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

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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.

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(photo from lifeofzarf.com)

This is going to be a very quick post because 1. I am on lunch break and 2. I only have 10 minutes left:)

I have been sitting here the last 20 minutes trying to find new books to show Rahni and I come across this littel gem Life of Zarf The Trouble With Weasels by Rob Harrell. What initially drew me into it wa sthe cover art for the book that is featured on Penguin’s website. I am a fan of Harrell’s other books such as Big Top and Monster on the Hill. I was totally unaware of this book, I am so glad that I clicked the link!

The book has all of the elements that we look for; great illustrations (of course because Harrell is amazing), cover art that will grab your attention, and a great plot (from what I read in the excerpt).  I love that it is a comic style/graphic novel style book with just enough prose that she doesn’t get bored or fly through it too quickly. Since she is really into the Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dork Diaries, Big Nate, etc I think that this book will go over pretty well with her. Another thing I love is that the web page not only information on the book and author, but also it’s cahracters. To me, this really is great because it goes deeper than just what you read on the pages. It helps to expand your imagination about the characters and most importantly it promotes fandom amongst young readers. This is awesome to me as I am attempting to raise a geek:)

If you have time, definitely check it out! You can also read an excerpt here.

Books that Rahni is adding to her list

Even though Santa gave her quite a few new books for Christmas, my little bookworm somehow can still manage to want more new books to read. Totally believable. We are talking about a little person who starts at least 5 books at a time. She was reading so many books recently that she ran out of bookmarks so she had to get creative. I had no idea until I found erasers, toilet paper, and receipts as books marks. One time she even used a stick of gum.

Well, seeing as how Santa also alleviated her deficiency of bookmarks issue with some totally cool personalized bookmarks from Frecklebox.com, she has decided to add more books to her already long ‘To Read’ list.

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Not that I am complaining that she wants to read more, I would just LOVE for her to finish some of the books she has started.

1. This is actually not just one book, it is a series of books by author Hillary McKay with a main character named Lulu.

Lulu is a 7 year old girl that loves animals, so Rahni immediately felt she was a kindred spirit.

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2. The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes. Henkes is one of her favorite authors, so it’s no wonder she loved the excerpt from this one. It’s about a 2nd grader named Billy who seems a little uncertain about how his year will be.
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3. Doll Bones by Holly Black. This appears to be a bit advanced for her reading level but she is adamant about taking a stab at it. A novel about 2 friend who go on a journey at the request of ghost that inhabits the dolls body. I’m not really sure that she will get around to reading this one, but I am pretty sure that I will:)

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4. Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon. A book about a brave little girl who has an over active imagination and is the youngest of 3.

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5. I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! Firebird by Misty Copeland. It’s a book about confidence. courage, and motivation; things that any girl of any age or race can identify with. This is a picture book, so it will not be difficult for her to read. I have a feeling that this book will be one that she will keep on her shelf and maybe one day pass it down to her daughter.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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