Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tuesdays at the Castle

Tuesdays at the Castle
Author: Jessica Day George
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Aleece

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Summary: Tuesdays at Castle Glower are Princess Celie's favorite days. That's because on Tuesdays, the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes even an entire wing. No one ever knows what the castle will do next, and no one-other than Celie takes the time to map out the new additions. But when King and Queen Glower are ambushed and their fate is unknown, it's up to Celie, with her secret knowledge of the castle's never-ending twists and turns, to protect their home and save their kingdom. This delightful book, from a fan and bookseller favorite, kicks off a brand-new series sure to become a modern classic.

Review: Celie loves Castle Glower and the castle loves her back. She knows the ins and outs and ups and downs. She loves the changing passages and new rooms that it builds and when it wants her to do something it creates a new door for her to go through. All of this comes in handy when her father and mother are presumed dead and her brother, Rolf is to be crowned king but at the same time become a puppet to the council and Khelsh, a foreign prince who will stop at nothing to take control of the castle. 

Overall, this is a wonderful story that was way more thrilling than I could have imagined. The changes in the castle and the changes in the people within the castle make this for a fast paced read that leaves you wanting more and more with each turn of the page.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Chalk

Chalk
Author: Bill Thomson
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Sue

http://roundlake.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1703506035_chalk

Summary: This wonderful book is about three children who find a bag of magical chalk at the playground on a rainy day.  Their drawings come to life, which seems great when a drawing of the sun stops the rain, but is scary when a dinosaur stalks them!

Review: The realistic illustrations tell the story in this wordless book.  All you need is a little imagination and the breathtakingly real illustrations, and you are set for a real adventure!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Welcome to Moonhaven

Welcome to Moonhaven
Author: Annie Auerbach
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Reviewer: Helen

http://roundlake.bibliocommons.com/item/show/2259536035_welcome_to_moonhaven

Summary: This is from the creators of Ice Age and Rio and it tells the story of a hidden civilization. The battle between good and evil is being fought until a teenage girl is transported into the forest kingdom to help save their world as well as ours.

Review: Moonhaven is a beautiful city deep in the woods and is home to Jinn, amazing forest creatures as tall as a blade of grass. They are brave warriors trying to protect their world from the Boggans, who want to destroy all growing things. The book is merely twenty-seven pages, but beautifully illustrated with full color artwork.  Any child will love the visuals and the story of this sweet little book.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mustache Baby

Mustache Baby
Author: Bridget Heos
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Denise Z.

http://roundlake.bibliocommons.com/search?t=smart&search_category=keyword&q=mustache%20baby
 
Summary: A picture book about baby Billy, who is born with a mustache, and his parents, who must figure out if it’s a Good-Guy mustache, or a Bad-Guy mustache.

Review: This is the sweetest and funniest children’s picture book I’ve read in a while. It is also perfect for storytime. The cute and silly illustrations will keep young readers interested. Billy’s imagination makes the story fun and introduces different characterizations and draws suspense onto whether his mustache is a good-guy or bad-guy mustache. Who knew such a wonderful story could be based on a mustache! The ending is quite funny too!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wonder

Wonder
Author: R.J. Palacio
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Leslie

http://roundlake.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1887591035_wonder

Summary: Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.
 
Review: I just loved this book and am still thinking about it days after I’ve finished reading it. It is a great read for ages 9 and up to adults because it gives us all a look into the perspective of someone who was born looking differently but is still a person with feelings just the same. I think it is a good lesson for adults just as much as kids about empathy and loyalty and that a simple kind gesture can mean the world to another person. It is great for kids who may feel pressured by their peers as well to be unkind in order to be “cool” and just the pressures of fitting in in middle school.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Cat Says Meow: And Other Animalopoeia

Cat Says Meow: And Other Animalopoeia
Author: Michael Arndt
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Aleece

http://roundlake.bibliocommons.com/item/show/2325327035_cat_says_meow_and_other_animalopoeia
 
Summary: Animals and the sounds they make are paired up in this colorful picture book.
 
Review: This is a very creative book that takes letters and creates the shape of animals with the sounds that the animals make (using the letters to spell that sound). This is a very cute book but it geared towards older kids because younger kids may not fully understand the letters creating the animal shapes. Parents will love this book though, and kids will grow into this simple, yet catchy, book.
 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Shark in the Dark

The Shark in the Dark
Author: Peter Bently
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Reviewer: Christi

http://roundlake.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1675010035_shark_in_the_dark

Summary: A shark that has been frightening all the other fish gets its comeuppance when the other sea creatures band together to teach it a lesson.

Review: I picked this book to read at storytime. I really think the kids will enjoy the illustrations, and it being a shark book should score it some points too. Since I am reading this aloud, I appreciate the rhyming text because it just flows better. The story itself is a lesson in working together to accomplish a goal – which in this case was scaring away the hungry shark. Overall, this is a great book with a good message.