the June Heat and Read
Selene S. Vasquez
BOOKS: AGES 6 THRU 8
Hat Trick by
Jon Agee. (Hyperion, unpaged, $15.95).
the Magnificent is an untalented magician whose tricks get tangled
up or botched altogether in a funny, crowd-pleasing manner. Will
finding a rabbit for his bag of tricks enhance his amusing dilemma?
Once Was a Man Named Michael Finnegan
Bernard Westcott. (Little Brown, 32 pp., $14.95).
is an exuberant and preposterously silly traditional romp of a
tattered, unshaven man and his grinning doggie companion. Wacky
watercolor and ink illustrations make merry of poor Finnegan’s
AGES 6 THRU 8
Tunny Swallowed a Bunny by
Bill Grossman. Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. (HarperCollins, 32
slapstick poems resemble a literary version of The Three Stooges.
Hawkes is the quintessential zany artist for these madcap and
mischievous wordplays romping throughout the book.
AGES 8 THRU 12
The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy
Blumberg. (HarperCollins, 32 pp., $16.95).
in 1841, little Manjiro was rescued by an American whaling ship,
educated in New England, and amazingly, became an honored samurai
upon returning home to Japan. This is an absorbing biography with
vivid historical detail.
Vasquez is a media specialist at Orange Brook Elementary School
in Hollywood, Florida. She is formerly a children’s librarian
for the New York Public Library.
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