Sea creatures from prehistoric times leap from pages

May 07, 2006|By MARY HARRIS RUSSELL | MARY HARRIS RUSSELL,CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Sharks and Other Sea Monsters

Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart

The Boy Who Ate Stars

Kochka, translated by Sarah Adams

Simon & Schuster / 10-14 years / $12.95

Twelve-year-old Lucy and her family have just moved into a new apartment in Paris. The upstairs neighbors seem to make a lot of noise, and Lucy eventually comes to befriend Marie and her son, Matthew, an autistic child, and their nanny, Maougo. The story becomes a thoughtful exploration of the many ways there are to communicate, beyond words, and how different energies extend among people.

Mary Harris Russell, who teaches English at Indiana University Northwest, reviews children's books for the Chicago Tribune.

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