Thursday, September 14, 2017

This Can't Be Happening at MacDonald Hall! by Gordon Korman

My mom ordered me this series for my birthday.  She said she read them as a kid and that she thought I would like them.  I've read the first three already and I am just starting the fourth.

The first book introduces Bruno and Boots, two best friends who attend the boarding school, MacDonald Hall.  Bruno is a natural-born troublemaker who comes up with all kinds of schemes.  Boots is more cautious, but gets dragged along into Bruno's plans.

When Headmaster Sturgeon decides it is time to split them up, Bruno and Boots will do anything to get their old room back.  From practical jokes to crazy schemes, they will stop at nothing, but will they go too far?

I really enjoyed this book!  I loved all the pranks and practical jokes Bruno and Boots played on their new roommates.  One of my favorite pranks is when Bruno decides to become a "skunkologist" and keeps a pet skunk in his room. I liked how, no matter what happened, Bruno had a new plan, while Boots tried to play it safe, and that they could always get the girls at Miss Scimmage's School to help.

As I finish reading the different books, my mom and I are going to watch the new Bruno and Boots movies too.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Galactic Hot Dogs 1: Cosmoe's Wiener Getaway by Max Brallier

I got this book for my birthday and I was really excited to read it.

Galactic Hot Dogs is about a boy named Cosmoe, his best friend Humphree, and their robot sidekick F.R.E.D.  When Cosmoe and Humphree cook up a Mega-Dog for the Intergalactic Food Truck Cook Off, everything begins to go wrong.  The Evil Princess Dagger steals their Mega-Dog.  When they finally get their food back and try to leave the planet, they are accused of kidnapping the princess!  The Queen wants her daughter back, and everyone in the galaxy are trying to catch Cosmoe and Humphree.  From video game competitions to fighting evil monsters, Cosmoe and Humphree experience it all.

Galactic Hot Dogs is a great book because of all the funny moments and the jokes in the story.  I really liked the illustrations and felt they helped the reader follow the story of Cosmoe and Humphree's crazy adventures.  Besides the main characters, Goober is also a fun part of the story. He is an elastic blob stuck to Cosmoe's wrist and kind of like having a special super power.

I received the second book for my birthday and read it immediately too.  I can't wait for the third book that is coming out soon.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Stick Sketch School: An Animal Art Artventure by Billy Attinger and Rachel Kochackis

I received a copy of Stick Sketch School: An Animal Art Artventure from Quarto Books to check out and share.

Stick Sketch School: An Animal Art Artventure teaches you how to draw simple stick animals.  If you are just starting to learn to draw, this book will really benefit you.  Its step-by-step process helps you to draw cute and easy critters.  

Or, if you like to draw cartoons, this is a book for you!  It can gives you new ideas for animals you want draw or new ways to draw animals you already like to doodle.  It even has instructions for extinct and magical creatures you might not have thought to draw!

While reading and using this book, you'll travel from the hot savannas to the deepest depths of the ocean to the prehistoric era.  Each chapter teaches you a different group of animals you might like to draw.  There's furry friends, icky animals, mythical creatures, and more.

Some of my favorite animals I've drawn from this book are the giraffes, the panda, and the elephant.  I plan to use photos of my drawings, so I can animate them on Scratch, a coding program.

I think this book would be good for anyone interested in learning to draw.  It's good for kids and adults alike!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters by Lenore Look

The second book in the Alvin Ho series is called Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters

Alvin is back and is preparing for the great outdoors. In this book, Alvin's Dad decides to take Alvin and Anibelly camping. Freaked out of his mind at what could possibly happen, Alvin prepares for any situation. But when things start to go downhill, Alvin starts to wonder if he is even going to live through the camping trip.

The second book in the Alvin Ho series was even better then the first book.  I just loved how he thought up every possible camping disaster and kept getting more scared.  I thought this was a great continuation of the series and I think fans of the first book will love the book as much as the first.

Monday, August 28, 2017

CatStronauts: Mission Moon by Drew Brockingham

I found this book while browsing through books at the library.  It looked kind of cute, so I decided to check it out.

CatStronauts: Mission Moon is the first graphic novel in a new series.  In this book, Earth has an energy shortage.  The best astronauts are sent to the moon to plant solar panels to collect solar power.  They have five day to train, build a rocket, and complete their mission.  But, by the way?  The whole world is made up of cats.  Can Major Meowser and his team save the planet?

This book was really funny.  It was a shorter read for me, but it really made me laugh.  I liked how everyone in the book was cats, from the President of the United States, to the astronauts, to regular citizens, but they also still had very "cat" names like PomPom and Waffles.  My favorite character was Waffles because he was always eating and he reminded me of myself.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Losers Club by Andrew Clements

In The Losers Club, a boy named Alec is enrolled in an extended day program because both his parents are working.  He is supposed to join a club while there, but all he wants to do is read.  Alec decides to make his own club--a reading club.  Since he does not want anyone else to bother him while he is reading, he names his club "The Losers Club" so no one will want to join.  How will he be able to prevent other people from joining him and just be able to enjoy his books in peace.

This book reminded me a lot of myself because I love to read and never want to stop.  I'm always finding new books, just like Alec in the story.  I liked how the books Alec mentions in the story are actual books, and that the author has a checklist at the end of the book listing the books in the story.  If I had a chance, I'd like to join a club like Alec's.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Almost Super by Marion Jensen

Almost Super is the first book in a new series that I found at the library the other day.

This book is about a boy named Rafter Bailey and his brother, Benny, whose entire family are superheroes. They are in a constant war with the Johnsons who are the supervillians. When Rafter and Benny suspect the Johnsons of stealing their powers, they know they have to try to get their powers back. But how will they fight the Johnsons without their true powers?

I thought this was a great book because Rafter and Benny were supposed to get good powers but they ended up useless ones. They still made the best of their powers and tried to help their family.  Even when their parents didn't believe in them, they kept trying to help save the day.

I can't wait to read the sequel!