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Meet the Bigfeet

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Title:   Meet the Bigfeet
Author:   Kevin Sherry
Series:   The Yeti Files
Recommended for:  kids in grades 1-5 would enjoy this book.  The actual “reading level” is third grade.
Pages:   122 p.
Call Number/Link:  J FICTION SHERRY, K.

 

Rating:   *****

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Blizz Richards is a great guy, a caring boss, and a loyal friend. Oh, yeah…he’s also a yeti! He’s made it his life’s mission to study cryptids like him, hidden animals who have taken a powerful oath to never be seen by the outside world. So when a photo of Cousin Brian becomes a media sensation, Brian can’t handle the guilt and disappears. But it’s time for the annual Bigfoot family reunion, and it won’t be the same without him. Luckily, Blizz and his devoted team are on the case. Can they find their furry friend before their secret gets out for good?

Comments:

I loved this book.  It is so much fun!  Blizz Richards is such a great guy – uh, cryptid.  I also liked all of the other characters, except for the villain.  I wish I could go to the Bigfoot family reunion!

Meet the Bigfeet is an illustrated chapter book – the humorous illustrations really added to the book.  It would be a good choice for kids who would like to read Diary of a Wimpy Kid who are a bit too young for it, either because they read at a lower level or aren’t ready for the middle school dynamics.

In no way, shape or form would this book be considered serious literature.  That is part of the reason that I liked it so much!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2016 in Adventure, Fantasy, Funny, Juv

 

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Judy Moody and the Bucket List

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Title:   Judy Moody and the Bucket List
Author:   Megan McDonald
Series:   Judy Moody
Recommended for:   kids in grades 3-5
Pages:   157
Call Number/Link:   J FICTION MCDONALD, M.

Rating:   ***

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Discovering Grandma Lou’s mysterious “bucket list” of things that she wants to do in her lifetime, Judy Moody is inspired to create a list of her own goals, from learning to do a cartwheel to visiting Antarctica.

Comments:

I was drawn in by the words Bucket List in the title.  I wondered how my  list might compare to Judy Moody’s.

As it turns out, we have different lifetime goals.  At one time, I also hoped to learn to do a cartwheel, but I realized that was never going to happen.  And Antarctica?  brrrrrr.  I would much rather visit France, Ireland, Scotland and/or Canada.  (These trips would be funded by the lottery that I need to win very very soon.)

This was a cute book.  It was realistic fiction that was actually realistic, except for Judy’s immediate mastery of the hepcat dictionary.  I loved Grandma Lou.  It also made me smile that the ride on the horse/donkey hybrid was so much better than the ride on the actual horse.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2016 in Funny, Juv, Realistic

 

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child parts one and two

Harry potter CursedTitle: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Author: J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany
Series: Harry Potter
Recommended for: 4th grade and up
Pages: 327 pages
Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION ROWLING, J. 

Synopsis:As an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and a father,Harry Potter struggles with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs while his youngest son, Albus, finds the weight of the family legacy difficult to bear.

This is the 8th book in the series, so I am not going to give to much detail.  After I got use to reading the script (by the way it is a screen play) it flew by.  It is fast pace, as it follows Albus’s first four years of school.  The fourth year is really where the focus is, the other years are lucky if they get a paragraph.  I did enjoy this book, and it was neat to see beloved characters back even if only for a little while.  Also, Albus is the only child that you really get to know, the other two children really take a back seat. I feel those that have loved Harry Potter will enjoy this book.

 

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2016 in Fantasy, Juv

 

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The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

land of storiesTitle:The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell
Author: Chris Colfer
Series: The Land of Stories
Recommended for: 4th grade and up
Pages: 438 pages
Call Number/Link:  J FICTION COLFER, C.

Synopsis: “Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about”– Provided by publisher.

Alex and Conner have had a hard year, since their father has died and now their mom has to work on their birthday.  Mom saves the day by having Grandma come and spend the day. Grandma is just what they needed, and she comes bearing all kinds of gifts. One gift is an old story book that their father use to read to them from when they would visit at Grandma’s.  Alex makes a wish when she is reading it and it starts to buzz.  After a bunch of weird things, Alex and Connor end up in a land of fairy tale characters.  They have to find a way home back to their mother.  Once they reach the fairy tale world it is one adventure after another.

I found that it moved faster once in the fairy tale world.  I love fairy tales so to see what happens to them after their stories is great.  Alex and Conner are always in some kind of trouble, that they have to find there way out of.  The cool thing is they really work through the trouble on there own.  Alex talks a lot about the life lessons that she has learned from the different tales and is a recurring theme.

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2016 in Adventure, Fairy Tales, Juv

 

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The Last Boy at St. Edith’s

last boyTitle: The Last Boy at St. Edith’s
Author: Lee Gjertsen Malone
Series:
Recommended for: 5th or 6th grade and up
Pages: 260
Call Number/Link:  J FICTION MALONE, L.

Synopsis:  There used to be 27 boys at St. Edith’s Academy, but one by one they all left, leaving seventh grader Jeremy with 475 classmates—all girls. His best friends are sarcastic Claudia and prim Emily. He even lives with all girls—two sisters and his single mother. Jeremy becomes desperate to find out how his life could be different if he had even one guy friend. But to do that, he needs to go to another school. How can he get kicked out of St. Edith’s without completely damaging his chances of getting a good high school scholarship? Claudia has the answer in one word, pranks. Soon Jeremy is caught in a web of lies and pranks gone awry. Ultimately, he realizes that although he doesn’t have a single male friend at school, he has wonderful friends (who just happen to be girls) and St. Edith’s might actually be pretty great. Set in western Massachusetts, this realistic novel is grounded in the relationships between the convincingly flawed but emotionally and intellectually compelling characters. The clever dialogue is humorous yet believable. Several characters belong to a film club, and there are frequent references to films and filmmaking, which are accessible to cinema buffs and newbies alike. Short chapters and growing urgency as the pranks and stakes rise keep the plot moving quickly.

I really liked this book.  It’s funny, the characters are really well developed and it examines middles school relationships without being serious or preachy.  Jeremy’s mom is a single parent and because she works at St. Edith’s, her children get a tuition break.  Jeremy understands why his mom wants him to stay at St. Edith’s instead of going to a sketchy public school, but  the odds are definitely not in his favor.  He feels that the only way out is to get expelled.  When his pranks cause damage and injury he eventually sees who his real friends are.  This is not as goofy funny as ‘Wimpy Kid’  but the kids are funny and snarky and yet still realistic.  I would really recommend it for fans of the funny middle school ‘genre’. It rises above the rest of the pack.

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Plum Fantastic

2761560Title: Plum Fantastic
Author: Whoopie Goldberg
Series: Sugar Plum Ballerinas
Recommended for: Grade 2-4
Pages: 160
Call Number/Link:  J Gol 

Synopsis: Alexandrea Petrakova Johnson does not want to be a beautiful ballerina, and she does not want to leave her friends in Apple Creek. Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop her ballet-crazy mother from moving them to Harlem, or from enrolling Al at the Nutcracker School of Ballet.

Life is hard when you’re the new ballerina on the block, and it’s even harder when you’re chosen to be the Sugar Plum Fairy in the school recital! Not only is Al a terrible dancer, but she’s also got a rotten case of stage fright! Al’s ballet classmates are going to have to use all the plum power they’ve got to coach this scary fairy!

Review: I actually really liked this book. While the ballet stuff is the foundation of the story, it’s really about making new friends, helping each other, and overcoming fears. I really liked the friendships and how they all bonded together to help Alexandrea learn her steps and perfect the routine. This would be a great book for those interested in dance or just a realistic book

The wording is still a bit on the large size with shorter chapters and illustrations here and there. Great transition books for those who need something a little harder that say rainbow fairies, but not ready for full chapter books.

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2016 in Juv, Realistic, Uncategorized

 

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The Season

The season

 

Title: The Season
Author: Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer
Series: n/a
Recommended for: 8th grade and up
Pages: 344
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Dyer, J. 

Synopsis:     “When her mother enters her and her twin sister as debutantes for this year’s deb season in Dallas, soccer star Megan McKnight is furious. She has no interest the dress-filled life of a socialite deb, but her season turns out to be one full of twists and turns – and more than one dashing suitor!”–  

I really liked this book, it was fun, full of exciting events and you would never have guessed the ending.  A fun read for upper middle school, high school and college.  Previous readers have said is related it to pride and prejudice meets tomboy and the texas tradition.

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2016 in Realistic, Romance, Teen, Uncategorized

 

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