Sarah’s Children’s Book Reviews

Sarah’s Book Review 2/10/21

Fauja Singh Keeps Going by Simran Jeet Singh

Oh my goodness, I loved this book. It’s the inspirational story of Fauja Singh, a 108 year old marathon runner who didn’t start running until he was 81. Singh was born with a weakness in his legs that led people to believe he would be unable to walk. With daily encouragement from his mother he worked at it until, at five years old, he was able to. He grew up to have a farm and family and was happy. After his children were grown his wife passed away and he moved in with family in England but was lonely and depressed there as he didn’t speak English. After seeing people running a race on TV he decided he needed to run and he hasn’t stopped. This man is amazing! He found a coach and ran his first marathon at 89! A great book about running, determination, and even how difficult a move to a new country can be, this book is so uplifting it would be a great addition to any upper elementary school classroom.

 

 

Sarah’s Book Review 2/5/21

Zatanna and the House of Secrets by Matthew Cody

This is a really fun graphic novel for fans of magic, monsters, folklore and rabbits.  Zatanna is a young teenager who lives with her widowed father. She can sense something is up with her house and family but can’t quite sort it out until she’s suddenly thrust into the world of magic. The book is gripping and fast-paced and manages to incorporate adventure, grief, friend drama, and folklore into 146 pages without any of it feeling forced. It’s also beautifully illustrated. I’m hoping this will become a series as I truly enjoyed it and can’t wait to recommend it to our patrons.

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah’s Book Review 1/26/2021

When You Look Up by Decur

I just read this and I can’t even wait to read it to my kids. What a strange and wonderful book. This graphic novel uses drawings and cut paper illustrations to tell the story of Lorenzo, a young boy attached to his phone who is adapting to a new house after moving with his mother. He finds a notebook in an old writing desk and becomes more and more intrigued with the stories in it and their author. The stories are vague but disquieting and Lorenzo sets out to discover more about what had happened to the notebook’s owner. The illustrations are striking and surreal and even border on frightening at times and the book continually surprises the reader. Aside from the notebook, When You Look Up gently suggests that staring at a screen all day can cause missed connections and experiences but does it in such a unique way maybe it will be taken to heart. I would recommend this for any age as there is so much happening narratively and visually it will have something to offer every reader.

 

 

Sarah’s Book Review 1/11/2021

Solar System by the Numbers by Steve Jenkins ~ 4 out of 5 stars!

Thanks to this book I just learned what an AU, or astronomical unit is; that it sometimes rains diamonds on Jupiter; and that in 1991 America launched a jellyfish into space. I love infographics and I think they’re a terrific tool for young visual learners. Solar System: By the Numbers is concise and interesting and the graphic design works well with the facts. To keep it sparse, words highlighted in blue are defined later in a glossary.  A perfect book for anyone interested in facts about our solar system.

 

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