Clever Jack Takes the Cake by Candace Fleming

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

Jack gets an invitation to the Princess’s 10th birthday party and uses ingenuity and determination to make a cake for a birthday present. Once the cake is all assembled, no easy task, Jack sets off to the party and learns when he gets there that sometimes the best presents are the intentions behind the gift and having a kind heart to go along with a clever mind. I would recommend this for older readers as there are a lot of words, and the message will hit different for anyone who has a difficult person to buy a gift for.

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E FLEMING (PRINCESS))

Polar Opposites by Erik Brooks

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

A polar bear and a penguin become pen pals and we learn they are complete opposites but distance and differences can all be met in the middle or rather the Galapagos Islands in this case. I loved this cute story about a Loud Polar bear who loved bright colors being best friends with a quiet penguin who likes a monochromatic wardrobe. Anyone need a pen pal?

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E BROOKS)

The Restless Girls by Jessie Burton

Reviewed by Melissa Beck (Library Staff)

A cross between a novel and a picture book, this illustrated 145-page retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses is such a delight. I picked it up after finishing the author’s recent book, Medusa (also lavishly illustrated), looking for more elegant, lyrical writing and I was not disappointed. Burton reimagines my favorite fairy tale with humor and compassion, bringing us strong characters and a fabulous updated ending that literally had me grinning. You won’t regret dancing the night away with this one.

Available through the Bridges Library System

The More the Merrier by David Martin

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

Bear starts a dance party that lets all the animals show off their dance moves and even if you don’t move like your friends it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the same beat! Fun story with simple pictures and light rhyming, a great read aloud on a rainy day to get your little one to dance like a bear, wiggle like a snake, or stomp like a moose.

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E MARTIN)

Animal Crossing: Deserted Island Diary by Kokonasu Rumba

Reviewed by Jess H (Library Staff)

You won’t need to have played Animal Crossing New Horizons to enjoy Deserted Island Diary. These quick, quirky stories perfectly encapsulate the hijinks of playing games with friends and encountering goofy characters.

As an Animal Crossing fan, most of the humor in this book lands. The art is pretty adorable too. If you like cute, quick, funny stories, Deserted Island Diary is a good one to pick up.

Located in Children’s Manga (J MANGA ANIMAL #1)

What’s in Your Pockets? by Heather Montgomery

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

What’s in your Pocket is a collection of snap shots of different scientists when they were just children collecting things that interested them and reminds us that what children collect can grow into a life long love of science and change how we think about peanuts, caterpillars, bones, snails, or even life above the tree tops. I think everyone needs this reminder that curious kids lead to amazing discoveries and we all need to empty our pockets before we do laundry!

Located in Children’s Nonfiction (J 508.092 MON)

Saucy by Cynthia Kadohata

Reviewed by Andrea Bisordi (Library Staff)

Becca would like to be very good at something, but she just can’t seem to find the thing for her. Then a piglet enters her life, and she is sure that saving this little piglet will be the thing for her! The problem is, the pig, whom she names Saucy, is just not cut out to be a house pet. How can she be good at something she might have to give up?

Fans of Mercy Watson who are looking for a longer tale would enjoy this one very much. Saucy gets into all kinds of mischief while still being beloved by the family. I also liked how Becca is trying to understand her place in her family, her school, and life in general. A delightful story.

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC KADOHATA)

In a Jar by Deborah Marcero

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

Most people can collect memories with cameras and reminders in jars like stones from a hike or a photo of a sunset but Lewellyn has a special way of collecting memories in jars and shares them with his friend Evelyn. Find out what Llewellyn and Evelyn collect and what memories they share both near and far.

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E MARCERO)