Book Bites: March 2017


Charlotte And The Rock by Stephen Martin
(Dial Books For Young Readers, March 2017)

Charlotte Grey wants a pet.  For her sixth birthday her parents give her a pet rock.  A big one!  There are many advantages to having a pet rock as the lively illustrations by Samantha Cotterill show.  Things get better when the rock turns out to be a dinosaur egg.



Mighty Mighty Construction Site by Shirri Duskey Rinker
(Chronicle Books, February 2017)

It’s a brand new day at the construction site, and our five favorite trucks from Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site are waking up to their biggest project yet! Answering Cement Mixer’s call, five new friends arrive to help build a massive, modern, high-rise building. Skill and collaboration make short work for this cooperative crew! Cheerful, colorful illustrations complement the rhyming text that will delight your resident construction aficionado!



Emerging Reader:

Tales for The Perfect Child by Florence Parry Heide
(Atheneum Books For Young Readers, March 2017)

Ruby reluctantly watches her little brother as he creates mayhem while their mother takes a bubble bath. Harriet is a very good whiner because she practices, and as we all know, practice makes perfect. Ethel’s parents never want to see her chewing bubble gum again and they don’t! Beginning readers will delight in these eight tales of cleverly mischievous—but lovable—perfect children who obey their parents’ wishes but achieve their own goals. Deliciously wicked fun for 1st-3rd graders.



One Proud Penny by Randy Siegel
(Roaring Brook Press, January 2016)

Kids love learning new facts about the objects they know well.  This lively history of the penny and its life cycle will please both kids and adults.  The pen and ink drawings work well with the photographs of real pennies.  You will make sense out of cents!






Frogkisser! by Garth Nix
(Scholastic Books, February 2017)

Thirteen year-old Princess Anya has a tough task ahead.  Her step-father, an evil sorcerer who has his eye on the throne, has turned Crown Princess Morven’s current true love into a frog, and Anya has promised to find a way to turn him back into a prince. With help of some loyal companions, including her talking dog, Anya embarks on a quest to find ingredients for a miraculous lip balm. A delightful adventure story into the world of fairy tales.




The Metropolitans by Carol Goodman
(Viking Books For Young Readers, March 2017)

Of the four known copies of the Kelmsbury Arthurian Manuscripts, three are in enemy hands, being used as a cipher code. The Metropolitan Museum of Art owns the fourth, but two years earlier, a well-meaning board member disassembled this copy, hiding it in pieces in the museum, leaving clues only the right people could figure out. On the morning of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the mysterious power of the Kelmsbury calls four kids from completely different walks of life to meet at the museum where they learn their mission: find the lost pages to prevent an attack on New York City. A highly recommended mix of fantasy, legend, and history for  fourth-eighth graders.




Caraval by Stephanie Garber
(Flatiron Books, February 2017)

Welcome to Caraval, a once-a-year performance to which invitations are highly prized. Scarlett and her sister Tella have dreamed of attending Caraval for years, but their sadistic father won’t let them leave their island.On the eve of Scarlett’s arranged marriage, she and Tella receive their cherished invitations to the game and sneak off the island to attend Caraval. Upon their arrival, Tella is kidnapped by Legend, the Mastermind of Caraval, and it’s up to Scarlett to save her. Is it real? Is it a game? You’ll have to read this spectacular novel to find out for yourself.



Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor
(Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, March 2017)

Lazlo Strange is an orphan, taken in by monks along with hundreds of other children when he was just a baby. Too wild and imaginative for the monks, he escapes and is taken in at a great library to become a junior librarian. Meanwhile, there is another city that has disappeared, whose name has been entirely forgotten and replaced with the name Weep. It is Lazlo’s dream to journey to this Unseen City and unravel the mystery, and he gets the chance when one of the leaders from Weep calls for talented people to join him and return to Weep to fix a mysterious problem. Once there, Lazlo finds the city of his dreams is trapped in a nightmare that it may not ever be able to escape. This is a lush epic fantasy.

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