Warner Bros. has announced that JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts will be released on November 18, 2016. This is the first film in a new trilogy based on Rowling’s textbook that is 54 pages long. It’s going to be fascinating to see how they pull a movie out of that book!
Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World by Steve Jenkins
Explore different types of animal eyes in this gorgeous nonfiction picture book by the amazing Steve Jenkins. In this book, Jenkins not only talks about the different kinds of animals eyes, explaining them in just the right amount of detail, but also looks at specific animals and their unique eyes. Jenkins shares lots of facts, carefully chosen to be fascinating and fun. One never knows what will be found on the next page and whether it will be looking right at you.
Jenkins makes sure that children will learn about evolution in this picture book. His emphasis throughout is on the evolution from simple light-sensitive eyespots to the complex camera eyes of humans and hawks. As always, his information is well-chosen and interesting. It is accompanied by large-format images that are paired with smaller images that show the animals entire body. This is science information at its best.
The eyes have it! This is a book that belongs in all public libraries. Appropriate for ages 6-9.
Reviewed from library copy.
Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox, illustrated by Brian Floca
This is the true story of Elizabeth, an elephant seal, who decided she wanted to live in the warm waters of the Avon River near the city of Christchurch in New Zealand. People are happy to have Elizabeth in the river, often spending time watching her swim. Then Elizabeth decides that her favorite place to sun is the middle of a two-lane road. It is flat and warm and perfect, except for the dangers of the cars to both Elizabeth and the people. So Elizabeth is towed out to sea, to live with the other elephant seals. But Elizabeth returns. She is removed to the sea over and over again, each time taking her farther away from Christchurch. But she still finds her way back to those warm river waters.
Cox, a famous long-distance, open-water swimmer, has written her first children’s book here. One would never know that it is her first. She writes with a grace and simplicity that make her book entirely readable but also poetic too. She incorporates imagery that will help children understand Elizabeth better: “Moving up the soft shore like a giant inchworm.” She also uses descriptive language to draw contrasts between the waters in the river and those in the cold sea.
Floca, winner of the 2014 Caldecott Medal, uses his fine-line drawings to show the merry spirit of Elizabeth both when she is in the warm river waters and upon her amazing returns after being towed away. Floca’s illustrations of Elizabeth on the warm road and her surprise but lack of alarm when the cars approach are beautifully done.
A winning story that tells the story of one unique elephant seal and the town that she decided was her home. Appropriate for ages 5-7.
Reviewed from copy received from Random House Children’s Books.
YALSA has announced the 25 titles nominated for the Teens’ Top Ten. Teens are encouraged to read the nominees before they vote, which starts on August 15 and goes through Teen Read Week ending on October 18.
Here are the 25 nominees:
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Tucholke
The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason
Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block
Maybe I Will by Laurie Gray
A Midsummer Night’s Scream by R. L. Stine
Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne
The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
Of Triton by Anna Banks
Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
Splintered by A. G. Howard
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
Teardrop by Lauren Kate
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
Winger by Andrew Smith