Thursday, January 14, 2016

Jellaby: The Lost Monster by Kean Soo

I received Jellaby: The Lost Monster and some other dinosaur themed books from Capstone Publishing.

Jellaby is about a girl named Portia whose life is pretty dull, until one night, she hears something outside!  She goes outside to check to see what it is and she finds a little dragon.  She names it Jellaby.  Portia keeps him a secret until, after an incident, a young boy named Jason finds out about Jellaby.  They work together to keep Jellaby safe.  Finally, they figure out that Jellaby's real home is through an odd door at the fair.  How can they get Jellaby to the fair without anyone noticing?  And will they get Jellaby home?

I really liked how this book was a graphic novel because I think comics help explain a story better.  I think the characters are cool, especially Jellaby, because I think it would be awesome to find a real dragon of your own.  Also, this story doesn't really end for Jellaby and his friends!  It's a cliffhanger, and I really want to read the next one.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Dino-Mike and the T. Rex Attack by Franco

Dino-Mike and the T. Rex Attack was sent to me by Capstone Publishing.

Mike is a kid whose dad is a paleontologist.  He is on his first trip with his dad for a fossil dig.  On the first day, he goes to explore some of the other dig sites and he sees a girl run into the forest.  He finds out that there is a T-Rex on the loose, that was somehow brought back from the past! Mike and the girl need to work together to catch the T-Rex before it attacks any of the paleontologists.

I really liked how Mike has a special jacket with dinosaur powers.  His jacket can grow claws, make him roar, shoot light beams, and more.  I also like how Mike shows how a kid can do anything, especially if they work together with their friends.  This is a great beginning chapter book for kids, especially for kids who like dinosaurs, and there are more books in the series.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Ungifted by Gordon Korman

Ungifted is about a boy named Donovan who likes to play jokes.  One day, he is outside messing with a giant globe statue on top of a hill.  He accidentally pushes it off and it starts rolling.  It keeps rolling and finally hits the school.  He goes to see the superintendent for his punishment, but the superintendent just writes down his name and tells him he'll tell him the punishment later.  Instead of receiving a punishment, Donovan gets sent to a school for gifted and talented kids. On his first day, his teacher realizes that Donovan isn't very good at any of the subjects.  The rest of the kids all love him and think he'd be awesome in their robot competition.  Donovan has a lot of ideas that none of the other students could come up with.  He uses the new school as a cover so he won't get into even more trouble.  What will happen if Donovan gets caught?

I really liked this book because how Donovan manages to not get in trouble and no one figures out that he doesn't belong in the special school.  It was funny that the kids in the gifted program could design the robots but couldn't think of the simple things like naming the robot.  My favorite part of the robot is how the class robot has a small robot as a part of him.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Jonny Jakes Investigates the Hamburgers of Doom by Malcolm Judge

Jonny Jakes Investigates the Hamburgers of Doom is a preview copy from NetGalley.

Jonny Jakes is the secret founder of the banned secret school newspaper.  He sneaks around, takes photos, then writes articles about what has happened.  But one day, he goes too far and the principal quits his job.  The school board is looking for a new principal and finally they find one.  Jonny and his friends go in to find out who the principal is and post it on the newspaper before the principal is introduced.  But his picture is blurry and he is too late to tell all the kids in school.  Jonny knows there is something unusual about the new principal.  He's handing out special candy and all the kids are eating are hamburgers!  What is going on in the school?  It's up to Jonny to find out.

I really like this book because it was a combination of an adventure and a mystery story.  I like how the hamburgers actually look really bad, but all the kids are eating them anyhow.  It's cool how Jonny Jakes is hanging down off the side of the school, all to find out who the new principal might be.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Dinosaur Boy Saves Mars by Cory Putman Oakes

Dinosaur Boy Saves Mars is a preview copy from NetGalley.

This book is about three kids.  Sylvie is a Martian, Elliot is a human, and Sawyer is a human-dinosaur hybrid!  The kids go on a mission to save Sylvie's dad who has been captured by scientists.  They go to Mars to see if they can save him.  When they finally get to him, they figure out that he is partnering up with the Plutonians who want to "gene" every martian.  How will Sawyer and his friends save Mars?

I really liked this book because it was a cool adventure where the kids get to go all around the galaxy.  I like how the humans know that there are martians and they are friends with them.  I also think it's funny how Sawyer is part dinosaur and has to wear tennis balls on his spikes because they are sharp.  One of my favorite parts is that when a person gets "gened", they still look like themselves but have some parts from another animal.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Museum Mysteries - The Case of the Portrait Vandal by Steve Brezenoff

I received several books for review for my blog from Capstone Publishing, including Museum Mysteries.

This book is about four kids--Raining, Amal, Wilson, and Clementine.  Their parents work at four different museum.  Every day, in the summer, they go to a different museum to look at the exhibits.  They find out that there is a graffiti artist who is writing on all the important things in the museum.  One of the guards catches them looking at the grafitti and thinks they are the ones doing it.  They get away before getting in trouble, but they have to find out who the real grafitti artist is.

I really like this book because it was a mystery and the kids had to find out who really did it without getting themselves into trouble.  I liked how the setting was almost like a real place in America today.  I also liked how the pictures helped explain what was really happening in the story.  I think that this would be a good series for kids who are starting to read chapter books.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Lawnboy by Gary Paulsen

Lawnboy is about a boy who, for his 12th birthday, gets his grandpa's old riding lawnmower from his grandma.  At first, he thinks it is just a piece of junk, but once he gets the hang of it, he loves it.  Soon he finds out that everybody wants their lawns mowed and will pay good money for it. Apparently, the last lawn crew everyone had, the one worker ran away with someone else's wife!  They stopped using that crew because they were worried.  Soon, he meets a guy named Arnold who is a stockbroker.  He makes a deal with Arnold that if he mows Arnold's lawn, Arnold will get him something in return.  Arnold gives him some business tips and his business grows really fast!  What will happen to his business?

I really liked how the boy starts his business in only a few days and he gets a business partner and stock.  I think it's really cool that the boy makes a lot of money mowing lawns, but I want to have a riding lawn mower first.