Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Shoe Dog

Shoe Dog
Author: Megan McDonald/Katherine Tillotson
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Reviewer: Leslie

Summary: In order to stay in the warm and cozy home he has longed for, Shoe Dog must learn to stop chewing shoes.
Review: This is a great book and the illustrations are wonderful. The dog in this story is adopted from a shelter and is given the name “Shoe Dog” when his new owner is trying to shoo him away from chewing on her shoes. His obsession with chewing on shoes keeps him from sleeping on the bed and it’s such a cute story because it shows us the perspective of a dog. Shoe dog did not want to go back to the shelter so he decided he would stop chewing shoes. I think this was an adorable story that people of all ages would enjoy, especially if they have a “Shoe Dog” of their own.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Que le pasa a este niño?/What happens to this child?

Que le pasa a este niño?/What Happens to This Child?
Author: Angels Ponce Ribas
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Reviewer: Ana

Summary: This book introduces parents, teachers or any person that interacts with children on how to care for children with disabilities in Spanish. It is full of examples to teach children that might have a brother or sister, or any close family member or friend about other children who are disabled.

Review: This book helps kids to understand other kids with disabilities and explains how to help a disabled relative. The book explains causes, symptoms, and treatment. It also provides valuable advice. Parents and family members will feel a connection with the situations presented in this book.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Too Many Pears

Too Many Pears
Author: Jackie French
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Reviewer: Sue

Summary: Pamela the cow absolutely loves pears!  She goes to all sorts of antics to be able to eat more pears.  She loves them right off the tree, with ice cream, in a pie, stewed, and about any other way imaginable.  It becomes a problem when no one else is able to eat any pears.
Review: What a fun book!  The illustrations are simple, expressive, and tell a lot of the story.  The young girl, Amy, finally solves the problem, only to have Pamela now interested in apples! This is a book that will make you smile.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

How to Negotiate Everything

How to Negotiate Everything
Author: David Spellman
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Reviewer: Helen


Summary: If tantrums don’t work for you to get what you want, this book shows you how to negotiate with the toughest known negotiator….M-O-M…

Review: This is not just a book for children.  Our hero, a little boy in a checkered sports coat and short pants, learns what is worth negotiating for (pets, ice cream, etc.) even to the extent of negotiating for an elephant. Our hero learns the lesson of persistence—keep on “negotiating” until you reach an agreement satisfactory to both parties. Someday, if you become President of the United States, you may find yourself sitting on your couch in the Oval Office with your own elephant. These are worthwhile lessons for all of us and a very funny book with hilarious drawings.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Amulet: Escape from Lucien

Amulet: Escape from Lucien
Author: Kazu Kibuishi
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Aleece


Summary: Kazu Kibuishi’s #1 New York Times bestselling series continues!  Emily, Navin, and their friends continue to battle the Elf King in hopes of destroying him forever, but one of his most loyal followers, Max, isn’t making it easy for them.  The crew journeys to Lucien, a city that’s been ravaged by the war.  Emily has more enemies there than she realizes—and it’ll take everything she’s got to get herself and her friends out of the city alive.
Review: We start this volume by seeing Max and Logi heading towards the Elf King with Logi stating that he has an ominous feeling. Then we see Navin and Aly get into trouble by arriving late to class and then to make matters worse Navin is banned from operating any type of vehicle. Finally we see Vigo, Emily and Trellis who meets up briefly with Navin before parting ways again. 

However, after seeing where all of the characters are, it jumps right in to non-stop action and an adrenaline rush that makes the entire volume fly by like it is a movie playing right off the pages until you finally hit the end of the volume and realize it is to be continued again. 

This book is a wonderful masterpiece that kids/adults of all ages will enjoy and want to reread over and over again. The illustrations are marvelous and while this ARC only had some color, the good portion that had it was amazing and I can't wait to see the final product. The story and artwork are simply stunning.

Friday, September 26, 2014

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

At Home in Her Tomb: Lady Dai and the Ancient Chinese Treasures of Mawangdui

At Home in Her Tomb: Lady Dai and the Ancient Chinese Treasures of Mawangdui
Author: Christine Liu-Perkins
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Reviewer: Christi


Summary: This middle-grade chapter book unearths the mysteries of the Mawangdui (mah-wahng-dway) tombs, one of China's top archaeological finds of the last century. Miniature servants, mysterious silk paintings, scrolls of long-lost secrets, and the best preserved mummy in the world (the body of Lady Dai) are just some of the artifacts that shed light upon life in China during the Han dynasty.

Review: The cover of this book is what captured my attention. It’s interesting and gross at the same time (so the kids should love it). The cover has a picture of Lady Dai and her amazingly well preserved skin after being buried for 2,200 years. Inside the book, you find out about the archaeological dig that unearthed her and two others. They also found a treasure trove of more than 3,000 artifacts from beginning of the Han dynasty that had people all over the world flocking to the museum. So how was her skin still moist and her joints were still movable (normally rigor mortis starts writhing 12 hours after death)? Check out this book to find out!