By Matt Brennan
Illustrated by Jonathan Reich
I was sent this book in exchange for a review. I am going to be honest this is a hard book to read. It isn’t impossible but it is out of order. It is supposed to be. You start the book in the middle and then follow arrows to the next portion. You are jumping all over the book. It is just as confusing as I bet time travel would be so I guess the book works in that way. It is a book about time travel. Things would be all mixed up.
I haven’t decided what I think about this book. It is very challenging for a reader like me. I do think there are readers who would like the challenge of this book. I think of the arrow lines were thicker and bolder it would be easier to find your next spot. Maybe a cheat sheet in the back! If you think it is a very messed up choose your own adventure, you will have a crazy adventure.
I think this is a book that would be an interesting addition to a classroom. It is a very creative book style. This is probably an idea a lot of kids have for a book. Heck this is just like when my F&Gs get all mixed up.
If you are up for a challenge, this is it.
By Joe Berger
This book is about a girl named Bridget who gets a box from the pet store, now Bridget’s always wanted a pet unicorn but when she gets the box she thinks it is too small for a unicorn and thinks it could be a PENGUIN! Then when she finds an even smaller box she thinks it could be a mouse but instead she gets a Cukoo Clock. But that’s not the ending.
I like this book because it is like a biography of ME. But some parts aren’t true like I don’t want a unicorn but I do want a penguin. I can be messy. I can be inpatient. I can be loud. And my name is Bridget. Oh and I am fidgety!
I recommend to kids who wish for crazy pets. My best friend would love this book!
By Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
This book is about the Norse goddess Freya at her new school Asgard Academy and on her way there she losses her magical jewel Beijing which can tell the future and make prophesies. She’s also trying to find her amma Gullvieg.
I like this book because the characters are strong girls and the boys aren’t as cool.
I recommend This book to kids who like the Goddess Girls series.
I give this 15 strong female stars 👱🏻♀️👱🏼♀️👱🏽♀️👱🏾♀️👱🏿♀️💪🏿💪🏾💪🏽💪🏼💪🏻💫⭐️🌟✨☀️
By Debbi Michiko Florence
Pictures by Elizabet Vukovic
Knowing I am a huge fan of Jasmine, Debbie nicely sent me a copy of Flamingo Keeper. Still a big fan of Jasmine.
This book is about Jasmine wishing for a flamingo on a daruma doll. A daruma doll is a Japanese good luck doll. They come with no eyes. You color in one eye after you make a wish and the other eye after the wish comes true. Jasmine is super excited and starts planning for flamingo pet until her grandmother explains Jasmine has to make her wish come true. She is super sad because she knows she will never pet flamingo. She thinks of a couple ideas including adopting a flamingo at the zoo. Her older sister even helps her by giving a surprise.
I really liked this because I really want a pet penguin. Essentially I am Jasmine just with a penguin. I really should ask about adopting a penguin via the zoo. I may want one but I know a penguin couldn’t live at my house. I bet a lot of kids wish for pets that can’t live at their homes. This is a good book for working through that. This is a book about dealing with disappointment for kids!
I recommend this to kids who really wants a pet but can’t have one. Maybe kids who are dealing with disappointment. It was also interesting to learn more about Japanese culture. I usually pay attention to the good luck cat but now I will look for a daruma doll.
I give this 15 flamingo stars
By Travis Jonker
Pictures by Mark Pett
I won this copy of the book during the draw off event at NerdCampMI JR event. There was tape on my seat and that meant book.
OMG you must read this book! You will have to preorder it because it isn’t out yet but when it is, it is a must read. It is a picture book that even older kids will like. It is the story of the very last castle. They don’t really say how it became the last castle but it is and people are not allowed in. Because it is something unknown they make up stories of monsters, snakes and giants. A little girl is curious about the castle. She notices a guard is at the tower sometimes and sometimes not. She gets brave and knocks on the door but then hiss and she runs off. This gets her an invite into the castle and creates change for the everyone. Now I have to stop or I will tell you the entire book.
I liked this book because it is a gorgeous story, both the words and pictures. It is the story of assumptions and how they can be wrong. It is the story of being brave and making change.
I also liked that the main character is a black girl. She may be biracial (her grandfather looks white) but she looks like my best friend. I want my best friend to see herself in books as the main character. She is not a supporting character to me but her own main character. Kids need books where they are the main character.
This book just needs to be in everyone’s library.
By Bridget Hodder
First off she gets points just because her names cool!. Now on for the review.
This book is about the real story of Cinderella. The books chapters alternate who telling the story. The two people who tell the story are Cinderella ( Lady Rose, Rose Queen Rose) and the Rat Prince ( Prince Char, Char, Prince Charming, King Charming).
I like this book because it is very fun and I think the story’s fast paced.
I recommend this book to kids who like Liesl Shurtliff’s books that are retelling of fairy tales. One way to know it’s one of the retelling books is that it always says: The ( fairly) True tale of; and then the fairy tale.
I even read this book on a tablet and really prefer paper books but I couldn’t wait to start it. I read it over two days!
I give this book 15 fairytale stars 🦄🦄🧛♀️🧝🏿♂️🧝🏿♀️🧙🏿♂️🧙🏼♀️👸🏾🤴🏼🧜🏽♂️🧜🏻♀️🧞♂️🧞♀️🧚🏿♂️🧚🏾♀️
I am lucky to live about 90 minutes from where NerdCampMI happens. This year, I was able to attend the Junior event. My group got to meet Jarrett Lerner, Janet Tashjian and Hena Khan. Plus we heard Dav Pilkey and watched a draw off with Jerzy Drozd, Ruth McNally Barshaw, Judd Winnick and Travis Jonker.
The best part is meeting the authors and illustrators! I get nervous but it is my favorite part. Plus sometimes they recognize me first! You should attend these events because there are a lot of fun authors. A lot of the kids were super excited for Dav Pilkey and that is cool to see. I am not a huge fan of him but I was excited to hear from an author open about his ADHD. Yea – that is important for kids to hear especially kids with ADHD (like me). Meeting authors makes books more real – you can learn more about how they got their stories together and even more fun, they introduce you to other authors.
Fun fact: my library asked me to read Kara LaReau‘s Bland Sisters, which I loved and interviewed her. From getting to know her, I found Jarrett Lerner and Debbie Michiko Florence.
My book pile has grown again, just in time for vacation.
I also met kid booktuber, Snazzy Reads, in person. I like meeting kids like me who read and share about it. We just added a page to my blog to keep track of the “Cool Kids” I find out about.