Book by Louis Sachar
This book is about a boy who gets sent to a place for getting blamed for stealing some famous shoes. The place is called Green Lake. The boys have to dig holes which is suppose to build character. Each hole must be five feet deep and five feet wide. If they find anything interesting, they show it to the warden. If she likes it, she gives them the day off.
I would recommend the book to kids who like an adventurous book.
Written by Crystal Velasquez
Pictures by Manuel Preitano
I found this graphic novel at my Scholastic Book Fair (Yea, book fairs). It is about a set of stepsisters who are also princesses. They do not like each other. Red Riding Hood and Snow White are their friends. Someone casts a spell that goes wrong and they have to work together to solve it.
This is a really cool book. I like princess stories but prefer when they are saving themselves. Of course I liked the graphics. I really comic style art.
I would recommend this to kids who like princesses, adventures or comics. This would be a good book for someone still not sold on reading.
By Lauren McLaughlin
Illustrated by Meilo So
This a book about adoption. I didn’t really understand it. I know what adoption is but the book was a little too fairy tale. The birth mom seems like an angel.
I did like that it was nice to know the baby was wanted by her new parents so much and that the birth mom was so focused on getting her baby a new home. The pictures were really nice.
I would recommend this is to kids who have happy adoptions and open adoptions. The book also felt more for a girl than a boy too.
I don’t think it is a book for kids like me who aren’t involved in adoptions. It confused me a little about adoptions.
I did ask my friend and her family to also read this. She is adopted. They said it is a pretty book and does tell one type of adoption story. There are many adoption stories so this wouldn’t fit all families. They said the big positive is it is another adoption book. They don’t find many books about adoption so a new one is a good thing.
By Katie Trupiano
The Ice Cream Conundrum is about not getting something you really, really wanted and how you react. The character really wants a specific type of ice cream. The Ice Cream truck doesn’t have it. Here the book the asks you to pick how you would respond. One is get mad and one is be disappointed. Once you pick, you go to a certain page and find out what happens. This is a good way to show the right way to respond.
I like that the book gives the kid a choice. It is like a choose your own adventure. I like that it is about Ice Cream. I can’t have most Ice Cream because I am dairy allergic so I know what it is like to be disappointed. But I am learning the alternatives can sometimes be better.
I think anyone should read this. It is a good book for parents to read to second graders too.
By Carl R. Sams II & Jean Stoick
There is a stranger in the woods after a winter storm. The deer, birds and other animals are trying to figure what he is. The story is what the animals think he is. They never figure out the secret that the reader knows – he is a snowman.
This is a photo illustrated book, so where the story is made up, the animals are real. The photos show kids what forest animals look like in the winter. The photos are really pretty. My favorite is the owl photo. It is beautiful.
I recommend this to anyone who wants to help the environment. It helps understand how animals get food in the winter.
By Mary Pope Osborne
This book is about World War 2. Annie and Jack go on a mission to help a friend with a secret code. It was a dangerous mission in England.
I like it because it teaches you about World War 2. I could understand it.
I recommend it to everyone that needs an adventure. Also to kids who want to understand World War 2
Written by Bridget McGovern Llewellyn
Photos/Illustrations by Carl R Sam II & Jean Stoick
This is a book for children conservationists. It is a poem about how a child fits in the world. “Earth so big and me so small.” But even if we are small, we can do a lot to help the Earth. It talks about the bad things happening to the earth like greenhouse gases and the ways we can change our lives to help, like recycling.
I liked it because it is really good for kids who don’t know what they can do to help the world. It tells them stuff they can do. The photos are very pretty and make you want to go for a hike. It makes you want to help the animals. I learned a lot from this book.
I just think this is a book everyone should have on their shelf, so I recommend it to everyone!