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Max Explains Everything: Soccer Expert by Stacy McAnulty
Max has only been playing soccer for three weeks, but he is very enthusiastic about it. As Max provides readers with his expertise about soccer, it becomes apparent that he is highly distracted on the field. Although Max's tips may not lead to a winning kick, they do show that playing the game is all about having fun. Soccer enthusiasts will enjoy this amusing story, as will those who can relate to not being the superstar on the field. Thanks to the publisher, Penguin Young Readers, for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with a review copy.
Robot in Love by T. L. McBeth
This story is about a robot with heart. Robot has his eye on his love, but being shy and nervous he has to work up the courage to talk to her. The object of Robot's affection is not revealed to the end of the book and it will surprise readers. This would be a great read aloud for Valentine's Day or anytime readers want a sweet, silly story.
Sweety by Andrea Zuill
Sweety, a naked mole rat, has been called a square peg and has difficulty fitting in. When he gets wise advice from his aunt, Sweety learns an important lesson: be yourself and you will find your people. A delightful and amusing book. Thanks to the publisher, Random House, for providing my book review group with a review copy.
Hello, Crabby!: An Acorn Book (A Crabby Book #1) by Jonathan Fenske
Crabby is a quite crabby crab. Plankton wants to change that. There is lots to interest and amuse early readers. This short book is broken up into chapters, pages are divided into panels, and the story is mostly told through dialogue. This is a book I'll definitely be sharing with my youngest readers who are beginning to show interest in reading graphic novels. I bought one of these books and, after reading it, ordered another because I think this will be a much-loved book.
Dog Diaries: A Middle School Story by James Patterson with Steven Butler
This book is told from the perspective of Junior, a dog who has just been adopted by the "pet human" he refers to as Ruff. After an incident at the dog park, Junior is sent to obedience school where he either learns to behave or gets returned to the shelter. There is a lot that will appeal to kids in this book - there's humor, it's fast-paced, and there are many illustrations throughout that add interest and make it a quick read.
Over the Moon by Natalie Lloyd
Mallie lives with her family in a gloomy mining town. She is determined to keep her younger brother from having to go to work in the Down Below. She sneaks her way into a challenge that is dangerous, but it gives her the chance to earn the money her family desperately needs. If Mallie is brave enough she can help her family and all of Coal Top. This book has both adventure and magic. I received an advanced reader's copy of the book from the publisher. It publishes in March.