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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs
Absolutely awesome book. The dinosaurs are organized into categories of small, big, giant, and gigantic. Each two page spread features a different din...more
Jan 15, 2012
Jan 15, 2012
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
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
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
Always Room for One More
It is a fun little book. I like the basis of the story, that everyone is invited to join the party. I want to learn the song after reading it. Some of...more
Oct 10, 2011
Oct 10, 2011
Blinky Bill
I enjoyed these children's tales of a little koala bear. It was fun to see a little community of Australian animals, versus the British, European, or...more
Jan 28, 2011
Jan 16, 2011
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
In many ways this was an amazing book. It does a great job of getting across how someone on the Autistic spectrum thinks and lives. As you read, you c...more
Oct 04, 2011
Oct 02, 2011
The Discovery of Insulin
I'm not sure if this is the same book I read years ago, about how insulin was discovered and first used to help diabetics. The book I read was very in...more
Jan 2000
Dec 24, 2008
Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot
The best part of this book is that it is true. It was fun for me to read, because I've already read about the Chocolate Pilot, aka the Candy Bomber. T...more
Mar 22, 2011
Mar 28, 2011
The Secret of Stoneship Woods
Really 2 1/2 stars. The premise is quite promising--four 11-13 year olds discover an old warehouse filled with way-cool spy gear and they form Team Sp...more
Apr 23, 2011
Apr 23, 2011
The Little Island
First, the author's name. Took me a while to figure out that Golden MacDonald is a pseudonym for Margaret Wise Brown. Personally, I think it is ironic...more
Jul 13, 2011
Jul 13, 2011
Wild and Woolly
I really liked this simple tale of two sheep who never knew that there were other sheep so different. I like how each sheep is completely surprised th...more
May 05, 2011
May 05, 2011
Time of Wonder
3 1/2 stars. I've read and loved so many Robert McCloskey books. For the most part I remember his art as being in black-and-white. So this book is esp...more
Sep 16, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
To Kill a Mockingbird
I just love a book that is even better the more times you read it. There is so much to learn from this book. Learn about human relations, about standi...more
Feb 14, 2014
Sep 01, 2008
Aggie the Brave
From the pictures on the cover, my kindergartener and I thought this would be a book about a boy pretending to be a vet, and then the dog pretending t...more
Nov 20, 2012
Nov 20, 2012
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