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review 2019-01-21 18:39
Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - Ray Cruz,Judith Viorst

Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a book about a boy that has a terrible day and can't wait for the day to end. Every student ( and teacher) can relate to this story because everyone has a bad day at some point. Students can write about a time they had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. This book is a level 3.7 on the accelerated reader leveling system.

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review 2018-11-30 14:18
Leonardo, the Terrible Monster - Mo Willems
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

First of all, awwwwwwwwwwww! This is such an adorable book. Really cute and heartwarming story.

Secondly, I loved the simplicity of the book. Great use of page space. The physial book is a little larger than a standard hardcover book. Willems utilizes the pages well in showing the huge scary monsters in contrast to Leonardo and Sam, who take up very little space on their pages. 

Really great story. This is a perfect example of how to keep a book simple without compromising the story and emotions evoked.

Willems has such a talent for creating stories that children actually want to read and hear. Great addition to his many other successful books.
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review 2018-06-02 23:04
French Revolutions was better
Gironimo!: Riding the Very Terrible 1914 Tour of Italy - Tim Moore

There is something funny about an honest, out of shape guy writing a book about trying to ride the Tour of Italy route from 1914.  It's a fun read.  

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review 2018-05-01 16:19
Funny, but not a favorite
K is for Knifeball: An Alphabet of Terrible Advice - Avery Monsen,Jory John

I laughed, out loud a couple times, but it wasn't something I'd reread over and over again. Nice to kill a half hour if you need to laugh, though.

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review 2018-04-05 20:58
Review: Terrible Lie by Gareth Endean
Terrible Lie - Gareth Endean

Self-published (17th July 2016)


Source: purchased


Rating: 5*



Some people try to get away with murder. Christopher Hart is just trying to get away from it. Haunted by the violent death of a close friend, Christopher returns to his home town of Croydon to try and get his life back on track. However his dreams of an easy life are shattered when an old flame contacts him claiming she has been convicted of a murder that she doesn't even remember. Reluctant to get involved but unable to refuse Christopher is exposed to the dark underside of Croydon - a world of drugs, crime and dishonesty. Can Christopher pick his way through the lies to find the real killer before the killer finds him? His only help comes from the flirtatious local web-journalist, Ruth Withers. But even she is hiding something...



Gareth Endean has written such a beguiling character in Christopher Hart. I've only just finished the book and I'm already itching to find out what he's up to now, I find him that intriguing. Christopher is the unlikely hero after solving the murder of his friend in America, and seems powerless to turn down old flame B's cry for help. It's this readiness to see the good in others, combined with the dog-with-a-bone attitude towards solving the murder which I find so appealing.

Several other supporting characters appear, all play their parts well, but I must just mention B. I really like her and I hope she might make an appearance in a future Christopher Hart novel. I've never been to Croydon but the area was described in colourful glory so I was able to easily picture the surroundings that the various characters found themselves in. 


The plot itself is intelligently written and there are enough twists that even a seasoned crime reader like myself didn't anticipate them all. The story flows well, the conversations feel natural and the book is so hard to put down. There is some violence (nothing graphic), but there are some light scenes too, so the book feels well balanced throughout. When the murderer is eventually revealed, I was truly astonished; I did not see that coming at all!

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