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text 2017-09-05 13:10
Children Books I've Read Recently

Recently I decided to go on a binge of reading children stories. I was just in a nostalgic mood and ended up reading some books I never got around to reading when I was younger, and some that are newer published.

 

Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator) 

#1 (4 stars)

I was browsing through the kid section of the overdrive library, because I was in the mood for some children/middle grade (possibly nostalgic stuff from my past) and I saw the cover for this book. I thought it looked cute, so I checked it out. I liked it. I think it was silly and fun, and of course cute. I'm in my 30s, but I like to believe I still have a firm grasp on my inner child. I can still relate to younger characters. In the case of these two, I can relate to their imagination and how they get along with family; especially annoying a sibling.

 

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The Adventures of Captain Underpants Dav Pilkey

#1 (5 stars)

I think this book is fun, silly, weird, but I can see why it is a hit or miss with some people. I enjoyed the artwork.

 

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Scream Street by Tommy Donbavand

Fang of the Vampire #1 (5 stars)

 

I thought this series looked interesting and it turned out pretty fun and cute.

Blood of the Witch #2 (4 stars)

I'm on the fence if I liked this one better than the first one or not. It was quite silly, but not in a bad way, and the author is obviously going with his own vampire lore of how vampires are made

and cured.

(spoiler show)

At least they don't sparkle. ha ha

A fun, quick paced read.

 

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The Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne, Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator)

 

Dinosaurs Before Dark #1 (4 stars)

I never read this series as a kid. It is just one of the ones I over looked and never thought about. But I thought this was cute and fun, especially for the age group it is intended for. The only reason adult me would give it a lower rating is because I would love more details and I believe even as a child reading this, more details couldn't hurt!

The Knight at Dawn #2 (3 Stars)

The only reason I give the volumes after #1 a 3 star instead of a 4 star is because of the repetitiveness. The summery of past books within the new story would be really helpful for a person who hasn't read the series in a long time. I will give this series that! So I understand why it happens, but it takes something from me as an adult reader.

However the books are cute and fun. I can relate to them, even as an adult, because I love books and would love to be in their shoes, to see all the worlds in the books, and who wouldn't want a magic tree house?

Mummies In The Morning #3 (3 Stars)

Now that I have finished the 3rd book in the series, I am starting to wonder... is the magic tree house really there, or are the children making up everything in their heads? Either way, I really like it!

Pirates Past Noon #4 (3 Stars)

So now we know who "M" is. I still wonder if the children are making up everything in their minds. Imagination is a powerful thing! Either way, this series is really fun. Sure, it's simple and short for adult readers, but that is completely fine by me! It is nice to sit down with some books without all the young adult drama. Also, I feel like these "children" books and other nostalgia type books are really good when you are in a reading slump.

 

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

#1 (4 stars)

I think I would have rated this higher if the kid hadn't been such a brat. I know kids can be bratty, but he seemed way over the top! I would even say he has a meanness to him and doesn't care what the coincidences of his actions are. I felt sorry for his so called best friend.

I do like diary format in books. I might read more in the series. I hope he grows as a character as the series goes on.

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review 2016-11-11 17:42
Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No. 1) - 'Mary Pope Osborne', 'Sal Murdocca'

Grade level Equivalent: 2.6

Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne in the Magic tree house series, is a great introduction to chapter books for young readers. The adventure Jack encounters with his kid sister, Annie, takes the students imagination on a fun filled quest that promises to keep any students interest. After Jack and Annie discover a tree house with a magical library, they choose a dinosaur book that takes them back to prehistoric times. Will they survive the dinosaurs? How will they get back? This is a great book to use in reading centers or read aloud.

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url 2015-12-30 04:24
The Best Science Books of 2015
On the Move: A Life - Oliver Sacks
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World - Andrea Wulf
Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe - Lisa Randall
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer - Sydney Padua
The Blue Whale - Jenni Desmond
The Physicist and the Philosopher: Einstein, Bergson, and the Debate That Changed Our Understanding of Time by Jimena Canales (26-May-2015) Hardcover - Jimena Canales
What to Think About Machines That Think: Today's Leading Thinkers on the Age of Machine Intelligence by John Brockman (2015-10-06) - John Brockman;
Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future - Lauren Redniss

The best of science books in 2015.

 

1. On the move by Oliver Sacks. 

 

Missed him so much. My favorite writer on matter of the brain because it is so accessible. 

 

 

2. The invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf. 

 

Haven't come across this one and it sounds interesting. 

 

3. Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs by Lisa Randall 

 

Sound cool. 

 

4. The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Pauda 

 

Cool graphics. 

 

 

 

5. The Blue Whale by Jenni Desmond 

 

Another blue book. Nice. 

 

 

6. The Physicist & the Philosopher by Jimena Canales

 

Another good one. 

 

einsteinbergson

 

 

7. What to think about machines that think by John Brockman 

 

 

Another good annual book on the latest trend of science topic. 

 

Bonus. Thunders and Lightning by Lauren Redniss. 

 

Picture book. 

 

I have not read any of them, but would read Oliver Sacks and John Brockman ones next year. 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-08-10 23:59
Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne Book Review!
Magic Tree House: #1-4 - Mary Pope Osborne,Sal Murdocca

The Magic tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne is one of my favorite book series. Who wouldn't want a tree house that puts you into to any book? It's a book nerds dream!

I'm gonna review the book that started it all: Dinosaurs Before Dark.

 

the book is about an eight-year-old boy named Jack and his seven-year-old sister Annie who live in Pennsylvania. When the go into the woods the find a tree house full of books. They open a book about dinosaurs and say they wish they can go there, and then the tree house takes them to the time of the dinosaurs, and they find a medallion with an on it.

 

I love Jack and Annie! Jack is more cautious, and responsible, and he loves to read (which I can relate to). Annie is more adventurous, and carefree.

 

This isn't my favorite book in the series but I like all the same. It's also the book to start this amazing series so how can I not like it.

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text 2014-06-29 06:23
Cover Characteristic: Brothers & Sisters
This Week's Characteristic: Brothers and Sisters 

Cover Characteristic is a weekly meme hosted by Sugar & Snark.

 


Instead of doing my favorite covers with brothers and sisters this week, I'm sticking to series or books that I've read. From left to right, these are The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1) by Lemony Snicket, Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, #1) by Mary Pope Osborne, The First HOrror (99 Fear Street: The House of Evil, #1) by R.L. Stine, The Power of Two (T*witches, #1) by H.B Gilmour and Randi Reisfield, Claudia and Mean Janine (The Baby-sitters Club, #7) by Ann M. Martin, and January Joker (Calendar Mysteries, #1) by Ron Roy.

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