NW books | Four books for kids ages 1-14
Kids’ books of Seattle-area interest: “Finding Bigfoot” by Martha Brockenbrough, “Where Is Baby?” by Kathryn O. Galbraith, “The Thunderbolt Express” by Matthew Porter and “The Silver Moon” by Jack Prelutsky.
“Finding Bigfoot: Everything You Need to Know” by Martha Brockenbrough (Feiwel and Friends, $19.99). For ages 10-14: Washington is the top state for sasquatch sightings (13 percent of all sightings occur in our forests) so young readers will be able to use tips from Animal Planet’s “Finding Bigfoot” team. Brockenbrough, a Seattle author, covers everything from hoaxes to evolution and what Bigfoot eats.
“Where Is Baby?” by Kathryn O. Galbraith and illustrated by John Butler (Peachtree, $16.95). For ages 2-4: A simple sentence on each set of double pages highlights the ways baby animals hide, from rabbits that “freeze in the tall meadow grass” to leopards that “scramble up high in the trees.” Three pages at the end give more information about the wild creatures, including what each type of baby is called. The expressive paintings will leave readers wanting to cuddle them all. Galbraith lives in Tacoma.
“The Thunderbolt Express” by Matthew Porter (Sasquatch, $17.99). For ages 3-6: A group of monkeys — including Oscar the magician and Mono the inventor — have a hair-raising train ride when a bridge goes missing and the brake lever breaks. All ends well, however, when the train sails over the crocodile-filled river (the monkeys have to toss all their belongings to make it lighter), and everyone agrees “a few bits of luggage is nothing to pay for the thrill of a ride on the Thunderbolt Express.” Porter lives in Seattle.
“The Silver Moon: Lullabies and Cradle Songs” by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by Jui Ishida (Greenwillow, $17.99). For ages 1-3: The Seattle-area author, a former Children’s Poet Laureate, switches his usual humorous approach for these quieter poems, all about sleep. Several melodies come with musical notations.