Book Reviews from Summer Readers!

It’s Summer…and that means Summer Reading!  More specifically, it means the Library’s Summer Reading Program…with lots of kids reading and writing reviews.

Here are a few of our favorites from the last week:

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This book is called The Frog Princess, by ED. Baker.

frog princessIn this book, Princess Emma, an aspiring witch from the kingdom of Greater Greensward, is persuaded into kissing a frog who claims to be Prince Eadric of Upper Montevista.

He claims that, if he is kissed by a princess, he will return to his true form as a prince. But when Emma kisses him, the spell backfires, and she is turned into a frog, too!

Emma is determined to find the solution to this curse that she receives, especially since that she doesn’t want to be stuck as a frog forever with her only companion the ever-annoying Eadric.

Emma goes to her aunt Grassina — Green Witch and protector of Greater Greensward — for advice. After being locked up in a witch named Vannabe’s house, meeting a bat named Li’l Stinker, meeting three spiders, one, who apparently was very knowledgeable about knots, AND meeting a snake named Fang, and his girlfriend, Clarisse.

Grassina tells Emma that her bracelet — the one that Grassina gave Emma for her birthday to protect her — backfires any curse that is put upon Emma, and, therefore, backfired on her when she kissed Eadric, turning her into a frog. Grassina tells her that she must find the bracelet and wear it while kissing Eadric again.

Emma knows that an otter took her bracelet when she turned into a frog. She, Grassina, and Eadric go looking for the otter. But when they find him, Emma sees a problem: Otters eat frogs.

Emma comes up with a plan to trick the otter. She will disguise as the Swamp Fairy and demand the otter to give up the bracelet. Every living thing with common sense knows not to anger a fairy. (A fairy can be nasty when angry.) But the otter isn’t very wise, and Emma finds herself turning the otter blue.

But her plan backfires after she gets the bracelet and meets the REAL Swamp Fairy, who demands a price for being impersonated. Emma and Eadric give her the vile of Dragon’s Breath that they had collected back in Vannabe’s cottage. But the fairy demands the BRACELET.

Emma and Eadric say NO. They tell the fairy about their mission to get back into their human forms. When the fairy hears that, she quickly takes back her request.

Emma and Eadric try the kiss again. This time, with Emma wearing the bracelet. IT WORKS!

Meanwhile, Grassina has been acting funny. When Emma and Eadric find her, she is stroking the otter’s ears and rubbing his fur. When Emma questions her, she says that the otter is her betrothed, Haywood, and it turns out that Grassina’s mother hadn’t turned Haywood into a frog when she got mad at him. She turned him into an otter!

I like this book because it has a lot of humor and suspense, and best of all, there’s a sequel!

By BS, entering grade 4

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Ghosts By: Rina Telgelmeir

ghosts rainaGhosts is about a girl who moves to Southern California because her sister needs to be more healthy. The girl’s name is Cat and her sister’s name is Maya. Maya has a hard time breathing. When the two sisters meet ghosts, they swarm around Maya and she had to go to the hospital. She stays in the hospital for a while but then gets better. She has always loved ghosts and Cat introduces a nice and friendly ghost and they play together!! Although Maya has a hard time breathing they have a lot of fun together! I like this book because the author keeps me interested!

By HP, entering grade 5

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UnSouled By Neal Shustermanunsouled

It is the 3rd book in the UnWind dystology and it’s REALLY GOOD! Connor gets captured by his fan. Then Lev saves him and Connor’s fan’s sister, Grace. Connor,Lev and Grace go to Arápache reservation after Connor hits Lev with a car and needs to save him. Starkey creates an army of storks and hangs 5 people from a ceiling fan. Cam comes to the Arápache reservation and he has Wil’s hands and part of his brain!!!!!!!! Then Una and him kiss!!!!! (Una was Wil’s fiancé) Then Connor, Grace, and Cam all leave together and at the end get reunited with Risa and Sonia! And Sonia tells them about a body parts printer, the solution to stopping unwinding!!! And then the book ends :(, and I must start UnDivided :)!!!!

By CL – entering 5th grade

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Milk To Ice Cream By Lisa M Herrington milk to ice cream
This taught me about ice cream and that milk is the step they need the most. .I Ilke this book because I love to eat ice cream. The end.

By RR, entering grade 2

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Title: Charlie Joe Jacksons Guide To Not Growing Up
Author:Tommy Greenwaldcharlie joe jackson's guide to not growing up
Well the thing that I loved about this book is that I think the same I think that you can do whatever you want when you grow up but thats not all true when I read this book I am loving it now that I’m a child but I don’t want to grow up until I read this book so basically this book inspired me to enjoy being a child but don’t be afraid of growing up. So this is one of my favorite books.

By AS, entering grade 6

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So…just a handful of some early reviews.  We’re hoping for quite a few more by the end of August.   We are all eager to read some new recommendations, and to share them with others..  These five reviews are great examples; they’re all a little different, but they all have some information about what the book is about, followed by the reviewer’s opinion of the book–why they liked it.  (Or didn’t like it, if you didn’t.)  That’s what a true review is all about.

You too can join the Weston Library Summer Reading Program, for fun and for prizes!  Just sign up online at http://WestonLibrary.org/Just-for-Kids and join the Libraries Rock Elementary Program.  We’ll be happy to read your reviews too!  If you’d like your review featured here  on our blog, just add a note to the bottom to that effect.

Happy Summer, and Happy Reading!
::Kelly::

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Fun Summer Read #6

A mystery series, for any observant kids!

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Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective, by Donald J. Sobolencyclopedia brown 1

Mr. and Mrs. Brown had one child, they called him Leroy.  To everyone else in Idaville, he’s known as Encyclopedia.  Why Encyclopedia?  Because this unassuming boy has more knowledge in his head than a whole set of encyclopedias!  But Encyclopedia Brown uses this knowledge for good; for solving crimes and figuring out mysteries.

Encyclopedia’s father is the Chief of Police in Idaville, and because of his ten year old son, no criminal has escaped arrest, nor has there has been a single boy or girl who’s gotten away with breaking a single law in their town.  Some of the crimes come to his attention from other kids in the neighborhood, some of them Chief Brown brings to the dinner table.  Encyclopedia doesn’t do it all on his own.  His best friend Sally is his muscle, and lots of other kids in town like to help, if they can.

See if you’re as smart as Encyclopedia Brown!  Each mysterious crime is presented with all the clues that encyclopedia brown seriesthe boy detective uses to solve the case.  Can you figure them out along with Encyclopedia Brown?

A fun series that will challenge your skills of observation and your ability to read carefully for clues!  Read with a parent, sibling or friend, and see who figures out the mystery first…before you turn to the back to look at the solution.  With 29 books (the list goes up to 28, but there’s a 15 1/2) with at least 8  chapters in each, you will have plenty of chances!

Happy Reading!

::Kelly::

 

Fun Summer Reads #4 and #5

Tuesday is Two-for-One Fun Reads!

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The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig, Written by Eugene Trivizas, Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Three little wolves and the big bad pigEveryone knows the story of the three little pigs and the big bad wolf.  But how many people know about the three little wolves and the big bad pig?

This story starts off the same as the three little pigs story does, but wolves are apparently a little smarter than pigs, because these three little siblings START with a house of brick.  Unfortunately for the wolves, big bad pigs are also a little smarter than big bad wolves.  This big bad pig brings a sledgehammer in his bag of tools.  What can three little wolves do when a big bad pig can destroy something made of concrete?  Think again, and this time, go for smarter.

A fun reversal of the fairy tale.  Kids in the know will appreciate the changes, and kids still finding out about fairy tales will enjoy the plot.  And everyone will enjoy the humor!

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Somebody and the Three Blairs, Written by Marilyn Tolhurst, Illustrations by Simone Abel

One Sunday morning,somebody and the three blairs Mr. Blair, Mrs. Blair and Baby Blair were just sitting down to breakfast when they decided to take a walk before eating.  That’s what most families do on a nice day, right?  Mr. and Mrs. Blair want some fresh air, while Baby Blair just wants to “feeda ducks!”

While they were gone, Somebody came to the door. Somebody knocked, and when no one answered, Somebody tiptoed in…

Another fun fairy tale reversal, this time with the humans living in the house going out, and a friendly-looking bear coming in.  And if you thought that Goldilocks caused some destruction?  Wait until you see what Somebody is capable of!  Parents will laugh, kids will giggle at the mayhem Somebody causes, and everyone will enjoy.  This story is meant to be read aloud, so make sure you share it with your favorite listener!

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As always, ask one of our librarians if you need help looking for these books, or if you want our help with finding other great titles for the summer.

Happy Reading!

::Kelly::

Fun Summer Reads #3

A mystery, this time!

Key to the Treasure, by Peggy Parishkey  to the treasure, illustrated by Paul Frame

Liza, Bill and Jed are spending their summer vacation with their grandparents.  They have no problem keeping busy and finding fun things to do.  But one day, a thunderstorm rolls in and the kids are stuck in the house.  While they listen to the rain drumming on the roof and the thunder rolling, their grandfather tells them a story about the house, and his grandfather who lived in it during the Civil War, and the clues to a lost treasure he had left for his children.  Grandfather’s story ends sadly, for his grandfather died in the Civil War, and his children were never able to find the treasure, only the first clue.  And Grandfather shows them the first clue…four sketches, preserved in a photo frame beside the fireplace.

When the storm is over, Liza, Bill and Jed help clear up some of the mess; everything from broken key to the treasure 1branches to a broken tree limb.  Because of the broken limb, their plans for building a treehouse have to be put on hold…so while they’re waiting, they examine the items left behind by Grandfather’s grandfather…and Liza discovers a worn clue hidden in a headdress!   But it’s in code!  Can Liza and her brothers uncover the code that will let them decipher the clues and find the treasure?

Key to the Treasure is the  first book in a fun mystery series for second and third grade readers, written by the author of the popular Amelia Bedelia books!

 

Fun Summer Reads #2

Looking for something fun to read this summer?  Try one of our Fun Summer suggestions!

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The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain, Book One)
by Lloyd Alexander

Say you were a lowly assistant pig keeper in a castle, but you wanted to be something grander, something more important.  Might you–perhaps–neglect your charge?  Even if she was Hen Wen, the only oracular pig in all of Prydain? And instead try to learn sword making, sword-fighting, and other skills that befit a true warrior?

Because that’s what Taran does.  He longs to become an expert swordsman and have adventures.  But book of three 70instead, he’s watching a pig.  It’s true, she’s the most special pig in the kingdom, but wallowing in the mud isn’t Taran’s idea of an adventure.  But when Taran’s on duty and all of the animals in Caer Dallben react to an approaching danger with terror, Hen Wen is so frightened she digs under her fence and escapes into the forest.  Taran follows her.  His plan is to rescue her and bring her back, but instead he manages to fall into the adventure he always craved.

With the dreaded Horned King on the loose and King Arawn gathering the forces of evil, Taran is soon book of three 80in the middle of an adventure.  But it’s not as easy being a hero as it might sound, and adventures are not as exciting when you’re in the middle of them as they are when you’re hearing them as legends.  Taran’s bravery, cunning and, yes his swordsmanship, is put to the test…along with his connection to Hen Wen and his ability to think on his feet.

The Book of Three is the first book in an award-winning Chronicles of Prydain series, partially based on Welsh legends, with some of the best characters in children’s literature.  A book that I read and re-read as a kid, with a quest that keeps its thrilling life or death drama.

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Summer Reading Celebration!

This is, sadly, the last week of our Summer Reading Program.  Before you go back to school though, join us for our Summer Reading Celebration this week!

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If you participated in the Reading Program, you can drop in on Wednesday (that’s tomorrow!) anytime between 5:00 and 8:00 for ice cream…and you pick the toppings!  Pick out a book for your final summer prize, discover how many books you read as a group, see your name on our Summer Reading Scroll and find out who won the Guessing Jars!

The party has a slightly later start time this year, so take note.

If you can’t be here tomorrow, don’t worry.  You can still pick up prizes, including your final book prize, until mid-September in the Storytime Room.  Just stop at the Youth Services Desk and speak to a librarian.

See you tomorrow!
Kelly