Title: Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word
Author: Bob Raczka
Illustrator: Nancy Doniger
Reviewed by: Alexander J., Grade IV
This book is about a type of poetry that has a one word title and the letters are written scattered everywhere like a puzzle. Every letter in the poem has to have the same letters as the title, so it is good to pick a title that has a lot of letters in it when you are writing these.
The book has a "cheat sheet" on the other side of the page which says the poem in non-scattered words, in case you can't read the scattered version. Even though I can usually read the scattered version, I like to check that what I have read is correct on the "cheat sheet."
Here is an example of one of these poems (a non-scattered version):
Each poem has a picture that goes with it. The illustrations show the poem in the form of a picture. All the illustrations are black, white, red and gray. The illustrations are also all watercolor. The "cheat sheets" are all red with white print and no illustrations except for an arrow pointing up.
I would recommend this book to people who like puzzles, poetry and problem solving. It was interesting because it's a very unique kind of poetry. There are a lot of different forms of writing combined, like anagram, rebus, poetry and riddles.
It made my mom want to write one. It goes like this:
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Title: Warriors 2: Fire and Ice
Author: Erin Hunter
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Reviewed by: Alex G., Grade V
This book is about four different clans of cats. Windclan and Thunderclan are fighting together against Riverclan and Shadowclan. The reason for their fighting is because Riverclan and Shadowclan don't want Windclan to return to the territory they lost in a previous war. Two cats named Fireheart and Graystripe, who belong to Thunderclan, hide a friend named Ravenpaw because an enemy from its same clan wanted to kill him. When Fireheart and Graystripe return to their clan the war starts. At the end the strongest and the bravest of all prevails.
The message the book "Warriors 2" gives to the reader is to help a friend when he most needs it. Another message is to never do something that is against the rules.
The book "Warriors" 2 takes place in the woods close to neighborhoods. It takes place during the Winter months. The setting is very important because imagining the cats fighting during extreme weather conditions makes it harder to win a battle. So strategy, strength endurance are all qualities needed to survive and win a war. And as a reader, imagining these scarce conditions makes the story more powerful.
Graystripe is the second main character of the story. He is is a gray cat with yellow eyes.This cat is very strong, intelligent and brave. Graystripe learns several lessons throughout the story. He learn the importance of following clan rules and that he should always tell the truth or else people won't believe him. Graystripe reminds me of my brother Sebastian because he is strong and intelligent.
I wouldn't recommend this book. When I read the summary on the back of the book I expected the book to have a mix of action, adventure and peaceful moments but instead it was full of wars and adventure and no peace.
The type of reader that I think will enjoy this book are those readers that like constant violence.
Title: The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop
Author: Kate Saunders
Reviewed by: Nadia C., Grade IV
The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop is about the Spoffard family. When they receive a letter from a lawyer stating that they had inherited Mr. Spoffard’s great uncle’s chocolate shop and house they jump at the chance, and move in. The next day Pierre’s (one of Mr. Spoffard’s great uncles) immortal, talking cat, Demerara takes the Spoffard twins, Oz and Lily, and their new neighbor, Caydon to the secret ministry of the unexplained (SMU), where they find out that they are witches! Once they sign the official secrets act, they find out about their first mission. Their evil great-great uncle Isadore (who is immortal) is trying to find his brother’s golden molds, so he can sell his immortality chocolate to an evil gang that wants to take over the world! Their mission is with the help of the SMU, to dive for the tram that Isadore crashed to murder his brothers, find Marcel’s mold, and transfer it to a high-security government vault. They get the mold but Isadore kidnaps Oz. They have to rescue him. Will they make it?
The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop takes place in London, England.
One of the characters, Lily Spoffard, has dyslexia and is constantly being teased about it at her school. To make it worse, everyone thinks her twin brother, Oz is a genius. So it is a big relief to Lily when she finds out that having dyslexia only makes her a better witch.
I liked the The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop so much I would recommend it to anyone who likes to read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Author: Erin Hunter
Genre: fiction, fantasy
Reviewed by: Alex G., Grade V
This book is about a small orange cat that goes and lives with other cats in the wild. This cat is named Rusty and it gets its name changed to Firepaw. This group of cats are called ThunderClan.
These cats are trying to survive in the wild and in order for these cats to survive they need to protect their hunting ground from other clans and animals.The way they protect their hunting ground is by fighting for the territory. In the end of the book two clans named shadow clan and thunder clan fight a war for the territory.
At the end the bravest of the clans win and the losers were the ones who broke the rules.
The message of the story is that breaking rules is not the best way to go. And the creatures that show bravery, the ones that follow rules and the ones that show respect for each other are the ones that triumph.
The setting takes place in a very big forest where different kinds of cat clans live. The forest covers very dark areas, where it can be extremely dangerous, and areas with much more light and safer to be around. The setting is extremely important because it is where all the story takes place.
The main character in this story is Firepaw. Firepaw is an orange cat with a bright yellow neon color eyes. Firepaw grows and changes significantly throughout the story. He starts as an apprentice and then he becomes a great warrior.
Firepaw learns that if he follows rules, shows respect for others and shows signs of bravery, he can succeed in life.
Although Firepaw doesn't necessarily remind me of myself or anyone I know I do think that when I also follow rules, show respect for others, have a good attitude, and follow my instincts and my values, I can become a winner in life.
I wouldn't recommend this book because is very repetitive, very descriptive and too many wars.
The only type of reader who I can think of that could enjoy this book is someone with a special interest in nature and violence.
Title: Nobody Owns the Sky
Author: Reeve Lindbergh
Illustrator: Pamela Paperone
Reviewed by: Makayla T. Grade II
The book is about a black woman named Bessie. She wanted to fly an airplane. Her dream came true because she went to France and learned how to fly. Everyone was allowed to fly in France. She flew in air shows. She crashed and died during an air show. Other people had the courage to fly because of Bessie.
I learned that black girls were not allowed to fly.
The artwork is good. I like it. It helps me understand the story.
I might tell my friends to read this book.
Title: Odd Boy Out: Young Albert Einstein
Author: Dan Brown
Illustrator: Carol Goldberg
Reviewed by: Alex G., Grade V
The book Odd Boy Out is about the story of Albert Einstein and important details of his life how he struggled as a child at home and in school.
For his parents he was a fat, angry and odd boy.For his teachers he was disinterested in school work and even one teacher said he would "never get anywhere in life." But for the world he was a genius.
Albert Einstein was born in Ulm Germany 1879, lived in Munich and as a young adult he moved to Milan Italy. As an adult he found a job in Switzerland in a government library for new inventions. Albert Einstein marries and becomes a father. He died in New Jersey in 1955.
I learned about Albert Einstein's life. Some unusual information i learned was that he loved playing violin especially Mozart, he was a great mathematician, he hated school and every subject with the exception of music and math.
What intrigued me the most about Albert Einstein was how his teachers thought he would never get anywhere in life but then he became a genius earning the nobel prize.
Some of the questions I have after reading the book are:
1. Why was he interested in math?
2. Why was he so interested in Mozart?
3. Why was he angry all the time?
Overall I liked the illustrations in the book because the illustrator used cartoon expressions to tell the story so it made it more fun for me.
I particularly liked the page where Albert Einstein is walking with the baby carriage and in the black background there are symbols of numbers, letters and rays of light. illustrating with those symbols probably everything that was going inside his mind.
I liked this book and will recommend it to others because it was short, easy to read but with great information to learn more about the life of Albert Einstein.
I personally think this is a great book for readers that have a great interest in history.
Reviewed by: Daniel M., Grade III
The book is about the life of Albert Einstein, especially his childhood. It shows us how Albert Einstein was as a child and him growing up at home and in school.
I learned that Albert Einstein was an angry child and that he frustrated his teachers. I also learned that he moved to Italy with special permission.
The pictures help tell the story and do not distract me from reading the book.
I would recommend this book because it is interesting and gives information about Albert Einstein as a child.
Title: Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci
Author: Joseph D'Agnese
Illustrator: John O'Brien
Reviewed by: Nikolas C., Grade III
Rating: ******* (yes, you counted correctly- 7 Stars!)
This book is about Leonardo Fibonnaci who is is a person that changed the way the world saw numbers. It all started when he was a little boy and he was thinking about numbers and solving math problems. His teacher Maestro didn't like him thinking and called him a Blockhead. Everyone else laughed. Fibonnaci loved numbers and found math everywhere in nature, like at the beach, in Africa, in the city of Pisa.
Leonardo Fibonnaci found a special pattern of numbers that is found in nature. The pattern starts like this: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377. You can find these numbers in things like flowers, fruits, star fish, sea shells. When you put them together they can form a spiral.
I love how at the end of the book you can go back at the pictures and find things in them because it tells you what to look for on the last page. It gives you things to think about.
I loved the book because it has math and I love math. The most important message of the book is that you should do what you like and makes you happy. When you know what makes you happy, you should work hard and learn all you can about it so that you can change the world! What makes me happiest is tennis. It is a fun game and I would like to be a pro when I grow up. My dream is to win Wimbledon!
Title: Toys Go Out
Author: Emily Jenkins
Illustrator: Paul O. Zelinsky
Reviewed by: Makayla T., Grade II
This book is about toys that are best friends and go out on adventures. It takes place at school, at a little girl's house and at the beach.
The stuffed animals talk and move around. Lumphy is the buffalo that is nice.
There are not many pictures, but the few show the scene.
I might tell my friends to read Toys Go Out because it is funny and creative.
Title: Once I Ate a Pie
Author: Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest
Illustrator: Katy Schneider
Reviewed by: Myla T., Grade I
This book is about all different dogs and what they like to do. The poems take place in all different scenes. There is a Pomeranian that is gold with long hair. It has little ears and barks a lot. The pictures show what the dogs like and do not like.
I would tell kids who like dogs to read this book.
Author/Illustrator: Suzy Lee
Reviewed by: Myla T., Grade I
This book is about a small little girl that goes to the beach. At first she is afraid of the water, but then she plays in it, but then a big wave comes and she sticks her tongue out and the wave crashes on her and she tumbles and gets soaked but she was okay and liked playing with the seashells. The seagulls stay near the little girl all day. Then she waves bye to the wave and she leaves and so do the seagulls.
The books take place on a summer day at the beach.
The young girl with short hair is wearing a dress. She is playful and looks happy for most of the story.
The illustrations told me the story.
I would recommend the book because I like the beach and the waves.
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