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Sarai Series


Both books by Sarai Gonzalez and Monica Brown

Book Source: provided to me in exchange for a review

Book Status: Released

This is a double book review of the two new books by Sarai Gonzalez. She is a young girl who became famous on YouTube. She is a little older than me and has released two books with more coming in 2019.
In Sarai and the meaning of awesome, her grandparents have to leave their home because they can’t pay the rent anymore. The owner would like to sell the house. Sarai decides to take action and does stuff like a lemonade stand to raise money for her grandparents.  She learns that no matter how lemonade stands or dance concerts she does, she wouldn’t be able to raise enough money for the house.  It is an important lesson about how grownup life is.
Sarai in the spotlight is about her entering in a school talent show. She can’t be with her sister because their grades are separated. They have to be in different talent shows.  There is also a new girl who she doesn’t know well but they become friends. The new girl likes to write in her journal at recess instead of playing. The girls partner up for the talent show. This is a book about teamwork.
These books remind me of Jasmine Toguchi and her adventures. Both are also diverse books written by authors from that culture. They really understand what is feels like to be the character. That helps the book be more interesting, valuable and unique. It also is a strong reason to have these in your library.
The Sarai books are quick chapter books like Jasmine Toguchi. They would be great for kids just into chapter books or looking for an easy read. For me, these books would fall into my book candy category (but they meet my reading teacher’s log rules so YEA).
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Legend of Greg

By Chris Rylander

Book Source: July OwlCrate Jr

Book Status: Published

This book is about a boy named Greg who finds out he’s a dwarf and his best friend is an Elf after his dad’s store was destroyed in an elven attack. Quick dwarf history lesson: ELVES ARE ENEMIES AND ELVES ARE TERRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, and his dad’s being held hostage by some elves.

This book is unique because I’ve never seen a book where elves and dwarves are enemies. It’s kinda like a new take on fantasy.

I recommend this book to kids who are sick of the oh everybody’s friends except for the evil witch and her henchmen.

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Try This!

By Karen Romano Young

Photographs by Matthew Rakola

Book Source: provided by Media Masters Publicity in exchange for review

Book Status: published

We received this book before school ended to review and it got misplaced. Mom had put it away so we didn’t do experiments by ourselves. Then we couldn’t find it till September. A heat cancelled school day was a great day to do experiments.

We tried the following experiments:

  • Cool glow sticks
  • spin wool into yarn
  • Elephant toothpaste
  • Color explosion
  • Instant slushie
  • Orange oil lamp
  • The experiments were easy to do with a grownup. We did projects based on what we had at house. We will do some other experiments in future. We needed some other things to do them!
  • Along with the instructions, the book explains what the science is. For example, elephant toothpaste is an exothermic reaction and decomposition. It was warm to the touch!
  • The color explosion is about emulsion. The food coloring shows how the suspension is broken up. We even dipped paper in this to make cool marble paper.
  • Note: We didn’t have regular milk in house (dairy allergic) so we used almond milk. The color explosion worked fine.
  • Cool glow stick shows how cold affects items.
  • Teachers should have this book. The projects were fun and easy to understand.
  • Posted in Music Review, Reviews by Annoying Little Brother

    Building Blocks

    CD by Tim Kubart

    Music source: Tim provided to me

    Music Status: Out September 28th

    Review by Coopbart (Lil’ Brother)

    A perk of being Tim Kubart’s biggest fan is getting to listen to his new cd early! I have had it for a while. You would be jealous if you knew how long I have had it.

    My favorite song is “Going Up” which is about construction sites. I also like “Field Trip”, “Oopsie Do” and what I call the mommy song (Day One). I can’t wait to play “Birthday” on my birthday.

    If you liked “HOME”, you will play this one just as much. (I wore out my “HOME” cd)

    You can sing and dance to all the songs. I just keep listening to the songs. I am not sick of it yet. Oh and I created a dance for “Going Up” that I need to teach Tim and Alex!

    My recommendation is buy lots of copies of “Building Blocks” and see Tim in concert a hundred times. I also recommend dressing as him just as many times.

    Ps I made it in the video for “Day One“!

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    Santa Cow Studios

    By Cooper Edens

    Illustrated by Daniel Lane

    This book is about some cows who make movies giving a family a tour of Santa Cow Studios. The cows take them through sets of their movies that include Star Cows, Jurassic Cows and The Wizard Of Cows.

    This book is unique because I having read any books about cows that are filmmakers.

    I recomend this book to everyone.

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    I am enough

    By Grace Byers

    Pictures by Keturah A. Bobo

    Book Source: owned by me

    Book Status: published

    This is a picture book about how you were meant to be here and there is no way someone can say otherwise. In the book, it states how like everything else in the world , you are here for a reason. Like the air is here for us to breathe and you are here to breathe. Like the trees, you are here to grow and be the best person you can be.

    This is a book that makes you feel better about yourself. It reminds you that you are here for a reason and everyone can change the world. The illustrations are diverse and represent everybody. Kids can find themselves in this book and that is important.

    Everybody should have this! I might share my copy with my class or my librarian or my principal because this is an important book for my school and classmates.

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    Holly Farb and the Princess of the Galaxy

    By Gareth Wronski

    Book Source: Borrowed from library

    Book Status: published

    A lot of people suggested I check out Holly Farb so I was happy to find it at my library. Spoiler these people know me!

    This book is about a girl named Holly Farb who gets kidnapped by pirates in space along with her teacher and a classmate. Their names are Mr Mendez and Chester. The pirates think Holly is the Princess of the Galaxy. When they escape from the pirates, they find a cruise ship where they are rescued and a whole adventure starts as they try not to get recaptured and learn to work together. Spoiler Chester and Holly don’t get along very well.

    This book is unique because of the diversity in species and gender of the character. Hint one character is an alien. Plus two characters have been to space before.

    I like this book because it is an adventure in space. The lead character is a girl but boys will still like this. Holly would be the perfect partner for chaos with my all-time favorite character, Cleopatra in Space. Add in Zita and the chaos would quadruple ten times plus add 30,000. If kids liked those books, they will like Holly.

    I am desperate for a second Holly Farb!!!