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Poppy and the Outdoors Cat

by Dorothy Haas

This is a very good book about a beautiful cat. The illustrations are beautiful and I love the story. It is a very nice story about a girl who wants a pet but can not have it. She finds the outdoor cat in a trash can.  In the end there is a surprise.

If you would like to get a pet but your parents say no, then read this book and you might get a surprise.

This would be a good book for people who are starting to read chapter books. I think Annoying Little Brother will enjoy this book when he can read chapter books.

I give this book 300 stars because I like cats and it is a very nice book.

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She Persisted

by Chelsea Clinton

Are you a girl? Would you like to change the world? If so 13 American women who changed the world are in this book like Nellie Blye the first female reporter and Helen Keller a blind and deaf woman who was the first blind and deaf woman to graduate college. Claudette Colvin was actually the first African American woman to not give up her seat on a bus. Now I wonder why Rosa Parks is so famous even though she was the second person not to give up her seat.

I found this book fascinating and you will too.

I recommend this book to girls who want to change the world.

I give this book 13 stars. One for each woman.

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Wonder

Review by Chloe of Chloe’s Friendship Circle

Wonder by RJ Palacio, is a great book.

It is about a 10 year old boy named August. His family and friends call him Auggie. He has facial deformities. In the book Auggie, his sister Via and al of his friends share their point of view about Auggie’s life and theirs. He goes to school for the first time and enters 5th grade. It isn’t easy for him at first.

He worries that people will think he’s scary and some people aren’t very nice. In the end (spoiler alert) he won the Beecher medal at his graduation. It’s the best one! Even though he was different he was able to inspire others. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good book to inspire people!

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Ben Franklin’s Wise Words


By K.M. Kostyal

Illustrated by Fred Harper

Review by Bridget &Alex

This is a great book. This book is about Ben Franklin’s wise words. Each page has a different saying and the author explains what the saying means.

My favorite part is, “Fish and visitors stink after 3 days.” (My meme says, “I must really stink because I have been here for over 3 weeks.)

Alex’s favorite saying is, “Be slow in chusing (Ben spelling) a friend, slower in changing.” It means some times fast friends don’t work any more. Another saying I like is, “He that can have patience,can have what he will.” It means you want to have patience on what you are working on and don’t give up.

I recommend this book for people who want to learn more about sayings. Bridget saying, “Ben Franklin’s wise words are pretty wise.”

Bridget gives this book 10 stars.
Alex gives this book 5,000 stars.

Posted in annoying little brother reviews, Places I visit

Places to visit in Maine

By annoying little brother
I went to visit Belfast and rode on the Belfast Moosehead train. They took down the Waldo Train Station. The engineer had to turn the engine around to go back.
I also visited Rockport where Andre the Seal lived. They have a statue of  Andre. I watched the movie of Andre with my grampy.
I  also went to an  Animal Farm. My favorite animal was the Fisher. The animals were all from Maine. They didn’t have any giraffes.
Posted in Author Meet Up, Graphic Novels, Illustrators, Meet the authors

Ed Cho & Lee Cherolis

This is a double interview with both the writer and illustrator of Little Guardians series. Make sure to read all the way through for both interviews!

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Ed Cho, writer for Little Guardians

Website/social media: http://www.littleguardianscomic.com  Twitter: @edcho7000

When you were my age, did you like to read and/or draw? I drew and wrote comics extensively when I was a kid.  I made up my own super hero knock off stories.

What was your favorite story? As a kid I was a huge fan of Star Wars.  Still am. 🙂

How do you get your ideas?  Inspiration is a fickle thing.  I get a lot of story ideas while doing mundane tasks like washing dishes or mowing the lawn.  The takeaway here is kids should do more chores around the house.  🙂

Is it hard to write and/or illustrate a story?  It takes a lot of time and work to complete a story and be totally happy with it.  Patience is key.

Do you have a favorite among the things you have done?  Seeing Lee illustrate Little Guardians is a dream come true.  I love the interpretation he gives to the story. The collaboration makes it better than the original script or if I tried to draw it.

What is the coolest thing a fan has said about your series? It’s a treat whenever a fan says they like our books.  We have a few Soma and Elk fans out there so it’s nice to hear they enjoy a specific character.

Why do you think kids should read comics/graphic novels?  The visual nature of comics makes it so easily accessible.  Hopefully the cool looking characters can encourage kids into a life long love of reading.

Any recommendations for kids?  Bone by Jeff Smith is a great all ages series and a big influence on Little Guardians.  I’ve recently gotten into Raina Telgemeier books like Smile, Sisters, and Drama.  They are great!  Check them out!

Silly question round:

Pop or soda – Soda

Pen or Crayon – Pen

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Lee Cherolis, Artist for Little Guardians

Website/social media: www.littleguardianscomic.com

www.twitter.com/leecherolis

www.facebook.com/leecherolis

 

When you were my age, did you like to read and/or draw? Absolutely. I read all kinds of comics and books. Lots of sci-fi and fantasy fiction, as well as super hero comic books. I played a lot of video games as well and got started drawing because I loved to try to draw my favorite video game and cartoon characters.

 

What was your favorite story? The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the galaxy will always be my favorite.

How do you get your ideas? I’m always inspired by the work of artists I admire and it fuels my motivation to make awesome art. So I fill my social media feeds with amazing artists that I can look up to a drive my self to improve my own work.

Is it hard to write and/or illustrate a story? It is very difficult. you have to approach it seriously and with earnest conviction. If it’s just something you don’t really care about it will show in your work and you’ll have a hard time connecting with an audience.

Do you have a favorite among the things you have done? Little Guardians is my favorite project I’ve ever worked on.

What is the coolest thing a fan has said about your series? A father told us his sons loved our comic because it helps them practice their English as a second language. I think that was one of the coolest things a reader has ever told me.

Why do you think kids should read comics/graphic novels? Simply put, comics and graphic novels help promote reading and inspire creativity. More creative kids making art and telling stories is a good thing and I want to help promote that with my comics.

Any recommendations for kids? Cleopatra In Space by Mike Maihack is a fantastic graphic novel series I recommend to everyone. (Bridget note: ME TOO!) Also check out Hilda by Luke Pearson. the Hilda books are beautiful and a lot of fun!

Silly question round:

– Pop or soda – Soda

– Pen or Crayon – Pen

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Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard

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By Jonathan Auxier

This is a guest review by Alex and Bridget

This book is about magic books and a girl. It also involves Peter Nimble. The magic books are basically the bad guys but the story guards think they are good. So the girl’s name is Sophie Quire and she is the last storyguard until the end when the magic books are destroyed to stop the bad thing the books made.

People who like magic and “D & D” (Alex note Dungeon and Dragons) will like this book.

This book get 20 stars from Alex and 40 stars from Bridget for a total of 60 stars.