Posted in Book Review, Reviews by Annoying Little Brother

Albie Newton

By Josh Funk

Illustrated by Ester Garay

Review by Annoying Little Brother

We borrowed this book from the library. It is a cool book about someone making a time machine. To make it, he takes a lot of stuff. People get mad at him. But then they are happy to go to space and in time.

I liked that he made a time machine. He met a dinosaur. Everybody likes dinos. I like dinos. I am going to make a time machine so I can meet dinos.

I think the book is about inventing. It is about actions who impact others. People get mad at me when I make messes.

I recommend this book!

Posted in Awesome Kids, Book Review

EngiNerds

Book by Jarrett Lerner

Review by Sam

About the story:

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Robots can be a problem.

Have you ever thought about that?  You may have thought having a robot would be the best thing in the world.

Think again.

A robot could bring the world to its fate, due to careless programming.  That is, if it is a robot named Greeeg. A robot named Greeeg that appears on 12-year-old Kennedy’s doorstep, and then builds itself.

How would you like to have a robot that ate everything in that fridge, and then broke a window with his cube-firing butt?  Can Kennedy and his nerdy friends find a way to stop the town from being destroyed by a horde of very-hungry robots?

You will have to read the book to find out.

This is a great read if you enjoyed the “Captain Underpants” series. If you liked this book, you will be excited to know that in early 2019, there will be a sequel called, “The Revenge Of The EngiNerds”.

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About the characters:

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Kennedy is the head of the EngiNerds, and he likes to make slingshots and buildings out of chopsticks. He also likes “build your own”  project sets. Dan is Kennedy’s best friend.  He is a bit serious sometimes, but often fun. He also is into robots. John Henry Knox, is a very smart EngiNerd who loves to study clouds and weather. He is often wasting time saying that any day now the world will meet its end because of some natural disaster. I, myself, think he is too serious, but there is nothing wrong with being smart, I guess. Jerry is your average tweenager who supplies everyone with chocolate milk, I do not know much about him because he is only in a few scenes in the book.  Edsley/Mike is another kid who seems to be part of the setup for the sequel that I mentioned is coming out in 2019. I also do not know much about him because he was in like, one scene in the book.

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About the author:

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EngiNerds was written by Jarrett Lerner, and illustrated by Serge Seidlitz.

Jarrett Lerner lives in Medford, Massachusetts with wife, his cat, and his daughter.

Jarrett Lerner is a very cool writer who makes very funny books. Enginerds is a good choice for a read-to-yourself story, or a classroom read that will make you worry for the characters, but will also make you guffaw.

Posted in Book Review, Reviews by Alexander

Dragon Rider and Dragon Rider: The Griffin’s Feather. 

By Cornelia Funke

Review by Alex.

These books are about a dragon named Firedrake and a kid named Ben.  Near the end of the first book Ben finds out he is the Dragon Rider and what that means.  In book one Firedrake is looking for the original home of the dragons: The Rim of Heaven, and Ben helps him.  Ben and Firedrake in book two are looking for a griffin’s sun feather than can make everything grow to save the last moon feathered peagasus.

I like these books because it reminds me that just if you can’t see something that does not mean it is not real.

I recommend these books to people who like dragons, adventures and monsters.

Posted in Meet the authors, Music Review, Reviews by Annoying Little Brother

Meet the author/musician: Tim Kubart

for this interview, Annoying Little Brother steps into the Interviewer seat. His other nickname is “Coopbart” because he is such a big fan of Tim Kubart.

• Author website/social media: www.timkubart.com, @timkubart on everything

• Tell me a little about yourself: I’ve been playing music for kids and families for almost 15 years. When I was in college I was volunteering at a homeless shelter for women and children and started putting on shows for the kids in the nursery. I decided I would make it my career and I’ve been lucky enough to travel around the world singing songs to kids and families, making records, working on different tv shows, and just having the best time.

1When you were my age, did you like to read? I did! I mostly read what was given to me, but my house was filled with stories of Winnie the Pooh, the Berenstain Bears, and Shel Silverstein.

2What was your favorite story? The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. It’s still my favorite story.

3How did you get this idea for your book? All of my shows are very interactive. I make sure there’s something for everybody to do during each song. I wanted a book that a room full of kids could shout a part all together. Or something a kid and his caregiver could read together. That was the main goal. After that, it was just deciding what silly word they could all shout.

4Is writing songs or books easier? They are tough in their own ways! Songs you have to worry about melody and chords and production. So it takes more time to write than a picture book. But I was surprised when you only have a few pages and a few words, you begin to really pay attention to every single word.

5What author do you really like right now? I just got back from Nigeria (in Africa) and received a book about a boy in school. I just read it yesterday and enjoyed learning about the culture of education in Nigeria. The author is Chioma Awani-Diru. I really like non-fiction too. My favorite book is “The Bicycle Diaries” by David Byrne. And just a few days ago I read a book called “Outside the Jukebox” by one of my best friends, Scott Bradlee. He wrote a book about how he started the music group “Postmodern Jukebox.” I’ve also been reading a book of short stories (but true stories) called “All These Wonders.” When I’m between longer books I like to read stories that are only a few pages. ALSO! I need to squeeze in somewhere how much I love “Harry Potter.”

6I know you like hearing from your fans. How does it make you feel? It’s the best feeling in the world. Knowing that something I made is making its way into families daily lives has ALWAYS been my goal above anything else. I hope the music and stories brighten up families lives, and make them feel closer together, and when I get a message saying that it has, it makes me feel like I’m on the right path with what I do.

7What was it like to host a kids TV show? The best. For 4 year I was the host of “Sunny Side Up” on the Sprout Channel and my favorite part about it was that it was LIVE. We were able to talk to families in real time. If we were doing a craft, an hour later I might receive an email from a family that started doing the same craft. If we were singing a song and telling kids to jump, I knew that there were kids on the other side of the screen jumping. It was so special and I’ll always hold it close to my heart.

8You also play tambourine guy. How is that different from your kids stuff? Tambourine Guy is so funny because it happened completely by accident! Scott Bradlee, who created Postmodern Jukebox, was my coworker at a children’s playspace in New York City and he had a great idea for a YouTube video to turn a Nickelback song into a Motown song. I came by with my tambourine to join in and I didn’t think I was being THAT silly, but the next day the video had 300,000 views and everyone was calling me tambourine guy. I like to say that TG isn’t a member of PMJ but instead is a fan that somehow made it onstage. I’ve been able to travel the world and meet TG fans from all over. So many dress like me and bring their own tambourine (just like you coopbart!) and it’s an honor. They are always the best people. It’s a movement of joy and it can’t be stopped!

Posted in Awesome Kids, Book Review, Reviews by Milo

Irving Berlin: the immigrant boy who made America sing

Review by Milo, This American Kid

This is the fourth book by Nancy Churnin. I was able to go to the book release party where Nancy read the book and told us how she wrote the story.

Irving Berlin was a famous American song writer, Nancy said that he wrote over 1,500 songs. This book is about his life and him writing the song “God Bless America.” Irving Berlin moved to New York City from Russia, when he was young.

I liked how he experienced many different types of music in his. My favorite part in the book was when he was playing music on the street and people threw him coins.

I really liked this book (and Nancy’s other books) because I like true stories and I like history. I never knew about who Irving Berlin was before I read this book.

I give it 5 stars.

I recommend it to anyone who likes history, America, music, or non-fiction.

Posted in Book Review, Reviews by Annoying Little Brother

Pink is for Boys

By Robb Pearlman

Illustrated by Eda Kaban

I was asked to review this book by the publisher. They shared a copy with me to write this review.

This book is about that all the colors are for everyone. It gives examples like yellow is for boys. And girls. And a crown to wear. Or Red is for boys. And girls. And cars racing along the track.

I like this book because the characters are very diverse and some were disabled! That means that anyone could find their selves in this book!!! I also like that it shows that there are no such thing as boy colors or girl colors.

I recommend this book to kids who think there are a such thing as boy and girl colors.

I give this book 25 color stars🌈🌟