Hesson: Children's book reviews for June

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West Coast Wild Rainforest

By Deborah Hodge, Illustrated By Karen Reczuch

(Groundwood Books)

This gorgeous picture book takes readers to the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Vivid illustrations bring to life the look and feel of an ancient forest. Wildlife and plants flourish and complement each other. The cool wet environment allows trees to grow for hundreds of years, which provide shelter and food for animals, and the extraordinary banana slug. Cool shaded waters are home to spawning and hatching salmon. The continuous life cycle provides food for bears, wolves, and eagles. This fourth book in the West Coast Wild series provides readers with a wonderfully immersive journey into a unique ecosystem.

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The Great Puptective

By Alina Tysoe

(Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers)

Truffles the cat gets quite the surprise when his owner brings home Poppy, the Puptective. Poppy is curious and annoying, prompting Truffles to create several scenarios to get her in trouble. However, Poppy is so inept at detecting that every plan backfires. When Truffles finally succeeds in shipping Poppy off, feelings of loneliness and guilt turn him into Cattective. He must find her and bring her back. Colourful graphic-style illustrations make this the perfect fun and easy chapter book for young readers.


A Bucket of Stars

By Suri Rosen, Cover Illustration By Steven P. Hughes

(Scholastic Canada Ltd.)

Noah and his brother are trying to adjust to a new life in their dad’s childhood home. When Noah meets Tara, she introduces him to amateur movie-making, and he shows her the stars. If they can impress the mayor with a movie about a dog astronomer, Noah has a chance of getting his dad a new telescope, hoping this will revive his spirit and rekindle his passion for astronomy. Ultimately, their project also becomes a chance to save their town from big construction. This engaging and emotional mystery touches on corruption, activism, and mental health.


The Ballad of Darcy & Russell

By Morgan Matson

(Simon & Schuster)

When Darcy attends a music festival with a friend, she is abandoned and left to ride the bus home on her own. The bad luck is the bus breaks down and she is stranded at a bus station, the day before she must leave for college. However, Darcy’s luck changes when she meets Russell. That night and that one boy is what Darcy has dreamed of. In their time together they reveal secrets, fall for each other, and wonder if it can all be true. A teen romance with a twist, that is entertaining and easy to read.

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