children

If I Had a Unicorn


Author: Alex Barrow & Gabby Dawnay
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-500-65226-8
Pages: 32
Price: $14.95

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Finding the right pet can be a challenge for kids, but one little girl thinks a unicorn would be just perfect. Unicorns are fun and friendly, and they make everything sweeter. But unicorns are very rare, so she’ll have to wish extra hard to find one.

If I Had a Unicorn is a cute rhyming book that details all of the delights of having a unicorn for a companion. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

cats, children

Why Do Cats Meow?


Author: Dr. Nick Crumpton
Illustrator: Lily Snowden-Fine
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children / Cats
ISBN: 978-0-500-65238-1
Pages: 48
Price: $16.95

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Cats make wonderful companions, but do we really know everything there is to know about them? Well, no cat would reveal all its secrets, but Dr. Nick Crumpton offers some insights about our feline friends.

Do all cats hate water, or just some? What do their whiskers really do? And how can we interpret their various meows? These questions and many others are answered in this fun and informative book.

If you’d like to learn more about the cats you live with, I highly recommend Why Do Cats Meow?

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children

Mr. Business – The Adventures of Little BK


Author: B.K. Fulton
Illustrator: Salaam Muhammad
Publisher: Owl Publishing
Genre: Children
Price: $9.95

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Book 1: The First Day of School
Book 2: Science Project
Book 3: Secret Places
Book 4: My Favorite Thing
Book 5: Smart Guy Glasses
Book 6: The Cow
Book 7: Represent

Brian Keith (B.K.) has just started at a new school. He faces bullying on his very first day, and needs to learn how to handle it in the best way. He faces racism, and realizes he doesn’t have to worry about what others think about him as long as he likes himself. He learns to defend his “secret places” but also knows when he is safe. He takes something that doesn’t belong to him, and tries to make things right. He starts to wear glasses, and realizes they actually make him smarter. He speaks his mind and makes someone unhappy, but learns that the right words can fix things. And he learns that he needs to be himself, even if he feels like he’s not fitting in, especially when those people are actually looking up to him.

Little B.K. is a smart black boy who tries to the right thing. He dresses nicely, is kind to his parents and others, and he wants to be a good student. While the plots are a little thin in these books, B.K. is a great role model for black children on how to live a good, productive life. I admire the author for creating these books, and I would recommend them to anyone who feels their children may need to hear these messages.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children

Goddesses and Heroines


Author: Xanthe Gresham-Knight
Illustrator: Alice Pattullo
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children / Mythology
ISBN: 978-0-500-65191-9
Pages: 128
Price: $19.95

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Most people have some knowledge of Roman and Greek mythology, but what about China, Russia, or Mexico? In Goddesses and Heroines, kids will be introduced to 13 goddesses and heroines from various cultures, told in a unique and creative way.

The goddesses featured in this book are Aphorodite, Isis, Hekate, Inanna, Mulan, Baba Yaga, Parvati, Mayahuel, Nangsa, Osun, Amaterasu, Simorgh, and Brigit. With colorful imagery, poetry, and imaginative illustrations, each of these women comes alive for us on the page. In addition to their stories, a full page is dedicated to symbols and information about each of the women.

Goddesses and Heroines provides fun and interesting insights into the lives of these fascinating women. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children

Eyelike Stickers: Trains


Publisher: Workman Publishing
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1-5235-1127-3
Pages: 12
Price: $6.95

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Trains, trains, and more trains! Crossing signals, tracks, and conductor hats. Railroad logos, tunnels, and bridges. This sticker book has anything you can think of that relates to trains.

These 400 stickers are reusable and can be placed in the two scenes inside the book or on windows, notebooks, lunch boxes, and scrapbooks.

Train lovers will absolutely love Eyelike Stickers: Trains.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children, classics

Sunshine


Author & Illustrator: Ludwig Bemelmans
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-500-65235-0
Pages: 48
Price: $18.95

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Mr. Sunshine has an apartment available, and he is very picky about who can rent it. So when Mrs. Moore arrives to see it, he pounces on the opportunity to rent it to her – the perfect tenant. What he doesn’t realize is that she plans to use it for a music school.

When Mrs. Moore is forced to buy 2,000 umbrellas after bidding at an auction, Mr. Sunshine thinks he’s finally gotten the upper hand. She can’t pay the rent, and he plans to evict her. But when rainy days arrive, she resourcefully sells all the umbrellas at a profit, keeping the apartment.

As the story concludes at Christmas, Mr. Sunshine realizes the errors of his ways and apologizes to Mrs. Moore. A happy ending along with a rendition of “O Holy Night” conclude the tale.

This charming reprint of the 1950 classic from the creator of Madeline is a fun read for kids that introduces them to the sights and sounds of New York City.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children

You Might Find Yourself


Author & Illustrator: Tai Snaith
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1-760-76033-5
Pages: 36
Price: $17.95

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There are so many places for children to discover. When they leave the comfort of their homes and head outside into the world, they have no idea where they might go. You Might Find Yourself guides them to places they may want to experience.

Following the winding path outside their door, they may find themselves in a jungle, a beach, or the ocean. They may feel hurt or comforted, and they may wonder what others are thinking. Numerous adventures await them, and they may not always know what to expect.

Along with the story text, extra things to think and do are provided for kids who want to use their imagination to make the world better. Illustrated in mixed media, this cute adventure book will be a big hit with kids who long to explore new and exciting places and experience new things.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children

A Train Journey (Pop-up book)


Author & Illustrator: Gérard Lo Monaco
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-500-65182-7
Pages: 8
Price: $24.95

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Choo-choo! All aboard A Train Journey with Gérard Lo Monaco. This unique pop-up book features four great trains from history. Each is shown in a two-page spread that holds open, suitable for display. On the back side of the pop-ups, a short summary shares information about each train.

These iconic trains are: Stephenson’s Rocket at the Rainhill Trials (1830), The New York El Train (1870), The Flying Scotsman (1862), and the Shinkansen Bullet Train (1964).

Train lovers of all ages will enjoy reading about these fascinating trains. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

animals, children, history

Maisie Mammoth’s Memoirs


Author & Illustrator: Rob Hodgson
Contributor: Prof. Michael J. Benton
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children / History / Animals
ISBN: 978-0-500-65206-0
Pages: 48
Price: $19.95

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Maisie Mammoth lived during the Ice Age, and she considers herself a popular socialite. In Maisie Mammoth’s Memoirs, she introduces us to some of the animals she knew in her day.

After a brief description of the Ice Age, Maisie introduces us to her personal assistant, Buttercup, who unfortunately fell in a bog and remained preserved in ice. Then she provides a tour around the world, sharing fun facts about each of her friends. As she introduces them by name, she explains a little about their diet, habits, body characteristics, and the dangers they faced.

When a woolly mammoth narrates, Ice Age information goes from hum-drum to fascinating. I highly recommend Maisie Mammoth’s Memoirs for anyone interested in Ice Age animals (and Neanderthals).

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children, nature

Pop-Up Volcano!


Author: Fleur Daugey
Illustrator: Tom Vaillant
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children / Nature
ISBN: 978-0-500-65222-0
Pages: 20
Price: $29.95

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Volcanoes can be deadly, but they’re fascinating to study. Pop-Up Volcano! is a fun resource explaining how volcanoes form and what happens when they explode.

Pop-up images fill this short book, along with information on various volcanoes. Whether on the ground, under the sea, or even on other planets, these volcanoes are fun to explore. Kids will enjoy this unique look at one of nature’s most dangerous formations.

Reviewer: Alice Berger