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The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great

Title: The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great
Author: Gerald Morris
Series: The Knights’ Tales
Recommended for: Third Graders and Up; Boys Who Like Adventure and Swordfights; Fantasy Fans
Pages: 92
Call Number/Link:  J MOR (To add Link highlight and click the chain up top.)

Synopsis:

“Many years ago, the storytellers say, the great King Arthur brought justice to England with the help of his gallant Knights of the Round Table. Of these worthy knights, there was never one so fearless, so chivalrous, so honorable, so…shiny as the dashing Sir Lancelot, who was quite good at defending the helpless and protecting the weak, just as long as he’d had his afternoon nap. Behold the very exciting and very funny adventures of Lancelot the Great, as only acclaimed Arthurian author Gerald Morris can tell them.” –Amazon

 

My Thoughts:

This series is a hilarious and well-done introduction to the Arthurian legends. Morris has obviously read (and better yet, likes!) Mallory’s Le Morte d’Arthur, yet he also understands how children’s minds work, as well as what appeals to them. The stories of Sir Lancelot presented here feel fresh, funny, and accessable for third-graders, but do not compromise the integrity of the original tales. For instance, when he meets the Lady Elaine of Shalott, Sir Lancelot gets shot in the–well, we’re not told exactly where he’s shot, but he has to sit on a pillow when he rides, and the accompanying illustrations provide more clues. After sustaining this injury, however, Sir Lancelot is able to return (anonymously) to a tournament at court, where he saves the day in more ways than one. Thus, the beauty of the original story is intact, but the readers are sure to howl with laughter once they “get it”.

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The Great Pet Escape

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Title:   The Great Pet Escape
Author:   Victoria Jamieson
Series:   Pets on the Loose
Recommended for:   early chapter book readers, children ages 4 and up as a readaloud, reluctant readers
Pages:   63 p.
Call Number/Link:   GN J JAMIESON, V.

Rating:   ^^^^

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

GW, a class pet at Daisy P. Flugelhorn Elementary School wants OUT . . . and he, the deceptively cute hamster in the second-grade classroom, is just the guy to lead a mass escape. But when he finally escapes and goes to find his former partners in crime, Barry and Biter, he finds that they actually LIKE being class pets. Impossible!

Just as GW gets Barry and Biter to agree to leave with him, a mouse named Harriet and her many mouse minions get in their way. What follows is class pet chaos guaranteed to make readers giggle.

 

Comments:
This book is very funny.  We’ll need extra copies once the kids discover it.
Imagine this: a hamster who has invented a sunflower seed catapult, a rodent catapult transportation device and recently completed work on the Hairy Houdini Escape-O-Matic.
Why?  He has been trapped in a terrible prison (known as a second grade classroom) for 3 months, 2 weeks and 1 day.  He wants FREEDOM and plans to escape with his best friends Barry and Biter.  Things don’t go exactly as planned….
This is the first book in a series.  Book two, The Great Art Caper, is being published in June 2017.
Amazon lists the age range as 6-10 years and grade level as grades 1-5.
Here is a comment from a SLJ review by Kiera Parrott:
VERDICT  Hand this charmingly goofy graphic novel to chapter book readers who enjoy Dav Pilkey’s works, Cyndi Marko’s “Kung Pow Chicken” series and Geoffrey Hayes’s “Benny and Penny” books.
 
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Posted by on November 11, 2016 in Adventure, Funny, Graphic Novels

 

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Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom

28259085Title: Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom
Author: Booki Vivat
Series: N/A
Recommended for: Grades 4 – 6
Pages: 240
Call Number/Link:  J Fiction Vivat, B.

Synopsis: Meet Abbie Wu! She’s about to start middle school and she’s totally in crisis.

Abbie Wu is in crisis—and not just because she’s stuck in a family that doesn’t quite get her or because the lunch ladies at school are totally corrupt or because everyone seems to have a “Thing” except her. Abbie Wu is in crisis always.

Heavily illustrated and embarrassingly honest, Frazzled dives right into the mind of this hilariously neurotic middle school girl as she tries to figure out who she is, where she belongs, and how to survive the everyday disasters of growing up. With Abbie’s flair for the dramatic and natural tendency to freak out, middle school has never seemed so nerve-racking!

Review: This book is so much fun. It not a diary style, but it feels like one and has a lot of illustrations (perfect for those reluctant readers). While Abbie is just starting middle school, it does read a little young, however, the story line is perfect those just about to/just started middle school. I think most kids will be able to relate as starting middle school is never easy, especially when all your friends have already discovered their special interest. That left behind/where do I belong feeling is never easy. I love how Abbie falls into her “thing” and while it doesn’t pan out in the book like she’d want, it does leave many doors for the future! There’s no word right now on if this will be a series, but it’s set up that it could be. I surely hope it does, because I would love to read more about Abbie and her adventures.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2016 in Funny, Juv, Realistic, Uncategorized

 

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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Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword

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Title: How Mirka Got Her Sword
Author:Barry Deutsch
Series:Hereville
Recommended for: Mid-to-high 5th grade and up, especially the geek girls and fantasy enthusiasts. *Waves geek flag high*
Pages: 137
Call Number/Link:  GN J Hereville V. 1 

Synopsis:

Spunky ten-year-old Mirka Herschberg hones her skills in her Orthodox Jewish community before accepting the challenges presented in these books.

Review: Okay, I have to confess that I have read this before. However, upon re-reading it this summer, I remembered why I originally liked it so much!

Despite a fairly unusual setting and action-packed fairy tale plot, Mirka is a familiar heroine; there are trolls to be fought and swords to be won, but the author does not shy away from including such relatable problems as grief, sibling rivalry, and tween-girl growing pains (no boy-girl drama, though. For Mirka, at least, boys still have cooties, and brothers are pains-in-the-neck who need to be protected). All the issues are handled quite well, and at a developmentally-appropriate level. The sass is strong with this one: Mirka is no shrinking violet, and her quick temper will be familiar to many readers, as will her soft heart, which causes our heroine to repent quickly when her sharp tongue gets her in trouble or stings someone she loves. (She is disrespectful towards her stepmother at times, but appropriate consequences are clearly shown.) Without giving too much away, I must say I was very pleased that, like fairy-tale heroes before her, Mirka’s gift of gab gets her into and out of hot water. It all depends on how it is used. (This is a fantasy land where there is a definite good and evil, and the author does a brilliant job of communicating that.)

Mirka’s Orthodox Jewish community may not be familiar to most readers; there was a great deal that was new to me, at least! However, there are plenty of explanations throughout the book (well-phrased, so we get the picture without feeling talked-down-to) so the reader feels relatively comfortable in Mirka’s world.

It’s an unusual, quirky book, but one that will hopefully appeal to both boys and girls who like action, adventure, and fantasy. Basically, once they are done with Zita the Spacegirl or Redwall or Warrior Cats, or even Diary of a Wimpy Kid, they can try this one.

 

Hippopotamister

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Title:    Hippopotamister
Author:   John Patrick Green
Series:  —
Recommended for:  early chapter book readers, early readers on the C or D level, listeners ages 4 and older
Pages:   84 p.
Call Number/Link:   GN J GREEN, J.

Rating:  ****

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

“The zoo isn’t what it used to be. It’s run down, and Hippo hardly ever gets any visitors. So he decides to set off for the outside with his friend Red Panda. To make it in the human world, Hippo will have to become a Hippopotamister: he’ll have to act like a human, get a job, and wear a hat as a disguise. He’s a good employee, whether he’s a construction worker, a hair stylist, or a sous chef. But what he really needs is a job where he can be himself”–Amazon.com.

 

Comments:

Hippopotamister is my kind of graphic novel!  It strikes me as one or two steps beyond a picture book.  Its text is fairly short, but in speech bubbles, and the print is large enough for younger readers.  (Happily, the text is also large enough for more aged readers!)

It is the cute, funny story of a red panda and hippopotamus who leave the worn down City Zoo to live amongst the humans.  They have a series of jobs, but wind up being fired from each and every one.

Now for the $20,000 question:  will they ever find the place where they actually belong?

I think this book will appeal to readers who have a good grasp of sight words and are ready for something a bit more complicated.  Listeners ages 4 and up will also enjoy it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2016 in Funny, Graphic Novels, Juv

 

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