Thursday, November 16, 2017

Throwback Thursday Post #3


Happy Thursday Young Readers! 

Have you read The Spiderwick Chronicles? If not, you definitely should! My love of all things Faery and Fae started with this Middle-Grade series and that is why it is today's Throwback Thursday pick. I found the first book in this series in third grade and HAD to know how it was all going to end. I also loved the fact that this book included an older sister and two younger brothers. I felt like the Grace children were me and my brothers. :) 

Are there any fantasy middle grade series that are your favorites? Let me know! 



The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles #1) 
by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi 
Published May 1st, 2003 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers 
112 pages 

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Summary from Goodreads:

The Field Guide sets up the story of the Grace children—13-year-old Mallory and 9-year-old twins Jared and Simon—who with their mother move into the dilapidated Spiderwick Estate only to quickly find themselves sucked into a dark and fascinating world of faeries.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Throwback Thursday Post #2


Today's Throwback Thursday is dedicated to a Middle Grade read for all you older readers out there! 


The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1)

by Lemony Snicket 
Illustrated by Brett Helquist
Published September 30th, 1999 by Scholastic, Inc.
176 pages

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Summary from Goodreads.com:

Dear Reader,

I'm sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket


I fell in love with The Series of Unfortunate Events when I was in third grade. My teacher was reading a chapter a day and I hurried to buy my own copy from the store so I'd be able to read at a faster pace. I HAD to know how The Bad Beginning was going to end! Have you read A Series of Unfortunate Events? What middle grade read was your first favorite? 

Have an awesome day and Young Readers Unite! 
Vanessa

Monday, October 30, 2017

Short Reviews #5 - Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell

Pumpkin Jack
by Will Hubbell
Published January 1st, 2000 by Albert Whitman Company
32 pages

4 - 8 years 

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Summary from Goodreads.com:

The first pumpkin Tim ever carved was fierce and funny, and he named it Jack. When Halloween was over and the pumpkin was beginning to rot, Tim set it out in the garden and throughout the weeks he watched it change.

My Rating:


Review:

I’ll admit that the cover of Pumpkin Jack was what led me to check it out online. :) The dark blue/black background with the orange of the Jack-o-Lantern is quite appealing and had me expecting a fun story of trick or treating at the least.

Pumpkin Jack is definitely about Halloween and the fun of creating a unique Jack-o-Lantern and Trick-or-Treating, but it also about so much more. I was pretty surprised to find out that a good portion of the story is actually about a pumpkin's circle of life.

Follow along with Tim and his pumpkin as they both experience the end and beginning of a pumpkin.

This is definitely recommended for science loving readers or for classrooms/parents wanting to teach their young ones about the circle of life (pumpkin style). Like I said, this isn’t so much a Halloween read but more of a fun and interesting educational one.  

Vanessa

Friday, October 27, 2017

Short Reviews #4 - The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat by Stan and Jan Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat (The Berenstain Bears)
By Stan and Jan Berenstain
Published August 12th, 1989 by Random House for Young Readers
32 pages

Ages 3 - 7 

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Summary from Goodreads.com:

As Brother and Sister Bear don their costumes to go trick-or-treating by themselves for the first time, they plan to avoid Miz McGrizz's spooky home. But during their Halloween outing, the cubs discover that appearances can be deceiving.


My Rating:


Review:

I remember reading Berenstain Bear books when I was younger and I always enjoyed them. This one was no exception, even if I am a good many years older now! :) I would say that the Berenstain Bears are always a classic for children and I’d definitely recommend this Halloween themed book this year.

Fun illustrations are always included with an interesting story and a lesson or two mixed in. This Halloween Brother bear and Sister bear are excited to be able to trick or treat on their own. Read along as Brother and Sister pick out their costumes, collect candy on Halloween night, and learn a very important lesson along the way. Sometimes appearances can be deceiving!

Check out this fun read and get into the Halloween spirit while teaching kids an important lesson!

Vanessa

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Short Reviews #3 - Duck & Goose Find A Pumpkin by Tad Hills

Duck & Goose Find A Pumpkin (Duck & Goose)
By Tad Hills
Published July 28th, 2009 by Schwartz & Wade
22 pages, board book

Preschool and up! 

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Goodreads
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Amazon 

Summary from Goodreads.com:

Duck and Goose, where is your pumpkin? Is it in the log? Is it under the leaves? Is it in the apple tree? Preschoolers will surely enjoy going on a pumpkin hunt with Duck and Goose . . . especially when they find the perfect pumpkin at the end!


My Rating:


Short Review - 

If you are looking for a cute and short Fall read for your little one, then look no further! I found Duck & Goose Find A Pumpkin on my e-library but I believe that there is also a board book version. 

Duck & Goose... is definitely a short read and perfect for preschool readers or children younger that are being read to. The story is simple as Duck and Goose try to find themselves a pumpkin. 

I gave this book 3 stars just because there didn't seem to be much to the story. This will probably be perfect for younger readers trying to learn how to read but might not offer too much for readers wanting more of a story. Regardless of the short length, this book was full of fun and colorful illustrations and was very easy to follow! 

Young Readers Unite!
Vanessa

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Short Reviews #2 - Junie B., First Grader: Boo and I Mean It! by Barbara Park

Junie B., First Grader: Book and I Mean It! (Junie B. Jones #24)
By Barbara Park
Illustrated by Denise Brunkus 
Published August 23rd, 2005 by Random House Books for Young Readers
86 pages 

Ages 6 and up!

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Goodreads
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Amazon

Summary from Goodreads.com:

It's Halloween!

Only here's the trouble. Junie B. Jones is afraid to go trick-or-treating. "Cause what if witches and monsters are really real? And what if pumpkins with sharp teeth can eat your feet? And don't even get her started on the candy corn problem. So how is Junie B. supposed to even enjoy this scary holiday? But then-with a little help from a friend-she gets an idea for a costume guaranteed to outscare even the creepiest competition. And so maybe Halloween will turn out to be a real scream after all!




My Rating:



Short Reviews - 

Get into the Halloween spirit with Junie B. Jones! Junie B. is afraid of Halloween on account of the 5 scary secrets she has learned. She's not looking forward to trick-or-treating and what's worse is that her dad isn't even home! Follow along with Junie B. as she tries to become scarier than the monsters she fears on Halloween.

It has been quite a while since I've read a Junie B. Jones book but reading this one was like seeing an old friend again. :) Junie B. books were always interesting and humorous to me as a kid and nothing has actually changed.

This is a perfect read for fans of Junie B. Jones looking to get into the Halloween spirit this year! It's also great for those young readers interested in relatively short and funny reads. Junie B. books are always filled with authentic journal entries, a few black and white illustrations and lessons to be learned. Junie B. figures out how to face her fears in this book! Definitely, pick up for those interested.

Young Readers Unite!
Vanessa

Monday, October 23, 2017

Short Reviews #1 - Franklin's Halloween by Paulette Bourgeois


Hello Young Readers! It has definitely been awhile since my first review on this blog. Today I am starting my first of many Short Reviews. These reviews will mainly be used for picture books or young reader books since those aren't incredibly long. Hope you enjoy! 



Franklin's Halloween (Franklin the Turtle)
by Paulette Bourgeois
Illustrated by Brenda Clark
Published September 1st, 1996 by Scholastic Paperbacks
32 pages

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Summary from Goodreads.com:

 Everyone's favorite turtle is back--and all dressed up for Halloween fun! What does a turtle look like when he's made up as Frankenstein? Children will be delighted to see for themselves as they follow Franklin to a Halloween party, complete with games, a parade, and a haunted house. Full color.


My Rating:



Short Review - 

It's that time of year again! Halloween is right around the corner and I thought I'd try to find a few Halloween themed Children's books. I found this one at my online library and immediately picked it up. I remember watching Franklin and his friends when I was younger and absolutely loving them at the same time. 

Franklin and friends get into the spirit of Halloween by preparing costumes for the holiday party. All are excited to show off their creations and to brave the planned haunted house. Join Franklin as he decides what he should be and tries to figure out who the ghost of the Halloween party could be! 

This was a fun read full of colorful illustrations! It was short but it was festive and it definitely brought back memories of a younger time. :) This one is perfect for young fans of Franklin the turtle getting ready to celebrate Halloween themselves. A quick read for the adults helping out as well! 

Young Readers Unite!
Vanessa