Monday, October 10, 2016

The Enemy: A Book About Peace by Davide Cali and Serge Bloch

While this picture book is not for young children, I think it should be a must read for children in grades 5 and up.  Even adults will be touched by this story about a soldier, who is in a hole, shooting at the enemy every day, wanting to kill the enemy before the enemy kills him.  He knows the enemy is not a human being because his manual told him that.  However, one day he sneaks out and winds up in the enemy's hole and finds photographs of the enemy's family and the enemy's manual, which is just like his, except in that manual, the enemy has his face.  The story and illustrations are simple, but the message is powerful.  I highly recommend this book.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Finn's Choice (The Adventures of Finn MacCullen) by Darby Karchut

Finn's Choice (The Adventures of Finn MacCullen) by [Karchut, Darby]
This is the 4th and last book in this fun series for middle grade kids.  I have only read the first book and this one, but I am sure the other two are fun reads too.  This book is several months after the first book.  Thirteen year old Finn now has to complete four impossible tasks or else he will have to go live and train with Scatach, a goddess, for many years.  Gideon and his friends help Finn to deal with the challenges and hopefully pass them.  There is magic and action and adventure in this last book of the series.  I am sure that readers will enjoy the book. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

I Let You Go
This sad psychological thriller/mystery begins with a hit and run that leaves a 5 year old boy dead.  We follow Ray Stevens as he investigates the crime and Jenna Gray who moves away to the coast to escape her past.  There is violence, abuse, and plot twists throughout the sad story.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Gracie Meets a Ghost by Keiko Sena

In this mostly non-scary ghost story, a bunny named Gracie gets glasses.  One day while playing on a mountain with friends, she loses her glasses.  When she gets home and realizes that, she goes out at night to find her glasses.  Because things look blurry, she mistakes other animals and things for her glasses.  When a ghost tries to scare her, Gracie can't see it well enough to know it is a ghost so the ghost looks for her glasses so it can scare her once she puts them on and sees it.  Happily for Gracie, once the ghost finds and gives her the glasses, the sun rises and the ghost disappears.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Fifty Nifty Facts about Cats by J.M. Chapman& S. M. Davis

Lots of adorable photographs of cats and kittens accompany fifty facts about cats, some well known and others that people may not have heard before.  From how cats fit through spaces the size of their heads due to free floating collar bones to the fact that adult cats only meow at humans, I learned quite a few fun facts about cats from this book.  I did not know that unlike most mammals, cats can drink seawater because their kidneys filter out salt.  I wonder if that is part of why they survived so well on ships?  I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I highly recommend it.

A Tale of Two Daddies by Vanita Oelschlager

A Tale of Two Daddies
This is a cute, simple, rhyming story in which a little girl who has two dads explains to a little boy at the playground that her Daddy and her Poppa take care of her very well.  The book is quite simple, but shows that to a child, having two dads is fine.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Life According to Dani by Rose Lagercrantz

Life According to Dani (Gecko Press Titles) by [Lagercrantz, Rose]This is a short, simple chapter book.  Dani is staying with her friend, Ella, on an island, having a lovely time while her father is recovering from being hit by a car.  Then, her father comes for a visit and he brings a girlfriend.  This is totally unexpected to Dani and was not handled well by her father and Dani reacts quite negatively.  I think that this book could be used to talk about the characters' feelings and the situation of a parent having a new girlfriend or boyfriend.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.