As habitual readers of my blog will know, on the fourth Wednesday I always choose a different genre’s top 5 of new releases. This week I went for children’s books, for one reason and one reason alone: the covers! I know, I know. You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but I feel like it is allowed for children’s books. Especially if there are pictures in it, then the cover gives a good impression of the quality and style of the drawings (and therefore most likely the story as well).
- The Princess and the Page by Christina Farley
Publication date: February 28th 2017
A dark secret lurks in Keira’s family. She comes from a long line of Word Weavers who bring their stories to life when they use a magical pen. But Keira’s mom is unable to face the truth of the family’s history because the Word Weavers have been hunted for generations for their power. And so, she forbids Keira to write. Oblivious to the family’s secret ability, and angry at her mom’s rule of no fictional writing, Keira discovers her grandma’s Word Weaver pen and uses it to write a story for the Girls’ World fairy tale contest, believing it will bring her good luck. But when Keira decides to have her fairy tale reflect her family’s imperfect life, and has the princess in her story vanquished to a dark tower for eternity, she starts to wonder if anyone ever truly lives happily ever after.
- Mr. Fuzzbuster Knows He’s the Favorite by Stacy McAnulty
Publication date: February 7th 2017
Mr. Fuzzbuster knew he was Lily’s favorite. They did everything together. Naps. Story time. Walks. And more naps. But now four more animals lived in the house.… To prove he’s still Lily’s favorite, Mr. Fuzzbuster will have to ask her, but will her answer surprise him? This funny, heartwarming story is for every child who has ever wondered if there’s a favorite in the house.
- The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale
Publication date: February 7th 2017
WHO RUNS THE WORLD? SQUIRRELS! Fourteen-year-old Doreen Green moved from sunny California to the suburbs of New Jersey. She must start at a new school, make new friends, and continue to hide her tail. Yep, Doreen has the powers of . . . a squirrel! After failing at several attempts to find her new BFF, Doreen feels lonely and trapped, liked a caged animal. Then one day Doreen uses her extraordinary powers to stop a group of troublemakers from causing mischief in the neighborhood, and her whole life changes. Everyone at school is talking about it! Doreen contemplates becoming a full-fledged Super Hero. And thus, Squirrel Girl is born! She saves cats from trees, keeps the sidewalks clean, and dissuades vandalism. All is well until a real-life Super Villain steps out of the shadows and declares Squirrel Girl his archenemy. Can Doreen balance being a teenager and a Super Hero? Or will she go . . . NUTS?
- Mighty, Mighty Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
Publication date: February 14th 2017
At last—here from the team behind the beloved international bestseller comes a companion to Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. All of our favorite trucks are back on the construction site—this time with a focus on team-building, friendship, and working together to make a big task seem small! Down in the big construction site, the crew faces their biggest job yet, and will need the help of new construction friends to get it done. Working as a team, there’s nothing they can’t do! The millions of fans of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site are in for a mighty good time!
- The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis
Publication date: February 27th 2017
Aventurine is the fiercest, bravest dragon there is. And she’s ready to prove it to her family by leaving the safety of their mountain cave and capturing the most dangerous prey of all: a human. But when the human she finds tricks her into drinking enchanted hot chocolate, Aventurine is transformed into a puny human girl with tiny blunt teeth, no fire, and not one single claw. But she’s still the fiercest creature in the mountains — and now she’s found her true passion: chocolate! All she has to do is get herself an apprenticeship (whatever that is) in a chocolate house (which sounds delicious), and she’ll be conquering new territory in no time…won’t she?
No, even though the fifth book is about chocolate, that’s not the one that ended up on my to-read list. I’ve actually gone for two books this time: the first and the third. Obviously the first one since it is about a magic pen. Enough said! And I’m intrigued by the third one because it has two word plays in the blurb alone. If the entire book is filled with them, I’ll be delighted. But if there aren’t any, then I’ll be disappointed because the story itself doesn’t really speak to me. Though it should be interesting how they take this subject that has been done in every single way multiple times and try to turn it into something new for children. How about you guys?