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Book Reviews

Prince & Knight
Daniel Haack
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5 Stars

Prince & Knight is a sweet and clever LGBTQI twist on the familiar tale of the noble knight saving the princess and falling in love. In this story, the King and Queen are trying to find a bride for their son, but he isn’t interested in any of them. It isn’t until he is saved by the Knight while fighting a fearsome dragon that the Prince finds his true love. The colorful, vintage Disney-style illustrations and storyline are great for readers of all ages. Furthermore, the loving and supportive nature of the King, Queen, and villagers make them wonderful role models for children as they embody the truth that love is love.

-Christina
Posted 1/25/2019

Flat Stanley on Ice
Lori Haskins Houran
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4 Stars

Flat Stanley is a very unusual-looking boy. He is four feet tall, about a foot wide, and-most surprisingly-, he is half an inch thick! Today’s adventure starts at the ice skating pond. Naturally there are plenty of obstacles to overcome when you are only an inch thick. How do you put skates on when your feet are flat? As it turns out this is going to be the least of Flat Stanley’s problems. Find out how Flat Stanley is rescued after he unexpectedly finds himself in a perilous situation when the ice begins to crack. This high-interest story with its unique starring character is sure to grab the attention of the developing reader.

-Juli K.
Posted on 1/25/2019

Pink is for Boys
Robb Pearlman
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5 Stars

Pink is for boys, blue is for girls: all colors are for everyone! This colorful, non-narrative picture book has a positive and clear message-that everyone should be free to like whatever they want, regardless of gender! The illustrations are sweet and inclusive, and the writing style is alternately simple and poetic. A must-read.

-Christina
Posted 1/25/2019

Wild Buildings and Bridges: architecture inspired by nature
Etta Kaner
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5 Stars

In this captivating book, learn how nature and architecture can work together to solve some of the most perplexing and interesting problems. Did you know that an animal or a plant can hold the secret about how to cool or heat a building, stabilize a bridge, or strengthen a building? For instance, the strengthening lattice pattern of “The Gherkin”-a pickle-shaped building in London, England- was inspired by a sea animal that uses this particular design to withstand the stress of underwater currents. You’ll be intrigued to find out how other buildings have been inspired by African termite towers, the bones in a vulture’s wing, and honeybee hives. The book also offers a variety of fun hands-on projects to support exploration and understanding of structural principles. This comprehensive selection offers the reader an accessible, yet irresistible, journey into how nature’s wisdom can offer fascinating solutions to building challenges.

-Juli K.
Posted 1/25/2019

Blacklisted! : Hollywood, the Cold War, and the First Amendment
Larry Dane Brimner
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4 Stars

From the author of Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 and Strike!: The Farm Workers’ Fight for their Rights, comes another richly detailed work of historical non-fiction. This time, the focus is on the Red Scare and how it affected Hollywood during the Cold War. Full of fascinating stories and photographs, this is a great read that touches on issues surrounding the First Amendment, which are just as relevant today as they were 70 years ago.

-Christina
Posted 1/25/2019

What do you do with a voice like that?
Chris Barton
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5 Stars

As a young child growing up in Texas, Barbara Jordon’s big, bold, booming, crisp, clear and confident voice impressed those who heard it. Barbara Jordan went on to use her unique voice to fight for equality and justice as a state senator, a United States congresswoman, and a teacher. Congresswoman Barbara Jordan’s life story depicts how perseverance accompanied by a strong moral character can break down long-standing barriers and provide a blueprint for the rest of us to follow. This timely picture book biography will inevitably inspire the reader as they learn of the importance of democratic principles through the resounding voice of the celebrated and talented Barbara Jordan.

-Juli K.
Posted 1/25/2019

Fish Are Not Afraid of Doctors
J.E. Morris
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4 Stars

Maud becomes nervous and fearful about her visit to the doctor’s office for a checkup. Her first thought is to hide to avoid seeing the doctor. While observing a fish tank in the doctor’s waiting room, a more positive solution to Maud’s fears is revealed as Maud realizes how lucky fish are, as they don’t have to see a doctor. Learn how Maud uses kid-friendly relaxation techniques to ease apprehension about a doctor’s office visit. The author’s engaging comic-style story panels provide a format that is not only attention-grabbing, but showcases an informative exercise in anxiety reduction techniques.

-Juli K
Posted 1/25/2019

Jump
David McPhail
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5 Stars

This is a wonderful and beautifully illustrated book that will be sure to attract the most novel of readers. The simple text is surprisingly adept at being able to explore three of the most central of children’s themes: friendship, animals, and jumping. The vividly animated illustrations are, no doubt, a powerful source behind the telling of the story. Repetitive text supports reading skills and also subtly introduces correct sentence structure. This early reader selection will help emergent readers practice reading skills while discovering just how many different and unlikely animals can enjoy jumping together.

-Juli K.
Posted 1/25/2019

Grow Up, David!
David Shannon
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5 Stars

This is a new offering in the picture book series about David, an irresistible little boy with a penchant for always getting into trouble. The author is once again able to grab and hold our attention as we witness the perplexing, but often typical behavior between a younger and older brother. The action-filled, full-page illustrations easily tell the story, and only a few words are needed to bring the tale to life. This is a book which honestly depicts the opposing feelings of extreme exasperation and undeniable love between siblings, and will bring a smile of recognition for many readers.

-Juli K.
Posted 1/17/2019

The Dress and the Girl
Camille Andros
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5 Stars

This captivating picture book tells the story of a young girl’s passage from Greece to America. During the journey the girl is separated from her much-loved dress. Discover how the wayward dress surprisingly finds its way back to the now-grown woman, and how this reunion tells a story all its own. With exceptionally vivid and encompassing illustrations, this poignant story provides a springboard for a wide range of topics including immigration, culture, traditions, and relationships. The underlying theme speaks to finding the extraordinary in the ordinary, and will invite readers to find similar considerations in their own lives.

-Juli K.
Posted 1/17/2019

Readers Advisory Staff

Looking for something new for your child to read? Are you a teacher looking for something to read to your children? The Villa Park Public Library has a fantastic Readers Advisory staff that is happy to recommend all sorts of genres and titles. Whether you’re looking for new authors similar to old favorites, or you’re ready for something completely new, our staff is here to help. They organize fun programs like Toddler story and song time to help make reading a more social experience. These folks know their stuff!

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If you’re looking for a recommendation you can contact one of the readers advisory staff.

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