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review 2016-11-11 00:44
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs 25th Anniversary Edition - Jon Scieszka,Lane Smith

I could use The True Story of the Three Little Pigs in a few different ways, all of which I would do in my class for second to sixth graders. The first way is in a fairytale study on different versions of the same story. In this study, I would have my students read different versions of The Three Little Pigs and then have them compare and contrast each version. However, for fourth grade through sixth, I would use this book to mimic the judicial system. In other words, I would have the students work in groups to present a case either for or against the wolf. In their case, they would have to come up with three details from the text to act as evidence. To make it a bit more fun, the students would have to come up with what they thought would be a suitable punishment for the wolf if they believe he is indeed guilty. Once a group presents their case for or against the wolf, I would have the rest of the class act as a jury and give a thumbs up if they agree with the group or thumbs down if they do not.

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review 2016-10-31 00:00
Devils and Details (Ordinary Magic Book 2)
Devils and Details (Ordinary Magic Book 2) - Devon Monk I was disappointed in the last book because the romance was built up and then horrifically squashed. I wasn't sure I'd be able to forgive Ryder for his callous behavior, but this second book has helped. Until he did something epically stupid in this book and now I'm just not sure about anything.

I'll pick up the next book when it comes out, but I'll keep my expectations low.
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-09-07 05:11
Devils and Details (Devon Monk)
Devils and Details (Ordinary Magic Book 2) - Devon Monk


So many things I want to take note about, so I am not going to even put them under spoiler tag (just in case, you miss the spoiler warning). You've been warned...

WHOA ... when sh*ts hit the fan!!! Okay, so two major things happened here ... two majors and a couple of almost major ones as well. There were two cases that Delaney needed to take care off.

One, someone managed to steal ALL (yes, ALL) of the gods' power from Crow. Apparently because Crow had broken one of the rules in Ordinary, another god decided that he must be punished. While taking care of this, Delaney found out that Ordinary had demigod (Poseidon's kid! Hello Percy's sister, haha) and well, Ordinary now had a warden, thanks to Mithra (God of contracts. Judiciary. All-seeing protector of truth) as well as Ryder. Which I would get back to that later.

Two, a very old, VERY VERY old vampire was targeting Rossi's back by killing one of the new vampire, broken Jame, and kidnapped Ben (hiks!). Apparently Rossi had a brother-in-arms who wanted a book of dark magic and ready to bring war to Ordinary.

Apart from that ... Ryder apparently worked as freelancer for Department of Paranormal Protection (reenacted under the Homeland Security Act to make communication with paranormal creatures and protect them), later found out about magical creatures in Ordinary, and well, was made as Mithra's warden (An overseer. A supervisor of contracts, deals, and agreements) which meant that he could act as judge and jury aside of the Reeds family.

YEAH. I know. SO MANY THINGS happened in this book!! My head was still reeling. I honestly thought that the book was better than the first. Sure, Delaney might need to get her head in check because whenever she was in Ryder's vicinity, she seemed to be losing all capabilities to think clearly ... but then the revelation of Ryder being an Agent, and later became the Warden sort of kept my anger in check. It was interesting to see what would happen next.

Delaney was pretty capable heroine (again, except when she was with Ryder hah!) and I loved all the gods here. I was sad that since Crow broke the rule he had to leave Ordinary, considering that he was a hoot! But we still had Than (or Death) who amused me to no end with his unintentional dry humor. Odin was fun too.

And now with the war coming, brought by Lavius, as he still kept Ben with him (I hope he is not dead!! Poor Jame!!), seems like it will be all out fights in book three, which is aptly titled "Gods and Ends", coming Spring 2017. Bring it on, Devon Monk!

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