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The Gods of Second Chances by Dan Berne
Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
Hanging by a Thread by Monica Ferris
Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 2: 1981-1983 by Ed Piskor
I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Julius, the Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes
Monkey Truck by Michael Slack
Moonpenny Island by Tricia Springstubb
Omens by Kelley Armstrong
The Outside Dog by Charlotte Pomerantz
Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
A Place to Call Home by Alexis Deacon
Rutabaga the Adventure Chef: Book 1 by Eric Colossal
The Salamander Spell by E.D. Baker
Sophie's Fish by A.E. Cannon
Speak Easily by Clarence Budington Kelland
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25 Roses by Stephanie Faris
Ukulele Hayley by Judy Cox
The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams by Rhonda Hayter

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Monkey Truck: 12/06/15

Monkey Truck by  Michael Slack

Monkey Truck by Michael Slack is about a strange monkey-truck hybrid who goes about the jungle helping out all his friends.

There's a definite appeal in the bright illustrations and the general wackiness of the situation. Imagine a monkey who is also a truck and runs on "banana gas."

Eventually the Monkey Truck gets the chance to not only help his friends, but save them. See, there's a tsunami coming and he has the engine and cargo space to save them all.

But that's also the problem with the book. I realize this book came out two months before the Japanese quake and tsunami but at the rate the library gets new books, the book showed up on the new shelf right after. That's part of why I've held on to this review for so long.

So rather than just enjoying the surreal goofiness of the art you can use the book to talk about natural disasters and how to prepare and how to survive them. Talk about the types of storms or events are likely in your area. Talk about what to do as preparation. Talk about evacuation if needed. Talk about emergency services.

Four stars

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