On the bookshelf



By Jane Muller

Check out this fresh crop of books for kids of all ages. Here are seven titles to consider adding to your child’s bookshelf or borrowing from the public library.


Where Do You Look?

By Marthe and Nell Jocelyn

The question in this book is answered at least twice each time it’s asked since there is more than one answer in the form of homonyms – words that look and sound the same but have different meanings. Words like cap, glasses and matches will make readers look twice. The critically acclaimed mother and daughter team use collage art to tell the story in this fabulous picture book. Ages 2 to 5. Publisher Tundra Books $17.99 (hardcover)


Gabby: Bringing Words to Life

By Joyce Grant, Illustrator Jan Dolby

The connection between words and the real things they represent is playfully presented in this first book by journalist and editor Joyce Grant. The letters that scatter from a book that Gabby drops, gather together to form words and then objects like cats and birds and fish. The illustrator’s hope that the book will disclose fun little discoveries with each read is sure to be fulfilled thanks to her hidden gems. Publisher Fitzhenry & Whiteside $1

8.95 (hardcover)


Crosby’s Golden Goal

By Mike Leonetti, Illustrator Gary McLaughlin


Millions of Canadians were inspired by Sidney Crosby’s winning goal that struck Olympic hockey gold. This is a story about a young hockey player who has given up on hockey until he witnesses one of hockey’s most memorable games. Ages 6 to 10 Publisher North Winds Press $19.95 (hardcover)





Saving Lives and Changing Hearts

By Rob Laidlaw

Written by the president of Zoocheck Canada, this is another in his series of animal rights books. In it he takes readers on a tour of animal sanctuaries around the world to demonstrate the positive relationships that are possible between humans and animals in captivity. The tour covers everything from the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada in Guelph to the Moon Bear Rescue Centre in China. Publisher Fitzhernry & Whiteside $19.95 (hardcover)


The Story of the Blue Planet

By Andri Snaer Magnason, Illustrator Aslaug Jonsdottir

This sly and smart parable by an author well known in his native Iceland, lands on a dilemma of the developing world – the ethics surrounding the happiness of one group of people that brings suffering to another group. When the children who inhabit the tranquil Blue Planet learn to fly they have no idea the repercussions felt by children on the other side of the planet. It’s a wonderful tale and it’s also a play presented at Young People’s Theatre in Toronto from April 8 to May 2. Ages 7 and up. Publisher Random House $12.99 (hardcover)


Beyond the Moongate: True Stories of 1920s China

By Elizabeth Quan

As the title suggests, this book comprises true stories revealed through the memoir of its author, now 90 years old. She writes about her childhood in rural China giving a first-hand account told in lyrical prose. She uses simple text for this series of short stories and illustrates them with her own vibrant watercolours. Ages 6 to 8 Publisher Tundra Books $21.99 (hardcover)


Seven (the series)

A series of books by seven different popular authors, it features compelling storylines all sharing the same premise and taking place at the same time. Accomplished writer Eric Walterscame up with the idea for the young adult fiction series and collaborated with six other well-known Canadian authors – John Wilson, Ted Staunton, Richard Scrimger, Norah McClintock, Sigmund Brouwerand Shane Peacock. Each book stands on its own and the series can be read in any order. They each follow one of the late David McLean’s grandsons who are willed to complete tasks their beloved grandfather has set out for them. Publisher Orca Book Publishers $9.95 each; $59.95 set (paperback)

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