Monday, August 31, 2015

Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain in my... by Adam Mansbach & Alan Zweibel

Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain in my... is a preview copy from NetGalley.

This book is about a kid named Franklin Isaac Saturday (he wants to be called Ike).  For school, he has to write a letter to somebody and he decides to write his to Benjamin Franklin.  When he writes this letter, he gets a letter back from Benjamin Franklin!  The problem with this is that Benjamin Franklin is dead and he still wrote back.  Ike thought something was up and someone was just playing a prank on him.  Every time Ike writes to Benjamin Franklin, he gets another letter back. He and the girl he likes, Claire, try to figure out the mystery of who is writing back to him.  Who is behind the letters?  And isn't Benjamin Franklin supposed to be dead?

I really liked this book because it would be regular chapters of the story, then in between, it would be a letter from Ike to Ben or Ben to Ike.  I also liked that it seemed like the letters would travel back in time to Benjamin Franklin and that, when he send a letter back, it would travel to the future.  I really hope there will be another book in this series!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Day the Mustache Took Over by Alan Katz

The Day the Mustache Took Over is a preview copy from NetGalley.

This book is about two kids named David and Nathan who have parents who are always going on business trips, so they need a nanny. Nathan and David aren't very good kids, so every time they get a nanny, they always scare her away.  The next nanny they find is actually a Manny!  When they first meet him, he seems like a goody two shoes, but once the parents leave, he ends up being not so good after all.  He likes being crazy and he doesn't think the boys should have to go to school.  But the boys think something weird is going on with him.  David suspects he might be a spy!  What is going to happen???

I liked this book because, at first, the boys seem like they are really bad kids, but once the nanny comes, they turn good.  They are always doing their homework as soon as they come home from school and they are cleaning the house when they make a mess.  It seems like that the kids are the good ones and the nanny is the one that is always breaking stuff and making a mess.  I liked that this book was a funny mystery, as the boys tried to find out who the nanny really was.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The 39-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

The 39-Story Treehouse is one of the books I got for my birthday this year!

This book is about two kids named Andy and Terry, who now live in a 39 story treehouse.  The 39th level is a story-maker--you type in what you want, pull the levers, and it writes a story for you.  They write the story, but when they go outside to go to their friend Jill's house, the story-maker locks them out.  They go to Jill's house and they tell her about their problem.  She lets them stay over for the night and stay in her house, crowded with animals.  They figure out that they need to go get the famous un-inventor who got sent to the moon.  They need to try to convince the un-inventor to un-invent the story-writer machine.  Will he help them?

I really liked this book because I like all the new levels that Andy and Terry have added to their treehouse. Some of the new levels are the boxing elephant named the Trunkinator, a non-erupting active volcano, and a giant roller coaster.  I also like the book because Andy and Terry are always getting themselves into trouble and have to figure out how to solve it.  I'm really excited to read the next book, the 52-Story Treehouse!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Kid Athletes by David Stabler

I received my copy of Kids Athletes by David Horner as a preview copy from Net Galley.

Kid Athletes is a book of stories about famous athletes as kids.  Some of the stories are Peyton Manning, Tiger Woods, Babe Ruth, and Bruce Lee, but there are lots more.

My favorite story was Peyton Manning.  He was once a tango superstar and tangoed in front of his entire school.  When Bruce Lee was younger, his dad tried to protect him from an evil spirit that took young boys by sending him to America, where he trained in martial arts and became a movie star.  As a kid, Tiger Woods was always good at golf.  When he was only 1, he could hit a golf ball into the center of a soccer net.  When he was 3, he had already gotten to the golf courses.  When he got older, he became a golf champion.

I really liked the book because I got to learn a lot of stuff about some really famous athletes.  I like how this book is a lot of short stories instead of one long story, so you get to read a lot of different ones.  One of my favorite things I learned was how, when Tiger Woods was practicing golf, his dad would play music and do other things to try and distract him so he would learn how to ignore the distractions on the golf course.

Read my review of Kid Presidents by the same author.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The 26-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

The 26-Story Treehouse is about three kids named Andy, Terry, and Jill who are friends.  Andy and Terry used to live in a 13-story treehouse but they added another 13 stories to make it a 26-story treehouse.  Jill lives in a house on the other side of the woods.  Andy and Terry need to write a story for their publisher really soon.  They decided to write a story about how they met, but stuff kept distracting them and they couldn't finish writing it.  Andy and Terry run into a lot of problems, like their sharks eating Terry's underpants and getting sick and an evil rainstorm that comes during the night.

I liked this book because these funny kids get captured by a mean pirate who makes them do crazy things, like clean the poop deck which actually has poop on it!  I also like that Terry keeps doing goofy things which makes other funny things happen.  My favorite part of the book is when Terry feeds his underpants to the man-eating sharks while he is trying to wash them.  I can't wait to read the third book.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Birthday Books!

This weekend was my birthday.  Along with all of my cool presents, I got some really cool books I've been wanting.  Here they are!

The 26 Story Treehouse and The 39 Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths.
Click here to read my review for The 13 Story Treehouse, the first book in the series.

The Big Box Set of Why, How, and What? by Time for Kids.  

The Legos Ideas Book: Unlock Your Imagination

Lego: Crazy Action Contraptions

I will have reviews on some of these books coming soon.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Stick Dog by Tom Watson

Stick Dog is a story that is made up by a kid who isn't very good at drawing.  He always draws stick figures, so when his teacher asks him to draw a dog, he draws Stick Dog.  In creative writing class, he is told to write a story, so he decides to write a story about Stick Dog.  In this story, Stick Dog and his friends are trying to steal some hamburgers, but some things get in their way--a family, squirrels, and lots more.

I like this book because I like that the dog is always searching for something to eat.  In this book, it is a hamburger, but in the other Stick Dog books, it is different foods.  I also like that the book is about dogs instead of humans and that the dogs talk.  My favorite part of the book is Poo-Poo gets lowered down on a rope to try and get the hamburgers.

Check out the Stick Dog website for lots of cool Stick Dog stuff.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Fangbone! Third-Grade Barbarian by Michael Rex

Fangbone! Third-Grade Barbarian is about a kid named Fangbone who is sent to Earth to protect the Big Toe of Drool.  But, he decides once he is there that he will need an army to protect.  He sets out to find his army, but lots of things stand in his way, like hound-snakes and dirt devils.  On his journey, he finds a really good friend who can be useful and help him protect the Toe of Drool.  What else will happen to Fangbone?  Will he be able to protect the Toe?

I liked this book because, when there is something that can take the Toe, Fangbone reacts and is able to destroy it.  I also like that Fangbone is always telling stories from his world and that everybody else wants to be like him.  One of my favorite parts of the book is when the other people all start to dress like Fangbone because they wanted to be like him.