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Book cover On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein New Review
Jennifer Berne (2013) , 40-80 pages
Illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade), Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: Biographies, Historical, Non-Fiction
(This book has outstanding illustrations)

One day Albert daydreams he is flying in a beam of light. After this day, nothing is the same for him—he wants to know all the secrets of the world. Soon, his mind is full from his hard work and studying; he even has special sweaters and doesn’t wear socks when he is working! Of course everyone loves Albert because of all his brilliant ideas. This book takes the reader on an adventure through Albert’s life as he grows from a boy to the genius we know him as today. The illustrations are just as captivating and interesting as this wonderful book.

Reviewed by: Maeve / University City Regional Library

Book cover What If You Had Animal Teeth? New Review
Sandra Markle (2013) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Howard McWilliam
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade), Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: Humor, Non-Fiction, Read Aloud
(This book has outstanding illustrations)

Wiggling a loose tooth can be awfully exciting. It means a new tooth is on the way! But what if you lose your two front teeth only to have rattlesnake fangs or elephant tusks replace them? Hippo teeth never need brushing, beaver teeth are always orange, and naked mole rat teeth work like chopsticks. This clever book is full of cool facts about teeth of different animals, while the illustrations show how your new animal teeth would look in your next school picture (just imagine a great big crocodile smile). The final pages of the book teach you how to care for your own choppers, just in case your new teeth happen to be human ones!

Reviewed by: Rene / ImaginOn

Book cover Alex the Parrot: No Ordinary Bird
Stephanie Spinner (2012) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Meilo So
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade), Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: Non-Fiction

Did you know parrots are smart? Alex the African grey parrot was! Alex was named for what he was: an Avian Learning EXperiment. He started life as a graduate student’s attempt to show African grey parrots were more intelligent than most people thought. By the end of his life, Alex was so smart he could show off to crowds and boss people around. He flies off the pages in bright, colorful, watercolor, ink, colored pencil, and gouache illustrations. Animal lovers will adore Alex the Parrot!

Reviewed by: Larisa / Morrison Regional Library
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Book cover Bill the Boy Wonder
Marc Tyler Nobleman (2012) , 40-80 pages
Illustrated by Ty Templeton
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade), Intermediate (4th-6th grade), Adult/Parent
Category: Biographies, Graphic Novels, Non-Fiction
(This book has outstanding illustrations)

Would you be willing to write a best- selling comic book and never get paid for it? Cartoonist Bob Kane became rich and famous because he was widely recognized as the creator of the legendary Batman character. But what most readers didn’t know was that another man provided most of the storylines for the blockbuster comic books. Using the bold colors and style of a classic comic book, this oversized biography tells the little- known story of Bill Finger, co-creator of Batman, for the first time. Fans of comics and graphic novels will enjoy the short format of the book, but readers looking for more will appreciate the detailed author notes, photos and bibliography included at the back of the book. A must-read for all fans of the Batman comics!

Reviewed by: Rene / ImaginOn

Book cover Builder Goose: It`s Construction Rhyme Time!
Boni Ashburn (2012) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Sergio De Giorgi
Audience: Toddlers, Preschool, Primary (k-3rd grade)
Category: Concept, Humor, Non-Fiction, Read Aloud
(This book has outstanding illustrations)

Twinkle, twinkle, little…wrecking ball? Wait a minute! What happened to the little star? What would happen if all of the nursery rhymes you know and love were retold and set at a construction site? You would get “Builder Goose!” This charming nursery rhyme book is filled with new construction themed versions of all of your favorite rhymes. From “Hey! Diddle, diddle this hard hat is little” to “Roll, roll, roll the road,” you will love sharing this book with your favorite member of the construction crew. With builders and backhoes and hard hats too, this book is sure to delight readers of all ages with its clever rhymes and bright, colorful illustrations. Get ready to “Sing a song of garbage” and build a love for “Builder Goose,” a fun-filled book of new nursery rhymes.

Reviewed by: Tree / South County Regional Library

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