Archive | March, 2011

PLAY BALL!! It’s Opening Day!

31 Mar

To celebrate the opening day of the 2011 major league baseball season here are some baseball themed books for you to consider.

BUT FIRST some baseball jokes!

Did you hear the one about the pop fly?

        Never mind -Its over your head!

 What baseball player knows how to make the best flapjack?

           The BATTER!

Why did the campers take the baseball player with them?

           To PITCH the tent!

OK now seriously here are some baseball themed books you may like -

“Pecorino Plays Ball”

Ages Pre-K by Alan Madison and illustrated by AnnaLaura Cantone

 

 

“Dino-Baseball”

Ages 4-8 by Lisa Wheeler

 

 

“Baseballs Biggest Bloopers: The Games that got Away”

Ages 9-12 by Dan Gutman

 

 

 

“Freddy and the Baseball Team from Mars”

Ages 12+ by Walter R Brooks and illustrated by Kurt Wiese

OH AND ONE MORE THING!!!!

GO PHILLIES!!!!!

LIKE PICKLE JUICE ON A COOKIE

29 Mar

Like Pickle Juice On A Cookie

By Julie Sternberg Illustrated by Matthew Cordell

120 Pages Ages 6-9

Published in 2011 by Amulet Books 

The main idea of this story is that Eleanor’s very nice babysitter, Bibi, moved to Florida to take care of her sick dad. Eleanor’s dad wanted to make her feel better by making a playdate with another girl, named Agnes. Apparently, Eleanor didn’t like Agnes and that just made things much, much worse. Eleanor was depressed about the whole thing even though her new babysitter was nice.

Eleanor and I have a similarity: we both lost someone who was close to us in our lives. For me, it was when my dog, Bart, died. For her, it was when Bibi moved far away from her. I learned that even though someone you loved is gone, they’ll always be in your heart. I would also recommend this book just because it’s a good story too!

I give this book 5 out of 5 book worms!

MOM’S OPINION: This is an excellent book for advanced younger readers. The story is charming, the characters are endearing and it is very appropriate for young and old.

To learn more about the author of this book please visit:

http://www.juliesternberg.com/

AMAZING COWS

27 Mar

Amazing Cows

By Sandra Boynton

Ages 1+ 89 pages

Published by Workman in 2010

Sandra Boynton does it again! She has written an Udderly MOOvelous book! This book is filled with hilarious jokes, stories, riddles and songs about COWS!! One of my favorites is “The four phases of metaMOOphosis”. Sandra Boynton books are a favorite in our family and we all fought over who was going to read this one first, so we all sat down and read it together. The silly stories are appropriate for any age kid and it’s pretty easy to read. The pictures are funny too.  

I think the character you will like the best is “Amazing Cow” -the cow super hero 

I give this book 5 out of 5 book worms and tell you to get a MOOOOOOOve on and get this book!

In fact if you don’t know about Sandra Boynton check out  her website. I’ll be reviewing some more of her books in the future!

http://www.sandraboynton.com/sboynton/Introduction.html

USBORNE ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO GREEK MYTHS & LEGENDS

23 Mar

Usborne Illustrated Guide to Greek Myths & Legends

Authors: Cheryl Evans and Anne Millard

Illustrated: by Rodney Matthews

64 Pages – Ages 9+

Published by Scholastic Inc 2001

Have you ever wondered how Hermes got his lyre (or who Hermes even was)? Or how Aphrodite was born? What about how Kronos was killed? If you did, this is the book for you! This guide includes stories like Jason and the golden ram – the Trojan war and monsters and villains like Circe – the furies and the fates. It talks about the Greek gods like Zeus, Hera, Apollo, Artemis, Hermes, and Athena. This guide to Greece myths tells how Oddyseus Tricks the cyclops, Polyphemus (one of my favorite stories). It’s a short book packed with interesting information! 

It gives pronunciations of Greek names and words, which is helpful and has colorful pictures that go well with the stories. Expect that you will have most of your questions answered by the end of this book because it answered most of my questions! 

I give  this book 4 out of 5 book worms.

A Lego a Day

21 Mar

OK technically this really isn’t about books, it’s about LEGOs (my second favorite thing). And -well- Dan Phelps is giving away a BOOK with his photos of LEGO figures in all sorts of places in a contest (so there is a book involved here). Mr. Phelps is having the contest to celebrate the fact that he has over ONE MILLION views on his blog!

Mr. Phelps is a fifth grade teacher from Tennessee. He has the coolest pictures ever and he posts a new LEGO picture every day. You have to check his site out! It’s  -www.legomyphoto.wordpress.com

This is one of my favorites.

Day 228

SMILE

18 Mar

Smile

By Raina Telegeimer

224 Pages Ages 9+

Published in 2010 by GRAPHIX

Raina had to get braces on her front teeth because she tripped and fell on her 2 front teeth. 1 tooth fell out, and 1 tooth was jammed up into the gum of her mouth, which is similar to me because I lost a baby tooth when I fell and one of my other baby teeth got jammed up into my gum and when the adult tooth came in it had a brown spot on it from where it got damaged. In the book the dentist put Raina’s teeth where they were supposed to go and put a cast over them. When the cast was removed, the dentist noticed that her front teeth were higher than usual teeth.  She had a lot of embarrassment over her teeth and she lost some friends because they thought she looked like a vampire. This book is a true story about a 11-13 year old girl going through some tough times. Fortunetly for me the teeth I lost were baby teeth and they could fix my adult teeth…..and I was playing ice hockey at the time so I looked kind of cool ;o)

The book is written like a comic book, with lots of pictures. It was a good book. The story taught me that everybody goes through tough times.

I give it 4 out of 5 book worms!

DANIEL PRESCOTT AT THE SEIGE OF BOSTON 1767

16 Mar

Boys of Wartime: Daniel Prescott At The Seige of Boston 1767

By Laurie Calkhoven

192 pages  -ages 9+

Published by Puffin; Reprint edition (2011)

Daniel was a 12-year-old boy who was born in 1755. British officers were living in Daniel’s family’s tavern. His family were Patriots (people who wanted freedom), not Loyalists (Tories -people who wanted to remain a British Colony). Daniel passed information about the British’s plans to his schoolmaster, Master Richardson, who took the information to the Patriot Army Camp. When Daniel’s father went to the army, Daniel had to take care of the tavern and his family. Then one day he asked his mother if he could see his father and she said yes. Daniel was overjoyed! After seeing his father, Daniel stayed at the army camp over night and helped fight a small battle against the British! He went to the army twice before figuring out there was a traitor among the Patriots. Daniel rushed to the Patriot Army Camp even though General Washington told him not to come again. He had to tell them this information to the General!

This book is exciting and tells you about the seige of Boston from a 12-year-old boy. I like this book a lot and I think you will too!

I give this book 5 out of 5 book worms!

IF YOU TAKE A MOUSE TO THE MOVIES…

14 Mar

If You Take A Mouse To The Movies…

By Laura Numeroff

28 pages ages 1-7

Published by Scholastic

This book is about a mouse that wants to go to the movies and wants to do a lot of other  things, too! If you take a mouse to the movies, he’ll want you to buy some popcorn… Then he will make you want to read a book called If You Take A Mouse To The Movies. I’m not kidding, it is a great book!

I like this book that continues over and over.  I recommend this book and books like If You Give A Pig A Pancake to kids (and adults because they can read it and like it too). Compared to the other great illustrated books by Laura Numeroff, in my opinion, this is the best one! My 1st grade teacher gave this book to me as a christmas present and I  appreciate her giving this excellent book to me! }:o})>>>>> I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

I give this book 5 out of 5 book worms!

BOOK FAIR BOOKS

11 Mar

Guess what! I got 3 new books from my school’s book fair tonight and a book for my teacher. The title’s are:

Alex Rider: Crocodile Tears-by Anthony Horowitz

NERDS: M is for mama’s boy-by Michael Buckley

Zoobreak-by Gordan Korman

And the one for a donation to my teacher: Smile-by Raina Telgemeier

Look for reviews about these books soon!

I STARTED TO READ ROBIN HOOD

9 Mar

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood is an excellent book for a good reader! I am reading it on my kindle and I am enjoying the story a lot. ‘o[]o'<-me reading) I got it at amazon.com, so you can too (with your parents permission)! Type you later!! }:o})>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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