I loved seeing the bottoms of different animals' feet. And the fact that you turn the page to find out what animal a foot belongs to is cool. I only w...moreI loved seeing the bottoms of different animals' feet. And the fact that you turn the page to find out what animal a foot belongs to is cool. I only wish that all feet that are pictured had a picture of an animal to go along with it. Sure kids know what an elephant looks like...but how much cooler would the book be if the animal was shown as well as the foot? A lot of animals are shown, just not all. Even if it was just at the end of the book and all the animals were lined up in order of which foot was shown first. But still, it is a fascinating book! (less)
This makes me laugh!It is basically a book that tells about all sorts of My Little Ponies (based on the tv series). You know, short blurbs about their...moreThis makes me laugh!It is basically a book that tells about all sorts of My Little Ponies (based on the tv series). You know, short blurbs about their "personalities" and whatnot. Girls that love my little pony will enjoy reading them. Adults and librarians will love laughing over them. And as an added bonus the cover says "20% cooler than all other books!" And really, who can beat that?!? Ha!(less)
I LOVE this book. It made me realize just how cute sloths really are. Basically this book tells facts about sloths by showing various sloths in Slothv...moreI LOVE this book. It made me realize just how cute sloths really are. Basically this book tells facts about sloths by showing various sloths in Slothville, a sloth sanctuary. There is a bit more text on each page than a young preschooler would potentially want to sit through; however, the illustrations make these sloths seem as loveable as teddy bears. And the text is interesting. So all those elementary school kids who are looking for fun animal subjects to do a school report on will love finding this book. Basically, this book makes me happy. And who knew that sloths could be so loveable and entertaining considering they spend the majority of their time sleeping or holding still!(less)
This is a good informational book about burrows and the various animals that live in or around burrows. There are loads of great photographs of the di...moreThis is a good informational book about burrows and the various animals that live in or around burrows. There are loads of great photographs of the different animals. Plus there are some great cross-sections that show what the inside of the burrows might look like (almost like looking at an ant farm where you can see it all from the side). That in and of itself will make this a great book to display along with other digging/dirt books for the “Dig into Reading” summer reading theme. In fact, this will be one of the books I will look at as I start to try to decorate my library so it seems like a reading “burrow” for the summer. Nice.(less)
It took me longer to read this book than it should have. Not because it was a bad book. But because when I took the book home, my 8-year-old nephew to...moreIt took me longer to read this book than it should have. Not because it was a bad book. But because when I took the book home, my 8-year-old nephew took the book and wouldn’t give it back until he had finished reading it. Then and only then would he allow me to read it.
In Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales Nathan Hale (the spy from the Revolutionary War that was hung, not the Nathan Hale that is the author/illustrator) tells about the beginnings of the Revolutionary War. Specifically such details as how he became a spy and how he was caught. However, with such a grusome ending in store for Mr. Hale, I did not expect the story to be quite as comical and hilarious as it was. But with Nathan Hale (the author, not the spy) writing everything, it is no wonder that I laughed-out-loud multiple times.
I love that so much history of the United States is in this fun-packed graphic novel. I like that there are loads of details (and that the notes of said details are just as funny as the actual novel). This is one of those books that will beg elementary-school-aged boys to read it over and over and over again. Well, that is after they have read the rest in the series. I think our library needs to make a boys’ program based off of this book. It is a gem!(less)
This is a beautiful book about the birth and first migration journey of a baby humpback whale and mother. The narrative nonfiction-style of prose is p...moreThis is a beautiful book about the birth and first migration journey of a baby humpback whale and mother. The narrative nonfiction-style of prose is perfect for learning facts and information while not feeling like one is reading a textbook or a science report. Many pages also have additional facts listed in a side-note paragraph.
The illustrations perfectly match the subject in that the charcoal and pastels were used on sanded paper. This gives a thick, rough texture to the illustrations that match the rough barnacle-texture that is common among humpback whales.
This is going to become a classic book not only for those looking for information to write a report on, but for those who enjoy reading prose about real subjects instead of fanciful ones.(less)
This is one of those books that would be great for a book talk. The kind that you can just read a few parts and then kids will want to see more of the...moreThis is one of those books that would be great for a book talk. The kind that you can just read a few parts and then kids will want to see more of the book. There are all kinds of animal "records" such as fastest animal, most useful insect, or fastest eater. And since some of these animals live "underground" it just might be a good book to talk about right before the "Dig Into Reading" summer reading program. Nice!(less)
This book is a graphic novel about the first atomic bomb being made and used during WWII. I thought it was especially interesting to read this book se...moreThis book is a graphic novel about the first atomic bomb being made and used during WWII. I thought it was especially interesting to read this book seeing how Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin was so good. And I think that comparing these two books would be perfect for a school class (especially one of those library school courses on Non-Fiction literature for children and teens). Just comparing similar information that is so well done in the two formats would be seriously interesting!
Okay, as for this book and my review. This was good. I liked how so much was portrayed through the illustrations. I liked seeing the sweat on George Kistiakowsky’s forehead as he used a dentist’s drill to fix the air pockets in the bomb. (And if he drilled into the wrong place, KABOOM!) I liked how with a graphic novel you can see illustrations of things that we wouldn’t have pictures of. For example there is a series of illustrations that show how the bomb worked and blew up over the city of Hiroshima. There are no pictures of how the insides “little boy” work so that it is able to be transported one minute and blowing up the next minute. And at the end, wow. The images of where radiation is (even though we can’t see it…or take pictures of it) is powerful. And so far I have just been talking about the illustrations.
As far as the text goes, I was impressed at how much information was there. There is quite a lot of good, solid information about who, what, when, where, and how this bomb was made. Everything from the scientific theories and details to who did what on the project was included. Not to the extent and detail of Sheinkin’s book, but this one has significantly fewer pages. But what information is there, it is top notch.
This was a great book that would be good for a research report, history buffs, and graphic novel aficionados. Beautifully done!(less)