. I am definitely interested in reading the first book, but am not sure exactly what audience this story will draw in.
Liv And Maddie : Double Trouble
DISNEY PRESS [DISNEY PRESS]
Ryals, Lexi
Additional Minus -- Mediocre.
3rd grade to 5th grade
February 14, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Liv and Maddie is a Disney Channel series and this two-part book is based on two episodes from that series. Liv and Maddie are twins with totally different personalities. One is a diva and the other a tomboy. In this book they discover that their birthdays are not on the same day. Horror and hilarity ensue. In the second part the two have conflicts about community service as Liv steps on Maddie's toes. Again, hilarity ensues. The show may be fine, though shallow. The book lacks just about everything. These are stock characters set in slapstick situations as the story is told from multiple viewpoints. Fans of the series may enjoy the book, which includes color photographs from the show. This is a "fluff" book, however, lacking depth and originality.
Another Miserable Love Song
ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS [ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS]
Carter, Brooke
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
February 15, 2017
Dame, Anne
Kallie is having a tough time when her beloved dad dies before her 18th birthday. She finds solace in music and when a punk band asks her to sing with them, this may be exactly what she needs to start pulling her life back together. Nice inclusion of transgender character. Some teen drinking and sexual situations. A good hi-lo tending a bit more to high school age.
High Note
ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS [ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS]
Ross, Jeff
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
6th grade to 12th grade
February 15, 2017
Dame, Anne
Hailey and her best friend Crissy are auditioning for the same part in an opera. This is a big deal since they are still in high school and will be working with professional singers. The tension is taking a toll on their friendship, however. Music kids will appreciate this hi-lo storyline.
Dark Truth
ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS [ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS]
Ross, Jeff
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
6th grade to 12th grade
February 15, 2017
Dame, Anne
Riley and DaShawn have been friends for a very long time and part of this includes their shared love of skateboarding. They are trying to create videos to find sponsors and decide to try out a new location. However, things go terribly wrong (as is often the case) and now their friendship and more is at stake. Good hi-lo read with themes relating to race and prejudice.
Enough
ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS [ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS]
Payne, Mary Jennifer
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
February 16, 2017
Dame, Anne
Lizzie's dad died unexpectedly four years ago. Since then her mom has found comfort in alcohol, leaving Lizzie to take care of her younger brother Charlie and their dog Trixie. Then mom starts dating a guy who is really bad news and Lizzie does whatever she can to protect Charlie. However, things go terribly wrong and Lizzie needs to make some really difficult choices in order to save herself. Sexual abuse, alcohol, and domestic violence should steer this hi-lo book towards high school students. Story is very engaging and, sadly, all to easy to imagine. The resolution felt a bit too pat for me but most of my students will likely look past that quite easily.
Still A Work In Progress
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Knowles, Jo
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
6th grade to 12th grade
February 16, 2017
Dame, Anne
Noah attends a really small, unusual school. They have weekly meetings where they all sit on couches or the floor and read items put into the "Suggestion Box". There is also a cat that lives at the school and wears different ugly sweaters all the time. The picture of the cat in the corner of the book cover suggests that this is a humorous book. While there are some funny parts, the book overall is about a very serious topic - eating disorders - and the cover diminishes that fact. I think it will also mislead students who pick up the book based on that. Noah's sister has very serious health issues but the family doesn't talk about them, but at some point they are going to have to deal with them. Engaging characters, important topic. Not a book students are likely to pick up on their own, but a good book talk or giving to select students will get it read by an appreciative audience.
Kid Beowulf : The Blood-Bound Oath
Andrews & Mcmeel [Andrews & Mcmeel]
Fajardo, Alexis E
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
6th grade to 12th grade
February 16, 2017
Dame, Anne
For those who are unclear on the story of Beowulf, this colorful graphic novel will make things much more understandable. Could be a very useful resource for struggling readers who are required to read Beowulf for class. My middle school students will pick it up for the full-color, engaging illustrations.
Football Stats And The Stories Behind Them : What Every Fan
Sports Illustrated Kids/capstone Pr [Sports Illustrated Kids/capstone Pr]
Frederick, Shane
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
February 16, 2017
Dame, Anne
Full-page, full-color photographs stand out in this 48 page fact-filled book geared towards football fans. Specific areas addressed include: passing, receiving, running, kicking, punting, etc. Also of note are Stat Stars, a glossary, suggestions for further reading and a web site with additional information. Could easily go from 3rd - 8th grade.
Slingshot And Burp
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Haynes, Richard
Gilpin, Stephen
Additional Minus -- Mediocre.
2nd grade to 4th grade
February 16, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Sigh...what to say, what to say? "Slingshot and Burp" is an over-the-top story, clearly aiming at series status, that is so chock-full of colloquialisms it's enough to choke a rattlesnake. A perfect example is the blurb: "Slingshot and Burp--two pea-shootin', slingshot-totin', bike-ridin' cowhands--are on the lookout for action..." The two boys are double-cousins, as are their sisters. Naturally their sisters are stereotypical pink-lovers, while the boys are rootin', tootin' all-boy adventurers. The story is so full of expressive language there apparently wasn't room enough to squeeze in character development and a significant plot. How did this get published? Golly-gee-willikers, he's Megan McDonald's husband. Yes, THAT Megan McDonald. Black and white illustrations abound. There are occasional educational moments. Doesn't matter. I hate to give a bad review to what is obviously someone's cherished creation, but the frenetic energy of the writing failed to capture this reader. It left me just feeling as wrung-out as an old washcloth.
How Do You Say? = Como Se Dice?
HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR) [HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR)]
Dominguez, Angela
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten
February 17, 2017
Burton, Paula
A wonderful bilingual book for the very young. Two giraffes encounter one another but speak different languages. One speaks English and the other Spanish. They greet one another in their own language and perform their daily habits proclaiming the word in their own language. Good day! Is on the left side and Buenos dias! on the right side of the spread. They drink water from the same puddle (water and agua) and are happy (happy and feliz). When they agree to be friends there is one answer in both language; Ok. Simple bold illustrations with one word on each page make this very appealing to read out loud to a group of very young kids with the message that friendship is universal.
Transportation : How People Get Around
HOLIDAY HOUSE [HOLIDAY HOUSE]
Gibbons, Gail
Additional Minus -- Mediocre.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
February 17, 2017
Burton, Paula
Well known illustrator of non fiction books on numerous topics Gail Gibbons came out with a book on transportation. The illustrations are like Gibbons other books a mixture of water colors and pencils using thin black lines. There are many things that are not working for me in this book. There is continuing informational text at the bottom of the text that is very simple but the images along are very busy. Organisation is questionable. The subject of boats, trains, and aircrafts are approached twice; once in the beginning of the book and one time later on. This could have easily been clumped together. There is one page on transportation in space with an image of the space station. Surprisingly there is no image of a space ship. In a time we like to see more diversity in books, the transportation shown seems all coming from America. There is a double decker portrayed but it is on the wrong side of the road if it is a British bus. Overall not a ideal book for any audience.
What Waits In The Woods
POINT SIGNATURE [POINT SIGNATURE]
Scott, Kieran
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
February 17, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Callie is not the "outdoor type." She recently moved from the city. Now, in trying to fit in with her new friends, she's on a 5-day camping trip. It was supposed to be a girl's activity--just her and her two friends--but she convinced them to let her new boyfriend, Jeremy, come along. There are stories about the woods they will be traversing--stories about a killer. Now strange things are happening. They hear laughter. Disturbing things appear. They are off trail, and lost, when a stranger appears who claims to know the woods. Who promises to lead them out. But things get worse. They're running out of food. They are being stalked, but by who? This is a creepy camping trip with lots and lots of teen angst which, unfortunately, sucks away from the suspense. In a life and death situation would you really be spending that much time worrying about relationships? Nevertheless this has a great cover, and an intriguing premise. It's sure to be a popular secondary book.
Mighty Jack
FIRST SECOND [FIRST SECOND]
Hatke, Ben
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
5th grade to 8th grade
February 18, 2017
Burton, Paula
A new graphic novel from the creator of Zita the spacegirl. Mighty Jack is an action packed adventure using the fairy tale of Jack and the beanstalk as its tie in. Jack is a young teenager who lives with his mother and younger sister Maddy. Things are not well for Jack and his family, money is tied, jack’s mom is working long hours, and his sister Maddy does not talk. Jack is left to watch Maddy and does not have any friends. He does not make his mom happy when he trades his mom's car for some very special seeds. You have to give him that it was prompted because his sister urges him and tells him to buy the interesting looking packets and the seller promises him freedom. These seeds grow magical creations that require battle skills which he saw a neighboring girl perform; sword fighting and the use of sling shots. For those readers who liked Zita the spacegirl, this will be a success too. I do believe Hatke is appealing to a larger group of readers with a male protagonist, more action, and less tekst. The illustrations tell the majority of the story. An open ending, reveals there will be more books with these characters.
Women's Suffrage
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
Peppas, Lynn
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
7th grade to 9th grade
February 18, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Part of the "Uncovering the Past: Analyzing Primary Sources" series, this 48 page glossy paperback examines the issues of women's suffrage while clearly presenting information about (and showing examples of) primary and secondary sources. Photographs and artwork complement the dense text as the issue is examined from several viewpoints. Readers are urged to use critical thinking skills in examining the evidence, and learn that primary sources are not always complete, and secondary sources usually have some bias. The book goes on to apply lessons learned to women's rights today for safety and education. The book includes a timeline, bibliography, glossary and index. Website links are included, after a brief lesson on evaluating such resources. This is an excellent book that teaches important resource skills. It would make a good addition to secondary libraries.
God Bless The Gargoyles
Orchard Books (Scholastic) [Orchard Books (Scholastic)]
Pilkey, Dav
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 6th grade
February 18, 2017
Burton, Paula
The author/illustrator from Captain underpants and Ricky Ricotta’s mighty robot has written a completely different book about the unlikely topic of gargoyles in the form of a picture book. Beautiful dark schemed paintings that look like glass stained images, accompany the explanation of these creatures who look so scary on the service but are creatures who are true and loyal keeping evil and terrible spirits away. It is the angels who breathe new life into the gargoyles overnight. Rhyming text adds to the sad story of gargoyles who are more misunderstood than appreciated over time but give it a soothing feeling to the fantastical story. Four lines to a spread make it look like a book for younger kids, but the message is geared to a much older group. Although more suited for kids who are not intimidated by these darker images, a beautiful book that could teach acceptance in a different approach
Before You
Hmh Books For Young Readers [Hmh Books For Young Readers]
Doughty, Rebecca
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
All ages
February 19, 2017
Turpin, Sharon
The simplicity of the rhyming text is very appealing as what life was like Before (and after) You. “Before You I was a flower with no pot. I was a polka without a dot. I was a tail without a wag. Just a bean without a bag.” This continues with one thing missing from each pair. But, when “you” came things changed for the positive—“You put the splash into the puddle. You put the squeeze into the cuddle. You put the fizz into the pop. You put the flip into the flop.” Throughout these pairings different animal characters and objects depict the emptiness without one’s love or completeness with it. The simple, yet expressive, ink with Flashe paint illustrations are a rich compliment to the words as they stand out starkly on the big white backgrounds. This can be a book for all ages and for occasions when one wants to emphasize love or patterning for students to emulate. Recommend for text and illustrations. Ad+ for who might use it.
Mac & Cheese
HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR) [HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR)]
Proimos, James
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
February 19, 2017
Turpin, Sharon
Mac and Cheese are best friends. Mac is very smart, and Cheese is very creative. In three episodes throughout the day—breakfast, lunch and dinner—these two food items reveal their relationship and personalities. Cheese quizzes Mac on questions kindergarten and first graders would enjoy answering such as what the total of one plus one is or the second letter of the alphabet. Of course, this smart, confident noodle knows the answers until he’s asked what two plus B is. Cheese is so original that in his art work his orange is not orange at all, nor even round, but a previously confused Mac is happy when he finds himself highlighted as the brightest spot in a painting. Dinner may be the weakest section, but again it reinforces how much each makes the other happy. The colorful illustrations use brush pen on paper and are colored in Sketchbook Pro to create lively characters with a bespectacled macaroni wearing a tie and a small square of cheese wearing a camo cap. This should be enjoyed by primary audiences and their adult readers.
Box
Nosy Crow [NOSY CROW]
Flyte, Min
Beardshaw, Rosalind
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten
February 19, 2017
Turpin, Sharon
A girl inside the book is passing a note through a mail slot to a boy on the cover asking, “What would you do with a box?” Most double page spreads then have a statement on the left beginning with, “Thomas has a box. A lovely little box.” On the right page is the question, “What do you think is inside this box? The box’s fold down flap reveals a drum with the answer, “It’s a drum! What do you think he’ll do with it?” This continues on the next page reinforcing the assumed answer that he would loudly drum and march to Alice. But Alice has a bit larger sized box, and so continues the pull down flaps and answering pictures with more predictions asked of the reader as the story and characters build. Nancy’s enormous box has several nesting boxes revealing a sleeping toy mouse. The story then changes to what a child could do with all of those boxes, again with hidden flap answers including ruling a kingdom, putting on a show, or taking a trip. Despite the thick paper, the many flaps, complicated fold-outs and poor binding will not hold up to many uses before a toddler destroys it. It’s a fun concept, but will require close monitoring. Thus this would be for home use or public library storytime, not widespread circulation.
Trouble Next Door
CLARION [CLARION]
English, Karen
Freeman, Laura
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
2nd grade to 4th grade
February 19, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Calvin has troubles. He needs to come up with a project for the science fair. He also needs to get his dad to buy him the newest video game. His biggest problem, however, is that the school bully has just moved in next door. What's Calvin going to do? After living in fear of his new neighbor Calvin is surprised to find that there's a lot he doesn't know about the boy. He's dealing with issues Calvin has never faced. Can they be friends? And what about the science fair? This is book #4 in "the Carver Chronicles". Karen English knows her stuff, and writes compelling and kid-friendly stories that are accompanied by occasional black and white illustrations by Laura Freeman. The African-American characters in the books is a great way to increase your library's diversity, but the truth is any student will enjoy both this series, and the one about Nikki and Deja.
Poop Detectives : Working Dogs In The Field
CHARLESBRIDGE PUBLISHING [CHARLESBRIDGE PUBLISHING]
Wadsworth, Ginger
Tonatiuh, Duncan
Highly Recommended -- Superior book everyone should buy.
6th grade to 12th grade
February 19, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Fascinating, fascinating, fascinating. How do you do population studies of animals? Well, you can trap them and study them, but that's hard on the animals and not truly representative of their population. Guess what--here come the dogs! Hyperactive, specially-trained pooches can sniff out scat from various critters from fishers to gorillas. Scientists gather the scat and use it to find out information about the animals involved. Who knew? The author profiles specific dogs and their talents, discusses training regimens and the many ways in which dogs are used to help in animal conservation from grizzly bear poop to that left behind by whales in the sea. But wait--some are trained to track destructive insects, owl pellets, tortoises, turtle eggs, snails, and more. is there anything they can't find? (Turns out plants are difficult.) This is an amazing and interesting book with crisp compelling writing and equally crisp, well-captioned, photographs. Did you know the University of Washington is a key player in this field? I couldn't put the book down.
Dinosaur Bones : And What They Tell Us
FIREFLY BOOKS [FIREFLY BOOKS]
Colson, Rob
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
5th grade to 8th grade
February 19, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
Do you like bones? Do you like dinosaur bones? Hey, have I got the book for you! This book provides a brief overview of how life began on the planet, then shows specific specimens, in labeled bone illustrations, with some brief and interesting information. Following each specimen is an Addendum page providing more information about similar beasts. The illustrations are exceptional--nicely captioned and labeled and eye-catching. Different dinosaurs are highlighted in two-page spreads. Bones, diet, range, and interesting facts are picked out to highlight in each. The author writes in an interesting style and is careful to point out things that scientists assume versus things they know. Besides dinosaurs the book also briefly touches on pterosaurs, marine reptiles, and early mammals. The book includes a glossary and index. This is really for casual browsing rather than report-writing, but it is a fascinating book to page through.
Awesome Guy To The Rescue!/bella's Big Break
DISNEY PRESS [DISNEY PRESS]
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
February 22, 2017
Samuel, Treasure
Two Doc McStuffins stories plus stickers will make this book a hit with young fans (though might be better as a gift to make sure they get those stickers!). The book begins with a "Meet the Gang" section and then tells two stories, "Bella's Big Break", and then readers can flip the book over for "Awesome Guy to the Rescue". In "Bella's Big Break", Bella, a new ballerina doll, breaks her leg and gets help from Doc and her toys with a diagnosis, cast, and rest. The story ends with tips about broken bones and casts. In "Awesome Guy to the Rescue", Doc's little brother Danny's action figure Awesome Guy comes to life when Danny hands it to Doc. She quickly discovers there is something wrong with him-- his legs are on the wrong side! As expected, Doc and her toys fix Awesome Guy, and the story ends with tips on injuries. Each story has a few sentences per page and plenty of pictures for fans of the show. It is pretty solidly put together for a paperback and will hopefully hold up to the many hands that will hold it.
Stanley's Diner
Peachtree Publishers [Peachtree Publishers]
Bee, William
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten
February 22, 2017
Samuel, Treasure
Stanley the hamster has a series of picture books with thick, puffy covers that tell about his different jobs. In this one, Stanley runs a diner where he serves his friends food and then makes a birthday cake for one of his friends. It is a very simple story, with simple sentences on each page and brightly colored illustrations with dark outlines. Appealing to babies and toddlers, this book is ideal for a public or home library, but not a school library.
Chicago Abc
Little Bigfoot [Little Bigfoot]
Skewes, John
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 22, 2017
Samuel, Treasure
Another in the "Larry Gets Lost" series, this time Larry and Pete find the letters of the alphabet as they run down the streets of Chicago, encountering the Windy City's famous landmarks. The illustrations are very retro and fun. Great for Chicago lovers, but perhaps not a Northwest school library on a strict budget!
This Land Is Your Land
Arbordale Publishing [Arbordale Publishing]
Ciocchi, Catherine
Morrison, Cathy
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
February 22, 2017
Samuel, Treasure
To be clear, this book has nothing to do with the Woody Guthrie song or books. It is about landforms and geological features from around the world. While well researched and informative, I think this book should have a different, less confusing title. The book covers geology such as archipelagos, canyons, and volcanoes with full, two-page spreads of richly colorful illustrations and 4 lines of rhyming text per page. It is a simple introduction for students learning about land. There are extension activities (matching, map reading, etc.) at the end of the book, as well as online at the publisher's website. Great for in class instruction!
Jingle Bells
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Pierpont, James Lord
Siewert, Pauline
Not Recommended/Out of Scope -- Appropriate for another kind of collection or different age levels.
Pre-Kindergarten
February 22, 2017
Samuel, Treasure
This book of the famous holiday song lyrics has a button that will play the beginning of the song repeatedly. Not appropriate for a library collection.
Little Tree That Would Not Share
HOLIDAY HOUSE [HOLIDAY HOUSE]
Costa, Nicoletta
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten
February 22, 2017
Samuel, Treasure
A tree growing in the city won't share his shade with the birds for fear that he will lose his leaves. Displeased birds (and cats) have some side comments for the selfish tree, and when Fall comes and his leaves inevitably fall off, the tree believes he is sick and becomes sad. A crow explains the seasons to him, and when his leaves return in Spring, the tree gladly shares his shade. Originally published in 2004 in Italy, this hard bound picture book has appealing cartoony illustrations that look as though they were drawn by children. While cute, the book is perfectly serviceable but not outstanding.
Exposed
ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS [ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS]
Graves, Judith
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
February 22, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
As a general rule I LOVE Orca books. They're well-written, concise, and have excellent plots. This particular series, "called "Retribution," is exceptional. Each book focuses on a different member of the team of teens who need to find street justice, since the real system isn't working. This offering focuses on street kid, Raven, who climbs walls, jumps from building to building, and steals cars. She also goes to school and has an exit strategy from her boss--a Fagin-esque character. When he is responsible for the death of another of his workers, and Raven begins to realize that she's never going to get out, she enlists the help of another street kid, a rich kid, and his computer-smart brother to set up her boss and free the kids he enslaves. But can they succeed? This series is fresh and compelling. Each book is hard to put down, and the characters are delightful and teen-snarky at times. Buy the whole series for secondary schools. They'll be particularly attractive to reluctant readers, but everyone will enjoy them.
Unleashed
ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS [ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS]
Brouwer, Sigmund
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
February 22, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
As a general rule I LOVE Orca books. They're well-written, concise, and have excellent plots. This particular series, "called "Retribution," is exceptional. Each book focuses on a different member of the team of teens who need to find street justice, since the real system isn't working. This entry in the series looks at Jace. He's his rich father's trophy son, but despises that role, especially since the same father shuns his less than perfect second son. Jace is trying to create his own identity at a local gym. However, when he is tortured for information he begins to truly investigate his father. Doing so, however, will put his life in danger. And it doesn't help that he's alienated the team of teens he needs to survive. This series is fresh and compelling. Each book is hard to put down, and the characters are delightful and teen-snarky at times. Buy the whole series for secondary schools. They'll be particularly attractive to reluctant readers, but everyone will enjoy them.
Gravity Falls Happy Summerween!/the Convenience Store...of H
DISNEY PRESS [DISNEY PRESS]
Additional Minus -- Mediocre.
3rd grade to 5th grade
February 22, 2017
Samuel, Treasure
This "2 books in 1 plus stickers!" paperback is based on episodes of the popular cartoon show. The illustrations are from the show and the book has a comic book style. Like the show, these two stories ( Happy Summerween! and The Convenience Store... of Horrors!) are sarcastic, silly, gross, and a bit scary. While it might be too much for some readers, fans of the show will enjoy it.
Calm Girl : Yoga For Stress Relief
Savvy/capstone Press [Savvy/capstone Press]
Rissman, Rebecca
Additional Minus -- Mediocre.
5th grade to 8th grade
February 22, 2017
Samuel, Treasure
Aimed at tweens looking to use yoga for stress relief (as the title indicates!), this nonfiction book offers poses, basic information, and some history of the practice of yoga. The layout is a bit odd but the information is fine. The book includes the 4 chapters, a relaxation checklist, glossary, index, and other book basics. The chapters are uneven and the concept of a chapter is rather... loosely interpreted. The book is not well designed overall. Beyond design issues, my main concern with this book is the lack of diversity. The pictures of teen girls practicing yoga are all thin, beautiful, and mostly white-- attempts at "ethnic" girls are still practically white. Publishers should be advised to redo this book with better overall design, and update the pictures to include genuinely diverse races, cultures, body types, and ability levels.
Bizzy Bear : Knights' Castle
NOSY CROW [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Davies, Benji
Additional Minus -- Mediocre.
Pre-Kindergarten
February 22, 2017
Samuel, Treasure
A board book with thick pages and moveable parts (sliders, wheels, tabs, etc.), each page of the rhyming text begins with "Bizzy Bear, Bizzy Bear". The book is very short, with very little plot, with the focus on the moveable parts. My household children find the parts hard to move-- it is challenging to make a moveable parts book that is both durable but usable!
Bizzy Bear : Zookeeper
NOSY CROW [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Davies, Benji
Additional Minus -- Mediocre.
Pre-Kindergarten
February 22, 2017
Samuel, Treasure
A board book with thick pages and moveable parts (sliders, wheels, tabs, etc.), each page of the rhyming text begins with "Bizzy Bear, Bizzy Bear". The book is very short, with very little plot, with the focus on the moveable parts. My household children find the parts hard to move-- it is challenging to make a moveable parts book that is both durable but usable!
Twenty Big Trucks In The Middle Of The Street
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Lee, Mark
Cyrus, Kurt
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
February 22, 2017
Samuel, Treasure
A little boy in the city watches as one truck gets stuck on his street, causing a progressive traffic jam of 20 trucks (commuting parents may find this book anxiety inducing!). The little boy saves the day in the end by creatively solving the problem. The book provides counting and rhyming, as well as soft, realistic illustrations in a diverse, urban neighborhood. The only issue with this book is that it is clearly a board book version of a picture book-- there is too much crammed on the small pages! The picture book version of this story is preferable over the board book.
Maisy's Plane
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Cousins, Lucy
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten
February 22, 2017
Samuel, Treasure
This board book is illustrated in the classic heavily outlined Maisy illustration we all recognize. Maisy is flying her airplane to a special party and young readers will get to see all her friends as well. The story is very simple, and very young readers and fans will enjoy it.
Peep And Ducky
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Martin, David
Walker, David
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten
February 22, 2017
Samuel, Treasure
Peep and Ducky are a chick and duckling playing in the park together. They have a picnic, use the potty, get in a fight, and work out their differences all before they head home with their parents. The text is rhythmic and rhyming... almost. There are occasional awkward lines that could use some editing for smoother reading aloud. This board book is sweet and cute.
Bus Ride
KIDS CAN PRESS [KIDS CAN PRESS]
Dubuc, Marianne
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
February 22, 2017
Samuel, Treasure
A little girl (who happens to be wearing a red sweater and carrying a basket) is riding the bus alone for the first time, on her way to visit her grandmother. The bus is populated with animals, and small adventures occur while different passengers arrive and disembark. The little girl does arrive safely to her grandmother at the end, so the allusions to Little Red Riding Hood are gentle. Some pages are wordless, giving pre-readers lots of opportunities to explore the detailed pictures that tell the story. The newspaper headlines from one of the passengers changes throughout to match the plot, a fun device for savvy readers. Originally published in French, this sweet picture book with soft, impressionist-style illustrations will delight both children and adults.
Supertruck
ROARING BROOK PRESS [ROARING BROOK PRESS]
Savage, Stephen
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Pre-Kindergarten
February 22, 2017
Samuel, Treasure
Trucks! Superheroes! What's not to love? This adorable picture book with high bold print and bright, cartoony illustrations will be a hit with young readers. The book has simple words and sentences, about one sentence per page, telling the story of trucks doing work around the city. UNTIL! They are all stuck in a snowstorm! What will all the trucks do? Supertruck arrives to save the day! Young readers will delight in the plain, boring garbage truck converting into a snowplow (Supertruck), and adults will appreciate the allusion to superheroes and their secret identities.
Unraveling
Stone Arch Books [Stone Arch Books]
Gurevich, Margaret
Hagel, Brooke
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
5th grade to 8th grade
February 22, 2017
Samuel, Treasure
Book 3 in the "Chloe by Design" series continues the story of Chloe, a 16 year old fashion designer on a reality TV competition called Teen Design Diva (basically Project Runway for teens). Readers who are into fashion, design, and drama will enjoy this series. It contains plenty of Chloe's design sketches and other fun tidbits for aspiring designers. But the book needs the first two in the series to make sense, and it ends without any real resolution, so readers will need to read the next one to find out-- libraries will need to be willing to commit to the entire series (10 books so far) and replace missing copies.
Fright At Zombie Farm
Stone Arch Books [Stone Arch Books]
Sutton, Laurie S
Neely, Scott
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
4th grade to 6th grade
February 22, 2017
Samuel, Treasure
This "You Choose" "Twelve Possible Endings" Scooby-Doo book is good for fans of the show and public library collections, but not really anyone else. While the book does begin with an introduction to the five main characters and contains several jokes, the book is rather boring, and every ending is the gang saving the day. Scooby speaks like he does on the show, with all of his extra "r"s, so the misspelling and pronunciation may be hard for struggling readers or those unfamiliar with the show. The book does provide some words in bold, a glossary, and solid binding and pages, but school libraries without mega fans of Scooby-Doo can find a more widely appealing book for their collection.
Vietnam War
Scholastic, Inc. [Scholastic, Inc.]
Polansky, Daniel
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
6th grade to 12th grade
February 22, 2017
Samuel, Treasure
From the "Profiles: 1 event, 6 biographies" series, this book focuses on the Vietnam War. The six people profiled are Ngo Dinh Diem, John F. Kennedy, Jr., Ho Chi Minh, Lyndon B. Johnson, William Westmoreland, and Henry Kissinger. The introduction is immediately engaging and informative, and this continues throughout the book as it provides information on complex politics, military strategy, history, religion, and all the other complicated factors of the Vietnam War. The issues are handled well-- this series is always solid and well done in my experience!
Warm Up
ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS [ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS]
Leach, Sara
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
7th grade to 9th grade
February 22, 2017
Samuel, Treasure
A high interest, low reading level book from the Orca Limelights series, this story follows Jasmine, a dancer on a competitive dance team. Problems develop on the team against the coach and Jasmine steps up by becoming a leader and solving the problem. The story is oversimplified and just ok. Lots of explanations of dance steps and choreography can make for a boring read (and this reviewer is a former dancer). It is also hard to care about Jasmine-- we don't learn much about her home life or school life. The lack of character details makes it hard to engage with the book. As usual with Orca books, this story will find its fans, but overall the quality isn't high with this one.
Dog and mouse
Kane/Miller Book Publishers [Kane/Miller Book Publishers]
Nelson-Schmidt, Michelle
Nelson-Schmidt, Micnelle
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten
February 22, 2017
Samuel, Treasure
A sweet, simple picture book tale of Dog looking for a best friend. He meets Mouse, who helps him try to find one. Of course, in the end, Dog discovers he HAS a best friend, Mouse! The text is rhythmic, with rhymes that are sometimes only near rhymes. The amount of text per pages varies, as does the layout for text and illustrations, which may cause problems for very new readers. Overall, a nice, solid book.
Mighty Dynamo
FEIWEL AND FRIENDS [FEIWEL AND FRIENDS]
Crowley, Kieran
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
4th grade to 6th grade
February 23, 2017
Tucker, Merrilyn
12-year-old Irish student Noah wants to play professional soccer, but loses his mojo when his father chooses to take a job in Australia. Noah and older sister, Simone, whose mother has died, are left to fend for themselves. Simone forgoes university to take on two jobs while father lives down under to make money to pay the mortgage. That is when Noah hears about the Schools' World Cup and decides that if his team wins the monetary prize, he'll be able to bring his dad home. Everything that can go awry does with bad guys, good guys, twists and turns and tension. Good story, but my two major reservations are (thinking about handing it to a student): It is very long (over 350 p.). It concentrates heavily on soccer, the game, the world's players, and more soccer. I enjoyed the story, but did try to picture which of my students--girl or boy--so enthusiastic about soccer that they would tackle this tome.
Frail Days
ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS [ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS]
Prendergast, Gabrielle
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
6th grade to 12th grade
February 24, 2017
Bateman, Teresa
I love the Orca books. There, I've said it. They are well-written quick reads with lots of character development, great stories, and eye-catching covers. The ones I've read have also been clean. This is the story of Stella Wing, a teenage drummer for a garage rock band. Her two 14-year-old bandmates are great, but they lack a singer. Finding that singer, helping her get past body-image issues, staying true to their muse, and rocking out make up the bulk of the story. It's fast-paced, fun and, yes, even inspiring. These books are terrific and are especially attractive to teen reluctant readers. On the other hand, everyone would enjoy them. I don't think I've ever found a clunker in all the ones I read.
Witches
45Th Parallel Press [45Th Parallel Press]
Loh-Hagan, Virginia
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
4th grade to 6th grade
February 26, 2017
Wittmann, Teresa
Students who love horror will be attracted by the creepy cover and layout of this book about witches. It takes the mythological beliefs found in folklore and legends and present-day beliefs and calls them facts, even though the introduction makes clear that witches are not real, but live in people’s imaginations. The five chapters briefly cover types of witches, spell, weaknesses, how people become witches, and witch hunts. Each chapter is a few pages long with some suitably creepy captioned photographs to support the text. The text is written in a very choppy, repetitive way with many three and four word sentences. For example “Some witches are pretty. Some are ugly. Some change. Some look like people. Some look like monsters.” There are also three extra pages of information such as scientific explanations for flying on brooms (or hallucinating to feel like they are flying) and survival tips for facing witches (one is making a witch cake and feeding it to a dog to hurt a witch). There is a list of facts, glossary, simple index, and list of four resources at the end. It is part of the Magic, Myth, and Mystery series.
Last Full Measure
ARTHUR A LEVINE BOOKS [ARTHUR A LEVINE BOOKS]
Reedy, Trent
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
February 26, 2017
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 830 Hi/Lo The Divided We Fall trilogy concludes with the United States on the brink of destruction. In Volume 1, 17-year-old Pfc. Daniel Wright accidentally fired a shot that led to armed conflict between the federal government and the conservative state government of Idaho. In Volume 2, the conflict became a civil war. The United States has split into several independent countries. Danny Wright feels responsible: "I sparked the Battle of Boise that ignited this whole war." Stolen nuclear warheads are detonated and destroy Washington, D.C., and New York City, the United States as Danny knows it has ended, and the rest of the planet begins to fall apart. Now it’s time to do what’s necessary to right what he sees as his wrong. A projection of a possible not-too-distant future (the 2020’s) and of the current divisive nature of politics, the nullification crisis of the 19th century, and the legacies of two world wars that seems all too real...and all too scary. Reedy makes good use of political maps, italicized news reports, and lists of death totals to provide political context for his bleak look at a possible future. An action-packed tale of a future readers will hope never happens. Get all three.
Frost
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Kozlowsky, M P
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
February 26, 2017
Datisman, Eve
7+ In a post-apocalyptic world, a girl who’s never left home sets out on an arduous quest to save her sick pet. In this dystopian fairy tale, all Frost’s 16 years have been spent in a bombed-out apartment overlooking a ruined city. Her only companions are Bunt, a stalwart robot that’s been partially taken over by what’s left of her deceased father’s personality and memories, and Romes, a wild broot-turned–beloved pet and companion. But Romes has fallen deathly ill, and Frost will do anything to save him. They set off into the ruined world outside, which is filled with zombielike, cannibalistic Eaters. Eventually, they meet a man named Barron and his teenage son, Flynn, but a betrayal delivers Frost and Bunt into the hands of the cruel and murderous Good John Lord, who has built a society built on exploitation and slavery and is eager to get his hands on Bunt. Frost seems a bit younger than she is, but her upbringing may account for that and her innocence is an unexpected advantage at times. The story wraps up too quickly but does prompt readers to think about what it means to be human. Had Asimov’s I, Robot met the Grimm brothers this could have been the result.
Storm Too Soon : A Remarkable True Survival Story In 80-Foot
HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR) [HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR)]
Tougias, Michael J
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
5th grade to 8th grade
February 26, 2017
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 570 Hi/Lo, 4+ An adaptation of A Storm Too Soon. May 2, 2007, three veteran sailors, who hadn’t met before the beginning of the voyage, set on a voyage from Florida to France on a 47-foot sailboat. After several peaceful days, the Sean Seamour II and its crew are overtaken by a sudden storm. Gigantic waves sink the boat, along with the men’s supplies. The exhausted sailors cling to a damaged life raft that provides little defense against the wind and waves but does have a GPS beacon. Despite the impossible circumstances, the Coast Guard completed an amazing rescue at sea. Third-person narration transmits the immediacy of the situation for the sailors and their rescuers as well as allowing for adding additional information of interest to readers such as the trick to getting into a lifeboat, how sharks attack, the problem with duplicate registration numbers, and brief biographies of the rescuers. Readers will be fascinated by details about rescue boats, hypothermia, sharks, the Gulf Stream. Includes an epilogue about the difficulties the rescue crew and the survivors faced after the rescue. Will have wide appeal for the true disaster readers
Walter's Wonderful Web
Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr) [Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr)]
Hopgood, Tim
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten
February 26, 2017
Wittmann, Teresa
Walter the spider couldn’t spin a perfect web like his friends so they always blew away. One day he made a web in the shape of a triangle, but it blew away. The same thing happened when he made webs in the shape of a square, rectangle, diamond, and circle. In the end he worked very hard to make an intricate web with all the shapes plus curves and it was wonderful. This very simple story is a vehicle to introduce basic shapes. There isn’t much of a plot or an explanation as to why Walter could suddenly make a very intricate web. At the end are two pages with the shapes and questions about how many sides are in each one. Large font and simple cute illustrations on solid backgrounds make this good for group sharing.
Phantom Limbs
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Garner, Paula
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
February 26, 2017
Datisman, Eve
LEX660 Hi/Lo – Debut novel, A boy swims in the pool He says why I am short of attention Only a one armed girl pays me attention And why are my nights so long Where’s my girlfriend and brother Mason? What if I die here Who’ll fill the hole in my heart Now that my two loves are gone? He ducks down and strokes Chivvied by some phantom limb Swim, swim There were incidents and accidents There were hints and allegations. If you be my other heart I can be your long lost poet I can call you Meg You can call me Otis And when you call me You call me stoic Call me stoic. A boy swims in a pool, It’s a pool in a strange world Maybe it’s a limbo world It’s not his first time around He doesn’t speak the language He holds no currency He is a foreign boy surrounded by the sound The sound of his family’s grieving Cemeteries and loneliness Chivvying and weeping He looks around and sees Awkwardness and obstinance Spinning in reality He says, Why? and Help us all. If you be my other heart I can be your long lost poet I can call you Meg You can call me Otis And when you call me moved You call us muddled Call us enduring. Apologies to Paul Simon – resources from Follett
Call
David Fickling Books [David Fickling Books]
O'guilin, Peadar
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
February 26, 2017
Datisman, Eve
Advertised as “the Hunger Games meets horror,” this is indeed a thriller. For 25 years every teenager in Ireland has been subject to "the call" which takes them away to the land of the Sídhe, where they are hunted for twenty four hours (though only three minutes pass in this world). Nessa, 14, is living and training at Boyle Survival College with her friends to be ready, doubly important for her because her legs are crippled from polio. A chilling encounter with school brute Conor Geary leaves her—and her peers—hunted by human and Sídhe alike. One by one her friends are called and when they reappear, they are usually dead and/or horribly mutated by magic. The third-person narrative allows readers to identify with each of the characters. The climax and ending are a bit rushed but the Irish vernacular and vivid descriptions will place teens in the heart of the island. Horror fans will love the grotesque world of Sídhe, where monsters and animals are made from twisted human bodies and body parts. The language, sex, violence, and world of the Grey Land are more appropriate for mature fantasy fans.
Abigail The Whale
Owlkids Books, Inc [Owlkids Books, Inc]
Cali, Davide
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 26, 2017
Wittmann, Teresa
Abigail always tried to be the last to dive in the pool during swimming class because she always made a big splash and the other kids teased her saying “Abigail is a whale!” Abigail hated everything about swimming. Then her swimming teacher explained that she was a good swimmer, but she thought she was big and heavy. He told her to try to think the way she wanted to feel. All week Abigail tried it – she thought “kangaroo” when she jumped in gym class and she thought “giant” when she walked home alone. It worked! During swimming class she thought “rocket” and dove in without a splash. She thought “surfboard” while doing the backstroke and “submarine” during breaststroke. No one teased her. She even thought “super whale” while jumping off the high dive. This is a great book full of fun, but also lessons about creativity, empathy, and mindset. The colorful illustrations are humorous and help covey the many feelings in the story.
Flicker And Mist
CLARION [CLARION]
Thompson, Mary G
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
February 26, 2017
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 660 Hi/Lo AD/AD+, 8+ This first YA novel for Keller is a dystopian fantasy that asks important questions about racial discrimination and the politics of fear. Myra has to deny that she is half Flickerkin with the ability to make herself appear to be invisible. Because her father is a member of the ruling council, she has never tried her abilities and her mother has suppressed hers. When the Flickerkin are accused of placing an explosive device at the yearly Games and one of Myra’s friends is killed, New Heart's leaders begin jailing and threatening the execution of anyone with Flickerkin blood. Her mother imprisoned and her father is in a precarious political position. Myra has to rely upon herself and her friends to survive. Much like Collins Huger Games, readers are asked to think about big political and social questions, many of which are easily applicable to contemporary life. For those who love dystopian fiction and can’t get enough of governance-gone-wrong and themes of equality and racism.
Penguins Love Colors
BLUE SKY [BLUE SKY]
Aspinall, Sarah
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten
February 26, 2017
Wittmann, Teresa
Six little penguins love colors even though they live in Antarctica where there is white ice and snow. Each one loves a different primary or secondary color (shown in their colored berets) and is named after a flower of that color. They decide to paint a surprise for their mother with each of their favorite colors and a rainbow painting is the result. Of course they have to have a bath after their messy painting. This is a fun book for students learning their basic colors with many chances to answer questions and point out different colors. Cute bold illustrations in basic colors with large font make this a great book for sharing with a group. The penguin who loves green is called Broccoli which is also a flower (or more specifically a “vegetable flower”) as explained in the note at the beginning.
Under Rose-Tainted Skies
CLARION [CLARION]
Gornall, Louise
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
February 26, 2017
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 740, Hi/Lo – Debut novel Norah, 17, hasn’t been out of her house for four years except to see her therapist. She is OCD, agoraphobic, germophobic, and certifiably anxious. He mother is a whiz at selling big machinery and at talking her daughter down from the mental ledges that Norah finds herself trapped on every day. So when her mom has to leave for a sales trip, Norah is not thrilled but is willing to try for the few days that she’ll be gone. Plans are made for groceries to be delivered, for phone calls in the morning and in the evening, and for the doctor to call at the house. That’s just fine until the groceries are delivered outside the door because the OCD routines don’t allow her to answer in time. The groceries are sitting outside in the sun and Norah can’t get her foot over the sill. Time to go fishing but that plan doesn’t go well, especially when Luke the new, cute neighbor sees her flailing away. But Luke is interesting. When her mother ends up in the hospital, leaving her temporarily in charge of battling her demons on her own, Norah and Luke, who has his own issues, take realistic baby steps toward each other. Mature language and situations combine with the frank, realistic detail as Norah explores her first relationship and her own mental health.
ADHD
CHILDRENS PRESS [CHILDRENS PRESS]
Squire, Ann O
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
3rd grade to 5th grade
February 26, 2017
Wittmann, Teresa
ADHD or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder is explained clearly for students researching the topic or those interested in the common disorder. There are five chapters on issues related to the disorder, symptoms and diagnosis, possible causes, therapy and medication treatments, and how to manage ADHD. Each chapter has a mixture of text organized with titled subsections and interesting captioned photographs. There are also several extra features about side topics like famous people with ADHD and side effects of medication, or a timeline. There is an index, list of statistics, list of three resources, and glossary at the end. It is part of the True Book series. This is a well-organized and appealing book that covers a topic that many students deal with themselves or in others they know.
Science Of Science Fiction
Nomad Press [Nomad Press]
Wood, Mathew Brenden
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
5th grade to 8th grade
February 26, 2017
Datisman, Eve
5+ Good addition to STEAM collections in middle and high school. Designed to allow readers to discover the science behind classic and modern SF stories, many of which have inspired today’s inventors (think flip phones, small, hand-held tablets and Star Trek). QR codes provide links to primary sources and a chance to dig deeper into the subjects presented. Questions and STEAM activities help foster critical thinking skills. Topics included are de-extinction (even if we can bring back dinosaurs is it a good idea?); robots, androids and artificial intelligence; living on Mars; aliens and alien worlds—deep space exploration; faster-than-light travel; and time travel (think Doctor Emmet Brown’s time travelling DeLorean). Timeline of ideas and their related inventions, glossary, metric conversions, resources and index. Get this pre-bound.
Let's Think About Animal Rights
Heinemann Raintree Library [Heinemann Raintree Library]
Parker, Vic
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
5th grade to 8th grade
February 26, 2017
Wittmann, Teresa
The basics of animal rights are explained clearly and with different perspectives so that the reader is encouraged to think about their own opinions. There are eight chapters of two to eight pages with a mix of short subsections, captioned photographs, fact boxes, and questions for the readers to ask themselves. The first two chapters deal with the difference between animal welfare and animal rights and what animal rights are. The next four chapters deal with controversial ways animals are used including scientific research, food, fashion, and entertainment. The last two chapters deal with the animal rights movement and the future of animal rights. The information doesn’t go into great detail, but it gives the facts in a very understandable and objective way. This would be a great book for research or for a student interested in how animals are treated. It would also be good for improving critical thinking and debate skills. At the end are tips on how to debate, a glossary, list of resources, topics for further research, and an index. It is part of the Let’s Think About series.
How Small Is A Hummingbird?
CHILDS WORLD [CHILDS WORLD]
Waldendorf, Kurt
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 26, 2017
Wittmann, Teresa
The size of a hummingbird and things in its world are compared to six everyday objects and two other birds. The large detailed photographs and large font make the book good for group sharing or lessons even though the book itself isn’t very big. Each two-page spread has one sentence with a fact and another sentence comparing the property in the fact to an object or other bird. For example, “Hummingbird eggs hatch in a nest. The nest is as wide as a quarter.” The close-up photo shows a hummingbird on its nest and a enlarged photo of a quarter is below the text. On other pages hummingbird’s weight is compared to a robin who is five times heavier and the number of feather is has is compared to an eagle who has seven times more feathers. A list of facts, 4-word glossary, list of four resources, and simple index are included. This would be a good book for comparisons or measurement for younger students or as a model book for older students to research and compare a different animal. The book would have been better if the comparison object was shown every time and if it was shown in its actual size.
Babysitters Club
45Th Parallel Press [45Th Parallel Press]
Loh-Hagan, Virginia
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
6th grade to 12th grade
February 26, 2017
Wittmann, Teresa
This is a how-to book full of ideas on how to set up a babysitters’ club as a small business. Students would have to be very organized and responsible to make their club a success. The book details how to set up a babysitters’ club including roles, services, running a meeting, scheduling, dues and fees, and advertising. There are also tips for babysitter kits, project kits, and ideas for training. The layout is appealing with many lists, some photographs, and occasional tips. The babysitters’ club idea is complicated and requires teamwork and organization so student would have to be older to make it a success, but the text is written in a very simple way with short sentences that doesn’t fit the complexity of the topic. Some topics are explained in detail like a jellyfish project kit to do with children while babysitting, but other topics are just listed like making a treasurer’s report and checking a babysitter’s references. A glossary, simple index, and list of five resources is included at the end. It is part of the D.I.Y. Make it Happen series.
Burn
TUNDRA BOOKS [TUNDRA BOOKS]
Weston, Paula
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
February 26, 2017
Datisman, Eve
Book 4 of the Rephaim Suddenly, Gaby remembers everything. For a year she believed she was a backpacker chilling out in Pandanus Beach. Working at the library. Getting over the accident that killed her twin brother. Then Rafa came to find her and Gaby discovered her true identity as Gabe: one of the Rephaim. Over a hundred years old. Half angel, half human, all demon-smiting badass and hopelessly attracted to the infuriating Rafa. Now she knows who faked her memories, and how - and why it's all hurtling towards a massive showdown between the forces of heaven and hell. She also remembers why she’s spent the last ten years wanting to seriously damage Rafa. Blood, carnage the battle of the Fallen and a chance for redemption. If you have the others you’ll have students asking for these.
Ninera Dijo : Es Hora De Ir A La Cama
Hmh Books For Young Readers [Hmh Books For Young Readers]
Anderson, Peggy Perry
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
February 26, 2017
Wittmann, Teresa
In this Spanish language beginning reader, a young frog named Joe refuses to go to bed when his frog babysitter says it is bedtime. He tries everything from hanging on to her to hiding to refusing to put on his pajamas. The exasperated babysitter finally asks why and Joe says she didn’t say please. He finally goes to bed, but of course gets up one more time to surprise the babysitter by asking her to say thank you. This is a fun easy reader with detailed illustrations on a white background that add humor to the simple text. Even though the characters are frogs, a young reader will be familiar with the concept of not wanting to go to bed. It is a level one Green Light Reader/ Colección Luz Verde.
Ticktock Banneker's Clock
SLEEPING BEAR PRESS [SLEEPING BEAR PRESS]
Keller, Shana
Barry, Kevin M.
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Kindergarten to 6th grade
February 26, 2017
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 720 Almost everything about Banneker was exceptional. He was born a free man in 1731 in Maryland, was able to attend some elementary school and learned to read. He displayed an uncommon aptitude for mathematical thinking and taught himself to build and to play several instruments. When he was just 22 he designed an amazingly accurate clock and carved a working prototype from wood using only his own pocketknife. This picture-book biography chronicles Banneker’s three-year attempt to build his most famous invention, a clock that accurately struck a chime on every hour. Readers watch him over a number of seasons as he works. Gardner’s rich watercolors highlight Banneker’s spirit and his surroundings – look for his faithful dog and his other pursuits. It’s a lovely picturebook biography that opens the way for discussion about the importance of perseverance, social equity, and curiosity and is good for addressing a wide range of interests and readiness levels. Especially good for use in STEM units. Pair with this video from Youtube: The Exceptional Life of Benjamin Banneker https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKnwyVR4P88
Homemade For Hamsters : Over 20 Fun Projects Anyone Can Make
FIREFLY BOOKS [FIREFLY BOOKS]
Oliver, Carin
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
All ages
February 26, 2017
Wittmann, Teresa
This is a great book for hamster owners (or friends of hamster owners) who also love to make things. It is full of twenty-one projects to make for a pet hamster that provide healthy exercise and play activities. Some of the projects are simple enough for young students to make with a little help and others involve papier mache and drilling and would be enjoyed by older students. The first chapter covers all sorts of topics to get started including planning, techniques, materials and tools, safety, and healthy treats. The second chapter is about 80 pages long and is all about making the projects. There are five categories of projects: running, climbing, digging, chewing, and resting projects. Each one project includes an introduction, list of materials, step-by-step directions with illustrations, and at least one photograph of a hamster using the project. Most of the materials are simple such as cardboard, craft sticks, cardboard tubes, and glue. Some of the projects include an obstacle course, swing, sand bath, and walnut shell chewing toy. This is a creative book that will inspire crafters and animal lover to make projects that a hamster will enjoy and that have a purpose.
Perrazo Y Perrito = Big Dog And Little Dog
Hmh Books For Young Readers [Hmh Books For Young Readers]
Pilkey, Dav
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
February 26, 2017
Wittmann, Teresa
This bilingual easy reader is sure to be a hit with beginning readers in English and Spanish. Big Dog and Little Dog are both hungry and both get fed. They get sleepy and each go to bed in their own bed, but they are lonely so they end up sleeping together in Little Dog’s bed. Each page has a cute simple illustration and a short sentence below in English in black and in Spanish in red. Even though the story is very simple, the friendship of the two dogs is clear. At the end there are three skill building activities of different levels from picture/sentence matching to sequencing the story to more difficult “Dog-Libs” to learn about parts of speech. It is a level one Green Light Reader and part of a series about Big Dog and Little Dog.
Fly Guy's Ninja Christmas
CARTWHEEL BOOKS (SCHOLASTIC) [CARTWHEEL BOOKS (SCHOLASTIC)]
Arnold, Tedd
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 26, 2017
Wittmann, Teresa
Fly Guy is back and this time he is learning about Christmas and honing his ninja skills. Fly Guy is reading about ninjas with Buzz on Christmas Eve when Buzz explains that Christmas is a time when Santa comes and people give presents. Fly Guy goes looking for a present for Buzz and finds Santa downstairs. He thinks Santa is an intruder so he practices his ninja skills and the commotion wakes up Buzz who meets Santa. Christmas morning Fly Guy wraps himself up as a present for Buzz and they both get ninja suits. This is an engaging chapter book for beginning readers. Simple but engaging text and lots of comical illustrations make this latest edition to the Fly Guy series a hit.
Mitchell On The Moon
CLARION [CLARION]
Alley, R W
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 26, 2017
Averill, Linda
This appears to be a Halloween story thought the holiday is never mentioned. Four youngsters, dressed in costumes and carrying bags or baskets, leave a house when the moon starts to disappear. Mitchell, dressed as a Sorcerer of Space, announces that he will travel to the moon on his magic ladder- but no sidekicks allowed as it is too dangerous. Readers will notice that there are stowaways. Mitchell discovers that the moon is being gobbled by Jack-O-Jerks (pumpkins) and uses magic words and a wand to make them pop. This is an imaginative story with bright, active, colorful watercolor and acrylic illustrations that will hold a reader's attention.
Pirasaurs!
Orchard Books (Scholastic) [Orchard Books (Scholastic)]
Funk, Josh
Slack, Michael
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 26, 2017
Averill, Linda
Dinosaur pirates will grab the reader's attention. The rollicking rhyme and illustrations depict the newest, little crew member as incapable of doing the pirate tasks though he does try. When his crew mates are trying to decipher a map, he is the one to recognize a trap, warn his mates and negotiate a compromise where both bands of dino-pirates are able to retrieve and share the treasure.
Ned The Knitting Pirate
ROARING BROOK PRESS [ROARING BROOK PRESS]
Murray, Diana
Lammle, Leslie
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 26, 2017
Averill, Linda
A delightful rhyme tells the story of how Ned, a small, unconventional pirate, knits and the Captain doesn't like it, has him stop. Ned is able to use his knitting to save the crew and ship from a smiling briny ocean beast. The cartoon-like pictures will capture children's attention and they will be looking for the different characters (a mermaid that swims through the pages and smiling turtle, monkey, lobster, octopus, and mice.) After the ship is saved, not only is Ned allowed to knit but the other pirates knit and that is how the ship's sails are repaired.
Counting With Barefoot Critters
TUNDRA BOOKS [TUNDRA BOOKS]
White, Teagan
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
February 26, 2017
Averill, Linda
Watercolor and gouache illustrations in pastel hues create a woodland world that readers can explore through counting. Each number has a rhyme on the left page with the corresponding number of objects and barefoot animal(s) on the facing page. The last line of the rhyme leads the reader to the next number and the next 2-page spread. The rhyme seems forced and the pictures are too cluttered and objects too small to use in a group setting. Independent children may enjoy fining and counting the different objects.
Also An Octopus
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Tokuda-Hall, Maggie
DAVIES, BENJI
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
February 26, 2017
Averill, Linda
This book takes the reader through the steps of creating a story. It introduces the concepts of starting with nothing, selecting characters, having a problem, facing obstacles, exploring options for solving it and finding a solution. The author provides prompts and an interactive guidance that can engage readers and encourage them to create their own stories. The digital art keeps pace with the author's whimsical storytelling tutorial.
Ebola Epidemic : The Fight, The Future
TWENTY FIRST CENTURY BOOKS [TWENTY FIRST CENTURY BOOKS]
Goldsmith, Connie
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
February 27, 2017
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 1260 -- 7+ An investigation of Ebola begins with the 1976 outbreak in Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and scientists' realization that they were dealing with a new type of incredibly deadly hemorrhagic fever. Later chapters explain how the virus works so effectively to sicken its human hosts and shed light on the recent 2014 epidemic in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. The efforts of health care workers and humanitarian organizations to care for the sick and contain the spread of the disease are described, as is the inefficient response of the World Health Organization. Particularly interesting is the information about the development of medical advancements in response to the epidemic. Quick and cost effective screening tests, various curative medications, a vaccine, and even innovative personal protective gear are in the works. Goldsmith also addresses the ethical questions accompanying the rapid development of new medicines: Who should receive the medication first? Is informed consent (necessary for clinical trials) even possible when Western doctors are working with patients in developing countries? Glossary, source notes, suggestions for further reading, videos, websites, index.
Shadow Catcher : How Edward S. Curtis Documented American In
Compass Point Books [Compass Point Books]
Burgan, Michael
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
6th grade to 12th grade
February 27, 2017
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 1040 -- 4+ The Captured History series usually focuses on a single photo and its impact. In this volume the emphasis shifts to Edward S. Curtis’ body of work and its influence. Curtis was a self-taught photographer of the late 1880’s and early 1900’s. He was committed to the idea of the “vanishing Indian” and set out to capture the images of peoples and their traditional ways of life that were fast disappearing. He took his first photo of a Native American in 1895 and spent the next 35+ years photographing and filming in order to produce The North American Indian, a 20-volume photographic project published between 1907 and 1930, based on years of living with tribes and chronicling their culture. Curtis was a pictorial photographer producing photos that look more like paintings than images of reality and causing controversy among modern scholars. It’s clear that Burgan thinks Curtis did more good than harm, but he does not shy away from the opposing opinion. Page design is spacious and showcases many of Curtis’ photographs, callouts, and text. Informative and gorgeous; timeline, glossary, Additional resources, critical thinking questions, index.
Historical Animals : The Dogs, Cats, Horses, Snakes, Goats,
Imagine Publishing [Imagine Publishing]
Moberg, Julia
Jeff Albrecht Studios
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
3rd grade to 5th grade
February 27, 2017
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 940 AD/AD+/ 3-12 Alexander the Great would have been nothing without his horse, Bucephalus. Jane Goodall would not have been able to conduct her scientific research without the cooperation of her chimpanzee subjects. Secretariat’s wins on the track defined the sport of horse racing. This lighthearted offering celebrates notable animals associated with a wide variety of historical figures and events, including Magellan and penguins and Dolly the sheep. Each two-page entry features a poem, brief biographical information with bulleted facts, and dynamic caricature illustrations. The accessible format allows for easy reference and comparison among entries, but the lack of depth limits the book's usefulness. That won’t keep it from circulating briskly with the animal lovers and folks who like fact lists. Index.
Reproductive Rights : Who Decides?
TWENTY FIRST CENTURY BOOKS [TWENTY FIRST CENTURY BOOKS]
Wittenstein, Vicki Orans
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
February 27, 2017
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 1270 The interplay of complex political, medical, and societal issues involved in reproductive rights is clearly explained and placed in its historical context. Human reproduction and attempts to control it have been issues for society throughout history, culminating in the United States in contentious debates about abortion. Although primarily focused on Western cultures, the book does include examples from around the world, which serve as a reminder that reproductive rights are more than just an affluent nation's dilemma. This is a global issue that encompasses everything from access to (affordable) contraception and medical care to population control. Accompanying sidebars, historical photos and reproductions, and graphic organizers such as maps and charts complement the well-researched narrative, and the extensive back matter provides an abundance of material for deeper exploration. The dull textbook-like presentation may discourage some teens, although the information is readable, current, and interesting. Black-and-white and color photographs, drawings, charts, and sidebars add graphic interest. Reading list, timeline, websites, bib, suggested readings and websites, glossary, index.
Dancing In The Rain
ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS [ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS]
Hrdlitschka, Shelley
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
February 27, 2017
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 690 Hi/Lo -- AD/AD+ Sequel to Dancing Naked. Brenna’s adoptive mother, her real mother, is dead and her birth mother want’s nothing to do with her. Breena also isn’t much interested in them beyond the fact that hat they, like her adoptive parents, were a blend of both Asian and white heritages. Then Brenna receives a Facebook message from Kia’s sister, Angie. Brenna needs association so decides that she will try to reconnect with them to find out why. At the same time, she is falling in love with Ryan, who provides support while she grieves but has to leave her when she needs him most. She does realize that she’s getting stronger so she tries to be the caregiver for her father and younger sister in order to move beyond her crippling grief, running helps too. While not a breezy romance, none of the characters are so damaged that they can’t/don’t begin some kind of healing. Realistic fiction readers will find this interesting, especially if they have read her first book.
Beyond Magenta : Transgender Teens Speak Out
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Kuklin, Susan
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
February 27, 2017
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 600 Hi/Lo Kuklin’s book profiles six transgender teens in both their own words and the author’s excellent photographs. The result is an in-depth examination of the sometimes clinical complexities of being transgender, even pictures put a human face on the experience. The profiles are evenly divided between FTM (female to male) and MTF (male to female) teens with a wide representation of ethnicities. They describe their initial confusion, gradual recognition of being different, the coming out process and transitioning, and finally acceptance of their sexuality. The sensitive issue and explains the spectrum and diversity within the transgender community addressed as well as the distinction between transgenders and individuals identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or queer. Medications such as hormones and their potential side effects and surgical procedures are explained. This book is a valuable resource for students desiring information on gender identity and the LGBTQ community. It contains frank discussion of sexual activity and profanity, and includes photographs of the teens sharing their stories as well as notes, movies, and organizations. Author's note, glossary, resource list, teaching resource from Follett.
Recentering The Universe : The Radical Theories Of Copernicu
TWENTY FIRST CENTURY BOOKS [TWENTY FIRST CENTURY BOOKS]
Miller, Ron
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
6th grade to 12th grade
February 27, 2017
Datisman, Eve
In the sixth century B.C.E., the Greek philosopher Anaximander theorized that the Earth was the center of the universe and that idea held and became ingrained in Christian religious beliefs for more than 1000 years. Challenging the church and its doctrine was a death sentence so almost no one dared to question the established idea. Enter the Renaissance in and a new interest in science, with the advent of the telescope in the early 1600’s Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo and Newton took to searching the skies and began asking questions based on their observations. Ultimately they risked their reputations and their lives to propose a new order that challenged the heart of Catholic dogma and scientific tradition. Galileo was tried by the Inquisition and forced to recant his findings. He was not exonerated by the Church until 1991. Reproductions of ancient texts by Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, and Brahe are featured. Text boxes amplify the main text, glossary, source notes, further reading, websites and index.
Every Last Word
Disney-Hyperion [Disney-Hyperion]
Stone, Tamara Ireland
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
6th grade to 12th grade
February 27, 2017
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 750 Hi Lo Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off. It doesn't help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she'd be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam's weekly visits to her psychiatrist. When Caroline introduces her to the Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight group of misfits, Sam know these really are her people. Readers would like to get to know more of these folks, but only a couple are realized. Romance, self-acceptance, self-knowledge, sorting perceptions from reality kinda like a mash up of Clueless and Dead Poets Society with a twist.
Vaccination Debate
Essential Library/abdo [Essential Library/abdo]
Rissman, Rebecca
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
February 28, 2017
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 1110 Part of ABDO’s Essential Library. Special Reports explores the challenging events and contentious issues that fill the headlines, with compelling text and well-chosen images. Providing balanced coverage, as well as background information and context, the books in this series help readers develop an essential understanding of current events and encourage them to form their own opinions. The Vaccination Debate covers the history of vaccine controversies, the 2014 measles outbreak, and the balance between public safety and personal freedoms, studying how an accepted medical treatment has become a contentious issue in US society. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Includes bibliographical references, source notes, recommendations for further reading, and index.
Religion And Free Speech
Essential Library/abdo [Essential Library/abdo]
Capek, Michael
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
February 28, 2017
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 1270 Part of ABDO’s Essential Library. Special Reports explores the challenging events and contentious issues that fill the headlines, with compelling text and well-chosen images. Providing balanced coverage, as well as background information and context, the books in this series help readers develop an essential understanding of current events and encourage them to form their own opinions. Religion and Free Speech covers events ranging from the Charlie Hebdo attacks in France to prayer in schools to denying service to gay customers, exploring how free speech and religious freedom overlap and sometimes conflict in modern society. Uses text boxes to call out specific instances and examples. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Includes bibliographical references, source notes, recommendations for further reading, and index.
Cuban Missile Crisis Through The Eyes Of John F. Kennedy
Core Library/abdo [Core Library/abdo]
Hamen, Susan E
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
5th grade to 8th grade
February 28, 2017
Datisman, Eve
Lexie 830, Gr. 5+ Historical events are examined through the related actions and beliefs of the then-sitting president. See this history through the eyes of the presidents as they shape policies and make key decisions. The book uses quotes from the presidents' letters and speeches with relevant personal details about their daily lives: a premise that proves to be an effective way to add an otherwise uncommon intimacy to historical events. Go inside the Oval Office during the Cuban Missile Crisis to see the challenges faced by President John F. Kennedy, how he responded to difficult issues, and how he shaped the country during this pressing time in office. In Cuban Missile Crisis, a sidebar provides a poignant glimpse into the public response in Russia with a quote from Khrushchev's son, Sergei. Timeline and primary source documents help convey the political and emotional climate of the time. Includes Stop and Think questions for each section, glossary, suggestions for further reading, websites, b/w and color photos, index.
Mao Zedong And The Chinese Revolution
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Malaspina, Ann
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
February 28, 2017
Datisman, Eve
History is said to repeat itself—but perhaps not once students get hold of this series. Each book focuses on a consequential leader during a critical period in time, exploring the political, economic, and social impact of that person's influence, and how today's society has been shaped by these events. Uses excepts from primary source documents presenting multiple perspectives, extensive source notes provide vetted links to additional research, thorough chronology of events provides readers with a complete context for the period. Through first-person accounts, informational text, and photos, students will learn about Chairman Mao's theories, military strategies, and political policies known as Maoism, which forever changed the culture of China and communication between the East and the West. B/W and full color photos, Further Information, glossary, index, primary sources, sidebars, timelines, web sites, chapter notes
Amistad Revolt And The Transatlantic Slave Trade
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Worth, Richard
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
February 28, 2017
Datisman, Eve
History is said to repeat itself—but perhaps not once students get ahold of this series. Each book focuses on a consequential leader during a critical period in time, exploring the political, economic, and social impact of that person's influence, and how today's society has been shaped by these events. Uses excepts from primary source documents presenting multiple perspectives, extensive source notes provide vetted links to additional research, thorough chronology of events provides readers with a complete context for the period. Through court documents, supporting details, and narrative language, students will discover how Sengbe Pieh, also known as Joseph Cinque, staged a mutiny on a slave ship that not only gave him and his fellow captives freedom, but also spurred a court case that began an international debate over the morality and legality of slavery. Readers will gain a deeper understanding of the politics involved in the transatlantic slave trade, as well as a part of history that has shaped our society. B/W and full color photos, Further Information, glossary, index, primary sources, sidebars, timelines, web sites, chapter notes
Nelson Mandela And The End Of Apartheid
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Rodriguez, Ann Graham Ga
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
February 28, 2017
Datisman, Eve
History is said to repeat itself—but perhaps not once students get hold of this series. Each book focuses on a consequential leader during a critical period in time, exploring the political, economic, and social impact of that person's influence, and how today's society has been shaped by these events. Uses excepts from primary source documents presenting multiple perspectives, extensive source notes provide vetted links to additional research, thorough chronology of events provides readers with a complete context for the period. Through accessible text, a clear chronology, and photos, readers will discover how Nelson Mandela's personal struggles and great courage spurred the South African revolution that changed the way the world looked at Africa. B/W and full color photos, Further Information, glossary, index, primary sources, sidebars, timelines, web sites, chapter notes
Maximilien Robespierre And The French Revolution
Enslow Publishing [Enslow Publishing]
Schmermund, Elizabeth
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
February 28, 2017
Datisman, Eve
History is said to repeat itself—but perhaps not once students get ahold of this series. Each book focuses on a consequential leader during a critical period in time, exploring the political, economic, and social impact of that person's influence, and how today's society has been shaped by these events. Uses excepts from primary source documents presenting multiple perspectives, extensive source notes provide vetted links to additional research, thorough chronology of events provides readers with a complete context for the period. Through accessible text, a clear chronology, and photos, readers will discover how Nelson Mandela's personal struggles and great courage spurred the South African revolution that changed the way the world looked at Africa. B/W and full color photos, Further Information, glossary, index, primary sources, sidebars, timelines, web sites, chapter notes
Us-Cuba Relations
Essential Library/abdo [Essential Library/abdo]
Capek, Michael
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
February 28, 2017
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 1190 Part of ABDO’s Essential Library. Special Reports explores the challenging events and contentious issues that fill the headlines, with compelling text and well-chosen images. Providing balanced coverage, as well as background information and context, the books in this series help readers develop an essential understanding of current events and encourage them to form their own opinions. US-Cuba Relations covers the history of the United States' and Cuba's relationship, how both countries are working to mend their relations, and what the future may hold for these close neighbors and their citizens. Uses text boxes to call out specific instances and examples. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Includes bibliographical references, source notes, recommendations for further reading, and index.
Isis
Essential Library/abdo [Essential Library/abdo]
Marsico, Katie
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
February 28, 2017
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 1140 Part of ABDO’s Essential Library. Special Reports explores the challenging events and contentious issues that fill the headlines, with compelling text and well-chosen images. Providing balanced coverage, as well as background information and context, the books in this series help readers develop an essential understanding of current events and encourage them to form their own opinions. ISIS covers the history of the terrorist organization and what it stands for, how its leaders recruit more followers, and the importance of understanding the threat this organization poses for the rest of the world. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Includes bibliographical references, source notes, recommendations for further reading, and index.
Black lives matter
ABDO PUBLISHING COMPANY [ABDO PUBLISHING COMPANY]
Edwards, Sue Bradford
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
February 28, 2017
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 1110 Part of ABDO’s Essential Library. Special Reports explores the challenging events and contentious issues that fill the headlines, with compelling text and well-chosen images. Providing balanced coverage, as well as background information and context, the books in this series help readers develop an essential understanding of current events and encourage them to form their own opinions. Black Lives Matter covers the shootings that touched off passionate protests, the work of activists to bring about a more just legal system, and the tensions in US society that these events have brought to light. Uses text boxes to call out specific instances and examples. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Includes bibliographical references, source notes, recommendations for further reading, and index.
Cybersecurity
ABDO PUBLISHING COMPANY [ABDO PUBLISHING COMPANY]
Higgins, Melissa
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
February 28, 2017
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 1260 Part of ABDO’s Essential Library. Special Reports explores the challenging events and contentious issues that fill the headlines, with compelling text and well-chosen images. Providing balanced coverage, as well as background information and context, the books in this series help readers develop an essential understanding of current events and encourage them to form their own opinions. Cybersecurity discusses the evolving nature of Internet-based attacks, the vulnerabilities of individuals and corporations to these threats, and the hackers who carry out or defend against cyberattacks. Uses text boxes to call out specific instances and examples. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Includes bibliographical references, source notes, recommendations for further reading, and index.
Ebola outbreak
ABDO PUBLISHING COMPANY [ABDO PUBLISHING COMPANY]
Laine, Carolee
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
February 28, 2017
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 1110 Part of ABDO’s Essential Library. Special Reports explores the challenging events and contentious issues that fill the headlines, with compelling text and well-chosen images. Providing balanced coverage, as well as background information and context, the books in this series help readers develop an essential understanding of current events and encourage them to form their own opinions. Ebola Outbreak covers the history of the Ebola virus, the devastating 2014 epidemic, and the quarantine controversies that captured national headlines, exploring how the fear of a disease can sometimes be as dangerous as the disease itself. Uses text boxes to call out specific instances and examples. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Includes bibliographical references, source notes, recommendations for further reading, and index.