Books by Paulette Bourgeois

Released: Nov. 28, 2015

"The concept is full of promise, but the product ultimately disappoints. (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
Since her father left China to work years ago on building a Canadian railroad, then disappeared, teenager Li Jun tries to fulfill a promise made to her dying mother to find him. Read full book review >
THE DIRT ON DIRT by Paulette Bourgeois
Released: March 1, 2008

Illustrated with a mix of color photos and lighthearted cartoon art, Bourgeois's latest outing lays a thin layer of inquiry over a wide variety of dirt-related topics—from mud, stains and sand to archaeology, gardening and plate tectonics. Warning readers with weak stomachs not to read further, she begins with the observation that we are surrounded, and in fact covered, with dirt that not all the soap or detergents (the chemical actions of which she explains) in the world can remove for more than a moment. Despite several simple science demonstrations and a true-false quiz about worms along the way, this is too quick a once-over to be more than an additional source for assignments or serious information-gathering. Casual browsers or younger readers of April Pulley Sayre's Stars Beneath Your Bed: The Surprising Story of Dust (2005), illustrated by Ann Jonas, may sweep it up, though. (index) (Nonfiction. 7-9)Read full book review >
POLICE OFFICERS by Paulette Bourgeois
Released: April 1, 1999

Police Officers ($12.95; Apr.; 32 pp.; 1-55074-502-6): The duties of police officers are outlined in this entry in the In My Neighborhood series. Readers follow friendly officers as they respond to calls, crack open a bicycle theft case, and put the crooks into the system. The booking and legal process is briefly explained, as are other duties (e.g., crowd control), and different types of officers, from undercover cops to FBI agents. The book closes with a smart set of safety tips, making this not just for children interested in police work, but for adults who want to keep children alert and cautious. (Picture book. 4-8) Read full book review >
GARBAGE COLLECTORS by Paulette Bourgeois
Released: April 1, 1998

In an entry in the In My Neighborhood series, garbage collectors Sam and Mabel answer children's questions about their work as they complete their daily route. It's no simple pick-up; readers will be surprised to learn how garbage is separated for recycling, taken to a transfer station, and compacted for storage in landfills. A discussion of the three Rs—Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle—emphasizes the role that children can play in caring for the environment and gives simple examples of conservation efforts. Cartoon-like illustrations, several offering a wide-angle overhead perspective of Sam and Mabel's truck as it rolls along its route, add a humorous touch to a serious topic. This is an informative yet light-handed treatment of the important job of workers who make daily contributions to community health and safety. (Picture book. 3-7) Read full book review >