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review 2019-02-02 02:40
Mrs. Thomas' Favorite Books
The Day the Crayons Quit - Drew Daywalt,Oliver Jeffers

Duncan just wants to color, but when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters.  The letters are hilarious and from his crayons. They all quit! Duncan finds a solution for them all to be happy. 

Lexile Measure: AD730L


I would use this in the classroom with a writing/coloring activity. There would be pictures of all of the crayons and the students would trace the names of each color and then color the crayon the correct color. 

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text 2019-02-01 07:10
Blog Tour - Mind of Darkness




Emily Rogers is ready for a summer that doesn’t involve being cast away on islands or being chased around the globe. So when she’s invited to an elite pre-college class along with her boyfriend, she jumps at the chance. But things are not all they seem at the Yin Program. Students are disappearing, and someone seems to be toying with their minds

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Charsia O’Dell is anticipating a summer of romance and adventure with her crime-fighting partner. But she never expects that they’ll be kidnapped and taken to an underground bunker to be guinea pigs to a mad scientist named Jin Yin. Most shocking of all, she learns that they are not the only super humans in the world…

Somehow, Emily and Charisa have to break out of the prisons imposed upon them to decipher the conspiracy before their minds are enslaved by the darkness within… 
Author biography: Jes Drew is the author of the Ninja and Hunter trilogy, the Howling Twenty trilogy, the Kristian Clark saga, the Castaways trilogy, and Mind of Darkness. She lives with her mom, dad, younger sister, four younger brothers, and two dogs, obsessing about her true love, Captain Steve Rogers. There is a possibility that she may or may not be a superhuman, but she hasn't discovered her powers. Yet. Also, she might be a spy, but that's classified.
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Amazon US ~ Amazon UK ~ Amazon CA




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Connect with the author:
Agency of Books and Spies: https://agencyofbooksandspies.blogspot.com
Author Amazon page: https://amzn.to/2TmPPWT
Other blogs participating in tour (as of now) an dates: 
https://hauntingghosttown.wordpress.com  Author and Character Interview, Sunday, February 3rd
www.thatowlnerd.com Blog Spot, Monday February 4th 
https://authoringarrowheads.wordpress.com  Review, Monday February 4th
http://www.shannonmcdermott.com/?page_id=189 Blog Spot, Wednesday February 6th
https://gracemmorris.weebly.com/ Review and Author Interview, Saturday, February 9th 
Kitty's Book Spot! Author Interview, Friday, February 1st
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review 2019-01-30 07:00
The Day The Crayons Quit By Drew Daywalt
The Day the Crayons Quit - Drew Daywalt,Oliver Jeffers

This is a silly book that brings crayons to life. The crayons are writing letters to their owner Duncan why they have decided to quit. As Duncan is reading all the letters, he gets a really good idea on what to do next. One great activity to have the students complete after reading this story would be to have the students draw a picture with all the colors they have in their color box, just like Duncan did. 

Lexile Level: AD730L 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-01-28 04:15
The Day the Crayons Came Home
The Day the Crayons Came Home - Drew Daywalt,Oliver Jeffers

Duncan's crayons are tired of being forgotten about. Poor Maroon got lost in the sofa cushions, turquoise got stuck to Duncans socks after accidentally being stuck in the dryer, and Pea Green who knows no kid likes peas so he won't get used. All of these crayons write post cards to Duncan asking to be rescued from their fates. This is such a fun story to read to your kids about what might be going on in their crayons heads when they aren't around. An activity I would have my students complete after reading this book is to have them write a letter to one of the forgotten crayons urging them to come home. In the book, Duncan makes a compromise on how he can make all his crayons feel loved and I would have the students try to pitch this to one of the forgotten crayons to get them to come home. It gives them experience in not only writing letters but in persuasive writing as well. 


Lexile Measurement: AD490L

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review 2018-12-10 02:20
The Epic Adventures of Huggie & Stick
The Epic Adventures of Huggie & Stick - Drew Daywalt,David Spencer
What a hilarious book! This is the best Drew Daywalt book I have read. I found myself laughing out loud as I read this book. The illustrations are just as entertaining as the text as this duo takes quite an adventure together.
I’m not sure who I like better in this book, Huggie or Stick. Huggie and Stick spend most of their day in the backpack of Reese, a little boy, as he goes about his day. One day, the pair find themselves falling out of Reese’s backpack and their story begins.
Just thinking about this book makes me laugh. Stick is having the time of his life as they try to find their way home. Stick is thrilled and amazed with their adventures. He’s delighted and excited about everything they encounter. He sees everything through rose-colored glasses. Huggie, on the other hand is just the opposite. Huggie’s sarcastic tones and his familiarity with these events, puts their travels into perspective. I found myself reading this book multiple times as it’s hilarious the way that each character describes the world they see. Ironically, they both are correct.
This is a large square book and the illustrations are wonderfully done. Using glossy paper, these bright illustrations pop-out and I could feel the energy of Stick as he enjoyed this journey and looking at Huggie, I knew exactly how he felt as he listened and watched Stick in each encounter.
What a gem! This book is worth more than 5 stars, I really love it! It comes with a glowing recommendation.
(I read some reviews after I wrote mine and see that some people didn't like some of the language in the book.  You need to know your audience and I wasn't offend by the language.  If you look at circumstances of that line, Stick "broke his fall" he was saving his friend, things happen.  Good parenting/teaching moment.)
“BEST trip ever!” “Today we were rescued by these nice guys in super awesome hats.” “Huggie kinda barfed on the one with the biggest hat and they had us try out their diving board.” (Stick) “WORST trip ever.” “Today we were captured by pirates.” “I got seasick on their captain, then they made us walk the plank.” (Huggie)


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