Monthly Archives: October 2015

Sheamus

Need an ‘epic’ book to get your reluctant boys to read? ( EPIC* is the series name.) This might just be the book you’re looking for a young boy who is interested in WWE wrestling.  Sheamus is highly visual with … Continue reading

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Randy Orton

Need an ‘epic’ book to get your reluctant boys to read? ( EPIC is the series name.) This might just be the book you’re looking for a young boy who is interested in WWE wrestling.  Randy Orton is highly visual … Continue reading

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Marie Curie: Physics and Chemistry Pioneer

Throughout history, women have first had to battle the prejudice of simply being a woman before being allowed to achieve other greatness. It was no different for Marie Curie, but she also had to battle the prejudice of being Polish … Continue reading

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Gus

Gus is a small book (6.5 in. X 6.5 in.) for small hands* with a limited reading vocabulary. “Gus is a small yellow gosling who likes to be by himself.” Gus is an active observer in the world around him. … Continue reading

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Tracers

Cam is smart teen.  Living in New York City, he as learned how to take care of himself and those he loves.  Unfortunately, this puts him in bad situations.  Taking out a loan from the Chinese mafia to try to … Continue reading

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St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

Do you need a good scare? How about visiting a cemetery? Not just any cemetery, but “the oldest existing cemetery in the city” of New Orleans. It opened in 1789. The graves are above ground due to flooding and very … Continue reading

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Terrorist: Gavrilo Princip, the Assassin who Ignited World War I

Terrorist: Gavrilo Princip, the Assassin who Ignited World War I, a graphic historical fiction novel, is an engrossing account of the young Serbian anarchist whose assassination of Austria’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand led to The Great War (World War I). Henrik … Continue reading

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Where’s Santa?

Here is a seasonal book with every two pages depicting and Christmas scene in which the reader is to search for Santa and his elves.  A short description of the event depicted is included.  This would be a good choice … Continue reading

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Learn to Draw Angry Birds Bad Piggies

There was quite an expense in publishing this full-color book about Bad Piggies.  Lots of pages given to drawing different expressions on faces.  This whole Angry Birds Bad Piggies thing seems, to me, to be a fad and something that … Continue reading

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The Boxcar Children: The Sleepy Hollow Mystery

This is book #162 of the series The Boxcar Children, originally created by G.C. Warner.  The last scores of books have been written by ghost authors as Warner has long passed.  These books have the same four original characters, just … Continue reading

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Holey Moley

This fun-filled book by Lois Ehlert is packed with underground worlds to explore, right under your feet!  It has the colorful collages that Ehlert is known for and the rhyming text that carries the reader through the tunnels to the … Continue reading

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Mrs. Gambel the Quirky Quail

I love the illustrations.  They are absolutely charming and sweet, but I’m afraid the story doesn’t match up.  It’s a rather long, babbling story about a housewife quail and her day with her seven chicks, hiding under a bush to … Continue reading

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The First Computers

There’s not enough information in this volume to give it any real substance.  It is basically a chronological list of the first computers, with dates and names of inventors.  The full-page photos that accompany the text are useful, but the … Continue reading

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The Birthday Surprise

The illustrations are fun, but the story is a bit flat.  It basically show’s Nina following her ears through the woods, each sound leading her to a new group of friends who is up to something, but they all seem … Continue reading

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A Big Day for Migs!

In this first-day-of-school story, young Migs learns lessons about over-coming shyness, respecting others’ space, making amends, and making friends.  At first he’s so shy he doesn’t want to go to school, but the dress-up corner helps him create a super-hero … Continue reading

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The Loch Mess Monster

Like other books by this pair, it’s got cute illustrations to draw the kids in and a good message delivered through a story appealing enough to make the message palatable.  The message in this one: the perils of being a … Continue reading

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Zoe’s Jungle

Chronicling the last five minutes of playground time, the illustrations flash back and forth between what is going on in Zoe’s imagination (trekking through the jungle as a great explorer in search of the Addiebeast) and scenes of the playground, … Continue reading

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Princess Sparkle-Heart Gets a Makeover

I like the story:  Amelia and her doll are best friends, and it lists all the many things they would do together, until the day of Princess Sparkle-Heart’s “accident;”  then it goes on to describe the process of putting the … Continue reading

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Your Red Shoes

A very sentimental selection with soft watercolor illustrations with a father waxing poetical about the red shoes he tied on his child, pondering all the things they may do together while wearing those shoes, and how long it’s been since … Continue reading

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Jam for Nana

It’s aiming for sentimental but it just comes off as dull.  The illustrations look sort of washed-out and the story is just as bland: a girl and her grandma making pancakes, but Grandma is disappointed by the jam that doesn’t … Continue reading

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My Red Balloon

The simplicity of both illustrations and text make it best suited to very young readers.  The illustrations are both sweet and artsy in their simplicity.  The story tells of a girl who gets on a bus with a red balloon, … Continue reading

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The Ghost in the Glass House

I didn’t like it as much as I wanted to.  I think this author has got some real potential, and a little more careful editing could’ve made this a really good book.  The general flow of the writing was engaging, … Continue reading

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Bad Hair Day

This is a good, solid little series.  The basic premise is a brother and sister who have a magic mirror in their basement that lets them slip through into the land of fairy tales.  While there, in an effort to … Continue reading

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Tacky and The Haunted Igloo

Tacky and his fellow penguins have transformed their home into a haunted igloo in preparation for Halloween, but the festivities turn truly scary after the hunters from Tacky’s original 1988 picture book show up, and they’re hungry. Luckily, Tacky shows … Continue reading

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My Leaf Book

Equipped with a guide to trees, a girl with a crown of ginger hair walks through an arboretum, identifying and collecting a variety of leaves, including honey locust, sweet gum, linden, and maple. Wellington alternates between scenes of the girl … Continue reading

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