Kristen Kittscher has done it again. I love Young, Yang, and Bottoms because they are extraordinary yet normal girls. I love the story because it is aKristen Kittscher has done it again. I love Young, Yang, and Bottoms because they are extraordinary yet normal girls. I love the story because it is a perfect middle grade mystery--with just enough suspense and bad guys. Thoroughly enjoyed it....more
The first Ordinary People Change the World book I read was I am Jackie Robinson, and I immediately loved the way the book was set up. I am Lucille Ball is the same way. Like I stated in my review of Jackie Robinson, I love that it is in first person which sucks the reader into Lucy’s life. The series is also a picture book/graphic novel mix which not only adds to the engagement aspect of the book, I think it really makes you feel like you know the subject more. It also is where Meltzer puts some of his funniest parts of the story.
The reason why I knew I had to review this book, though, was because of the subject matter. All of the other subjects of the books in the series (Lincoln, Parks, Einstein, Earhart, and Robinson) are pretty well-known amazing people although they did all start out with quite ordinary lives. Lucille Ball deserves to be talked about along with them though many do not know that she does. I love that Meltzer decided to tackle a story about someone that not everyone may understand why he chose her. Brad Meltzer addressed this on his Facebook page:
“To my surprise, some have asked: Why Lucy? So let me explain: I wrote this book because I wanted my daughter to finally have a female entertainment hero who wasn’t famous just because she was thin and known only for her looks. Lucy is different than everyone else. She’s funny, driven, and the first woman to run a major movie studio (producing Star Trek and Mission: Impossible). Her success came from her drive — and because she so perfectly wasn’t like everyone else. Plus she taught me, throughout my own childhood, that humor can take on anything. I wanted my daughter to learn that.
But in terms of Lucy and Ethel crazy ideas, here’s my most Lucy and Ethel-ish. Share this book with someone who’s different. Share it with little girls and boys, as well as big girls and boys. Show them that it’s not just okay to be different…it’s SPECTACULAR to be different.”...more
I actually read the 2nd book first, but as soon as I finished, I went and got the 1st from the library. I love this pair! They remind me of a Calvin/HI actually read the 2nd book first, but as soon as I finished, I went and got the 1st from the library. I love this pair! They remind me of a Calvin/Hobbes, Mal/Chad, Salem Hyde/Whammy relationship. They are just so perfect for each other. Phoebe is a smart, quirky, unique young lady who doesn’t let bullies get her down and has such a great imagination and Heavenly Nostrils is the epitome of unicorn perfection because he is beautiful, knows she is beautiful, and will tell you she is beautiful. The two of them together crack me up. Also, this would be a great graphic novel to pair with Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal that I read a couple of weeks ago....more
I am so glad that I browsed Netgalley and found this title. I love Phoebe and her unicorn. Let me count the ways! 1) Phoebe is a smart, strong, uniqueI am so glad that I browsed Netgalley and found this title. I love Phoebe and her unicorn. Let me count the ways! 1) Phoebe is a smart, strong, unique little girl. She doesn't allow bullies to make her rethink who she is, and she is just so quirky. 2) Heavenly Nostrils is the epitome of unicorn perfection. She is beautiful, knows she is beautiful, and will tell you she is beautiful. She cracks me up. 3) This reminds me of a Calvin/Hobbes, Mal/Chad, Salem Hyde/Whammy relationship. They are just so perfect for each other. 4) I want Phoebe and Big Nate to meet. I think they'd be awesome friends. 5) Dana Simpson does what I heard Frank Cammuso talk about that he does with his Salem Hyde books: Each page is a part of a whole story, but is also a comic strip within itself. Each page has a punch line or a theme. Love this! Makes reading so much fun.
I loved book #2 so much that as soon as I finished, I went and got #1 from my library. You will not regret picking up this GN :) ...more
I really enjoy Duffy's anthologies. What a fun and accessible way to share fables (and fairy tales in the first anthology). I love seeing the differenI really enjoy Duffy's anthologies. What a fun and accessible way to share fables (and fairy tales in the first anthology). I love seeing the different artists' work and seeing a new version of old stories. P.S. My favorite were O'Connor's! ...more
Just as good as the rest of the series! These books are so wonderful when introducing a topic to students. Helps make it more fun and stick in their bJust as good as the rest of the series! These books are so wonderful when introducing a topic to students. Helps make it more fun and stick in their brains.
I like Hank! I am so glad to be introduced to him! Hank is a good friend, a great brother, and just all around a good kid. This book was all about how he was going to make sure his sister’s birthday party was the best she could have. Throughout there are some funny moments and some definite “learning a lesson” times, but in the end, it is all about friends and family. I like that although Hank is a bit of a funny guy, he isn’t a trouble maker or bad kid. He is a good role model, but not over-the-top goody-goody. I think kids are going to really like him, and his books are a great early chapter book!...more
Oliver Jeffers is just brilliant. Everything he does is unique, and he actually keeps surprising me with each new book. And he makes me laugh out loud, which is always such a treat. This book has 26 quirky short stories, each corresponding with a letter. Each story has characters, plot, theme, and conflict, and each is quite clever and funny. It is just so well done!
I’d love to see this book used as a read aloud for 26 days. Each day as a different letter. With every letter, teachers could focus on different things: the letter, illustrations, voice, characterization, plot arc, conflict, theme, mood, figurative language, etc. It would be a great opener to the day and would also be a lot of fun to ask students to write their own stories for the letters. This pushes an alphabet book to a whole different level!...more
This book is hilarious! Cat is reading "Little Red Riding Hood" to her friend, Dog, but he keeps interrupting asking questions that Cat is not prepared, or doesn't want, to answer. Dog is such a funny character! I am sure we all have friends or students or kids that do exactly what Dog does to Cat. I really hope that Diane and Christyan Fox write more Cat & Dog stories because I'd love to hear their take on other fairy tales!...more
Ever since I started teaching I have had Captain Underpants fans in my classroom. Readers (especially boys though, like all books, it is not exclusive) love these books. When I started teaching intensive reading, my students loved that I read so much but were astonished that I had never read a Captain Underpants book. So, during the summer of 2012, I read the entire series that was out at the time. And suprsingly, I am happy I did. I enjoyed the books so much, and I found many different ways that I could use in the series in classroom. As I read I not only enjoyed the stories (well most of them; the booger one was quite gross), but I kept notes on different ways each book could be a mentor text. I know that students already love the books so I would love to be able to use them in the classroom. I think that part of what makes Pilkey’s humor work is that he never talks down to his reader. The humor is intelligent and witty, and he makes sure to have his books be as entertaining as possible to keep the reader’s attention....more