Author Archives: Mary Pong

My Little Pony Friends Forever: Pinkie Pie & Applejack

Fans of MY LITTLE PONY will enjoy this visually graphic read about The Equestria Super Chef Competition which Pinkie Pie wants to win and how Applejack is mistakenly entered into the event. Pinkie Pie gets stage fright once the spotlight … Continue reading

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The Haunted Mansion #5

Even though I have not read books 1-4, this was a good read. It helped to have a synopsis on the title page. Danny went to the mansion to help his deceased grandpa. Danny is now trapped inside the mansion … Continue reading

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Lawnmageddon #3

Book #3 finds Nate and Patrice riding their bicycles, with the peashooters and squash, being chased by zombies. They are surrounded until Uncle Dave drives up and over some of the zombies. Uncle Dave will take Nate and Patrice to … Continue reading

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Encountering Bigfoot: Eyewitness Accounts

Nine eyewitness accounts of suspected bigfoot encounters, from across the United States, eight of which occurred within the past seventeen years.  These occurrences took place in Pennsylvania, Washington state, Alaska, New Jersey, Texas, Oregon, Ohio, and California. One sighting was … Continue reading

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The Impossible Clue

What readers are looking for! A smart girl who is good at math and does not take guff about it from anyone!   Summer vacation will start any minute. Alice can hardly wait to begin her vacation. Alice plans on … Continue reading

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J.P. and the Bossy Dinosaur

When J.P. and his family go to a dinosaur themed water park, J.P. is having a wonderful time until he comes up to the dinosaur shaped sign saying, “You must be this tall.” Young children will identify with J.P.’s tear, … Continue reading

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Usain Bolt

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio made Usain Bolt’s name famous, a house hold name. Usain Bolt became the only man in history to win the triple-triple: “winning the 100-, 200-, and 4 x 100-meter relay races in three … Continue reading

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Totally Wacky Roadside Attractions

The title pretty much says it all. Twelve giant pieces of whimsical art from across the United States of America have been photographed for this book. There is usually a sentence explaining why the attraction was built. It reminds me … Continue reading

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Super Simple Wetland Critter Crafts: Fun and Easy Animal Crafts

Yeah, a craft book! Author – Sammy Bosch introduces the book by giving some background on what a wetland is and what types of animals live there. Each of the eight animals has a sentence or two about them in … Continue reading

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Rat Terriers

Choosing the right dog for a pet is not easy. This book will give the reader information about the rat terrier to help in making a decision. Does the reader want an intelligent, very active, spunky, playful, small dog ( … Continue reading

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Trouble Next Door #4

Book #4 in THE CARVER CHRONICLES finds Calvin needing to come up with a science fair project for school. In the meantime, the neighbors next door move to Florida to be closer to their grandchildren. Calvin spends quite a bit … Continue reading

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Spidey #6

The first page of this graphic novel is a super quick mini-bio of the Spider-Man creation story. Peter Parker has no trouble with math and science in high school, but with history he struggles. It is the opposite for Gwen … Continue reading

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Memoirs of a Sidekick

How appropriate my fortune cookie read, “An optimist is always able to see the bright side of other people’s troubles.” Boris Snodbuckle and his sidekick Adrian are true optimists. They are seventh grade nerds or geeks at Bendale Public School, … Continue reading

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Room 201: The Key

Here is a mystery for your upper- grade Hi-low readers. The color illustrations are very close to graphic novel style, only page-size. Each page of text has two or three words jumping out at the reader by way of size, … Continue reading

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Sweet Peas and Honeybees #4

We all know children who get a ‘bee in their bonnet’ (pun intended) and won’t let it go. This is such a story, but for all the right reasons. Hurrah! It’s summer. Anna can’t wait for Friends, Fun, and Flowers … Continue reading

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Groundhog Day from the Black Lagoon #15

What are your personal feelings about Groundhog Day as a holiday? Believe it or not, in this installment of the Black Lagoon Adventures, Hubie thinks it is ridiculous. Nevertheless, when Hubie’s teacher assigns his entire class a job for their … Continue reading

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Annabelle at the South Pole

In this fourth book by R.W. Alley, the four children go another outdoor adventure using imagination as a key element. This time, Annabelle escapes her two brothers and little sister by going outside into  the snow in search of the … Continue reading

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Mitchell on the Moon

Imagination flies again as two brothers and two sisters go out on a fall evening dresses=d in costumes. The youngest, Gretchen, suddenly becomes frightened when the crescent moon disappears. Mitchell, the oldest, dressed in a wizard costume announces, ” ‘Only … Continue reading

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Gretchen Over the Beach

Gretchen, the youngest, goes to the beach with her two brothers and sister. While her sister and brothers play in the surf, Gretchen plays in the sand until her hat flies away. Gretchen catches hold of the hat’s ribbon. Together … Continue reading

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Clark in the Deep Sea

What imagination these four children exhibit on a rainy spring day while playing on their porch. Gretchen, the youngest, calls for a circus, when her stuffed bear falls off the porch into the wet yard. Clark jumps off the porch … Continue reading

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Stickmen’s Guide to Mountains and Valleys in Layers

Stickmen do not have much meat on their bones, so having them in the title makes perfect sense. There are little bits and pieces of information in this book, but nothing in great quantity (meat on their bones). I enjoyed … Continue reading

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Mae and June and the Wonder Wheel

June tells this story. On page one June states, ” I have the only ears in the whole world that can hear Sammy talk.” Sammy is her dog. They do everything together. June is on a mission to find a … Continue reading

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Cranes

I do not know how many times when driving through Seattle, I have wondered how those big cranes get on top of the skyscrapers being built. This little book answered that question for me in its first section.  The second … Continue reading

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Pterodactyl

This book is meant for early readers with its nine pages of text and nine pages of illustrations/photos.The text pages average three sentences per page. The book states pterodactyls were not dinosaurs, though they were reptiles. After three page turns, … Continue reading

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Dinosaurs in Disguise

One little boy believes dinosaurs did not become extinct by a “fiery blast”. He thinks dinosaurs are in hiding. Everywhere he goes he looks for dinosaurs in disguise. Readers will spend their time finding the dinosaurs. There is one dinosaur … Continue reading

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