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By Heidi Schulz
Hook’s Revenge tells the tale of Jocelyn Hook, the only daughter of Captain Hook – yes, that Captain Hook, he of Peter Pan fame – who hopes to escape her horrible finishing school and become a feared pirate captain like her long-missing father. When a letter from Captain Hook himself arrives, asking Jocelyn to avenge his death at the jaws of the Neverland crocodile, Jocelyn jumps at the chance to ditch manners lessons for a great adventure. But being a pirate is much harder that she ever thought. Can Jocelyn find the courage to beat the crocodile before time runs out?
Readers won’t be bored with this quirky but action-packed story, adventuring with Jocelyn as she deals with her pathetically untrained pirate crew, outwits cannibals, rescues her amnesiac best friend, and fends off that twerp Peter Pan, who keeps barging in uninvited. Jocelyn is a fierce heroine who is easy to love: hilarious and fiery with a heart of gold. Discovering the details of Neverland itself add to the fun, as well as the snarky side comments of the story’s cranky narrator.
Recommended for grades 4-7.
Reviewed by: Alyssa (Davis Library)
Mix It Up by Herve Tullet is a wonderfully interactive picture book, and a fun introduction to colors and color mixing. Directed to tap here and rub there, readers and listeners mix the colors on the pages of this book. With its generous white space and splotches of paint color, the reader is invited to “with one finger take a little bit of the blue…and just touch the yellow. Rub it…gently…”
And with a page turn, “see?” the reader sees the splotch of green that they’ve made!
Herve Tullet gave new meaning to an interactive picture book with Press Here, and this title follows in that same vein.
A delightfully fun reading experience that hopefully leads to some actual play with paints and colors!
By: Kathryn Gibbs Davis
Illustrated by: Gilbert Ford
Perhaps you have been to the State Fair of Texas and seen the Texas Star Ferris wheel there. Did you know that this type of attraction is named after its creator, Mr. Ferris?
This book describes the creation of the first Ferris wheel for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Since the Eiffel Tower had been the star attraction at the last World’s Fair, what would impress the world next?
George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. was an experienced engineer. When he first pitched his wheel idea to the construction chief of the fair, the chief thought it would fall apart. George, however, was not put off and knew steel well. He decided that a steel alloy would be the essence of both a delicate-looking and strong structure.
What happens next, as they say, is history.
This book is recommended for sharing aloud with younger children interested in Ferris wheels or could be a jumping off point for grade-school children learning about engineering.
Check out this book to find out more!
Reviewed by: Diana (Harrington Library)
By Marianne Dubuc
One day while working in his garden, Lion hears a sound. Finding a hurt bird, he takes the little creature into his house to help nurse it back to health. Since the bird’s friends have continued to fly south for the winter, Lion lets him stay. They do everything together during the winter. They read books together, have dinner together, go ice fishing and sledding together. When spring comes, Lion is sad to see his dear friend go. He spends all summer alone, but gets a special surprise when fall comes again.
This is a sweet story with soft, color-pencil illustrations. The text is simple and limited, making it a great choice for young readers. Though the bird never speaks, Lion always knows what he’s trying to say. Your little ones will love these adorable friends.
Recommended reading for ages: 4-7
Judy Moody and Stink The Big Bad Blackout
In this third installment of the series featuring third grader, Judy and her little brother, Stink, the Moody family is cooped up in their house with no electricity as Hurricane Elmer comes ashore. The Moody’s make the best of the situation with the help of Grandma Lou and an assortment of animals she has taken in for friends. The kids are thrilled that school is cancelled for several days. Grandma Lou cooks food over a fire in the fireplace, teaches Judy and Stink how to play musical board games, and Stink enjoys pretending he is a pioneer like his hero, Abraham Lincoln. The best part about the adventure is when each member of the family shares stories with each other. There is plenty of laugh-out-loud humor in this edition of the series which grows out of the interaction between the family members. This is an enjoyable story for readers of all ages!