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Knights of the Lunch Table

Knights of the Lunch Table
The dodgeball chronicles by Frank Cammuso

The Dodgeball Chronicles by Frank Cammuso

Title: Knights of the Lunch Table: The Dodgeball Chronicles
Author: Frank Cammuso
Series: Knights of the lunch table
Recommended for: Grade 4-6
Pages: 144
Call Number/Link:  GN J CAM V. 1
Synopsis: Artie opens a mysterious locker at Camelot Middle School and ends up in a dodgeball game with the school bullies.
Review: “Knights of the lunch table” is a retelling of the King Arthur story with a grade school twist. Artie King is a new student at school. Instead of pulling the stone from Excalibur, Artie opens an unopenable “magic” locker. The story is clever in its retelling with most of the elements of the Arthurian legend here in one form or another. It is a decent yarn, though not particularly deep. I would recommend it for grades four through six. The colorful characters make it a possibility for reluctant readers, although the language is a bit complicated.

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Posted by on September 1, 2015 in Adventure, Fairy Tales, Funny, Graphic Novels, Juv

 

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Creature Features

creature featuresTitle: Creature Features; 25 Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do
Author: Steve Jenkins- Illustrated by Robin Page
Series: N/A
Recommended for: Preschool-3rd grade
Pages: 32
Call Number/Link:  E 571.31 JEN

Synopsis: Let’s face it. Even as babies, we humans pay close attention to faces. Observing another person’s features and expressions tells us whether they are happy, angry, excited, or sad. And when we look at an animal, it’s hard not to imagine that its face is communicating human feelings. This isn’t true, of course. Squinty eyes, an upturned mouth, or another odd expression is probably there because, in some way, it helps that animal survive.      Packed with many cool facts and visuals on where certain animals live and what they eat, this book captures twenty-five humorous—and very true—explanations of why animals look the way they do in order to exist in this world.

Review: We know how much our kids love animal books, but this book has a unique way of giving animal facts.  For the kid who ever wondered if a puffer fish could actually explode this book will answer that question in a very direct way and from the animals point of view: “No, I won’t burst, I’ve inflated my body with water to make it tougher for a big fish to swallow me.” Robin Page’s illustrations highlight the text with a cool torn paper look. This book doesn’t have enough information for a school project but will be a really fun read for our young patrons.

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2015 in Non-Fiction, Picture Books

 

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Bad Kitty Gets a Bath

bad kittyTitle: Bad Kitty Gets a Bath
 Author: Nick Bruel
Series: Bad Kitty
Recommended for: 1st-4th grade
Pages: 125
Call Number/Link:  J BRU

Synopsis: Bad Kitty really needs a bath, and she is forced to take one in this hysterical  illustrated how-to for young readers. The following are some items you will need for Kitty’s bath: one bathtub, plenty of water, dry towels, a suit of armor, a letter to your loved ones, clean underwear (because stressful situations can cause “accidents”), an ambulance in your driveway with the engine running, and, oh, yeah, you’ll also need Kitty . . . but good luck with that! Kitty is at her worst in this riotous how-to guide filled with bad smells, cautionary tales of horror, and hopefully by the end . . . some soap.

Review:   Kids will enjoy reading about the struggle of cat vs. bath.  Good for readers  of Captain Underpants and Diary of a Wimpy Kid type books.  The type of humor is similar but without the potty jokes, making it more appropriate for the younger crowd. This is the first in the series of chapter books, and there are some Bad Kitty picture books as well.

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2015 in Funny

 

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