Posted in Awesome Kids, Book Review, Reviews by Milo

Weird but True: Christmas

Today’s reviewer is Milo who is the host of the podcast, This American Kid. He interviews cool people about what they do. He is trying to fund a second season so the link is for in fundraiser but it will help you find his podcast too. Now to his review…

Review by Milo

This book is all about weird, but true Christmas facts. It shares Christmas traditions from all around the world. I liked this book because I was able to learn about the all the different ways that kids celebrate Christmas. I really like to learn about different countries. There are lots of cool pictures, too!

Two facts I really liked were: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was almost named Reginald and three brothers in Minnesota sculpted a giant sea turtle made of snow that was almost as tall as their house. The picture is really cool.

I give this book 4 stars, I would recommend it to any one who loves Christmas and loves to learn about different cultures. There were a few facts that were a little scary that I didn’t like those, like in Iceland kids fear the Yule Cat, a mythical monster who eats children at Christmastime.

Ps: there is also a book trailer – https://youtu.be/0a1rpT_2GFA

Posted in Awesome Kids, Book Review, Graphic Novels, Reviews by Alexander

Wings of Fire: The Graphic Novel

I read this but because I haven’t read the Wings of Fire book series, i didn’t really get it. My cousin, Alexander, is a huge Wings of Fire fan so I asked him to read this. My aunt said he was super excited to do it. The illustrator is Mike Holmes and I do love his work!

image from http://wingsoffire.wikia.com/wiki/The_Dragonet_Prophecy_(Graphic_Novel)

Wings of Fire: The Graphic Novel Book One: The Dragonet Prophecy is about 5 dragonets and a prophecy.  The prophecy tells how to end the war that has lasted for twenty years.  The dragonets must choose one of three sandwing queens to rule the sandwing tribe. This book follows the five dragonets as they escape and attempt to find their homes and meet all the queens so they can know all their personalities in person and not just from stories and scrolls, because you never know when to trust a scroll.

In the novel Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy it says in the prologue what happens to the skywing egg and in the Wings of Fire graphic novel it shows them hatching.  Both tell you different parts of the story, so you should read them both.  Other than the prologue, the stories are the same.  The characters in the graphic novel don’t look like the characters on the cover of the original book.  The graphic novel has a nice story line.  The illustrations are very detailed and look even cooler than they did in my imagination for some of the dragons.

I think people who like dragons, fantasy and prophecies and escaping would like this book.  People who trust scroll could learn from this book series.

The prophecy….. “When the war has lasted 20 years… the dragonets will come.  When the land is soaked in blood and tears… the dragonets will come.  Find the seawing egg of deepest blue, wings of night shall come to you. The  largest egg in mountain high will give to you the wings of sky. For the wings of earth, search through the mud for an egg the color of dragon blood.  And hidden alone from the rival queens, the sandwing eggs awaits unseen.  Of three queens who blister and blaze and burn, two shall die and one shall learn if she bows to a fate that is stronger and higher, she’ll have the power of wings of fire.  Five eggs to hatch on brightest night, five dragons born to end the fight. Darkness will rise to bring the light.  The dragonets are coming…”

Posted in Awesome Kids, Book Review, guest kid reviewer, Reviews by Lina

The Ghastly McNastys and the Lost Treasure of Little Snoring

by Lyn Gardner

Review by Lina

The book is about a pair of pirate twins called Grisly and Gruesome McNasty. They love treasure as much as they hate children and dentists. They especially hate Hetty and Tat, two friends who outwit them when they’re trying to look for treasure buried on the beach in Hetty and Tat’s hometown of Little Snoring. Hetty is very smart in school but not as smart in outwitting pirates (although she’s still quite good at it). Tat is not the best in school but he has very good eyesight because he eats six carrots each morning before breakfast and he’s very good at outwitting pirates, especially the McNastys. Now, these pirates are quite fearsome, but they lack wits. Hetty and Tat eventually trick the pirates, though it does take the whole book.

I liked that it was funny and that the pirates were not very smart. I liked that Mrs. Slime, their second mate, and Pegleg Polly the Parrot join Hetty and Tat. There were drawings on the pages and there were funny phrases for why the book is missing some chapters. (It still picks up from where the last chapter ended.)

I’d recommend this book to anyone looking for a funny book and anyone who needs a good laugh. I might recommend this book for ages 7-12. It’s really good for everyone but that’s just a recommended age.

Posted in Awesome Kids, Book Review, guest kid reviewer

Grandfather Whisker’s Table

By Eun-Jeong Jo

Illustrated by Bimba Landmann. 

Review by Westley.

This story is about a little boy and his dad a long time ago.  The little boy buys a toy for his baby brother.  The dad goes to one of the first bankers and the little boy ask the banker to hold his toy for his baby brother so he doesn’t lose it at the Palio di Siena horse race.  Then he loses the receipt to get the toy back!

I liked when he lost the receipt and the banker gave back the toy even though he didn’t have the receipt since it was a present for his baby brother.  I like the pictures and the artwork because they were pretty.  They had lots of detail.

I think people who like history would like this book.   This is a story about a time that was real, but the people aren’t real.

Posted in Awesome Kids, Book Review, Reviews by Cameron

Schooled

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Review by Cameron
This book is suited for middle school students.  The story is about a kid named Capricorn Anderson.  He has never watched television.  He has never tasted pizza.  His only experience is being raised on a farm with his hippi grandmother who homeschools him.  His grandmother ends up in the hospital so Capricorn has to go to a regular school and learns all about the things he’s been missing.
I would recommend this book to readers who like a funny story.
Note: Cameron will be joining the blog fairly often so I gave him his on tag. Keep an eye out for Reviews by Cameron!
Posted in Awesome Kids, Book Review, guest kid reviewer

Holes

Book by Louis Sachar

Reviewer: Cameron 

This book is about a boy who gets sent to a place for getting blamed for stealing some famous shoes. The place is called Green Lake. The boys have to dig holes which is suppose to build character. Each hole must be five feet deep and five feet wide. If they find anything interesting, they show it to the warden. If she likes it, she gives them the day off.

I would recommend the book to kids who like an adventurous book.

Posted in Awesome Kids, Book Review

Lady Liberty’s Holiday

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Review by Westley

This book is about the Statue of liberty and she was feeling blue. Her friend,  Moe, the pigeon told her to go out to see America. She sees all kinds of  cool stuff like the Rocky mountains and the Grand Canyon.  It is almost the 4th of July. It looks like NY will have to cancel the 4th because Lady Liberty. You will have to read the rest to find out what happens.

People who like to visit different places will like this book.
I would give this book 5 stars because it is good.
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Bridget Note: This is a book review by another awesome kid (my cousin). I enjoy having other kids provide reviews on my site so if you know a kid who wants to review a book or more, send them my way!