An adventure celebrates imagination and courage with entertaining verve.

GENNY FACES THE GREEN KNIGHT

GENNY AND BUG'S BIG ADVENTURES

A brave, creative girl battles the legendary Green Knight in this picture book.

Genny, a young Black girl, loves going on pretend adventures. Wherever she goes, Genny always brings her favorite toy, a stuffed ladybug called Bug, as helper and companion. Coyote and Raven, two other toys, often show up and try to wreck things. Journeying in the world of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere, Genny accepts a challenge from the Green Knight. He may be powerful, but “I am powerful, too,” says Genny. A fierce fight ensues, and although Coyote and Raven try to distract her, Genny gets help from a mysterious ally called Phoenix. After the two collaborators win, the Green Knight praises Genny’s valor, and Phoenix gives her a magical amulet that will call him when she needs him. In his book, Gregory tells a charming story that vividly captures the wild magic of imagination. Poetic images enrich the tale, as when Genny gets stronger “like a new sword pulled from the fire is made stronger each time the hammer strikes it.” Dialogue, too, is striking and effective. Duvenage provides somewhat stiffly modeled but varied, well-detailed pictures.

An adventure celebrates imagination and courage with entertaining verve.

Pub Date: N/A

ISBN: 978-1-5255-8097-0

Page Count: -

Publisher: FriesenPress

Review Posted Online: Nov. 27, 2020

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A close encounter of the best kind.

FIELD TRIP TO THE MOON

Left behind when the space bus departs, a child discovers that the moon isn’t as lifeless as it looks.

While the rest of the space-suited class follows the teacher like ducklings, one laggard carrying crayons and a sketchbook sits down to draw our home planet floating overhead, falls asleep, and wakes to see the bus zooming off. The bright yellow bus, the gaggle of playful field-trippers, and even the dull gray boulders strewn over the equally dull gray lunar surface have a rounded solidity suggestive of Plasticine models in Hare’s wordless but cinematic scenes…as do the rubbery, one-eyed, dull gray creatures (think: those stress-busting dolls with ears that pop out when squeezed) that emerge from the regolith. The mutual shock lasts but a moment before the lunarians eagerly grab the proffered crayons to brighten the bland gray setting with silly designs. The creatures dive into the dust when the bus swoops back down but pop up to exchange goodbye waves with the errant child, who turns out to be an olive-skinned kid with a mop of brown hair last seen drawing one of their new friends with the one crayon—gray, of course—left in the box. Body language is expressive enough in this debut outing to make a verbal narrative superfluous.

A close encounter of the best kind. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: May 14, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-8234-4253-9

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Margaret Ferguson/Holiday House

Review Posted Online: Feb. 6, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2019

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As Captain Awesome would say, this kid is “MI-TEE!” (Fiction. 5-8)

CAPTAIN AWESOME TO THE RESCUE!

From the Captain Awesome series , Vol. 1

The town of Sunnyview got a little bit safer when 8-year-old Eugene McGillicudy moved in.

Just like his comic-book mentor, Super Dude, Eugene, aka Captain Awesome, is on a one-man mission is to save the world from supervillains, like the nefarious “Queen Stinkypants from Planet Baby.” Just as Eugene suspected, plenty of new supervillains await him at Sunnyview Elementary. Are Meredith Mooney and the mind-reading Ms. Beasley secretly working together to try and force Eugene to reveal his secret identity? Will Principal Brick Foot succeed in throwing Captain Awesome into the “Dungeon of Detention?” Fortunately, Eugene isn’t forced to go it alone. Charlie Thomas Jones, fellow comic-book lover and Super Dude fan, stands ready and willing to help. When the class hamster goes missing, Captain Awesome must don his cape and, with the help of his new best friend, ride to the rescue. Kirby’s funny and engaging third-person narration and O’Connor’s hilarious illustrations make the book easily accessible and enormously appealing, particularly to readers who have recently graduated to chapter books. But it is the quirky, mischievous Eugene that really makes this book special. His energy and humor are contagious, and his dogged commitment to his superhero alter ego is enough to make anyone a believer.  

As Captain Awesome would say, this kid is “MI-TEE!” (Fiction. 5-8)

Pub Date: April 3, 2012

ISBN: 978-1-4424-4090-6

Page Count: 128

Publisher: Little Simon/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Jan. 18, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2012

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