“The Deserters” by Charles Glass is a history of ordinary soldiers who deserted the service during World War II. The author covers men who have been overlooked by history. He used army archives, personal diaries, self-published works, and court martial records. There were 150,000 British and American known deserters. This book tells what it was like to serve on the front line and the stories of the men before, during and after their service.
“The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail” by Richard Peck is about the smallest mouse in Buckingham Palace. He’s so small he doesn’t have a name or parents. When he breaks two rules, he has to run for his life and his future. Children will delight in this itty bitty mouse’s big adventures.
Gramma is coming for a visit in “Hooray Parade” by Barbara Joosse. She has all sorts of surprises and part of the fun is having children help guess what Gramma may have brought. Large, colorful illustrations, are fun for toddlers to look at while you read to them.
Ruff the dog is one busy dog, but he’s busy all by himself. There certainly isn’t any fun in that. Ruff sets out to find some friends in “Ruff!: and the Wonderfully Amazing Busy Day.” Author Caroline Church will have children chuckling over the antics that Ruff employs in his pursuit of friends.
There are a lot of strange looking sea creatures, but children will pore over the ones in “Weird Sea Creatures” by Erich Hoyt. Full color photographs with black background settings really make these creatures stand out. They live in total darkness and some are so newly discovered, they don’t yet have official names. This is a book the whole family can enjoy.
Penelope the hippo can’t wait for school to start and she is so excited she already has chosen her outfit. When her best friend Tiny sees it, she tells her there is no way she can wear that to school. What will she do? Find out in “You’re Wearing That to School?” by Lynn Plourde.