Monday, September 03, 2007

Dino Poop, by Jane Hammerslough

Dino Poop is about prehistoric things that were preserved. The first chapter is about dinosaur poop. The next chapter is about things that are trapped in amber. The third chapter is about things that were trapped in ice, the most famous thing was a perfectly preserved woolly mamoth which even had eyes! The fourth chapter was about creatures trapped in bogs. One of the most famous was so preserved that the two boys who found it thought it was a recent murder and called the police. Then there is a whole chapter of activities to do, like Making Edible Amber.

To make edible amber, you need:
  • a freezer safe bowl
  • some peach or mango juice
  • gummy frogs or lizards
  • If you want, cocoa powder for dirt and licorice for sticks.

  1. Put a gummy lizard in a bowl.
  2. Pour mango or peach juice in the bowl.
  3. You can add cocoa powder or licorice for dirt and sticks.
  4. Put the bowl in the freezer.
  5. Get ready to eat it!
  6. Eat it.

If you like science, books that you can read in two evenings, and weird and wonderful facts read this book.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Cryptid Hunters, by Roland Smith

Cryptid Hunters is about two kids named Grace and Marty who were twins and their parents disappear in a helicopter crash. After that, they were sent to their "uncle" Wolf. Wolf hunts cryptids and works and owns a company and an island. In case you don't know, cryptids are animals never proved to have existed or who are believed to be extinct. Grace and Marty have lots of adventures including falling out of a jet 18,000 ft. above ground, surviving the Congo, experiencing a real explosion, and collecting fresh eggs from a sauropod. If you like laughing yourself to death, "fantasy", and mystery, read this book.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The Deep Time Diaries, by Gary Raham

Deep time is the time deep in the past. The Deep Time Diaries is about two kids named John and Neesha Olifee and their parents. The Olifees one day found a pair of asteroids, Beta and Alpha. When they went into one of them, Neesha found a "room". One day when she was exploring the room she found what she thought was a bug on the wall. When she looked closely, she found out that the bug was a robot. Then the robot did something weird. He went into a keyboard of some kind and formed itself into one of the keys. Then, Neesha called her family. All four of them tried to pull the bug out but they couldn't do it. Then the accident happened. The room was a space ship. The bug made the ship work, and it zoomed to a wormhole made out of two black wholes in the middle of the asteroids. That was the beginning of the Time Travel Tour.

They measure the times that they have been by jumps. Jump 1 is terators and tar pits. In this jump, they discover a mini buggie in the ship and go out exploring finding lots of species from the ice age. With each jump they go farther back in time and understand more about the ship and the bugs it contains. They go all the way to Jump 8 where they discover a mysterious truth which I will not tell you because you will be looking forward to discovering it at the end of the book, but I will tell you that there is a truth. This book also has a few things for "21st century explorers" to do, like places to visit where you can dig fossils, research projects, and other books to read.

If you like science, prehistoric creatures, getting scared out of your wits (just kidding!), and laughing, read this book.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

Every time I read a book, I want to be in it. That is exactly what happened to Bastian Balthazar Bux. Bastian is a boy that always wanted to be in a book, but when he accidentally goes into a book called The Neverending Story, he finds out he wants the exact opposite. The Neverending Story that Bastian was reading is about when the Childlike Empress, Ruler of Fantastica, is sick and Atreyu, a young Green Skin, is sent on a quest to find a cure. Along the way, Atreyu meets Falkor, a luckdragon. Together, they find out that the only thing that can cure the Childlike Empress is a new name from a human from the outer world. By this time, I think I should explain you this: The book Bastian was reading we already went over, but the book I read is about Bastian reading the book and doing what happened next -- going to Fantastica.

This book is filled with monsters, heroes, extraordinary places and most of all, weird, weird people, or should I say inhabitants of Fantastica. If you like all those four things, plus adventure and excitement and a little bit of sadness, read this book.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Bloomability by Sharon Creech

Bloomability was fantastico!

Libero, libero, liberoooooo! This book was great and the review is going to be great too. This story is about a girl named Dinnie who went to Lugano, Switzerland, Europe, Earth, Milky Way, with Aunt Sandy and Uncle Max. Dinnie was so upset about leaving her family in the States and going to boarding school. When she gets to Lugano she meets Guthrie. Guthrie tells Dinnie a story to make her feel better, but it doesn't work because Dinnie doesn't understand the story yet. The story is about two prisoners looking out the same window. One said, "My oh my, what a lot of sky!" and the other one said, "My oh my, what a lot of dirt!" I thought the message meant we all live in the same planet even though we are different.

Soon after Dinnie met Guthrie, she met Lila at the church. Lila and Guthrie were very different from each other. Guthrie was always cheerful and happy; Lila, if she had a scratch she would say she was going to die. In the school were also Keisuke, Belén, and Mari who were in the same grade as Dinnie, Guthrie and Lila. Keisuke is Japanese, he talks great at English. Almost. Instead of "stupid", he says stew-pod and instead of "possible", he says bloomable. Belén is Spainese. She and Keisuke like each other. Mari is from Rome, Italy.

I figured out, even before my mom did, that Bloomability was about all the possibilities on the planet: all the chances that you get to see new things and go to new places; all the chances of life when someone is ill or injured; all the chances of making friends with people even when they are very different from you; all the chances of loving some place or some thing when you think you are going to hate it. That's what Guthrie's story was about, possibilities. If you like adventure, courage, and caring, read this book.

A note from the reviewer: Sometimes, when you are looking for the good things, it helps to look for the bad things. For example, a forest fire seems horrible, but it turns the grass into ash to fertilize the earth, so sometimes some bad things can actually turn into good things.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamilo

This story is about a mouse named Despereaux (Desperou) who fell in love with a princess. Because he fell in love with a princess, the other mice sent him to the dungeon. At the same time that the mouse was born, a rat was born. A weird rat. He was so weird in fact that he liked light. His name was Chiaroscuro (Roskurou). And at the same time that was happening, a girl named Miggery Sow was coming in a carriage with pots and bowls and spoons. When Miggery Sow goes down to feed Gregory the Jailer, Roscuro goes into her pocket and hears her wish that someday she will be a princess. Then Roscuro climbs out of her pocket and tells her a plan. Now, earlier, Despereaux had climbed into Miggery's pocket, so he heard the rat tell Miggery about his evil plan. Will Despereaux be able to save the princess he loves?

Sunday, February 04, 2007

More Perfect Than the Moon, by Patricia MacLachlan

More Perfect than the Moon was more perfect than the moon! It's about a girl named Sarah who has a journal and writes fantasy things from non-fiction things. Sarah has a grandpa, a mom and dad, two brothers, and one sister. In the middle of the story, Sarah's mother gets pregnant. Soon after that, Sarah gets a sheep from her grandma and names her Beatrice. Then her sister and one of her brothers fall in love with other people and Sarah makes up a story about her brother falling in love with a princess coming in a charriot, but actually it was a girl coming in a wagon. When the baby was born, Sarah wasn't so sure about it. Will Sarah finally admit that the baby is more perfect than the moon?

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Everything on a Waffle, by Polly Horvath

This book was Fantabulous. It’s about a girl named Primrose, whose parents were lost at sea. Primrose was full of hope and belief that her parents were stranded in an island alive waiting to be rescued. While her parents were out in the storm she had been watched by Miss Perfidy. Then Primrose went to a Council Meeting where her uncle Jack, who sells houses, started to take care of her. Uncle Jack's house was next to the school, so that he could teach P.E.

You might be wondering about the title. The title is about a restaurant called The Girl on The Red Swing, where they served everything on a waffle. If you ordered fish, it came on a waffle. If you ordered soup, it came on a waffle. If you ordered a waffle, it came on a waffle. One day while they were eating at The Girl on The Red Swing, Jack's houses burned up in a fire! The fire was caused by a high voltage cable that was cut by something. What I really liked about this book is the end, which I am not going to tell you about. I also liked Primrose's belief in her parents.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Dinosaurs: The world's most terrifying creatures by Veronica Ross

This book was terrific. It tells you about more than just dinosaurs, it's a trip from the Cambrian Period to the 21st century. It'll also tell you about sea monsters and Pterosaurs and other lizards like Coelurosauravus and Diplocaulus and things from the Ice Age like Borhyaena and Colossochelys.

This book divided the Cretaceous into two parts.

Monday, January 15, 2007

The Littles Go to School by John Peterson

This book was good. It's about when 10-year-old Tom and 8-year-old Lucy get traped in a hamster's cage and go to school. Tom and Lucy aren't ordinary kids, they are Littles. Littles look like ordinary people except that they have tails and the biggest Little, Mr. Little, is only 6 inches tall. Will Tom and Lucy get back home before dark?

I like this book because it has excitement, unexpectedness, and especially fun.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Chasing Redbird, by Sharon Creech

This book was GREAT!!!!! This book is about Zinnia Taylor, a girl at the age of 13, who has three brothers and three sisters. She lives with her mom and dad and her Uncle Nate and Aunt Jessie. The story is about when Zinny(a) finds an old trail and starts to clear it. But when Uncle Nate's wife, Aunt Jessie, dies, he starts acting weird. Along the way clearing the trail, Zinny finds things like fossils, a bear, a bob cat, and lots of different kinds of birds, especially redbirds. She also finds Uncle Nate's secret. There is also a man named Jake Boone, who likes Zinny and gives her presents almost every day. He even steals things to please Zinny. At the end, Zinny was famous for clearing the whole trail.

I like this book because it's about adventure, determination, funniness --for example, chickory plants sprouting from chicken eggs-- and God.