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!
Title: Dragonbreath: Curse of the Were-Wiener
Written by: Ursula Vernon
Genre: fiction, graphic novel
Reviewed by: Seth J., Grade 5
This book tells the story of a dragon named Danny Dragonbreath and his best friend Wendell, who is an iguana. A lot of the story takes place at the school where they both attend.
Danny notices how the hot dog he orders for lunch is red like the color of blood and doesn't look right. The book tells how Wendell is bitten by the hotdog after he picks it up to look at it. The hot dog that bit Wendell is known as a "were-wiener". Strange things begin to happen to Wendell and to others who are bitten by the "were-wieners". Danny's main objective is to save Wendell and to destroy the leader of the "were-wieners", known as the Alpha Wurst.
The book takes place mainly at school. Danny Dragonbreath is an adventurous young boy. He does not like following rules, but is a very good friend to Wendell. He reminds me of my good friend Jack who is always looking for a new adventure.
I found the illustrations to be very interesting. They remind me of the kind that you find in comic books.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good adventure and likes to have a good laugh. Those who like really silly humor would enjoy reading this book.
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.
Title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Author: Jeff Kinney
Illustrator: Jeff Kinney
Genre: graphic novel
Reviewed by: Asher M., Grade III
This is Greg Heffley's journal. His mom bought it for him. This book is about what happened to Greg in middle school. He writes and draws cartoons. The author teaches us what middle school is like.
The setting is middle school. It could be any middle school. It could be any time.
Greg is one of the smallest kids in the class. Greg is not popular, but he has a friend named Rowley. They like to play together. Greg chased the little kids with a worm on a stick. He let Rowley get in trouble. He learned to not blame stuff on people. He doesn't remind me of myself because I don't blame people.
I like the illustrations in the book. The cartoons help because they show what Greg's world is like.
I recommend this book. It is good because I like the pictures and the ini comics. The book is funny.
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