Sim­mie adds to Got to Go col­lec­tion

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - BOOKS - By He­len Nor­rie

LOIS Sim­mie is a veteran au­thor, orig­i­nally from Saskatchewan, who has had a num­ber of best­sellers among her many books for chil­dren, in­clud­ing Aun­tie’s Knit­ting a Baby, which was made into a play, and Red Shoes, which be­came a fea­ture film. Her Mis­ter Got to Go se­ries, about a cat who makes his home in the iconic Sylvia Ho­tel in Van­cou­ver, has added a new ti­tle in Mis­ter Got to Go, Where Are You? (Red Deer Press, 32 pages, $20, hard­cover). When Got to Go gets caught in the back of a truck near the ho­tel, he gets car­ried far out of his usual haunts. It’s only when he’s gone that his friends in the ho­tel re­al­ize how much they miss him. Young read­ers will ag­o­nize with the cat as he searches for his home and fi­nally reaches his old place on the win­dowsill of the ho­tel. Vi­brant il­lus­tra­tions by B.C. artist Cyn­thia Nu­gent help to make this a fun pic­ture book for early read­ers. She also sup­plied the art­work for the pre­vi­ous two books in the se­ries: Mis­ter Got to Go: The Cat Who Wouldn’t Leave and Mis­ter Got to Go and Arnie. If Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood met Su­per­man, the union might re­sult in Su­per Red Rid­ing Hood by Toronto au­thor Clau­dia Dávila (Kids Can Press, 32 pages, $19, hard­cover). Ruby loves red, and when she puts on her red cloak she be­comes Su­per Red Rid­ing Hood. She isn’t afraid of any­thing in the woods — un­til she meets a real wolf. Luck­ily the wolf has a weak­ness: a love of rasp­ber­ries. This will be a popular read for any lit­tle girl who likes to show how fear­less and in­de­pen­dent she can be. Dávila has also done the il­lus­tra­tions, which are colour­ful, nu­mer­ous and suit­ably hu­mor­ous. Hana is de­ter­mined to im­i­tate her grand­fa­ther who played sec­ond vi­o­lin in a great sym­phony orches­tra in Ky­oto, Ja­pan. She wants to play her vi­o­lin at the school tal­ent show, de­spite the fact that she has only re­cently started lessons. In Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Vi­o­lin by B.C. au­thor Chieri Ue­gaki (Kids Can Press, 32 pages, $19, hard­cover), a lit­tle girl de­fies her laugh­ing brothers and shows she can en­ter­tain the au­di­ence with the sounds of na­ture she has heard near her home and can re­pro­duce on her strings. Young mu­si­cians will en­joy this fam­ily-friendly story, which is il­lus­trated by Toronto artist Qin Leng. David J. Smith, liv­ing in North Van­cou­ver, has been a teacher for over 25 years and demon­strates his ex­pe­ri­ence in a new non-fic­tion book, If: A Mind­bend­ing New Way of Look­ing at Big Ideas and Num­bers (Kids Can Press, 40 pages, $20, hard­cover). Smith uses com­par­isons: If Earth was shrunk to the size of a base­ball, Mars would be a golf ball and Jupiter an ex­er­cise ball. If all the wa­ter on Earth was rep­re­sented by 100 glasses, only three glasses would con­tain fresh drink­able wa­ter. If the 4.5 bil­lion-year his­tory of Earth was com­pressed into a sin­gle year, mam­mals would first ap­pear around De­cem­ber 22 and hu­mans wouldn’t sur­face un­til De­cem­ber 31. By us­ing th­ese com­par­isons, Smith helps to put mind-bend­ing dis­tances, time pe­ri­ods and events on a scale we can com­pre­hend and with every­day ob­jects we can un­der­stand. Smith has also writ­ten If the World Were a Vil­lage, If Amer­ica Were a Vil­lage, and This Child, ev­ery Child. The pages of this at­trac­tive pic­ture book are mul­ti­coloured and the art­work by Mon­treal artist Steve Adams helps to re­in­force the con­cepts that Smith is in­tro­duc­ing. For ages 4-8. He­len Nor­rie is a for­mer teacher/li­brar­ian whose col­umn ap­pears on the third

Satur­day of the month.

Faith John­ston is au­thor of The Only Man in the World, also a novel about wid­ow­hood.

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