Wednesday, December 11, 2013
MUSK OX COUNTS by Erin Cabatingan with illustrations by Matthew Myers. Roaring Brook 2013.
Musk Ox is back from his triumphant debut in A IS FOR MUSK OX, this time to show us how to count from 1 to 10. Trouble is, 1 is a lonely number, and Musk Ox prefers to hang out with the yaks (2) and other animals instead. Despite Zebra's warnings about how Musk Ox is going to confuse readers, the merriment continues all the way to the final pages. Definitely NOT a book to teach counting, but definitely a funny book to share with kids. Meta-math?
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
FARTY MARTY by B. J. Ward with illustrations by Steven Kellogg. Simon & Schuster, 2013.
Marty is a terrific cat and Mary Jane loves him. But when she takes him to school, the kids tease her and the principal asks that he not return. Marty, you see, purrs at both ends; he farts. A lot. But, in a curious twist of fate, Marty becomes famous for his ability to fart all manner of music depending on the food he has eaten. Pair this with FARTISTE and WALTER THE FARTING DOG for an irresistible trilogy for kids.
Monday, December 9, 2013
ROTTEN RALPH'S ROTTEN FAMILY by Jack Gantos with illustrations by Nicole Rubel. FSG, March 2014.
Rotten Ralph heads off to spend some time with his family. He soon discovers that his family is not the place where he is loved for exactly who he is. He returns back to his owners a bit chastened, bit for how long?
BAD KITTY: DRAWN TO TROUBLE by Nick Bruel. Roaring Brook, January 2014.
Bad Kitty challenges her own author in the latest installment of the series. Nick Bruel gives kids tips on drawing Bad Kitty, but BK is often interrupting and challenging advice and story lines. Metafiction, meta-art, anyone?
Sunday, December 8, 2013
FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE by Demi. Holt, February 2014.
Demi's biography of Florence Nightingale will introduce readers to a woman well ahead of her time. Nightingale had to struggle against the convention of her time to work to improve conditions in hospitals, work houses, and even the battlefield.
DARE THE WIND; THE RECORD-BREAKING VOYAGE OF ELIZABETH PRENTISS AND THE FLYING CLOUD by Tracey Fern with illustrations by Emily Arnold McCully. Farrar Straus Giroux, February 2014.
Elizabeth Prentiss became adept of navigating and sailing ships thanks to her father's tutelage. Under her guidance and leadership, she won a race from New York to San Francisco at the height of the Gold Rush.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
HE HAS SHOT THE PRESIDENT by Don Brown. Roaring Brook Press, April 2014.
The story of John Wilkes Booth and his plot to assassinate Lincoln is the topic for this picture book with incredible detail. The plotting before and after the murder of the President will keep readers drawn into the narrative. The illustrations that reflect mood and tone are a perfect accompaniment.
Friday, December 6, 2013
EYE: HOW IT WORKS by David Macaulay. Macmillan, 2013.
How does the eye work exactly? Macaulay provides young readers with lots of information within the confines of a story about a soccer player coming to the field. Glossary, index, and bibliography are also included. Pair this with the pop-up book about eyes, too.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
THE MINIATURE WORLD OF MARVIN AND JAMES by Elise Broach with illustrations by Kelly Murphy. Holt, February 2014.
This sequel to MASTERPIECE brings back the intelligent and artistic beetle, Marvin. While James is away on vacation, Marvin is at loose ends. So his mother makes him play with his cousin Elaine. it is not long before the two beetles get into trouble, stuck inside of a pencil sharpener. Will marvin survive his time with his cousin? Will James still be his friend when he returns from vacation? Charming, funny, adventurous: kids will love this latest offering from Broach. While it is a sequel, it will stand alone as well.