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Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Hidden Enemy by Zack Satriani: Book Review

Book received at no charge to facilitate my review

With nothing but a shaky alliance to hold three planets together, disagreement on what to do with an asteroid valuable to each planet in different ways threaten to destroy peace between the union.

 As heirs to their respective planets, three teens are brought to the negotiations of what should be done with the asteroid. Dray, a Bellori warrior wants to prove to her father that being a girl does not preclude her from proving she is a strong fighter. The Cantorian teen, Keller, has learned the art of negotiation and believes he should always get his way. And the Aquanth, Ayl, wants nothing more than to use his power of telepathy to keep the peace. An attack by alien creatures attack, forces the three to leaders to work together to save their parents and to defeat the evil forces intent on controlling the Trinity.   

The action driven adventure leaves little in the way of meaningful character development. However, the science fiction lover may appreciate the constant action and overlook character flaws and lack of originality. A fast, entertaining read suited for ages 11-14.
Rating:  Good to Recommended ★★★✬☆ (3 1/2 out of 5)

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Seize the Summer and Join the Read Aloud Campaign

I want to challenge my readers to join the "Seize the Summer" campaign and read aloud to your child at least 15 minutes a day. Now that my children are older, I have seen first hand how important it has been throughout their lives that I spent time reading to them.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Book Review: The Grudge Keeper by Mara Rockliff Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler

Book received at no charge from the publisher to facilitate review.

"No one in the town of Bonnyripple ever kept a grudge."
With the exception of old Cornelius, the Grudge Keeper.
The townspeople have always relied on Cornelius to take their written complaints and file them away.

When Minnie's goat eats Elvira Boggs prizewinning zinnias, Elvira marches to the Grudge keeper to file a complaint. It doesn't end there. When a schoolboy snatches the schoolmaster's toupee, the schoolmaster files another offense. The numbers grow when Big Otto stomps on Lily's Belle's new shoes and she angrily throws her accusations at gentle Cornelius.

The grudges pile up until Cornelius's home is crammed with them. One day a wind blows, sending the grudges tumbling every which way, leaving Cornelius buried in a mountain of them. The next morning the people of Bonnyripple set off for his cottage to file their new complaints. Will they pull aside the mess of grudges fast enough to save Cornelius?

Playful wordplay, wit and beautiful ink with watercolor illustrations come together to create a delightfully charming story that will leave no doubt about how bad it is to hold a grudge. The look of burden and fatigue on the Grudge Keeper's face conveys what words never have to say. Hats off to both author and illustrator for capturing the magic while teaching a moral. Not many can pull it off and they do it with poise and beauty.

Rating: Highly Recommended ★★★★★
Publishing Information:

Publishing Information: 
Peachtree Publisher
Pages: 32
Ages: 4-8
ISBN: 978-1-56145-729-8

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Monday, June 16, 2014

I am So Over Being a Loser by Jim Smith: Book Review

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When Barry's mom wins a supermarket contest and becomes the "Face of Feekos",  his life becomes an even bigger embarrassment. It's not enough that huge posters of his mom eating some digestive thing pop up all over, but those of her wiggling her butt ensures that everyone at school makes fun of him, topping off his humiliation.

In his effort to deal with his mom's new found fame, he winds up getting himself into trouble and misses a long anticipated ski trip. To make matters worse, his best friend, Bunky, ditches him for his nemesis. Thank goodness he has his napkin collection, a new friend named Nancy Verkenwerken, and his Snailypoos. Maybe he can prove his "keelness" once and for all.

The hilarious third book in the I Am Not a Loser series will have the young reader splitting their sides with laughter. Just when you think it can't get funnier, it does. The plethora of noses give the illustrations a comical life of their own. A definite must read for kids who love humor.

  Recommended to Highly Recommended ★★★★✬ (4 1/2)

Publishing Information:

Publisher: Jelly Pie, an imprint of Egmont UK June 2014)
Ages: 7-9
Pages: 240
ISBN-13: 978-1-4052-6033-6

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