Summer Reading Book Haul

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Some of My Favorite Books Right Now

Sew Fab Sewing and Style for Young Fashionistas:
Author: Lesley Ware

ISBN-10: 178067404X
ISBN-13: 978-1780674049

Sew Fab is a great book about sewing, style, and designing. There are guides to help you pick your own style tribe, accessorize, and also how to choose your color palette. I love this book because I am really into fashion and clothes. One day I want to be able to use a sewing machine like my mom does to create pretty dresses and skirts to wear. There are also some really cool projects in the book, my favorite one is the After School Tote.

Another thing I love about the book is the illustrations. The pictures look like they are painted with watercolors and all of the girls in the book have on really cute outfits!  The colors are bright and pretty The girl on the cover has on Chuck’s and those are my favorite shoes. I sometimes use the book when my mom lets me pick my own outfits.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fashion or wants to learn more about sewing. It has helped me out a lot!

Jem and the Holograms comics :
Author: Kelly Thompson and Sophia Campbell



I love comic books!

I just  started reading the Jem and the Holograms comics a few weeks ago. I read all 4 comics in one day and have read My favorite part of comics are the illustrations because I want to be an author/illustrator one day. I have seen the Jem cartoon that my mom used to watch when she was a kid and I loved it!

In the comics the main character is Jerrica Benton but her secret identity is Jem. Jem has a girl band called Jem and the Holograms and they give concerts and help out kids with the Starlight Foundation. Jem has a computer named Synergy that helps her and her band transform and it is super cool! I like the Jem cartoons and comics because all of the stories have a lesson and a moral that I can learn.

I would recommend these comic books to anyone who likes music, brightly colored graphics, and comics. There are 11 books in the series plus a holiday special.

The Witches:
Author: Roald Dahl

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ISBN-10: 0590032496
ISBN-13: 978-0142410110

My teacher read this book to our class and I loved it so much, I had to read it myself. I want to read all of Roald Dahl’s books because the stories I have seen in movies were great, and I am sure the books are too!
The story is about 2 boys, the narrator and a boy named Bruno Jenkins, who meet some witches and get turned into mice. With the help of the narrators grandmother, they try to find away to turn back into boys and get back at the witches.
I like this book because it is very funny and creative. The funniest part of the book to me, was when the witches were at their meeting and The Grand High Witch told them all that they could remove their wigs, gloves, and shoes.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes funny stories.

The Jigsaw Jones Mystery Books :
Author: James Preller

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I like these stories because they are funny and there are real mysteries to be solved. I like to watch NCIS, Sherlock,  and other mystery stories with my mom, but I don’t always understand what is going on. The Jigsaw Jones books are very kid friendly and easy to understand. Another thing I like, is that I can read the books easily in one day and still remember details.

The main character is Jigsaw Jones. He loves drinking grape juice and he has a dog named Rags. The story is written like Jigsaw is an actual detective and I like that a lot. It’s not just a kid trying to solve mysteries, he actually is really good at it. The book reminds me of Nancy Drew or Encyclopedia Brown.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery stories.

My Favorite Thing I Read This Week

Title: Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale
Main Character(s): Nyasha and Manyara
Why is it your favorite book this week? I like this book because it teaches lessons about greed and charity. Mufaro loved both of his daughter’s and thought that they were both beautiful and worthy to be queen. Manyara is mean to her sister, Nyasha, and is also very selfish. I like Nyasha better because she is nice and helps people, and she still loves her sister even though her sister treats her unkind. This story reminds me a lot of Cinderella and her wicked step sisters.


Read along with Phylicia Rashad on Reading Rainbow

Books I found at the grocery store

When Rahni and I go grocery shopping, we usually stop and look at the books to see what’s 0n sale and what’s new. Also, in our local grocery, it’s right next to one of our favorites…the frozen broccoli. On my solo trip the other day, I came across 3 very interesting looking books. The content is a bit too advanced for Rahni right now, but maybe in the near future.

As you can tell, my favorite kinds of books usually involve magic and/or mystery as I thoroughly enjoy sci fi and fantasy.  Rahni loves pretty much anything, but fantasy seems to be her favorite right now. She  is itching to read the Harry Potter series, but I have told her that she should definitely hold off until she is really able to comprehend how awesome they are.:)

From the synopsis on the covers and information that I have gathered from the inter-webs, these 3 books seem to be pretty amazing. All 3 are part of a series, which is pretty much the trend these days, and  they also have some great content on the websites. Of the 3, The Books of Elsewhere seem to be the most interesting to me. The storyline reminds me of Coraline, and the trailer for The Apothecary seems like something from Henry Selick.


Three Times Lucky

Book #1

By Sheila Turnage


In Tupelo, South Carolina, 11 year old Mo LoBeau’s best friend Dale  is a prime suspect in a town murder. Mo and Dale must clear his name. As they set out to solve the mystery of who killed old Mr Jesse, they uncover truths about their own lives.

Learn more about the book  here

Check It Out!

Louisville Free Public Library Ebook   Book

Audio clip from audible book



The Apothecary

Book #1

By Maile Maloy


This one is another mystery about a girl who moves from California to London with her family. She meets a boy named Benjamin, the son of an apothecary named Marcus. Marcus is kidnapped and it’s up to Benjamin and Janie to find him, and maybe even save the world.

Learn more about the book here

Check It Out!

Louisville Free Public Library Book

Read Chapter 1 here



The Books of Elsewhere

The Shadows Vol 1

By Jacqueline West


Another story of magic and mystery. 11 year old Olive and her parents move into an old house with old creepy paintings and talking cats. Olive soon finds out that she can travel into the paintings, where she learns about the dark shadows that are trying to take over.

Learn more about the books here

Check It Out!

Louisville Free Public Library Book

Audio clip for Audible



Reading mystery books can help children pay attention to details

Why didn’t I think of this?

I was on Pinterest this morning and came across this pin from Scholastic. It’s a blog post about reading strategies to get kids to pay more attention to detail while reading. The strategy is to try early chapter books that are mysteries like Cam Jensen, which Rahni and I love,  and Boxcar Children, a book that Rahni just finished reading for class.
Definitely a good post full of great tips! Here‘s the link if you’re interested.


Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute


Author: Jarrett J. Krosoczka
ISBN-10: 0375846832
ISBN-13: 9780375846830

Main Characters:
Lunch Lady, Betty, Dee, Terrence, Hector, and Mr. Pasteur

The Lunch Lady and her sidekick, Betty, have a secret. When not serving the students lunch they are fighting crime! This time, The Lunch Lady and Betty try to solve the mystery of Mr O’Connell’s substitute, Mr. Pasteur. Mr. O’Connell has not missed a day in 20 years and the Lunch Lady is going to find out what happened to him!

My favorite part:
When she fought and defeated the Cyborgs.

Why I like this book:
Because it is like a comic book and it is easy to read. Even though the pictures are not in color they are still pretty cool. I can’t wait to read the next book!

My rating:

Reading difficulty:
Easy, I read the book in 1 day!

View this book on the web

Princess Candy: The Green Queen of Mean

Princess Candy: The Green Queen of Mean


Author: Michael Dahl
Pictures by/Illustrator: Jeff Crowther

ISBN-10: 1434228037
ISBN-13: 978-1434228031

Main Character(s): Halo Nightly, Flora, and Doozie Hiss


Halo’s teacher, Mr. Slink gave the class an assignment to make a report on ways to reduce pollution.

Halo was paired with Flora, a girl who loved the environment and called herself a tree hugger.

Doozie Hiss, the class bully was going to try and ruin Halo and Flora’s report.

Flora turns out to be more powerful than Halo knew.

My favorite part of the story: Was when Flora turned into the The Green Queen and her and Halo had a battle.

What I learned from this book: Pollution kills the earth and that we need to clean up behind ourselves.

My rating: 5

Reading difficulty for me: Easy for me

View the book on the web

Last Week’s Library Haul


-The Thimbleberry Stories by Cynthia Rylant

-My Special One and Only by Joe Berger

-Poppleton Everyday Cynthia Rylant

-Poppleton by Cynthia Rylant

-A Poor Excuse For A Dragon by Geoffrey Hayes

Tacky the Penguin series by Cynthia Rylant

-Tacky’s Christmas

-Three Cheers for Tacky

-Tacky and the Winter Games

-Tacky Goes to Camp

-Tacky and the Emperor

-My Dad Thinks He’s Funny by Katrina Germein

-The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett

-Friends (Mostly) by Barbara M. Joosse

-Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

-Princess Candy The Green Queen of Mean by Michael Dahl

-Bedtime For Francis by Russell Hoban

-Junie B. Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth by Barbara Park

-Fly Guy vs The Flyswatter by Tedd Arnold

-A Book Is Just Like You by Kathleen Fox

-DVD: The Day Jimmy’s Boa at the Wash a Scholastic Video Collection