Posted in Book Review

A Wrinkle in Time

By Madeleine L’Engle

When I saw the teaser trailer for the movie version of A Wrinkle in Time, I told Mom I needed to see it. She said I had to read the book first. Mom’s rule is if there is a book version, you read it first.

Anyway about the book, it is real cool. It is about a girl who has to save her father. Something he accomplished is extraordinary and dangerous. She has a friend and her brother help her plus three celestial beings (kind of like witches but not really). Their adventure is exciting, weird and enjoyable.

I like that it has strong females. This isn’t even a new book so that is pretty awesome.

I recommend this for people who want to look for adventure. Also for girls who need to be reminded they can be strong.

If you want to read the book before the movie, you have time. It doesn’t come out till the spring.

I liked this book so much, I am dressing as Mrs Which this Halloween.

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Sassafras Cats of Izumba

By John Crissman

The Sassafras Cats of Izumba is very funny. The cats chase away all the rats because they are as big as cats. The cats live in peace until the rats come back. The rats make a trail to make it look like cats took cheese from the ruler. All the cats get locked up and the rats take over. I don’t want to tell you more because that spoils the ending.

I like that the cats are winning and then they aren’t because they get locked up. The kitties are nice and they give the ruler a kitty because he is grumpy because he doesn’t have a kitty. The kitty makes him happy.

This is not a learn to read book. It has a glossary at the back so maybe it is for older kids. People who like kitties would also like this book.

Posted in Author Meet Up, Meet the authors

Meet the author: Joe Spraga

Author website/social media:  https://joespraga.com/ / @joespraga (Twitter)

Tell me a little about yourself:  I am a graduate of Western Michigan University, with a Bachelor’s of Arts in English (Creative Writing) and a Minor in Philosophy.

When you were my age, did you like to read?  Yes, very much.

What was your favorite story?  The Very Hungry Caterpillar – (this is really cool-) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75NQK-Sm1YY

How do you get your ideas?  My ideas honestly just pop into my head in a sing/song way. I have a very vivid/musical imagination.

Is it hard to write/illustrate a book?  If you just want to write a book, and you don’t know what about, it can be difficult. However, if you know what you want to write about, it’s easy. Of course we can always use practice to get better as we write/draw more and more. Although I did a series of paintings for my book, I hired a talented artist to take my paintings to a new level for the illustrations in my book.

Do you have a favorite among the books you have written/illustrated?  Just this one- The Snitch, The Witch, and The One Who Was Rich.

What author do you really like right now?  I am really into Oscar Wilde right now.

What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author?  Read a lot when you are young. When you are out and about just living your every day life, make those moments visual memories in your mind. Once you have a lot of memories, they will start to flow into a story with words, and you will find your voice!

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The Snitch, the Witch and the One who was Rich

By Joe Spraga

I wanted this book as soon as I saw it. I met Joe Spraga at the book event this past weekend. Mom made me walk the whole event before I could buy any books but I went right back to get this one.

This book is about a Snitch (a bird), a Witch and the One who was Rich (a King). They were all mean. They and their friends go visit Father Time to ask how to change themselves. They learn how to tell time and not waste it since once time is gone, it is gone. Time waits for no one. As a result, they become nicer.

I like that the book shows to value time and you will have more friends if don’t be mean. I love the illustrations. They are detailed and every one of the characters has it’s own unique detail.

I recommend this to people who want to learn not to be mean. And to people who need a funny laugh. Caution this is a big book so not for little kids unless a grownup is nearby.

Posted in Book Review, Reviews by Lina

Pusheen the Cat

Review by Lina C

The book’s name is I am Pusheen the Cat by Claire Belton. The entire book is about Pusheen’s life. When she can, she’ll try to “acquire treats.” In the fourth chapter Pusheen gets a little sister whose name is Stormy. Stormy sometimes does things Pusheen doesn’t like but there’s one picture that I think is really funny. It shows a broken flower vase with a puddle and Pusheen and Stormy.

There are a lot of pictures and I like that, and I like the captions. It’s fluffy — it isn’t the deepest thing you’ve read–but it’s very funny and I like it. I’d recommend it because she’s funny and she loves to eat like Garfield and sleep but she’s nice. I’d recommend this to anyone who’s looking for a funny book about cats. I would give it a five star rating.

(Bridget note: I love sharing my blog with other kid reviewers. If you know a kid who wants to be reviewer, let me know. They can review whatever book they want! I just want more kid voices.)

Posted in Book Review, Graphic Novels

The Rocket

By Joshua Buchanan

First, sorry, Joshua, that it has taken so long for me to review this.

This is a graphic novel about Foxfur and his adventures with the worst inventions ever seen. He attends a special school and he makes an enemy. He also makes a friend and lives with his sister. They help with his efforts to save the world from his enemy.

Right here I am changing up my review because I have some things to discuss with Joshua.

Joshua, let me ask me this – is Foxfur’s “death” like Shiro in (the new) Voltron’s? Is he really dead or could he come back because I am not too happy with your ending.

Now back to regular review. I liked that the character was a fox and he was an inventor. I like it when people make animals more human. I think Joshua is a good illustrator. You should follow him on instagram.

This isn’t a little kid graphic novel since I spoiled the ending above. I would suggest third grade and up. Kids who like adventures and inventions would like this. People who want to save the world might like it too.

The Rocket is a good story. Now, can I have a minor sequel?

(Bridget note: Mom stopped copying my notes when I went on a long description on Voltron and how The Rocket is like it.)