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The Lost Track of Time by Paige Britt
Publication Date: May 31st, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Fantasy and Magic
A magical fantasy, an allegorical cautionary tale, a feast of language, a celebration of creativity--this dazzling debut novel is poised to become a story for the ages
Penelope is running out of time.
She dreams of being a writer, but how can she pursue her passion when her mother schedules every minute of her life? And how will she ever prove that writing is worthwhile if her mother keeps telling her to "get busy " and "be more productive"?
Then one day, Penelope discovers a hole in her schedule--an entire day completely unplanned --and she mysteriously falls into it. What follows is a mesmerizing journey through the Realm of Possibility where Penelope sets out to find and free the Great Moodler, the one person who may have the answers she seeks. Along the way, she must face an army of Clockworkers, battle the evil Chronos, take a daring Flight of Fancy, and save herself from the grip of time.
Brimming with clever language and masterful wordplay, The Lost Track of Time is a high-stakes adventure that will take you to a place where nothing is impossible and every minute doesn't count--people do
Penelope’s mind wanders. Her mom is disturbed by this and makes sure her every moment is spent wisely. Miss Maddie though, her auntly friend down the street, encourages “moodling” - sitting around drinking tea, thinking, gazing out the window, and talking about ideas, alone or with friends. Finding herself inexplicably with a free day on her usually very full schedule, Penelope falls into an adventure in The Realm of Possibility. There she befriends Dill, who’s searching for The Great Moodler, and trying to avoid the evil controlling Chronos and his army of timekeepers. This book is full of delightful word play, tons of time puns, and whimsy galore. The occasional art is a light and lovely. Those things combined with strong women, character diversity, and a pervasive message about the need for personal unscheduled time make this my favorite middle of the moment. And all the art is purple!
Cheenie from Books Inc. Burlingame
With thick pages cut into the shape of each letter, children and parents will enjoy this peek-through guessing game around the letterform itself. Sprinkles, hot fudge, and cherries hint at I's ice cream sundae, while aquarium accessories hint at F's fish. As readers interact with the pages, they will familiarize themselves not only with the 26 letters and associated words, but also with each letter's physicality--angles, holes, and curves, both front and back. With Peskimo's animated, stylish visuals, this fresh ABC book encourages readers to manipulate the alphabet in a whole new way. Note: illustrations have a retro feel, with imperfect variations in color and texture.
Ms. Rapscott's Girls by Elise Primavera
Publication Date: March 10th, 2015
Publisher: Dial Books
Genre: Action Adventure
Fans of Mary Poppins will love this whimsical tale of a boarding school for children of very busy parents, where an extraordinary headmistress teaches them life lessons about courage, adventure, friendship . . . and the importance of birthday cake.
Nestled inside a lighthouse, Great Rapscott School for the Daughters of Busy Parents takes its motto from Amelia Earhart: Adventure is worthwhile in itself. Headmistress Ms. Rapscott couldn't agree more, but her students, who are shipped to the school in boxes, could use a little convincing. Still, despite their initial reluctance, the students are soon soaring through the sky and getting lost on purpose. In addition to learning what birthday cakes are and how best to approach a bumbershoot tree, the students also manage to learn a little something about strength and bravery.
Busy parents don’t have time to teach their daughters things like How to Boil an Egg or How to Stick Up for One’s Self. That’s where Ms. Rapscott comes in. Her school is specifically for teaching Girls with Busy Parents everything they need to know. Her current crop of girls is one short though—one of the flying cardboard boxes that deliver her charges wasn’t sealed properly, and the poor girl was lost! Will they ever find her? This is one of my favorite books from the past year. It has such humor and heart that I smiled the whole way through, especially whenever Lewis and Clark - the teacher’s assistants who just happen to be sweater-and-watch wearing, clipboard-wielding corgis - were mentioned.
Reviewed by Eleanor from Books Inc. Palo Alto