All in Pieces

All in Pieces by Suzanne Young stretches the drama of an unhappy, unloved teenage girl to the max. Savannah Sutton is in a reform high school for anger management for stabbing a pencil into the hand of her former boyfriend when he mocks her special needs brother. At Brooks Academy, Savannah meets Cameron, a modern . . . → Read More: All in Pieces

Black Holes: The Weird Science of the Most Mysterious Objects in the Universe

Black Holes by Sara Latta is non-fiction book that is a quick and captivating read for those who are interested in astronomy and physics but not becoming actual astronomers or physicists.

Latta presents the history and backstory of how the concept of black holes, which started out being called dark stars, has grown into . . . → Read More: Black Holes: The Weird Science of the Most Mysterious Objects in the Universe

Coral : a close-up photographic look inside your world

Breathtaking photography with some good science mixed in – this book should interest most budding marine biologists. An introduction explains the history and process of photography. After that, the reader discovers some amazing animals of the ocean in glorious living color. Textboxes indicate scientific name, habitat, diet and size of each coral. Corresponding text adds . . . → Read More: Coral : a close-up photographic look inside your world

Let’s Explore the Moon

A very basic introduction to the moon. Although this book contains 1-2 sentences per page and geared towards younger students, the words used are not as attainable to those students. There is an educator note in the front of the book suggesting that the questions posed on some of the pages could lead to discussion, . . . → Read More: Let’s Explore the Moon

Black Holes: A Space Discovery Guide

Black holes, by there very nature cannot be seen. The only information about black holes is from observing how other objects in space behave around them. This book details many of the devices that are used to collect information about black holes. It also discusses the evolution of black hole theories over time. The complexity . . . → Read More: Black Holes: A Space Discovery Guide

Children’s Storytellers: Mary Pope Osborne

In this short, easy to read biography we learn very basic information about Mary Pope Osborne. The text features compliment the text and some are more interesting than the text itself, like the fact that she planned the Magic Tree House series to be only four books. This would be great as a read aloud . . . → Read More: Children’s Storytellers: Mary Pope Osborne

Officer Katz and Houndini: A Tale of Two Tails

Every year Houndini appears in Kitty City to give a show and he draws a mustache on the portrait of the town founder, Davy Crock-cat. Officer Katz wants to catch him. After Houndini’s show, Officer Katz gives him three chances to escape. If Houndini does not escape, he will leave Kitty City forever. Officer Katz . . . → Read More: Officer Katz and Houndini: A Tale of Two Tails

No Tooting at Tea

It’s a mash-up between that typically associated with attracting boys and that typically considered girlish: fart humor plus tea parties. The illustrations are cute and frilly, showing a gathering of three little girls having a tea party in the yard with all the trimmings. The text trying to outline the rules for tea parties, with . . . → Read More: No Tooting at Tea

Esquivel! Space-age Sound Artist

I love the illustrations. I like the idea of picture book biographies, especially more multi-cultural ones. From what I read, he certainly seems to have been a ground-breaking musician, so perhaps this book will help him become more well-known. I know I don’t have a huge musical background, but even the illustrator mentions in his . . . → Read More: Esquivel! Space-age Sound Artist

Boris and the Worrisome Wakies

The dynamic duo of Lester and Munsinger have teamed up again in their usual style, with cute illustrations and stories that address typical childhood problems. This one is about a Badger who won’t go to sleep by day, like a good badger should, and so sleeps through his classes each night. Students who are familiar . . . → Read More: Boris and the Worrisome Wakies

What’s Up, Chuck

There’s nothing especially compelling about either the writing or the illustrations for this early chapter book (really still a picture book, but broken into token chapters). But it does have a good message reminding children not to get too caught up in competition, but to put priority on friendship and being proud of our work, . . . → Read More: What’s Up, Chuck

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 the mansion to start the wind machine, which will blow away the BIG cloud from . . . → Read More: Lawnmageddon #3

Camels

Using simple text and colorful pictures, this book provides young readers with the physical characteristic, habitat, food, and life cycle of the camel. The habitat section includes a map of the Eastern Hemisphere. Glossary terms are in red. The way the glossary term ruminants is used in the text leads the reader to believe that . . . → Read More: Camels

Orangutans

Using simple text and colorful pictures, this book provides young readers with the physical characteristic, habitat, food, and life cycle of the orangutan. The habitat section includes a map of Southeast Asia. Glossary terms are in red. Quick Stats section at end of the book visually and numerically compares the orangutan’s height as shorter than . . . → Read More: Orangutans

Jack Frost

This modern fairy tale, third in the series, is a whimsical story of magic and charm. It describes the origin of the character, Jack Frost. He is known as Nightlight, sworn to protect the Man in the Moon and light his way. But when the Nightmare King attacks, Nightlight brings him down with a price . . . → Read More: Jack Frost

I Yam a Donkey

This is a very silly book about a donkey and a yam arguing about proper pronunciation and grammar. The donkey is oblivious to his misuse of the words, “is,” “am,” and “are.” The yam grows continually more irritated and finally gives the donkey a lecture about proper verb conjugation, only to finally be eaten by . . . → Read More: I Yam a Donkey

Paperboy, The

This is an artistic look into the life of a young boy and his dog who run a morning paper route. The lyrical prose set against the vivid paintings present a highly nostalgic view of what used to be many young men’s early morning routine, before the shift toward digital news. Children will find the . . . → Read More: Paperboy, The

Apple Pigs

This reprint of a classic tells of a neglected tree that just needed someone to care. The young girl clears away the rubbish, rakes, hoes, and plants flowers so that in spring the now proud tree flourishes like never before. It’s branches, leaves and blossoms give way to apples until its producing, “Plenty of apples/delicious . . . → Read More: Apple Pigs

Kindergarten is Cool

This is an cheerful portrayal of the first day of kindergarten. Starting with excitement and nerves at home before school and moving on to the activities that take place in kindergarten. Kindergarten is described more by the activities than the learning that takes place. Nervousness makes way to optimism, “Now you’re BIG! You’re in school! . . . → Read More: Kindergarten is Cool

Penguins

With photographs and simple text, this book provides an introduction to penguins. The heavy use of pronouns, make the simple text less effective. Bold words defined in the glossary include waddle, webbed and flippers, but skips the word krill.

Contains table of contents, glossary and index.

Linked online resources include a more in depth description . . . → Read More: Penguins

The White House

With photographs and simple text, this book provides an introduction to the White House. The heavy use of pronouns, particularly the word “it” make the simple text less effective.

Contains table of contents, glossary and index.

Linked online resources include a more in depth description of the White House with photographs. Also included are downloadable . . . → Read More: The White House

Keepaway Camp

On the first day of summer, Shaggy, Scooby, and their friends in Mystery, Inc., join their friend Fred on a trip to his boyhood camp. The camp is pretty run down but Jasper, the owner, appreciates all the help he gets from Hank, the handyman. After setting up the tent, having a meal, and telling . . . → Read More: Keepaway Camp

The Chocolate Phantom

In this graphic novel, Shaggy’s Aunt Isabelle is a judge for the Chocolate Art Show. It is being ruined by an unknown phantom. She enlists Shaggy and friends to help solve this mystery. They search for clues and eventually set a trap to catch the one responsible for stopping the show. As in most graphic . . . → Read More: The Chocolate Phantom

The Story of the Orange Bowl

Back in the 1930s, Earnie Seiler was a tireless promoter of what was to become the Orange Bowl, one of the final major football contests of the season. Seiler enticed top teams, the Oklahoma Sooners and the Tennessee Volunteers, to face off in the first game played in Miami. The other chapters highlight noteworthy competitions . . . → Read More: The Story of the Orange Bowl

Cars and Trucks

Beginning with suggested drawing materials, the reader is encouraged to learn and use the vocabulary of an artist. 3 – 4 sentences introduce each vehicle. Instructions are given in 6 easy steps. Basic shapes are drawn to help focus on the size and position of the final drawing. Penciled details are defined with a thin . . . → Read More: Cars and Trucks