Posted in Book Review

Even Superheroes have bad days

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By Shelly Becker

Illustrated by Eda Kaban

(Bridget note: This is a pre-release review! It is my first!  The book will be available September 6th)

Do you think super heroes are perfect? I don’t because some times their plans go wrong. What do you think they do when they have bad days. I think they sit on a cloud and do yoga. Oops spoiler alert, spoiler alert. Maybe what they were doing was yoga but I’m not sure.

This is a good book for super heroes. I loved this book because it shows me how to calm down.( Bridget note: I used to be very very bad at calming down. Now I am just a little bad at calming down.  Iam usually just over tired)

Everybody read this book because it helps people calm down.

Smiles: 10

bonus: 3

 

Posted in General

I want you….

This week, I am adjusting my schedule for a super special book review tomorrow.  It is a big first for me and very exciting.

Next week, I will be starting school again. I will continue posting but maybe not as often. I will be the new kid at a new school. I am nervous but excited.

I need your help. I have run out of librarians I know to interview. Can you help me find some?  You can share my website with the librarians in your life. They can contact me through the website.

I have interviews in the works with illustrators and more authors. Hopefully I can share an illustrator interview soon.

Happy read-in!

Bridget

Posted in Book Review, Friday Fun

Pirates on the Farm

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by Denette Fretz

Illustrated by Gene Barretta

Warning: Annoying Little Brother has taken over this blog and has locked me in my closet so he has to do this review ( haha, not really but this is pirate related so letting him do it)

I like this book. It is about Pirates on a farm. They are silly farmers. They think they are sea but they are on shore. They make funny neighbors.

The boy and his family help the pirates but mom is afraid of the pirates at first. It all works and the pictures are funny.

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Posted in Book Review

When a Dragon Moves in Again

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By Jodi Moore

Illustrated by Howard McWilliam

This is the second book in the Dragon set.I reviewed the first a few weeks ago. My new cousin was born this week and this book is about a new baby.

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This book is about when a baby arrives at the house dragon lives at. At first it is exciting but new babies are hard work. You have to be quiet and your parents are very tired. The boy isn’t sure he wants a baby brother. He blames dragon for his bad behavior.

I am not sure I want a new baby at my house. My parents say it will just be me and annoying little brother. But I have a baby cousin.

I recommend this book to my cousins. I will give them my copy. 

Memere made the baby a quilt with red dragons on it. She never read this book!

 I made the baby a quilt too! Now I am going to visit with my cousins.

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Ps. Here I am reading the book to the sleeping dragon at Southfield Library!

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Posted in Ask the Librarian

Ask a Librarian – Donna Lambert & Harry Spear

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Vassalboro Public Library, Vassalboro, Maine

The Vassalboro Public Library is open 3 days a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Most of the time there are at least two volunteers available to assist patrons. Volunteers are important to keeping it running!
I interviewed Donna Lambert, library director and Harry Spear, helper, in person!

What kind of librarian are you?

Donna: I am the library director.

Harry: I am a volunteer.
How long have you been a librarian?

Donna: 16 years.
What led you to wanting to be a librarian?

Donna: I like books and kids. I started as a children librarian.
Harry:     I like books.

How do you pick books?

Donna: I base the books on what the patrons like and what authors are popular.

 

Do you have a favorite author?

Donna: Gerry Boyle who lives next town over. He writes mystery stories.

Harry: I don’t have a favorite author.
How do you decide what book to recommend to a specific kid?

Donna: I ask kids what they like and help them find books on that subject.

Posted in Meet the authors

Meet the author: Gary Urey

Bridget note: I am still on vacation in Maine. Here is a bonus interview with a Maine author!
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Author website/social media: www.garyureybooks.com
Tell me a little about yourself:
I grew up in western PA and moved to NYC for college. I graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and was an actor before turning to write children’s books. I now live in Maine with my wife, two teenage daughters, and two dogs
When you were my age, did you like to read? When I was in third and fourth grade, I liked to read books about nature, and I loved books by Shel Silverstein, Roald Dahl, Doctor Seuss, and Beverly Cleary.
What was your favorite story?
 Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendek
How do you get your ideas?
Hmmm…that’s a tough question, but mostly my ideas just come from day dreaming.
Is it hard to write/illustrate a book?
Yes, it is hard to write a book. Mostly because no one is forcing you to do it and you need a lot of self-discipline.
Do you have a favorite among the books you have written/illustrated?
Super Schnoz and the Gates of Smell because it was my first published book. (Bridget note: I am still reading this one so a review will come later)
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What author do you really like right now?
I love many authors, but right now my favorite is Jerry Spinelli and Louis Sachar.
What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author?
Write! And keep a diary. The only way you can ever get better at writing is by writing and reading good books.
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Meet the author: Debbie Ridpath Ohi

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Author name: Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Author website/social media: DebbieOhi.com
On Twitter: @inkyelbows

Tell me a little about yourself: My favorite color is blue. My favorite dessert is cake. I love miniature things. I play with my food and sometimes I draw with it. I write and illustrate children’s books for a living in Toronto. And I LOVE TO READ.

When you were my age, did you like to read?
Some of my favorites:
Charlotte’s Web
Little House On The Prairie books
Ramona The Pest books
A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle

What was your favorite story? That’s a hard question to answer! I had many favorite stories, and which ones were my favorite changed depending on what was happening in my life at the time.

How do you get your ideas? Sometimes they just come to me and sometimes I purposely sit down and think up book ideas. I always try to carry a notebook around with me, just in case!

Is it hard to write/illustrate a book? It depends on the day. Some days my answer would be “No, it’s going wonderfully!” and other days it might be, “YES, IT’S VERY HARD!”

Do you have a favorite among the books you have written/illustrated? So far I’ve only written and illustrated one book, WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? but now I’m working on my second. And so far, I like my second book more than the first!

What author do you really like right now? I just finished reading some fun middle grade novels by Jess Keating about a girl who lives in a zoo! You can find out more about her books at http://jesskeating.com/books.

What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author? Read a LOT. Read constantly, read all kinds of books. When you love a book, read it again and figure out what made you love it so much. If you don’t like a book, think about why you didn’t like it.

Also, try to write something every day. Carry around a notebook and jot down ideas. Don’t worry about making your writing perfect the first time. The more you write, the better you’ll get.
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