What a fun fractured fairy tale! Reminds me a bit of Princess Academy, but more light-hearted. Includes some laugh-out-loud moments. I actually wish iWhat a fun fractured fairy tale! Reminds me a bit of Princess Academy, but more light-hearted. Includes some laugh-out-loud moments. I actually wish it was a bit longer!...more
I do not do creepy. No creepy books, movies, haunted houses…nothing. So, a creepy book had to sound really good or be recommended to me by someone I trust for me to read it. This one was both, so I agreed to give it a chance. Although it did scare the kajeebees out of me, I am very glad that I picked it up. First, the ghost story part of the plot is done so well. It isn’t over the top, it seemed real, and it really got me! Second, the book was so much more than a ghost story. It was a look at rural vs. urban, celebrity, the definition of family, mental disorders, filmmaking, and more. Third, the characters seemed real. You have four very different preteens/teens, but they all represent a different type of person. Each has flaws, and each is wonderful....more
Aurora wants to know who killed her mother. But because she is hiding her investigation from her father, there is no one to monitor what she is doing,Aurora wants to know who killed her mother. But because she is hiding her investigation from her father, there is no one to monitor what she is doing, so through her investigation, things do not really go as planned.
I loved this continuation of Aurora's story. She is such a strong character, and I love that she and her father are willing to put their lives on the line to protect others in her city. There are definitely some BIG surprises in this one. Throughout the book you will feel so many emotions: frustration, shock, sadness, anger. All rolled into an adventure-filled GN. ...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
It is not fair to compare this book to The One and Only Ivan. The only similarity is that they are both beautifully written and put a very special issue in the spotlight. Like Ivan made you think about animal’s imprisonment, Crenshaw makes you think about homelessness; however, it is more than that. This book made me think about so many things. First, this book shows the speed and brutality of homelessness. It can affect anyone and can come from no where. There is an extended scene from Jackson’s past that made me want to jump into the book to give him a hug and help his family in anyway I could. Second, this book looks at how much children sometimes have to deal with because of their home situation. Jackson had such anxiety and pressure on him because he felt like he had to be a grown up (specifically for his sister). Finally, the book looks at friendship–both of the imaginary and real kind–and how important they are. And specifically how the magic of both kinds are something you need to hold onto....more
Whoa! Quite a book! Part swashbuckling adventure, part historical fiction, part folklore, part fantasy, part ghost story, Barry Wolverton has given us quite an intense adventure. I couldn't predict anything that happened in the book. There were twists and turns throughout, and I never knew who to trust (though I am happy to say my favorite sailor was trustworthy). There were some really gruesome parts (blood and guts and vomit) and there were some really beautiful fairy tales. Overall, quite an adventure! Fans of Charlotte Doyle, Emerald Atlas, The Graveyard Book, or The Dungeoneers are going to truly enjoy this one. (Though I warn: by gruesome, I mean gruesome!)...more
Princess Magnolia has some major close calls in this one! Because of that, I was so worried for Princess Magnolia throughout the book which kept me on the edge of my seat. Like the first one, I rooted for her the entire book and love that she can be both a dainty, frilly princess and a kick-butt, monster-fighting princess. I think she is such a wonderful role model for girls and a great role model OF girls for all readers. I also adore the illustrations. They are so colorful and animated. Everyone is going to enjoy the newest Princess in Black. ...more
I liked Circus Mirandus from the very beginning, but as soon as the circus officially enters he story, the magic just engulfs you. I think it is the Lightbender that makes the story. He is a mystery, but also the person that I feel like I connected with the most. I truly feel that he is what makes this book as magical as it is. I also really liked Jenny. Jenny represents the main stream (which is odd to say because Jenny is a little bit odd), but Jenny has already moved past magic and is so straight forward. Convincing her to believe in anything past what she sees and knows was such a challenge for Micah. (But she is such a great friend!)
One of the things I really liked about the text is the theme of helping kids stay kids for as long as possible. Circus Mirandus is around to help keep the magic of childhood alive. That is something I can believe in!
Circus Mirandus was my informal Twitter book club’s choice for July, and I loved chatting with them about the book (and Ricki joined us this time!). To see the archive of our chat, you can view it here. (Warning: There are spoilers for the book in the chat.) Some of my favorite quotes from the chat were:
“I loved that Jenny was willing to go along on the journey even if she had trouble believing.” -Alyson Beecher
–“Yes! That is what made me love her. She was willing to support her friend.” -Kellee Moye
–“And Jenny needed a friend, found something in herself that “might” want to believe, too?” -Linda Baie
–“I love how great Jenny and Micah are for each other…helping each other find courage and comfort.” -Beth Sanderson
“It was interesting that the light bender just dismissed G., rather as we all should dismiss evil people.” -Linda Baie
“I loved the relationship between Micah and Gpa. He had so many words of wisdom to prepare Micah.” -Leigh Anne Eck
–“The wonderful relationship between Micah and his Grandpa is what I will remember the most about this book.” -Cynthia Alaniz
“I don’t think we should hide kids from life truths like death. Kids need to be taught healthy ways to grieve.” -Ricki Ginsberg
“The artwork is special! It is interesting to read the Ch then look at the art & find the reasoning behind the art.” -Kellee Moye
–“Yes! There is something special when physical aesthetic of book matches aesthetic of the language.” -Christy Rush-Levine
Favorite quotes shared from the book:
“Because when you try too hard to hold on to something, you break it.”
This is one of those fantasy novels that transports you to another place and throws you into an adventure that keeps you guessing and reading. In The Dungeoneers, I loved going to school with Colm and learning all about dungeoneering ways including how to be the best rogue, history of dungeoneering, swordplay, and all about monsters. This aspect reminded me a bit of Harry Potter because I got so sucked into his schooling and education, like I did with Harry’s, because I wanted to know everything I could about this world. The Dungeoneers also has some majorly suspenseful moments which makes sense in a book about stealing treasure from dungeons. In addition to his world building, he really knows how to build some characters! The three other members of Colm’s guild are such well-rounded characters and all so different. I can picture each of them, and I so want to be their friends (even Lena, who is a bit barbaric). I also loved the plot twist at the climax of the book! I did not see it coming! Just wait for it everyone!
I loved Anderson’s novel Sidekicked, so when I read about The Dungeoneers by John David Anderson, I knew that I had to get my hands on it. It is a story filled with adventure, suspense, and mystery. I love that the main characters are underdogs and easy to connect with. I cannot wait to share my full review as it gets closer to the publication date....more
Shadow Hero begins with a lesser known comic hero called the Green Turtle and turned into quite an awesome adventure. I loved the story, but it was maShadow Hero begins with a lesser known comic hero called the Green Turtle and turned into quite an awesome adventure. I loved the story, but it was made even more special after reading the afterword about the inspiration behind the GN. A very well done book, like all of Yang's, that will be loved by teens and adults alike. ...more
This book was just as good as the first! Claudette is such a wonderful character! She breaks gender barriers and kicks some butt! In general, the persThis book was just as good as the first! Claudette is such a wonderful character! She breaks gender barriers and kicks some butt! In general, the personalities found in Dragons Beware are well crafted and fit the purpose they have (I especially liked the comic relief of the princes, though some were a bit whiny). It has a great theme and is truly a fun adventure. I'll definitely be buying this for my classroom (already have Giants Beware!). ...more