Fresh from their victory over the Ice Dragon, the students at Scary School are ready to celebrate at the Dance of Destiny. But before the festivitiesFresh from their victory over the Ice Dragon, the students at Scary School are ready to celebrate at the Dance of Destiny. But before the festivities even begin, Charles Nukid is grabbed by a bearodactyl and taken to Monster Kingdom...not to be eaten, but to be crowned their new king. Meanwhile, back at Scary School, the dance is interrupted by zombies. Zillions of very hungry, recently turned bad zombies! Charles’ classmates must find a way to save their friend AND hold back the hordes of killer zombies. When Charles and his friends are reunited, they learn that they must find the one real unicorn and convince him to hand over his horn, in order to turn the zombies back to good. Can the Scary School kids save the day? Will Charles let his power go to his head? Will Dr. Dragobreath eat one of your favorite characters?!
Derek The Ghost (aka Derek Kent) returns to his rollicking, wildly entertaining middle-grade Scary School series with the fourth and final book, Zillions of Zombies. Like books one, two and three, Zillions of Zombies is full of Derek’s signature outrageous humor, frightfully fun storylines, spooktacular settings, and one of a kind characters.
Young readers will be delighted by the thrills, twists, and side-splitting laughs found on every page of Zillions of Zombies! The age-appropriate, yet completely amusing and wickedly exciting, scares are a fun mix of funhouse whimsy, haunted house spooks, and sideshow marvels. Both Scary School itself and the realm of the Monster Kingdom, make for deliciously creepy and endlessly fascinating settings. With fast-paced, captivating storytelling, Zillions of Zombies is a real page-turner!
One of the things I love most about this series, is all the unforgettable and charming characters! From dragons, wolfboys, flower-girls, a talking T. Rex, vampires, trolls, evil dolls, mythological legends, and everything in between, Zillions of Zombies is bursting with engaging, fantastical characters for readers to enjoy.
As the final book in the Scary School series, Zillions of Zombies offers a wonderfully satisfying and cheer-worthy ending that fans will appreciate and love.
my final thoughts: This has quickly become one of my favorite middle-grade series and, even though I’m sad to see it end, it couldn’t have concluded with a better final book. Fans of the series will definitely be happy with Zillions of Zombies and new readers have a wonderful fourth book to look forward to!...more
Get ready to meet the cutest, hungriest little zombie ever! In Karin Lefranc's adorable and entertaining I Want To Eat Your Books, young readers are iGet ready to meet the cutest, hungriest little zombie ever! In Karin Lefranc's adorable and entertaining I Want To Eat Your Books, young readers are introduced to a one-of-a kind zombie who doesn't want to eat brains, but wants to devour books...omnomnom!
Told through charming, silly rhymes, I Want To Eat Your Books is frightfully fun (heavy on the fun, very light on the frights) and amusing from beginning to end. The rhyming text is quite clever and wonderfully funny. Little readers will be both delighted and deliciously aghast by the zombie's book eating ways.
Illustrator, Tyler Parker captures Lefranc's addicting story with big, bold pictures that will engage and captivate the imagination with their use of whimsical colors and exaggerated details.
I Want To Eat Your Books does three things (and does them wonderfully): -it celebrates the awesomeness of books and reading -it encourages kindness and friendship -it never gets old, no matter how many times you read it
Number three on that list is important because the little readers in your life will want to read I Want To Eat Your Books again and again...but that's okay, because so will you!...more
World-famous astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, may have walked on the moon, but now he has his sights set on Mars! In Welcome To Mars: Making A Home On The RedWorld-famous astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, may have walked on the moon, but now he has his sights set on Mars! In Welcome To Mars: Making A Home On The Red Planet, Aldrin explores the very real idea of humans settling on Mars. Aldrin takes young readers on a fascinating and informative journey to the red planet and lays out his dream of one day making this awe-inspiring planet a home for humans.
Welcome To Mars: Making A Home On The Red Planet is full of interesting facts, inspiring ideas, and a lot of passion. Aldrin explores the ins and outs of Mars, detailing all of its amazing qualities and statistics, through age-appropriate terms and explanations. Welcome To Mars: Making A Home On The Red Planet, excitingly places the reader directly in the narrative, asking them to imagine they are one of the first settlers on Mars. Young readers will be absolutely captivated by this out-of-this-world journey, as they learn all about what Mars has to offer and what their could-be-home will be like. From the building of homes to the growing of food, daily life on Mars, recreational activities, and more, Aldrin covers it all.
Welcome To Mars: Making A Home On The Red Planet incorporates real photography and digital illustrations throughout the book. These pictures and illustrations do a wonderful job of capturing Aldrin’s passion for Mars and sparking the imagination and curiosity of young readers. There are also fun activities and experiments sprinkled throughout Welcome To Mars: Making A Home On The Red Planet that readers can try at home.
my final thoughts: Readers of all ages will never look at Mars the same way after reading Welcome To Mars: Making A Home On The Red Planet! Buzz Aldrin takes a wondrous and huge idea and explores it in a way that will inspire, entertain, and captivate....more
It’s 1969 and twelve year old Mimi has just moved from Berkeley, California to a small town in Vermont, where her father is a professor at the local cIt’s 1969 and twelve year old Mimi has just moved from Berkeley, California to a small town in Vermont, where her father is a professor at the local college. Mimi doesn’t want to stand out, but being half-black and half-Japanese in a predominately white town gets her noticed. Not only do people find Mimi’s family unusual, they find her interest in the space program and dream of being an astronaut very unusual for a girl. Mimi must learn to face the prejudices thrown her way and in doing so, she learns who she really is.
Marilyn Hilton’s Full Cicada Moon is a thoughtful, tender middle-grade book told in verse. With an authentic voice, lyrical writing, and touching story, I found Full Cicada Moon quite stunning and refreshing! Hilton has crafted a quiet, yet powerful and thought-provoking story full of heart and endearing characters.
Narrated by Mimi through her honest, lovely free verse, the text in Full Cicada Moon is both pleasing to the eyes and ears. Mimi is such an engaging, likable character with so much compassion, smarts, and determination. Readers will easily be charmed and inspired by this awesome girl. Hilton gives Mimi such a captivating and beautiful voice and she feels so very real. Mimi’s story- her struggles, her dreams, her fears- are just so relatable and wonderfully explored. And Mimi is surrounded by an excellent and eclectic group of characters. From her understanding father to her caring mother, fun best friend, the sweet boy next door, and more, readers will come to adore and admire these characters.
From the lunar landing, civil rights marches, the Vietnam war, and more, 1969 was a happening year, and Hilton does a great job of weaving these thought-provoking topics throughout Mimi’s story, while not overwhelming middle-grade readers. There’s much in Full Cicada Moon that will encourage and inspire thoughtful discussions among young readers.
my final thoughts: With its gorgeous verse, unforgettable heroine, and thoughtful story, Full Cicada Moon is an exceptional and important middle-grade book that will inspire, engage, and touch readers. ...more
There was once magic in the world and sprites lived among the trees and in the river. At least that’s what people say. Now, there is only the dam andThere was once magic in the world and sprites lived among the trees and in the river. At least that’s what people say. Now, there is only the dam and the cursed river. Anyone who drinks from the river gets the wasting sickness and has only three weeks to live. When her little sister, Willow, falls ill with this mysterious sickness, Luna sets out to save her, and finds that perhaps magic is the key. Meanwhile, underneath the river, lives a forgotten sprite named Perdita who may hold the miracle Luna seeks.
Melanie Crowder’s A Nearer Moon is an exquisite and timeless middle-grade read, full of heart, magic, fairytale elements, imagination, and a story that shines brighter than a full moon! With sparkling storytelling and charming characters, this book will captivate and enchant readers. Crowder weaves her story with that kind of lush, lyrical prose that just feels magical and glittery. Both Luna and Perdita’s worlds are vividly painted and explored. Young readers will find Luna’s village on stilts and the watery roadways to be refreshing and exciting, while Perdita’s watery wonderland is wondrous and whimsical.
Crowder does a beautiful job of intertwining Luna and Perdita’s stories of sisters, love, and hope. The characters in A Nearer Moon are full of charm, wit, courage, humor, and heart, and are irresistibly endearing.
my final thoughts: Gorgeously crafted and thoroughly enjoyable, A Nearer Moon will inspire imaginations, warm hearts, and simply dazzle readers! ...more
Cleo and her single father have recently moved to Los Angeles, and so far Cleo has made only one friend, Samantha. She’s also made an enemy in popularCleo and her single father have recently moved to Los Angeles, and so far Cleo has made only one friend, Samantha. She’s also made an enemy in popular girl Madison. Cleo and Samantha long to be popular and off the mean radar of Madison, and things get even worse when Cleo’s dad gets a girlfriend. But help arrives from Uncle Arnie in the form of a voodoo doll meant to make good things happen. Cleo and Samantha test the voodoo doll out and discover that it really works! Soon they make hexes for popularity and to take Madison down, but magic can be tricky and have surprising results.
Toni Gallagher’s Twist My Charm: The Popularity Spell is an amusing and clever middle-grade read full of humor, magic, relatable situations, and interesting characters. Cleo’s middle-school world, full of bullies; drama; and confusing feelings, is one that young readers will recognize and commiserate with. Gallagher explores this delicate world with age appropriate honesty, laugh-out-loud humor, and authenticity. The magical realism elements surrounding Cleo’s voodoo doll are fun and exciting! Middle-grade readers will be captivated by the voodoo doll’s powers and eager to see how each irresistible, over-the-top (in the best way) situation plays out.
Like the world Cleo lives in, the characters in Twist My Charm: The Popularity Spell feel fresh, relative, and relatable. From endearing Cleo, feisty Samantha, surprising Madison, wacky Uncle Arnie, creepy crawly Millie (the millipede), and more, these are characters that young readers will enjoy and be entertained by.
my final thoughts: With an imaginative story, oodles of laughs, and great characters, Twist My Charm: The Popularity Spell is definitely a charming read and I can’t wait to read book two!...more
In a fit of grief and rage, 13 year old Arthur Owens throws a brick at the Junk Man. Luckily, the brick hits the trash collector’s arm and not his heaIn a fit of grief and rage, 13 year old Arthur Owens throws a brick at the Junk Man. Luckily, the brick hits the trash collector’s arm and not his head. Arthur is sent to juvie for three weeks and the judge is keen on making that sentence longer, but a surprising person saves Arthur from such a fate. James Hampton- the Junk Man himself- asks that Arthur be required to complete 120 hours of service working for him. Arthur finds himself collecting junk (the seven most important things) for Hampton and soon discovers that Hampton is turning that junk into something extraordinary.
Shelley Pearsall’s The Seventh Most Important Thing is a tender and thoughtful historical fiction middle-grade book, loosely based on the story and work of a very real man. James Hampton was a real folk artist in the 1960’s whose unusual and fascinating “junk” art has captivated people for decades. In The Seventh Most Important Thing, Pearsall intertwines the creation of Hampton’s work with the fictional, yet moving story of one boy’s grief, downfall, and glorious redemption.
Set in the turbulent 1960’s in Washington D.C., Pearsall forgoes focusing on the major current events of that time, instead choosing to explore the thought-provoking and delicate turbulence surrounding the relatable young Arthur Owens. Arthur and James Hampton’s separate, yet powerfully connected stories, are full of so many themes (grief, regret, friendship, redemption, forgiveness, etc), that Pearsall captures and displays wonderfully throughout the book. The Seventh Most Important Thing is a quieter, slower paced middle-grade book, but this tone works effectively for the story being told and the characters and emotional framework will keep readers turning pages.
Pearsall’s characters shine as brightly as the tin foil wrapped pieces of Hampton’s art! From the fascinating Junk Man himself to relatable Arthur, Arthur’s family, his endearing friend Squeak, his no-nonsense probation officer, and the oddly charming Groovy Jim, Pearsall’s characters are refreshing, honest, memorable, and crafted with authenticity.
my final thoughts: The Seventh Most Important Thing is an emotional book and has its heart-breaking moments, but overall it left me inspired and hopeful. I think Arthur and James’ stories will encourage a great deal of thoughtful discussion among middle-grade readers. ...more
Charlie Laird’s life used to be a nightmare. Then he faced his very real Nightmares and saved the day. Now, Charlie’s life is pretty much a dream. HeCharlie Laird’s life used to be a nightmare. Then he faced his very real Nightmares and saved the day. Now, Charlie’s life is pretty much a dream. He and his stepmom get along better than ever, he actually loves his big purple mansion home, and the nightmares that once plagued him and his friends are gone. But as summer vacation progresses, freaky things start to happen again. His stepmother, Charlotte’s once busy herbarium hasn’t had a customer in days and a competing store in the neighboring town of Orville Falls may be to blame. That store sells a mysterious tonic that claims to chase away nightmares, but really turns people into sleepwalking zombies. Someone or something is trying to destroy the Netherworld, the Dream Realm, and the Waking World. Once again, Charlie and his crew must save the day.
Authors Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller return to their wildly imaginative and fun Nightmares! series with The Sleepwalker Tonic. Like the first book in this series, The Sleepwalker Tonic, is brimming with spooktacular thrills, entertaining laughs, and irresistible characters.
I really loved Nightmares! and has just as much fun reading this wicked awesome sequel. Segel and Miller once again craft a deliciously delightful story full of quirky whimsy, addicting storytelling, captivating settings, and epic adventure. In The Sleepwalker Tonic, we explore three different worlds: the Waking World, the Netherworld (where the Nightmares live), and the Dream Realm. The authors have done a spectacular job of bringing these complex worlds to life through vivid descriptions and smart world-building. The whole premise of this series is just bursting with so much creativity that will surely inspire the imaginations of readers.
And once again, these fantastic settings are filled with a fun array of characters, from the feisty to the wacky, scary, funny, brave, and lovable. Charlie and his friends continue to be endearing and engaging, while his eclectic stepmom continues to amuse and enchant, and the Nightmares stay their awesome selves. But it is Charlie’s little brother, Jack, that really steals the show, in the most charming of ways, in The Sleepwalker Tonic.
There are no shortages of comical humor, thrills, chills, and surprises in this sequel, as our heroes and heroines race to save all their worlds. And a fun new mystery leading into the next book is brewed throughout The Sleepwalker Tonic.
my final thoughts: Like its predecessor, The Sleepwalker Tonic has much to offer: fantastic scares, laugh-out-loud funnies, a clever story, and excellent characters. This is shaping up to be a truly phenomenal and must read series!...more
Eric Morse's What Is Punk? is a totally awesome journey through the world of Punk music! This captivating and informative little book will teach littlEric Morse's What Is Punk? is a totally awesome journey through the world of Punk music! This captivating and informative little book will teach little readers all about the rise of Punk music and introduce them to some of the most famous and important Punk bands.
Morse's clever rhyming couplets will delight little readers and amuse parents. Anny Yi's phenomenal 3D-clay illustrations are pure perfection and bring the stellar Pun world to life. Readers of all ages will have so much fun exploring each wild 3D scene.
Charming, smart, and a lot of fun, What Is Punk? is the perfect read for the music lovers in your life!...more
Adam Mansbach made waves with his not-kid-friendly, but hilarious Go The F**ck To Sleep and follows it up with You Have To F**cking Eat...Seriously, Y Adam Mansbach made waves with his not-kid-friendly, but hilarious Go The F**ck To Sleep and follows it up with You Have To F**cking Eat...Seriously, You Have To Eat is the very toned down, very kid friendly version of that book.
Told through sing-song rhymes, Seriously, You Have To Eat is a super fun book that will have readers laughing out loud. Mansbach's quirky, clever humor is unforgettable and absolutely addicting! While Seriously, You Have To Eat is totally kid appropriate, adults will seriously chuckle too. Brozman's bright, silly pictures perfectly capture the story and bring all the animals, foods, and kid characters to life wonderfully.
Both parents and little readers will greatly enjoy this very amusing and entertaining book!...more
Hyeon-Ju Lee's Mina's White Canvas is a sweet story about a little girl named Mina and her magical crayon. Mina sets out on an adventure in the woodsHyeon-Ju Lee's Mina's White Canvas is a sweet story about a little girl named Mina and her magical crayon. Mina sets out on an adventure in the woods one cold, gloomy day and makes friends with some surprising critters. Using her magic crayon, Mina helps her new friends out of some peculiar predicaments.
Mina's White Canvas is such a heart-warming, tender story full of friendship, imagination, and lovable characters. Little readers will adore endearing Mina and her fun new companions. Lee's soft, lovely illustrations bring her wintry scenes to life so vividly. Mina and her new friends have a super fun day full of surprises.
Mina's White Canvas will be enjoyed by readers of all ages!...more
Mary Ann Fraser's delightful No Yeti Yet tells the tale of two brothers on the search for a Yeti! When Big Brother wants to find a Yeti, little brotheMary Ann Fraser's delightful No Yeti Yet tells the tale of two brothers on the search for a Yeti! When Big Brother wants to find a Yeti, little brother tags along and asks question after question about the elusive Yeti. And, of course, his big brother is happy to share his Yeti wisdom.
No Yeti Yet is a simply endearing and fun story from beginning to end! Little readers will have a blast learning all about the wild Yeti and joining the two lovable brothers on their big adventure. With sparse, yet witty, text, Fraser conveys so much humor and excitement. And Fraser's gorgeous illustrations are full of wintry colors and charming scenes. Readers will love spying the hidden Yeti in each scene.
No Yeti Yet has a wonderful surprise ending that readers will love!...more
Kelly Canby's All The Lost Things is a wonderful explosion of color, whimsy, and charm! A little girl named Olive takes a walk around the city and finKelly Canby's All The Lost Things is a wonderful explosion of color, whimsy, and charm! A little girl named Olive takes a walk around the city and finds extraordinary lost things when she climbs a ladder down a manhole. Down there, Olive collects jars of memory, sense of humor, eyesight, the way, and hope, then spreads that colorful hope EVERYWHERE.
All The Lost Things is such a bubbly, fun story that little readers will fall in love with. Olive's spectacular journey is told through funny and clever text. Canby combines hand-drawn different fonts, collage style artwork, and splashes of color to create the enthralling and wondrous illustrations.
Readers of all ages will want to read All The Lost Things over and over again!...more
When a little boy named Leonard finds a lizard egg at the park and brings it home, he gets a huge surprise...the tiny lizard is actually a dinosaur heWhen a little boy named Leonard finds a lizard egg at the park and brings it home, he gets a huge surprise...the tiny lizard is actually a dinosaur he names Buster! And Buster quickly grows and grows. Leonard soon realizes that Buster needs a much bigger home and with the help of giant Thanksgiving parade balloons, he sets out to set Buster free.
Mark Pett's Lizard From The Park is a super sweet story that will make little readers laugh and engage their imaginations. The story of Leonard an Buster is both very touching and highly amusing. Pett's soft colored illustrations are fun to explore and perfectly capture the enchanting story.
Both little readers and parents will love Lizard From The Park!...more
Monica Wellington's My Leaf Book is a charming and captivating book that follows a little girl's hunt for gorgeous Fall leaves. Told through simple teMonica Wellington's My Leaf Book is a charming and captivating book that follows a little girl's hunt for gorgeous Fall leaves. Told through simple text from the POV of the little girl, My Leaf Book is engaging, informative, and fun. Little readers will learn all about the many Fall leaves as the main character collects them. But the real star of this book are all the stunning illustrations! Wellington's illustrations feature bold, lovely Fall colors and fun shapes, and are whimsical, eye-catching, and irresistible.
My Leaf Book is a wonderful exploration and celebration of Fall!...more
In the sequel to The Toki-Girl and The Sparrow-Boy, siblings Azuki and Shota find themselves on another wild adventure. Azuki and Shota want to go homIn the sequel to The Toki-Girl and The Sparrow-Boy, siblings Azuki and Shota find themselves on another wild adventure. Azuki and Shota want to go home, but their homeland is filled with war and unrest. To claim their human identities and inheritance, the two bird children must make a perilous journey to seek a meeting with the rightful lord of their village. A kind monk, Yuta, agrees to help the children get to the capitol to see Lord Eitaro. But their journey is filled with dangerous creatures and obstacles. Will Aziku and Shota get home before it’s too late?
Like its predecessor, The Toki-Girl and The Sparrow-Boy Book 2: Chasing Dreams, is a lovely tale full of sparkling imagination, memorable characters, and wondrous fantasy elements. Author Claire Youmans, once again intertwines real history with enthralling fantasy and adventure to weave a captivating story. From the culture to the language, clothes, food, and the social and political changes of the era, the Meiji-era Japan setting is crafted with great care and authenticity. The fantastical elements throughout The Toki-Girl and The Sparrow-Boy Book 2: Chasing Dreams feel both timelessly classic and fresh. Young readers will be captivated and enchanted by this world full of bird-children, dragons, Tengu, and more!
One of the things I like best about this series, are the characters. From brave and endearing Azuki to charming and amusing Shota, kind and wise Yuta, clever Anko, fun Blackie and Red Wind, and all the wonderful, intriguing characters we meet in this book, The Toki-Girl and The Sparrow-Boy Book 2: Chasing Dreams is full of unforgettable and likable characters.
Azuki and Shota’s journey home is full of wild adventure, unexpected twists, fun surprises, and thoughtful lessons. Youmans concludes book two in a very heartwarming, satisfying way.
my final thoughts: Like book one, The Toki-Girl and The Sparrow-Boy Book 2: Chasing Dreams is an exciting and charming read. ...more