This book will surprise you with its gorgeous presentation of natural science. With pop-ups and pull-tabs and tons of easily digested information, How the World Works covers food chains, water and weather cycles, carbon footprints, and earthquakes. This is a great general knowledge book for all ages.
When bedtime roles are reversed, Mommy's reluctance (five more minutes?) and her nighttime requests (Can we read two?) become chucklingly funny. Two more twists at the end of this already backwards tale make this one a real treat. LeUeyen Pham's watercolor and vignette style illustrations couldn't be better! Best for ages 2-6
In one word: tearjerker
In several words: this book features both romance and a death in the family--two genres I typically avoid in teen literature. Nonetheless, I cried for chapters. . . and I would easily recommend this book to those who like a dramatic tearjerker. The supporting cast is an interesting one and the writing is smooth. Best for ages 13 & up.
Tashi is the first tale in a fantastical short chapter book series from Australia. Kids will be enthralled by Tashi's stories of dragons, giants, Baba Yaga, warlords, and more! Perfect for early readers, the incredible pencil illustrations bring Tashi's world to life. Best for independent readers ages 5-7, or as a read aloud to ages 3-5.
Steeped in the lore of Himalayan tea-picking cultures, this new picture book is a gem. When Tashi's mother falls sick, Tashi attempts to fill her mother's tea-picking basket. While her youth and size hinder her progress on the plantation, her gentle relationship with a mission of monkeys leads her to discover rare and valuable tea leaves picked from high up in the mountains. Veteran picture book readers will love the length, richness and illustrations. Best for ages 4-8.
The action follows Mr. Cheeseman and his three unique and savvy children. On the lam in order to protect a time machine Mr. Cheeseman has created, they must elude an unbelievable and funny array of characters with ill intentions. What makes this one noteworthy is its joyful manipulation of language. Young readers will find word play, circular arguments, unnecessary clarifications, tongue-in-cheek descriptions, and aptly-named characters. Best for ages 9-11 and fans of Lemony Snicket or Norton Juster.
Complex fantasy for the savvy and well-read. Patient readers will be rewarded as intricate worlds are created and a carefully plotted story unfolds. The fantastical settings are well-imagined. The time and space alterations are reminiscent of steam-punk and the organic/machine dynamic fascinates. This one is sure to be enjoyed by die-hard sci-fi/fantasy readers, but might not be appreciated by novices to the genre. Recommended for ages 12 & up.
I immediately recognized Sophie Blackall's illustrations from the now popular Ivy & Bean books and the cover of the Newbery Award winner, When You Reach Me. Upon closer inspection, I delighted in the wonderful patterned textiles found throughout the pages of this emotional story. We're excited to have a wonderful new story where the characters are of Pakistani heritage, and the story a universal one of sibling rivalry, friendship, and family dynamics. Best for ages 3-6
Bob Shea's zany bunny character will wear you out with its racing to bed antics. By the time you've finished this Seuss-like would you/could you race, you and your little one will be out with the lights. Don't rush through this story! Take time to enjoy the wonderful images as they dash past. Best for ages 2-4.