The Mighty Lalouche

TML coverWritten by: Matthew Olshan

Illustrated by: Sophie Blackall

Published in 2013

Genre: Picture Book

Grade Level: PreK-2

Summary: Lalouche is a humble postman who is nimble, quick, and strong. One day the post office decides to buy a fleet of electric autocars, and Lalouche is left without a job. Afraid that he will lose his apartment, he takes a job as a sparring partner at a boxing club. Lalouche turns out to be an excellent boxer due to his nimble hands, fast legs, and strong arms.

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Brush of the Gods

BotG coverWritten by: Lenore Look

Illustrated by: Meilo So

Published in 2013

Genre: Picture Book

Grade Level: K-3

Summary: Brush of the Gods is a retelling of the legend of Wu Daozi, one of China’s greatest painters. In this book we see Daozi (who is well known for having depicted movement in his paintings) learning and growing as a painter, eventually becoming so good that his paintings come to life. His artwork catches the attention of the public, and eventually he is contracted by the emperor to paint a landscape on the palace walls. It is said that he escaped death by entering this painting and disappearing.

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There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom

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Written by: Louis Sachar

Published in 1987

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Grade Level: 4-6

Summary: Bradley is the oldest kid in the fifth grade, and everyone hates him. Jeff is the new kid. Colleen has a crush on Jeff. Carla is the new school counselor, and she’s on a mission to help the students in this school start to believe in themselves.

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There is a review coming… soon

Wow, I feel like I haven’t written anything in ages! I didn’t get as much reading and reviewing done on the trip as I had planned for a couple reasons.

First of all, I spent a majority of the trip acting as the navigator, and with all the car problems we had I was needed a lot. Second of all, I don’t seem to enjoy reading in the car as much as I used to. Not sure if this was because of all the bumps and movement, or if it was just because I was in a different position than normal (I usually have the whole back seat to myself), but I barely read in the car. So most of my reading was done in the hotel rooms when I had a few moments of peace.

IMG_2500Finally, I came back from Florida with a cold. Who does that?!? Me, apparently. So while I’ve had a book finished and ready to be reviewed for a few days, my mind has been too murky to get anything done. (On the bright side, Florida was beautiful!!!)

Oh, and I also had to go through all of my photos and videos and make edits and post to Facebook and tag people and stuff. So I’ve been busy with that. Plus filling out job applications since I didn’t get the job from a couple weeks ago.

All that said, I’m finally starting to feel better, and all my other stuff is finally done, so I should be posting a review sometime tomorrow. I want to get through at least another library run of books (usually about 10) before school starts up again.

So yeah. Review tomorrow (I hope) on There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom. It was an interesting read, so if my brain is working I should have quite a bit to say about it.


The Twits

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Written by: Roald Dahl

Illustrated by: Quentin Blake

Published in 1980

Genre: Humor

Grade Level: 3-5

Summary: Mr. and Mrs. Twit are cranky, disgustingly ugly, and all around mean-spirited people. They seem to hate everyone and everything, including each other. They spend their days pranking each other, eating bird pie, and training monkeys… until one day the birds and the monkeys strike back.

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Tuck Everlasting

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Written by: Natalie Babbitt

Published in 1975

Genre: Fantasy

Grade Level: 4-6

Summary: Winnie Foster lives a normal, boring life until one day she meets the Tucks, a family who can never die or grow old. After hearing their story and spending the night with them, Winnie forms a bond of friendship with the family. Trouble eventually comes along in the form of the man in the yellow suit, who wants to find the secret to the Tuck’s eternal life and sell it to the highest bidders.

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The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

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Written by: Jon Scieszka

Illustrated by: Lane Smith

Published in 1989

Genre: Picture Book

Grade Level: K-3

Summary: You think you know the story of the three little pigs, but you’ve never heard the wolf’s side of the story! Alexander T. Wolf narrates the story of what really happened on that fateful day, and shows how it was all just a big mistake (in his eyes).

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Understanding Sam and Asperger Syndrome

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Written by: Clarabelle van Niekerk & Liezl Venter

Illustrated by: Clarabelle van Niekerk

Published in 2006

Genre: Realistic Fiction, Picture Book

Grade Level: K-4

Summary: This book tells the story of Sam and his family, and how they found out he has Asperger’s syndrome. The story talks about Sam’s differences, and provides information and tips for children to use with a friend who has Asperger’s syndrome.

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Chameleons Are Cool

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Written by: Martin Jenkins

Illustrated by: Sue Shields

Published in 1997

Genre: Nonfiction

Grade Level: K-3

Summary: Chameleons Are Cool was written by Martin Jenkins, a conservation biologist who first encountered wild chameleons while in Madagascar. The book talks about chameleons and their traits, describing them as “pocket-sized, bad-tempered, color-changing, swivel-eyed, snail-paced, long-tongued sharpshooters.”

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The Giant of Seville

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Written & Illustrated by: Dan Andreasen

Published in 2007

Genre: Biography, Historical Fiction (this story is based on the real life of Martin Van Buren Bates)

Grade Level: K-3

Summary: The Giant of Seville is a “tall” tale based on a true story. Captain Martin Van Buren Bates was a real giant who lived during the 19th century. This book tells the story of his arrival in Seville, Ohio as he searches for a new home.

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