Monday, July 28, 2014

The Conversation by Jean d'Ormesson

translated by Timothy Bent
Received for review

3.5 stars
r- 2.5?
A little stilted, possibly because of the translation, possibly because it's all things Napoleon actually said worked into a dialogue.
Overall, really interesting and quick read, though the sidebar about the second consul's sexuality seemed odd and out of place.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Chickies-- Summer Reading Saturday LuLu Edition

Oh my gosh, the love that girl has for these chickie boardbooks!  (We received them for review)

Bedtime for Chickies
by Janee Trasler

"It's bedtime for chickies, it's bedtime for sheep.  It's bedtime for pig and cow, let's all go to..."
*page turn*
"Cheep cheep cheep.  We can't sleep.  We're thirsty."

Everyone in my house has this memorized.  LuLu brings it to someone to read multiple times a day.

While not actually my favorite, it is cute and can be fun to read.
(And the pictures are hilarious.)

Dinnertime Chickies

"We can't eat this, it's too drippy.  We want something chocolate-chippy."
"Just one pint-sized peewee peck? You might like it you should check."
*page turn*
"Mmmmmmm.  Pass the meatballs, pass the peas, pass the macaroni please!"

THIS one is my favorite.  It cracks me up.  And has a good message to boot-- the chickies end up liking everything they try.

Pretty sure everyone has this one memorized too... LuLu's on quite the kick.


There is a third one-- Potty Time Chickies or something, which we also received, but I'm not that into potty training books... and this one was just kind of... weird.  Funny as an adult, but weird thinking about reading it with a child.... and there were a couple of "let's not give the kids any ideas" type moments.

Bottom line-- Bedtime and Dinnertime are highly recommended for the ages 1-4 ish set.  :)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Gollywhopper Games: The New Champion by Jody Feldman

*This is a Boo review

[Copy received for review]

5 stars

Cameron gets entered into the gollywhopper games-- and he's sort of excited.  They're a series of games designed by a toy company.  The games are hard.
Recommended

{Mommy note: So.... yeah.  I mentioned that it's like pulling teeth to get anything out of that girl, right?  You wouldn't believe what it took to get those paltry sentences.  She really enjoyed the book, she apparently just doesn't want to talk about it.  Whatever.  This one is supposed to appeal to fans of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which got her attention immediately.  Of course, it's not JUST LIKE that... so when you ask her if it really is like it, she says no.  Whatever again.  Anyway, she really did love it, and highly recommends it, I promise.]

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Big Nate: Mr. Popularity by Lincoln Pierce

*This is a Mister review

[Copy received for review]

70 stars

This book is all in comic strips.  There are a few storylines.  There are activities at the end.

It's awesome and really funny.

Highly recommended.

{Mommy note: I think he's already read this one like 3 times.  Seriously.  The kid LOVES comics and graphic novels.  This is basically a collection of strips from the Sunday Funnies.}

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Seven Wonders {Series} by Peter Lerangis

*This is a Boo Review

Short Story (0.5): The Select
5 stars
Book 1: The Colossus Rises
5 stars
Book 2: Lost in Babylon
5 stars
Short Story (2.5): The Orphan
5 stars
Book 3: Tomb of Shadows
5 stars

[Copies of Tomb of Shadows and the 2 short stories received for review, others were checked out from the library.]

Jack, Ally, and Cass have to find the loculi- so that they can be cured.  The loculi are hidden in the seven wonders of the world-- either now or in the past.  The kids all have powers or talents: Ally can hack anything, Cass has a photographic memory... Jack's power hasn't quite been figured out yet.

Recommended

{Note from Mommy:  Boo is on a "I hate reviews" kick, so it was seriously like pulling teeth just to get that much out of her.  She DEVOURED all of the books, though, and took it as a personal affront that the rest of the planned books aren't out yet.}

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab

A mystery with electromagnets, burglar alarms, and other gadgets you can build yourself.

by "Science Bob" Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith

4 stars from me
5 stars from Boo
Copy received for review

Hilarious.

This book was delightful.  It did feel like things happened fairly quickly, especially the resolution, but given the target age and length of the book that seems pretty normal.

There are also instructions throughout so that you can make your own version of the crazy gadgets Nick and Tesla come up with!  What's not to love?

Boo is a HUGE HUGE HUGE fan of this series.  It combines two of her favorite things: science and mysteries.  I asked her if she had anything to add to a review and she said "Awesome, awesome, and AWESOME!"

We've been getting them for review as they come out and they disappear as soon as they arrive... I don't see it again until she's done.  Though, really, that's usually later the same day because she just devours them.

Equal appeal for a boy or girl here-- it's a great brother/sister duo.

Definitely recommended.