Friday, January 29, 2016

Review: Here Comes Valentine Cat

Here Comes Valentine Cat Here Comes Valentine Cat by Deborah Underwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love this for illustrating to kids to make valentines for everyone. So So So cute and funny!

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Review: Alphabet School

Alphabet School Alphabet School by Stephen T. Johnson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This will be nice to share with Kindergarten to help them find letters in the world. It was a JLG selection and it's nice, but not amazing.

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Review: The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, & Harlem's Greatest Bookstore

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, & Harlem's Greatest Bookstore The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, & Harlem's Greatest Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love reading books that teach me something. I'm can't say I'm a super fan of history, but when I can read a little story about a historical time or event or place, it really helps me remember it. I"m excited to share this with students.

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Review: Lost. Found.

Lost. Found.Lost. Found. by Marsha Diane Arnold
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I like the message. I like that kids really have to study the pictures to figure out what is going on. However, it took a couple of pages for me to really see the stroy in the illustrations. Kids (and adults) who are better at reading pictures than me will probably find it perfect.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Review: How to Share with a Bear

How to Share with a Bear How to Share with a Bear by Eric Pinder
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I love the idea of reading this to parents when they visit the library! A cute example of how reading can be cozier in a cave and more fund with a furry friend.

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Review: Gaston

Gaston Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As one of the MN student choice award nominees, this was a hit with my students this week. I noticed that all kids liked the illustrations but the 2nd-4th graders seemed to really enjoy it the most. The younger kids didn't quite understand the nuance and the older kids weren't as engaged. I love this book for talking about how Gaston had to work a little harder to fit in with his family, but they loved him no matter what her looked like.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Review: Fright Club

Fright Club Fright Club by Ethan Long
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cute little story to have in the library for Halloween time. There is a little message about being inclusive worked in.

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Review: Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow am I glad I read this today! This memoir of Jacqueline Woodson's youngest years is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. I learned a bit about what it was like t be a small black girl in both the North and the South during the 60s. She writes about the relationships with her family members, how her family choices impacted her, and most wonderfully how she knew she wanted to be a writer when she was a little girl even though reading/writing was hard for her. I can't wait to share this books with staff and students as a great read aloud to highlight hopes and dreams!

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Review: Can You Survive: Three Musketeers: A Choose Your Path Book


Can You Survive: Three Musketeers: A Choose Your Path Book
Can You Survive: Three Musketeers: A Choose Your Path Book by Debrah Peters

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Buy this book for your kids, yourself, your classrooms, and your libraries!

I am an elementary school librarian and I gave this book to a 6th grade class as the first read aloud of the year. I asked for their feedback to write this review. This book is happy, sad, and funny with plenty of adventure, action, gold, silver, and diamonds. They enjoyed the historical fiction aspect and the setting of several European countries. The teacher had the students choose the path as a class. They would talk about solving the problem, make a decision together, and then discuss the consequences of their actions. The students enjoyed their role as the main character and choosing the path of the story. They loved that they "died like 10 times" and chose to put bad people in jail. When they died, they would go back to try again. The author created a style that lends itself well to a read aloud with dynamic characters to portray and suspenseful sword fighting scenes that kept the students on the edge of their seats. She also created characters that the students connected with enough to love or hate when characters were killed or in trouble. The reading level is perfect for mid-elementary (except for the characters' names) but the content is challenging and exciting for older students. It is a perfect introduction to a classic novel. The students practiced reading, problem solving, and team building skills throughout their reading experience. This book kept them engaged in the read aloud for weeks and the students clamored in the library for more books of this type. I recommend this book enthusiastically!



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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Review: Fallout


Fallout
Fallout by Chris Morphew

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



I can't wait to read the next one! I pretty much neglected my family when I picked this up again. The whole series has me on the edge of my seat wondering what is going on, what will happen next, and will they save the world? Only 1 day left!! I( cannot wait to read the last one next!!



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