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review 2019-10-07 05:34
Olivia's Secret Scribbles: My New Best Friend by Meredith Costain, illustrated by Danielle McDonald
Olivia's Secret Scribbles: My New Best Friend - Meredith Costain,Danielle McDonald

Olivia has started a diary in honor of moving into her new bedroom, which is in the attic of her family's house. She's now in the perfect spot to keep an eye on her neighborhood's goings on, which is fun but also sad, because she can see the empty house where her best friend Lucy used to live.

But then Olivia notices that someone new has moved into Lucy's old house. There's also a new girl, Matilda, in her class. Is it possible that she and Matilda could become friends?

A coworker of mine recently had an "Usborne Facebook party," which I decided to treat as an opportunity to get my Christmas shopping for all my sister's kids done early. I like to read all the books I give the kids, in case they say anything about them (which hasn't happened yet, but an aunt can dream), so that's the stage I'm at now. This particular book was purchased for my youngest niece.

The story is set up as though it were Olivia's diary, complete with her various drawings. Many of the entries read as though Olivia wrote them only a few minutes after the events happened.

I really liked this! I wasn't expecting a chapter book to be so interesting, but I found myself intrigued by the mystery of Matilda's strange behavior, and I enjoyed Olivia's efforts to prove that someone was entering her room when she was gone. Olivia's various intruder detection plans were fun, and her curiosity about and frustration with Matilda were believable. The book's ending was sweet, but not, I think, excessively so.

The one thing that bugged me was that it seemed simultaneously like Olivia and her family had maybe just moved into their house (based off of Olivia getting a new bedroom) but also like they'd lived there for at least a year (based off of Olivia's accounts of slipping through the fence to play with her friend Lucy). It's possible that Olivia once shared a room with one of her siblings, but if that was the case, it wasn't mentioned. It looks like this series is a spin-off of one focused on Olivia's older sister, Ella, so maybe the situation is explained more in those books.

I hope that my niece will end up liking this as much as I did.


(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2019-09-07 17:15
Judy Moody Was in a Mood - Megan McDonald,Barbara Rosenblat
Judy was in a bad mood and taking it out on everyone.  Sometimes someone did something she liked and it put her in a good mood until something happened she didn't like then she was back in a bad mood. 
I enjoyed this book.  It was funny and the illustrations were great.  I like the world building here.  As an adult I would enjoy revisiting Judy's world.  I liked Stink (what a name) and Rocky.  I also thought it was good that Judy had to revise her opinion about Frank Pearl!  As I buy this series for a great niece I know I'll be reading them first!
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review 2019-08-31 01:35
THE DYNO-MITE DOG SHOW by Lousie Bonnett-Rampersaud
The Dyno-Mite Dog Show - Louise Bonnett-Rampersaud
The students need to do a community service project so Agnes and her friends of the Secret Knock Club decide to arrange a dog show at the local nursing home.  Little do they know who all will be involved.
This is a good set-up for the series.  Agnes has decided opinions and is bossy but somehow manages to pull it all together with the help of her ex-friend.  Agnes learns a lot of lessons about friendship and organizing an event.  It was a fun story and I chuckled as I read it.
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review 2019-07-16 00:00
Amelia Bedelia Chapter Book #1: Amelia Bedelia Means Business
Amelia Bedelia Chapter Book #1: Amelia Bedelia Means Business - Herman Parish,Lynne Avril So, we just hired ourselves a brand new pastor for our church. Her name is Emelia. Naturally, the thing that popped into my mind was Amelia Bedelia, which sounds similar, although spelled slightly differently. anyway, I just had to read an Amelia Bedelia book. I hope our new pastor will forgive me.

So, this book is full of plays on words. Young children, it seems, tend not to understand figures of speech, so take things literally. In this book, Amelia Belelia wants a new bike, but her parents tell her she needs to get a job to make half the money. So, she gets a job as a waitress in training. But, when a customer in a hurry asks for cherry pie, and emphasizes his request by appending "and step on it" to the end of his request, Amelia Belelia does exactly what he asks: she brings the pie to his place, then literally steps on it, squirting cherry pie filling all over the place.

Then, she sets up a lemon aid stand in front of a busy block where there's a prominent car dealer. She makes a huge sign that says, "Lots of Lemons", and places it next to the car dealer's sign. Naturally, that causes rather a lot of trouble.

Well, you get the idea. A short, amusing book with oodles of plays on words. It's not literature, but not a bad way to do some reading.
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review 2019-02-03 03:24
Charlotte's Web
Charlottes tryllevev - E.B. White,Williams Garth,Else Michelet

Reading level and Leveling System:

Guided Reading: R

Lexile Measure: 680L


A runt pig name Wilbur is born and is taken care of by the farmers daughter named Fern. When Wilbur becomes to big to live in Ferns room she is placed on her uncles farm. Wilbur is lonely and becomes friend with a spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur thinks he will be chosen spring pig, Charlotte must find a way to save his life. A lapbook or jacket book would be be great activities for this book. A choice board is another way to get students involved in the book. The board is divided into different section and the students get to choose which three activities they would like to complete. Five for Friday 5/20 | It Happened in Third


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