|May Book Reviews
Author: Hill Country Bookstore
For Younger Readers
Words Are Not For Hurting
by Elizabeth Verdick
This is one of a series of board books designed to teach very young children the important lessons in manners. The books are written in simple words, gently spoken, that let children hear why these lessons are important. Children learn the power of words, that their words should be helpful, not hurtful. And if hurtful words come out, the two most powerful words are, “I’m sorry.” The book finishes with tips for parents and caregivers as an extra bonus. For ages 1 to 4.
by Erica S. Perl
This book is absolutely delightful! As Ida is leaving for her first day of school she makes sure she has her new lunchbox and, of course, Dotty (her “imaginary” friend with bright spots and a pair of large horns). Ida soon realizes that she is not the only student who has brought a special friend to school. However, as the year goes by, the other kids start making fun of Ida because she seems to be the only one still bringing a friend. Ida’s teacher steps in and provides some thoughtful suggestions for Ida. The final page illustration completes this wonderful story of the endurance of imagination and friendship. For ages 3 to 6.
For Older Readers
by Cal Ripken, Jr.
Connor Sullivan, an all-star shortstop, can hit, field and run, BUT he’s got a temper; when things don’t go his way, he pitches a fit. Everyone is starting to avoid him and the coach is ready to let him go. Unfortunately, his home life is suffering as well since his dad lost his job; Connor’s dream of going to baseball camp may dissolve. When the school paper threatens to print a story about his tantrums, Connor realizes he has to clean up his act. But can he do it in time to save the season and win the championship? This selection is well-written by Cal Ripkin, Jr., a man who obviously knows the sport and remembers the challenges of being a kid with big dreams. For ages 8 to 12.
The Adventures of TinTin, Volume 7
This is a three-in-one hardcover volume that contains the last three complete “TinTin” adventures written by Herge: The Castafiore Emerald, Flight 714 to Sydney and TinTin and the Picaros. As with all seven volumes, it is written and illustrated in the comic book style. And, as with all 21 of the “TinTin” stories, they involve adventure, mystery, character interactions, running gags, dry wit and plot resolution. It’s sure to be enjoyed by comic book and graphic novel lovers. For ages 12 and up.