Title: Bill The Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman
Written by: Marc Tyler Nobleman
Illustrated by: Ty Templeton
Reviewed by: Dylan V., Grade 5
This book is about a person who was also behind the creation of Batman. You see, a man name Milton (Bill) Finger met Bob Kane (Bob was a cartoonist) at a party, and Bob had an assignment to create a superhero. He had the name down, but the picture just didn't look right. So, Bob went to Bill for help. Bill made the finishing touches to the new superhero and the publisher loved it. And thats how Batman was created. Although, Bill didn't stop there. He created villians, a vechicle, even his own sidekick. You want to know more?, you could if you read Bill the Boy Wonder the Secret Co-Creator of Batman.
I learned that there were 2 creators of Batman. One was known more and the other was almost a secret. I also learned that Bill created Robin as well.
The drawings showed images of the Great Depression (which takes place in the 1930s) and it was very detailed.
Yes, I recommend this book for other comic book readers because people might like Batman and think they would like to know the true creators.
Title: Citizen Scientists
Written by: Loree Griffin Burns
Photographs by: Ellen Harasimowicz
Reviewed by: Alexander J., Grade 4
This book shows that anyone can go in their back yard and do scientific things, like studying different parts of nature. You don't have to be a professional scientist or naturalist to do it.
The book starts with four chapters; Fall butterflying, winter birding, spring frogging and summer ladybugging. Each chapter has its own story, then a quick quiz to see if you can identify the facts you learned. The last page of each chapter is a page called "When You Go" that gives you a list of things you should bring when you do the different activities. It also has helpful hints like don't put bug spray on your hands when you want to handle the insects you find.
In the back of the book there are resources for different books, field guides and web sites that help you find everything you need to know about butterflies, birds, frogs and ladybugs. There is also a glossary that shows a lot of different words in alphabetical order that lists what tools and terms that citizen scientists can use.
I learned how to photograph ladybugs, tag butterflies and count frog calls (I already knew how to go birding). When I first read about ladybugs, it said in the story that they were going to be chilling them and I was surprised and wondered how to do that. It turns out that they put them in a vial and then a cooler to stop them from moving so that they could be photographed. I was also amazed that the little vials they put ladybugs in have no holes for air, but they contain enough air for a ladybug to live for several days without the cap being opened.
I also learned that you can count frogs by listening to their individual calls. At first I thought that you had to find the frogs in order to count them, but if you're listening and then hear a frog call coming from somewhere else, then that's a new frog.
I also learned how to tag Monarch butterflies which is cool. The tag is a light sticker and you place it on the discal cell in order to track their route. You can even put messages on the tags so you can send them to someone in a different country. It's the same idea as a message in a bottle, except on land with butterflies.
In the book there are some illustrations but mostly photographs. The photos show whats happening in the chapter. For example, in the butterfly chapter there are photographs of butterflies and caterpillars and also people with butterfly nets catching and tagging butterflies.
The photographs were helpful, especially for the frogs because it was talking about all these different types of frogs but I didn't know what they looked like. The photographs helped because each frog had its own picture with a caption below telling what type it was.
I would recommend this book to people who like nature and animals. Especially if they don't know how to do activities in nature or how to get started with them.
Reviewed by: Janiah A., Grade 5
This book is about different types of species. The book tells you where the species go and does all year. It tells you where you could see them a lot too. It tells you also how to help scientists discover more about the species as well. This book does in fact tell a story and tells who has impacted on the species. This book mainly reports facts on the animals and insects.This book is organized by chapter. The first thing in every chapter is what a class or a family and people did involving the particular species.
I learned more about butterflies,birds,frogs and ladybugs. A new fact about butterflies is the they only live for about a week and a half. One other fact that intrigued me was about frogs was that a lot of frogs now have deformity problems.Some of them do because they have been in an accident or have been hurt by a predator. I have more questions about how you can help frogs with their deformities.
The photographs of the animals and insects were great! I loved them. They definitely added a lot to my reading experience.
I felt like this book helped me and encouraged me to go outside and get into nature and see what kinds of things I can find. Yes I am going to recommend this book to others. It's great for gardeners too. I think people who are into nature and like to know new facts about different types of things out there would enjoy this book.
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: Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman
Author: Marc Tyler Nobleman
Illustrator: Ross MacDonald
Reviewed by: Dylan V., Grade V
This book is about 2 boys named Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The weren't too popular in school and they both didn't have alot of friends, until they met each other. They made their own comic books. Jerry does the writing and Joe was the illustrator. One day Joe thought "What if someone could be super - strong, be super - fast and fly?" So, he jotted some notes down, went to Joe's house and created Superman. You want to know more about the book? You could if you read Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman .
Something I learned from this book is that you don't need to be super to do something great.
The illustrations looked almost like the real thing and really good. I'll try and draw like that someday.
I recommend this book for other people because it was a really interesting story.
(Also because Superman is my favorite superhero)
Title: A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams
Author: Jen Bryant
Illustrator: Melissa Sweet
Genre: Nonfiction, poetry
Reviewed by: Alexander J., Grade IV
The book is about the story of William Carlos Williams who was a poet and a doctor. Williams grew up in Rutherford New Jersey and wrote poems about things he saw every day, such as wheelbarrows, plums and trees. The book has his poems in the beginning, his life story in the middle, and more of his poems at the end. The book also has a timeline and an author's and illustrator's note.
Most of his poems are short but a few are long. No matter how hard he worked as a doctor he still wrote poems all his life. He started writing poems in high school because he was inspired by the poetry of the English writers that he studied. He only wrote poems about things he saw every day.
I didn't know that he lived so close to where I live and I have never heard of Rutherford, New Jersey before. The timeline shows a period of his life in the middle, the world events during that time on the right and the poems he wrote at that time on the left.
The illustrator drew a lot of illustrations but she said they weren't good enough to match his poems so she cut out scraps from books and magazines and made a collage instead. The collages are interesting because she uses Williams poems on top of the scenery. The illustrations seem 3-dimensional and not realistic. It has a random effect.
The captions have his poems and so do the illustrations. Some of them are unfinished, like he is still writing them. His friend Charles Demuth was inspired by Williams' poem, The Great Figure, to paint Figure 5 in Gold.
I really recommend it. I feel that if you read it you would like it. If you are interested in poetry and biographies of famous people, this book is for you. I like Williams' poems because they are more simple than other poems I've read.
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.
Title: If Rocks Could Sing: A Discovered Alphabet
Author: Leslie McGuirk
Illustrator: Leslie McGuirk
Reviewed by: Sarah H,, Grade II/III
Leslie McGuirk collected many beautiful rocks, and she used in them in a book to show the alphabet. For example, "A is for addition," or "R is for rabbit," and the letters and pictures are made of rocks.
Some little rocks can make big things. Rocks come in so many shapes and and sizes that they can look like almost anything, like clouds.
I thought it was cool that Leslie McGuirk found all the rocks. I would recommend this book because it is not an ordinary alphabet. I would recommend this book to easy readers.
Title: A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin
Author: Jen Bryant
Illustrator: Melissa Sweet
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography
Reviewed by: Sarah H., Grade II/III
A boy named Horace Pippin loved to draw, but his family didn't have enough money to buy him any art supplies. One day Horace saw a picture in a magazine that said, “Draw Me! And Win A Prize.” He drew it perfectly. A few days later a package came. Horace opened it and it said, “Congratulations!” and had art supplies. He outlined a picture with charcoal and painted it and added a splash of red. Everybody asked him to paint pictures for them and so he did. When he was older he went to war in Germany, and was shot in his right arm. He had to figure out how to still draw. Horace Pippin became an amazing artist even though he had to overcome many challenges.
This story took place in the past from 1888 until the middle of the 1900s, and was mostly in the United States, including West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Horace Pippin was born on February 22, 1888. When he was at war it took about 3 years for the war to be over. He hurts his arm and learns that he can still draw and paint.
The pictures are very pretty they really helped to describe the words. The pictures are important because Horace Pippin was an artist, and we get to see his artwork.
I would recommend this book to kids who love art and to anyone who loves to read. I especially liked that it was about a real person who overcame his challenges.
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