Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Children's Book Roundup

Yup…all the reviews got it right…this book is great!  First let’s talk about the characters, Stead has created a unique cast that have you rooting for them from the beginning.  I like how she has written a book about bullying without it *really* being about bullying…it doesn’t beat you over the head with its preaching but it gets the message across…being different is ok.  The mystery that is in the forefront of the story is interesting and will definitely keep you guessing.  The other thing I LOVE about this book is the length.  Being a parent of 6th grade triplets (with two that have the leanings to be reluctant readers) shorter books appeal to them.  They don’t feel overwhelmed by a huge tome…it is age appropriate and interesting and the perfect length.


Book Description via Amazon

Release date: August 7, 2012 | Age Range: 9 and up | Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)

An instant New York Times bestseller, Liar & Spy is a story about games and friendship. Seventh-grader Georges moves into a Brooklyn apartment building and meets Safer, a twelve-year-old self-appointed spy. Georges becomes Safer's first spy recruit. His assignment? Tracking the mysterious Mr. X, who lives in the apartment upstairs. But as Safer becomes more demanding, Georges starts to wonder: How far is too far to go for your only friend?

This is a funny, little gem of a book.  There are not a lot of words on each page but the ones that are there, combined with colorful illustrations, make this a winner.  My five year old gives this two thumbs up!

Book Description via Amazon

Release date: February 16, 2012 | Age Range: 4 - 7 years

2013 Recipient of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award!

Three side-splitting stories in one great picture book!

In three laugh-out-loud situations, an irresistible cast of colorful birds illustrate the concepts of "up," "tall" and "high." First, a short peacock proves that he may not be tall, but he definitely isn't small. Then, a resourceful bird helps his penguin friend find a way to fly. Finally, two birds want to live in the same tree, but what goes up must come down! Each short story features a flap that reveals a surprise twist.

With fun fold-outs, easy-to-read text, and a hilarious cast of characters, these stories beg preschoolers and emerging readers to act them out again and again.
This book is perfect for any house that has a ninja loving member.  We have read this no less than twenty times in my house!
Book Description via Amazon
Publication Date: September 18, 2012 | Age Range: 1 - 6 years
Late at night, when all is quiet and everyone is asleep, a ninja creeps silently through the house in search of treasure. Soon he reaches his ultimate goal...and gets a big surprise! Will the nighttime ninja complete his mission?
With spare text and lush illustrations, Nighttime Ninja is a fun, adventure-filled story about the power of play and imagination.

1 comment:

  1. Hey lady! Read this today and had higher hopes for the illustrations for Nightime Ninja based on cover! Text was brief enough but pictures left me wanting more!