Archive | February, 2011

THE BOXCAR CHILDREN SERIES

27 Feb

THE BOXCAR CHILDREN SERIES

By Gertrude Chandler Warner

Ages 9+

Published Originally published in 1924 by Rand McNally. The copy I have was published by Albert Whitman & Company in 1989.

The boxcar children series is HUGE, so I’m going to tell you about the first book. It’ll probably make you want to read the rest. But first, I’m going to tell you a little about the series:

  1. They are not violent.
  2. They are not really scary books, they are more adventure books.

There are over 100 books in this series(I don’t have all of them, but I have 103). The first 16 books are by Gertrude Chandler Warner and the rest are by different authors but they are written similarly.

BOOK #1: THE BOXCAR CHILDREN

Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny were orphans. They were running from their grandfather who they thought was mean. When they slept in a bakery they heard that the baker’s wife was going to give them to an orphanage. You would think that they would like that, but they didn’t. They ran away that night while the baker and his wife were asleep. Now the children were running not only from their grandfather, but the baker and his wife, too. Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny found an abandoned boxcar to live in. They were close to a dump, town, and a doctor. Henry found a job in the town, while Jessie took care of Violet and Benny at the boxcar. One day while Henry was working they heard a rustling noise. A hurt dog came out of the bushes. The kids adopted the dog and cured him and he became their protector. The story is about their life in a box car and how they managed to live there. In the end, the kids grandfather really isn’t a mean guy and they end up living with him, but their adventures continue for many more books. They are interesting and pretty easy to read.

 This is a great series (from my opinion)! The first book is good, but as they get further into the series, they get even better! I would recommend this series to anyone!

I give this series 5 out of 5 book worms!

Places to read a book Winter-Fall

25 Feb

I thought that maybe I could blog about places to read books through out the year.

Winter

  • By a wood stove(my favorite)
  • In Florida or a tropical place

Spring

  • In a swinging hammock on a cool day(very nice)
  • Under a tree on a sunny day
  • In a house when it’s raining

Summer

  • In the shade
  • On a hammock that’s swinging
  • At the beach(although I would prefer playing, but some people do)
  • Inside when it’s raining

Fall

  • Inside when cold, raining, or snowing
  • By a wood stove

WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO READ?

PS I only posted most of my favorites. I want to know something about you, to know what I’m typing about read the question above. Thank you!

THE CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS SERIES

23 Feb

(<-the 1st book) The adventures of Captain Underpants Series

By Dav Pilkey

The books average about 120 pages -ages 6+

Published by Scholastic

George Beard and Harold Hutchkins never expected that when they hypnotized their mean principal Mr. Krupp, they would regret it as soon as they did it. At first, they were joking around with the hypnotism ring and made Mr. Krupp act like a monkey and a chicken. But then they got serious and made him their best handmade superhero comic character Captain Underpants!!! Mr. Krupp actually looked like Captain Underpants only in his underwear and without his toupee on. Soon enough, “Captain Underpants” went out to fight crime. In the books George and Harold are helping “Captain Underpants” against villains including a mad scientist wearing a diaper (book 1), another scientist named Prof. Pippy P. Poopypants(book 4), and aliens from outer space(book 3). Oh. I forgot the good little kid who’s in every book who tells his mother everything that’s happening in the book but the mother never believes a word he says.

This is a series that is extremely funny! The titles of the books in the series are below. Any child who reads any book of this series is going to want to read the next book! They are pretty easy to read and have lots of great pictures to go with the story. Parents don’t be turned off by the titles, the books are not rude or offensive. They are good books for kids who may not like to read a lot because the stories are so funny!

PS My science teacher’s name is Mr. Krupp, but he’s not really Captain Underpants……or maybe he is………

THE BOOKS IN THE SERIES:

  • The Adventures of Captain Underpants: An Epic Novel
  • Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets
  • Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space
  • Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants
  • Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman
  • Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy Part 1
  • Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy Part 2
  • The Captain Underpants Extra-Crunchy Book O’ Fun
  • The All New Captain Underpants Extra Crunchy Book of Fun 2
  • I give this series 5 out 5 book worms!

    Quotes from Abraham Lincoln

    21 Feb

    In honor of President’s day I am posting some quotes from my favorite president -Abraham Lincoln.

    Hope you enjoy reading them!

    “I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.”

    “I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.”

    “Whatever you are, be a good one.”

    “People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

     “My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.”

    “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.”

    “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”

    AND FINALLY…..

    “You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
    You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
    You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
    You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
    You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
    You cannot build character and courage by taking away men’s initiative and independence.
    You cannot help men permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.”

    HAPPY PRESIDENT’S DAY!!

    CHARLOTTE’S WEB

    18 Feb

    CHARLOTTE’S WEB

    By E.B. White Illustrated by Garth Williams

    This version was Published in 2006 by Harper Collins

    184 pages -ages 9+

    Fern was an 8-year-old girl who had stopped her father from killing a pig that was a runt. Then she was told that she was going to raise the pig she named Wilbur. When Wilbur got bigger, he was moved to the Zuckerman’s farm. The Zuckerman’s were Fern’s uncle and aunt. Wilbur was lonely there, even though Fern came to see him about every day. He also wanted a friend at the barn, too. One night Wilbur heard a voice that said “I’ll be your friend Wilbur”. The next morning he found out the voice was from a spider named Charlotte. They were really good friends to each other. One day Wilbur heard Mr. Zuckerman say “That pig will make some fine bacon”, Wilbur was shocked! Charlotte said she would help him somehow. So she stayed upside down thinking of how to help Wilbur. She then said she was going to write words on her web that made Wilbur look really special. The Zuckerman’s were surprised and thought the web was a miracle. When more words in webs showed up they decided to take Wilbur to the County Fair. Charlotte’s plan was working! Charlotte went along with Wilbur to make a web for him. She was sure that if she made a web with a word in it, Wilbur will definetly win.

    This story is excellent book for anyone. I liked it a lot! I checked this book out of my school library and when I started to read it I couldn’t put it down because it was so good! I think you would like it a lot too! This book teaches lessons too. Some of them are good friendship, being loyal, and helping others!

    I give this book 4 out of 5 book worms.

    INKHEART

    16 Feb

    INKHEART

    By Cornelia Funke

    534 pages -Ages 9+

    Published in 2003 by Chicken House/ Scholatic

    Meggie was a regular girl. Or at least she thought she was. The night Meggie’s dad read out loud to her, she knew her life changed a lot. Three people came out of the book her dad was reading to her. The next morning, she found out she was going somewhere. Meggie’s dad told her they were going to her Aunt Elinor’s house which Meggie had never visited before. She also found out that they were running from two of the people who came out of the book. The third one, named Dustfinger, was good and helped them. The two bad guy’s henchmen came and attacked Elinor’s house. They kidnapped Meggie’s dad and ran away with him. Now Meggie, Elinor and Dustfinger must figure out a way to save Meggie’s dad!

    Inkheart is the first book in a series of three. I liked this book a lot! I would recommend it for adults and kids. In fact for any one!

    I give it 5 out of 5 book worms!

    THE WICKIT CHRONICLES BOOK 1: ELY PLOT

    14 Feb

    The Wickit Chronicles book 1: Ely Plot

    By Joan Lennon

    143 pages Ages 9+

    Published in 2008 byKane/Miller Book Publishers Inc.

    Pip lived at Wickit Monastery, the island where only the monks lived. Then one day when Pip was helping one of his fellow brothers by fixing the roof, he met a friendly gargoyle named Perfect who hid in Pip’s hood from the other monks, the Abbot (the guy in charge), and the Prior (the second in command). Later, when he was traveling to Ely with Brother Gilbert to get medicine, he heard about a plot to assassinate the young king Arnald. Pip and Perfect knew they had to save Arnald and escape back to Wickit!

    Book 1 of the Wickit Chronicles, “Ely Plot” doesn’t have a lot of violence in it but there is some fighting. I like this book and want to read the other books in the series (there are 3 books in total). I liked the story and want to know what happens next to the characters in the book.

    I rate it 4 out of 5 book worms.

    PETER and THE STARCATCHERS

    12 Feb

    Peter and the starcatchers

    Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson Illustrated by Greg Call

    451 pages Ages 9+

    Published in 2008 by Hyperion

    This is the story how Peter Pan started and what Captain Hook became Captain Hook. Peter was an orphaned boy that lived in London. He escaped with his friends onto a ship called “The Neverland” and when stowed away on it they did not know where it was going. As soon as Peter got on the ship he realized he made a mistake: the guy in control was mean.  And when he went sneaking out one night on the ship he got inside a cabinet and found a treasure box. There was something very powerful in the box and there was a pirate after whatever was in it.

    I like the original Peter Pan story (the one with Wendy) but this is the story BEFORE Peter meets Wendy and I think it is great! There are 3 books in this series and they all tell the before story of Peter Pan.

     I give it 5 out of 5 book worms!

    Book 11 of the 39 Clues Comes out in April!

    10 Feb

    My Mom just pre-ordered me Book 11 of The 39 Clues -Vespers Rising by Rick Riordan, Peter Lerangis, Gordon Korman and Jude Watson.

    The book comes out April 5, 2011.

    I thought the clue chase was over after book 10 -but it isn’t!!!

    I can’t wait to read it!!

    Frindle

    9 Feb

    FRINDLE

    By Andrew Clements

    105 pages ages 9+

    published in 1998 by Aladdins Paperbacks

    Nick Allen had no idea what would happen when he started calling pens “frindles”. He got the idea for it by learning how words were made in language arts. He then got all his friends to say frindle instead of pen. At first people were confused except one person, Mrs. Granger the language arts teacher at his school who was furious! Mrs. Granger even had kids from the school write “I will not use the word frindle,” or something simular to that 100 times,when she heard them say frindle once! Nick and his friends then got every kid in the school to say frindle not pen. Then the whole town, except Mrs. Granger. Soon almost everyone was saying frindle! It was becoming a very popular word.  Nick and Mrs. Granger were having a “war”  where the best word wins. I will not tell you who won because that would give away the end of the of the story.

    Frindle is an awesome book with no violence, robberies, or anything like that. It does have a regular life for this could be a real life book. It is not okay for kids who think ‘pen’ is a cool word. Kidding!!! But I  think it is a great book for anyone!

    I give this story 4 out of 5 book  worms.

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