Albert is very excited to start school, he can hardly wait. When he arrives, he finds out that, in school, there are rules he needs to follow. He can’t do whatever he wants, whenever he wants; it just isn’t like home. On Monday, they have story time. On Tuesday, there is art. On Wednesday, they do gymnastics. On Thursday, they play music. On Friday, they make their own snack. A chart on the wall explains whose turn it is to feed the class pet.
You know those books that make your heart melt from the first page and your inner literary critic go WOW? A Darker Shade of Magic is one of those rare finds. From the beginning, the book promised me an adventure along with Kell, a magician with powerful little trinkets in his multifold coat, and Lila, an audacious, strong-headed girl used to living on the edge. The setting is London: three co-existing Londons, to be precise.
This story is about how animals see their predators or prey/food. The colorful close-up pictures of all the animals and insects look like they are alive. You can inspect the animal in its own space. I liked the picture puzzles in the back of the book. I am not used to thinking about animals as predator and prey as the author describes in the book. I learned that you can tell whether a box turtle is a boy or a girl by the color of their eyes.
In this book there are eight stories. The first one is that there's a hippo, and whenever someone tells her something, she says they hurt her feelings! The next story is with a boy named Murdley Gurdson and bad stuff always happens to him, but it wasn't his fault. One day he went on a walk and a bird laid an egg on his head, but it wasn't the bird's fault. There is a bunny who didn't listen, the pig that always wanted to be first, a porcupine named Fluffy, and a really, really, really rude princess and her parrot.
This is such a wonderful take on the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet. Although it has a much different feel to it, I still enjoyed it very much. While looking for new books that retell old favorites, I found that Vendetta was up for review and I just knew I had to have it. I loved getting to know these characters; they're mysterious and interesting. Sophie, the heroine, is set on living life normally after her father has been sent to prison.
In this book, a girl dreams of playing a drum, but her father and everyone else says that only boys can play drums. So she just has to keep dreaming and drumming her own rhythms. Finally her father finds her a teacher who teaches her even more and sees that she can play really well. He helps her until she is ready to play the drums in a cafe on the street. So finally she is able to show that girls can play drums too.
A dog named Buster bites a robber, who then drops a bottle that he stole from the Whizzo Chemical Research Laboratory. The bottle breaks and Buster drinks up the potion. What sort of potion does he drink? It's a potion for super intelligence, and it makes Buster so smart that he can talk. Once the story gets going, Buster’s adventures as a super-smart dog are exciting and funny.
Crinkle, Crackle, Crack: It’s Spring! is about a little boy who is sleeping and he hears sounds outside where it is winter. He goes out his door and sees a bear in the middle of his yard. The boy walks with the bear into the forest. They pass other animals, like a rabbit, squirrel, and beaver. The animals each say, “It is time,” while they hear the rap, crunch, crinkle, crack sounds. They end up at nest with a large egg that crinkle, crackle, cracks, and spring explodes out of the egg.
There is this bird that is a lamp. It is turned off at night when the boy goes to sleep, but it hears a lot of noises in the house and goes and tries to stop the noises. The first noise is a dripping. The bird finds it in the bathroom and turns off the faucet. Then it hears someone sneezing. It is the broom, so the bird sweeps up the dust and brings the broom a tissue. It also stops the rocking chair from rocking and closes the window so the curtains don't rustle.
Miss Grimm lives in a dark place. She seems mad, mean, and rude. Her house is gray and black, and there are spiderwebs and broken windows. She isn't happy at all. Then Mr. Happy moves in next door. His house is colorful, and he is happy and nice. He is nice to everyone, and always says hello to the sun and he doesn't shoo away the moon, like Miss Grimm does. Mr. Happy plants lots of plants in his yard, and one day he plants big plants that grow bigger, bigger, bigger, into giant sunflowers.
Birds come in all sizes. Some are small like the superb starling. Some are huge like an ostrich. Some birds are plain, and some are fancy. But, one thing is true of all birds: they have beaks to help them catch fish, or peck, or gather nectar. Another thing that is true of all birds is they have two wings, and wings can help them fly and glide, or swim and dive. Birds all start out in an egg. It might be in a nest in a tree, or on the ground.
I read a book called Abe Lincoln: His Wit and Wisdom from A–Z. It was written by Alan Schroeder and illustrated by John O’Brien. This book would be nonfiction because it is not fiction since it did really happen. Abe Lincoln was the sixteenth president of the United States. He did a lot of important things. He was president through the Civil War, but not now. The Civil War was a long time ago!
This book is telling you how we get our food, but in a fun way, because there are mazes you can follow on each page. First a truck comes from the ocean where it got fish it is taking to market. You have to get the fish and drive to the other trucks and then you have to take the truck to town. Then you have to take an apple truck, a corn truck, a cheese truck, a flower truck, and a bread truck, and also a school bus.
A little rabbit is walking along and he's so happy. He just has little short ears and no mouth. Then he sees a tunnel and he goes inside. When he comes out there is a spider on him! And it scares him so he cries and runs away and finally gets so tired he falls asleep. When he wakes up he sees a girl rabbit and gives her a flower. But the spider is on him, and there is a spider on her too!
This book is called Grace and it is about a little girl who likes dancing, just like me! I dance a lot with my ballet teacher and also my tap dance teacher. Inside the book, the reader can see illustrations of the five positions of ballet. In the story, Grace tries and tries to dance. She falls down! She keeps trying but it looks like she is pushing the air. Her face looks scared! It was just like when I fell down.
The first Glorkian Warrior book made me want to scream with excitement. This book is not as great as the first one. It’s not as funny.
Buster Glark is another Glorkian Warrior. He says, “Classic,” and, “I’m going to put this in my report” a lot. He doesn’t act very nice toward the Glorkian Warrior (I don’t like Buster Glark). He shoots the wrong part of the space snake, but I’m not sure he knows he is supposed to blast it in the head.
I read a beautiful book called Arrow to Alaska: A Pacific Northwest Adventure. It is a story about a boy whose name is Arrow. I was surprised that a boy could have a name like “Arrow”! In this book, the boy travels to Alaska. Arrow lives in Seattle and he is a friendly boy.
This book is about the middle of Australia. It is dry there. It’s a desert. The European explorers thought there was a sea there. (There used to be water there fourteen million years before the expedition! I want to know why they had to bring two hundred sheep. Where was their boat? I guess they kept it on their wagon. I saw they brought two or three wagons.) When they went there, they found desert.