Monday, 10 June 2019

A Complicated Case

A Complicated Case
A Complicated Case
By Ulf Nilsson
Illustrated by Gitte Spee

All the animals in the forest are feeling down.  Detective Gordon, a toad, and his assistant, Buffy, wonder why.  Eventually they realize that someone is saying mean things to the forest animals.  This is not allowed according to the Law, and Gordon and Buffy must solve the case to stop the bullying.  When they find the culprit, Gordon and Buffy learn that she has been made to feel bad herself.

A Complicated Case is part of a gentle mystery series that will appeal to young children.  It has lovely illustrations by Gitte Spee.  Parents can read it aloud to their child, and children who are reading chapter books can try it on their own.

All Four Stars

All Four Stars
All Four Stars
By Tara Dairman

Gladys Gatsby is only twelve years old but she loves to cook!  She enjoys fine foods from around the world, and shops at a gourmet grocery store.  Gladys’s parents are just the opposite.  Much to Gladys’s dismay, they eat take out every night and never turn on the stove – they only use the microwave.  In fact, they don’t know even know about all the cooking Gladys does on her own.

One night when Gladys is alone, she gets out her dad’s blowtorch to put the finishing touches on her Crème Brulee. Unfortunately, she sets the kitchen curtains on fire.  By some miracle, she doesn’t burn the house down, but her parents punish her with strict rules which include no more cooking and nothing more to do with food.  Gladys is devastated.

Soon after, she enters an essay contest in which she details her future life as a food critic.  Through a series of misunderstandings, she is then offered a job as a freelance food critic at the New York Standard newspaper.  Her assignment is to review Classy Cakes, a dessert restaurant in New York City.

She desperately wants to write this review.  But how can a twelve-year-old get herself to a restaurant in New York without her parents finding out?  Gladys then embarks on a series of crazy schemes to get herself published, and hopefully work her way back into her parents’ good graces.

All Four Stars is an entertaining, funny book about following your dreams no matter what others might say.

Highly recommended!

Friday, 31 May 2019

Big Foot and Little Foot and the Squatchicorns

The Squatchicorns - Potter, Ellen
The Squatchicorns

By Ellen Potter

Illustrated by  Felicita Sala

Hugo and Boone are off on another adventure in this third book in the Big Foot and Little Foot series.  Hugo is a sasquatch, but when a large group of strange sasquatches with unicorn horns appears at his cavern, he’s a bit concerned.  It turns out there’s nothing to worry about and these strange-looking creatures are a lot like him.

But where did they come from?  The squatchicorns, it seems, were driven out of their own cavern by a ghost.  Now they are looking for a new home.

Meanwhile, Hugo is invited to Boone’s birthday party!  He’s never been to a human party and can’t wait to go.  He is accompanied by Nogg, one of the squatchicorns.  After eating the whole birthday cake, getting spaghetti sauce all over his fur and doing a couple of other things that seem rude to humans but normal to a sasquatch, Hugo gives Boone a crown and pronounces him king for a day.  As king, Boone can make the rest of them do anything he wants.  So he decides that they must hunt down the ghost in the squatchicorn cavern.

Hugo and Nogg aren’t too thrilled about this idea, but they go along with it.  Before long they are solving the mystery of the ghost and having an adventure along the way!