Book Review

True Tales of Rescue: Sweet Senior Pups by Kama Einhorn

True Talesof Rescue: Sweet Senior Pups book cover: a black and gray haired dog on coverThere’s plenty of heartbreak involved in any sanctuary’s story, but there’s also good news. People who help animals are everywhere.

So many books tell you about your new puppy. How to pick the perfect pup, how to train it, and how to care for it while it grows…but what about when your loyal dog get older and have a grey ‘sugar face’? Join Mino, Jack, and Buffy, three senior dogs that take you on a tour of Senior Dog Sanctuary of Maryland. Meet their friends, hear their true stories of rescue, and learn how you can help!

Sweet Senior Pups is a book about love, healing, and helping. So many senior dogs need help are ready for loving homes. This book teaches us all how to care for them from ‘sugar face’ tip to waggly happy tail. Learn how to adopt them, make them special treats, how to play new games and generally helping them enjoy their life until they get to that ‘rainbow bridge’ in the sky. Sweet Senior pups is a must read for any dog owner, and a good basis for children of all ages to be completely educated about the complete responsibility of caring for their furry family member from beginning to end.

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Naomi, Kids World

New Kid by Jerry Craft

New Kid book cover: illustration of boy in blue hoody and backpack over shoulder. A pencil is in one hand and a open notebook in the other"They say that there are animals that will chew off their own leg to get out of a trap. I never understood that...until now."

Jordan Banks is in the 7th grade and loves drawing cartoons about his life. But rather than attending art school, his parents are sending him to a fancy private school renowned for its academics. As one of the few students of color, he soon finds himself lost between his neighborhood life in Washington Heights and his new upscale life at Riverdale Academy Day School.

Author & Illustrator Jerry Craft’s funny illustrations deftly contrast with the novel’s more sobering themes of bullying, income inequality and microagressions. New Kid always maintains its sense of humor which is what makes it the perfect graphic novel for kids ages 10-14.

Kids who like authors Raina Telgemeier or Jason Reynolds will love New Kid. It’s also a great read-a-like for other graphic novels such as Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sells or Real Friends by Shannon Hale.

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Brooke, Kids World

Don't Let the Penguin Drive the Batmobile by Jacob Lambert

MAD presents Don't Let the Penguin Drive the Batmobile book cover: illustration of the batman villain, Penguin“I WANT TO DRIVE THE BATMOBILE!!!”
 
The arch villain Penguin really wants to drive the Batmobile, but the readers of this book have been entrusted by the Caped Crusader himself to make sure that doesn’t happen. Special pop-ins of various characters (good guys and villains alike) from the Batman universe encourage the reader to stand firm.
 
Like Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems, this MAD parody invites readers to interact with the book’s text by going off script and shouting “No!” at the pages. In particular, young superhero fans and Pigeon fans ranging from 2 years old to early elementary schoolers will find a lot here to enjoy especially if their adult reader puts some “whine” into Penguin’s pleading. Go ahead, grab a reading partner, and remember, Batman is counting on you to not let Penguin drive the Batmobile.
 
 
Celeste, Kids World

Chasma Knights by Boya Sun and Kate Reed Petty

Chasma Knights book cover: illustrated“What do you want with all these toys? After all…everyone in the whole Chasma knows Neon Knights can’t catalyze.”
 
Beryl is a Neon Knight living on Chasma Ring 7, and it’s not easy being one. Looked down on being different for not having the same abilities as the other Knights in the Chasma, Beryl tries to keep to herself and occupy her time in her secret workshop. One day her path crosses with Coro, an Oxygen Knight who just happens to be one of the strongest of the Knights in the Chasma. Together with imagination and invention, both their worlds will change.
 
Lots of lessons to be learned here. From friendship, persistence, recycling, and being true to yourself, Chasma Knights is a quick but impactful read for Grades 1-3. Gentle but insightful, Beryl is a good role model for all readers, especially for young girls interested in STEM activities.
 
 
Naomi, Kids World

Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages

Out of Left Field Book Cover: Illusration of a girl on a picther's mound"Girls in this family don't go down without a fight."

Katy Gordon loves one thing more than anything in the whole wide world...baseball. A chance encounter with a Little League scout lands her a spot on a team but all too soon her dreams come crashing down around her when she is kicked off of the team for being a girl. With grit and determination Katy embarks on a long road to prove to Little League that girls can play baseball too. It's 1957, space exploration is starting, the civil rights movement is growing, with all of this change shouldn't Little League let girls play baseball?

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Tiffany, Kids World

All That Trash by Meghan McCarthy

All that trash book cover: features an illustration of a large pile of garbage"Wherever this stuff goes, it's going to be somebody else's problem."

1987, the year of trash, specifically New York's trash. New York's landfills were at their limit, so Lowell Harrelson, the owner of the National Waste Contractors in Alabama offered a solution. 3,186 tons of trash was loaded on to the Mobro 4000 barge and tugged all the way to North Carolina. North Carolina wanted nothing to do with the massive amount of garbage so there the barge lingered, going in circles in the Gulf of Mexico. But no one wanted the trash! What were they to do with it all? Burry it and build an island? Contaminate the ocean? This non-fiction picture book nicely summarizes an unique event in the 80s. It can be a fun independent read for those in 2nd-4th grade who are interested in historical events, or even used as a tale of caution and bring to attention how much trash humans produce.

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Gilly, Kids World

The Sun is Kind of a Big Deal by Nick Seluk

The sun is Kind of a Big Deal book cover: illustration of a sun on a red carpet with various planets cheering behind a rope in the background“That’s why [ the sun’s ] been employee of the month for 4.5 billion years and counting.”

It can be hard to explain things that we don’t interact with everyday especially things that happen all the time without us noticing. That bright ball in the sky is Earth’s best friend and does so much to help us. Nick Seluk makes concepts like the changing of seasons, how large our solar system is, and the water cycle accessible for younger readers in K-2nd. This book relates such large concepts to everyday activities and objects with cartoonish visuals that younger readers will be able to relate too.

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Anna, Kids World

Are You Scared, Darth Vader? by Adam Rex

Are You Scared Darth Vader? book cover; image of darth vader standing in a darken forest“I do not get scared. No one has the power to frighten Lord Vader.”
 
Who or what is Darth Vader afraid of? Vampires? Witches? Ghosts? No! He’s not afraid of anything! Hmm..or is he??
In this delightful book with multimedia illustrations, the narrator tries to scare Darth Vader, by any means necessary. 
Recommended for Star Wars and/or Halloween fans from kindergarten through early elementary grades. 
 
 
Victoria, Kids World

The Alien Next Door by A.I. Newton

The Alien Next Door book cover: illustrated: a boy peering through an open window at a 2nd boy sitting on a cahir reading. There are tentacles turning the boy's book pages."Just because someone is different doesn't mean they're weird," Roxie pointed out.

Harris can see all the signs that everyone else misses. The new kid writes with his mind, exercises by balancing on one finger, and eats food without chewing. Clearly, Zeke is an alien. Now he has to try and prove it before the alien ends up coming over to play video games!

The Alien Next Door is an ongoing series about three different points of view on the topic of being, well, different. Zeke is the new kid who travels a lot and tries to fit in. Harris is the skeptic and untrusting of someone so new and strange. And Roxy is the voice of reason in the middle, happy to be friends with both of them. This book is great for 2nd-3rd grade readers; however, they may require an adult’s help sounding out the ‘alien language’ on some pages. An overall charming and enjoyable read.

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Naomi, Kids World

Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead

Bob book cover: illustration of a girl at night under a tree shining a light on some sort of creature"You're back. Took you long enough,"

What if you discovered an imaginary friend from your childhood whom you had completely forgotten about? Livy, now ten, visits her grandmother again after five years. She doesn’t remember much until she finds a small green creature in the closet, right where she had left him (so he tells her). Bob can't remember where he came from. Livy had promised to help him find his way back home and he has been waiting for her all this time. Can she help Bob? Can she remember her way forward?

This slim chapter book is sweet and silly both. Livy and Bob tell their story in alternating chapters, as they reunite and their friendship deepens. Readers who like magic and childhood nostalgia will enjoy this quick read.

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Mary Jo, Kids World

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