Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Scaredy Squirrel

Scaredy Squirrel
By: Melanie Watt
42 Pages
Ages: 4-8

Scaredy Squirrel has never left his tree. No, he's too afraid of what the unknown could have in store. So in his tree, Scaredy is content to stay. But, should he encounter a green martian, a shark, poison ivy, a killer bee, or germs, Scaredy always has a firm hold of his emergency kit. However, one day, a bee flies into his tree. In his shock, Scaredy drops his trusty safety kit. But, when Scaredy jumps after his kit, he learns he can fly.

This book was adorable. I think young kids will love Scaredy and enjoy his story of bravery. I loved this pictures, as they brought the cute story to a whole new level. Scaredy Squirrel is a great way to show children the fun that awaits them when they try something new.

Scaredy Squirrel is the first of several books about this adorable little guy. I look forward to reading more of the adventures he has.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Stealing Magic: A 68 Room Adventure

Stealing Magic: A 68 Room Adventure

By: Marianne Malone

243 Pages

Ages: 8-12


Ruthie and Jack thought that their adventures in the Thorne Rooms were over . . . until miniatures from the rooms start to disappear. Is it the work of the art thief who's on the loose in Chicago? Or has someone else discovered the secret of the Thorne Rooms' magic? -- bn.com

The Art Institute Museum in Chicago has had it's share of excitement, and there's more to come. Ruthie and Jack are the children a box of artist Edmund Bell's work. They also found the magic that allows them to shrink and wander the miniature rooms of the Art Institute. When pieces of the rooms begin to disappear and affect the rooms magic, they go in search of answers. What they find is one adventure after another and walks through history.

In the Paris Room, they meet Louise and her family. Being Jewish, they are beginning to feel the rumblings of of Pre-World War II in 1937. Knowing the fate that lies in the years to come, Ruthie and Jack race against time to get the family out of Paris. Do they succeed?

The pair meet Phoebe in the Charleston room. It's Pre-Civil War time, and Phoebe is a slave. Can they do anything for her?

While doing what they can for Louise and Phoebe, the pair also have to find out who is stealing things from the different rooms. Will it be someone they know? Can they return what's been stolen and restore the magic?

This is an absolutely delightful read. Your imagination will have a blast as you read one page after another. Marianne Malone takes you on one adventure after another while making you feel like you're right there among the characters. She turns history into a backdrop and pulls you in before you even know what's hit you.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Oddfellow's Orphange

Oddfellow's Orphanage

By: Emily Winfield Martin

144 Pages

Ages 7-10

What do an onion-headed boy, a child-sized hedgehog, and a tattooed girl have in common? They are all orphans at Oddfellow's Orphanage! Author/illustrator Emily Martin has fleshed out the world of Oddfellow's with an episodic story that follows a new orphan, Delia, as she discovers the delights of her new home. From classes in Cryptozoology and Fairy Tale Studies to trips to the circus, from Annual Hair Cutting Day to a sea monster-sighting field trip, things at Oddfellows are anything but ordinary... bn.com

I loved this book so much. This is a charming read that will have you smiling long after you finish the book. I enjoyed all the adventures. From the bear family to how everyone forms a family, it was a great book. I loved reading how they celebrated Christmas, how they went to the circus. Imaginations come to life within these pages.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Christmas Village

The Christmas Village

By: Melissa Ann Goodwin

189 Pages

Ages 12+


Ever seen a replica Christmas Village and wondered what life would be like to live in it? Well, wish no more. The Christmas Village brings that fantasy to life.

Jamie Reynolds is a 12 year old who has a lot on his plate. His Dad left after losing a lot of other peoples' money, and his best friend has told him they can't be friends anymore. All he wants is to escape to a place where no one knows what's happened. Jamie is convinced that escape is life inside his Grandmother's replica Christmas Village.

One night, the village comes to life. Trying to save a little girl who has fallen into the pond, Jamie is sucked into the Christmas Village. Embraced as a hero for saving Kelly Pennysworth's life, he is loved by everyone. Everyone but Jim Gordon, that is. Jim is the former Canterbury resident who is no longer welcome back. After overhearing a conversation, Jamie learns he mistreated his wife. Another overheard conversation has Jamie listening to Jim threatening to harm his baby, Emilie.

As Christmas Eve grows closer, Jamie feels the urgency of wanting to go home. However, before he can return, Jamie is forced to perform another act of heroism. Can he do it and still make it home? Will he ever get home?

I loved every minute of this book. It was a sheer joy to read from the first page to the last. The Christmas Village is one of those books that would appeal to children and adults, alike. Melissa Ann Goodwin does a phenomenal job of turning fantasy to life.