Archive for October, 2012

Jake Drake: Bully Buster – 26

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Jake Drake: Bully Buster By – Andrew Clements – This was a great book to help kids deal with bullies. Jake is always picked on by bullies. When the new kids Link moves to town, he picks Jake to pick on, but Jake decides he isn’t going to let them bully get to him. He tries to shake off things and act like they don’t bother him. The turning point is when Jake goes to Link’s house, and they work on a school project. Then when they are presenting the project at school Jake tells the class that Link did it all by himself. Now Jake is a bully buster. He knows that under that bully face is a regular kid somewhere.

Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School: We the Children – 25

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School: We the Children – By Andrew Clements – This was a great book. Benjamin goes to school at a harbor side school. The school was build by Captain Oakes. The old janitor has a conversation in the hall with Benjamin and gives him a coin with writing on it. Then the janitor dies. Benjamin tells his friend Jill about the coin, and they start trying to figure out what it is talking about. Jill and Benjamin discover a compass on the floor outside the girls’ restroom which leads them to find a movable floorboard. Behind the floorboard they find a key and a note about saving the school. Benjamin also races sail boats, and he has a big race coming up on Saturday. He winds up saving another sailor’s life. Then the book leaves you hanging. I can’t wait until the next one comes out. It seems to be the start of a great series.

Exploring Space with an Astronaut – 24

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Exploring Space with an Astronaut By – Patricia J. Murphy – This was a great question and answer book. It tells about Eileen Collins and her journey in space.

Astronaut – Living in Space – 23

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Astronaut – Living in Space By – Kate Hayden – This was a great book about Linda working in space. Her job is to fix the telescope in space. It tells about her daily life in space.

Living on a Space Shuttle – 22

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Living on a Space Shuttle By – Carmen Bredeson – This was a great book about how life in space shuttle is different from life on Earth.

Fudge-a-Mania – 21

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Fudge-a-Mania By – Judy Blume – The Hatcher and Tubman families decide to spend their summer vacation together in Maine, not next door to each other, but in the same house, much to the disgust of Peter Hatcher and his arch-rival Sheila Tubman. Fudge plans to marry Sheila Tubman and Peter is disgusted. It took ten hours for the Hatcher family to drive to Maine. Jimmy Fargo (Peter’s friend) is able to come for a week, with his father, Frank Fargo. Sheila also plans to have a friend come named Mouse Ellis who is weird, but she catches Chickenpox and is unable to do so. Fudge meets a girl named Mitzi, who has a baseball glove she calls her “mitzi” and she also has a book about her called “Tell me a Mitzi.” Fudge gets his own “mitzi” and Peter goes with him to the library that day. Fudge could not find the book he wanted, so they ask a librarian named Isobel. Peter falls in love with her and cannot stop thinking about her. Peter asks Fudge why he wants to marry Sheila in the first place, which was because he wanted her to protect him from ” scary creepy monsters.” Fudge quickly postpones the wedding because he has his own can of ” Mitzi’s monster spray” and it is solved. The Hatchers and Tubmans are related at the end of the story because their grandparents, Muriel and Buzzy, got married. Peter’s brother, Fudge, no longer plans to be a bird when he grows up, but instead a bird breeder, or as he mispronounces it, “bird breather”, to which Sheila immediately corrects him by saying he cannot breathe for birds. Other subplots include Tootsie accidentally helping Mr. Fargo’s art business when she toddles across his work and Fudge being chosen as a team captain in a baseball game sponsored by a retired player of the Boston Red Sox, Big Apfel, much to Peter’s dismay. One last one is how Fudge meets Mitzi. Uncle Feather, Fudge’s myna bird, went missing and Peter and Fudge went looking for him. They rang the doorbells to different houses and eventually met up with Mitzi’s Grandma. The next day they met Mitzi. Towards the end of the book a little romance is spread between Peter and Sheila, though they agree that they will always hate each other.

Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind – 20

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind By Judy Finchler and Kevin O’Malley – This is a great book to encourage children to read. The librarian makes a pledge to not leave any reader behind. She finds book that each different student will like and hook them into reading.

The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark – 19

Friday, October 5th, 2012

The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark – By Deborah Diesen – This is a great sequel to The Pout-Pout Fish. The clam loses her pearl, and the pout pout fish volunteers to go get it. The pout pout fish is afraid of the dark, but a voice keeps encouraging him to go deeper to find the pearl. When at the bottom of the ocean the pout pout fish finds the pearl and discovers who has been encouraging him along. Miss Shimmer has been with the pout pout fish the whole time.

The Pout Pout Fish – 18

Friday, October 5th, 2012

The Pout Pout Fish – By Deborah Diesen – This is a cute picture book about a fish who is pouting, but something turns his frown upside down.

Skippyjon Jones Lost in Spice – 17

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Skippyjon Jones Lost in Spice – By Judy Schachner – Once again Skippyjon Jones goes on an adventure. He needs some chili powder to go to Mars. He meets his tween on Mars.