An agreeable outing for animal-loving chapter-book readers.



From the Animal Rescue Center series

A child whose parents own and run an adoption center for unwanted animals has a hard time letting go.

Nolan plaits together three disparate plot strands in this chapter-book series entry. One is the story of Copper, the injured baby fox Ella rescues one night. Another is that of Gordon, a billy goat given up by his previous owners and now in need of a new home. And the third is that of the Animal Magic Rescue Center’s ongoing friction with neighbor Mrs. Brooks, whose petition to shut the facility down is before the town council and whose daughter, Annie, is Ella’s friend. That’s a lot for a slim book, but Nolan pulls it off, offering just enough characterization and background detail to fill out the plot points in a natural and convincing way. Ella’s determination to overlook Gordon’s challenges as an adoptable pet will ring true to readers, as will her desire to hold and cuddle Copper despite her mother’s admonitions that he needs to return to the wild when he’s healed. The difficulties with the neighbor clearly predate the beginning of this book, but enough back story is provided to carry readers new to the series along easily. Black-and-white interior illustrations occur every few pages, depicting an all-white semirural setting. Series companion The Homeless Foal publishes simultaneously.

An agreeable outing for animal-loving chapter-book readers. (Fiction. 7-10)

Pub Date: March 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-58925-499-2

Page Count: 128

Publisher: Tiger Tales

Review Posted Online: Feb. 1, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2017

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This is rather a silly story, and I don't believe children will think it particularly funny. A paper hanger and painter finds time on his hands in winter, and spends it in reading of arctic exploration. It is all given reality when he receives a present of a penguin, which makes its nest in the refrigerator on cubes of ice, mates with a lonely penguin from the zoo, and produces a family of penguins which help set the Poppers on their feet.

Pub Date: Sept. 26, 1938

ISBN: 978-0-316-05843-8

Page Count: 139

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: Jan. 15, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1938

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A plucky mouse finds her true home in this warm, winning tale.


From the Heartwood Hotel series , Vol. 1

An orphan mouse unexpectedly arrives at Heartwood Hotel, which she hopes will become the home she’s seeking.

Mona’s never had a home for long. After a storm forces her to flee her latest forest shelter, she discovers an enormous tree with a heart carved into its trunk. When Mona presses the heart, a door opens, and she enters the lobby of Heartwood Hotel, where small forest critters hibernate, eat, and celebrate in safety. The kindhearted badger proprietor, Mr. Heartwood, takes pity on homeless Mona, allowing her to stay for the fall to assist the maid, Tilly, a red squirrel. Grateful to be at Heartwood, Mona strives to prove herself despite Tilly’s unfriendly attitude. Mona’s clever approaches with a wounded songbird, an anxious skunk, and a wayward bear win Mr. Heartwood’s approval. But when Mona accidentally breaks a rule, Tilly convinces her she will be fired. As Mona secretly leaves Heartwood, she discovers marauding wolves planning to crash Heartwood’s Snow Festival and devises a daring plan to save the place she regards as home. Charming anthropomorphic characters, humorous mishaps, and outside threats add to the drama. Delicate pencil illustrations reinforce Heartwood’s cozy home theme. A sequel, The Greatest Gift, publishes simultaneously.

A plucky mouse finds her true home in this warm, winning tale. (Animal fantasy. 7-10)

Pub Date: July 4, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4847-3161-1

Page Count: 176

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Review Posted Online: April 17, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2017

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