Flight 1 2 3


By Maria van Lieshout

Annoying Little Brother here to provide this review.

This book is about when you fly on a flight and you see a lot of numbers of stuff. It is a counting and sight word book. I can read it!

One page is about the things you can’t take on a plane. Why can’t you take baseball bats?

Each page shows a number of things. The pictures match those things like 100 fastened seat belts! That was a lot of counting.

I like this book. It is fun to read.

Book Uncle and Me


Written by Uma Krishnaswami

Illustrated by Julianna Swaney

this book is about an Indian girl. There is a man who has a lending library. He is called Book Uncle. The girl is called Yasmin. The girl loves to read (bridget note: just like me) she is one of book uncle’s patron. He has many patrons. In this book the Book Uncle can’t give books any more because the mayor said he couldn’t. Yasmin’s best friend dad lost his job and now her parents are fighting over Book Uncle. I don’t want to spoil it so you will have to read the book to find out what happens.
A lot of people should read this book because it is so good. Once you start reading it you want to find out what is going to happen next. (Bridget note: I read the book in one afternoon).

I give this 10 thousand stars. I literally don’t know how many bonus stars I just gave it but I will keep them because it is the greatest book ever! (Sorry Salina.)

Ask the librarian: Erin Durrett


Name of Library Flint Public Library, www.fpl.info

What kind of librarian are you? I am a Digital Learning Librarian. That’s a fancy way of saying that I teach technology skills to library patrons, like how to set up a Facebook account, check out an e-book, use Microsoft Office, etc. People have different levels of skills with technology and computers, and a big part of my job is teaching them so that they feel more independent and confident using technology. I also have the privilege of holding Minecraft programs for kids and using our 3D printer for library programs.

How long have you been a librarian? I have been a Librarian for about 5 years, but have been working in libraries for about 10 years.

What lead you to wanting to be a librarian? Working in a library was my very first job in high school. I was a Page, or Shelver, and checked in and shelved library materials. That is the best way to learn the library’s collection. When I was finishing my Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, my professor asked that we prepare an interview of someone who is doing a job or preparing for a job that we were interested in. I Interviewed my friend Anne, who at the time was getting her Masters Degree in Library Science. After graduation, I started working in another library, and the rest is history!

How do you pick books for your library? I feel very lucky to purchase graphic novels. To me, it’s one of the most fun collections to purchase. I choose some bestselling titles. Barnes & Noble has a really fantastic graphic novel blog and they post the best releases for each month. I also look at reviews in School Library Journal and Booklist, and get recommendations from library staff and patrons.

Do you have a favorite author? I have several. What comes to mind first is the YA Author, Maggie Steifvater. She has the most beautiful writing style and her magical realism seems so plausible, you don’t consider what she does as fantasy. She is a master of blending real life with the supernatural. For graphic novels, I’m a big fan of Raina Telgemeier, especially her latest book, Ghosts.

How do you decide what book to recommend to a specific kid? I ask what books they have already read that they liked. I also ask about favorite topics or genres and if they would like to read more of those types of books. It’s good to have eclectic reading taste as a librarian, so you can recommend something from every genre. I try to read over 200 books and graphic novels a year (and keep track on Goodreads), to keep up with what’s new and catch up on titles I’ve missed.

Ninja Bunny


By Jennifer Gray Olson

Ninja Bunny is a funny book. It is about a bunny who is being a ninja. He tries to do it alone but meets a big giant bear. His friends come and help him. They help him win against the bear.

It is funny. I like the illustrations especially the big giant bear. 

Kids who want to be a ninja would like this.  People who have friends will also like it. This is a friendship story.

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This review was a combined effort by Bridget and Annoying Little Brother

Throwback Thursday: Ghosts

 

I first shared about this book in the fall, but it is a great graphic novel that you should read. In case you missed it the first time, here is my review of Ghosts

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By Raina Telgemeier

Ghosts is a graphic novel.  It is really nice. It was a good book to read just before Halloween.

In the book, the two girls meet a ghost. It is a boy ghost. He is not scary. They become friends. The girls had moved to a place where ghosts live and met the boy ghosts. (Bridget note: I have not met a ghost in my new house yet but I have seen weird shadows.)

I liked that this was a graphic novel. I think they are a good way for kids to read. You get a picture for every line.

I would recommend this to everyone. I think you will enjoy it.

Science Comic: Volcanoes

By Jon Chad

This is just like the Bat comic. People in a frozen future land find about book about volcanoes. She stays up all night reading it and learns how volcanoes work. The others in her group believe she is wrong. They eventually believe her and get warm.

I like that you can learn science facts in a comic form. It is a fun way to learn things.

I recommend this to kids who find it hard to read boring books and kids who are interested in volcanoes. I also recommend this to Guy Raz and the Weird but True gals!

And Condors Danced


by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

The past few weeks I have been reading this chapter book. This was one of my mom’s favorite books when she was a kid and I borrowed her copy.

The story is about a girl in California a long time ago. The cover says 1907. Her family moved from Maine to run her aunt’s ranch. Carly is adventurous and curious and gets into trouble some times. She really likes Sherlock Holmes.  There is a feud between her family and another and the book talks about how she deals with it.

I like Carly of course. I am seeing a trend that I like adventurous, curious girls! It was interesting learning about life in 1907. I will probably read this again when I am older because I might understand some parts of the story better.

This isn’t really a second grade solo reading book. You could read it with your parents to explain parts of it. Older kids would like the book and learning about 1907.