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Hello Honduras! My Author Skype Visit to Escuela Bilingue Santa Maria Del Valle

22 Mar

SKYPE is AWESOME as is the blogospehre!

Today’s post is an international occasion. It all started when  The Story Reading Ape (click HERE to go to his blog) who lives in The United Kingdom emailed me about a FABULOUS fourth grade teacher named Joanna Mojica from Honduras and said that her class would love to talk to This Kid from Pennsylvania USA about my book.

Ms. Mojica contacted me and we set up a virtual visit through SKYPE!

Escuela Bilingue Santa Maria Del Valle is located in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. It is a catholic, bilingual school and their fourth grade classes ROCK! :D

I sent them a copy of my book to read ahead of time so they could ask me questions. I started off by introducing myself, and talking about the importance of reading. I then said a little about how I came to write my book.

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After all that was said, each student got to ask me a question. I was a bit nervous because I usually talk to adults, not kids more my age. I soon felt really comfortable. They had great questions! One I really liked was “What would you do if you were president?” I wasn’t prepared for that one. I said I’d increase funding for school and public libraries. Speaking from experience, a lot of schools have no money to buy books or have a librarian on staff.

The SKYPE visit was awesome. It felt like a real conversation. 

For the last part of my visit, I talked about how my Uncle Dave gave me the stuffed toys he made (Tomato and Pea) and challenged me to write a story about them.

The Original Tomato and Pea

The Original Tomato and Pea

So, I challenged the fourth graders of Escuela Bilingue Santa Maria Del Valle school to write. Write a story about these fellows:

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They could write whatever they wanted – a poem, a play, a novel, a short story, comic, anything! It just had to be about these two fine guys (or girls ;) ) – they can name them whatever they want to also.  :)

Plus I offered, if they wanted to, to post whatever the students wrote here on my blog. So be sure to check back!

These little guys are traveling to Honduras right now to be their classroom mascots. :)

Thank you Ms. Mojica and the fourth graders at Escuela Bilingue Santa Maria Del Valle school!

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Can you guess which one is me? ;)

Have a nice weekend folks!

My March UBFP Column – An Interview with Award-winning Author/Illustrator Matt Phelan!

2 Mar

I write for the UBFP Newspaper!

I wanted to share the article I wrote for the Upper Bucks Free Press (the newspaper I write for) for the March 2014 issue! The online version was just published. To see the online version of the newspaper, click HERE (see page 9). 

I hope you like it!

An Interview with Award-winning Author/Illustrator Matt Phelan!

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I recently had the pleasure of interviewing one of my favorite authors Matt Phelan! Mr. Phelan is an award-winning local author/illustrator who lives in Ardmore PA.

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“Matt Phelan is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including Flora’s Very Windy Day by Jeanne Birdsall, Xander’s Panda Party by Linda Sue Park, and The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, winner of the 2007 Newbery Medal. He is the author/illustrator of the graphic novel The Storm in the Barn, which won the 2010 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. His second graphic novel Around the World received the 2012 Carolyn W. Field Award from the Pennsylvania Library Association and two Eisner Award nominations. His latest graphic novel, Bluffton, is about summertime, vaudeville, and the young Buster Keaton.”

Erik: I love that you can tell so much of a story with using illustrations and few, if any, words. Do you have to re-draw some illustrations a bunch of times to get it to “say” what you want or do you pretty much know what it will look like in your head?

Mr. Phelan: I have the idea of what I want the illustration to convey in my head, but it does take several attempts to get it right. I start small, using very loose rough sketches to work out the general composition, pose, etc. Then I’ll refine the sketch until it starts to resemble the finished art. When I draw the final version, I try to allow for a lot of “free” drawing (as opposed to copying the previous sketches). That hopefully will bring life to the final drawing.

Erik: A couple of your books are, in part, based on things that actually happened (Around the World, Bluffton). Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres.  How do you decide what to put in your books, whether fact or fiction and mix it into a great story?

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Mr. Phelan: I do love history and I find it is a never-ending source of story ideas. Often the facts of the story are as good if not better than what you can make up (all of the pranks in BLUFFTON for instance were actual pranks that Buster pulled). I think of the historic facts and setting as the jumping off point. Hopefully, if you’ve done your research, everything you add to the story will “fit” in with the historical facts.

Erik: Speaking of research, I was lucky to hear you speak about your book Bluffton at the Lititz Kid Lit Festival. I enjoyed hearing about how you did research on Buster Keaton and the artist colony at Bluffton (Muskegon Michigan). What is the coolest thing you ever uncovered while doing research for your books?

Mr. Phelan: At the end of BLUFFTON, there is a photograph of Buster, his father, and a few characters from the book standing in front of Cobwebs & Rafters, the unofficial clubhouse. I spent a week in Muskegon before writing the book, just milling around and getting a sense of the place. On my last day, I came across an estate sale (they were selling the house and everything in it). I asked if they had anything related to the actors’ colony, and the woman there showed me this original photo. Her grandfather’s in the picture, too. She sold me the photo, which is one of my prized possessions.

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Erik: That is very cool! The subjects of your books are pretty varied. How do you stumble across great topics? Which topics interest you the most?

Mr. Phelan: I really think the ideas for my books come from people, places, or times that I’ve always been interested in. First comes my own curiosity (without any thought of turning it into a book) and only later (years later in most cases) does it bubble up into my consciousness as a Story Idea. When I first read a biography of Nellie Bly, I did it because she sounded interesting. I had no idea she would become one-third of my book AROUND THE WORLD.

Erik: Your next project has to do with Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Can you tell us a little about it?

Mr. Phelan: I can only tell you that it’s my own retelling of the classic tale and that it is set in New York City in the year 1933. It’s going to be like a black and white movie. I’m sketching it now and having a great time.

Erik: I can’t wait to read it!

To learn more about Mr. Phelan and his books, go to MattPhelan.com.

For more on books and reading, visit ThisKidReviewsBooks.com.

12×12 Update! February 2014

1 Mar


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I am trying to do Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Challenge again this year. It is a challenge to write 12 picture book drafts in 12 months in 2014. You can click on the 12×12 banner on the right side bar or the one above to learn more about it.

February has been a pretty successful month for me. I wrote a new PB draft, and I revised an old one. Two super awesome members of the group let me be in their critique group this year. I can’t wait to get started with that (we are starting this month). I also have found the 12×12 Forum easier to use this year (WOO HOO – Ms. Hedlund!). I have used it a bunch already and submitted a pitch and the first 250 words of a PB MS I wrote. Life is good. :)

I am looking forward to learning a lot this year!

How about you? How’s your writing going? Are you doing 12×12?

Character Book Club: Taylor Davis from Taylor Davis and the Flame of Findul [by Michelle Isenhoff]

14 Feb

Hello, readers! I usually do Perfect Picture Book Friday (check out PPBF at Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog HERE) but this week I am doing The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow blog’s Character Book Club! Next week I will be back with a great PPBF post!

Today I get to interview…

“Um Erik, I’m sorry to tell you this but, you can’t do the interview.” 

“Yeah, it’s CHARACTER book club.”

Tomato and Pea, what are you guys doing here? If you readers don’t know, Tomato and Pea are the characters from my book, “The Adventures of Tomato and Pea: A Bad Idea.”

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“Well Erik, you aren’t a book character so I’m sorry, you can’t do the interview. Pea and I are the ones who will do the interview.”

Can I just say who you are going to interview?

“No.”

Oh, okay I’ll just wait over there in the corner.

Hi everyone! Tomato here. Pea and I are going to interview the main character from Michelle Isenhoff’s exciting series “Taylor Davis” for Character Book Club!

In this series, Taylor Davis, along with Elena Camila Velasquez Cartahena, and their guardian angels/agents, Mike (short for Amikim) and Ranofur, need to save the world from chaos and destruction. Bartholomew Swain (a horrible pirate who ate a rotten piece of fruit from the Tree of Life) keeps causing trouble and trying to destroy the world. The friends romp through heaven and earth to stomp bad guys and save… well they save everything!

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(click HERE for Erik’s review of Book 1, and HERE for Erik’s review of Book 2!).

Now on to the interview and Character Book Club!

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Tomato: Hello, Taylor Davis! Thank you for stopping by Character Book Club this month. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Taylor: Sure, Tomato. Well, I was a pretty ordinary guy until my folks moved to the Caribbean. I mean, I’ve never been much of an athlete. If there’s a patch of ice on the sidewalk, I’ll probably be the one to fall on it. But I pass most of my classes in school, and I like hanging out with my friends. This whole fight-the-bad-guys-with-a-big-sword thing was NOT my idea.

Pea: In your stories, you say you are part of your school’s drama club. What is your favorite play that you were in?

Taylor: Dude, that’s easy—Peter Pan. I played the crocodile. Great costume and no lines. That was my first year at Zander, back when I didn’t know what anyone was saying. But a crocodile can tick-tock the same in Spanish as in English.

Tomato: No hablan español ¿eh? What’s it like being in Heaven and hanging out with your Guardian Angel, Mike?

Taylor:  Well, we haven’t exactly had a chance to play ping-pong or anything. We’ve been a little preoccupied with red alerts, Churkon assaults, and, er, trying not to fall off flying horses. (Shut up, Elena.)

Pea: Speaking of red alerts, how heavy and big is the sword of Findul? Did you ever pretend you were Luke Skywalker with it?

Taylor: The sword is a beast! It’s four foot long and weighs over five pounds. Great for adding some bulk to the biceps, but you have to be careful not to light your hair on fire. Takes some getting used to. (Shhhh…don’t tell Ranofur, but, yeah, I did once. Sound effects and everything.)

Tomato: The very evil Bartholomew Swain seems to be set on destroying the world. Why is he so cranky?

Taylor: You got me. The guy had great business sense, long life, and a really cool British accent. It must have come from hanging out with Davy Jones.

Pea: I don’t care who he hangs out with Swain is CREE-PY! If two space aliens, say, maybe two handsome guys named “Bean” and “Carrot,” crash-landed  near your school, Zander National Academy, and you found them, what advice would you give them about surviving on EAR-TH?

Taylor: You know, I’m getting a pretty strong hankering for stir-fry.

Assuming these new veggies, er, aliens, are friends of yours, I have one word for them: weapons. It looks like you’re pretty set up with techy gadgets, but if you ever want anything more medieval—you know, blood, sweat, hospital visits—I can probably hook you up. Though you are pretty small…

Tomato:  We may be small, but we pack a punch! What was the coolest thing that has happened to you during all of your adventures?

Taylor: Where do I start? It was pretty cool when that cabbie morphed into a Swaug and I almost went deep sea diving in the taxi cab.  I mean, I almost peed my pants at the time, but looking back and knowing that I lived is pretty cool. I got to drive once, too. I pegged out the speedometer all the way through Southampton. That was pretty awesome! But probably the coolest thing that happened was finding out I can do more than I thought I could, and knowing my team always has my back.

Pea: Do you like scented candles?

Taylor: Um…no. And I’m going to pretend you didn’t just ask me that.

Tomato: Yes, I will ignore that one too, Pea. Do you know where will you be going your next adventure yet?

Taylor: With any luck, it will involve dinner, a movie, and a girl named Jennifer somewhere in Jersey…

Pea: Can you tell us about that Isenhoff lady who takes credit for all your hard work?

Taylor: Oh, yeah, her. My lawyer would probably advise me not to comment. The lawsuit is still pending.

Pea: What do you th-

That’s enough, Pea.

Thanks for coming Taylor! Much appreciated. Hope all goes well with saving the world and such (not sure about the Jennifer part though…)! Have fun!

To learn more about Taylor Davis and that thieving Isenhoff lady, go to her website HERE

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Wanderville by Wendy McClure

10 Feb

I am starting the week off right – a 2-hour school delay AND a great book to tell you about!

wandervilleWanderville (Book 1 of the Wanderville Series)

By Wendy McClure

224 pages – ages 8+

Published by Razorbill on January 23, 2014

Jack wasn’t an orphan, but his parents put him on an orphan train after his older brother died in a factory fire. His parents couldn’t afford to have Jack live with them anymore. Jack makes friends on the train. His new friends, Frances and her little brother Harold, are just happy to not be separated from each other. The kids hear horrible rumors about the place they’re heading for, the Pratcherd Ranch. So, they hatch an idea. When the train stops, the kids jump off it! Soon after, they meet Alexander, a kid who had escaped from the Pratcherd Ranch. They become friends and they make a town where kids in need can find refuge. The children call it Wanderville.

This was an outstanding, well-written book. Ms. McClure has instantly become a favorite author of mine with this book! The story was one I couldn’t put down. I really identified with the characters who were taken from New York and left in Kansas (we recently moved from just outside Philadelphia to a VERY rural area). Ms. McClure’s writing style really draws you into the story. It made it seem like I jumped off the train with Jack, Frances, and Harold. There is some very minor violence at the Pratcherd Ranch, but most of it happens between chapters and isn’t graphic. I love the history I learned about the orphan trains too. I first learned about them in Clare Vanderpool’s “Moon Over Manifest,” but learned more about them from this book. Jack sounds like a boy I’d love to be friends with. He’s pretty adventurous. I think kids will love this book! I can’t wait for Book 2! :D

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

Ms. McClure’s website is packed with activities, history, cool things about her research for this book and much more. To visit her website, please click HERE.

Like Ms. McClure’s Facebook page HERE.

Follow her on Twitter HERE.

Visit the publisher’s website HERE.

Rrrrrrggggle! (The Wesley Series) by Monsieur J and Mister F

30 Jan

wesley Rrrrrrggggle! (The Wesley Series)

By Monsieur J and Mister F

Illustrated by Papaya

139 pages – ages 9+

Available as an ebook

Published by Monsieur J & Mister F on November 10, 2013

Wesley is a 5th grader who just happens to be a zombie. He and his family have just moved to Stuff Falls, and he will go to Stuff Falls Middle School, which is a regular human school. Everyone knows that he’s a zombie, so he makes a friend with a half-zombie (whose mom is human, and dad is zombie), who shrinks every year because of him being half-zombie (I don’t really understand that, so please don’t ask detailed questions ;) ), and is obsessed with acting. He also becomes friends with a young yeti girl. The school bully, a human, is not one of Wesley’s friends, and has challenged him to a hard, deadly game, which will decide if  he will be left alone (or tormented) by the bully for the rest of the school year.

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I usually do not accept books about zombies or monsters. It usually isn’t my thing, but I try one every now and again. This is a book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved this because it didn’t focus on the scary “zombie brain-eater apocalypse” part of zombies. True, the zombies eat organs, but Wesley’s parents eat animal organs, and Wesley is a vegetarian. I love how in the story, zombie is passed via genes (like the half-zombie kid). I like that the story is about a young zombie trying to make friends and fit in. That was pretty funny. I like how Wesley’s dog is allergic to humans. :) The illustrations are cute and cartoon like. They are fun to look at and add to the story. You can see examples above this paragraph, and below it too. The story isn’t really about monsters, it’s about having a good family and good friends. I like how the authors puts a zombie in as the “new kid.” This book is a quick, humorous read, great for reluctant readers, especially boys. I can’t wait for book two!

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I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms! fivebooks

Visit the Wesley the Zombie website HERE.

Like Wesley on Facebook HERE.

Follow Wesley on Twitter HERE.

Andy Smithson and the Venom of the Serpent’s Cunning – Blog Tour!

28 Jan

smithson1Andy Smithson and the Blast of the Dragon’s Fury

By L.R.W. Lee

196 pages – ages 8+

Published by CreateSpace on April 13, 2013

In the first book in this series (Andy Smithson: Blast of the Dragon’s Fury, see my review HERE) we learn that an ordinary kid from our times is magically transported to the land of Oomaldee. There, Andy is asked to break a 500-year-old curse by the ghost of a past king of Oomaldee.  The curse on Oomaldee is that there is a thick fog on the land and no one can see very far and the current king can never die (he is supposed to live to see misery that he caused). To break the curse, Andy must collect hard-to-find ingredients for a recipe.

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By L.R.W. Lee

242 pages – ages 8+

Published by CreateSpace on January 10, 2014

In book 2, Andy Smithson: Venom of the Serpent’s Cunning, Andy is back on an all new quest. He is desperately trying to get back to Oomaldee to help King Hercalon, Mermin (the king’s closest friend, who can’t die either, and the kingdom’s wizard) and Alden (a friend of Andy’s in Oomaldee) find the rest of the ingredients for the recipe. Andy unexpectedly gets his wish while on a trip to a museum. Things in Oomaldee go from bad to worse when the magical prism keeping the king and Mermin alive is stolen. Andy and Alden decide they are going to get the prism and the next ingredient all in one shot. The only problem is an evil 7-headed dragon has both of the things they are looking for.

This series has everything a kid could want. There’s action, adventure, magic, excitement and mystery! Andy is a great main character. He is the kind of kid that I think I’d be friends with. I like how he keeps his cool and does what is right. The world of Oomaldee is described so well, I can imagine how everything looks. I especially like how the villain (the seven-headed dragon) can change shape. That made it even more terrible! Ms. Lee’s writing style keeps the reader turning pages and wanting to find out what comes next. She’s written an exciting adventure that both boys and girls will enjoy. Ms. Lee does a great job introducing the story in the second book so, the series can be read out of order. But, like most series, it’s best when read in order. No spoilers then. :)

Five out of five bookworms for this exciting adventure story!fivebooks

To learn more about Ms. Lee and her books, click HERE.

To buy the books:

Book 1

Amazon Paper: http://amzn.to/17pu0ut

FREE eBook (all versions): http://bit.ly/Lk6yH5

Book 2

Amazon Paper: http://amzn.to/1eHKa4Q

Amazon Kindle: http://amzn.to/1j6sEKP

All other eBook versions: http://bit.ly/KlCycx

 

Perfect Picture Book Friday! The Year of the Horse: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac by Oliver Chin

24 Jan

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 January 31st is the Chinese New Year, and 2014 is the Year of the Horse, and I’ve been highlighting multicultural books this week and it’s a GREAT picture book! 

9781597020800_lgThe Year of the Horse: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac

By Oliver Chin

Illustrated by Jennifer Wood

36 pages – ages 3+

Series: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac (Book 8)

Published by Immedium on December 31, 2013

Theme/Topic- Chinese New Year / Zodiac / Friendship

Genre- Fiction/Informational

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“After months of waiting, Mama and Pap horse finally welcomed their new baby. The foal tried to stand, wobbled, and gradually gained a sure footing. Her parents were thankful and named her “Hannah.” 

Amazon description – “2014 is The Year of the Horse! Hannah the horse has a wonderfully talented family and a very special friendship with a boy named Tom, but she wants more than that. She yearns to have special skills like those of her parents and relatives. When Tom offers to take his art teacher s newest painting to the governor in a far off capital, Hannah jumps at the chance to show a little horse can have a lot of courage.

Why I liked this book – This is a great story with great illustrations! It is a whimsical story about friendship, and the Chinese Zodiac. I like how you see the other animals of the Chinese Zodiac in the illustrations – that can make it fun for the younger kids to look at. The story has a great feel to it, and I like the friendship part of it! The illustrations are bright and the characters are cute. The characters in the story have the characteristics that people born in the year of the horse have – active and energetic being two of them. It is a fun way to learn about the Chinese Zodiac and the Year of the Horse plus it has a fun story.

Activities and Resources - There is a page in the front of the book that tells you about the Chinese Zodiac and a page in the back of the book that says what it means if you are born in the year of the horse. I love it when books have their own resources built in!

Nick Jr has a great Chinese Zodiac coloring book you can download and learn about the signs. You can also figure out what year you were born in. I am a snake. :) Click HERE to go to the coloring book!

Celebrate the Chinese new year! Activity Village has a ton of ideas to celebrate and there are crafts, coloring pages, and worksheets. Click HERE to go THERE!

This book is the 9th book in the Chinese Zodiac series. Check out Immedium’s website and see if your year has been written about! Click HERE!

With Multicultural Children’s Book Day coming up on January 27th and the Chinese New Year coming up on the 31st, this is a great choice for reading!

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

Creative Kid Thursday – Wonder Reader Faith Jackson!

23 Jan

Today I want you to meet Faith Jackson. She reads like crazy! I applaud Faith, who is 9 years old and read 272 books in 6 months. So all of you that think there aren’t kids who read as much as me, meet Faith! I asked Faith to write an article for my blog about anything of her choice. Faith decided to write about her favorite author, Enid Blyton!!!

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You may not have heard of Enid Blyton before, but she was an author and a GREAT one too! Believe it or not she wrote about 800 books!! I haven’t got all of them but, I have read about 65 so far.

A few of the ones she wrote, and that I have read, are;

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The Malory Towers Series

The Famous Five Series

The Secret Island Series

The Faraway Tree Series.

 A lot of her books are in series, which is good because if you like one of her books, then there’s another and another and another. She also wrote lots of stand alone books like Hollow Tree House and Those Dreadful Children, these are good too because you get to imagine what could happen in the next one.

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Most of her books are based on adventure or animals or magic. If you like magic, then you would enjoy The Faraway Tree or The Wishing Chair. If you enjoy adventure then there’s lots of choice, you could try The Secret Seven,  The Famous Five, the Valley of Adventure or the Secret Island.

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 You can meet lots of interesting characters in Enid Blytons books too. In The Children Of Willow Farm there is Tammylan The Wildman, in The Faraway Tree you’ll find characters like Dane Washalot, Mr Whatzisname and The Old Saucepan Man, and there is George (that’s a girl) in The Famous Five.

 Even though Enid Blyton’s last book was published over 50 years ago they are still fun and full of life.

Now that you hear Faith on Enid Blyton, here is a little about Faith,

“Faith is 9 years old and lives in the English countryside, absolutely nowhere near London. She has an always upside down 7-year-old sister, mostly annoying 4 and 5-year-old brothers, 2 tortoiseshell cats and parents who are always telling her to “stop reading and GO TO SLEEP!”.
When Faith doesn’t have her nose in a book she likes karate, gymnastics and learning to play the drums.”

Thanks for stopping by Faith! I know I am going to be checking out some of Enid Blyton’s books!

To learn more about Faith, click HERE, HERE, and HERE to read newspaper articles about her!

Julie Black Belt: The Belt of Fire by Oliver Chin

13 Jan

beltfireJulie Black Belt (Book 2): The Belt of Fire

By Oliver Chin

Illustrated by Charlene Chua

Published by Immedium on October 8, 2013

32 pages – ages 4+

The Julie Black Belt books are a series of early reader books about a young girl and her quest – her quest to become a black belt – a black belt in Kung-Fu! But little does Julie know that it takes a long time to become a black belt…

In book one (The Kung Fu Chronicles, Immedium 2007), Julie joins a Kung-Fu school, but is surprised it is so hard – after all, she mastered Kung-Fu in several video-games. Should be easy, right? Will Julie ever become a black belt?kungfuchron

In book two (The Belt of Fire), Julie is working towards her orange belt in Kung Fu. She is the best student in the class, but a new kid shows up. Julie is jealous of her new classmate (a boy) because he is very good at Kung-Fu. They both try to prove to the other that they are great. But, when the teacher puts them together for a project, can they work together?

This is a great series! They are a perfect reading level for younger kids who are reading by themselves. I also think it is a great story book for parents to read to kids because the illustration are fantastic. They are very cartoon-y, and are perfect for young kids.

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I love the message in both books – never give up, the best things in life aren’t easy, teamwork always works, and teachers are great. :) Julie is a good-hearted girl who you can easily relate to – she wants to be a black belt, not a white belt. I like that it shows how hard it is to get different belts in the martial arts (just FYI I am now up to a blue belt in jujitsu and a green belt in karate and I have my black belt in TaeKwon-Do – so I know it’s hard ;) ). I think it’s cool that the main character is a girl. There are a lot of girls in my martial arts classes. The story isn’t just about martial arts, but more about being your best and working hard to get what you want. The Julie Black Belt books are a GREAT series for kids!

I give this book and series 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

To learn more about the Julie Black Belt series, please visit the official website HERE.

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