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Hubener vs. Hitler: A Biography of Helmuth Hubener, Mormon Teenage Resistance Leader
This book was so poorly written it was terrible. The true story, however, was amazing and heroic. For those interested in the story, I highly recommen ...more
Jan 2005
Apr 06, 2008
Where Does the Butterfly Go When It Rains?
It bugged me that it never answered the question.
Dec 2010
Dec 01, 2010
Nine Days to Christmas
I was surprised by how much I liked this book. At first glance, the artwork was totally not my style. But as I read and really looked at the pictures, ...more
Oct 09, 2011
Oct 09, 2011
Peter the Great: His Life and World
Although long, this biography of Peter the Great was very readable. It was written at exactly the right level for me. I am interested in history, but ...more
Feb 02, 2011
Oct 23, 2009
The View from the Cherry Tree
I had read this before. Well, really, listened to it as my 6th grade teacher read it out-loud. I remember I liked it, but I'm more impressed now by ho ...more
Apr 24, 2011
Nov 13, 2008
The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941–1942
An extremely interested perspective on the given war years (1941-1942). I've read other books that cover those years, but this one tells the story fro ...more
Jun 20, 2014
May 08, 2014
Sam, Bangs & Moonshine
You may want to read this one yourself before reading it to your kids. Not that there is anything questionable, but so you know the direction the stor ...more
Oct 18, 2011
Oct 18, 2011
The Mystery of the Wandering Caveman (The Three Investigators, #34)
Another solid three investigators mystery. This time the boys don't have an official client, but investigate to satisfy curiosity. For some reason, th ...more
Mar 10, 2011
Jan 06, 2010
Tunnels (Tunnels, #1)
Not truly terrible, just inconsistent and dumb. Sometimes people complain about stories where the author should show more and tell less. This one is p ...more
Jan 17, 2014
Dec 10, 2013
Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley
I listened to the book, so I missed the great pictures. I found some online that are so tantalizing that I need to go get the print copy so I can see ...more
Jul 27, 2011
Jul 26, 2011
They Were Strong and Good
Wonderful, solid book. I read this as a continuation of my journey through the Caldecott winners. The pictures, of course, were lovely. I also enjoyed ...more
Jun 24, 2011
Jun 24, 2011
The Dolphins of Shark Bay
Excellent nonfiction read. The author gave facts, described research, and made the subject interesting for just about anyone. The photos were not only ...more
Jan 09, 2014
Sep 15, 2013
Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper
If you are looking for the Caldecott book, be careful which version you read. The version that won the 1955 Caldecott is the one translated and illust ...more
Aug 23, 2011
Aug 23, 2011
Changes (Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles, #3)
Well, this better not be just a trilogy! Because there are a lot of questions left unanswered at the end of this book 3. The good plot and interesting ...more
Oct 09, 2011
May 13, 2011
Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy
Fun story, interesting mystery, engaging characters. Great combination!

The book has a light feel, but addresses some series issues. Some of it may be
Apr 04, 2015
Jan 06, 2015
Harold and the Purple Crayon: Dinosaur Days
I love Harold, but this book seemed like a cheap ripoff of the wonderful Harold books by Crockett Johnson.
Jan 15, 2014
Jan 15, 2014
One Bright Star to Guide Them
Such an interesting premise. Could have been good as a short story that parodies Narnia-type books. Instead this is overly detailed, long & bloate ...more
Jun 08, 2015
May 27, 2015
Patricia Von Pleasantsquirrel
Kinda a funny twist to Where the Wild Things Are. Instead of a misbehaving boy, we have a girl determined to be a princess. It helps if you've read bo ...more
Feb 04, 2013
Feb 04, 2013
Amazing Cows: Udder Absurdity for Children
Cows, cows, cows. I think I'll die laughing. I'm trying to pick my favorite things in this book, but they are all so funny. (Perhaps the Hol-Steinway ...more
Dec 28, 2011
Dec 06, 2010
Why Is My Child's ADHD Not Better Yet?
This book is very useful for parents trying to figure out what else might be going on with their child. Even if your child is not diagnosed with ADHD, ...more
Jan 2011
Mar 21, 2011
Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson
Wonderfully done. While the book tells the story of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in MLB, that is not the whole purpose of the book. The ...more
Apr 12, 2011
Apr 12, 2011
Pinky Dinky Doo: Where Are My Shoes?
Lots of the book was confusing to me. For example, there were several places where the reader is supposed to guess if A, B, or C is what happened. But ...more
Aug 24, 2011
Aug 24, 2011
Sayonara, Mrs. Kackleman
Neither my preschooler or I could "get" this book. I understand that the intention is to teach kids about Japan, but it starts with the Mikado, and wh ...more
Mar 2011
Mar 01, 2011
Grace for President
The book starts with the question, "Where are the girls?" In other words, why are there no girls as president in the history of the USA? When the othe ...more
May 10, 2011
May 10, 2011
Michael Recycle
I like the idea of a superhero for recycling. My earth-conscious 2nd-grader loved the story. The rhyming scheme is strong and consistent.


A coupl
Apr 09, 2015
Apr 09, 2015
The Boy on the Wooden Box
First of all, my heart cries and my soul aches more than I can express when I read experiences from the Holocaust. For me to try to find words to revi ...more
Nov 11, 2013
Sep 15, 2013
Carlo Likes Reading
When my preschooler grabbed this as one of her random library selections, I wasn't expecting much. Actually, after glancing through the book, I was ex ...more
Jun 24, 2011
Jun 24, 2011
The Grand Mosque of Paris: A Story of How Muslims Saved Jews During the Holocaust
A moving description of what many Paris Moslems did during WWII to save Jews and others from the Nazis and the Vichy government. The book begins by ex ...more
Feb 26, 2011
Feb 22, 2011
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Absolutely amazing pictures. Seldom do I enjoy the pictures of a book so completely. As I read, I thought the only flaw in the book was a little disco ...more
Aug 17, 2013
Aug 12, 2013
Battle of Wits: The Complete Story of Codebreaking in World War II
Absolutely amazing, and absolutely readable, description of codebreaking in World War II. Covers the Bletchley Park story and breaking Enigma, and fix ...more
May 13, 2008
Mar 05, 2008
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