Book description: The infamous, Most Wanted Goosebumps characters are out on the loose and after you. Just in time for Halloween, a super special edit...moreBook description: The infamous, Most Wanted Goosebumps characters are out on the loose and after you. Just in time for Halloween, a super special edition!
Kenny Manzetti was the new kid in town. His family moved back in to an old house to help take care of his grandfather. Everyone in his new neighborhood is obsessed with zombies--even Grandpa Mo. But then a new family moves in next door and there choice in furniture is...interesting.
Kenny is convinced that there is something strange about the new neighbors but his parents won't listen to him. So Kenny and his friends go in for a closer look. A bad idea on any day but definitely the wrong choice around Halloween. Will Kenny survive long enough to go trick or treating?
With an extended page count this special edition is a scream!
My brother, who is now 30, was a huge Goosebumps fan as a young reader. The Goosebumps books, by R. L. Stine, have a long history of scaring the bejeebies out of young readers. This installment with children living near a graveyard & the fear of the zombies possibly looming outside does not disappoint. I received a free copy of this young readers book free of charge to provide an honest review of.
I love that good, clean, spook books like this are still being written, and are still so popular among children 8, 9 & up who want a good scare with lots of action and suspense. Even as an adult, I get a little creep from the fast moving action as opposed to the grown up (slow moving) books I usually read.
Let's hear it for the master author for young readers over the past few decades ~ R.L. Stine.
Many boys (& I'm sure some girls) wouldn't even be reading at all if they weren't able to get their hands on Goosebumps books!
Two kids, two bikes, and an idea they can change their world.
It’s 2077. There’s no apocalypse, but some things are different. Things like...moreDESCRIPTION:
Two kids, two bikes, and an idea they can change their world.
It’s 2077. There’s no apocalypse, but some things are different. Things like the weather, the internet, and food. In twelve-year-old Clare’s world, blueberry is just a flavor and apples are found only in fairy tales.
Then one day Clare meets an old woman who teaches her about seeds and real food. The woman (Ana) tempts Clare with the notion that food exists other than the square, processed, packaged food she has always known. Under Ana’s tutelage, Clare and her friends learn about seeds and gardening despite suspicions that such actions are illegal.
When the authorities discover the children’s forbidden tomato plant and arrest their mother, Clare and her brother flee. Clare has heard of a place called "The Garden State," and with their bikes, a little money, and backpacks, the children begin a lonely cross-country journey that tests them both physically and spiritually. Will they succeed in their quest to find a place of food freedom? And can they, only children, help change the world?
Treasure is a gentle dystopian, frightening only is the possibility that we may not be far from the future it paints.
This book had a good idea, but there were so many things that I would NOT want my child to do ... Allow an adult to talk him into growing an illegal plant , have me go to jail for it, keep secrets from me because a lady at church or tutoring said to, when I went to jail TAKE OFF on a bike, stay with a stranger for days & then take a map & travel 400 miles to a border never giving their jailed mom another thought!!! Bringing the Bible verses in as they lie to other kids to get help finding a house, and care nothing about people along the way?? It's conflicting to have them following the Bible while breaking the law & feeling good about their ability to trick and lie so well.
I was provided this book free of charge for an honest review.
When the Incredible Robo-Plunger defeated the evil Turbo Toilet 2000, George and Harold thought their toilet troubles were over. Unfortuna...moreDescription:
When the Incredible Robo-Plunger defeated the evil Turbo Toilet 2000, George and Harold thought their toilet troubles were over. Unfortunately, their porcelain problems were only beginning . . .
Just when you thought it was safe to flush . . .
The Turbo Toilet 2000 strikes back! The carnivorous commode known for devouring everything in its path has built up a real appetite . . . for REVENGE! Join Captain Underpants for another epic showdown of Wedgie Power vs. Potty Power as our tighty-whitey-wearing superhero GOES TO ELEVEN!
I will admit that when my 9 year old first read one of the earlier books in this series, I looked at the cover & title & immediately thought "Oh no". I assumed the book was crude, rude, and possible inappropriate. I was given this 11th book in the series to read to provide an honest review so my son & I read it together. I was pleasantly surprised that it was more about fun and adventure than anything.
Kids find underpants funny. It's just a fact of life and Dav Pilkey hit the nail on the head with this whole series. The boys, George and Harold, are of course mischievous and always into something, but their hearts are in the right place and the stories provide an abundance of laugh out loud reading. My son loves books that also have even basic / cartoonish illustrations with the story. I say, "Whatever keeps him reading."
Pleasantly surprised and love that books like this keep my 9 year old interested in reading! Great job of keeping kids reading. (less)
A young boy suddenly notices a big problem — his butt has a huge crack! So he sets off to find a new one. Will he choose an armor-plated b...moreDescription:
A young boy suddenly notices a big problem — his butt has a huge crack! So he sets off to find a new one. Will he choose an armor-plated butt? A rocket butt? A robot butt? Find out in this quirky tale of a tail, which features hilarious rhymes and delightful illustrations. Children and parents will love this book — no ifs, ands, or butts about it!
This book really cracked me up!
This children's book was so crazy. You know how young kids like butt or poot stories. This book is not exactly manner related, but it is not offensive & basically child appropriate if you allow your child to have a good laugh when they toot or hear the word butt.
I was given a free copy of this book via the publisher for an honest opinion. I believe if a child is reading it is a good thing ... even if it is a silly book. Definitely silly & definitely going to get some laughs from most young readers.(less)
The Eerie Elementary series is a great series for beginning readers that like a little scare without going to the R.L. Stine / Goosebumps level...more
The Eerie Elementary series is a great series for beginning readers that like a little scare without going to the R.L. Stine / Goosebumps level. I have read both books in this series and really liked the mystery and suspense that is appropriate to a young reader's level. It's not shockingly horrifying and wouldn't be as likely to cause nightmares as some books that are out there.
It's an interesting concept to think about ... A school being alive. I like that nobody is actually being hurt (for a young audience) and that there isn't a bit cliff hanger for them to worry about after the book. Scary, but not over the edge for a young audience. (less)
Believe in the possible . . . with this brilliantly quirky, thought-provoking novel from New York...moreBOOK DESCRIPTION:
The Fourteenth Goldfish Jennifer Holm
Believe in the possible . . . with this brilliantly quirky, thought-provoking novel from New York Times bestseller, three-time Newbery Honor winner Jennifer L. Holm
Galileo. Newton. Salk. Oppenheimer.
Science can change the world . . . but can it go too far?
Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She even misses her dearly departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He's bossy. He's cranky. And weirdly enough . . . he looks a lot like Ellie's grandfather, a scientist who's always been slightly obsessed with immortality. Could this pimply boy really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth?
With a lighthearted touch and plenty of humor, Jennifer Holm celebrates the wonder of science and explores fascinating questions about life and death, family and friendship, immortality . . . and possibility.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JENNIFER L. HOLM's father was a pediatrician and she grew up listening to him talk about the wonder of antibiotics and how science could change the world. Today Jennifer is the NY Times bestselling author of three Newbery Honor Books, as well as the co-creator of the Babymouse series (a 2013 Eisner Award Winner) and Squish series, which she collaborates on with her brother Matthew Holm
This book is so funny with so much to offer along the line of sneaking some educational science between the lines to the unsuspecting children. I was so impressed by the author's ability to work education and humor together so seamlessly. Science wasn't my friend in school, but many girls did go that route and good for them. I like that the man character is in fact a girl as well. Girls need more books that encourage them to follow their brains and accomplish their own goals in the educational fields offered.
There are so many things that could be said about this awesome book that I was given by the publisher before release that I can't do it justice in just a few paragraphs.
The author is just brilliant. I can not praise this book enough.
JENNIFER L. HOLM has worked a miracle of science / art in combining so much humor from Grandpa Melvin (now in his teen body), the every day interactions between family, whether science should always be used just because it can be, the benefits and losses of growing old / dying vs. eternal life, slowing down to smell the roses, growing up and change.... all worked together so beautifully that you don't even realize you learned a valuable life lesson while laughing your tail off.
Bird and Squirrel are back and ready for adventure!
After Bird and Squirrel crash land in the South Pole during a raging blizzard, a p...moreBook Description:
Bird and Squirrel are back and ready for adventure!
After Bird and Squirrel crash land in the South Pole during a raging blizzard, a penguin named Sakari thinks Bird has come to rid her village of a hungry Killer Whale. But when Squirrel finds out that Bird will actually be fed to the Killer Whale as a sacrifice, they hatch a crazy plan to escape. With a good timing, a little luck, and help from Sakari, they just might make it out alive. Or they might end up as whale food!
This was my first experience with the quacky duo of Bird and Squirrel. The characters are so funny and apparently prone to misunderstandings, silliness, and down right disasters at times. I am glad to add this to my read books and blog reviews for future readers (children and adult alike) to enjoy thanks to the publisher providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
The book is laid out in comic book style, but simplified for younger readers. By that I mean there are not a dozen word balloons in one screen. It is beautifully colored and exciting to the end. Squirrel shows true friendship and bravery as does Sakari. Bird has the ability to bounce back from anything apparently haha.
A great positive read for children with action, suspense, as well as friendship and loyalty prominently displayed.(less)
"Max," said the farmer to his dog one day, "can you catch a thief?" Of course! He can catch anything! And Max eagerly sets off on a q...moreBOOK DESCRIPTION:
"Max," said the farmer to his dog one day, "can you catch a thief?" Of course! He can catch anything! And Max eagerly sets off on a quest to find the culprit who has been stealing the farmer's fruits and vegetables. Within moments, the dog is confident he has spotted the thief -- a tiny blue bug, working on a carrot top. "Stop, thief!" Max cries as the bug flies away. Undaunted, Max chases after the bug, from the carrots to the berries to the beans and the cherries, until, eventually, Max watches in satisfaction as the bug flies away over the farm fence. What Max totally misunderstands in his enthusiasm, however -- and what youngsters will figure out right away -- is that the tiny blue bug isn't the thief at all. The real thieves are hiding in plain sight, right under his nose! Author Heather Tekavec has created a perfect storytime choice in this fun and funny picture book, as the kid appeal of being "in the know" while the lovable dog remains clueless will surely invite repeated readings. This story provides an excellent opportunity for discussions about jumping to conclusions and blaming others, or even about life on a farm. It also offers terrific lessons for building early literacy skills, such as moving beyond what is strictly presented in the text and critically thinking about what can be observed in the exuberant and friendly artwork by illustrator Pierre Pratt.
I was so happy to read and review this free copy of STOP THIEF provided for an honest review. The illustrations and main character Max were so fun and joyful. Young readers will adore this anxious to please, lovable little pup.
Great book for children's opportunities for discussion and learning while enjoying Max's discoveries along the way. Wonderful picture book that will get children thinking ahead as the story progressed. (less)
We all remember the old lady who swallowed a fly, a spider, a cat, a dog, a cow, and a horse. Now we know how she did it! Rashin s c...moreBook description:
We all remember the old lady who swallowed a fly, a spider, a cat, a dog, a cow, and a horse. Now we know how she did it! Rashin s colorful and comedic illustrations take you mid-gulp to mid-belly as the animals are swallowed whole. Her devoted cat tries to help: Stop! Don t eat it. Try this! But when the old lady grabs the cat it s every beast for itself: Eat the dog! And when the old lady cheers: Catch it! the critters leap into action to catch the one that was swallowed before."
This version of There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Rashin is so wonderfully ridiculous there is no way not to love it. The story is about the same hilarious mess as always, but the illustrations will have young and old readers alike rolling on the floors holding their sides.
Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka, Brian Biggs (Illustrations) 4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 · rating detail...moreBook description from Goodreads:
Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka, Brian Biggs (Illustrations) 4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 · rating details · 25 ratings · 16 reviews "I never thought science could be funny . . . until I read Frank Einstein. It will have kids laughing." —Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid
“Dear Frank Einstein, Please invent time machine. Send your books back in time to me in 1978. Also a levitating skateboard. Tommy” —Tom Angleberger, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Frank Einstein loves figuring out how the world works by creating household contraptions that are part science, part imagination, and definitely unusual. After an uneventful experiment in his garage-lab, a lightning storm and flash of electricity bring Frank’s inventions—the robots Klink and Klank—to life! Not exactly the ideal lab partners, the wisecracking Klink and the overly expressive Klank nonetheless help Frank attempt to perfect his Antimatter Motor . . . until Frank’s archnemesis, T. Edison, steals Klink and Klank for his evil doomsday plan! Using real science, Jon Scieszka has created a unique world of adventure and science fiction—an irresistible chemical reaction for middle-grade readers.
"Kids will love Frank Einstein because even though he is a new character he will be instantly recognizable to the readers...Jon Scieszka is one of the best writers around, and I can't wait to see what he does with these fun and exciting characters." —Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl
"Jon Scieszka's new series has the winning ingredients that link his clever brilliance in story telling with his knowledge of real science, while at the same time the content combination of fiction and non fiction appeals to the full range of the market." —Jack Gantos, Dead End in Norvelt
"Scieszka mixes science and silliness again to great effect." —Kirkus Reviews
"In refusing to take itself too seriously, it proves that science can be as fun as it is important and useful." —Publishers Weekly(less) Hardcover, 192 pages Expected publication: August 19th 2014 by Amulet Books
Awesomely funny and if you don't be careful you just might learn something from this advanced cop I received for review.
I love how the author and illustrator work together to make science funny and understandable in this story of friendship, creativity, and good vs. bad. This book was our bed time story over a few nights and completely loved by my 9 year old. The benefits of books that open up creativity soar as high as the imagination.
Funny, honorable, and a great book from start to finish. (less)