Author: R.J. Palacio
Reviewed by: Sean B., Grade V
Rating: ***** "AWESOME!!!!"
Wonder is about a little boy named August, his nickname is Auggie, and he has a deformed face. He has many life challenges and he overcomes them. He goes to school for the first time when he is ten years old. He gets made fun of a lot. I think the main message is that it doesn't matter what is on the outside of you but on the inside.
The setting is in North River Heights in New York City. It is in the present time.
One main character is Jack Will. He is a friend to August, and he is one of the few people who accept him. He is an enemy to the bully of the grade, Julian. At one time, he says some mean stuff about August. He didn't really mean what he said. They became friends again. In the end, Jack, August, and a girl name Summer, made everyone like August even if he is deformed.
I would recommend this book so you can learn to accept people how they are. It is also very interesting and it is very long and adventurous.
Title: Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature
Author: Joyce Sidman
Illustrator: Beth Krommes
Reviewed by Nikolas C., Grade III
Swirl by Swirl is about spirals that you can find in nature. The book says that a spiral is a growing shape. It starts small and gets bigger. It's all through the seasons. For example, spirals are in the forest, in the ocean and in space.
A spiral can be found in a nautilus shell. A nautilus forms its home by curling around itself as it grows, adding to itself as it grows. A nautilus shell is a very beautiful shell. I've always wanted to see it.
I like the illustrations because they look so real and it has so many swirls, like the book is actually made of swirls.
I like this book because my school mascot is the nautilus shell. I think the nautilus shell represents learning because like the nautilus shell expands and gets bigger and bigger, your mind gets bigger and bigger with learning. I give Swirl by Swirl 4 million starts because it's a thoughtful book and there are so many good illustrations and it's just what I like.
Author: Paul Fleischman
Illustrator: Kevin Hawkes
Reviewed by: Nikolas C., Grade III
Weslandia is a book about a boy who does this summer project. So here's how the summer project goes: He is going to create a new civilization. He does this by digging and letting new seeds come in and make new plants. Wesley makes bug repellant and sunscreen from the plants. He makes clothes from the plants' skin. He invents a new language. At the end of the summer he has a lot of new friends because he is so cool and creative.
The book takes place in Wesley's backyard. He lives in an ordinary town. It is summertime.
Wesley is the main character. He is very creative because he just wants to see what happens if he digs up some ground. At the beginning, he doesn't have any friends because he is different.
The illustrations seem so real. I can't believe how the artist drew it.
I love this book. I like it because it is so imaginative and he makes up his own games and his own alphabet and language. My favorite part of the book was when he has no shortage of friends. I have a personal connection with Wesley because I am so imaginative and Wesley is so imaginative.
Author: Elise Broach
Illustrator: Kelly Murphy
Reviewed by: Sean B., Grade V
This book is about a beetle named Marvin who replicates masterpieces from the artist Durer. It all started when Marvin gave the boy who lives in the Pompaday's apartment, a picture of the scene outside his window that Marvin made. As a good friend, he pretends James made the art. The message is that little creatures can do impressive things.
The setting is in a large apartment in the upper part of Manhattan. The time is the present. They also travel to center and lower Manhattan. The majority of the story takes place in the MET.
One main character is Marvin. He is very reckless, like me in a way. When he is told to be safe by a family member or a good friend, he usually finds it very annoying.
I think the illustrations can be better, but I still give kudos to Kelly Murphy. The illustrations can be in color and simply more detailed. It is not a problem for me because I can picture the illustrations in my head instead of the actual illustrations.
I would recommend this book because it is very interesting. It has scary parts and mellow parts, so it has a bit of what everyone likes. That is why I would recommend it.
If you want to encourage kids to read some nonfiction during summer vacation, check out "How to Get Kids Hooked on Nonfiction Books This Summer," written by Holly Korbey.
According to Vicki Cobb, a nonfiction writer and creator of the iNK Think Tank, an organization of award-winning authors who write nonfiction for kids of all ages, "one benefit of reading nonfiction is that it helps kids look outward, not inward, and science-based nonfiction is a great way to learn about the world." Engaging nonfiction provides readers with lots of background information that helps them to fill in gaps of knowledge, make inferences and improve comprehension. Additionally, Cobb points out that accomplished nonfiction writers use many of the literary devices used by fiction writers, such as poetry, foreshadowing, metaphor and irony, with the main difference being that the nonfiction is true.
Included in the article, is a list of iNK Think Tank's favorite science books that pose questions and offer ideas for open-ended discovery, "so that the thinking child can continue the quest afterwards."
Here Where the Sunbeams Are Green
By Helen Phillips
Reviewed by Nadia C., Grade IV
Madeline and Ruby's dad, also known as the Bird Guy, is threatened that if he does not capture the last Lava-Throated Volcano Trogons for a spa known as La Lava, they will harm his family. When Ruby fails to decode his letter in time, and they travel to La Lava, they have to figure out a way to save themselves, their dad, and the birds before it's too late.
The story takes place in the present. The author doesn't specify where it takes place, but she does say the setting is based on Costa Rica.
Madeline Flynn Wade is a main character. Madeline freaks out a lot and is very scared by The Very Strange and Incredibly Creepy Letter . She is twelve years old and has brown hair. Madeline has a Spanish tutor and is annoyed that her younger sister, Ruby, is constantly outshining her.
I loved Here Where the Sunbeams are Green and would definitely recommend it to other readers! I think people who like mystery, suspense, and adventure would especially like it.
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