Tuesday, June 14, 2022

ADA TWIST, SCIENTIST: The Why Files - All About Plants! by Andrea Beaty and Dr. Theanne Griffith.  New York: Amulet Books, 2022. 76p.  ISBN: 978-1419761515 hb. $12.99    Gr. 1-3    E Reader

The look of this book is similar to other Ada Twist stories by Beaty, but is actually adapted from the Netflix series.  It's full of photos and graphics to supplement the information text.  Although it lacks a table of contents, topic sections are noted by the "The Why Files Facts" heading.  Ada guides readers through the parts of a plant, how to care for these botanical wonders, and why plants are important to people.  There are a couple of science experiments at the back of the book for a hands-on approach to learning about plants.  Beaty's degree in biology combines well with Griffith's interest in STEM-themed stories to make a new series for young readers.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI  49855   

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

STAR FISHING by Sang-Keun Kim.  New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2022.  32p.  ISBN 978-141975100-4 hc. $18.99     PreS-K      E PIC

When it's hard to fall asleep, look to the night sky and imagine an adventure that provides a star as bait to fish readers out of their backyards, landing them on the moon.  Rabbit lives there and uses his star to fish for more friends, a fox, polar bears, and a crab.  The new friends play among the stars and build some constellations to remember each other by.  As the new friends fall asleep one by one, Rabbit sends them back to their homes and settles down to sleep himself.  Originally published in South Korea, this book has been translated for English speakers.  Kim creates an amazing tale of friendship combined with a bedtime story for young children.  The illustrations are eye-catching with cerulean blue backgrounds contrasted with luminous yellow stars.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI