Friday, August 18, 2017

The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman


The Gollywhopper Games is the first book in the Gollywhopper Games trilogy by Jody Feldman.

This book is about a boy named Gil whose receives a ticket to compete in the Gollywhopper Games.  The games are a puzzle scavenger hunt for kids, put on by the Golly Toy and Game Company.  Gil's dad promised him that, if he won, they would move to a different city to get away from the "incident".  Gil is more determined than ever to win this competition, but he has to get through puzzles, trivia, and other competitors first.

I really liked this book because it was full of the puzzles that Gil had to solve and the reader could try to solve themselves, if they can figure out the logic.  I also liked that each of the rounds of puzzles was completely different.  At the very end of the book, there is also a puzzle meant for the reader to try to solve.

This book reminded me of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Mr. Lemoncello's Library.  I think people who have liked those books will also probably like Gollywhopper Games too.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look


Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things is about a second grader named Alvin Ho. Along with his brother Calvin, his sister Anibelly, and his dog Lucy, he goes on adventures doing scary things (or at least to Alvin, they're scary). Alvin is afraid of everything, even simple stuff like school. He is so afraid of school, he can't even talk when he is there. How will he ever make it through second grade?

I enjoyed Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things because he is constantly afraid of one thing or another. I like how he is always looking for his family members (even his dog Lucy).  It's funny how, when Alvin is at home, he is fearless, but when he is anywhere else, he is a scaredy cat.

This funny book is good for elementary students. It is also the first book in the Alvin Ho series and there are 5 more titles after it.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Creature from My Closet: Katfish by Obert Skye


The Creature from My Closet: Katfish is the fourth book in the Creature from my Closet series.  This book is about a boy named Rob whose life has been ruined by other creatures that have come out of his closet in the prior books.  Rob has become an outcast at school, so his science closet sends a creature named Katfish to the rescue. With a little help from Katfish and his friends, will Rob earn back his life at school? Find out the answer in The Creature from My Closet: Katfish.


I thought The Creature From my Closet: Katfish was a great book because, just like the rest of the series, a creature came out of his closet that is a mix of two other popular book characters. In this book it was a mix of Ariel( from The Little Mermaid)and Katniss( from The Hunger Games). Other characters from the closet include Wonkenstein (Willy Wonka and Frankenstein), Potterwookie (Harry Potter and Chewbacca), and Pinocula (Pinocchio and Dracula).

This series is good for elementary and early middle school.  It's funny to read and a good mix of the story with fun drawings in between.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Pugs of the Frozen North by Philip Reeve


Pugs of the Frozen North is part of the "A Not-So-Impossible Tale" series, written by Phillip Reeve.

When True Winter comes, two friends, Sika and Shen, and their 66 pugs decide to enter the race to the top of the world.  If they win, they will get their wishes granted by the Snowfather.  One competitor will stop at nothing, even if it means cheating.  How will Sika and Shen reach the top and win the race?


I liked this book because of all of their funny adventures during the race. I also enjoyed it because of all the silly ways Sir Basil tried to trick Sika and Shen and the rest of the racers during the race.  I thought the pugs were adorable and it made me laugh to think about them being sled dogs.

For more fun activities about Pugs of the Frozen North, check out the website for the book!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Story Thieves by James Riley


The first book in the Story Thieves series is about a boy named Owen.  One day, while at the library, he catches his classmate, Bethany, climbing out of a book.  Bethany is forced to reveal her secret to Owen and he learn Bethany is half fictional. Owen promises to not tell anyone if she takes him into his favorite book series. But once the characters find out Bethany and Owen are there, everything goes wrong. Can Owen and Bethany restore order while keeping their own lives?

Story Thieves was a great book because it told me about all the adventure you can have by just reading a book. It felt like I was really in the book as I read and I really liked Owen and Bethany's adventures. I think this book, and the series, would be a good choice for middle schoolers.

I'm looking forward to reading the next books in the series.  There are two more books out already and one coming out at the end of September 2017.

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.