Saturday, August 6, 2016

August 2016 Children's Books Releases



"...Rockliff’s snappy, sassy text is matched by Hooper’s inventive illustrations, which crackle with activity. "--Booklist

Around America to Win the Vote

by Mara Rockliff, illustrated by Hadley Hooper


Release Date: August 2, 2016
Publisher: Candlewick
ISBN: 9780763678937
Hardcover: $16.99

With a history-making election year as we have the first female presidential candidate, the vote has become synonymous with change. Alice Burke and Nell Richardson fought in 1916 for a female presidential candidate by campaigning for the vote for women. Driving completely across the country, Burke and Richardson spoke every night in every state on their historic trip. With their yellow car and kitten, these two women paved the way for the changes that we have in the United States today, breaking stereotypes about cooking and cleaning to show that women could do housework and have a career--or just have a career if they wanted. Illustrations of every state bring the book to life and create a sightseeing map for readers--I particularly enjoyed the South Carolina page. This book is definitely one to have on your shelf an or your child's shelf. 



"...Readalouds don’t come much rowdier."--Publisher's Weekly

Pirate's Perfect Pet

by Beth Ferry, illustrated by Matt Myers


Release Date: August 2, 2016
Publisher: Candlewick
ISBN: 9780763672881
Hardcover: $15.99


All little kids want to have a pet, right? Well, adults do too, especially Captain Crave, a pirate. Quizzed by his first mate (a female African-American--diversity!) on being the best buccaneer, Captain Crave realizes he needs two things--a peg leg and a pet. Crave and his crew go in search of the perfect pet, stopping first at a beach then moving on to a farm and a zoo. At the zoo, Captain Crave earns his peg leg when he meets a feisty lion and realizes that the perfect pet isn't large or slimy--it's a talking parrot! Each of the diverse crew mates and equally diverse animals are painted to genuinely emote various feelings--curiosity, intimidation, fun! The animals are especially expressive as Captain Crave considers their worthiness to be his pet. A fun adventure that would teach young children basic animal names while taking reading age children on a journey across land and sea.


"...a clever structure and a satisfying story."--Kirkus Reviews


Lucy



by Randy Cecil

Release Date: August 1, 2016
Publisher: Candlewick
ISBN: 9780763668082
Hardcover: $19.99



This book is more than your average illustrated children's book. Lucy tells the story of a homeless dog, named Lucy, who makes her way to the front step of a little girl named Eleanor. Every morning, Eleanor drops a sausage tied to a string down to homeless little Lucy. Once she has had her breakfast, Lucy spends the rest of the day roaming around. Eleanor's father loves to juggle, but he has stage fright. Several times in the story, the reader sees her father freeze up and get pulled off stage. It's not until the last Act that Lucy becomes part of the show and helps Eleanor's father face his fears. Illustrated in black and white with exaggerated features, Lucy is more than teaching basic words and meanings--it's about love and acceptance and confidence.


"...those who share the unnamed narrator’s quirky viewpoint will be pleased to discover that they aren’t the only ones who wonder."--Kirkus Reviews

If I Was a Banana


by Alexandra Tylee and Kieran Rynhart

Release Date: August 1, 2016
Publisher: Gecko Press
ISBN: 9781776570331
Hardcover: $16.99

You will absolutely fall in love with the child in this book--his imagination is endless, and his reasoning for wanting or not wanting to be a certain animal or object is adorable. After seeing bananas being sold on the first page, the young boy wonders what it would be like to be a banana, or a mountain, or a ladybug. For each item, he provides a first-person narration of why it would or not be a good thing to be that item. The one that I agree with the most is the fish--nobody wants to be a fish stuck in a tank. Through each "If I was" scenario, the voice of the narrator begins to echo children around this age--full of questions and curiosity. The vast imagination is met with gorgeous illustrations that express the child's wonder and portray each animal or object with precise likeness. Perfect for young readers who like to dream and think about the "what ifs" on a lazy afternoon. 


"...Buoyant fun for the very young."--Kirkus Reviews

That's Not a Hippopotamus


by Juliette Maclver and Sarah Davis

Release Date: August 1, 2016
Publisher: Gecko Press
ISBN: 9781927271964
Hardcover: $16.99



With a set of kids so cute you will want to pinch their cheeks (especially Jessie with his peace sign t-shirt), this book takes young readers on the search for a missing hippopotamus. Visiting Don's Safari, the children notice that there's not a hippo listed on the list of animals to see; however, they are reassured that there is in fact a hippo--he's just not where he should be. So Ms. Whiskersniff and Class 2B go on their own safari adventure. Finding a giraffe and a snake they believe is the hippopotamus, the children race around the Safari in search of the elusive animal. But one child, Liam, knows where he is throughout the entire book, but he is ignored by his teacher and classmates, until the end. Full of diversity, these adorable children are just what kids should be--silly and curious. The illustrations of the diverse class enhances adventure with colorful and racially diverse characters. 




"...A refreshingly unconventional mix of science and storytelling, of physical work and brain work."--Kirkus Reviews

What Dog Knows


by Sylvia Yanden Heede, illustrated by Marije Tolman





Release Date: August 1, 2016
Publisher: Gecko Press
ISBN: 9781776570362
Hardcover: $16.99

Spinning off of Wolf and Dog, these two furry friends explore scientific topics in an array of illustrations, activities, information, and quizzes. Exploring Mummies and Skeletons, Robots, Knights, and Pirates, Dinosaurs and Dragons, and Rockets and the Moon, this book is packed full of information for young readers from a variety of popular topics (honestly, there are facts many adults may not know). Educational and quirky, this book works well as an illustrated text and an interactive story.


Surprising Spring


by Jennifer Marino Walters, illustrated by John Nez

Release Date: August 1, 2016
Publisher: Red Chair Press
ISBN: 9781634401227
Hardcover: $6.99





Next in a series of season-related books, Walters and Nez explore the wonders of Spring as everything comes back to life and colors grow richer. Interactive questions for very young readers will teach them about growth and life cycles for animals. 


Sweet Summer

by Jennifer Marino Walters, illustrated by John Nez

Release Date: August 1, 2016
Publisher: Red Chair Press
ISBN: 9781634401234
Hardcover: $6.99






Moving into summer, Walters and Nez continue to educate young readers about what happens in the summertime--specifically the fun! Picnics and beach days are colorfully illustrated to express the joys of summer. It's sad that summer is ending right now, and students return to school in a few weeks where I live, but if you have the summer blues, just turn to this little book to give you a pick-me-up!