Review! Hades Speaks! By Vicky Alvear Shecter

3 Dec

WOW! I have really read a lot of good books lately – let the run on good books continue!

hadesspeaksHades Speaks!: A Guide to the Underworld by the Greek God of the Dead 

By Vicky Alvear Shecter

Illustrated by J. E. Larson

Series: Secrets of the Ancient Gods

128 pages – ages 9+

Published by Boyds Mills Press on September 1, 2014

Synopsis- Have you ever wondered what it is like to be the Lord of the Dead? Or to have people coming to your doorstep, just because you could bring people back to life? That’s the Greek God of the Dead, Hades’, daily experience. Hades leads you through a friendly, behind-the-scenes tour of his realm. Have fun! And watch out for the Furies!

What I Liked- This book is written like I like them – good story with an edge of humor. For example, Hades, even though he is the Greek Lord of the Dead, actually seems like a nice guy, in a god of the dead sort of way. He has a witty sense of humor and is a good tour guide through the underworld. He talks to you, the reader, as he explains a bit about some of the Greek myths and traditions. That was really cool. There are great black and white illustrations scattered throughout the book. They portray the feeling of the book very well. I laughed out loud when Hades said that he was angry at Harry Potter for calling Hades’ hell-hound “Fluffy” and that Lord Voldemort copied his name “He Who Shall Not Be Named,” as Hades was called by the Greeks. I think that this book would be a good one for reluctant readers of any kids interested in mythology. I am interested in reading the other books in the Secrets of the Ancient Gods series after reading this one.

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

Review! Wanderville: On Track For Treasure (Book 2) by Wendy McClure

1 Dec

wander2Wanderville: On Track For Treasure
By Wendy McClure
Series: Wanderville – Book 2
224 pages – ages  8+
Published by Razorbill on October 16, 2014

Synopsis- Set in the early 1900’s, Wanderville is a traveling “town” that was created by orphans in the first Wanderville book. The town is set up so that, wherever they are, it can come with them (see my review HERE), they are kind of like gypsies. The town now has 10 new residents but they all must leave immediately. The evil sheriff had found them and he is determined to round the kids up and send them to the work farms they escaped from. They hop a train, and find a home with a reverend and his wife. But the kids soon find out it may all be too good to be true.

What I Liked- Ms. McClure has written another great historical fiction story! The characters in the book are very real. They act and talk like kids – kids who are on the run and who are trying to find a home. The story is really interesting. I was very intrigued because there really were orphan trains and I found the 1900’s setting very fun to read about. The interesting plot twist is *DON’T READ IF YOU DON’T WANT A SPOILER* The reverend and his wife do good, but they aren’t necessarily good. *OKAY YOU CAN READ AGAIN* The plot kept me reading and lost in the story. The length and language in the book makes it great for kids 8+ but older kids will enjoy the story a lot too. I love the covers in this series. I am looking forward to the next book in the series!

I give “On Track For Treasure” 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

REVIEW! Time Square: UFO by S.W. Lothian

30 Nov

timeufoTime Square: UFO
Time Square Series – Book 2
By S.W. Lothian
214 pages – ages 8+
Published by CreateSpace on October 12, 2014

 

Synopsis- When Eva and Lewis’ dad put time itself in mortal danger (accidentally, of course – he’s really a nice guy), 163 time travelers were scattered throughout time. Rescue teams were sent out to save the travelers from whatever time they landed in. Eva and Lewis, along with their new friends, Max Wells and Razer Sharpe, become a team, and are sent to 1947 Roswell, the time of the supposed UFO crash-landing. Will the rescue team be able to find and help the lost time traveler in time (no pun intended – well, maybe a little ;) )?

What I Liked- This book was AWESOME! I’ve read a lot of Mr. Lothian’s books and this one is my favorite. I loved the adventure in it and the writing was top-notch.  Even though this book is technically the second book in the series, it is really Eva and Lewis’ first adventure through time with their new friends. This is a really action-packed book. There is a race against time to stop a mad scientist from trying to hurt a lost time traveler that is mistaken for an alien. The book is appropriate for all ages. The mad scientist (the bad guy) is quite funny and I enjoyed his character very much. The whole story was enjoyable and the time travel parts were done really well. The story takes place at Roswell, at the time of their famed alien sighting, so that makes it even more dangerous for the main characters (and fun for the reader), whose time traveling portal closes with a bright flash!

I give “The UFO” five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

Blog Tour and $100 Give Away! A Year In The Secret Garden by Valarie Budayr

30 Nov

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About the Book

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Title: A Year in the Life of the Secret Garden | Author: Valarie Budayr | Illustrator: Marilyn Scott-Waters | Publication Date: November, 2014 | Publisher: Audrey Press | Pages: 144 | Recommended Ages: 5 to 99

Book Description: Award-winning authors Valarie Budayr and Marilyn Scott-Waters have co-created A Year in the Secret Garden to introduce the beloved children’s classic, The Secret Garden to a new generation of families. This guide uses over two hundred full color illustrations and photos to bring the magical story to life, with fascinating historical information, monthly gardening activities, easy-to-make recipes, and step-by-step crafts, designed to enchant readers of all ages. Each month your family will unlock the mysteries of a Secret Garden character, as well as have fun together creating the original crafts and activities based on the book.Over 140 pages, with 200 original color illustrations and 48 activities for your family and friends to enjoy, learn, discover and play with together. A Year In the Secret Garden is our opportunity to introduce new generations of families to the magic of this classic tale in a modern and innovative way that creates special learning and play times outside in nature. This book encourages families to step away from technology and into the kitchen, garden, reading nook and craft room.

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A Year In The Secret Garden
By Valarie Budayr
143 pages – ages 5+
Published by Audrey Press (2014)

What I liked about this book- This was a fun and unique activity book! Ms. Budayr has written a wonderful book, full of monthly activities, which is awesome by itself, but she also bases it on a classic book – The Secret Garden! Along with the crafts, recipes, and other fantastic stuff, Ms. Budayr has “Character Studies” which tell a little about the main characters and/or the time period that “The Secret Garden” takes place in. It is a great way of learning a bit more about a book that you really like. I think that I will reread The Secret Garden – with this marvelous book right beside me! I like how the activities and text of the book tie into every month of the year.

My little sister, Josie, was looking at the book, and she decided that she wanted to try an activity. She chose a bird-feeder (a December activity).

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She gathered up all the things on the materials list in the book.

Then she spread peanut butter all over the toilet paper roll.

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Then, she carefully rolled the roll [*hee hee*] through some birdseed, thoroughly coating it.

 

 

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She cut a ribbon at a desired length, slid it through the roll, and tied it.

 

 

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Then she hung it up in a local pine tree that was in our yard!

 

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And there it is!

About the Author: Valarie Budayr

Valarie BudayrValarie Budayr loves reading and bringing books alive. Her popular website, www.jumpintoabook.com, inspires children and adults alike to experience their books through play, discovery, and adventure.

She is founder of Audrey Press, an independent publishing house, as well as an Amazon and iTunes best-selling author. She has written The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden and The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Valarie is passionate about making kid’s books come alive and encouraging families and schools to pull books off the shelves and stories off the pages.

 

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About the Illustrator: Marilyn Scott-Waters

Marilyn Scott-WatersMarilyn Scott-Waters loves making things out of paper. Her popular website, www.thetoymaker.com, receives 2,000 to 7,000 visitors each day, who have downloaded more than six million of her easy-to-make paper toys. Her goal is to help parents and children spend time together making things.

She is the creator of a paper toy craft book series The Toymakers Christmas: Paper Toys You Can Make Yourself (Sterling), and The Toymakers Workshop: Paper Toys You Can Make Yourself (Sterling). She is also the co-creator with J. H. Everett of the middle grade nonfiction series, Haunted Histories, (Christy Ottaviano Books / Henry Holt Books for Young Readers). Ms. Scott-Waters illustrated The Search For Vile Things (Scholastic), and created paper engineering for Pop & Sniff Fruit (Piggy Toes Press).

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A Year in the Secret Garden Blog Tour Schedule (2014)

EXPLORING SEPTEMBER

November 1

Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch)

Coffee Books & Art (Guest Post)

WS Momma Readers Nook (Book Review)

November 2

Cherry Mischievous (Excerpt)

Hope to Read (Excerpt)

November 3

Eloquent Articulation (Book Review)

Enter Here Canada (Excerpt)

EXPLORING OCTOBER

November 4

BeachBoundBooks (Excerpt)

Books, Babies and Bows (Book Review)

November 5

Monique’s Musings (Book Review)

November 6

SOS-Supply (Book Review)

EXPLORING NOVEMBER

November 7

Randomly Reading (Book Review)

November 8

Adalinc to Life (Book Review)

EXPLORING DECEMBER

November 9

100 Pages a Day (Book Review)

November 10

Edventures With Kids (Book Review)

EXPLORING JANUARY

November 11

Icefairy’s Treasure Chest (Book Review)

November 12

Girl of 1000 Wonders (Book Review)

EXPLORING FEBRUARY

November 13

Seraphina Reads (Guest Post)

November 14

Juggling Act Mama (Book Review)

EXPLORING MARCH

November 15

Pragmatic Mom (Author/Illustrator Interview)

Purple Monster Coupons (Excerpt)

November 16

Stacking Books (Book Review)

EXPLORING APRIL

November 17

Oh My Bookness (Book Review)

November 18

Crystal’s Tiny Treasures (Book Review)

EXPLORING MAY

November 19

The Blended Blog (Book Review)

November 20

All Done Monkey (Book Review)

November 21

Geo Librarian (Book Review)

Grandbooking (Author/Illustrator Interview)

EXPLORING JUNE

November 22

My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews (Book Review)

November 23

Christy’s Cozy Corners (Book Review)

My Life, Loves and Passions (Book Review)

November 24

Bookaholic Chick (Excerpt)

Hide-N-(Sensory)-Seeking (Book Review)

EXPLORING JULY

November 25

Ninja Librarian (Guest Post)

November 26

Jane Ritz (Book Review)

Rockin’ Book Reviews (Book Review)

November 27

I’d Rather Be Reading At The Beach (Book Review)

EXPLORING AUGUST

November 28

Deal Sharing Aunt (Book Review)

November 29

Mommynificent (Book Review)

November 30

This Kid Reviews Books (Book Review)

Java John Z’s (Author/Illustrator Interview)

 

* $100 Blog Tour Giveaway *

Amazon 100 gift card

Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)

Contest ends: December 7, 11:59 pm, 2014

Open: Internationally

How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter link below.

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the authors Valarie Budayr and Marilyn Scott-Waters and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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Perfect Picture Book Friday! Crankee Doodle by Tom Angleberger

28 Nov

HAPPY YOU’RE WELCOMEING! (the day that follows Thanksgiving ;) )

I am sitting here trying to recover from “I shouldn’t have had that second piece of pumpkin pie” syndrome. I was going to pass on Perfect Picture Book Friday this week because I was feeling super lazy for some reason (it had nothing to do with, say, eating too much, right? ;) ), but then I was sitting here reading a really great picture book I picked up at the Lititz Kid and Teen Literature Festival called Crankee Doodle and I really wanted to tell you about it.

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IT’S TIME FOR PERFECT PICTURE BOOK FRIDAY!!!

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 always wondered why Mr. Doodle was mistaking feathers for dried pasta.

crankeeCrankee Doodle

by Tom Angleberger

Illustrated by Cece Bell

32 pages – ages 4+
Published by Clarion Books on June 4, 2013

Theme/Topic- Humor / folk song

Genre- Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening – “I’m bored.”

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Synopsis – from the inside jacket – “Ever wonder what the song “Yankee Doodle Dandy” means, exactly? And what’s with the macaroni? Turns out it didn’t make any sense to Mr. Doodle, either. In fact, it made him pretty, um, cranky. This unapologetically silly picture book reveals that the legendary ride to town (and the whole macaroni thing) was all suggested by Mr. Doodle’s overeager pony.”

Why I liked this book- Well, I am not the only one who likes this book, because as I decided it was Perfect Picture Book Friday worthy, I found that Carrie Finison thought the same thing because she nominated it last year – see her review HERE! :) I loved the humor in the book! I have to admit the Yankee Doodle song never really made sense to me and I love how Mr. Angleberger and Ms. Bell combine forces to poke fun at the silly song. Mr. Angleberger wrote the super popular and very funny Origami Yoda books, and you can see his sense of humor pulling through in this book. Pony is an awesome character, never saying more than a sentence or two (well, except for that one paragraph after Mr. Doodle insults him), while Mr. Doodle mostly speaks in long paragraphs. This is an AWESOME read-aloud! Ms. Bell’s illustrations are funny, and to the awesomeness of the book!

Activities and Resources- There is a note at the end of the book, written by Crankee Doodle’s pony, that tells a little bit about the origins of the song. Ms. Finison linked to some great song related activities on her blog (CLICK HERE) so I found some other type of activities.

Education.com has a cool craft to make a Yankee Doodle tri-cornered hat – Click HERE
You have to check out Sesame Street’s Don Music writing Yankee Doodle and getting upset about how silly the song is. :D

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

 

 

 

Review! The Secret of King Triton’s Lair (The Expeditioners Book 2) by S.S. Taylor

28 Nov

exped2The Secret of King Triton’s Lair (The Expeditioners Book 2)

By S.S. Taylor

Illustrated by Katherine Roy

320 pages – ages 9+
Published by McSweeney’s McMullens on September 23, 2014

 

Synopsis- After their escapades in Drowned Man’s Canyon (see my review HERE), Kit, Zander, M.K. West (and Sukey) are back in another adventure! When Kit’s supposedly dead father gives him clues that lead to an island in the North Carribean, Kit finds the perfect excuse to go there – via an expedition request! After the Drowned Man’s Canyon fiasco, the Wests joined the Academy for the Exploratory Sciences (a school for expeditioners). The Academy has a yearly program that allows the students to make a request to go on an expedition of their choice. But when their rival at the Academy, Lazlo Nackley, steals their idea, he is one of the ones to get chosen, and becomes head of the operation. It all starts to go downhill when Lazlo’s evil, controlling father comes along as a chaperone (the nice teacher that is supervising them can’t come because he is seasick and wouldn’t have been able to help).  The Wests (and Sukey) know that they have a hard journey coming on, but there is much more they aren’t expecting.

What I liked- This was a marvelous sequel to the first book. It has all of the steampunk-y, futuristic-ness that I came to love in the first book. It explains some more about how the world got into its “current” state, with all of the dystopian-ness of it. The new adventure that the West’s go through was cool and exciting, and they really make use of their surrounding events perfectly. I think that they go to the Bermuda Triangle (although it is called something different, in this world-frame), and visit a mysterious island in it. The setting is a fascinating place, and plays an important part in the series. The characters get stuck on a deserted island, full of unknown animals, and the island isn’t charted as existing. Like the first book, the book jacket is reversible, and has a blueprint-y feel to them, as it shows a machine from the book. This is a great adventure story that a lot of kids will like. I really like this series, and I can’t wait for the next one to come out!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

Review! Always, Abigail by Nancy Cavanaugh

26 Nov

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By Nancy Cavanaugh
320 pages – ages 9+
Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky on August 5, 2014

Synopsis- Abigail Walters was entering the sixth grade, and, along with her best friends Alli and Cami, can’t wait to become a Pompom Girl. Then everything goes wrong. Alli and Cami get the same homeroom, and have the same teachers. Abigail has the meanest homeroom teacher in the school. When that teacher assigns a project where you write letters to an assigned person in the class, Abigail gets paired with Gabby – an outcast-y, “weird”-type – and Abigail dreads it. But what if she actually starts to like Gabby? And starts to realize that her friends aren’t as nice as she thought they were?

What I liked-This was a great book about choosing what you  should do, over what you want to do. At first, I wasn’t sure about the writing style of the book, it started off as list after list after list, but then I figured out that the book was written like a notebook, and I found myself really liking it. Abigail tells her story though lists and small paragraphs (for example: 3 Reasons I Know I Was Born To Be A PomPom Girl, and What I Wanted To Say, But Didn’t). The style really grew on me. Abigail has always wanted to be one of those popular “PomPom Girls” (I am figuring that is a cheerleader), but first, she doesn’t get any classes with her two best friends, and then, in her Language Arts room, she gets partnered with the biggest “loser” in 6th grade and she pretty much thinks her life is over. I didn’t really like how Abigail blatantly calls Gabby (her partner), a “loser” in her notebook. I really disliked her at first, but I guess that is the point of the story. ;) Abigail goes through a natural, yet significant, character change. As a reader, I really enjoy that in a book.

I give “Always, Abigail” four out of five bookworms!fourbooks

Review! Leap Write In! by Karen Benke

26 Nov

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By Karen Benke
256 pages – ages 11+
Published by Roost Books on April 2, 2013

Synopsis [from the back cover]- In this book you’ll find: On-The-Spot Drops that offer “free-fall” prompts on different themes, such as short-winded poems and seven-line stories. Mini Memoirs to unlock personal narratives to share, or not. Suddenly A Story suggestions to explore feelings and states of being like fear, reluctance, compassion, kindness, anxiety, anger, jealousy, happiness, and more. Surprise Yourself Surveys for those who think they know everything about themselves. Untie-Your-Mind Word Lists to jump start stalled imaginations. Definition Decoders to introduce new ideas and styles of writing.

What I Liked- First off, I was very excited to read this book! Ms. Benke’s other book “Rip The Page!” was great, and really helped me with my writing. I found this book was a great follow-up to “Rip The Page!” because the writing challenges were a bit more complex. The prompts were realistic and slightly challenging to do, especially if you aren’t in your creative mind frame, like the activities “Stop Making Sense” and “Your Moody Monkey Mind” – two of my favorites. Ms. Benke gave several activities for each prompt, giving the reader a choice to do. She also included some examples, from real people, so you get your creative juices flowing, and have some real inspiration. The book covers a wide range of creative writing topics, from dialogue tags to – **ugh** – the necessary step of revision. There are some really fun things to do. Ms. Benke shares some “mini memoirs” of her life, and encourages others to do the same. This is a wonderful writing resource!

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

Check out one of the creative writing things I did! I wrote a pantoum (I never even heard of this poem type before reading this book).

A Pantoum Pantoum

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An Ode to Pantoums Everywhere

            By Erik

A pantoum is
An interesting poem type
That’s fun to do
With simple steps.

An interesting poem type:
You can master it
With simple steps.
Can you see it take shape?

You can master things
With some effort.
I can see a poem
Forming from mid-thought.

With some effort,
It’s fun to do.
Forming from mid-thought,
Is a pantoum.

BLOG TOUR, Guest Interview and Giveaway! Monster Needs a Christmas Tree by Paul Czajak

24 Nov

Today I have a very special guest on my blog – Monster of the Monster & Me books. Monster is here to talk about his latest book, Monster Needs a Christmas Tree! Be sure to read down to the bottom because there is information on a Goodreads giveaway where you can win a copy of this fabulous book!

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Monster Needs a Christmas Tree

A Monster & Me book

By  Paul Czajak

Illustrated by Wendy Grieb

32 pages – ages 4+
Published by Scarletta Kids on October 1, 2014

Publisher’s Summary – It’s almost Christmastime, and Monster needs a tree. But the holidays are filled with joy and so many fun things to do! After snowballs, sleds, and Santa Claus, will he find a tree in time? In this festive, rhyming story, Monster shows young readers that with a little creativity, a tree can be perfect any way you look at it.

 

Now for the interview.

ERIK – Hi Monster, thank you for being here today. Monster, you seem to like Christmas a lot in your book MONSTER NEEDS A CHRISTMAS TREE and you certainly had a lot of fun at Halloween time in MONSTER NEEDS A COSTUME. What is your favorite holiday? Mine is Thanksgiving because it involves a lot of eating.

 

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MONSTER – Hi Erik! Thanks for having me. I think I have to go with Halloween as my favorite holiday. It’s like it was invented specifically for monsters! But then again I really love getting presents for Christmas…wait I got it! What if we combined the two?! We could call it Hallowmas or Christmaseen. We could make ice jack-o-lanterns and dress up in costume when we open presents. That would be the coolest holiday ever!

ERIK – NICE! We could bob for snowballs and trick-or-cookie. :) Santa may look a little weird on a broom though. :) Speaking of Santa, I really like how your quick thinking saved Christmas! Are all monsters that fast-thinking?

MONSTER – Well Bigfoot hasn’t been found yet and neither has my cousin Nessy in Scottland so they must be pretty smart too. But when it comes to me I don’t know where I would be without my best bud Boy. He is the one that taught me that it can be good to sometimes think a little differently when trying to solve a problem.

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ERIK – Boy does seem like he is a great friend. What did you name the puppy you got in MONSTER NEEDS A CHRISTMAS TREE?

MONSTER  – We named her Zoey! She likes to curl up in my lap on cold days, probably because I have more fur. But she needs to stop chewing on my toys, those are my chew toys.

 ERIK – Well, you are going to have to be a good big bro- ERR I mean good big MONSTER to Zoey and share your chew toys. I am sure Zoey will take care of them. :) I’ve been studying my monster language converter and have been dying to ask you this question; “GROWL pthhhhht snort snort rrrrowlf buuurp pffft AAARRGH?”

MONSTER – Hmmm…I’ll be honest I have no idea why a chicken would cross the road. But if she does I hope she looks both ways before crossing, roads can be very busy.

ERIK – Drat! I was hoping you would know. Now for an important question; Oscar or Cookie?

MONSTER – Cookie! He reads a lot! I love that. Plus I really like his fur, I wonder if he goes to the barber to get it cut? I need a haircut but don’t tell Boy, he’ll take me to the Barber and I don’t like the Barber.

ERIK – I need a haircut too. Maybe we can find a new barber and go together! What adventure do you think Mr. Czajak will take you and boy on next?

MONSTER – My birthday will be in April and I need to have a party! Also I’m not sure if you knew this but the next big election is in 2016 and I’m thinking about running for President. Though I’m keeping my options open. But If I do run I’m going to need your vote.

 ERIK – Monster, you will definitely have my vote!

 If you would like a chance to win a copy of MONSTER NEEDS A CHRISTMAS TREE, please visit the Goodreads page for the book (CLICK HERE). There is a giveaway currently going on!

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Monster Needs A Party to be released April 14, 2015

Monster Needs Your Vote slated for Fall of 2015

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

23 Nov

sistersSisters

By Raina Telgemeier

208 pages – ages 8+

Published by GRAPHIX on August 26, 2014

Synopsis- Raina and her family are going to Colorado for a family reunion. She, her sister, brother, and mom are going by car, and their dad will fly in later. Along the way, a lot of things go wrong for Raina and her family. Raina and her sister never get along, even though Raina wanted a sister for years. The arguing made the car trip even longer. After pretty much everything goes wrong, especially her parents hinting that they don’t get along anymore, Raina starts to wonder if anything will get better.

What I liked- This is a really cool graphic novel. It’s pretty interesting how, along with the story-line, there are also “flashbacks” that Raina has. That was fun. Raina (the character, reflects Ms. Telgemeier, because another one of Ms. Telgemeier’s books, Smile (also a great bookand Sisters are memoirs) is an average 14-year-old, with an average, slightly angry younger sister. They have a normal, argumentative, at times humorous, relationship. It was a nice touch that Raina and her sister were kind of brought together by the fact that their parents might get divorced, and that they were scared of what would happen. The story is full of humor, and seems very realistically done. It is a nice story, and the illustrations are top-notch. I hope that there will be another book!

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

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