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Volume 20, Number 10 October 2010 Home | CBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Biography Shelf Christian Studies Shelf
Holiday Shelf Bilingual Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Environmental Studies Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf Preschool Shelf
Self-Help Shelf Judaic Studies Shelf Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf
Young Adult Shelf Picturebook Shelf Chapter Book/Easy Reader Shelf
Fiction Shelf Music Shelf Books in Series

Reviewer's Choice

Romero Britto, artist/author
Universe Publishing
c/o Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.
300 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010
9780789320681, $19.95,

"Happy!" is a vivid, inspired art/thought collection by an artist who believes art is too important not to be shared. "Happy!" is meant to be a gift that inspires and transcends, that honors the mundane joys of life, and that shares that joy. Bursting with vibrancies and vitality, the brightly colored illustrations leap out of each page with their positive proclamations. Even the pictures of a rainy day say, "My family makes me happy, rain or shine, all the time!" At the end is a great foldout four page artistic hug that the reader must accept. The reader has no choice but to grow a more positive outlook as a result of exposure to "Happy" It is contagious in a good way. Though "Happy!" is sure to be a hit with small children, it has much appeal and value for adults as well, especially those needing a good jolt of fun.

Tricycle Press
c/o Random House
6001 Shellmound St., 4th Floor, Emeryville, CA 94608

Two fine new kids' titles offer something different in the way of themes. Poems by David M. Schwartz and Yael Schy blend with photos by Dwight Kuhn and a survey of nature's mysteries in WHAT IN THE WILD? MYSTERIES OF NATURE CONCEALED AND REVEALED (9781582463100, $16.99). A hide-and-seek format blends with gatefolds that invite kids to survey nature's wonders, and to guess for themselves ten mysteries of nature's appearances. Lori Mortensen's COME SEE THE EARTH TURN: THE STORY OF LEON FOUCAULT (9781582462844, $17.99) provides kids with good reading skills some 32 pages of facts about one Leon Foucault, who developed Foucault's Pendulum and changed how the world was perceived. Ages 7-9 will appreciate this survey of a budding scientist's discoveries, and will find it an excellent scientific biography geared for an age group that ordinarily wouldn't receive mention of Foucault's name.

Steve Jenkins
Scholastic Press
557 Broadway, New York NY 10012
9780545046510, $16.99,

BONES: SKELETONS AND HOW THEY WORK provides a fine survey of differences between human and animal bones, comparing bone appearances, weight, purposes and more. Spreads reveal the bony insides of a range of animals, from a spider monkey, a mole and a bat to an elephant, and provide readers with a fine and lively introduction to physiology.

Burgher and the Woebegone
Kim Chatel, author
Samantha Bell, illustrator
Guardian Angel Publishing
12430 Tesson Ferry Road #186, St. Louis, MO 63128
9781616330613, $8.95,

"Burgher and the Woebegone" is a choose-your-own-adventure-script illustrated chapter book written to delight and enchant children ages 8-12. Burgher is gnome, another name for an "ugly elf." Burgher lives in a blasted apple orchard, with slugs and fungus. He hates spring, green growth, birds, bees and butterflies. His nemesis is the persistent and cheerful Apple Tree Man, who offers sunshine, blossoms, and fresh life to Oxtail Orchard. Kids get to help Burgher make different choices in his story, finally arriving at a way to bring renewal and fresh life to Oxtail Orchard. "Burgher and the Woebegone" is an empowering book for kids to help create, filled with nudging humor and unique black and white comic commentary.

Claudia and the Gladiator
Betty Williams
Vantage Press
419 Park Avenue South, Mew York, NY 10016
9780533162437, $11.95,

"Claudia and the Gladiator" is for young adults and was published posthumously as a lasting legacy to the author's three grown children. Unfolding in exciting, descriptive prose, "Claudia and the Gladiator" takes the reader directly to the world of Ostia, near Rome, in 166 A.D. Eleven year old Claudia Marcella is only daughter to Marcellus, captain of a tidy fleet of merchant ships. Since Claudia's mother died when she was very young, she is nurtured by two caring household slaves and her tutor, Cassius. Unusual for a young woman of her age, time and status, Claudia's education includes rules and styles of classic oratory, and she plans to enter an oratory competition that is normally open only to boys or young men. Much of the decisive action of the story depends upon her oratorical skills, which she uses to defend her unlikely friend and companion, Alexander, a Greek gladiator who is also a slave. "Claudia and the Gladiator" is a wonderful example of juvenile historical fiction. Every detail of daily life in Ostia is well researched. The author spent time living near the site of "Claudia and the Gladiator," and her experience within the landscape shows in the narrative. "Claudia and the Gladiator" will appeal to readers age 11 and up, with a fifth grade reading ability level. A fine, delicate balance between historical authenticity and modern relevance for presentation of issues (such as the status of women, slaves, and accessibility of justice) help to promote the appeal of "Claudia and the Gladiator."

Ruby and Rocket
Dawn Denton, author
Kurt Jones, illustrator
Tate Publishing & Enterprises
127 E. Trade Center Terrace, Mustang, OK 73064
9781615669806, $ 9.99,

"Ruby and Rocket" is a Guest in the Garden series illustrated paperback that also includes a free live audio book digital download. Created by a master gardener with strong Christian faith and beliefs, "Ruby and Rocket" is a naturalist's view of a tale of two sibling ruby-throated hummingbirds who are exploring the world of sight, scents and taste that they encounter in their feeding upon nectar of flowers in the garden. Simply written and beautifully illustrated with colored ink and pencil or pastel drawings, "Ruby and Rocket" is aimed at a young audience ages 3 and up. Through listening, imagining, viewing and experiencing, young readers are encouraged to explore the heady miniature world of the ruby-throated hummingbird as they fly from flower to flower to partake of the celestial nourishment which they require.

Wish Stealer, A Dangerously Uncommon Tale
Barbara Kolbers
Fingernail Moon Studios
2058 N. Mills Ave., #213, Claremont, CA 91711
9780984584703, $19.95

"Wish Stealer, A Dangerously Uncommon Tale" is an imaginatively illustrated chapter book for young readers ages 7-10, beautifully presented as a softcover landscape book with a hardcover portrait slipcase. Embellished with 50 color illustrations and fast moving action, dialogue and an appealing hero named Algernon, "Wish Stealer" is hailed as the quintessential transitional chapter storybook for middle school aged readers. Algernon is an Everykid who is tempted to steal coins from a magic fountain, only to discover that those coins carry stolen wishes. Character-building scenes ensue, and finally Algernon is faced with a great moral choice which he alone can make. "Wish Stealer" is masterful in impact and tone, funny, and scary too. Kids will love "Wish Stealer," and they will emerge from its enchantment better young human beings.

The Midnight Ship
Rose Impey, author
Moira Kemp, illustrator
Mathew Price Limited
12300 Ford Road, Dallas, TX 75234
9780984436613, $12.95,

"The Midnight Ship" is the sixth title in a successful series titled "Creepies" that appeals to children ages 5-8. Two sisters like to pretend their bunk beds are a ship in a dangerous, serpent-infested sea as they are (supposedly) drifting off to sleep in the dark. Although the younger sister does not always get to do the most fun things in their make believe boat in the sea, she manages to come out even or ahead in the end. The dark-tinged pastel illustrations lend exactly the right hint of fearsome mystery clothing the familiar in this imaginative little spooky thriller. Kids will love it and reluctant readers will be enticed to read more "Creepies."

The Biography Shelf

Supreme Court Justices: Sonia Sotomayor
Sandra H. Shichtman
Morgan Reynolds Publishing, Inc.
620 South Elm Street, Suite 387, Greensboro, NC 27406
9781599351568, $28.95,

"Supreme Court Justices: Sonia Sotomayor" is a photo-illustrated biography with color illustrations, a timeline from 1954-2009, web sites, index, and photo credits. Written for young adults (ages 8-12), "Supreme Court Justices : Sonia Sotomayor" traces Sonia's life, achievements and accomplishments from her humble beginnings, living in a public housing project in New York City, to her attendance at Princeton University with scholarship, graduated summa cum Laud and went on to Yale Law School, eventually to her confirmation as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on August 8, 2009. Justice Sotomayor's career path has been consistently stellar. She is a hard worker and a consistent producer. Her appointment is a direct testament to President Obama's commitment to the "pursuit of excellence and the pursuit of diversity," two not mutually exclusive categories. Justice Sotomayor's appointment is a huge stroke ahead for women and all persons of Puerto Rican ethnicity. "Supreme Court Justices: Sonia Sotomayor" presents the biographical and historical information in a current context, accessible to young adults ages 10 and up. "Sonia Sotomayor" is the fourth in a series of biographies on Supreme Court Justices; the first three are Earl Warren, John marshall, and Thurgood Marshall.

My Uncle Martin's Big Heart
Angela Farris Watkins, PhD., author
Eric Velasquez, illustrator
115 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011
9780810989757, $24.95,

"My Uncle Martin's Big Heart" is a wonderful biographical memory book for young children about the great freedom fighter and preacher, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as remembered by his four-year old niece (at the time). Full of warmly colorful authentic illustrations of intimate family life involving M.L. or Uncle Martin, "My Uncle Martin's Big Heart" is a book which truly brims and overflows with love and warmth, just as the author's memories testify. Without neglecting or ignoring all the vastly important work done by Reverend King, "My Uncle Martin's Big Heart" goes straight to a core message which he delivered as his lifetime gift: the way to heal conflict between races and groups is through love, not violence. This intimate family profile of a great man is a priceless addition to the King biographies and materials, band it is meant to be savored by children of all ages.

Lost Boy
Jane Yolen
345 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780525478867, $17.99,

LOST BOY: THE STORY OF THE MAN WHO CREATED PETER PAN offers picturebook readers in grades 2-4 a fine overview of J.M. Barrie's life. Good reading skills will lend appreciation to this biography of his childhood and life, with lovely drawings by Steve Adams blending with Barrie's own words to provide a winning account!

The Christian Studies Shelf

The Big God Story
Michelle Anthony, author
Cory Godbey, illustrator
David C. Cook
4050 Lee Vance View, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
McClure/Muntsinger Public Relations (publicity)
PO Box 804, Franklin, TN 37065
9781434764546 $12.99

The Big God Story is a Christian children's picturebook that summarizes the story of the Bible from God's creation of the world and the Garden of Eden through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Gentle illustrations complement the straightforward text that reminds young readers of God's love as well as condensing Biblical events into an easily followed narrative. "You see, in order to be our Redeemer, Jesus had to die. That was the only way we could be friends with God again. But that's not the end of this Big Story. Jesus didn't stay dead - three days later, an angel rolled back the heavy stone door to His tomb, and it was empty! Jesus was alive again, proving to all people that He was Christ, the Lord!" An excellent addition to Christian children's libraries, The Big God Story is brief enough - yet respectful enough of the Bible and its teachings - to serve as a bedtime storybook.

That's Where God Is
Dan & Ali Morrow, authors
Cory Godbey, illustrator
David C. Cook
4050 Lee Vance View, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
9781434764348, $12.99,

"That's Where God Is" is the beginning of a Christian-oriented answer to a young child's question, "Where can I find God?" Told as a story of a visit between a young boy and his grandfather, "That's Where God Is" points children towards the idea of looking for God every day, seven days a week. Each day brings different experiences to the boy, illuminated by related Scripture quotations that help draw the young mind towards awareness of God. The pastel tinted illustrations help to bring just the right quality of mindfulness to each days special experiences of God. The book does not end with the boy realizing that God is everywhere around him. After he tells his grandfather all the days and ways he found God, he asks, "Where else could God be?" When he finds God can be in his heart he decides he wants to invite God to be in his heart and with him wherever he goes. He asks his grandfather to teach him how to pray. Learning to pray is a joyous experience, simply expressed. "That's Where God Is" presents a natural learning experience for very young children as they are beginning to discover and explore their spirituality and belief in God. It is the first book in a two part series which promises more adventures in spiritual explorations to come.

Charlie and Trike in the Grand Canyon Adventure
Ken Ham with Karen Hansel
Master Books
c/o New Leaf Publishing Group
PO Box 726, Green Forest, AR 72638
9780890515693 $15.99

Charlie and Trike in the Grand Canyon Adventure is a children's picturebook with movable flaps, about a troubling question: how can we know that what the Bible says is true? Accompanied by a high-spirited monkey, an anthropomorphic triceratops friend named Trike, and a one-eyed tour guide, Charlie hikes into the Grand Canyon while wondering about the dilemma. Charlie even suspects that his tour guide is a thief, but can't prove it. While in the canyon, Trike teaches his friend about the great worldwide Flood in the days of Noah, and why the Bible can be trusted. "'So how do you know the Bible is true?' 'We have to trust the One Who gave people the Bible.'" The lift-the-flap segments add an eye-catching interactive aspect to this empathetic Christian picturebook, which features colorful, cartoon-like illustrations and a gentle narrative tone. Highly recommended.

The Story of Easter (with DVD)
Gwen Ellis, author
Steve Smallman, illustrator
Tommy Nelson
c/o Thomas Nelson Publishers
PO Box 141000, Nashville, TN 37214
9781400308552, $10.99

"The Story of Easter," children's illustrated book and DVD is a retelling of the Easter story based on the International Children's Bible from the Read and Share Bible series. This simple retelling of the Christian story begins with Jesus borrowing a donkey (Luke 19:28-35) and ends with Jesus going to heaven (Luke 24:50-53; Acts 1:6-11). Each separate chapter has a small summary ending paragraph highlighted in different colors. At the end, the reader is asked "Can you retell the story?" Specific reference illustrations help to suggest the thirteen different chapters of the story. "The Story of Easter" comes with an accompanying DVD with six stories from the life of Jesus, including the First Lord's Supper, Jesus' Resurrection, The Holy Spirit Comes, Saul Becomes Paul, Phillip, and peter in Jail. Clearly "The Story of Easter" is a bargain educational tool for Christian studies classes for children ages 6-10. The buoyant, colorful illustrations help imprint the different chapters and parts of the story on young memories.

Bully Bill
Joy Birky, author
Chad Thompson, illustrator
Herald Press
616 Walnut Avenue, Scottsdale, PA 15683-1999
9780836193824, $12.99,

"Bully Bill" is a rhyming, illustrated children's text that teaches Christian charity and the Golden Rule as a cure for bullying behavior. Beautiful full color illustrations amplify the verse told tale and underline the moral: "You don't have to fight to be right!" "Bully Bill" will appeal to children in grades K-3. The artist's memorable style may be recognized from such past joint works as Disney's "Lilo and Stitch."

The Holiday Shelf

Day of the Dead
Christine McNunn and Diane Cutler
Fair World Books
116 Fifth Street, West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
9781450727891 $7.95

Day of the Dead is a softcover picturebook that teaches young people about the popular Latin American festival about remembering and honoring the dead - a cheerful occasion when, it is believed, the dead come back to share good times with their families and loved ones. Illustrated with colorful photography of adults and children celebrating the holiday, Day of the Dead brims with the joy of the good time shared with late loved ones. A wonderful way to introduce young people to one of the holidays of another culture, Day of the Dead is a great pick for school or public library children's collections.

The Bilingual Shelf

The Party for Papa Luis/ La Fiesta Para Papa Luis
Diane Gonzales Bertrand, author
Alejandro Galinda, illustrator
Pinata Books
c/o Arte Publico Press
University of Houston,
452 Cullen Performance Hall, Houston, TX 77204
9781558855328, $16.95,

"The Party for Papa Luis/ La Fiesta Para Papa Luis" is a bilingual children's illustrated story with Spanish translation by Gabriela Baeza Ventura. Vibrant, colorful illustrations animate "The Party for Papa Luis," which is a Spanish version of a theme-story poem like "This is the house that Jack Built." Every page has two balanced scripts in Spanish and English on the left hand side, with a narrow dividing illustration and a large illustration on the facing page. Step by step the reader is taken through a wonderful fiesta birthday party, complete with cake, candles, pinata, children, family, bird, clown, and Mama Marta (who made the cake). The action never stops and the fun never ends. "The Party for Papa Luis" will appeal to preschool age children and older, ages 3-6, with its wonderful whirl of color, music, fun, and surprise. It couldn't be easier to begin to learn another language than to read this book!

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

The Secrets of the Magical Medallions
Sean McCartney
Mountainland Publishing, Inc.
PO Box 150891, Ogden, UT 84415
9780974547626 $9.95

Finding treasure isn't always a good omen. "The Secrets of the Magical Medallions" follows the treasure hunters club as they find powerful, magical medallions. They soon realize that when you find power, there is always someone out to take it, and the four kids in the club find evil hot on their tales. A fun adventure for younger readers, "The Secrets of the Magical Medallions" is a choice pick.

Children of the Lost Moon
Gabrielle Blue
Privately Published
9781609102555, $14.95,

From behind the sights of one's eyes lurk both the guardians and predators of humanity. "Children of the Lost Moon" is the story of champion fencer Savannah Henderson and the secrets that she discovers when becoming a young woman. Her teacher may be the key to her success, but her teacher holds a dark secret, and brings her to a reality where Olympic gold medals are not so important. "Children of the Lost Moon" is a fun fantasy for younger readers, very highly recommended.

The Key to Nede
Karisa Ewinger
Intermedia Publishing Group
PO Box 2825, Peoria, AZ 85380
9781935529699, $12.99,

It can be daunting to be dropped into a new world and be forced to save it. "The Key to Nede" tells the story of orphaned Billy Owen and his friend Sarah, as they find their way to the mystical land of Nede, under fire from a power obsessed prince with plots to conquer Nede and Billy's world. With a heavy weight on his twelve year old shoulders, "The Key to Nede" is an intriguing take on fantasy, very highly recommended.

The Keya Quests
Glenn Skinner
Outskirts Press, Inc.
10940 South Parker Road, #515, Parker, CO 80134
9781432749392, $23.95,

"The Keya Quests: Three Souls Destiny -Bound" is the first volume of a fantasy fiction epic filled with action and suspense, complete with a cliffhanger ending that begs the continuing narrative in future volumes. The author's real knowledge of weaponry, bows, and knives adds a great richness of detail to the well crafted battle action scenes. Keya, a lost elfin princess is seeking a legendary hero to assist her people in a desperate battle. To find help, she travels between worlds and times, arriving at an American island in modern times among strange but helpful people who become her friends. Upon arrival she is followed and attacked by maddened wolves who have also traveled through the pillars. She is rescued from certain death by Orren, a mysterious man with great battle skill and prowess. The plot and quest unfold with threatening moves made by stalking evil militia from Keya's world. Woven into the narrative are believable events such as a festival center for medieval-like tourneys on the island, with fight training and planned clashes. "The Keya Quests" reads well and swiftly, with exciting twists and turns to the plot. One distracting feature of the narrative style that struck this reviewer is it is written completely in present tense. Perhaps there was an artistic reason the author chose this technique. It is difficult to judge its effectiveness not knowing the author's intent. This reviewer's impression is that it was a distracting effect, but one that could be adapted to and integrated by the reader. High marks for adventure and action go to "The Keya Quests."

The Environmental Studies Shelf

Going Blue
Cathryn Berger Kaye & Philippe Cousteau
Free Spirit Publishing
217 Fifth Avenue North, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9781575423487, $14.99,

The next generation is going to be the key for saving much of the endangered wildlife in the world. "Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands" discusses what teens can do now to save the endangered creatures of the ocean and fight climate change. All over the the world in many different climates, oceans and other bodies of water are endangered. With everything from political activism to practical little differences, and enhanced with many full color photographs, "Going Blue" is not a guide to be missed for the environmentally conscious.

Children Go Green
Monica Goldstein
Outskirts Press, Inc.
10940 South Parker Road, #515, Parker, CO 80134
9781432725280, $14.95,

Children are very much aware of the struggle to repair and protect the environment. No one is more enthusiastic about environmental issues than elementary school kids. That's why Monica Goldstein's "Children Go Green: Bus trip to Little Stars Elementary" will prove such a welcome addition to family, school, and community library collections for young readers. The colorful, 'kid friendly', cartoon-style illustrations wonderfully support a simple, straightforward text that is an informative as it is entertaining as Arnie, Geo, Maggie, and all their friends learn about recycling for a safer world to live in for themselves and all living creatures. An 18-page chap book, "Children Go Green: Bus trip to Little Stars Elementary" is very highly recommended and would make an especially appropriate supplement to a home schooling curriculum on environmental issues oriented study!

Frozen Secrets
Sally M. Walker
c/o The Lerner Publishing Group
241 First Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1607
9781580136075 $20.95

Illustrated with full-color photography on almost every page Frozen Secrets: Antarctica Revealed is a beautiful book written for teenagers and young adults yet accessible to readers of all ages, about the scientific mysteries hidden within Antarctica. From the geologic history of the continent, to the tenacious natural life that survives upon it, to the work scientists do at research stations, Frozen Secrets goes into a wealth of meticulously researched detail without being dry. Enticing and absorbing as well as educational, Frozen Secrets is an excellent pick for middle school, junior high, and high school libraries.

Our Earth, How Kids Are Saving the Planet
Janet Wilson, author/illustrator
Second Story Press
20 Maud Street Ste. 401, Toronto, ON M5V 2M5
9781897187845, $18.95,

"Our Earth, How Kids Are Saving the Planet" is a collection of 10 international profiles of outstanding "greenagers" who are each taking specific action to protect earth's threatened environments and to promote green practices. Some of the youth profiled include Kruti Parekh, age 13, a magician from India whose life mission is to use her magic to heal the Earth of its tragic wounds caused by environmental degradation. Another is William KamKwamba, age 14, of Malawi, who invented and built a windmill to generate electricity for his village and home. He also wrote "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind," and built a sustainable school in his village. There are eight other equally inspiring profiles of young people who are working to save the planet in "Our Earth," along with color photographs and inspirational quotations from many cultures. "our Earth" ends with several interesting sections titled "Kids Take Action!", "Kids Create!", and "How You Can Help Save the Planet." "Our Earth" is an empowering book for kids age 7-12 that can be used as an ecology text reference or resource.

Day and Night
Robin Nelson
First Step Nonfiction
c/o The Lerner Publishing Group
241 First Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1607
9780761345763, $ 21.27,

"Day and Night" is a First Step Nonfiction book about discovering nature's cycles. Pages are filled with excellent photographs of sunrise, daylight, the earth in space turning out of darkness, children greeting morning sunlight and preparing for campfires as evening falls, etc. Simple explanatory statements present young minds with observed information about how the earth's spinning while orbiting the sun creates day and night in turn, over and over. Complete with Learn More, Glossary and Day and Night Facts sections at the end, "Day and Night" makes an excellent natural science introductory text for preschool-Kindergarten children.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Ness the Underdressed Cockatoo
Alyssa Rudinsky, author
Julie Leiman Weaver, illustrator
Mirror Publishing
6434 West Dixon Street, Milwaukee, WI 53214
9781936352296, $12.99,

"Ness the Underdressed Cockatoo" is a special book about a real bird, a featherless cockatoo "mascot" bird named Oscar who lives at the Humane Society of Broward County, Florida. In the story, Ness is mocked and rejected because her feathers have nearly all fallen out due to a special avian disease. Ness dreams of being a heroine and being appreciated. Her pet store owner, Marci, has special feelings about this unusual cockatoo, despite her bedraggled appearance. Finally, a tiny fly named Dr. Speck inspects Ness inside and out and pronounces Ness a cockatoo like no other, and the very best cockatoo she can be! All the other birds in the pet store are finally so convinced they each give Ness a feather, until she has her own coat of many-colored feathers. "Ness the Underdressed Cockatoo" is a charmingly illustrated morality fable for children grades K-3 that teaches humility, compassion, and discernment of true beauty. A percent of the proceeds of the sale of "Ness the Underdressed Cockatoo" are to be donated to the Humane Society of Broward County, where the original live inspiration for Ness still lives.

Little Kitten Wants a Friend
Michael Teitelbaum
Treasure Bay
P.O. Box 119, Novato, CA 94948
9781601152893, $9.95,

"Little Kitten Wants a Friend" is a Photo-Adventure book for children in grades K-2. Bright photos of a little gray striped kitten encountering wonderful objects and animals in his explorations leads to interesting facts and observations about kittens. Kids will enjoy learning to read "Little Kitten Wants a Friend" for themselves, and adults can encourage their reading prowess by pointing out interesting details throughout the book. "Little Kitten Wants a Friend" is perfect for encouraging beginning readers.

The Preschool Shelf

Raindrops: A Shower of Colors
Chieu Anh Urban, author
Viviana Garofoli, illustrator
Sterling Publishing Company
387 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016-8810
9781402769009 $8.95

Raindrops: A Shower of Colors is a joyful board book that teaches little ones about basic colors. Each color is paired with an object or animal of that color - and a raindrop-shaped section of tinted-color plastic embedded within the board page further emphasizes the given hue! For example, the page with the words "White Whale" features a playful illustration of a while whale with a blazing white teardrop-shaped section covering the whale's nose! The clear plastic segments are as durable as the rest of the board book, making Raindrops: A Shower of Colors an excellent choice for the very young.

Who Hoo Are You?
Kate Endle
Sasquatch Books
119 South Main Street, Suite 400, Seattle, WA 98104-2555
9781570616471 $8.95

Who Hoo Are You? is charming board book for children, featuring colorful pictures and simple, alliterative phrases about a wide variety of different animals. "I'm a water-spouting whale. / I'm a ruffly red rooster. / I'm a perky playful puppy. / I'm a lovable little lamb." The simple shapes forming the artwork add just the right touch to this excellent (and vocabulary-building!) read-aloud book for little ones.

The Churki-Burki Book of Rhyme
Gita Wolf, author
Durga Bai, artist
Tara Publishing
c/o Consortium Book Sales & Distribution
34 13th Avenue NE, Suite 101, Minneapolis, MN 55413
9789380340067, $14.95,

"The Churki-Burki Book of Rhyme" is a magical picture book for preschoolers and toddlers that takes the reader into the exotic, rural world of Churki and Burki, two village girls of Central India. Filled with poetry, music, nonsense, and brightly etched illustrations in the Gond tradition, "The Churki-Burki book of Rhyme" describes daily activities such as gathering corn, driving off jackals and parrots from the corn fields, going fishing, gathering wood, and playing outdoors. From the call of the rooster in the morning ("Kikiree-kee!") to the Spider's Web game the children play with friends, readers and listeners will know they are in an enchanted world where sights, sounds, and senses are dazzled by differences.

Teeny Tiny Tales for Toddlers
Sarah Hayes, author
Sarah Garson, illustrator
Mathew Price Limited
12300 Ford Road, Dallas, TX 75234
9781935021629, $16.95,

"Teeny Tiny Tales for Toddlers" is a delightful collection of five illustrated brief stories about a teeny tiny family of doll-like creatures who live in a complete miniature house at the bottom of the garden. Each story has an index tab with a picture clue about the story's subject, to help young pre-readers learn how to associate pictures with specific subjects or stories. A different color background for each mini-story also helps make a clear visual delineation between the separate "chapters" or stories. The pastel, detailed illustrations are specific and precious,; they will appeal to small children as well as encouraging them to stretch their imaginations. Written for children ages 0-5 years, "Teeny Tiny Tales for Toddlers" gives youngsters a chance to estimate relative size in the illustrations. Each of the visitors to the Teeny-tiny house is by a real creature, such as a cat, a snail, a bat. Even Poppy's wings are made from feathers of a bird that she feeds, and the relative size of the bird compared to Poppy is represented as gigantic! "Teeny Tiny Tales for Toddlers" is full of perfect bedtime reading short stories for busy preschoolers. It will be a popular and much requested storytime treat.

Too Pickley!
Jean Reidy, author
Genevieve Leloup, illustrator
Bloomsbury Books for Young Readers
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
9781599903095, $11.99,

"Too Pickley!" is another rhyming illustrated young children's book that catapults its reader into the world of taste, somersaulting with colorful renditions of different-tasting foods and dishes! A small boy (who is a picky eater) and his pet hamster (? gerbil?) feel very hungry, but they are quite particular about what they don't want to taste in their food! "Too Pickley!" is a great way to tease kids into trying a new taste adventure. "Too Pickley!" is also from a series that includes "Too Purpley!" a book about a young girl's debated decision about what to wear, by the same publisher and author/illustrator team. "Too Pickley!" will have strong appeal for its intended audience of children ages 2-5.

The Self-Help Shelf

The Girls' Book of Friendship
Scholastic Inc.
557 Broadway, New York NY 10012
9780545223270, $9.99,

The Girls' Book of Friendship offers a fine survey of friendship basics, covering everything from making a friendship bracelet and making a new friend to making up after an argument and helping friends in need. How can you be and attract a best friend? Through this thoughtful coverage of what friendship means!

Be Fit, Be Strong, Be You
Rebecca Kajander, CPNP, MPH
Timothy Culbert, MD
Free Spirit Publishing
217 Fifth Avenue North, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9781575423074, $9.99,

"Be Fit, Be Strong, Be You" is an owner's guide and manual about self care skills especially written for children age 8 and up. Part of the Be the Boss of Your Body series, "Be Fit, Be Strong, Be You" provides helpful information on exercise and fun ways to stay moving, healthy foods to include in a balanced diet, finding and maintaining a healthy weight, increasing self- confidence, finding great ways to be active and involved in school, sports, hobbies, etc, and how to look your best. In addition to creating and eating healthy meals and snacks, children are encouraged to take charge of their physical and mental health and well being. To further this goal, such techniques as journaling, using affirmations, belly breathing, positive imagery, aromatherapy, acupressure, and yoga are discussed. In addition to eating and exercise, other important components of good self care include sleep, life management, social supports, and family/parental involvement. All areas are capable of providing good support to the idea of "Be the Boss of Your Body." Vibrant color photographs and action shots add to the interest of "Be Fit, Be Strong, Be You."

Growing Strong
Christina Goodings, author
Masumi Furukawa, illustrator
Kregel Publications
733 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
9780745961583, $12.99,

"Growing Strong: A Book About Taking Care of Yourself" is a beautifully illustrated, simply written book about the importance of good health habits for children age 5 and up. "Growing Strong" is organized by units, divided into twelve sections titled The beginning of you, Building blocks, Fuel, Keep it clean, Smile, Run for your life, Worth the risk, Whatever the weather, Fit for anything, First aid, Dream on, and To be the best, Each two page unit shows pictures of kids making healthful choices in activities and habits, with little caption questions to highlight learning. One of the final such captions is an inspirational thought: "What will you do so that when you look back on your life, you will be able to say, "I was truly me"? "Growing Strong" has a consistent empowering message that is both accepting of differences and responsibilities and celebrating individuality. "Growing Strong" is a fine positive offering in the self-care tool chest of young children.

The Judaic Studies Shelf

Mitzvah the Mutt
Sylvia Rouss, author
Martha Rast, illustrator
Yaldah Publishing
PO Box 18662, St. Paul, MN 55118
9781592871803, $8.95,

"Mitzvah the Mutt" is an illustrated chapter book for children of all backgrounds and beliefs, ages 6-9. Mitzvah is a mischievous, good- hearted mutt who is adopted by a Jewish family after he helps them find their daughter Rachel in the pet store. Because Mitzvah doesn't understand some common Jewish holiday customs, he makes many hilarious faux pas with his new family, eating matzoh balls, learning about Shabbat customs, and pouncing on David and Rachel's spinning dreidels at Hanukkah. Mitzvah has lots to learn, but the Bergers (and Mitzvah loves his family's name) are patient and willing to teach him. Mitzvah also enjoys learning about Passover and he especially enjoys being allowed to eat all the special holiday food that Bubbie and Zaydie, his children's grandparents, give to him. "Mitzvah the Mutt" is told completely from a dog's point of view, so there are many humorous twists to strange new information that kids will especially enjoy.

The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf

The Smurfs and the Magic Flute
40 Exchange Place, Suite 1308, NY, NY 10005
9781597072083 $5.99

The Smurfs and the Magic Flute is the full-color graphic novel presentation of the very first Smurfs story, as written and illustrated by the Smurfs' creator Peyo. Set in the Middle Ages, The Smurfs and the Magic Flute follows two young human friends, the noble Johan and the more diminutive yet energetic Peewit, who become embroiled in the search to retrieve a stolen magic flute before its power can spread suffering. Halfway through the story, the two friends encounter the mysterious village of little blue, bob-tailed men in white hats and pants, who call themselves Smurfs! Adult readers as well as children and teens will enjoy this classic tale that sparked an internationally beloved franchise. The Smurfs and the Magic Flute is highly recommended for public library collections as well as for anyone curious about the debut of the iconic Smurfs.

Bogus, an Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel
Karla Oceanak, author
Kendra Spanjer, illustrator
Bailiwick Press
309 East Mulberry Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524
9781934649060, $12.95,

"Bogus, an Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel" is the second graphic novel for kids age 7-13 featuring the irrepressible Aldo Zelnick, kid detective and linguist extraordinaire. "Bogus" is the B- letter book, incorporating as many vocabulary words beginning with "B" as possible. In "Bogus," Aldo learns lots about philanthropy, another famous comic book artist (Charles Schulz), and the importance of remembering we are all citizens of a global village. Even finding a valuable lost ring and receiving a, $1000 reward are not as important as banding together and working and caring about other people who need help. Aldo Zelnick is a great hero for kids because he is exactly that, another believable kid. Pretty wonderful when you stop to examine him after all. As before, effortless learning takes place with adeptly incorporated vocabulary, aka the "B" gallery, which includes lots of techno-speak ("B4N") and popular lingo or slang words ("buzzkill") as well as foreign words ("bon voyage" and "bok choy") and just plain fun words (like "bodacious"). The comic illustrations keep the pages turning as does the fast moving story. Kids will love to collect all the letters of the alphabet as discovered by Aldo Zelnick. Next in the series, "Cahoots," involving a technology free vacation in rural Minnesota coming in late 2010. This reviewer, who incidentally is from rural Minnesota, can't wait!

Scholastic Press
557 Broadway, New York NY 10012

Jeff Smith's graphic novel 'Bone' series offers exceptional value for young reluctant readers who will appreciate the full-color comic-style format that lends interest to the reading process. BONE HANDBOOK (9780545211420, $9.99) offers a fine handbook to the graphic story, reviewing characters, plots, and fun Bone facts. TALL TALES (9780545140959, $21.99) is written with Tom Sniegoski and tells of Big Johnson Bone, frontier hero and founder of Boneville. His adventures before he started his trading post are recounted in a series of fun, tall tales. Doug TenNapel's GHOSTOPOLIS (9780545210270, $24.99) also holds the attractive feature of pages packed with color cartoon panels as it tells of Garth Hale, who is actually sent to the ghost world by a ghost wrangler, only to discover his special powers lead him into trouble with the evil ruler of Ghostopolis. Kids entranced by stories of ghosts and by the color graphic novel format will relish this exciting supernatural tale.

The Young Adult Shelf

Charlie Bone and the Red Knight
Jenny Nimmo
Scholastic Press
557 Broadway, New York NY 10012
9780439846721, $12.99,

Charlie Bone and the Red Knight offers the final book in the bestselling Charlie Bone series; this telling of Charlie's confrontation with the lord of the sea, who is trying to drown his parents, and an expert swordsman form another century. An outstanding Charlie Bone saga, Charlie Bone and the Red Knight offers a satisfying conclusion to the series and is a top pick for any lending library where its predecessors have been popular!

The Picturebook Shelf

Maneki Neko
Susan Lendroth, author
Kathryn Otoshi, illustrator
Shen's Books
1547 Palos Verdes Mall #291, Walnut Creek, CA 94597
9781885008398 $17.95

Maneki Neko: The Tale of the Beckoning Cat is a children's picturebook of the story behind the iconic "beckoning cat" statues of Japan. Centuries ago in Japan, a poor monk lived with his beloved black-and-white, bob-tailed cat Tama; when a fierce thunderstorm hit, a traveling samurai spotted Tama grooming herself. Was the cat beckoning him? As the samurai stepped closer, a lightning bolt struck the tree he was next to a moment ago. The beckoning cat saved his life - and the good fortune she lent him became the stuff of cultural legend. Colorful, good-humored artwork illustrates this delightful storybook.

Swing Cafe
Carl Norac, author
Rebecca Dautremer, illustrator
Bebel Gilberto & David Francis, narrators
The Secret Mountain
3816 Royal, Montreal, Quebec, H4A 2M2 Canada
c/o Sacks and Co. (publicity)
427 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014
9782923163628 $16.95

Swing Cafe is a children's picturebook with a heavy jazz appreciation theme, accompanied by a music CD filled with classic recordings from great jazz artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, and Fats Waller. The story follows a Brazilian cricket named Zaz, who hopes to sing in New York. Stowing away on a woman's fruit hat, she befriends a knowledgeable fly named Buster, who takes her to the Swing Cafe on East 54th Street. When Zaz gets up on stage, she brings a performance that will tug at the listener's hearts and emblazon itself in their minds for a lifetime. The art of Swing Cafe flows with excitement, and the text is relatively detailed, making Swing Cafe a good transition story between picturebooks and chapter books. Highly recommended.

Librarian on the Roof!
M.G. King, author
Stephen Gilpin, illustrator
Albert Whitman & Company
6340 Oakton Street, Morton Grove, IL 60053-2723
9780807545126 $16.99 1-800-255-7675

Based on a true story, Librarian on the Roof! follows the adventure of librarian RoseAleta Laurell, who was determined to transform the dusty, outdated children's library of Lockhart, Texas into a place that would appeal to children and show them that reading can be fun. To make changes, she needed money - and to raise money, she decided to spend a week on the library's roof! The colorful, whimsical illustrations bring to life this story of a plucky, megaphone-carrying librarian whose inventive stunt successfully appealed to the hearts and minds of the townspeople. "'What I want to know,' exclaimed one little boy, 'is how she's going to go to the bathroom?' RoseAleta turned to him without batting an eyelash. 'Librarians are very resourceful people,' she replied." Librarian on the Roof! is just plain fun to read aloud and share, as well as an inspirational storybook about motivating oneself and others to get great things done. Highly recommended, especially for public library collections!

Ginger and the Mystery Visitor
Charlotte Voake, author/illustrator
Candlewick Press
99 Dover Street, Somerville, MA 02144
9780763648657, $15.99,

"Ginger and the Mystery Visitor" is a sensitively illustrated story about a big yellow cat named Ginger and a small gray kitten who both belong to a little girl (who takes very good care of them). One day during breakfast, Ginger and the kitten notice another cat is watching them through the window. He is a large gray cat and he eventually helps to lick out their bowls after they finish their food! Though the strange visiting cat sometimes sleeps there and always checks the food bowl, he never stays long. The little girl wonders about his owner, so one day she ties a note to his collar saying"Do I belong to anyone?" Surprisingly enough the answer came in the form of a green note tied to the strange cat's collar, saying;"My name is Tiddles. I have a loving home and two square meals a day. Please do not feed me as I am getting rather fat." "Ginger and the Mystery Visitor" is a delightful cat story that contains a hidden moral or two that even a child of 6 can figure out in time.

Animal House
Candace Ryan, author
Nathan Hale, illustrator
Walker & Company
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
9780802798282, $16.99,

"Animal House" is the fascinating story of a boy named Jeremy who tells his teacher (Mrs. Nuddles) such wild tales about the strange animals he lives with at home that she decides to make a home visit and see these wonders for herself. At stake is both Jeremy's credibility and his permission to go on a field trip. Mrs. Nuddles just can't quite believe that a vulchair ate Jeremy's homework. But when she reaches his animal house (which is actually a gorvilla) she encounters many amazing creatures in his home. Whoever heard of a floormingo? or a kangaroom? How about a skink or a chankeldeer? In fact Jeremy's home is a magnet zoo for all the most unusual creatures. Kids are challenged to find them all in the loopy, colorful illustrations. "Animal House" stretches the concept of "animal" and "house" to a whole new level. It is outrageous in its tone, and consequently will be greatly enjoyed by kids age 5 and up.

Ten Unusual Features of Lulu McDunn
Kelly Pulley, author/illustrator
Frogs Legs Ink
c/o Gauthier Publications
P.O. Box 806241, Saint Clair Shores, MI 48080
9780982081273, $16.95,

"Ten Unusual Features of Lulu McDunn" is a counting, colored picture book in verse about an eccentric lady with different numbers of highly unusual features. Written to appeal to children ages 3 and up, "Ten Unusual Features of Lulu McDunn" will promote peals of laughter while teaching children that accepting differences can be fun and even creative. Wildly whimsical illustrations have a Dr. Seuss-like flavor that adds greatly to the magnified reverse charm of "Ten Unusual Features of Lulu McDunn." A whole new take on the concept that "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder," combined with "Be yourself" and finally "Accept yourself" sums up some of the important morals of this unique counting verse fable.

Alphabet Woof!
Sherrie A. Madia, author
Patrick Carlson, illustrator
MommyDaughter Productions
c/o Base Camp Communications, LLC
3 Woodstone Drive, Voorhees, NJ 08043
9780982618509, $18.00,

"Alphabet Woof!" is a rollicking verse tale with comical illustrations that follows the outline of what would happen if a family dog (named Moxy) ate a whole kettle of alphabet soup and then, surprisingly, was able to speak? In sentences! The premise of the story is all too believable, and the results are hilarious! Kids ages 4-8 will find the fast pace and funny illustrations extremely attractive. It is also interesting to follow a supposition through to its (more or less) logical conclusion, which "Alphabet Woof!" does. Moxy is a perfect anti hero who discovers that though talking is wonderful, it is communications with the people you love that really counts.

The Boy and the Moon
James Christopher Carroll, author/artist
Sleeping Bear Press
315 East Eisenhower Parkway, Suite 200, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
9781585365210, $15.95,

"The Boy and the Moon" is an incredible mixed media collage-illustrated story book for children ages 4-6 about a boy who danced and howled with the moon at midnight, then decided to save her (the moon) from being stuck in a dark tree. All the animals want to help but don't know how, or are afraid. Fortunately, children can climb trees. The boy climbs bravely and tries to free the crying moon, but all his efforts fail. Then he has a fabulous idea, "a bright, ripe, red thought ." he picked the apples from the tree and fed them to the moon. The moon got so fat and round from the apples that she rolled right off the tree, after she stopped crying. Once the moon is back in the night sky, all the dancing and howling started up again. The final page shows a tired little moon-rescuing boy, sound asleep with his dog, at the doorway to the night sky. "The Boy and the Moon" is a magical book, perfect for bedtime stories, that children will treasure. An interesting addition to the book is free downloadable information about Collage & Storytelling available at The artist used "a beautiful piece of worm eaten bark" for the swirling night sky in "The Boy and the Moon," while "the cratered surface of the moon is modeled from beach sand."

Hairy Harry
Debra Christenson, author/illustrator
Box 151, Frederick, MD 21705-0151
9781448925490, $24.95,

"Hairy Harry" is an imaginative children's picture book about a boy who gets a haircut that frightens him with his new, bald look. In an effort to overcompensate, Harry uses a hair-growing tonic that proves to be unstoppable! All the town comes to a halt because of hairy Harry's excess hair. Finally a solution is perceived and implemented, and not a moment too soon. "Hairy Harry" is told in verse and illustrated with colorful pencil drawings that bring joyous life to the story. Appealing to children ages 5-9, "Hairy Harry" is a courageous hoot that will leave its readers slightly better adjusted in their self-image issues.

Maneki Neko, the Tale of the Beckoning Cat
Susan Lendroth, author
Kathryn Otoshi, illustrator
Shen's Books
1547 Palos Verdes Mall #291, Walnut Creek, CA 94597
9781885008398, $17.95,

"Maneki Neko, the Tale of the Beckoning Cat" is a children's picture book that recounts a Japanese folk legend about a scruffy white cat with spots who came to stay with a poor monk at an obscure monastery, Kotoku Monastery. The monk named the cat Tama, and even though their food was meager, their life together was happy. Tama liked to groom herself and when she did so, she appeared to beckon with her paw. One day a riding samurai saw Tama on the doorstep during a terrible storm, and he left the shelter of a lone pine tree to examine the cat more closely. Moments later the tree was struck by lightening and burned, leaving the samurai safe with Tama. The monk came looking for Tama and offered tea and shelter to the samurai from the terrible storm. Because the samurai was from a powerful ancient family, he vowed to help the monk, cat, and shabby monastery for saving his life. The riches he showered on the temple were shared with the village people who had supported the monastery in the past. Thus Kotoku Monastery was transformed into Gotokuji Temple, a much more influential temple. Tama lived a long, happy life with her favorite monk. Because her beckoning paw brought luck, her ceramic image is still created today, called Maneki Neko, the beckoning cat. "Maneki Neko" is a beautifully illustrated retelling of a legend of fabulous luck and wealth, written especially to appeal to children age 6 and up.

Scholastic Press
557 Broadway, New York NY 10012

ONE DROWSY DRAGON by Ethan Long (9780545165570, $16.99) tells of a drowsy dragon trying to get some sleep - but his little dragons won't let him rest. Kids receive a blend of bedtime story and counting rhyme book in a fun dragon-filled format packed with color and whimsy. Jon J. Muth's ZEN GHOSTS (9780439634304, $17.99) is a fine Halloween pick and tells of colorful trees, children's costumes, and fun and mystery. When Addy. Michael and Karl finish trick-or-treating, their good panda friend has still another surprise - he draws them a story that will remain in their hearts and minds. A gentle, lovely tale makes this a year-round winner!

Janice Weaver
Tundra Books
Box 1030, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
9780887768149, $22.95,

Henry Hudson's life and times are captured in a lovely picturebook biography, illustrated by David Craig and focusing on a man who should be remembered for his contributions to discovery. Hudson explored Hudson's Bay and what is now New York City: this reviews his achievements in a compelling story of how Hudson made discoveries in the course of seeking something different. Good reading skills will lend to appreciation of the story for kids in grades 3-4.

Dust Devil
Anne Isaacs
Schwartz Wade Books
c/o Random House
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780375867224, $17.99,

Paul O. Zelinsky illustrates DUST DEVIL, a fine survey for ages 5-9 offering a companion to the winning SWAMP ANGEL. Angelica grew too big for Tennessee and moved to Montana: it's here she wrestles a storm to the ground, only to find a sidekick horse she names Dust Devil. They must save their town from an evil group of bandits in this fine tall tale, perfect for readers with good skills and affection for the tall tale format.

Looking for Lucy
Emrys Current
Beaver's Pond Press
7104 Ohms Lane, Suite 101, Edina, MN 55439-2129
9781592983452, $15.95,

The grandparent's home is a new experience and chance for adventure. "Looking for Lucy" tells the story of a grandmother and her grandchildren, and her elusive cat Lucy. Her grandchildren look for Lucy, and find more than a cat along the way. Lovingly illustrated by Leo Varrett, "Looking for Lucy" will prove to be a fine pick for first and second grade readers.

The Chapter Book/Easy Reader Shelf

The Scruffy Little Crumb -Grabbers
Peggy Krause, author/illustrator
100 Enterprise Way, Suite A200, Scotts Valley, CA 95066
9781439272022, $8.99,

"The Scruffy Little Crumb -Grabbers" is a chapter book with black and white pencil drawings for kids ages 7-11, about a resourceful cat named Spider Man who endures bad -mannered and rough treatment from two poorly taught children named Ruby (age 4) and Frankie (age 3). Spider Man refers to the terrible twosome as the "grand-kittens," because they are the grandchildren of his owner, Marcy. Spider Man tells his cat friends Soupy, Puff Puff, Lila and Lola all about the grand-kittens' bad behavior, and they are sympathetic. Sometimes the children squeeze him so hard he can't breathe! They also do bad things to each other. Imagine Spider Man's feelings when he discovers that Ruby and Frankie are moving in with him and Marcy for good! Eventually Marcy is able to teach Ruby and Frankie better manners, including how to be nice to cats like Spider Man. "The Scruffy Little Crumb-Grabbers" has been described as "very cute, funny, and crazy." Add to that "creative and compassionate," for it teaches kids by humorous example how not to behave with animals and each other. The exciting ending event allows Spider Man to justify his heroic name, and teaches his owner to rely on his judgment. The grand-kittens are saved from themselves, thanks to Spider Man! "The Scruffy Little Crumb Grabbers" is a perfect teaching tool for kids learning to be humane and considerate in their interactions with animals and each other. Being written from the cat's point of view is a unique vantage that will appeal to children's imagination.

The Great Pie Catastrophe
Renee Hand
North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc.
P.O. Box 451, St. Cloud, MN 56302
9780878393510, $9.95,

"The Adventures of Joe-Joe Nut And Biscuit Bill, Case #1: the Great Pie Catastrophe" is a black and white illustrated mystery activity chapter book written for children ages 10 and up to sharpen their sleuthing and literary skills. With a cast of fantastic animals and an innovative, funny story, "The Great Pie Catastrophe" is sure to appeal to a wide variety of youthful tastes. Everyone will want to help solve the crime of theft of contest entry pies baked by Acorn Valley's top bakers. When Miss Cluck finds her blueberry pie missing she turns to Animal Detectives Joe-Joe Nut, the squirrel and Biscuit Bill the duck. By the way, don't taste any of Joe-Joe's pies; they tend to explode. First one and then two scrumptious pies disappear during the search! It takes a cool head and a steady mind to sift the clues with the flour and come up with a theory to fit the facts of the crime. Kids will love the animals' antics and funny traits and habits (some of them suspiciously human-like). Also at the end of the book are additional animal facts and questions, including an animal track matching exercise.

The Fuzzy Philosopher
Becky Ances & Ryan Wilson
Moo-Cow Fan Club
P.O. Box 165, Peterborough, NH 03458
9780982234013, $8.95,

"The Fuzzy Philosopher" (Oraculous Tales Volume 2) is a chapter book that takes the members of the Moo-Cow gang back through time to ancient Greece where they learn from philosophy teacher Socrates to "question everything." Educational sidebars contain excellent bytes of information about Greek philosophy and history, and humor and adventure play a major role in teaching kids ages 7-10 important steps in learning how to think critically. "The Fuzzy Philosopher" helps kids put themselves in the adventure with characters like Professor Kiweenie, Ramses, F. W. and the rest. The concept of increasing the comfort level of the young with the area of beginning ethics debate and development is a very valuable one, enacted with deft tact, charm and skill in "The Fuzzy Philosopher."

Whitey on the Ranch
Stayton Weldon, author
Susan Anderson-Shorter, illustrator
1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403
9781449054748, $9.00,

"Whitey on the Ranch" is an action chapter story about a 1997 three quarter ton, 4 wheel drive, heavy duty standard shift GMC truck that helps to rule and run a ranch. Written for the author's grandchildren, (whom he has transported on his own Whitey on his ranch), "Whitey on the Ranch" has been published due to its popularity and to publicize information about how it feels to live on the ranch, especially if you are a working ranch truck. Driven by his rancher owner, Whitey transports and chases cattle, sometimes at speeds of 30-40 miles per hour. Whitey calls his owner Somewhat Brilliant (for obvious reasons?) Experiencing some days in the life of a working ranch truck is quite an education both for Whitey and Brilliant and their passengers and for the young readers of "Whitey on the Ranch." Illustrated with black and white pen and ink detailed drawing, "Whitey on the Ranch" has laconic humor and charm that will appeal to an audience of children age 8 and up.

Pirate Treasure, Traveling Trunk Adventure No. 1
Benjamin Flinders, author
Nicolaus Serr, illustrator
Flinders Press
P.O. Box 3975, Burbank, CA 91508
9780984395545, $9.95,

"Pirate Treasure, Traveling Trunk Adventure No. 1" is a youth adventure chapter book that secretly educates while it entertains. Two brothers, Ethan and Dallin find themselves transported back in time on a pirate ship in the New World, through the mysterious acquisition of a trunk of pirate booty that somehow ends up delivering them to their pirate time-travel adventure. The brothers have a chance to flex their sleuthing skills and thinking caps to try to solve the mystery of the pirates' curse and also the mystery of how to time travel back home. Filled with action, comedy, adventures, and imagination, "Pirate Treasure" is sure to enchant and intrigue kids who read at 2nd grade level and up. Some of the cool extras in "Pirate Treasure" include a mail away free pirate flag offer (5' x 3') with every book purchase, and a handwritten Pirate Dictionary with terms like "brig" and "buccaneer" included. "Pirate Treasure is an exotic offering from a boutique publisher that promises more budget-minded exciting literary adventures and voyages for kids.

Scholastic Press
557 Broadway, New York NY 10012

Kathryn Lasky's THE DEADLIES: FELIX TAKES THE STAGE (9780545116817, $15.99) receives Stephen Gilpin's fine drawings as it tells of a nice family of polite spiders - who happen to be toxic. It's not their fault but the humans near them just don't understand. Trouble begins when Felix Deadly tries to meet his human hero, only to have him faint from fright. A fine story of misunderstanding evolves. Sharon M. Draper's SASSY: THE SILVER SECRET (9780545071536, $15.99) tells of Sassy's secret - that she can't sing at all. Her dreams of being in the school choir's big musical are squashed, and she's given a job that's nowhere near the spotlight in this story of how an aspiring singer handles major issues. Gary Paulsen's MASTERS OF DISASTER (9780385739979, $12.99) tells of Henry Mosley and his friends, who have decided to go on some earth-shaking adventures to make a name for themselves. Attempts to make adventures happen results in some funny escapades in this whimsical tale of fun and disaster. Patricia Reilly Giff's BIG WHOPPER (9780385746885, $12.99) and NUMBER ONE KID (9780385746878, $12.99) provide two new additions to the 'Zigzag Kids' series. BIG WHOPPER tells of Discovery Week at the Zigzag Afternoon Center, during a week where Destiny can't think of anything new to contribute. Her Big whopper gets her into trouble with her peers in this fun tale. NUMBER ONE KID tells of Mitchell, who wants to be Number One at the Zigzag Afternoon Center, where there are lots of activities to choose from. But what if he's the only kid who doesn't get a prize on Prize Day? His discovery of what he can excel at makes for a fun tale. Stephanie Watson's ELVIS & OLIVE: SUPER DETECTIVES (9780545151481, $15.99) tells of the evolution of the E & O Detective Agency, run by two best friends determined to solve mysteries in their neighborhood. They find there are many neighbors who want to use their services - but Natalie also is running for Student Council Secretary, and Annie needs to find her mom. Will their biggest cases be their own lives? JULIA GILLIAN AND THE DREAM OF THE DOG by Alison McGhee (9780545033510, $16.99) features pictures by Drazen Kozjan as it tells of middle schooler Julia Gillian, who finds her new sixth grader challenging. Teachers are harder, recess even is challenging - and she struggles with difficult schoolwork and interpersonal relationships. Middle school readers will find this a fine survey of changing times and experiences, and will find this a warm coming of age story.

The Fiction Shelf

Bellyache: A Delicious Tale
Crystal Marcos
Cat Marcs Publishing
PO Box 54, Silverdale, WA 98383
9780984389902 $9.95

Too much of a good thing is a bad thing. "Bellyache: A Delicious Tale" is a kid's novel following Peter Fischer works with his Grandfather in his sweet shop. But working at a candy shop isn't all chocolaty fun, as Peter Fischer learns many a valuable lesson on the matters. "Bellyache" is a choice read for younger readers just getting ready to move onto chapter books.

Tom's House
Stephen Weiner
Xlibris Corporation
1663 South Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403-5161
9781441593627 $15.99

It takes awhile to realize you're alone sometimes. "Tom's House" tells the story of Tom, a youth pressed between a school bully and a collapsing family. Not knowing who to turn to, he realizes it's on him to take control of his life from the collapsing ruins around him. "Tom's House" is a riveting story of realization, and encouraging read for younger individuals.

Two for Tee
Tony Rosa
Jackpot Press
PO Box 594, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33302-0594
9780982822562 $9.95

Health competition between friends can be a good thing. But it can also be destructive. "Two for Tee" is a story of young friendship as Chad and Buzzy embrace the sport of Golf, attending a week at Golf camp and joining a Junior gold tournament. But their competition and varying attitudes place them against one another, and their friendship may not make the cut. "Two for Tee" is a fine read for younger readers about the importance and challenges of friendship.

Sinister Summer
C.A. Hartnell
Hawk Prints
c/o Hartnell House Publishing, LLC
1370 Jet Stream Drive, Suite 140, Henderson, NV 89052
9781936119202 $5.99

In an endless summer it can prove hard to stay faithful with so much going on. "Sinister Summer" is the second of the "The Adventure of Pete and Carol Ann" series, set in the 1950s as they face the challenges of the day as well as bullies and other problems. Heavily driven by faith, "Sinister Summer" is a fine read and gift for young Christians.

Miles and Zoey: The Family Tree
Kimberly Mayhoe
Butterfly Ink Publishing
PO Box 56874, Sherman Oaks, CA 91413
9780974542331 $7.00

Intended for young readers ages 8-12, Miles and Zoey: The Family Tree is a chapter book about two nine-year-old twins, Miles and Zoey Montgomery, who are adjusting to a move to Houston, Texas after their parents' separation. Living in a house that has been in their mother's family for six generations, they stumble across their Family Tree Book in the attic - the first step on a time-traveling adventure that transports them to 1857, where they personally help a slave traveling the Underground Railroad reach freedom. An exciting adventure laced with invaluable lessons for dealing with modern-day dilemmas, Miles and Zoey: The Family Tree is highly recommended.

Upton Charles, Dog Detective, Lost Loot Case Number 3
D. G. Stern, author
Rebecca Bartlett, illustrator
Neptune Press
24 Elm Street, Newport, RI 02840
9780982809808, $9.99,

"Upton Charles, Dog Detective, Lost Loot Case Number 3" is the third mystery in a series written for young readers ages 8-11 starring a unique white dog detective named Upton who is a Bishon Frise. Upton tackles the case of the Lost Loot by finding and investigating some mysterious old silver dollars in a construction site. His owners, pre-teen twins Alexis and Veronica, assist him in his sleuthing and a creditable mystery emerges that yields only to the combined efforts and skills of the entire Charles family. Black and white comic illustrations and large type and brief chapter help keep interest high and pages turning. Logical deductive thinking, teamwork, paying attention to random clues to put the jigsaw puzzle together, who would think these skills could be helped and taught by a dog, even a very smart dog? "Upton Charles" will make a believer out of every reader. Readers will anxiously await the next Upton case story which is due in November, "Winter Wonderland."

Hurricane Mia, A Caribbean Adventure
Donna Marie Seim, author
Susan Spellman, illustrator
Peapod Press
c/o Publishing Works
151 Epping Road, Exeter, NH 03833
9780982691106, $12.95,

"Hurricane Mia, A Caribbean Adventure" is an illustrated chapter adventure novel for young readers ages 8-12. Heroine 12-year-old Mia is devastated to learn her mother is gravely ill and as a result, she and her younger brother Jack are to spend the summer with their grandparents in the Caribbean. This is quite a contrast to the summer camp in Maine Mia had anticipated enjoying with her best friend Sam. However, despite Mia's intense disappointment, worry and fear, she takes quick part in a great adventure on her Caribbean vacation, searching for a healing tea that may possibly help her mother. she makes a good friend on the island named Neisha, and along with Jack, Mia experiences unexpected joy in both her surroundings and her unconventional extended family. "Hurricane Mia" is an excellent multicultural adventure that comes with a glossary, bibliography or set of references, suggested study questions and even some fun theme activities like Hurricane Mia and the Green Flash Cafe, a great idea for a theme lunch. The sensitive and whimsical black and white illustrations add to the charm and appeal of "Hurricane Mia."

Scholastic Press
557 Broadway, New York NY 10012

Angie Frazier's EVERLASTING (9780545114738, $17.99) tells of teen Camille, an 1855 girl whose future is to marry without love or live in poverty. On her final voyage before the wedding her father is lost at sea - and Camille becomes privy to a family secret that will change her life and send her on a perilous expedition. A fine novel of danger and nautical adventure emerges. Lois Duncan's MOVIE FOR DOGS (9780545108546, $16.99) tells of Bruce and his sister who find out about a dog-themed filmmaking contest and so enter Bruce's dog as the star. But making a movie proves more challenging than they thought, and Hollywood drama ensues. M.T. Anderson's THE SUBURB BEYOND THE STARS (9780545138826, $17.99) tells of Brian and Gregory and strange events in Vermont that bring them another Game with strange creatures and new adventures. When Brian and Gregory try to track down missing cousin Prudence, they find time itself has stopped working in this riveting account. Kat Falls' DARK LIFE (9780545178143, $16.99) presents a future where earthquakes have changed the continents and humans packed into cities know no freedoms. Only those who life the Dark Life on the ocean floor know space. Ty has spent his whole life living underwater - but his fight to save his home involves others and exposes dark secrets in this riveting tale. Jaclyn Moriarty's THE GHOSTS OF ASHBURY HIGH (9780545069724, $18.99) tells of Amelia and Riley, who transferred to Ashbury for senior year and who have been in love since they were fourteen. Emily feels a cold presence at school that she thinks is a ghost - and finds problems at school because of her perceptions. A fine supernatural thriller evolves! James Preller's JUSTIN FISHER DECLARES WAR! (9780545033015, $15.99) tells of a fifth grade class clown who rules the roost - until his new teacher isn't amused. When Justin gets in trouble again and again, even his classmates turn on him. Can Justin regain dignity and acclaim by changing his role? Kimberley Griffiths Little's THE HEALING SPELL (9780545165594, $17.99) tells of pre-teen Livie, who's keeping the secret that she's responsible for her mother's coma - but can't tell anyone. Further troubles involve trying to hide a pet alligator and disappointing her father, as well as trying to run from her troubles in this fine saga of life and drama. Suzanne Collins' MOCKINGJAY (9780439023511, $17.99) tells of Katniss, who has survived the destruction of her home. A revolution, new leaders, and a cruel new ruler involve her in a political revolution not entirely her choice in this story of rebellion and danger in a future world. THE FAIRY TALE BOOK (9780545134064, $9.99) provides a fine collection of fairy tales from around the world, adding black and white drawings to bring to life stories such as Thumbelina, Little Mermaid, The Frog Prince and more. THE BEDTIME STORY BOOK (9780545134071, $9.99) provides such classics as Three Little Pigs, Ugly Duckling, Boy Who Cried Wolf and more. Parents will find these fine read-aloud choices! Meg Cabot's RUNAWAY (9780545040600, $16.99) provides a fine 'Airhead' novel telling of Em, who is on the run form her family, school, friends and even herself. Everyone's angry with her - but when she discovers a friend's secret, she needs to find someone she can turn to! A fine story of confrontation and change emerges.

The Eternal Ones
Kirsten Miller
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
375 Hudson Street, 4th floor, NY, NY 10014
9781595143082, $17.99,

THE ETERNAL ONES tells of Haven Moore, who has always lived in a small town but experienced visions of a past life as a girl whose love ended in tragedy. When the sight of a playboy on TV hits Haven, she flees to New York City to become involved in a love affair that feels dangerously connected to her visions. Mature teens will find this a satisfyingly complex novel mixing love with a touch of the supernatural.

The Music Shelf

World Travels
Musical Kidz, LLC
Box 1429, Redway, California 95560
1566284694 $13.98

World Travels: World Music for Kids celebrates the 25th anniversary of the children's music label "Music for Little People" with a grand medley of popular, family-friendly multicultural songs, performed by a wide variety of talented and award-winning musicians, including but not limited to Grammy Award recipients Ladysmith Black, Bill Miller, and Buckwheat Zydeco. A stunning compilation of the best of the best, World Travels is a wonderful addition to children's personal and library collections. The tracks are "Like Me and You", "Che Che Kule", "Fiesta Musical", "Iko Iko", "Quavi, Quavi", "The Silkie Song", "Anishanabe", "Our Mothers", "La Mananita Alegre", "Down on the Bayou", "Three Little Birds", "El Gallo Pinto", "Italian Rhyme", "Sur Le Pon d'Avignon", and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". 42:05 min.

Jeremy Plays Guitar
Lizzie Bicknell and Jeremy Zmuda
with special guests Kirk Douglas & Madeleine Peyroux
Freeze Dance Records
c/o Beth Blenz-Clucas Publicity
5505 SW Illinois Street, Portland, OR 97221

Jeremy Plays Guitar blends educational content and lively music to create a wonderful music CD especially for children ages 2 to 6. The goal of Jeremy Plays Guitar is not only to entertain, but also to help little ones understand the basic tools of social communication and expectations, in order to help them adjust and avoid the excess of frustration that brings on crying and tantrums. Early Intervention Program Administrator Lizzie Bicknell and early childhood music specialist Jeremy Zmuda combine their skills in this delightful album, enthusiastically recommended for parents' and children's library music CD collections alike. The tracks are "House Rules" (2:28), "Wrong's Alright" (2:42), "Your Turn, My Turn" (2:43), "Differently" (2:20), "Use Your Words" (3:41), "You'll Be Fine" (2:50), "I Meant To Do That" (2:26), "Jump So High" (2:12), "That Food Makes Me Sick" (2:17), "Say Hello" (2:07), "That Hurts My Ears" (2:20), "Let Me Know" (2:34), "Keep My Cool" (3:37), and "HappySadSillyMad" (1:37).

Swimming in Noodles
Jim Cosgrove
Hiccup Productions
c/o Beth Blenz-Clucas Publicity
5505 SW Illinois Street, Portland, OR 97221

Award-winning Kansas City performer Jim Cosgrove presents his eighth release, Swimming in Noodles. Grammy-nominated producer Tor Hymans (the founder of Kidzapalooza and Austin Kiddie Limits) also lends his expertise to this upbeat album of family-friendly songs, spliced with calypso and energetic, dance-worthy rhythms. A delight for young and old to listen to, Swimming Noodles is enthusiastically recommended especially for children's library music CD collections. The tracks are "Cool Daddy", "Cookie Time", "Little Miss Floppy Socks", "Spaghetti & Goofballs", "Hang on Mama", "Chips & Salsa", "Just Like You", "Huehuetenango", "Over at the Zoo", "Nobody Does It Like You", "Lucky Me", "We're Electrons", "Shamrock On", and "Be My Friend".

Mind Of My Own
Frances England
produced by Tor Hyams
Paper Bird Records
c/o Waldmania! (publicity)
130 Maywood Drive, San Francisco, CA 94127

Mind Of My Own is an upbeat music CD ideal for young listeners age 4-12. The playful rock music is bursting with enthusiasm for all the fun things in life, from riding a bicycle to going on vacation to simply listening to birds sing. High-energy lyrics reflect a pure love for singing and motivational music in this superb album, especially recommended for car trips or children's parties. The tracks are "Mind Of My Own", "Do You Hear The Birds Singing?", "Jacques Cousteau", "Red Balloon", "Ladybug", "Place In Your Heart", "Bicycle", "High On The Mountainside", "Cookies and Milk", "Vacation Delights", "To Be", "Come Back Home", "All The Ways", "Pieces Of Me", and "Big Heart".

Books in Series

The Creative Company
123 South Broad Street Mankato, MN 56001

In this era of global warming and its effects on extraordinary weather phenomenon ranging from tornadoes to hurricanes, and daily weather phenomena from clouds to snow, children are understandably curious (and sometimes worried) about the world of weather. Now The Creative Company has published 'Science of the Skies', a six volume series by Bill McAuliffe which is especially designed, written, and illustrated for young readers identifying and explaining extreme weather events and the ways in which precipitation, temperatures, and winds affect the weather -- and affect their lives. Each of these 48-page, superbly illustrated, and thoroughly 'kid friendly' titles is enhanced with a table of contents, a bibliography, an index, and a glossary. Ideal for family, school, and community library children's books collections, 'Science of the Skies' is comprised of Forecasting (9781583419274); Clouds (9781583419267); Hurricanes (9781583419281); Snow (9781583419298); Thunderstorms (9781583419304); and Tornadoes (9781583419311). Although each of these outstanding titles are available individually ($34.25 Trade / $23.95 Library), school and community libraries would be well advised to acquire the entire series for their young students and patrons ($205.50 Trade / $143.70 Library).

Baby Forest Animals
Jane Katirgis
Enslow Publishers, Inc.
PO Box 398
Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922-0398 1-800-398-2504
9780766037984, $21.26 (list), $15.95 (library)

"Baby Forest Animals" introduces young readers to six baby animals in their forest habitat, including a snake, a tiger, a gorilla, a turtle, an orangutan, and a koala bear cub. Beautiful full color photos of the baby animals in their natural habitat, word list, suggested reading, and web sites complete this early readers nature series, suitable for children ages 3-6. Also recommended in this series are "Baby Zoo Animals (9780766037960)," "Baby Backyard Animals (9780766037953)," "Baby Grassland Animals (9780766037939)," "Baby Farm Animals (9780766037946)," and "Baby Snow Animals (9780766037977)."

Dennis Brindell Fradin and Judith Bloom Fradin
Marshall Cavendish
99 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591
9781608701254, $22.95

"Saving" is a photo-illustrated text from the Money Smart series published for young adults and students age 11 and up. Six succinct chapters present information on ideas about saving money, for adults and kids. There are rationales for saving and suggested ways to save and promote thrift. In addition "Saving" has a glossary, a further information section, and a bibliography. From I.R.A.s to house loans to paying for college costs, "Saving" presents a realistic framework to analyze the habits that promote financial health in individuals and nations. "Saving" is from the Money Smart set, which also contains "Borrowing (9781608701223)," "Earning (9781608701230)," "Investing (9781608701247)," and "Spending (9781608701261)." This series is highly recommended for financial courses and general learning for young adults.

Thinking About the Seasons: Fall
Claire Collinson, author
Sea -to Sea -Publications
c/o Black Rabbit Books
P.O. Box 3263, Mankato, MN 56002
9781597712590, $28.50 (List)/$19.95 (School Library)

"Fall" is one of four titles in the "Thinking About the Seasons" series which presents a stunning array of color photographs, poems, pictures, and fall facts that portray the season of autumn to children grade 2 and up. Included are chapters on weather, trees, woods and leaves, dressing for fall, harvesting garden produce, on the farm, fall foods, preparing for winter, flying south, and back to school, as well as fall festivals. Each book on each season explains what the season means in scientific terms, growing cycles, and interactions with animals and people. Highlighted learning questions help students to integrate information, while poetry and border illustrations reinforce the basic theme of fall. Also recommended in this series is "Spring (9781597712606)," "Winter (9781597712620)," and "Summer (9781597712613)."

Marshall Cavendish
99 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591

Michael Kerrigan's 'Ancients in Their Own Words' series ($22.95 each) offer some 64 pages of basic information about ancient cultures, using texts from transcriptions and translations to supplement research into each culture. Books offer a fine blend of history, culture, spirituality and daily life and are fine research choices for beginning papers. MESOPOTAMIANS (9781608700660), EGYPTIANS (9781608700646), GREEKS (9781608700653) and ROMANS (9781608700677) brings to life the ancient world and includes written words from stone tablets, plaques, walls, and more, reflecting the observations of politicians, soldiers, priests, and everyday people. Elaine Landau's 'HEAD TO TOE HEALTH' series ($19.95 each) provides fine 32-page surveys and adds to the series with five new presentations. WARTS (9780761448365), STREP THROAT (9780761448341), EARACHES (9780761448310), BURNS (9780761448327), and SPRAINS AND STRAINS (9780761448334) each provide surveys of health issues and how they are treated. Physiology blends with health advice suitable for younger grade levels. The books in the 'Colonial People' series ($20.95 each) each contain nearly fifty pages of history, offering a focus by different colonial jobs to provide lively daily life surveys. Christine Petersen's THE SURVEYOR (9780761448051), her THE PRINTER (9780761448020), THE BLACKSMITH (9780761447993), and THE APOTHECARY (9780761447955), Ann Heinrichs' THE BARBER (9780761448006) and THE SHOEMAKER (9780761447986), and Wil Maras THE SILVERSMITH (9780761448044), THE SCHOOLMASTER (9780761448013), THE INNKEEPER (9780761447962) and THE FARMER (9780761447979) all provide keys to understanding Colonial life and times. Sean Callery's THE DARK HISTORY ($22.95 each) series offers some 64 pages each uncovering 'dark truths' about civilizations. ANCIENT ROME (9781608700844), ANCIENT GREECE (9781608700837), AMERICA'S OLD WEST (9781608700868) and THE AZTEC EMPIRE (9781608700851) each pack in eye-catching color illustrations, and exciting intriguing focus bringing history to life. Virginia Schomp's LIFE IN VICTORIAN ENGLAND ($23.95 each) series provides some eighty pages of facts specific to a period and piece of Victorian history. VICTORIA AND HER COURT (9781608700288), THE COUNTRYSIDE (9781608700301), THE CITY (9781608700295), and THE CHURCH (9781608700318) each pack in color drawings with specific details key to daily Victorian England life and experiences.

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