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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Book Review - Geronimo Stilton Micekings: Pull the Dragon's Tooth!

Geronimo Stilton Micekings: Pull the Dragon's Tooth!

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About the Book
Miceking chief Sven the Shouter has a new goal: to transform smarty-mouse Geronimo Stiltonord into a true macho mouseking. Geronimo must undergo special training, leading up to a terrifying final test -- pulling a tooth from a dragon's mouth! Shivering squids! Will he ever earn a miceking helmet?



My Take on the Book
Geronimo Stilton is involved in a new adventure. In this story he is a mouseking in an ancient north land. There are dragons to fight and helmets to win for bravery. 

As the story begins, the townspeople decide Geronimo needs to be stronger so they hire Max Musclepaw to train Geronimo. Musclepaw thinks he is invincible but as the story progresses the reader will see the challenges that Max encounters. 

Geronimo shows that a good brain and problem solving skills are as important as muscles and strength. By the end of the adventure, Max agrees. 

There are many humorous situations in this book. The fun use of language will delight the reader. A child in second through fourth grades will enjoy this chapter book.
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Book Review - The Story of Moana: A Tale of Courage and Adventure

The Story of Moana: A Tale of Courage and Adventure
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About the Book
Inspired by Disney Animation Studios' latest film, Moana, this middle grade novel features characters and adventures based in the rich culture of the islands of Oceania. It includes original content in the form of mini folk tales interspersed throughout the story of the film. Bonus temporary tattoos included!



My Take on the Book
This chapter book tells the entire story of Moana. The story gives the reader excellent details about Moana's growing up. Moana's gramma tells the tale of the warrior Maui being struck from the sky and losing his fish hook. The tale continues because TeFiti lost her heart. Thus the darkness, lack of fish in the ocean, and the TeKa demons take over the island and the livelihood of the island.
Although this is not an illustrated book, the text is so rich in descriptive language that the reader will easily be able to use their mind to see the action in the story.

The reader will see Moana's challenges as she tries to solve the problems and face TeKa. She convinces Maui to help even with out his magical fish hook.

Moana's story is one of perseverance, love of family, devotion to a cause, and courage. I am eager to see the Disney movie now that I have read this story.
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Book Review - Project Droid: Soccer Shocker

Project Droid: Soccer Shocker

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About the Book
When Mom tells Logan that Java is joining his soccer team, the Purple Wombats, he’s not thrilled. It’s a lot of work teaching his new robot cousin how to act like a human—and keeping him out of trouble—and Logan needs a break.

Still, being programmed for success means that Java’s also great at scoring. He might just turn the Wombats into a championship team, beating Sherry and Jerry Silverspoon and their Red Polar Bears . . . if he’d just let the other kids play, too. After being replaced as the Wombats’ MVP, Logan’s had enough.

But when Java gets wet and goes on the fritz, can the whole team—even a short-circuiting Java—come together to score the winning goal?

The second in a fantastically funny new chapter book series by internationally bestselling author Nancy Krulik and her daughter, Amanda Burwasser, Soccer Shocker is destined to win tons of fans.

Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers—picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.



My Take on the Book
Logan Applebaum's mother invented a droid who lives with them. Java, the droid, is playing soccer with Logan and his friends. Because Java is not human, he can hit the ball higher and faster. He becomes the best soccer player.

When Java gets short circuited and is out of commission, Logan and his friends realize how much they miss him. Logan was jealous of Java and was upset because his friends liked Java more than him. However as the story continues you see Logan's feelings change. 

The story shows jealousy, friendship, and forgiveness. Telling the truth is highlighted too.

There are again humorous sections where Java has his own understanding of what people are saying. Often this causes some questions as Logan's friends do not know Java is a droid.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Book Review - Project Droid: Science No Fair!

Project Droid: Science No Fair!

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About the Book
It’s a pretty normal day for Logan Applebaum—until his inventor mother announces that she’s built him a new robot cousin. And Java may be really smart, but he’s also going to be a major handful. No one can know about his secret. This is going to be a long school year.

With the third grade science fair coming up, though, Logan thinks maybe a super computer cousin could come in handy and he’ll finally have a shot at beating the nosey Silverspoon twins who win at everything.

But when Sherry and Jerry steal Java as their partner, and then start suspecting something is up with the new kid, can Logan think fast before this crazy experiment becomes an epic disaster?

In Science No Fair! internationally bestselling author, Nancy Krulik and her incredibly talented daughter, Amanda Burwasser, team up to introduce a new comedic pair that combines the literalness of Amelia Bedelia with a wacky modern edge, making for hours of laughter.

Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers—picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.



My Take on the Book
Logan Applebaum's mother is an inventor. in this story she makes a droid for Logan. Java, the droid, becomes Logan's "cousin". Java does everything with Logan. There are many humorous situations involving Java because he does not understand the way we use our language. For example Logan said he had "butterflies in his stomach". Java thought he meant real butterflies and turned Logan upside down to remove the butterflies. 

There is a science fair at the school which causes some challenges for Logan and his friends. Java is involved in the Science Fair disaster. 

The story shows Logan accepting Java at the end of the story. He was even protecting him from two bullies.

The story shows pretty typical third grade behavior . There are difficulties with friends, jealousy, friendship, and problem solving. 

At the end of the book, the authors have included Logan's science experiment for your child to make.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Book Review - Moana Read-Along Storybook & CD

Moana Read-Along Storybook & CD
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About the Book
A 32 page book and CD retelling Moana.


My Take on the Book
Moana is the chief's daughter. She has a kind heart and helps others. Moana is brave. In this story her Gramma tells her the story of TeFiti and with the special shell she finds, she decided to restore TeFiti's heart. Once this is done the islands will thrive again.

The story contains challenges for Moana and and the magical warrior Maui. Together they work to defeat the fiery demon known as TeKa.

There is magic, adventure and suspense. Moana perseveres even in the face of danger. Moana finds her destiny and saves her family, friends, and her island.

This is a good family story.
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Book Review - Art of Coloring: Moana: 100 Images to Inspire Creativity

Art of Coloring: Moana: 100 Images to Inspire Creativity
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About the Book
Relax, and let the creativity flow through you. Whether a skilled artist or an everyday dabbler of drawings and doodles, fans of all ages will enjoy these stunning pen-and-ink illustrations of beautiful landscapes, elaborate patterns, and memorable characters from Disney's new animated feature Moana. The lovely packaging includes a convenient "lay flat" book block.



My Take on the Book
This is a creative coloring book filled with 100 images from the movie Moana. The images include the main characters of the book/movie. There are beautiful patterns, Pacific artwork, tatoos from the warrior Maui, and beautiful designs. There are hours for coloring enjoyment for your child and you to share using this book.
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Book Review - Moana and the Ocean

Moana and the Ocean
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About the Book
This beautiful jacketed picture book based on the upcoming Disney Animation Studios' film, Moana, features an engaging story about Moana's unique relationship with the Ocean that playfully interacts with stylized artwork.



My Take on the Book
Heather Knowles and Annette Marnat have created a beautiful story together for a young child. The story is written as if the ocean is telling the reader about Moana. You see Moana as a child . The ocean tells the story of her growing up and the wonderful kind spirit Moana portrays. The ocean observes Moana as she interacts with her family, friends, and animals.

You and your child will love the gentle and beautiful illustrations that accompany the text so well. Such a wonderful example of text and art together.
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