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Ballet Shoes
it was amazing
The story of Pauline, Petrova, and Posy will be in my heart for life, even though I must confess that was introduced to these charming and unforgettab ...more
May 1990
Jul 14, 2008
Mr. Popper's Penguins
it was amazing
My son the nature-lover, who is not as avid a reader as his brothers, is a die-hard fan of this book. His enthusiasm began in school when his teacher ...more
Mar 2008
May 29, 2008
Knight's Castle (Tales of Magic, #2)
it was amazing
Great fun, just like the first in the series! And if you’re a fan of knights, castles, and medieval-type adventures, you might like it even better!

Feb 16, 2010
not set
Dec 21, 2009
My Teacher Fried My Brains (My Teacher is an Alien, #2)
really liked it
This is the sequel to My Teacher Is an Alien (the second in a series of four), and while it didn't have a climactic alien defeat scene to make my kids ...more
Apr 25, 2009
Apr 27, 2009
Farmer Boy (Little House, #3)
it was amazing
I was a Little House fan as a girl, but since Farmer Boy is the story of Almanzo’s childhood and not Laura’s, I didn’t bother with it. Who wanted to r ...more
Apr 2007
Apr 06, 2008
The Return of the Indian (The Indian in the Cupboard, #2)
really liked it
In some ways, this sequel is even better than the first book. Omri is a year older, so he's dealing with more mature issues, specifically some skinhea ...more
Aug 29, 2009
Jul 20, 2009
Little Lord Fauntleroy
liked it
Even though the protagonist is the little boy equivalent of a Mary Sue and the plot twist that brings about the resolution is just too coincidental to ...more
not set
Jan 06, 2009
Johnny Tremain
it was amazing
This was my favorite book back in sixth grade, which is high praise, as it was assigned reading. I must say, it was a great choice on the part of my t ...more
Jan 27, 2012
Dec 09, 2011
The Attack of the Two-Inch Teacher (Sixth Grade Alien, #2)
really liked it
It gets a bit tiresome for me to review every single Bruce Coville book I read with my kids, but this one contains the most hilarious physics lesson I ...more
May 24, 2009
Jun 16, 2009
The Dragonslayers
liked it
My son picked this out for the title, and it turned out to be quite a find! Bruce Coville is great for parents who love Harry Potter, but whose kids a ...more
Oct 2008
Dec 17, 2008
The 7 Habits of Happy Kids
really liked it
I knew of the adult version of these principles, The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, but it always sounded like pop psychology to me, so I n ...more
Apr 2009
May 04, 2009
The Phantom Tollbooth
it was amazing
My husband turned our family onto this, and we're all very grateful. It has all kinds of puns and other plays on words and numbers for us, and an exci ...more
Jan 1996
Jun 03, 2008
The House with a Clock in Its Walls (Lewis Barnavelt, #1)
liked it
I remember my sister loving this book as a kid, so I decided to get it out for my own kids if only to get a change from Bruce Coville. Guess what? We' ...more
Jun 16, 2009
Jun 02, 2009
The Optimistic Child
really liked it
Like all psychology books that appeal to me, this book cited real research, had a self-help angle, and wasn't dry reading. I very much liked the autho ...more
Nov 30, 2008
Nov 10, 2008
The Dragons of Blueland (My Father's Dragon, #3)
really liked it
The conclusion of a really sweet series that my kids wanted to read on their own after hearing it from me. What more could a parent hope for?
Oct 2009
May 14, 2010
I Lost My Grandfather's Brain (Sixth Grade Alien, #3)
liked it
A continuation of the Pleskit-Tim series in which the two friends are fighting, a real-life and relevant subject that kids should read about. The trou ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 11, 2009
The Monsters of Morley Manor: A Madcap Adventure
really liked it
My kids would surely rate this a 5, and the only reason I don't is that it's just not on the level of Harry Potter, even though it is an action-packed ...more
Nov 2008
Dec 18, 2008
The Magic City
really liked it
E. Nesbit's work is about a hundred years old, which may make her a pioneer in the genre of children's fantasy. There's no doubt in my mind that she i ...more
Apr 2008
Jun 23, 2008
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher (Magic Shop, #2)
liked it
Anything by Bruce Coville is sure to be a winner with my school-age boys, and though I didn't think this one was quite on par with The Monsters of Mor ...more
Jan 16, 2009
Jan 05, 2009
My Teacher Glows in the Dark (My Teacher is an Alien, #3)
it was amazing
This series just gets better and better! It's the third in the My Teacher Is An Alien series, this one told from the POV of Peter, the bullied nerd. H ...more
May 02, 2009
Apr 20, 2009
The Kneebone Boy
really liked it
Fans of juvie fantasy will enjoy this book, even though there's no actual magic in it. Otto, Lucia, and Max Hardscrabble, siblings who are outcasts in ...more
Jun 2011
May 31, 2011
George's Secret Key to the Universe
it was amazing
What a treat! Scientist Stephen Hawkings teamed up with his daughter Lucy to create what is probably the most fun science book ever written. It's writ ...more
Sep 20, 2009
Sep 01, 2009
Operation Yes
really liked it
I read this kids' novel to my youngest son, and as it took place in a classroom in a school on a military base, it was at once very familiar and somew ...more
Apr 06, 2013
Jan 14, 2013
My Teacher is an Alien (My Teacher is an Alien, #1)
really liked it
Classic Coville, second only to The Monsters of Morley Manor. Here's a book that combines classroom politics with science fiction adventure. There's o ...more
Feb 24, 2009
Feb 25, 2009
Elmer and the Dragon (My Father's Dragon, #2)
really liked it
What a difference a POV change can make! Like My Father's Dragon, this is the story of Elmer's adventures with the dragon, except that the first is to ...more
Oct 2009
May 14, 2010
Cheaper By The Dozen
it was amazing
Nobody would call this a "great work of literature," but it's definitely a classic - a sweet family story that has some deliciously funny scenes. It's ...more
not set
May 21, 2008
A Little Princess
really liked it
I read this aloud to a girl I used to babysit for, and it quickly became our favorite even though, of course, the resolution comes about way too perfe ...more
Sep 1990
Aug 16, 2011
The Cay (The Cay, #1)
liked it
This was assigned reading in my son's school, and though he'd already read it, he insisted I re-read it to him instead of Johnny Tremain. I still pref ...more
Mar 12, 2012
Jan 31, 2012
Half Magic (Tales of Magic, #1)
it was amazing
If you love children's fantasy, treat yourself to this! The language is simple enough for kids, but the plot is so funny and full of literary referenc ...more
Dec 12, 2009
not set
Dec 02, 2009
Winnie-the-Pooh (Winnie-the-Pooh, #1)
it was amazing
If all you know of Winnie the Pooh is that insipid Disney version, then you are missing out, my friend. The original book came from A. A. Milne’s bedt ...more
Aug 2007
Apr 06, 2008
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