Reviews of books

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
Impostors By Scott Westerfield 416 pages – ages 12+ Published by Scholastic Press on September 11, 2018 Synopsis from Publisher- “Frey and Rafi are inseparable . . . two edges of the same knife. But only one of them is ever seen in public. Frey is Rafi's twin sister-and her body double. Their powerful father has many enemies, and the world has grown dangerous as the old order falls apart. So while Rafi was raised to be the perfect daughter, Frey has been taught to kill. Her only purpose is to protect her sister, to sacrifice herself for Rafi if she must. When her father sends Frey in Rafi's place as collateral in a precarious deal, she becomes the perfect impostor. But Col, the son of a rival leader, is getting close enough to spot the killer inside her…” What I Thought- This was one of the best books I've read recently! The dystopian setting is so intriguing – it takes place long after our modern day, where society had transcended and then fallen to the spot they are now. I find it all really fascinating – especially the idea of the father being so paranoid that he doesn't even let the world know he has two [...]
Mon, Mar 11, 2019, Continue reading at the source
What Are You Doing, Benny? Written by Cary Fagan Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton 36 pages – ages 5+ Published by Tundra Books on April 23, 2019 Theme/Topic- SiblingsOpening- “Benny? Hey, Benny! What are you doing, Benny? Building a fort?”Synopsis from Publisher- “Benny's little brother is really good at a lot of things — making potions and paper airplanes, building forts, putting on puppet shows, even petting the neighbor's cat (he has a special way of scratching her just behind the ears). But whenever he tries to join in Benny's activities, all Benny ever says is “No.” Maybe his little brother can watch him do cool stuff, if he's lucky. What is a little fox to do, except give Benny a taste of his own medicine?” What I Liked- I love the simplicity of this book – Hagan tells a story that any sibling can relate to. Denton's illustrations have this wonderful, old-timey feel to them, reminding me of something that Quentin Blake, Roald Dahl's iconic illustrator, might do (although, in a much more positive manner than anything that Blake usually makes). I like that – it gives the book such a classic feel. This was such a fun book to read, and I think it would [...]
Sat, Mar 02, 2019, Continue reading at the source
I am having MAJOR internet woes. Our internet has been down for a week and our cell service out where we live is sketchy so using a hot spot is problematic. The internet is somewhat working today and hopefully it will be resolved and I can get out the reviews I have piled up in my queue! For today, we have – The Rings: Journey Beneath Sirok Series: The Elias Chronicles (#2) By E.G. Kardos 270 pages – ages 8+ Published by KB Klatch Books on December 31, 2018 Synopsis from Publisher- “Fresh off an adventure in a magical land, mystical forces draw Elias to the Under World to save his friend and sorcerer, Zoltan. In doing so, the prophecy calls him to return the Ring of the Right Hand to its rightful owner. First he must learn how to use his powers that hide deep inside him before entering a parallel world. There, he comes face to face with the Conveyor of All Evil, Ordak. But to conquer his enemy, he must first save a world of false promises – or perhaps save the world he left behind.” What I Thought- This was an interesting story from E.G. Kardos – it follows the first book in [...]
Mon, Feb 25, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I really enjoy how it can lead to a conversation about the outdoors and animal habitats! Where Birdie Lives: A Lift-the-Flap Book By Elena Tsvetaeva 14 pages – ages 3+ Published by Clever Publishing on January 1, 2019Theme/Topic- Motor skills / homes / animals Opening- “Hi birdie! Are you flying home? Where do you live?” Synopsis from Publisher- “Perfect for toddlers who love to play as they read, this adorable interactive picture book is sure to entertain children – and their parents! This heartwarming tale tells the readers about the quest of an endearing little puppy in search of a birdie. The young reader is challenged to solve a mystery and to look for a birdie under each flap, and then be delighted to find it at the very end. High-quality polygraphy and thick board pages help children develop early motor functions and imagination, and the touching illustrations by a young artist Elena Tsvetaeva will make this book a favorite for your child.” Why I liked this Book– This is a sweet book exploring [...]
Fri, Feb 15, 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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