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January 07, 2020 (Updated: January 07, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Fun Exploring

'Hey Grandude!' by Paul McCartney, illustrated by Kathryn Durst, is a fun, colorful, and exciting adventure. The illustrations enhance the story, taking Grandude and the children all over the world. Their travels include a beach, a mountainside, and they even get to go to the Wild West and meet a...

January 06, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Inspiring Characteristics

'The 47 People You'll Meet in Middle School' by Kristin Mahoney is an endearing look at an often hard time in young people's lives. It is at this time when kids are starting to come into their own, learning about themselves and others and how perceptions can make or break...

January 06, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Writing Through Experience

'No Map, Great Trip: A Young Writer's Road to Page One' by Paul Fleischman tells the story of the author and how he learned to love writing. While his stories were interesting enough, the book was more of a memoir than a writing guide. Since the book's subtitle bills it...

November 13, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
A Visit to the Doctor

'Pete the Kitty Goes to the Doctor' by Kimberly & James Dean is a great addition to any child's “I Can Read” library. These books focus on basic language, word repetition, and whimsical illustrations, so there is something that all kids can find interesting. The story follows Pete as he...

November 13, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
Music and Lullabies

'Bach to the Rescue!!!' by Tom Angleberger, illustrated by Elio, is a cute and comedic story about a rich dude who hires someone not-so-rich to play him lullabies. The person he hires is Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, and while he does a nice job, the rich guy is constantly waking up...

November 08, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Truth in Unlikely Places

'The Boy Next Story' by Tiffany Schmidt follows main character Aurora, who goes by Rory, as she tries to figure out how to deal with her crush on friend and neighbor Toby, all while he is crushing on her sister, Merrilee. Throughout all of these romantic issues, Rory is assigned...

October 05, 2019 (Updated: October 05, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0
Devastation and Redemption

'Dating My Best Friend' (former title: 'The F Word') by Michelle MacQueen and Ann Maree Craven delves deeply into themes that range from loss and grief to loneliness, heartbreak, kindness, truth, introspection, and more. Peyton Callahan and Cameron Tucker are the main characters who find themselves thrown into an unfathomable...

October 05, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
Working Together (and Alone!)

'The Cook and the King' by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by David Roberts, is a cute story that shows how working together, and sometimes working alone with someone by your side, can lead to success. When the King hires Wobbly Bob to be his new cook, he gets more than he...

September 26, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Bilingual Experience

'Dias y Dias, Days and Days' by Ginger Foglesong Guy, illustrated by Rene King Moreno, is a simple story that does a nice job capturing words that describe seasons and months of the year. The Spanish and English vocabulary is extremely beneficial for anyone learning Spanish, and the illustrations only...

September 26, 2019 (Updated: September 26, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
What is Perfect?

'We Are the Perfect Girl' by Ariel Kaplan is a Cyrano De Bergerac style story. There are a host of themes at work in the novel, from friendship and family, to beauty and longing. Aphra, the main character, is a nice and likable character. Yet, she is not perfect, hence...

September 26, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Added Insight into Characters

'Stranger Things: Runaway Max' by Brenna Yovanoff provides an intriguing look into Max's life before and during her time in Hawkins, Indiana. While trying to find her place once she moves to Hawkins from California, she meets Lucas, Dustin, Mike, and Will, along with some of the other main characters...

August 21, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
Fun with Math and Science

'Sorting for STEM Big Skills Workbook' deals with core concepts. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are the focus in this book, providing simple examples of each of these subjects so children begin to form a better understanding of these topics from the beginning of their school career, or possibly even...

August 21, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
Lots to Learn and Do

'Math Practice Extra Big Skills Workbook' has a large variety of fun activities to help students build their math knowledge. From number mazes to pages that contain patterns, shapes, and addition and subtraction exercises, students will learn how easy it is to practice counting, solving problems through drawing, counting by...

August 21, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
A Great Resource

'Handwriting Skills Workbook' does a great job of informing students and parents alike about the importance of focusing on how to form each letter appropriately. Each letter page has animals on it that begin with that letter, and easy alliterative sentences that further comprehension of each page's contents. There are...

August 21, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Getting to Know You

'Little Penguin's New Friend' by Tadgh Bentley is a cute story about the making of a friendship despite misconceptions about the other person. The penguin has heard things about the polar bear that he doesn't know whether to believe. He wonders whether he'll be scary, if his roar will be...

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