Monthly Archives: January 2014

Adventures of Jo Schmo: Wyatt Burp Rides Again #2

Fourth grade crime fighter,  Jo Schmo, is ready to fight more crime after defeating Dr. Dastardly in Book #1, but “the bad guys must be taking a break…It happens.”  So Jo invents a time machine to travel back to the … Continue reading

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All I Need

True love that is life changing.  True love that is breath taking.  True love that is heart aching.  This is the love that Skye has hoped would magically show up during the summers of her teen years.  With school beginning … Continue reading

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Adventures of Jo Schmo: Dinos are Forever #1

The reader is introduced to ordinary fourth grader, Jo Schmo, when suddenly Jo receives a red cape in the mail from Uncle George, who is retiring from being a superhero. “Use it well,” writes Uncle George. Grandpa Joe, who lives … Continue reading

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The Adventures of a South Pole Pig: A Novel of Snow and Courage

Flora, the farm pig, reminds me of another farm pig, Charlotte, in Charlotte’s Web.  Flora, however, is much more curious and adventurous.  She wants to see who and what’s out there in the big world.  She listens to what the … Continue reading

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Supergirl: My Own Best Frenemy #2

This is book two of four graphic novels in the Supergirl series- comic adventures in the eighth grade. Superman’s cousin- Linda Lee is an eighth grader at Stanhope Boarding School. Linda is trying to figure out how she fits into … Continue reading

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Tombstone Twins: Soul Mates

This graphic novel is set beneath the graveyard at Underworld Elementary School in Forever Fifth Grade, where everyone is dead. Word play and bad jokes abound as Dedbert and Skully find their world falling in on them , as the … Continue reading

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CowboyUp!: Ride the Navajo Rodeo

When I think of sports- football, basketball, or baseball come to mind. BUT this book is set in Navajo Country where rodeo just may beat out all other sports. Enthusiasm  for rodeo exudes from the pages of this book as … Continue reading

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Glamsters

Sometimes trying to doll yourself up, or change into something you aren’t, backfires. Glamsters is the story of two sister hamsters who are awaiting adoption in a pet store.  One is worried she’ll never get a home and so she makes … Continue reading

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Colors for Zena

Zena wakes up to a gray, colorless room and embarks on a journey outside to find the colors.  Each page she comes to is one color whereby kids can name all the things that color.  The book introduces the primary … Continue reading

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Maya Was Grumpy

Sometimes you just wake up on the wrong side of the bed, and that’s what we call grumpy.  Maya, a little girl, didn’t know why she was grumpy, she just was.  Everything she did was done grumpily.  But grandma had … Continue reading

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Three Cheers for Trees! A Book about Our Carbon Footprint

Three Cheers for Trees explains to young children through the use of text and clear photographs how important trees are to earth and to us, by providing clean air.  Although the message is a good one, I believe that the … Continue reading

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Football ABC

Clear, colorful photographs on each page distinctly show what each letter of the alphabet stands for, and there doesn’t have to be any imagination to figure it out.  Football covers it all.  Either kids know everything about football or they … Continue reading

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Nothing But Blue

Blue’s world has exploded — literally.  She is on the run but she’s not sure what from.  Slivers of flashbacks haunt Blue but she just can’t put together the whole picture.  Lisa Jahn-Clough unfolds the mysterious back story of Blue’s … Continue reading

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This is how I find her

With her first novel, This is How I Find Her, Sara Polsky develops a rare theme for young readers exploring the territory of a mentally ill parent, a child left to cope alone with that parent from too young an … Continue reading

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Miss Moore Thought Otherwise

Charming story set in New York city during the early 21st century when libraries were not allowing children inside.  This story tells the life of Annie Moore, who was trained to be a librarian, and helped to revolutionize library access … Continue reading

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The Tooth Mouse

French words are deftly intertwined within this story of a French mouse living near a beautiful cathedral who is hopeful to become the next tooth mouse, which is a “tooth fairy”.  Since she is so young and small, she is … Continue reading

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Maggie’s Chopsticks

The illustrations beautifully assist in the story telling of the young Chinese American girl who is learning to use her chopsticks as adeptly as her older family members.  Her perseverance pays off as she succeeds by the end of the … Continue reading

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BALL

This is a cute book that has only one word “BALL.”   The illustrations are what make this book so fun and entertaining.  Most everyone can relate to a dog or cat that has a toy that they obsess over. This … Continue reading

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THAT one Spooky Night

This book has fun pictures but the story line seems to have no real conclusions.  Maybe for kids who like to imagine their own solutions, this could be an interesting book, to me, it just seamed to ramble around.

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Next Stop — Zanzibar Road!

The drawings are cute, but the colors are a bit drab.  The story is similarly drab: it tells of a Mama elephant (whose child is a chicken), who puts on a silly hat, goes to the market, buys some stuff, … Continue reading

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Forest Has a Song

A beautiful book of poems, all inspired by things one might see on a walk through some back-yard woods.  The poems illustrate a variety of poetic forms.  The illustrations are charming and set the poems off well.  A nice tool … Continue reading

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Bog Frog Hop

The illustrations are bright and vibrant and beautiful.  The words are full of rhyme and rhythm and repetition.  It’s a counting book, counting both up and down as the polliwogs plopping in the soggy bog turn into grimpy-grumpy frogs siting … Continue reading

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Ancient Egypt

It’s a very attractive book, with a shiny cover and a sturdy binding and lots of visuals.  I also like that vocabulary words are bolded and defined in the margins, right on the page where they are found.  Unfortunately, I … Continue reading

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Ancient Incas

I found this series to be very attractive, beautifully designed, but somewhat weak on substance.  The binding is sturdy, the cover is shiny, the text is interspersed with attractive photos and illustrations, and vocabulary words are defined in the margins. … Continue reading

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The United States Constitution: Its history, bill of rights, and amendments

This book was surprisingly readable.  I confess that I put off reading it for a long time, because I didn’t expect it to be interesting, but once I started it, I read it rather quickly. It basically tells the story … Continue reading

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