Welcome to Non-fiction Monday!

Welcome to this week's Nonfiction Monday! Please leave your link in the comments, and I'll update periodically.
My own contribution is a book that would make the perfect gift for the young math aficionado on your list--Algebra & Geometry: Anything but Square!, a Basher Science book written by Dan Green, and illustrated in true Basher style (Kingfisher, 2011).

This, like all the Basher books, is a small but solid, square paperback--which I mention because I find it a very appealing size and shape! And like all Basher books, the concepts are illustrated by very cute, manga-esqe personifications of what is being described.

In Algebra and Geometry, a gang of enthusiastic math concepts--ranging from the simple Zero (a happy bubble of a fellow) to the more esoteric imaginary numbers (represented by a pirate) explain themselves to the reader. I have to confess this is the first time anyone has ever bothered to explain binary to me (or perhaps the first time I paid attention!). I especially liked the little angles doing their exercises, and the coordinates rocketing around the graph!

This isn't one for the kid just beginning math--some concept of negative numbers, graphing, and basic geometry helps one appreciate the zany characters and their role in math. But for the 11 year old (or so) math geek--great fun!

And now, the round-up!

Ms. Yingling looks at In the Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps it Up! by Monica Kulling--a biography of a 19th century inventor.

Zoe at Playing by the Book has The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont, by Victoria Griffith.

At NC Teacher Stuff, you will find Earthquake in Haiti, by Miriam Aronin.

And at Shelf-employed, you can find Franklin and Winston: A Christmas That Changed the World, by Douglas Wood.

The Nonfiction Detectives
offer If You Lived Here: Houses of the World
by Giles Laroche.

Balloons Over Broadway: the True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade, by Melissa Sweet is reviewed at Jama's Alphabet Soup, and Melissa Sweet stops by to chat (there's also a giveaway)

I was so taken with this picture of the Nantucket Sea Monster balloon included in Jama's post that I had to share it:

Amanda, at A Patchwork of Books, also loved Balloons over Broadway!

And so did Lynn and Cindy at Bookends! (I am now determined to get a hold of a copy myself.....)

Abby, at Abby the Librarian, has America is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell, by Don Brown

The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery, by Steve Sheinkin, can be found at Wrapped in Foil

And Jean Little Library is host to On Parade: the Hidden World of Animals in Entertainment, by Rob Laidlaw.

At Check it Out, there's Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People by Monica Brown

And at A Curious Thing you can find two short and simple ones-- Gator or Croc? by Allan Fowler and Koala by Edana Eckar

Flesh and Blood So Cheap, by Albert Marrin, is today's non-fiction pick at Reads for Keeps, and you can also find it here at Chicken Spaghetti.

The Fourth Musketeer features Brother Sun, Sister Moon: Saint Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Creatures, by Katherine Paterson

Gathering Books has Harlem, a poem written by Walter Dean Myers.

Doret, aka TheHappyNappyBookseller, has Black & White, by Larry Dane Brimner.

At Books Beside My Bed you'll find Elephant Talk, by Ann Downer

And Stuff that Scares the Pants Off You, by Glenn Murphy, can be found at Geo Librarian

Wild About Nature features African Animal Alphabet, by Beverly and Dereck Joubert.

Two books by Hugh Brewster --Dieppe: Canada's Darkest Day of World War II, and Prisoner of Dieppe: World War II, Alistair Morrison, Occupied France, 1942 are featured today at Apples With Many Seeds.

Shirley at Simply Science looked at 3-D Theater Rainforest, and 3-D Theater Ocean.

At Biblio File you can take a look at The Many Faces of George Washington, by Carla Killough McClafferty

At Picture Book of the Day is Arlington: The Story of Our Nation's Cemetery, and at Chapter Book of the Day is Secret American Places: From UFO Crash Sites to Government Hideouts.

Do I Need It? Or Do I Want It? : Making Budget Choices, is the featured book at All About the Books With Janet Squires.


  1. I've got a review of a biography of Margaret Knight posted at

  2. Hi Charlotte,
    I've a review of The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont by Victoria Griffith, illustrated by Eva Montanari here: http://www.playingbythebook.net/2011/11/06/dirigibles-cartier-watches-and-zappy-zoomers/

    Thanks for hosting!

  3. Thank you for hosting today! At NC Teacher Stuff I have posted a review of Earthquake in Haiti:


  4. Thanks for hosting today. I'm featuring Franklin and Winston: A Christmas that Changed the World.

    Yours is an interesting choice. I don't get many requests for math-related books (except from parents), but it's good to know that there's a fun one out there! I'll check it out.

  5. Thanks for hosting Nonfiction Monday!

    Today the Nonfiction Detectives review If You Lived Here: Houses of the World by Giles Laroche.


  6. Hi Charlotte!

    I'm intrigued about that "happy bubble of a fellow." :)

    At alphabet soup, I've got a review of Melissa Sweet's Balloons Over Broadway, with some commentary from Melissa and a giveaway:


    Thanks for hosting today, and have a good week :).

  7. At Abby the Librarian, I have a review of America is Under Attack by Don Brown:


    Thanks for hosting! I recently bought all the Basher books for my library, on request from one of my young patrons. :)

  8. Hi Charlotte! Thanks for hosting today!

    I have a review of Melissa Sweet's Balloons Over Broadway up for review.


    Thanks again!

  9. Good Morning,

    I took a thrilling ride with The Notorious Benedict Arnold today at http://blog.wrappedinfoil.com/2011/11/the-notorious-benedict-arnold/

    Thanks for the heads up about Chronicle's Happy Haulidays :-)

  10. I've got Animals on Parade by Rob Laidlaw


  11. I have a CYBILS NFPB nominee: http://wp.me/pG1xR-go on Pablo Neruda. Thank you for hosting us today.

  12. I reviewed two short easy readers for preschoolers at A Curious Thing -


  13. Thanks for doing the roundup! Mine is Flesh and Blood So Cheap by Albert Marrin, at http://readsforkeeps.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/review-flesh-and-blood-so-cheap/

  14. I've got a review of a gorgeous new picture book written by Katherine Paterson: Brother Sun, Sister Moon: St. Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Creatures.

  15. Sorry, forgot the link:


  16. Hi. I'm a bit late in our post. Here's our contribution for nonfiction monday: http://gatheringbooks.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/harlem-walter-dean-myers/

  17. I love the basher books.

    I am in with Black and White: The Confrontation between Rev. Shuttlesworh and "Bull" Connor


    Thanks so much hosting.

  18. I have a review of Elephant Talk on http://www.booksbesidemybed.com/2011/11/elephant-talk-by-ann-downer.html

  19. I have a review of Stuff That Scares Your Pants Off at http://geolibrarian.blogspot.com/2011/11/nonfiction-monday-stuff-that-scares.html.

    Thanks for hosting.

  20. This week, Wild About Nature blog reviews African Animal Alphabet by Dereck and Beverly Joubert.


    Thanks for hosting!


  21. Thanks for looking after today's event, Charlotte.

    I'm looking at two resources that tie into November 11th, Remembrance Day.
    First is Dieppe: Canada's darkest day of World War II.
    Second is Prisoner of Dieppe. This is a fictionalized account covering the same events as the nonfiction book. Both are by Hugh Brewster.
    Apples with Many Seeds

  22. At Bookends this week we are reviewing the delightful Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet.

    Thanks for hosting!

  23. Thanks for hosting. I have 3-D Theater Rainforest at SimplyScience today.



  24. Lots of great books to catch up with! Thank you for rounding up, Charlotte. I'm in with a review of Albert Marrin's Flesh & Blood So Cheap.


  25. Thanks for hosting Charlotte! I'm in with a late entry-- the Many Faces of George Washington


  26. Thanks for hosting today! I'm in with Arlington: The Story of Our Nation's Cemetery by Chris Demarest (Author, Illustrator) at Picture Book of the Day http://wp.me/pWySC-jF and Secret American Places: From UFO Crash Sites to Government Hideouts by Nel Yomtov (Author) at Chapter Book of the Day http://wp.me/p1fHyF-dG

  27. Thanks for hosting.
    My selection is "Do I Need It? or Do I Want It?: making budget choices" by Jennifer Larson.


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