And the cars go… by William Bee

And the cars go… – William Bee, Candlewick, 2013

 

Format: Hardback

 Rating: 3

What did you like about the book? / What didn’t you like about the book?  The illustrations are big, bright, energetic, detailed and filled with kid appeal but the subject matter is very British in presentation (sheep in the street does not occur too frequently in the U.S.) – thus most American children would not understand it.

To whom would you recommend this book?  To children of British persons living in the U.S.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries and day-cares

Where would you shelve it and why? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Gardner High School

Date of review: 12/4/2013

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Bad Birthday Idea by Madeline Valentine

Bad Birthday Idea – Madeline Valentine,  Alfred A. Knopf, 2013

Format: Hardback picture book

 Rating: 4

What did you like about the book?  The frequent theme of older siblings not wanting to play with younger ones has been given a bit of a new twist.  Ben loved playing with his robot.  When his little sister kept asking to join in the play with her doll, Ben always refused.  Then Alice requests a Roboy 2000 for her birthday!, a toy much desired by Ben.  At Alice’s birthday party, Ben actually unwraps Alice’s gift, plays with it and breaks it!  What happens next?

What didn’t you like about the book?  N/A

To whom would you recommend this book?  To those who need books about sibling rivalry.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries and day-cares.

Where would you shelve it and why? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Gardner High School

Date of review: 11/22/2013

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Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes

      Words with Wings – Nikki Grimes, WordSong, 2013

Format: Hardback

 Rating: 5

Genre:  Contemporary fiction

What did you like about the book?  Gabby, named for the angel Gabrielle, is forced to change schools after her parents’ divorce.  Her love of daydreaming combines with her love of words when she creates poetry that soothes and comforts.  Beautifully written.

What didn’t you like about the book? N/A

To whom would you recommend this book?  The best recommendation would be reading more books by Nikki Grimes.

Who should buy this book? Middle and elementary schools and public libraries

Where would you shelve it and why? Fiction

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Gardner High School

Date of review: 11/20/2013

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Call of the Klondike by David Meissner and Kim Richardson

Call of the Klondike by David Meissner and Kim Richardson, Calkins Creek, 2013

Format: chapter book

Rating: 5

Genre: Non-fiction

What did you like about the book?I particularly liked the photographs from the gold rush and the personal stories of the people who risked everything to look for gold. There are excerpts of diaries, original letters, and personal accounts which make the gold rush more than an event that was reported in a history book. This book shows the heartache, disappointment and struggles these people endured. There was also a section that talked about the mistreatment of the horses, including photographs and captions about the death of over 3000 horses.

What didn’t you like about the book? I generally liked everything about the book.

To whom would you recommend this book? This is an excellent book that would be a great addition to an American history course.

Who should buy this book?All libraries

Where would you shelve it and why?Non-fiction

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:Sandra Pacheco, Gardner Public Schools

Date of review:Nov. 20, 2013

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Anubis Speaks! A Guide to the Afterlife by the Egyptian God of the Dead by Vicky Alvear Shecter

           Anubis Speaks! A Guide to the Afterlife by the Egyptian God of the Dead – Vicky Alvear Shecter, Illustrations by Antoine Revoy – Boyds Mill Press, 2013.

Format: Hardback

 Rating: 4

Genre:  Egyptian mythology

What did you like about the book? Anubis was the god of the dead and here he is a tour guide through that domain.  He is witty and sarcastic and very informative as he presents a survey of Egyptian mythology, mummification and the process of how souls are judged.

What didn’t you like about the book? N/A

To whom would you recommend this book?  Fans of Rick Riordan’s The Kane Chronicles would very much appreciate this book.

Who should buy this book? Elementary and Middle schools, and public libraries

Where would you shelve it and why? Either in 398.2 as folklore or 299 with Egyptian mythology.

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Good fun and informative but not essential.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Gardner High School

Date of review: 11/19/2013

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The Race for the Chinese Zodiac by Gabrielle Wang

The Race for the Chinese Zodiac – Gabrielle Wang,    Illustrated by Sally Rippin

Format: Hardback

 Rating: 4

Genre:  Non-fiction 100s

What did you like about the book?   “Long ago in ancient China, the Jade Emperor proclaimed a mighty race: The first twelve animals to cross the river will each have a year named after them.”  Thus begins the tale of how the different animals came to represent the years of the Chinese Zodiac.  The illustrations by Rippin are very Chinese in style and execution with backgrounds in shades of orange.

What didn’t you like about the book?  N/A

To whom would you recommend this book?  Why Rat Comes First by Clara Yen and The Animals of the Chinese Zodiac by Susan Whitfield make nice companions.

Who should buy this book? Elementary schools, public libraries and child-care centers

Where would you shelve it and why? Non-fiction 100s

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No, but it is very good at its purpose.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Gardner High School

Date of review: 8/19/2013

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Loud awake and lost by Adele Griffin

Loud awake and lost – Adele Griffin, Alfred A. Knopf

Format: Hardback

 Rating: 5

Genre:  Realistic fiction

What did you like about the book? After a serious automobile accident eight months previously that left her passenger dead, Ember is finally ready to leave rehab and go home.  She has no memory of the accident and the six weeks preceding it.  She is rather frightened of finding out just who she really was.  Intense and riveting.

What didn’t you like about the book? Nothing.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Eva by Peter Dickinson provides a dramatic story of life after a serious accident.

Who should buy this book? Middle schools, high schools, and public libraries

Where would you shelve it and why? YA fiction

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Gardner High School

Date of review: 2/18/2013

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