Author and artist Ben Hatke brings to life Zita the SpaceGirl in this graphic novel trilogy. With brightly colored panels and creative creatures, readers in grades 3 - 5 will be drawn into this series. Girls especially will connect with this young lady who has been abducted from her planet into a world of aliens, robots and space creatures. Although Zita's mission is to rescue her friend and return home, she finds makes new friends and rescues lost souls along the way. Zita's bravery and courage will have readers cheering for her survival.
D.J. considers himself to be boring and not good at anything which really stinks when you come from a family where everyone is awesome at something. Life gets even worse when his best friend Gina moves away. Then one day, D.J. rescues Hilo when he crashes to Earth. D.J. takes Hilo home with him and teaches him about rice and milk and wearing clothes to school. D.J. helps Hilo figure out his past and fight robotic insects. Life gets better for D.J. when his old friend Gina moves back to town. Together, the three of them fight against the evil monster Razorwark and try to save the world. Along the way, D.J. learns that he is good at many things including being brave and fighting for his friends. Outstanding!
A very fun story with easy to read panels and colorful illustrations. The many sound effect words and action scenes make the reader want to know what is going to happen next. My favorite parts were the "Ahhhhhhhhh" greeting and the way Hilo fell asleep at night.
Readers in grades 3-5 will enjoy this story. Hilo, the incredibly smart boy robot, makes readers laugh and teaches us that awesomeness comes in many forms. Can't wait for the next adventure in this series to be released in May 2016.
" Grown-ups are always talking about the 'good old days' and how things were so much better when THEY were kids. But I think they're just jealous because MY generation has all this fancy technology and stuff they didn't have growing up. Believe me, I'm sure when I have kids of my own, I'm gonna be the exact same way my parents are now." (page 1).
In this latest book, Greg's mom is on a technology free kick and wants to get back to the good old days. Greg does not agree. In my opinion, the books starts off slowly as we spend time getting to know about Roderick's job, the pig taking over the guest room, and Grandpa living with the family. but it picks up speed when Greg takes a trip to Hardscrabble Farms to avoid telling his dad about the accident with car. At Hardscrabble Farms, Greg and his cabin buddies learn to survive in the wild and avoid Silas Scratch. Life on the Farm goes from bad to worse for the boys in their stinky cabin when the clogged toilet overflows. Thankfully Grandpa's book: The Essential Book for Young Lads proves very helpful for camp survival. In the end, Greg learns something about his father that he never knew and finds out that his dad does not aways follow the rules either.
The stories at camp had me laughing and groaning out loud. I cannot imagine how smelly and gross that cabin must have been. I am thankful that Greg and his father reconciled in the end. I also liked how Grandpa's book proved useful for starting fires and building shelters. When technology is not available, books still have the answers.
I recommend this book for Diary of Wimpy Kid fans. As an adult, I can tell the difference between what is right and wrong and the authors' use of sarcasm and irony. However, Greg is basically a lazy kid who tries to get away with as much as he can. He definitely is not the best role model for young readers.
In Book 2 of the Amulet series, Emily and her brother Navin are still searching for the mysterious fruit of the Gadoba tree to waken her mother from her coma. As Em's mother's condition grows worse, Em must fight her own battles to keep control of the mysterious stone. Em and her brother Navin split up to save the people of Kanalis and fight the Elf King. With the help of a new friend and protector Leon Redbeard, Em learns more about her powers and the duties of the stonekeeper. Navin devises a plan to outwit the evil Elves and save Emily from certain death. In the end, brother and sister unite against the biggest evil ever.
Author and illustrator Kazu Kibuishi does an amazing job telling a story with pictures and few words. Readers are drawn to his colorful characters and quickly become engrossed by the drama in the story. As Emily learns to harness the stone's power, we are reminded how something good can gain control of our lives if we let it. My favorite part of this story is the part where Emily takes only what she needs from the Gadoba trees to save her mother. Depending on her friends and family make Emily stronger than the evil she is fighting.
I recommend this story to grade 3 readers and up who are interested in adventure and fantasy. The book contains unusual creatures full of amazing powers. The use of machines and a walking house add to the adventure. I can't wait to read book three!
Kit Feeny moves away from his old house in the country to a home in the city with his mom, dad, and two sisters. Kit tries to sneak his best friend Arnold on the move, but discovers that does not work. Kit begins life at his new school looking for a friend like Arnold that reads graphic novels, dreams of being a monkey, and likes Ninja Fishing. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be anyone at this school that passes the test. Certainly not Devon the Bully Comedian who seems determined to ruin Kit's life with bad jokes and rude comments about Kit's cool new shirts. After a time living as a lonely hobo, Kit comes up with a plan to teach Devon some new tricks and makes a new friend in Hoff Hassel.
My favorite part of the book is the ending when Kit, Arnold, and Ned celebrate with 1000 bouncy balls! Wouldn't that be fun? I also like that Kit was able to teach Devon to be a better comedian, without being too mean. I do not care for the use of the word "stupid" in the story. His sisters are a bit strange too.
I think this book will appeal to boys in grades 1-3. It has been called BabyMouse for boys by other reviewers. It has short easy text and a clear story line. Readers will be able to identify with the struggles of making friends, dealing with bullies, and annoying siblings.
From first glance, Sunny Side Up looks like a fun story about a girl at the beach. However, as you begin reading, you find out that not everything is bright and cheerful for this young lady. Especially since she is packed off to visit her Grandfather in Florida. Although she is excited to be in Florida and closer to Disney World, living with Grandfather in the retirement community is not all that terrific. The year is 1976 and the story flashes back to Sunny's life in Pennsylvania where we find out that her brother Dale has some serious problems. Meanwhile in Florida, Sunny meet the only other kid around. Buzz introduces Sunny to the world of comic books and together the two of them rescue cats and find a missing old lady. Through the summer, Sunny learns that it is important to speak the truth and give people a chance.
This book deals with a family member struggling with a drug and alcohol problem. This is a serious issue that affects the whole family. A note from the authors at the end of the book shares how this problem affected their family and made them feel ashamed, embarrassed and even scared. They wrote this book so that readers facing this type of problem will be willing to talk about it and find help.
I would recommend this book to readers in grades 4-6 and would encourage parents and teachers to have discussions with their children about drug and alcohol abuse problems. My in-laws enjoyed reading this book with their granddaughter and laughed at the crocheted toilet paper doll and the old ladies saving rolls in their purse from the 4:30 buffet.
Meet Astrid. Twelve year old Astrid has been best friends with Nicole forever. But that all changes after Astrid's mom takes them to a Roller Derby competition. Astrid falls in love with the sport and signs up for Roller Derby Camp. Unfortunately, Nicole heads to Dance Camp with her new friend that is more interested in boys and shopping than hanging out with Astrid. This begins the toughest summer that Astrid has ever faced. Being a Roller Girl takes hard work, dedication, and lots of practice falling down and getting back up again. Throughout the summer, Astrid makes new friends and learns what it takes to be a true friend and teammate. I admire Astrid's determination and courage to try something new.. something different. My favorite part of the story is when she discovers her Roller Derby name. She finally figures out that she is more than a "Rose Dud". She is a shooting star! I think girls in grades 4 - 8 will really enjoy this book.
Teachers are learners too. This year I have taken on the challenge to join the Nerdy Book Club's Graphic Novel Celebration by writing weekly book reviews. This is a genre that I know very little about. I also do not consider myself a writer. How can that be? I teach kids to write... I tell them that they are writers.... yet.. it is still so hard for me too! I am excited grow my knowledge of graphic novels through this project.