Title: Fortunately, The Milk
Author: Neil Gaiman
Illustrator: Skottie Young
Reviewed by: Nikolas, grade 3
Fortunately, The Milk, by Neil Gaiman, is a book about a man who is out and he has a bottle of milk. All of a sudden a space ship comes over and he gets sucked up in it. In the space ship, there are aliens who want to redecorate earth. The man sees a door, and when he goes through it he falls into a pirate ship. The pirates want to attack him, and he asks if he can walk the plank instead. When he’s about to walk the plank, a rope ladder appears out of nowhere and a voice says, “Climb up!” At the top of the ladder is a stegosaurus, and the adventures continue. The main message is that you should be careful with milk because it can cause extraordinary adventures!
The book takes place everywhere and in many different times. There is time travel in the book, and the question is if we are actually living in the present or if we are living in the future. That makes sense because if you think about it, the actual present is always turning into the past and we are always moving into the future!
The man with the milk is the father in the story. He has long straight curl-on-the-top hair. He likes to lie and mess with people’s minds. He is kind of brave. He tells his kids about his amazing adventure.
The illustrations, by Skottie Young, were sometimes helpful because when the book mentioned ‘wumpires,’ I could see they were like vampires in the pictures. There were picture pages and also pictures on the story pages.
I recommend this book to readers who like to have fun reading. I loved this book so much because it is so adventurous and the stories are so cool. I could imagine it all happening as I went back and forth through time. It’s all because of milk, a dad, and a stegosaurus... and that’s funny!
Author: Louis Sachar
Genre: Mystery, Adventure
Reviewed by: Nikolas C., Grade 3
This story is about a boy named Stanley Yelnats which is Stanley Yelnats spelled backwards! Stanley gets in trouble because shoes fall from the sky, and he picks them up and starts running. A police officer saw the shoes and it turned out that they were the stinky sneakers of Clyde Livingston, a famous baseball player. As punishment, Stanley gets sent to Camp Green Lake which used to have the biggest lake in Texas but now it doesn’t have a lake and isn’t green and isn’t really a camp. It is a bad camp to build character where you have to dig holes that are five feet deep and five feet wide every single day. Would you like to go to a camp like this? I don’t think I would.
There is a second story in this book about Stanley Yelnats’ great great grandfather named Elya and Madame Zeroni. Elya was in love with a girl and wanted to marry her but there was a pig growing competition to see who would marry her. Madame Zeroni told Elya to carry the pig up the mountain every day, and on the last day he should carry her up the mountain and let her drink from the stream. Elya did this and became strong and had a great pig, but he learned that the girl didn’t really love him. He decided to go to America and he forgot to carry Madame Zeroni up the mountain and so she put a curse on him and the ever since then the Yelnats family has had bad luck.
There is also another story in the book that took place one hundred years ago. There was a lady named Kate Barlow that made the best peaches in town. She was a teacher and everything was great until she fell in love with Onion Man Sam. Kate becomes an outlaw and robs lots of people around Green Lake.
The main character is Stanley Yelnats. He is nice, thoughtful and meaningful. He was not a bad kid, but he was in the wrong place at the wrong time so he got arrested. At Camp Green Lake he had a really nice friendship with a boy named Zero. Together they escaped the camp and figured out a way to survive.
I like this book and I think you would like it too because it is a very good explanation of something that looks bad but in the end works out well. I really recommend this book because it is fun and adventurous. At the beginning it doesn’t make sense, but in the end all these stories come together and you understand it more. My favorite part was the end because I was so amazed that I didn’t see all the connections from the very beginning. I was surprised and happy!
Title: The Penderwicks
Author: Jeanne Birdsall
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Reviewed by: Nadia C., Grade IV
The Penderwicks is about four sisters, Batty, Jane, Sky, and Rosalind Penderwick, and their dog Hound. Right before summer vacation a greedy landlord sells the house that they usually rent for the summer. Instead, Mr. Penderwick rents a cottage on the border of the Arundel grounds. While exploring, Sky encounters a boy named Jeffrey. Over the three weeks that they stay at Arundel the Penderwick sisters form a close friendship with Jeffrey. In only three weeks Jeffrey saves Batty’s life twice, and in return the Penderwicks help his mother understand his true feelings about Military school.
The story takes place in the present, on the grounds of a mansion called Arundel.
Mrs. Tifton is Jeffrey’s mother. She usually means well, but is often cruel to Jeffrey and the Penderwick sisters. For example, Mrs. Tifton and her boyfriend, Dexter Durpree secretly plan to marry and send Jeffrey to military school, even though Jeffrey wants to be a musician!
I would recommend The Penderwicks to people who like thrilling and funny adventures, but don’t really like fiction that is completely made-up.
Review by Antonia O., Grade V
The Penderwick sisters had looked out for each other after their Mother passed away. There are 4 sisters. Rosalind (12 years old) she is the responsible one. Skye (11 years old ) she is teaching her self algebra.. Jane (10 years old) she writes stories and plays soccer. Batty(4 years old) is really shy. The 4 sisters are on their way to a place called Arundel. On their way Batty found a dog. The dog is part of the hound family. The 4 sisters can't wait to explore new things and places there. They found 2 cute little rabbits while they where exploring .The Penderwicks sisters find themselves staying in a place called Arundel. They also meet a very interesting boy named Jeffrey. Jeffrey's mom wants him to go to military School but Jeffery dose not want to go to military School. The Penderwicks sisters try to help him out.
I think people should read this book because is about 4 sisters helping out a boy from going to military School. If you are a kind person that loves helping others, then this book is for you! This book is a wonderful book.
Title: The Lemonade War
Author: Jacqueline Davies
Reviewed by:Antonia O., Grade V
Evan and Jessie are brother and sister. Jessie had skip two grades and is going into 4th. Evan is mad that Jessie is going to be in the same class. Jessie finds that good news because Jessie wants Evan to introduce her to the whole class. Jessie and Evan have an argument. Evan and Jessie have a lemonade war. they want to see who can make the most money in the hot days in summer. Evan does his lemonade stand with a boy name Scott. Jessie does her lemonade stand with a girl name Megan. I think the main message here is never have a silly argument with a family member. But if you do, you can always make up.
Reviewed by Lucas V.
This book is about a Lemonade War between a brother and a sister. They compete to get the most money by the end of a week. Whomever gets the most money also gets to keep the other person's money and do whatever they want with the money.
The book takes place in the present. The setting is mostly in their neighborhood during the summer break.
There are two main characters, Jessie and Evan. Jessie is smarter than Evan (she skipped a grade). Evan is a good salesman (he made $100 in five days). They are very competitive and don't get along well. By the end of the book they learn how to get along and they learned about business and marketing.
I'd recommend this book to people who like doing chores or having a lemonade stand. Or anyone who just likes reading books or learning about business.
Title: Because of Mr. Terupt
Author: Rob Buyea
Reviewed by: Sean B., Grade V
In the start of grade 5, a new teacher named Mr.Terupt comes and
teaches the class. Halfway through the year, the kids are playing in the snow. One kid named Peter threw a snowball because everyone was throwing snow on him. It hit Mr.Terupt and gave him a coma.
The setting is in a school in Connecticut and the time is present.
One main character is Jeffery. He is not very loved by his parents because they had him just to save his brother, Michael, who has special needs and is very sick. Jeffrey is very kind around kids with special needs. Jeffery reminds me of myself because I have a brother with severe autism.
I would recommend this book because it is very interesting and it teaches you a lot about special needs.
Review by Seth J., Grade V
This book is about a group of 5th grade students who attend Snow Hill elementary school. The name of their teacher is Mr. Terupt. The book is told through the point of view of each student. It provides the reader with an understanding of different types of personalities and how to deal with them.
From reading this book, I have learned that the way people present themselves to you, is not always their true personality. For example, one of the characters was very mean to other students because she was really hurting inside. In the end, she turned out to be a kind person.
One of the characters I can relate to is Luke. He is a serious student who tries to do his best. I think Luke learned to be more understanding of others.
What I liked most about this book is how the students came together to solve each others problems. I would recommend this book to someone who feels they are in need of better social skills or need help dealing with conflict.
Title: Owen and Mzee: The Language of Friendship
Authors: Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hathoff, Dr. Paula Kahumbu
Photographer: Peter Greste
Reviewed by: Makayla T., Grade II
It is a true story about a tortoise and a hippopotamus that were very good friends. A tsunami came and destroyed the hippo Owen's family. Owen was by himself. Someone found him and put him in a park. Then he met Mzee and they became very good friends. They made up their own sign language and made up their own sounds so they could communicate. The Dr. was afraid the hippo thought he was a tortoise. The Dr. put him with another tortoise named Cleo. Cleo, Toto, Owen and Mzee were like a family. You can be friends even if you are different!
I learned that friendship is good. I learned that a Tsunami is a very big wave. I learned that different people and animals can be friends.
The photo are nice because they show how Owen and Mzee are friends.
like this book. I might read it again. I would tell kids that like animals to read it.
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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