A children book recommendation: Daddy Long Legs by Nadine Brun-Cosme

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2iVUHRL.
One of those books with the sort of repetitive pattern that can get a bit tiresome for adults reading aloud, thankfully Daddy Long Legs is full of such quirky detail that it never gets dull.
Book description from Google Books:
An endearing tale about a little boy who wants to be sure. ñSee you this afternoon,î says Daddy when he drops off Matthew at kindergarten. But Matthew says, ñWhat if, this afternoon, the old green car doesnÍt start?î Thus begins a series of what-ifs that Matthew poses to all of DaddyÍs ideas about how heÍll fetch him, each one more fantastic than the last: heÍll come by teddy bear, by the wings of birds, by dragon! Finally, Daddy says heÍll use his own two long legs, the ultimate reassurance that heÍll come back for Matthew, no matter what! A hug of a book. Children will want to snuggle up inside its warm covers.
The book is rated 3.95/5 at goodreads.com, from 99 ratings. See 45 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2zIubmK.
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A children book recommendation: Daddy Long Legs by Nadine Brun-Cosme

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2iVUHRL.
One of those books with the sort of repetitive pattern that can get a bit tiresome for adults reading aloud, thankfully Daddy Long Legs is full of such quirky detail that it never gets dull.
Book description from Google Books:
An endearing tale about a little boy who wants to be sure. ñSee you this afternoon,î says Daddy when he drops off Matthew at kindergarten. But Matthew says, ñWhat if, this afternoon, the old green car doesnÍt start?î Thus begins a series of what-ifs that Matthew poses to all of DaddyÍs ideas about how heÍll fetch him, each one more fantastic than the last: heÍll come by teddy bear, by the wings of birds, by dragon! Finally, Daddy says heÍll use his own two long legs, the ultimate reassurance that heÍll come back for Matthew, no matter what! A hug of a book. Children will want to snuggle up inside its warm covers.
The book is rated 3.95/5 at goodreads.com, from 99 ratings. See 45 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2zIubmK.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2zIuqya.

A children book recommendation: A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge

A critic review (source NPR) can be read at: http://n.pr/2zxJKgU.
This is a book that writes the story of itself into its smallest corners. The prose is so purely delightful that I kept folding down pages to return to. I laughed at exceptional turns of phrase, only to find myself tearing up a few passages later…
Book description from Google Books:
‘Everyone should read Frances Hardinge. Everyone. Right now.’ Patrick NessA Face Like Glass is an astonishing and imaginative novel from the Costa Award winning author of The Lie Tree, Frances Hardinge.In the underground city of Caverna the world’s most skilled craftsmen toil in the darkness to create delicacies beyond compare – wines that can remove memories, cheeses that can make you hallucinate and perfumes that convince you to trust the wearer, even as they slit your throat. The people of Caverna are more ordinary, but for one thing: their faces are as blank as untouched snow. Expressions must be learned, and only the famous Facesmiths can teach a person to show (or fake) joy, despair or fear – at a price.Into this dark and distrustful world comes Neverfell, a little girl with no memory of her past and a face so terrifying to those around her that she must wear a mask at all times. For Neverfell’s emotions are as obvious on her face as those of the most skilled Facesmiths, though entirely genuine. And that makes her very dangerous indeed . . .
The book is rated 4.23/5 at goodreads.com, from 3038 ratings. See 631 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2iIzw5C.
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A children book recommendation: York (Shadow Cipher Series, Book 1) (The Shadow Cipher) by Laura Ruby

A critic review (source NY Times) can be read at: http://nyti.ms/2iwP5xc.
The pleasures of the novel go far beyond the crackling, breathless plot and the satisfaction of watching the puzzle fall into place.
Book description from amazon.com:
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The book is rated 4.07/5 at goodreads.com, from 1181 ratings. See 325 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2h8iX2l.
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A children book recommendation: Tilly and the Time Machine by Adrian Edmondson

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2h61kQN.
Folksy, funny illustrations by newcomer Danny Noble (who Edmondson signed up after spotting her on Twitter) add to the charm. But the book also provides a touching examination of childhood loss.
Book description from Google Books:
Special signed edition! Tilly is seven and a half. She lives with her dad, a scientist who used to invent things for the government. They are very happy, but they are both missing Mummy, who died about a year ago. So when Tilly’s dad creates a time machine in their back garden, there’s only one place that Tilly really wants to go- back to her sixth birthday party, when she ate too many cupcakes and her mummy was there. There’s only one problem. Tilly’s dad has got stuck in the past, and she must follow him through history, from battles on boats to Buckingham Palace, to get him back. Encountering all sorts of interesting people along the way,Tilly and the Time Machine is a funny and heartwarming adventure.

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A children book recommendation: The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship by Philip Pullman

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2h8kGFa.
Will the clever and daring John Blake have more adventures in the future? My hunch, and my hope, is that he will. Meanwhile, no prizes for guessing what my nieces and nephews will be getting from me on their next birthdays.
Book description from Google Books:
A thrilling graphic novel adventure from Philip Pullman, one of the greatest storytellers of our time! Trapped in the mists of time by a terrible research experiment gone wrong, John Blake and his mysterious ship are doomed to sail between the centuries, searching for a way home. In the ocean of the modern day, John and the crew rescue a shipwrecked young girl his own age, Serena, and promise to help. But returning Serena to her own time means traveling to the one place where the ship is in most danger of destruction. The all-powerful Dahlberg Corporation has an ambitious leader with plans far greater and more terrible than anyone has realized, and he is hot on their trail. For only John, Serena, and the crew know Dahlberg’s true intentions, and only they have the power to stop him from bending the world to his will . . .
The book is rated 3.61/5 at goodreads.com, from 331 ratings. See 88 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2h5YzPF.
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A children book recommendation: Real Friends by Shannon Hale

A critic review (source NY Times) can be read at: http://nyti.ms/2iGpm5h.
These detailed memories of elementary school will ring hilariously true to adult readers who grew up with lace Madonna gloves, Michael Jackson, phones with cords, and dreams of being either Wonder Woman or a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader.
Book description from Google Books:
“Fresh and funny.” —New York Times Book ReviewNewbery Honor author Shannon Hale and New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham join forces in this graphic memoir about how hard it is to find your real friends—and why it’s worth the journey.When best friends are not forever . . . Shannon and Adrienne have been best friends ever since they were little. But one day, Adrienne starts hanging out with Jen, the most popular girl in class and the leader of a circle of friends called The Group. Everyone in The Group wants to be Jen’s #1, and some girls would do anything to stay on top . . . even if it means bullying others.Now every day is like a roller coaster for Shannon. Will she and Adrienne stay friends? Can she stand up for herself? And is she in The Group—or out?Parents Magazine Best Graphic Novel of 2017
The book is rated 4.10/5 at goodreads.com, from 4845 ratings. See 899 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2hebY8j.
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A children book recommendation: Yvain: The Knight of the Lion by M.T. Anderson

A critic review (source NY Times) can be read at: http://nyti.ms/2hbZJsG.
The result is a sharp critique of medieval social strictures, with stunning battle scenes, monsters and blood. My nephew devoured all 134 pages of it.
Book description from Google Books:
In his first graphic novel, National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson turns to Arthurian lore, with captivating art by Andrea Offermann bringing the classic legend to life. Eager for glory and heedless of others, Sir Yvain sets out from King Arthur’s court and defeats a local lord in battle, unknowingly intertwining his future with the lives of two compelling women: Lady Laudine, the beautiful widow of the fallen lord, and her sly maid Lunette. In a stunning visual interpretation of a 12th century epic poem by Chr�tien de Troyes, readers are — at first glance — transported into a classic Arthurian romance complete with errant knights, plundering giants, and fire-breathing dragons. A closer look, however, reveals a world rich with unspoken emotion. Striking, evocative art by Andrea Offermann sheds light upon the inner lives of medieval women and the consequences Yvain’s oblivious actions have upon Laudine and Lunette. Renowned author M. T. Anderson embraces a new form with a sophisticated graphic novel that challenges Yvain’s role as hero, delves into the honesty and anguish of love, and asks just how fundamentally the true self can really change.
The book is rated 3.36/5 at goodreads.com, from 500 ratings. See 148 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2harj9Z.
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A children book recommendation: The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd-Stanton

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2iAOKcV.
Channelling Tove Jansson, Tintin and Japanese anime studio Studio Ghibli, the book’s enchanting, richly coloured illustrations had details to savour in every frame: a godsend for parents of reluctant learner-readers.
Book description from Google Books:
Erin loves to lie on the jetty, looking for the weirdest fish in the sea–the weirder, the better! And she knows the best ones must be further out, where her mum won’t let her go . . . Out there in the deepest sea lies the Black Rock: a huge, dark and spiky mass that is said to destroy any boats that come near it! Can Erin uncover the truth behind this mysterious legend? Joe Todd-Stanton’s first picture book,Arthur and the Golden Rope, was published by Flying Eye Books in 2016.
The book is rated 4.10/5 at goodreads.com, from 164 ratings. See 42 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2iCbLMC.
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A children book recommendation: The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd-Stanton

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2iAOKcV.
Channelling Tove Jansson, Tintin and Japanese anime studio Studio Ghibli, the book’s enchanting, richly coloured illustrations had details to savour in every frame: a godsend for parents of reluctant learner-readers.
Book description from Google Books:
Erin loves to lie on the jetty, looking for the weirdest fish in the sea–the weirder, the better! And she knows the best ones must be further out, where her mum won’t let her go . . . Out there in the deepest sea lies the Black Rock: a huge, dark and spiky mass that is said to destroy any boats that come near it! Can Erin uncover the truth behind this mysterious legend? Joe Todd-Stanton’s first picture book,Arthur and the Golden Rope, was published by Flying Eye Books in 2016.
The book is rated 4.10/5 at goodreads.com, from 163 ratings. See 42 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2iCbLMC.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2iBTlvk.