Monthly Archives: March 2013

Go Jojo Go!

This book is an elementary look at the life of a penguin.  There are funny words that young children would enjoy having written in a story book style from the perspective of a baby penguin. The authors note at the … Continue reading

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Funny Valentine’s Day Jokes to tickly your funny Bone

This is a cute valentine joke book.  Along with the cute jokes are little tidbits and information about Valentin’s day.  Fun to read the jokes, riddles, and limericks.  Fun to find out more about Valentine’s Day.

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Hulk versus the World

A quick mini-bio of the Hulk appears on the back cover for those who are not familiar with the Hulk.  Bold purple text begin each new twist in the story line. As usual, Bruce Banner wants to be left alone. … Continue reading

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Happy Easter

A cheery bright orange cover with a happy hatching chick greets the young reader of this seasonal book. The story begins with Spring arriving outside, at home, and at school, “but who exactly is the Easter Bunny?” Then, we see … Continue reading

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Noah Webster and His Words

Noah Webster is best known for writing the first American dictionary but is also very active in helping to unify the country.  After the Revolutionary War was over, he thought having consistent spelling and understanding of words was one way … Continue reading

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Choosing a Hamster, Gerbil, Guinea Pig, Rabbit, Ferret, or Rat: How to Choose and Care for a Small Animal

Choosing the best small animal as a pet for your family is an important decision.  This book introduces seven small mammals, how to feed and care for them, individual traits, and if they can be trained.  Each animal has a … Continue reading

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An Illustrated Timeline of Dinosaurs

Beginning with the Paleozoic Era, 542 million years ago, one can trace the history of prehistoric life on our planet up to recent discoveries.  Many facts include information about where fossils were found, diet, and size of animals living on … Continue reading

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Flyaway

Flyaway grabbed me from the start and I didn’t stop until the final decision was made.  Stevie is a junior in high school with too much on her figurative plat and very little on her real plate.  Her mother’s “profession” … Continue reading

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Come and Play Mr Croc

This is a young child’s board book with lift the flaps and pop-ups.  It has bright, colorful illustrations that are well-balanced and visually pleasing.  The characters are introduced the very first page, with Mr Croc and five of his friends.  … Continue reading

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Bambino and Mr. Twain

This book is based on true events in the life of Mark Twain, better known as Samuel Clemens, the writer of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, when he lived in New York City.  In an apartment in NYC, Clemens’ wife … Continue reading

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Quentin Blake’s Magical Tales

As explained in the introduction by the author, John Yeoman, these folktales are not the common folktales frequently told, but are the older, oral folktales once told somewhere around the world by a storyteller long ago.  The folktales mostly contain … Continue reading

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Amelia in Heroes and Villains

Every time I read an Amelia Rules! graphic novel, I start it and think it’s a hot mess and the story is all over the place, and this time is no different.  But as I get into the story, there … Continue reading

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Leaders and Generals of the American Revolution

This book gives a synopsis or brief biography of the important people on both sides of the American Revolution, along with an image of what the person looked like.  As a teacher of the American Revolution to fifth graders, I … Continue reading

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Apples A to Z

Apples A to Z is an alphabet book demonstrating how each and every letter in the alphabet can relate to apples.  I particularly enjoy the G is for grafting, V is for varieties, and Y is for yield, one I … Continue reading

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Tigers

As part of the series, Asian Animals,Tigers gives a brief synopsis of how the continent was formed, the many languages contained therein, countries, culture, and people.  There is a map of where the tigers actually live in Asia and how … Continue reading

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Jacob Wonderbar for President of the Universe

Seventh grader, Jacob Wonderbar, has been nominated as President of the Universe by the     king of the planet Astral.  With the help of Sarah-Daisy and Dexter, the three friends set off for the planet Astral to begin an … Continue reading

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Farm Boy: The Sequel to War Horse

In this sequel to War Horse readers find out more about what happened to Joey (the horse) and Albert, the boy who loved him.  Readers who haven’t read War Horse are brought up to speed by Morpurgo’s well placed summary … Continue reading

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Finicky

This book is described as an “alphabetic series for middle grade readers 7 to 13”(Flyleaf).  Finicky is the sixth book in the series and it introduces new vocabulary words that begin with the letter “F”, such as folderol, flabbergasted and … Continue reading

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Private Bradley Manning, Wikileaks, and the Biggest Exposure of Official Secrets in American History

The honest, evenly balanced research and writing of Denver Nicks in Private Bradley Manning, Wikileaks, and the Biggest Exposure of Official Secrets in American History is refreshing.  Nicks assessment of situations, inferences from thousands of both email transcripts and personal … Continue reading

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White Ox, The

This is an amazing true story.  I enjoyed the beautiful pictures, and the way the story helps you feel the emotions of Emily.  what a beautiful,  comforting story.  It would be fun not only to read, but to have it … Continue reading

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Airplanes in Action

Simple informative read for young readers. I liked how it told about flying and planes as they are now, and then included some of the history of airplanes and flying.  There is a fun experiment to demonstrate a jets thrust … Continue reading

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The Owl and the Pussycat and Other Nonsense

Beautiful rendition of The Owl and the Pussycat.  Lovely illustrations by Robert Ingpen, sketching and paint.  This would make a beautiful updated copy of an old classic tale.

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Pinned by Sharon Flake

Pinned presents a refreshing twist on the girl meets boy theme – overcoming disabilities.  Autumn is the only female on the wrestling team.  Autumn has no confidence in her academic ability and is working below grade level.  Autumn’s parents take … Continue reading

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F-16 Fighting Falcons

“The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a multirole fighter jet. It Is flown by the United States Air Force and Air National Guard.”(page 5) So begins this 32 page, 13 chapter book by John Hamilton. The photography will amaze the reader … Continue reading

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Apache Helicopters

Boys will want to look through this book of action packed close-up photographs of military helicopters set in front of graphic navigation/ targeting  backgrounds. The three short chapters include: Apache Helicopters; Crew, Parts, and Weapons; and Apache Missions. Each page … Continue reading

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