Synopses & Reviews
"How does Hiaasen follow up his page-turning novel about saving owls in Florida (Hoot)? With a second fast-paced story featuring an environmental theme this time about ocean pollutants harming turtles' habitats (and the surroundings in general) in the Florida Keys. Welch (TV's Joan of Arcadia) has a compelling, snappy delivery suited to 11-year-old Noah's personality; he's a clever kid who wants to set things right, even when it pits him against shady characters and the local bully. Noah is exasperated over his father's arrest for sinking a casino boat that the man believes is flushing sewage into the ocean. The boy also knows that proving his dad's suspicions could go a long way toward healing his strained family and saving the ocean. Welch handily captures Noah's moods, though not even he can make eccentrics such as Lice Peeking and his burly bartending girlfriend Shelly likable at the outset (they grow on listeners, however). Those who couldn't get enough of Hiaasen's last outing will find plenty to hoot about in this solid recording. Ages 10-up. (Sept.) A music industry executive turned stay-at-home dad, Preston was spurred to create this collection of soothing stories by daughter Faye, who proved resistant to naps and bedtime. (Faye's bout with colic inspired Preston's first release, Infant Calm, a CD of comforting household sounds.) In a fittingly smooth and pacifying tone, Jocelyn relates a series of family adventures siblings Faye and Fred visit Grandma and Grandpa, take a camping trip and enjoy a day at the beach, among other excursions. At the end of each outing, Preston's voice softens as Brahms's Lullaby plays, and Faye & Fred are drifting off to sleep counting stars, or relaxing in a fort that the grandparents helped build, etc. This CD may not be the best choice for a car trip, but many will appreciate an inventive approach to helping get kids to sleep. Ages 3 mos.-7 yrs. (Sept.) Pullara (Spinning Tails) has a discernable good time serving up a collection of silly, jaunty tunes focusing on his Italian-American heritage. A consistently fun, often-rocking beat keeps things rolling along with solid playing of harmonica, guitar and banjo (much of it by Pullara himself). From 'Lot'sa Cousins' about piling all the relatives into a bus (there are too many for a car) and 'Arrivederci Nona,' a swaying song about saying farewell to Grandma, to 'Bada Bing, Buon Natale' and 'Don'ta Rocka Da Boat,' kids will get a real taste replete with lots of mentions of parmesan and mozzarella of life in a boisterous Italian clan. One warning: after hearing Pullara give a nod to traditional Italian music, Italian phrases (many Americanized) and copious references to all tasty dishes Italian, listeners will be ready for pizza, spaghetti or lasagna ASAP! The CD sleeve features helpful and hilarious glossaries of words, phrases and types of macaroni and cheese. Ages 9-up. This effervescent approach to emphasizing preschool concepts through catchy songs is bound to be a hit in classrooms as well as with families. Duncan's versatile voice often has an appealing blues-jazz edge, but she can rap, rock and do goofy Elvis-style impersonations and character voices with the best of them. The 20 brief selections here focus on such kid-centric and educational themes as making friends, colors, vowels, parts of the body, digging dinosaurs and boosting self-esteem. Solid background vocals, including some from kids, occasionally chime in to add heft but Duncan is the rightful and memorable center of this utterly likeable singing operation. Ages 6 mos.-5 yrs. If you're ready to get your tongue in a twist of comical wordplay, this is the CD for you. Grammy winners Fink and Marxer have created an inventive blend of musical styles and tunes that spotlight the magic of fun-to-say-and-learn letters and words. Latin rhythms as well as kids describing flavors of pies in Spanish waft through 'I Love Pie.' The title track, visits the jazz world, of course. And the perky 'Flip Flapjacks' will have listeners laughing with all its challenging phrases. Pirate jargon ('A Pirate's Life'), limericks ('The Limerick Song'), yodeling ('A-E-I-O and U') and even pig Latin ('Pig Latin Polka Dance') enter into the mix. Throughout, fine musicianship and Fink and Marxer's bright, inviting voices shine. Clever, ambitiously genre-spanning and sure to get the creative juices flowing, this recording is a surefire family hit. Ages 2-8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Take a romp in the swamp with this New York Times bestselling mystery adventure set in the Florida Keys from Newbery Honoree Carl Hiaasen
Noah's dad is sure that the owner of the Coral Queen
casino boat is flushing raw sewage into the harbor--which has made taking a dip at the local beach like swimming in a toilet. He can't prove it though, and so he decides that sinking the boat will make an effective statement. Right. The boat is pumped out and back in business within days and Noah's dad is in the local lock-up.
Now Noah is determined to succeed where his dad failed. He will
prove that the Coral Queen is dumping illegally . . . somehow.
"The writing is pitch perfect." --The New York Times
"A royal flush." --Chicago Sun-Times
"Classic Hiaasen--laugh-out-loud satire in a Florida setting." --Life
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Carl Hiaasen is a columnist for the Miami Herald
and is the author of many bestselling novels, including Basket Case
and Skinny Dip
. Hiassens first novel for young readers, Hoot
, was also a bestseller, and received a Newbery Honor Award. The author lives in the Florida Keys.
From the Hardcover edition.