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review 2019-02-03 15:48
Review: The Stereotypical Freaks
The Stereotypical Freaks - Howard Shapiro

"Life after eighteen sucks"... Dennis Leary once said, and I'd amend that slightly to also include " life before eighteen as well".
The story takes place in a typical High School (East Slade), where everyone is stereotyped in their roles and personalities. Dan (a geek) and Tom (a smart kid) are best friends and a part of their two-member basement band. When a Battle of the Bands is announced at school Dan want to take part, but Tom doesn't because they don't have a lead guitarist and a drummer. This is where the other characters are introduced, Marcel "Mark", a football star and Jacoby (a weird foreign exchange student). Together they make a band called "The Stereotypical Freaks". Because they are stereotyped at school and freaks because they are not what their labels dictate.
"These labels don't define us"
When one of the members reveals a life-changing secret, winning the competition takes on a whole new meaning.
I LOVED the book. It was a normal life comic about four teenagers who are sensitive and are not afraid to show it. When I started to read this book, I thought it would be a fun quick read. I was wrong. I was happy everyone got what they wanted at the end, but it was an emotional journey, for the characters in the book as well as the readers. It was a different kind of comic than I usually read, but it was exceptional in its own way.

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review 2018-11-10 19:56
Cuddled and Carried, Dia L Michels

I loved this picture book for children of all ages. I received this for free and I voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 5* rating. In it's simple way, it was uplifting and the artwork was wonderful. I liked how they linked animal families to human families. So I will be giving this to my grandchildren. It also has some start a conversation suggestions in the back. Nice touch.

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review 2018-09-10 03:27
Where The Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak

Brief Review:

Where the wild things are is about a young boy named Max, he considered himself to be a wild thing. He could be terrible and scary. But one night he was sent to bed without dinner and went to a far-off land and became king of the wild things to realize he wasn’t truly happy, all he wanted was to be around someone who loved him.

Idea of how it can be used in a classroom:

Where the wild things are could be used in the classroom to use the student’s imagination and get them thinking of a “far off land” that they would go to escape their home even just for a little while. The teacher could have the students write about their made-up land and describe what they could do there and why they would want to go there.

Reading Level & Leveling System:

Direct Reading Assessment

16

Pre-K to Fifth

Book Rating:

I would rate this book a 5 because it allows students to use their imaginations and be free of keeping the students under specific guidelines and allows students to write about things they want to write about.

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review 2018-09-10 03:25
The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein

 

Brief Review:

The giving tree is about a young boy and a tree. The young boy played with the tree growing up and the tree would do anything to make the boy happy, till the very end where she has no more left to offer the boy but the sat with the tree and the tree was happy.

Idea of how it can be used in a classroom:

The giving tree could be used in the classroom to describe what the tree did for the boy and what the boy did to the tree. The teacher could have the students write about a time where they were taking too much from someone or someone took too much from them and explain how they felt about it. 

Reading Level & Leveling System:

Accelerated Reader

2.6; Second Grade Six Month

Book Rating:

I would rate this book a 5 because the moral of the story is how the tree would do anything to make the boy happy and when the boy was happy she was happy. It shows how much the tree loves the boy… more than herself.

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review 2018-09-10 03:24
Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes - Eric Litwin,James Dean

 

Brief Review:

Pete the cat (Rocking in my school shoes) is about a young cat named Pete who goes to school in his new school shoes, as he goes throughout the day he sings his song. And says he’ll do it all over again tomorrow.

Idea of how it can be used in a classroom:

Pete the cat (Rocking in my school shoes) could be used on one of the first days of school to get students to come out of their shells a bit. The teacher could ask the students who here got new shoes for the first day of school or even have the students color a pair of their own school shoes on paper.

Reading Level & Leveling System:

Direct Reading Assessment

18

Pre-K to Second

Book Rating:

I would rate this book a 4 because it could be used as a ice breaker for students on their first couple of days at school and maybe even help them make friends with others.

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