Reviews of books

The Simple Art of Flying By Cory Leonardo 384 pages – ages 9+ Published by Aladdin on February 12, 2019 Synopsis- Alastair knew he would always have his sister Aggie. No matter what happened in their African grey parrot-lives, he knew they would always be together. Until the day a medically-fascinated boy adopts Aggie…and a lonely socialite adopts Alastair. Everything changes and there absolutely can't be anything good to come out of it. Not a chance. Finding solace in poetry, Alastair spends his time scheming ways to reunite with Aggie and fly off to parrot paradise. Never mind flying is a little tricky when you start pulling feathers out. A bird can't even get off the ground, let alone to his sister's new home. There is one thing that Alastair refuses to consider: maybe, just maybe, they may have already found their own kind of parrot paradise. What I Thought- This was one of those bittersweet books to read. The story is both sad and happy, reflecting the tendencies of life – nothing is permanent, but we can always make the best of what we do have. One of the things that I did love about the story was that when the parrots get adopted, [...]
Mon, Jul 22, 2019, Continue reading at the source
The Great Indoors Written by Julie Falatko Illustrated by Ruth Chan 40 pages – ages 5+ Published by Disney-Hyperion on April 9, 2019 Theme- Camping, WildlifeOpening- “The bears always arrived first.”Synopsis from Publisher- “When the humans head out to go camping, the animals settle in for a relaxing holiday of their own! Teen bear takes over the bathroom with her curling iron, the beavers prepare their fanciest recipes, and the deer kick up their feet for a dance party. What starts as a little unwinding soon escalates to a big mess, just in time for everyone to head home. . . . Julie Falatko and Ruth Chan's quirky humors shine in this hilarious take on family trips that will have kids wondering what exactly goes on back at home when they're on vacation.” What I Thought- This book is hilarious! Falatko writes such a wacky take on the great camping experiences that families experience – executed excellently, it sheds a humorous light on some of the things we may take for granted in our daily life. Chan's illustrations completely complement Falatko's zany style, showing exuberant expressions with cartoon-type illustrations. Kids will be laughing out loud while reading this book, and you'll find that it will soon be [...]
Fri, May 17, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Finding Orion By John David Anderson 368 pages – ages 9+ Published by Walden Pond Press on May 7, 2019 Synopsis from Publisher- “Sometimes you need to lose something in order to find yourself. Beloved author John David Anderson returns with a heartwarming, heartbreaking and unforgettable story of the true power and limits of family. Rion Kwirk comes from a rather odd family. His mother named him and his sisters after her favorite constellations, and his father makes funky-flavored jellybeans for a living. One sister acts as if she's always on stage, and the other is a walking dictionary. But no one in the family is more odd than Rion's grandfather, Papa Kwirk. He's the kind of guy who shows up on his motorcycle only on holidays handing out crossbows and stuffed squirrels as presents. Rion has always been fascinated by Papa Kwirk, especially as his son—Rion's father—is the complete opposite. Where Dad is predictable, nerdy, and reassuringly boring, Papa Kwirk is mysterious, dangerous, and cool. Which is why, when Rion and his family learn of Papa Kwirk's death and pile into the car to attend his funeral and pay their respects, Rion can't help but feel that that's not the end of his story. That there's so [...]
Mon, May 13, 2019, Continue reading at the source
T. Rex Time Machine By Jared Chapman 44 pages – ages 4+ Published by Chronicle Books on September 4, 2018 Theme/Topic- Time Travel, DinosaursOpening- “One day a time traveler traveled back to prehistoric times…which he quickly regretted.”Synopsis from the Publisher- “When two hungry dinosaurs jump into a time machine, they're transported to an unbelievable, magical, surreal future: RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW! On the T. Rexes' madcap voyage into the unknown, they encounter the many wonders of the modern world: Police cars! Phones! Microwaves! They don't know how they'll get home—but why would they want to?” What I Liked- This was one of the most fun picture books I've read in a while, with humor flooding the pages, from every word to every image. The book is longer than a standard picture book (44 pages versus the standard 32), but it is set up in a format similar to a graphic novel, which makes it very easy to read. The book is downright absurd, but in the most hilarious of ways – guaranteed to have kids rolling in laughter! Chapman has written a story that kids will love to read again and again. Activities and Resources- There are some great dinosaur activities at HERE. I found [...]
Fri, Apr 26, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Mike By Andrew Norriss 240 pages – ages 12+ Published by David Fickling Books on February 26, 2019 Synopsis from Publisher- “MEET FLOYD. He's a tennis star. Possibly good enough to win Wimbledon one day. MEET MIKE. He's… different. Apart from anything else, Floyd seems to be the only one who can see him. But Mike must have appeared for a reason. And finding out why is perhaps the most important thing Floyd will ever do…” What I Thought- This was a really fascinating book – it's told in a weird manner, spanning several years of Floyd's life, but in a way that makes complete logical sense. As the story progresses, we see Floyd changing to accept who he really is – he stops trying to deny his nature. He learns that he must stay true to himself and not fold to the wishes of others. We can really learn a lot by reading about Floyd's character arc. I was utterly captivated when reading the book – I read it in an hour and a half – it was so enticing! The book is hyper-realistic, The one “issue” I have in the book is simply that, with Floyd's symptoms being what they are, there is [...]
Tue, Mar 26, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Daddy Depot Written by Chana Stiefel Illustrated by Andy Snair A Feiwel and Friends Book 5/16/2017 978-1-250-05889-8 36 pages Ages 2—5 . Themes: Father's Day, Daddies, Choices Genre: Children's Fiction Picture Book, Fantasy Synopsis • • • Come to • • • Daddy DEPOT The Dad Megastore! “From Acrobats to Zookeepers, we have the … [...]
Fri, Jun 09, 2017, Continue reading at the source

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