COMMUNITY HELPERS SERIES. JUMP!/BULLFROG.
PRES–GR. 1. ( 4 NEW TITLES)
Child Care Providers. By Erika S. Manley. 2017. 24p. illus. lib. ed.,
$25.65 (9781620316726). 362.7.
Custodians. By Erika S. Manley. 2017. 24p. illus. lib. ed., $25.65
Mayors. By Erika S. Manley. 2017. 24p. illus. lib. ed., $25.65
Truck Drivers. By Erika S. Manley. 2017. 24p. illus. lib. ed., $25.65
These new books in the Community Helpers series introduce a
variety of professions that young children are likely to encounter in
their daily lives. Each book begins with a child who is interested in
that profession, then asks “What do they do?” The book presents
examples of workers in that job and one or two activities they do
or simple information about their training. The use of first and last
names is unfortunately inconsistent across the books. Child Care Providers includes a variety of workers that children may find familiar,
including a home day-care provider, a day-care center teacher, and a
nanny—all referred to by title and first name (e.g., Ms. Kara).
Custodians showcases several charming examples of hardworking cleaners
and fixers as they repair an oven, change an apartment building’s
lightbulb, and squeegee windows clean. Mayors follows the election
and child-friendly mayoral activities, such as visiting a new library, of
both a male and female mayor. Truck Drivers pays considerable attention to driver training as well as pickups and deliveries. Photos show
a racially diverse array of men and women on the job in every book.
Back matter highlights literal tools of the trade in a labeled photo and
includes a picture glossary. —Miriam Aronin
DINOSAURS SERIES. ABDO. K–GR. 3. ( 6 NEW TITLES)
Allosaurus. By Grace Hansen. 2017. 24p. illus. lib. ed., $28.50
(9781532100352); e-book, $35.95 (9781532101045). 567.912.
Ankylosaurus. By Grace Hansen. 2017. 24p. illus. lib. ed., $28.50
(9781532100369); e-book, $35.95 (9781532101052). 567.915.
Diplodocus. By Grace Hansen. 2017. 24p. illus. lib. ed., $28.50
(9781532100376); e-book, $35.95 (9781532101069). 567.913.
Iguanodon. By Grace Hansen. 2017. 24p. illus. lib. ed., $28.50
(9781532100383); e-book, $35.95 (9781532101076). 567.914.
It’s no secret what preschoolers will find lurking in the pages of the
Dinosaurs series, each volume of which examines one type of dinosaur.
Here young readers can learn about when the dinosaur lived, its body
ENCOUNTER: NARRATIVE NONFICTION STORIES
and diet, and where its fossils have been found. In Allosaurus, readers
are given an up-close glimpse of this meat-eater’s sharp teeth. An ar-
mored tank of a dinosaur is the subject of Ankylosaurus, and although
kids may recognize its spike-and-plated back, they may be surprised to
learn it could weigh 12,000 pounds! Diplodocus features an effective
illustration showing how its long neck and tail made up 80 percent of
this dino’s length. Though Iguanodon presents contradictory informa-
tion about whether this plant-eating dinosaur walked on two or four
legs, readers will enjoy the fact that scientists used to think the crea-
ture’s “thumb spikes” were small horns. Written for beginning readers,
the text—never more than a few lines—is printed over a faded im-
age of dinosaur bones, while an illustration dominates each two-page
spread (either a digitally created scene or a photo of a museum display,
model, or fossil). Hansen’s writing strikes a nice balance between sim-
ple and scientific, incorporating weights and measurements and words
like Cretaceous and sauropod; however, no pronunciation key is given.
Each book ends with an informative “More Facts” section and a well-
worded glossary. —Julia Smith
SERIES. CAPSTONE. GR. 3–5. ( 2 NEW TITLES)
Hedy’s Journey: The True Story of a Hungarian Girl Fleeing the
Holocaust. By Michelle Bisson. Illus. by El primo Ramón. 2017.
40p. $28.65 (9781515769941). 940.53.
Kunkush: The True Story of a Refugee Cat. By Marne Ventura. Illus.
by Beidi Guo. 2017. 32p. $28.65 (9781515773191). 636.802.
Books in the Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Stories series tell
true stories with historical settings. Introducing two wartime refugee
families, these new entries offer stories of hardships, fears, and separation, and each ends well. Hedy’s Journey opens in 1941, with a Jewish
family fleeing Poland, all except teenage Hedy, who leaves soon afterward. After a frightening railway journey through Germany, she
reunites with her parent and brother in Lisbon. Though discouraged
by continuing difficulties, they escape to America. Bisson writes with
great immediacy about Hedy, who was her mother. The author’s note
on Holocaust history is a personal one of learning her family’s story
over time. The attractive artwork suggests the time period while dramatizing the characters’ emotions effectively. Kunkush begins in 2015
with a widow, her five children, and Kunkush, their cat, and other
Iraqi families traveling by a rubber boat to a Greek island. There
Kunkush runs off and cannot be found before the family must leave
for a refugee camp. The story follows the cat’s journey to Germany,
his family’s settling in Norway, and their happy reunion. Although
an indication of sources would have bolstered the text’s authenticity as nonfiction, the artwork is distinctive, and the appealing story
provides an engaging introduction to the refugee experience. This
handsome series both dramatizes and personalizes history through
the experiences of individuals. —Carolyn Phelan
LIFE ON EARTH SERIES. WIDE EYED. K–GR. 3
( 2 NE W TITLES)
Life on Earth: Dinosaurs. By Heather Alexander. Illus. by Andrés
Lozano. 2017. 16p. $12.99 (9781847809049). 567.9.
Life on Earth: Jungle. By Heather Alexander. Illus. by Andrés
Lozano. 2017. 16p. $12.99 (9781847809070). 591.734.
Conventional, cohesive narratives, begone! Teeming with vibrant—
and racially diverse—illustrations, boxed factoids, and interactive
page layouts (including 70 lift-flaps), these infographic-inspired
installments in the Life on Earth series boast high-interest topics
for beginning readers and inquisitive browsers alike. Each volume
unfolds in a series of eight fact-filled double-page spreads, with overarching themes such as “What Does It Do?,” “How Does It Work?,”
and “A Closer Look,” offering a dash of organization to the colorful,
often question-crowded pages. In Dinosaurs, Alexander briefs readers
on Mesozoic marvels, from fossils and one-of-a-kind features (
serrated teeth and frills!) to Diplodocus diets and extinction. All the while,
curious kiddos can flip through Lozano’s jaunty depictions of flat
and razor-sharp teeth, sunken and scattered footprints, and more, to
reveal their prehistoric sources. Jungle spotlights the famously lush,
animal-dense regions as well as their extraordinary inhabitants (the