Reviews written by Kimberly Pauley

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March 10, 2008
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
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0.0
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A book from the Great Minds of Science series

For the type of book that this is (a historical biography of a scientist part of the Great Minds of Science series from Enslow Publishers), it really wasnt a bad read. What I mean is that this is, by nature of the beast, a pretty dry subject and the...

March 07, 2008
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
0.0
Writing Style 
 
0.0
Infinitely entertaining and true

Great book. Let me just get that out of the way right off the bat. Let me also say that the kids in this book are way too cool for me (either now or back when I was in high school). They navigate nighttime Manhattan like pros and could hold...

March 03, 2008
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0
The force is strong in this one

The very first movie I ever saw in a theater in my entire life (and yes, I realize that Ill be dating myself with this) was the original Star Wars movie. The one with Luke, not with Jar-Jar. I fell in love with the movie and it is still on...

March 03, 2008
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0
Learn to speak Chinese with your child

As Im half-Chinese (and can barely speak any of the language, other than to count to ten and say things like thank you) and were about to have baby, Chris Lins Mandy and Pandy Say Ni Hao Ma? sounded intriguing to me. Id like my kid to know at...

February 29, 2008
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0
Not exactly dangerous, but definitely an adventure

Were about to have a baby boy and that, honestly, is pretty freaky for me since I grew up in a family of girls. What in the world do you do with a boy? Thats why I was so excited when I heard about The Dangerous Book for Boys. I...

February 25, 2008
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0
Kids Fiction
Sweet Matilda Rose

Matilda Rose has lost her kisses and is determined to find them before her dad gets home (because, you know, shes just got to greet him with a big smoocheroo!). In I Lost My Kisses by Trudie Trewin, were treated to a super-adorable super-smoocher in this little spotted cow illustrated...

February 25, 2008
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0
Kids Fiction
Are you a yarn fiend waiting to happen?

Heres another entry from Planet Girl (Kids Can Press) for the creative girls among us. Do you look at a ball of yarn and see&potential? Then this book is for you. Whether you prefer knitting or crocheting (or dont even know which youd like better, but are interested in learning),...

February 21, 2008
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0
Kids Fiction
Stillwater runs deep

Everyone loves pandas. Im not sure what it is about them&the furriness, their inscrutable nature, their cuteness&next to polar bears (think Knut), panda bears have captured the hearts of people all over the world. Now, in Muths books (Zen Shorts was the first to feature Stillwater the panda), you can...

February 18, 2008
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0
La ditty, zu zu

This is an interesting picture book with a catchy refrain courtesy a duck and his beloved kazoo. Its cheerful and hopeful, but also a little sad, especially in the beginning. We meet a duck living alone in a beautiful lake, his only companion his trusty kazoo. Everyone...

February 18, 2008
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
0.0
Writing Style 
 
0.0
Young Adult Fiction
A story about desegregation set in 1965

Set in 1965, Mr. Touchdown is a story about segregation and integration, but also about friendship and courage. Eddie Russell, a star football player (the Mr. Touchdown of the story) and his very shy sister Lakeesha have been asked (i.e. told by their parents and civil rights activists) that they...

February 15, 2008
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0
Good pick for boys, especially reluctant readers

Set in the distant past (circa 6000 years ago), Wolf Brother is the story of young Torak. From the very first pages of the book, he is in mortal danger. He has lived alone with his father all his young life and now, after a brutal attack by a demon-possessed...

February 15, 2008
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0
Kids Fiction
Chock full of activities for busy hands

My Mommys Tote is an interactive activity / board book (though its only loosely a book in that its really more like a three dimensional object with different sections that fold down somewhat like pages) for kids 3 and up. In many ways, this is about 50% toy and 50%...

February 12, 2008
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
0.0
Writing Style 
 
0.0
Young Adult Fiction
Adventure, romance, and a character you won't forget

Okay, let me admit right off the bat that I actually requested a copy of this book. I hardly ever request books anymore, since I get so many, but a few people had submitted reader reviews to the site and I found the premise intriguing. Im really glad it...

February 12, 2008
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0
Kids Fiction
A quirky, lovable main character

Im starting to think that Sarah Weeks has a thing for interesting character names and words. In So B. It, you had the word soof and in Oggie Cooder youve got Oggies name (how fun is that?), the thing hes good at (charving a combination of chewing and carving...

February 07, 2008
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
0.0
Learning Value 
 
0.0
Teach your baby to sign

Since Im soon to have a little wee one of my own, Ive been interested in books that can help you to teach sign language to babies (its a way to potentially communicate with them before they can actually form the words). Tanya Kuzas self-published board book takes a bit...

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