Sunday Surprise is a feature that showcases three random novels that have either caught our eye, have received for review or is just not getting enough attention. Hopefully we’re able to introduce you to a new fabulous read or even remind you of what you’re missing. So did we catch your eye?
School is back in session on Literary Escapism with the School’s In event going, so I thought I would tie in the Sunday Surprise feature as well. For the next four Sundays, we’ll be looking at a few random books for the littlest readers in our lives.
Big Book of Science Things to Make and Do by Rebecca Gilpin, Leonie Pratt
Usborne Big Book of Science Things to Make & Do Science is so much FUN!!! Here are over fifty fantastically fun projects that use easy-to-find everyday materials. Make things that fly, fling, spin, swim, whoosh, zoom and ooze, and discover the surprising science behind them.
Third Grade Angels by Jerry Spinelli
George, aka “Suds,” has just entered third grade, and he’s heard the rhyme about “first grade babies/second grade cats/third grade angels/fourth grade rats,” but what does this mean for his school year? It means that his teacher, Mrs. Simms, will hold a competition every month to see which student deserves to be awarded “the halo” – which student is best-behaved, kindest to others, and, in short, perfect. Suds is determined to be the first to earn the halo, but he’s finding the challenge of always being good to be more stressful than he had anticipated. Does he have to be good even outside of school? (Does he have to be nice to his annoying little sister?) And if Mrs. Simms doesn’t actually see him doing a good deed, does it even count?
Dino Pets Go to School by Lynn Plourde
One little boy knows just what to bring to school on Pet Day: dinosaurs, of course! But his first dino is too tall for the school bus; the next is a bit too loud for class; and the third is too spiky for one unlucky soccer ball. The search for the perfect classroom dinosaur kicks off a prehistoric pet parade . . . and school will never be the same!
With bouncy text, strikingly bold illustrations, and a section of fun facts about the amazing Jurassic giants, this perfect read-aloud is as educational as it is silly and satisfying.