What’s new in kids’ books: Dogs and Dahl

  • By Judy Green McClatchy Newspapers
  • Sunday, October 3, 2010 10:11pm
  • Life

”Calico Dorsey, Mail Dog of the Mining Camps” by Susan Lendroth, ages 4 to 8, $17.

Author Susan Lendroth takes a page from California history for her picture book “Calico Dorsey.” Young readers will bond instantly with the lovable stray border collie, Dorsey, who finds a home with the postmaster, his young daughter and brother, a grocer, in the 1885 California mining town of Calico.

Lendroth’s lively writing and illustrator Adam Gustavson’s captivating paintings in blues and browns will pull readers again and again to this romanticized portrait of our history.

”The Missing Golden Ticket and Other Splendiferous Secrets” by Roald Dahl, ages 8 to 12, $4.99 paperback.

Who doesn’t love Roald Dahl’s novels about children outsmarting mean adults? Even now his beloved books (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Matilda” and “The Twits”) remain kid favorites.

Publisher, Penguin, is releasing a chapter that was pulled from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” sandwiched in “The Missing Golden Ticket and Other Splendiferous Secrets,” a paperback of short chapters written from Dahl’s notes about his life.

Among the tidbits are notes on report cards about idle behavior, a list of favorite chocolates, nicknames and the first-draft ending to “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

The chapter reveals Mr. Wonka’s secret powder, which, when sprinkled on cereal, will make a child ill just long enough to miss school for a day.

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