Children's Book List

Reviews of Children's Literature

Shackleton’s Journey

By: William Grill

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Shackleton’s Journey

Summary:
Details Shackleton’s journey to Antarctica. This book takes the academic and historical information behind the expedition and reinterprets it for a young audience.

Rating: 4 ****

The amazing tale of Ernest Shackleton and his and his crew’s attempt to voyage to Antarctica. Grill focuses on items that will be of interest to children, such as the 69 dogs, and weaves the tale with lots of illustrations for young readers.

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A Lion in Paris

By: Beatrice Alegmagna

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A Lion in Paris

Summary: The story of a lion who, bored by his rural life in the savanna, seeks excitement and opportunity in the City of Light. Upon arriving in Paris, the lion is disappointed to find that despite his size, people barely pay attention to him, not even when he lets out a ferocious roar on the busy underground M├ętro.

Rating: 3 ***

The best thing about this book is its size. It’s huge. The story doesn’t make sense. The lion’s has very conflicting thoughts wanting opposite things to happen.

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Tippy and the Night Parade

By: Lilli Carre

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Tippy and the Night Parade

Summary: Follow Tippy on a nocturnal adventure through mist, up a mountain, down a hole and back home.

Rating: 4 ****

A cute story about a sleepwalking girl and the animals she attracts back to her bedroom after her nightly strolls.

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The Mermaid and the Shoe

By: K.G. Campbell

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The Mermaid and the Shoe

Summary: Each of King Neptune’s 50 mermaid daughters boasts a special talent, except for little Minnow, who seems to be good only at asking questions. When she finds a strange object, Minnow follows her questions to a wondrous place and finds answers, including the answer to the most important question of all: Who am I?

Rating: 3 ***

A young inquisitive mermaid learns how to answer her own questions by exploring.

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Field Trip Fiasco

Written By: Julie Daneberg
Illustrated By: Judy Love

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Field Trip Fiasco

Summary:
Mrs. Hartwell is taking her class on a field trip to the zoo, and because of the fiasco last time she has prepared a list of tips to deal with anticipated disasters–but will they work?

Rating: 3 ***

Mrs. Hartwell takes her class on a field trip to the zoo, but lots of accidents ensue. Luckily she has prepared a list of handy rules to help her through the day.

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Tin

By: Chris Judge
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Tin

Summary:
A metal boy named Tin is looking after his little sister Nickel one afternoon when she grabs hold of a balloon and floats away. Tin and his dog Zinc set off in hot pursuit as she floats towards the big city. Can they rescue Nickel before she goes too far?

Rating: 4 ****

A fun story about a boy trying to get his sister back as she takes a balloon ride all over the city. The illustrations are very elaborate.

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Fog Island

By Tomi Ungerer

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Fog Island

No one has ever returned from the mysterious Fog Island, but when Finn and Cara get castaway on its murky shores, they discover things are not quite as they expect. Will anyone ever believe them?

Rating: 5*****

Both visually stunning and verbally compelling. This story captivates audiences of all ages. There’s so much said in both the words and the text. It’s a wonderful story about two very adventurous kids.

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Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain

By Edward Ardizzone

Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain

Tim has the sort of adventures that every child needs, unshakably rooted in the real world, but unhampered by interference from anxious adults. His stirring but comforting maritime experiences are those a child might dream of – full of storms, shipwrecks and fascinating knots. He deals doggedly with dangers, never stints on chores below deck and always gets home after the voyage.

Rating: ****

You can tell when stories are dated, especially with this one. A little boys goes off on his own to be a sea captain after his parents laugh at him. When he finally returns the parents ship him off again. I think somewhere along the way this book lost its relevance.

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