Monthly Archives: January 2013

To the Top End: Our Trip Across Australia

Just as the title explains, this is basically a travel journal featuring the highlights of various places across Australia, such as the Great Barrier Reef, the desert, the rainforest, and so on.  Random anecdotal phrases strewn across each page.  Difficult to … Continue reading

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U.S. Landforms

This is a fairly small book in size, the cover measuring 7.5 inches across and 8.5 top to bottom.  Photos take up less than half of each page, with the rest devoted to explanations of various landforms, parks, rivers and lakes, … Continue reading

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Volcanoes!

In this first graphics version of a non-fiction book, illustrations and diagrams effectively show the various types of volcanoes, the causes of eruption, the effects of an eruption, and safety tips in case of an eruption.  This is a great … Continue reading

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Lou! Summertime Blues

Lou and her mom take their annual summer vacation to visit Memaw in the country.  Mom misses Richard and Lou misses Tristan, but both meet new guys.  Memaw invites an old classmate, Clem Fiffer, of mom’s to dinner in order to … Continue reading

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Puzzled by Pink

This is a strange story with a surprise ending.  The girls are very different and not very tolerant of others who are different. The pictures are lots of fun.  They were my favorite part of this strange little story.

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Precious Little

This is a story of a girl, Precious Little, who lives at the circus and wants to fly.  Her friends Fat Chance, and Tough Luck encouraged her to try to fly.  They threw a rope across the lucky dip (I … Continue reading

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Owlet’s first Flight

This is a cute book about an owlet who is learning to fly.  He is scared of the dark and afraid that he might get lost,  but with the encouragement of his mother he takes off.  After a shaky start … Continue reading

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Secret Tree, The

This is a fun story about a girl named Minty and how her summer changed many things in the life and her neighborhood.  Minty has trouble with her best friend trying out new friends and leaving Minty behind.  There is … Continue reading

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Pete & Gabby the bears go to Town

This story is fun and cute.  children would enjoy the experience of going through town as a bear.  They do theings many children would probable like to do. There is a grammatical error on the second to last page “It’s … Continue reading

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Dudley

Dudley is a worm, an ugly worm, whom children tease and taunt.  Feeling like an outcast, Dudley meanders along in life, dreaming of a beautiful butterfly girl he saw.  Wanting to run away from home in shame, Dudley is convinced … Continue reading

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The Girl’s Guide to Mermaids: everything alluring about these mythical beauties

How interesting to have a book with so much to say about something that exists only in one’s imagination!  Various myths and lore surrounding merpeople are explored.  No actual findings of any merpeople.  Lots of books and media which feature … Continue reading

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Mole

Mole is a terrific musician but the problem is, he gets stage fright and can’t play in front of a crowd.  At a school talent show, he doesn’t want to play because of fear, but comes to the rescue of … Continue reading

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Monster Beach

This book will have limited appeal to students, mainly those who love monsters, cannot read too well, may be prone to nightmares, and who have trouble with comprehension.  This is a graphic novel about ten young monsters who’ve formed a … Continue reading

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Every Day’s a Dog’s Day

Using a dog to teach the love of poetry–a perfect combination!  Marilyn Singer has written poems about dogs for every occasion and Miki Sakamoto has created beautiful, colorful, clean pictures in which to display these poems.  Together, it’s a beautiful … Continue reading

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A Baby Polar Bear Story

Kids, and adults, too, can’t get enough of the pictures of the cute polar bear and cubs.  In looking at the photo credits, I was surprised to see so many people involving in procuring pictures.  The language here is very … Continue reading

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I Am So Handsome

The title refers to the big, bad wolf, who preens as he looks at his reflection in the mirror.  He saunters through the forest and as he encounters various fairy tale characters, he doesn’t threaten to eat them, he just … Continue reading

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Ankylosaur Attack

What makes this book remarkable is that each set of pages opens up into a panoramic view of a forested area and a dinosaur.  The forest area looks to be a photograph as does the dinosaur, however, it doesn’t say … Continue reading

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Making a Bully-Free World

Making a Bully-Free World identifies the various types of bullies and ways in which to handle each situation.  This is a hard topic to teach in schools, and although this book looks to be for the younger audiences, the topic … Continue reading

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Lou! Secret Diary

Lou is a 12-year-old girl living with her single mom.  She’s noticing boys and finding out that playing with dolls isn’t the same now as it had been before.  Also, her mother is attracted to a new neighbor.  Just about … Continue reading

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Last Sacrifice

The last year of Rose Hathaway’s life wraps up her typical dramatic flare in Last Sacrifice, the final installment of the Vampire Academy novels.  Rose is on her way to becoming her best friend Lissa’s guardian when the unimaginable happens … Continue reading

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Catastrophic History of You and Me, The

Teen Brie literally dies of a broken heart. She ends up in a place like Limbo; not really gone, but not able to connect with the living. She meets a mysterious spirit named Patrick who might be connected to her … Continue reading

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Pandemonium

In this fantasy graphic novel, the main character, Seifer Tombchewer, has a great life being one of the most popular boys in his small village. But that all changes one day when he is kidnapped by the royal guard. It … Continue reading

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Girl Who Owned a City, The

In this graphic novel, there is a serious plague that kills off everyone that is over 12 years old. The main character, Lisa Nelson, is one of the surviving 12 year olds. In a world without adults, she must try … Continue reading

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How to Speak Horse

This book is a clearly written step by step guide to basic horse training for kids.  Every page has several demonstrative photographs along with instructions for training objectives.  The philosophy is horse control through respect, body language and establishing yourself … Continue reading

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King Tut’s Gradmother

Echo, a bat, is the storyteller in this series. Echo is friend to the Silver family and their three children: Michael, Tyler, and Becca. This episode begins when Echo sees a mummy  on their way home from a family fishing … Continue reading

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