I loved the illustrations, but some of the hairstyles were so out there, I wanted to see real photographs, otherwise it doesn't feel like nonfiction tI loved the illustrations, but some of the hairstyles were so out there, I wanted to see real photographs, otherwise it doesn't feel like nonfiction to me- unreasonable, I know, since many of the hairstyles featured are from a thousand or more years ago. A cool concept for a book- I will definitely bring this out to my elementary school booktalks....more
Artie King has just moved to a new town, into a new house, which means today he will be starting his first day at a new school. He just wants to makeArtie King has just moved to a new town, into a new house, which means today he will be starting his first day at a new school. He just wants to make some new friends, maybe have a cool teacher - He’s not setting out to be a rebel or be the most popular kid at Camelot Middle School or anything. But staying inconspicuous doesn’t last for long- people definitely start to notice Artie- but unfortunately the kind of people who start noticing him aren’t the kind of people you ever want paying attention to you. Like the school principle for instance. She is one mean cookie and because of a little misunderstanding, Artie is now definitely in her bad books. He didn’t mean to knock her over in the hallway- it was an accident! She lets him know that if he can’t keep out of trouble he’s on his way to a suspension. The school bullies have taken an interest in him as well. They’re called the Horde, and they’re definitely not guys you want to mess with. These bullies are also the members of the school dodgeball team, they cream anyone who gets in their way. Unfortunately for Artie, a rumor started that he’s a dodgeball champion- and the horde doesn’t like having competition. Poor Artie was just trying to fit in! Now suddenly the whole school is calling him the chosen one and counting on him to defeat the evil principle and beat the bullies in the dodgeball championships. It’s going to be an exciting year for Arthur King at Camelot middle school. ...more
Booktalk: Imagine that you’ve been marooned on a deserted island. Has everyone in this room been asked what they would do in this scenario? Everyone? WBooktalk: Imagine that you’ve been marooned on a deserted island. Has everyone in this room been asked what they would do in this scenario? Everyone? What’s the one thing you would bring with you? Matches? A hatchet? A volleyball named Wilson? What’s the first thing you would do? Make Fire? Find fresh water? Build a shelter? Well I assume we probably all have the same picture in our heads as to what this dersert island looks like, right? Palm trees, White sand, coconuts… etc. I think It’s also assumed that you are the only one on that island. However in this book, the tricky thing about this about this deserted island, is that it’s not all that deserted. This island in this book is Bad Island, and unfortunately, on Bad Island you are never alone.
Reese is forced to take part in a family vacation, even though he’s old enough and responsible enough to stay at home on his own. But his Dad has a crazed commitment to quality family bonding time, and when he’s in this kind of mood, it’s no use arguing with him. So Reese says a reluctant goodbye to his friends, his videogames and summer football camp. His Dad recently invested in a small Sailboat just in case his wife and kids suddenly had a desire to leave civilization behind and travel around on the ocean in a tiny floating box without electricity, a flushing toilet or a shower. Has anyone here been on a boat before? Not a big boat, where you can hardly feel the waves, but a small one, where you are constantly moving up and down? Has anyone ever experienced sea sickness before? Nothing says quality bonding time like group vomiting off the side of a ship together. You probably already know this, but boats are expensive. Even a little one, like the one Reese’s family is sailing around cost his Dad an arm and a leg. They couldn’t afford a lot sailing real estate, suddenly it’s like they all live in one small bedroom with a really low ceiling. Don’t get me wrong, family is an important thing, but so is personal space. They are tense and queasy and cramped. You might be surprised how fast a fun family sailing trip can go downhill. Especially when a freak summer storm hits and after a night being buffeted around on 30 foot high waves, they end up shipwrecked on an island. Survival is the first Reese and his family need to think about. Food and water, check. They can salvage those things from the shipwreck. And a shelter they can build. Now they just need to get off the Island. They need to figure out how to leave. But this is Bad Island, and Bad Island doesn’t want them to leave. Ever. Survival just got a little more challenging. This book is written and illustrated by one of my favorite graphic novel authors, Doug TenNapel. The illustrations in this book are in full color. If you like graphic novels, this one is a must read. ...more
Elementary School Booktalk: Is Anyone here afraid of vending machines? Those things in the lunch room with soda’s and chips and candy in them? Not a whElementary School Booktalk: Is Anyone here afraid of vending machines? Those things in the lunch room with soda’s and chips and candy in them? Not a whole lot of you- that’s cool they’re pretty boring as far as phobias go. But vending Machines might be a little more exciting than you might think. In 1998 a student in Quebec, Canada was killed by a vending machine when he tried to shake out a free drink. In fact, vending machines have caused thirty-five deaths in the last twenty years.
How about catfish? Anyone afraid of catfish? No? Well the goonch catfish which you can find in India, Pakistan and other south asian countries can grow to be up to 6 feet long and 150 pounds. Three people have probably drowned after being attacked by goonch catfish between 1998 and 2007.
Now, here’s something I’m afraid of: making mistakes. I’m afraid someday I’ll forget to set my alarm and then sleep through going to work. Or I’m afraid I’ll forget my purse somewhere and get my identity stolen. (more examples) Well, some people have made bigger mistakes than these ones. For instance, in 1993, a Canadian lawyer was in the top story of a skyscraper and he was telling people how strong the windows were. To demonstrate, he walked up to one of the giant windows and pushed on it. Well, it gave way and fell out the frame, the lawyer couldn’t stop himself and he fell out of the window also. That was a big mistake. There’s also the camera man in 1987 in North Carolina who made a mistake. He was an experienced parachutist and he was going to make a video of some people skydiving. He strapped on a camera to his helmet and strapped the recording device and the battery to his back. The people he was recording jumped out of the plane and he jumped out after them. It wasn’t til a few seconds later, as he was filming the other parachutists, that he realized: He had jumped out of the plane and forgotten to put on his own parachute.
This book is called: Dreadful Fates: What a shocking way to go. Everyone dies at some point. Just hope you don’t go the same way some of these people did. ...more
Earth has been taken over by an alien race. The boovs. They’ve even renamed the planet. Remember how the planets in our solar system used to go MercurEarth has been taken over by an alien race. The boovs. They’ve even renamed the planet. Remember how the planets in our solar system used to go Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, etc etc? Well now it goes Mercury Venus Smekland Mars. We now live on Smekland. The planet has been Named after Captain Smek, the alien leader who ‘discovered’ earth. Now, these aliens, the boovs, don’t look very intimidating. Really. imagine a cross between a frog and a squid. And their technology doesn’t sound scarier than ours. Humans have developed some pretty terrifying weapons. We’ve got bombs and missiles that explode with fire and brimstone and earspitting booms, but not the boovs. Their method of fighting is sort of weird actually. So when they arrived to take over, we brought out our toughest fighter jets and heaviest military artillery. You know what the aliens busted out? Bees. Oh, yeah, and bubbles. Earth was conquered by a swarm of bees and some bubbles. And yet, with these few humiliating implements of destruction, they managed to take over the entire world in less than a day. Pretty embarrassing. Now the natives of Smekland, in other words, humans, are being relocated to a homo sapien reservation. The state of florida. A whole planet worth of people- all moving to florida. And that’s where we meet Gratuity. She’s driving from New York City to Miami in hopes of finding her missing mother and along for the ride is her cat, Pig. That’s the cat’s name. Pig. Halfway there she runs into J.Lo. No, not the singer/dancer/actress and American Idol Judge. J. Lo is the name of a Boovian repairman who happens to need a ride. It’s definitely an odd group for a road trip-Gratuity, JLo and Pig are in for the ride of their life. Because together a girl, an alien and a cat might just have to band together to save the world....more