This is a funny book about a group of middle school students who form a club to pull pranks. The fun part is that there is a website to go along withThis is a funny book about a group of middle school students who form a club to pull pranks. The fun part is that there is a website to go along with it that requires a password which is provided in the text.
A neat thing I noticed was that it's not totally about culture or representation, but the friends are diverse and inclusive (except for excluding the boy who might rat them out). Also, there are a few instances that have Ben, the main character, thinking about his heritage and questioning the history the school is teaching that seems to leave out the contributions of his culture. He researches it himself and when questioned by an adult, has the information to point out the omission. He is not rude about it, but it is a great thing for kids to see so they can also learn to question which voices aren't being heard or represented.
In class it would be cool to also investigate pickling. It would pair well with the picture book Ghosts for Breakfast which involves pickles of another kind....more
The writing. The voice. The stories. There is much in this book that is worth praise. It was an emotional book. If a book makes me feel, then the authThe writing. The voice. The stories. There is much in this book that is worth praise. It was an emotional book. If a book makes me feel, then the author did something right. It also made me think about the human condition and about the history of Nigeria. ...more
I am a complete sucker for books that include recipes and this one has me itching to get in the kitchen. There aReview copy: Final copy from publisher
I am a complete sucker for books that include recipes and this one has me itching to get in the kitchen. There are six recipes that together create a complete meal if one is brave enough. The description above says they are easy-to-follow, but the flan looks a bit tough to do. I will probably give it a try though.
The story itself has a little bit of everything. Celeste is grieving after the death of her grandmother, but she also has a good adult support system. There is also a friendship and bullying component. And of course, food plays a very important role. Lydia Gil provides characters and situations that are believable and interesting too. Overall, it's a story of family love and how that can be expressed and celebrated in and around food.
Early readers of chapter books will find this story to be both quick and engaging. They will likely want to try some of the recipes too. All of the recipes involve cooking so adult supervision will be necessary. Some of the recipes, like the flan, may seem a bit intimidating, but they all look like they lead to deliciousness.
As the title implies, this book has text in both Spanish and English. It's a flip book so the texts are kept separate though there are a few italicized Spanish words in the English portion. For readers who don't know Spanish, the words are almost always easily understood through context, but even if they aren't, major plot comprehension issues won't be likely.
This is a great early chapter book for any young readers. I definitely recommend it especially for libraries looking to include books from a variety of cultures.