Monthly Archives: July 2014

Smokin’ Muscle Cars

It’s big on the cool factor, with lots of color photos of cool cars, and lots of data on different cars from different years, just the kind of thing my brother has always loved to read, and I’m sure it … Continue reading

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Smokin’ Dragsters and Funny Cars

Though I’m certainly not the target audience for this book, I can certainly imagine some of my boys thinking it’s really cool.  And they’ll actually be getting some solid information into the bargain.  This little volume does a clear job … Continue reading

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Trees to Paper

Even though it’s only got a couple sentences of simple text per page, accompanied by full-color photographs that support that text, this little book does a surprisingly good job of concisely explaining, in step-by-step fashion, how big sturdy trees get … Continue reading

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Energy

Though it may not be a hot topic for kids to pick up for casual reading, as a tool to support the curriculum, this book is packed with solid information.  The layout is attractively designed, with plenty of photos and … Continue reading

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Diary of a Circus Performer

I’m not exactly sure what the purpose of this book is.  If it is trying to be informative about life in a circus, the depth of knowledge it offers is really quite shallow.  If it is trying to illustrate how … Continue reading

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Aesop’s Fables

The illustrations certainly are striking (if sometimes a bit puzzling, as to their links to the stories).  If you’ve got a large folktale collection and want a variety of editions for comparison’s sake, this one could be a nice addition. … Continue reading

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Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled

Dinosaurs are always a hit, and the illustrations in this one are certainly eye-catching, but what makes this one a real gem is that it tells the story of how those illustrations came to be — how our knowledge of … Continue reading

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Volcano Rising

A beautifully-illustrated non-fiction book!  It is packed with information, describing in detail different kinds of volcanic eruptions: creative and destructive.  The layout makes it suitable for a wide range of students, because it allows for a more surface introduction of … Continue reading

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Ick! Yuck! Eew! Our Gross American History

On the one hand, the whole gross gimmick has been so trendy lately that it’s getting a bit old, but on the other hand, it does hold a certain appeal to its target audience, and it’s certainly applicable as a … Continue reading

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Ultimate Fighting: the brains and brawn of mixed martial arts

Okay, so I am definitely not the target audience for this book, but I know I have several boys who will think it’s great, and even as a non-interested reader, I can appreciate that it was well-organized, and offers a … Continue reading

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Sunflowers, Magnolia Trees and Other Flowering Plants

Eye-catching photos, detailed captions, and well-written text make this book on flowering plants exceptional.  Scientific terms are defined within the paragraphs and are continually used throughout the pages.  The reader quickly becomes knowledgeable about commonalities of flowering plants.  Each spread … Continue reading

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Puppies: Keeping and Caring for Your Pet

Who can resist the cute puppy faces gazing out of this book?  But is owning a dog the best choice for you and your family?  This book is jam-packed with all sorts of facts and specifics a potential owner should … Continue reading

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Super Simple Ice Projects: Fun and Easy Crafts Inspired by Nature

Here is a new way to think about arts and crafts – use ice!  These projects can be done outdoors when the temperature is below freezing, or anytime by using the freezer.  Most items needed can be found in the … Continue reading

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The Unsolved Mystery of UFOs

The topic of UFOs is indeed a mystery for those who believe and those who do not.  Short chapters tell of reports by people who have seen some and, at this point, not satisfactorily explained events.  The font is large and … Continue reading

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OCD, the Dude, and Me

Danielle Levine attends a school for students with learning disabilities, fitting since she has OCD. Even though all of the students have their issues, there is still the typical high school hierarchy, and since Danielle has curly red hair and … Continue reading

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The Case of the Missing Donut

The sheriff and his deputy have a special assignment to safely deliver a dozen donuts home.  The sheriff, a young boy, and his deputy, his dog, decide to check the package for quality.  Oh my!  One plump, powdery donut appeared … Continue reading

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Olive’s Perfect World: A Friendship Story

Olive’s perfect world involves doing anything and everything with her best friend Emily.  But things are not always perfect in the real world.  When Eva came, things were no longer perfect.  Emily and Eva began doing many things together: taking … Continue reading

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Ice Fishing

People have been ice fishing for thousands of years on frozen lakes, ponds, streams, and rivers.  Although not a dangerous sport, ice fishermen need to know how to be safe.  A variety of equipment measures ice thickness, drill holes, and … Continue reading

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The Return of the Graveyard Ghost

Beginning on a stormy afternoon, the Alden children take a shortcut through the Greenfield Cemetery.  A shadowy figure appears briefly and the children run to the local café.  They join Miss Wolfson who tells them about the legend of the … Continue reading

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Hide and Seek

Anna, Jose, and Henry are junior members of the secret Silver Jaguar Society and swear to protect important artifacts from around the world.  In this fast-paced adventure set in Costa Rica, a gold Jaguar Cup has been stolen and replaced … Continue reading

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Margret and H.A. Rey’s Curious George Saves His Pennies

Curious George has his heart set on a red train engine at the toy store only to find he did not have enough money.  Although he does not know how long it will take to earn it, he is determined … Continue reading

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Oh, Snap!

Zander, Kambui, LaShonda, and Bobbi are the free-thinkers that publish The Cruiser, an independent school paper at the Da Vinci Academy for he Gifted and Talented in Harlem.  Once again they dip into hot water.  Their paper outranked the official … Continue reading

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We Go Together: A Curious Selection of Affection Verse

Calef Brown has written and illustrated 18 poems on all types of friendship – some silly, some clever.  Each are first-person poems but illustrated as people, animals, or aliens.  The poems are cheerful and upbeat and point out the qualities … Continue reading

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The Grunt and the Grouch : Pick ‘n’ Mix!

!  CAUTION  This book contains slime, snot, mud, and other trollific treats!  Crude (finger up your nose)  upper primary and lower intermediate grade humor is laced throughout this collection of three – 4 chapter stories dealing with the lives of … Continue reading

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Waffler, The

Here is a book with a few new twists in dealing with bullying, children with divorced parents, being a twin,  and a teacher who ‘means well’. Fourth grade Monty (Montana) and his twin Sierra live in Portland, Maine. Sierra is … Continue reading

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