This was great! Such fun writing with facts that almost read like funny jokes scattered throughout the text. This is the type of book that you could pThis was great! Such fun writing with facts that almost read like funny jokes scattered throughout the text. This is the type of book that you could pick up and read about one animal to a class for a book talk or an after school program...then you would have kids wanting to read the rest of the book after that. Clever. Interesting. And full of animals that most people have never heard of....more
This was the sequel to the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I liked it. I liked how there were illustrations for how to fold clothes. I liked how thThis was the sequel to the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I liked it. I liked how there were illustrations for how to fold clothes. I liked how there was more details as to how to deal with komono. But some of the stories felt the similar (if not the same) as the other book. Which is probably why it took me almost three weeks to get through this one. (I kept stopping and reading other books in between.) So...I almost could have just read this one and been fine. Although the other book had more of the "why" to do this. This book expanded on the how. Still, overall it has continued to help motivate me to tidy things. And that is good....more
So the whole objects having feelings thing doesn't really fly in my brain. And, I like having a stock pile of toilet paper or extra food. So getting rSo the whole objects having feelings thing doesn't really fly in my brain. And, I like having a stock pile of toilet paper or extra food. So getting rid of everything like that just doesn't sit well. However, I do like the idea of cleaning out the house and only having the things you really love or need. (Even if my table doesn't make me jump up and down for owning an old, used table I am not going to get rid of it just because I don't totally love it. I love it enough that I sit down and use it everyday when I eat...) So, taken with a grain of salt this book could prove to be helpful. I think it will help me look through my "stuff" to really think about what I really need. And perhaps this will help me not fall into the consumerism trap that the rest of my country seems to fall prey to. So, we will see. The book was a good read...now comes the test of what I do after having been somewhat inspired while reading it......more
This is one to seriously think about when doing school visits. This book made me laugh out loud (yet it was nonfiction). Loads of facts presented in aThis is one to seriously think about when doing school visits. This book made me laugh out loud (yet it was nonfiction). Loads of facts presented in a fun way.
I do wish that some of the text wasn't hard to read (due to the gutter making it hard to read). And I wish there was more information about sloths. Because they are sloths and I think they are cute. And what book couldn't use more information about sloths?
But really. This is a good one for all those little nonfiction readers out there....more
This is one of my new favorite nonfiction books. It is all about great white sharks and how they live and survive in California’s Farallon Islands (thThis is one of my new favorite nonfiction books. It is all about great white sharks and how they live and survive in California’s Farallon Islands (think San Fransisco). The thing is, this book has beautiful illustrations. Which I don’t often think of when I think of nonfiction books–which I tend to like photographs in seeing how they are books about “true” things. But not everything to know about great white sharks can be adequately explained through pictures. Sometimes you need a super-awesome illustration of how a great white shark’s body is perfectly aerodynamic just like an airplane. In fact, you need an illustration of a shark airplane to get that point across. And thankfully this book happens to have illustrations of a shark airplane (and many other amazing illustrations that I never knew I needed when reading a book about great white sharks). There are also great bits that explain all about how a shark’s body works or what the perfect meal for a shark would be. And then there are the money shot-type of illustrations that show just why so many people continually are impressed (and tend to watch on shark week) these amazing animals. The text is great. But the illustrations are what will keep bringing young readers and scientists back for more. Well done....more
Jacqueline Woodson let’s us in on some of her memories of growing up in Ohio, South Carolina, and New York. These memories are told in free verse poemJacqueline Woodson let’s us in on some of her memories of growing up in Ohio, South Carolina, and New York. These memories are told in free verse poems which in turn showcase the amazing voice that the young Jacqueline is just learning to discover in the book. With each poem there is much that is said, and often much that isn’t said. People and memories are painted with rich words that transport the reader to this world of memories and understanding. The “How to Listen” poems were especially my favorites. Because in those poems I saw a younger version of myself trying to stop and listen in order to figure out the world (and my own memories) that made me. Woodson has created a collection of poems that not only shows us how she found her voice, but that the act of finding one’s voice is a universal dream for all. The only wish I had about this book was that it would keep going. Once the book was finished, I ached to read more. And with the power that is Jacqueline Woodson being the author, I am not surprised.
Congrats on winning the National Book Award, Newbery honor, Coretta Scott King Award, and Robert F. Sibert Award. After reading this book, I totally understand why everyone else thought it was amazing too....more
In this fun picture book kids learn to think about vegetables in a whole new way. For example, the book opens with a beautiful picture of an orange caIn this fun picture book kids learn to think about vegetables in a whole new way. For example, the book opens with a beautiful picture of an orange carrot and reads, “Carrots are orange.” Then the next page reads, “They are also purple.” and has a picture of a purple carrot. Then by turning the page you see all the other vegetables that can be (but often aren’t associated with) purple: purple asparagus, purple corn, purple peas, violet broccoli, etc. With each page turn kids can see vegetables in colors that they typically recognize along with a few surprises (oranges can be blood red, cauliflower can be green, pumpkins can be blue). Children who love to point out pictures when read will love this book…and will enjoy looking at how the world can be a bit different than expected. Fun....more
I loved How They Croaked and was super excited to see this book come out. When I read How They Croaked I was sad that I didn’t see all the illustratioI loved How They Croaked and was super excited to see this book come out. When I read How They Croaked I was sad that I didn’t see all the illustrations as I listened to the audio book. But I LOVED the audio book, so I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read this book and miss all the audio fun. But I couldn’t wait for the audio and I read it.
This is a fun, snarky collection of biographies that focus on famous people who choked when it was important or after they had done important things. From Montezuma II who couldn’t decide what to do and thus allowed all his people to be killed off thanks to his indecision to Vincent Van Gogh who ate paint and drank turpentine while in an insane asylum. These people and their stories aren’t anything new. But the way that the stories are presented are. There were many times that I chuckled out loud. And I loved being able to see the illustrations this go-round (though I still think I might need to listen to the audio eventually so I can laugh along with the narrator). I love how Bragg can get me to laugh about failures that famous people made…if only because then I realize that my failures aren’t quite as crazy or head-slapping....more
The third in the series tells about the Donner/Reed party and their tragic trek to California. Of course the narrator is still Nathan Hale (the patrioThe third in the series tells about the Donner/Reed party and their tragic trek to California. Of course the narrator is still Nathan Hale (the patriot/spy) who is accompanied by the British officer and the hangman. The story starts in Springfield, Illinois where the Reed family first leave to go on their journey. Then comes the long trek. Of course there are many obstacles that the group encounters. A lot of them stem from the choice that the group takes a “short cut” across the Salt Lake desert (home of the salt flats where nothing grows). And because of the gross facts of the group’s cannibalism the narrator gives a choose-your-own-adventure-type of option where readers can skip ahead (although they won’t…because the age of the readers of this book will love gross things). Seriously this is another good non-fiction book filled with loads of facts in a graphic novel format....more
In this edition of the Hazardous Tales Nathan Hale (the patriot/spy) is telling the British officer and the hangman about two ironclad ships that fougIn this edition of the Hazardous Tales Nathan Hale (the patriot/spy) is telling the British officer and the hangman about two ironclad ships that fought in the Civil War. One ship was used for the Confederate navy and the other was part of the Union navy. The South salvaged a burned ship and covered it with iron. The North hired a Swedish inventor to build a small iron ship quickly. Both ships had problems. Both ships made a difference for their respective navies. And of course there are all kinds of bits that made me laugh out loud. (Especially the research babies and the correction baby. I didn’t realize how fun it would be to read some end notes at the end of a story.)...more