Monday, June 24, 2013

Missy's Super Duper Royal Deluxe #2: Class Pets

Missy's Super Duper Royal Deluxe #2: Class Pets
by Susan Nees
Scholastic Inc. (May 28, 2013)
review ARC provided by Cover to Cover Children's Books

This great book is about Missy bringing home class pets. 

First, she had to get ready. She made a sign that said welcome pets! Then she packed her lunch and she needed Pink, her cat to look her best and so she brushed Pink. But after all that hard work, she saved her best for last. She had to ask her mom if she was even allowed to bring home a class pet. And of course her mom said NO. They would be noisy and messy. And smelly. What if they were to get lost? Missy asked again sweetly, then loudly and even on her head! But the answer was the same. No.

Then right before Missy headed to her bus stop, she asked one more time. Missy said it would only be a few days and they are so cute and cuddly and she promised to take very good care of them. So her mother thought for a few seconds and her answer was… YES! IF Missy eats her veggies, combs her hair, and make her bed. And so Missy promised to do all those things. Then she went to school. 

At school everyone was happy for Missy. Until Tiffany came along and said that she was going to get a class pet too and that was going to be Eenie-Meenie, Miney, and Moe. But Missy wanted Eenie-Meenie, Miney, and Moe. But Tiffany can pick first because she is new. So Missy has to make a plan so that noodle head does not take Eenie, Meenie, Miney, and Moe. So in library, Missy started annoying Oscar, a class mate, until he started to read about pets. That’s when she had an idea! She could tell Tiffany that they are disgusting and smelly and dirty and worst of all, they could get lost! Then Tiffany would not want them. At recess, Missy told her that they are bad, smelly, and they could get lost. But that noodle head still would not budge. 

So at the end of the day Tiffany picked Eenie-Meenie, Miney, and Moe, and Missy got the gold fish. Then Missy gave Tiffany some rat food and that’s when Tiffany freaked. She thought that Eenie-Meenie, Miney, and Moe were gerbils and not rats! She threw them and ran. Thankfully Missy caught the rats and so she got to take them home. -- R

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Hide And Seek

Hide and Seek
by Kate Messner
Scholastic Press (April 1, 2013)
ARC provided by Cover to Cover Children's Books

This book is about how Anna, Jose, and Henry meet again in Washington D.C to see the Sliver Jaguar Cup. Unfortunately, the parents noticed something weird about it and they realized it was fake. So they go to Costa Rica because they believe the cup is there. They leave the three kids in a friend-owned hotel and leave. Some important events happen like they visit Rainforest and so on forth and then in the middle they meet Alejandro and notice he is giving a illegal tours to see the Green Macaw birds that are almost gone. Then they sneak around and find nothing is weird about him and then they leave. Some time passes and then Jose got mad at Anna, Henry, and Sofia (the hotels owner's daughter) and he goes on his own and then he sees a man at the counter that looked exactly like Vincent Goosen the head of a gang who steals art. Jose thoughts became reality. He and Alejandro investigated and found many pieces of evidence that he knew who stole the Cup. Then some time passes with some details and then Mr. Loupe was once a part of the gang that steals art called Serpentine Prince and he stole the cup and hid it under his bed. With the help of his friends, Jose was able to catch Mr. Loupe and police arrested him but he didn’t catch Goosen and he disappeared. 

This is a really good book. This book is good for grades 4 to 7. --SR

Sunday, June 2, 2013

The Life of Ty: Penguin Problems

by Lauren Myracle
illustrated by Jed Henry
Dutton Juvenile (May 2, 2013)
review ARC provided by Cover to Cover Children's Books

This book is about this boy named Ty and his school and family. He goes to school (like we do) and his mom had a baby so her attention was her mostly on the newborn. Ty doesn’t know that and he is only 7 so he thinks his mom doesn’t care about him anymore.

Then some events happen like he digs out his baby stuff and go to school. Then he has this trip to the aquariam and he gets lost ( kind of ). He meets these penguins and this penguin comes up to him and made piu noise and so he thought it was saying take me home with you. Ty had noticed that the other penguins (like his family) didn’t care about him and so he took the penguin home. 

His teacher got mad at Ty for going off on his own and he got a phone call home and his mom was MAD. He told...well his sisters found out he brought a penguin and they said they would take it back for him if he learns his lesson. His mother came in and she left the baby in there and it ended up the baby and Ty became friends.  --SR

Bink and Gollie: Best Friends Forever

Bink & Gollie: Best Friends Forever
by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee
illustrated by Tony Fucile
Candlewick (April 23, 2013)
review copy provided by the publisher

Summary: Bink and Gollie return in the third book, Bink and Gollie: Best Friends Forever. Like usual, there are three chapters. The first is Empire of Enchantment, Gollie finally finds out that royal blood is in her veins. She ventures off to say hello to her fellow servants, but in the end decides that friends are better, so she goes back to Bink! The second chapter is Why Should You Be Shorter Than Your Friends? Bink doesn’t like the fact that she’s short and Gollie can do everything she can’t. She orders a ‘stretch-o-meter’, and well… things get a little rusty. But have no fear, for PEANUT BUTTER IS HERE! Oh, and Gollie. The third chapter is Kudos, Bink and Gollie. The two friends try to get into their version of the world book challenge.

What I Liked Best About This Book: Well, first off, IT’S BINK AND GOLLIE. Who doesn’t love those two? It might be better for younger kids, like first graders. Although, it’s always fun to read a book like this. Bink and Gollie always have funny things to say. There have been three Bink and Gollie books so far, and I’ve read all of them. It might seem a little kid-ish, but this is like another version of that Pigeon book to me.  --SA