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Max & Ruby’s Preschool Pranks

Preschool Pranks cover

Title:   Max & Ruby’s Preschool Pranks
Author:   Rosemary Wells
Series:   Max & Ruby
Recommended for:   I think ages 4-7 would find this book funniest
Pages:   unpaged
Call Number/Link:   E Wells, R.

Rating:   ***

Synopsis:

“Max‘s big sister Ruby and her best friend Louise play school with their younger siblings”– Provided by publisher.

 

Comments:

I think Ruby might be the bossiest big sister ever, although her friend Louise is in close competition.  It always makes me so happy when Max outwits her.  Go Max!

This book seems best for independent or one-on-one reading rather than use in a large group.

It could be fun for the grown-up and child reading the book to make their own volcano afterwards.  They could also try different substances in the volcano to see which combination(s) worked best.  If they’re really brave, they could include everything that Max and Lily put in their volcano.  I’m unconvinced that their concoction would actually “explode,” but it could be interesting to see what (if anything) happens.

The flaps are cute and add to the story.  They are kind of fun, but they aren’t FUN.  (However, erupting volcanoes are FUN.)

 

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Mr. Pants: It’s Go Time!

It's Go Time cover

Title:   It’s Go Time!
Author:   Scott McCormick              Illustrator:  R.H. Lazzell
Series:   Mr. Pants
Recommended for:   kids who like funny graphic novels.  And cats, although a reader doesn’t have to love cats to laugh at the Mr. Pants series.
Pages:   128 p.
Call Number/Link:  GN J MR. PANTS V. 1

Rating:   ****

 

 

Synopsis:

On the last day of summer vacation, all Mr. Pants wants to do is play laser tag but Mom and his sisters, Foot Foot and Grommy, have other ideas.

Comments:

I think kids will really enjoy the Mr. Pants series.  It’s very funny and is an excellent choice for reluctant readers.

And it even introduces irony!

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2016 in Funny, Graphic Novels, Juv

 

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The Goblin Baby

Goblin Baby cover

Title:   The Goblin Baby
Author:   Berlie Doherty
Series:   Stepping Stone Book
Recommended for:   kids who like fantasy, kids who are required to read fantasy for school, seems best for grades 3-5 – younger as a read-aloud
Pages:   120 pages
Call Number/Link:   J DOH

Rating:   ***

 

 

 

Synopsis:

After nine-year-old Tam’s baby sister is stolen away by faeries and replaced by a goblin baby, he must journey to the land of the faeries to retrieve her and bring her back home.

Comments:

It can be a challenge to find a fantasy book that is 100-150 pages long and will have appeal for kids who “don’t like fantasy.”  The Goblin Baby meets those criteria.  The story follows a traditional fairy/folk tale plot line.  The faeries come to a house with a young baby and snatch the baby, leaving a changeling (or goblin baby) in its place.  The baby’s older brother goes on a quest to get the baby from the faerie queen and king.  He needs to obey challenging rules to be able to get back home, and the faeries try to tempt him to break those rules.  The brother’s bravery, self-control and good heart ultimately save the day – and get his baby sister back.

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2016 in Adventure, Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Juv

 

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Treasure Hunters

treasurehunterTitle: Treasure Hunters
Author: James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein
Series: Treasure Hunters #1
Recommended for: 3rd grade –  6th grade
Pages: 451 pages
Call Number/Link:  J FICTION PATTERSON, J.

Synopsis: The Kidd siblings have grown up diving down to shipwrecks and traveling the world, helping their famous parents recover everything from swords to gold doubloons from the bottom of the ocean. But after their parents disappear on the job, the kids are suddenly thrust into the biggest treasure hunt of their lives. They’ll have to work together to defeat dangerous pirates and dodge the hot pursuit of an evil treasure hunting rival, all while following cryptic clues to unravel the mystery of what really happened to their parents–and find out if they’re still alive.

I want to start off by saying that I listened to the audio book, which I think gives a different spin on the book.  I can’t say that I would have finished it if I was just reading.  Why you may ask?  I loved the reader of the audio book he totally nailed the voices of the four siblings and I enjoyed listening to it. The book really portrayed how siblings get along or don’t at times, especially in troubled times.  These four are especially close as they have lived on a sail boat their whole lives. There is tons of action, with scuba diving, boat chases, reading maps, hidden compartments, secret messages, pirates, CIA agents, slimy black market dealers and an Uncle that really isn’t an Uncle.  If I had to read the book the sibling arguing would have gotten old really fast. Plus, the author talking to the reader bugs me (Just a personal thing).  This is a series and I don’t know how many books there will be, but the third book just came out.

I would recommend this book to kids who liked Genius Files by Dan Gutman and NERDS by Michael Buckley

 

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2015 in Adventure, Juv, Mysteries

 

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