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review 2017-03-22 01:12
THE MOUSE AND THE MOTORCYCLE by Beverly Cleary
The Mouse and the Motorcycle - Beverly Cleary,Louis Darling,Tracy Dockray
  Ralph the Mouse lives with his family in a hotel. Kevin and his family stay in the hotel where Ralph sees Kevin's toy motorcycle and desires to ride it. After all, it is the perfect size for a mouse. Ralph gets a chance to ride it but he gets into a lot of trouble which puts his family in trouble. Ralph also gets some side benefits for his family though. When tragedy happens Ralph is there to help.

I enjoyed this story. It was fun and imaginative. I liked how Ralph was independent but thoughtful of his family. When he gets into trouble he knows when to admit it and tries to find ways that will undo the hardship on his family. I liked the courage he shows when Kevin needs help.

I enjoy Ms. Cleary's books. I plan to enjoy more of them no matter what my age.
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review 2017-03-19 17:59
Soar Book Review
Soar - Tracy Edward Wymer

A quick read and definitely one I'll keep in my back pocket to recommend to middle grade students. Soar deals with a young boy named Eddie who is dealing with his fathers death, his father who was obsessed with birds and claimed he saw a Golden Eagle. Problem is, no one believed him. Now its up to Eddie to find the truth. 

 

I liked this for many reasons, it deals with loss and death in the family, has a student from another country trying to learn English AND has a boy who has turrets (though it would have been nice if he wasn't the bully) 

 

A lot of different middle school student's can easily relate to Soar. 

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review 2017-03-16 15:29
It's a Doggy Dog World (Crimebiters #2) - Tommy Greenwald,Adam Stower

I actually didn't realize this was a sequel and it definitely does not affect the book or understanding of it without reading the first one. The characters are quirky and fun. Anyone who loves a good children's mystery will enjoy this one. Its great for dog lovers too!

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review 2017-03-15 22:33
Count Your Chickens - Jo Ellen Bogart

With this cute and colourful picture book, anytime is a good time to count your chickens! There is so much fun depicted on each page, with adorable characters to discover, is it is quite easy to engage a child while reading and allow their imagination to roam free. Counting fun at it's best.


I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-03-13 01:53
Book 5/100: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus - L. Frank Baum

When I was young, the toy-mation movie adaptation of this book was one of my favorite Christmas movies ever. It still is, although I don't watch it with the regularity of, say Muppet Christmas Carol. It was always a bit obscure -- it was not played every year like Rudolph or Frosty, and a lot of people had never seen it. I was thrilled to finally find it on VHS and later on DVD so that I can enjoy it for every Christmas and share it with my own kid(s) someday.

All of that preamble is to say that it was impossible for me to read this without my perception being clouded by nostalgia. Because the movie actually follows the book very well, reading the book was like seeing the movie in my mind once again -- and we've already established that I love the movie. Objectively speaking, if I read this without the context of my fondness for it, it may have felt a little like one of those books that was just one thing happening after the other without a really clear through-line. On the other hand, the prose was very often quite beautiful and it was easy to get swept away in the magic of the setting and the nostalgia of a Christmas origin story. I do think it's a pity that this is not as well known as Baum's Oz books, because I found it to be just as magical (although, like the Oz books, it did get a little clunky at the end.)

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