Tuesday May 18, 2010
Tween Tuesdays is a meme I first saw at Green Bean Teen Queen and really liked because she is also a librarian who deals with teens and tweens. So, since most of my blog is devoted to YA and teen books I figured that on Tuesdays I can do posts for all the tweeners out there!
Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies
by Andrea Beaty
Illustrated by Dan Santat
May 1, 2010
Goodreads Summary: When Joules and Kevin Rockman’s parents drop them off at Camp Whatsitooya on their way to an International Spamathon, the twins expect a summer of marshmallows, campfires, and canoe trips. What they do not expect is to defend the earth from an invasion of sugar-addicted, murderous, seven-foot-tall rabbits from another galaxy.
Happily, the Rockman twins, veteran watchers of the Late, Late, Late Creepy Show for Insomniacs, are unusually well-prepared for dealing with monstrous beings from outer space. If only their fellow campers were so lucky.
Review: A super fun, silly tale that will have kids lining up to read this one. Seriously...is there anything funnier than giant seven-foot-tall bunnies dead set on taking over mankind??!!
Lucky for us all the Rockman twins know exactly how scary movies work...acting or saying the wrong thing will have you locked in as the character in the movie who is surely first to "kick the bucket." Then, when the camp counselors start acting "funny" Joules and Kevin know that it is up to them to save the day!
This book is hilarious and the random comic style illustrations throughout the book will draw in some of those reluctant readers. My favorite line from the book? "Spam, unnaturally square, unnaturally good"...oh, you've got to love that one!
The Popularity Papers
Written & Illustrated by Amy Ignatow
April 1, 2010
Goodreads Summary: Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang are best friends with one goal: to crack the code of popularity. Lydia’s the bold one: aspiring theater star, stick-fighting enthusiast, human guinea pig. Julie’s the shy one: observer and artist, accidental field hockey star, faithful recorder. In this notebook they write down their observations and carry out experiments to try to determine what makes the popular girls tick.
But somehow, when Lydia and Julie try to imitate the popular girls, their efforts don’t translate into instant popularity. Lydia ends up with a bald spot, their parents won’t stop yelling, and Julie finds herself the number-one crush of Roland Asbjørnsen. Worse, they seem to be drifting farther and farther from their goal—and each other.
Review: My most favorite thing about this book are the AWESOME illustrations! They are so very cool that they just kept me reading (the story is pretty good too!) The "hand-written" notes and colored pencil illustrations just give this book total overall appeal.
On a mission to be more popular in their transition from elementary to middle school, Lydia and Julie start a journal together documenting their research and experiments on their quest to popularity. Their guide? Taking note of what makes the already popular girls popular...
As in most transitions from elementary to middle school, things don't always go as planned. As Lydia and Julie meet new people and new interests develop they face new challenges including their friendship.
A heartwarming and at times laugh-out-loud read. I highly recommend this read (in fact I directly emailed a bunch of librarians to make sure they buy this book for their libraries!) It will be awesome for reluctant readers...a definite "girly" version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid but with a little bit more flair!
How I Nicky Flynn Finally Get a Life (and a Dog)
by Art Corriveau
May 1, 2010
Goodreads Summary: Nicky Flynn’s life just got a whole lot harder. His parents are going through a messy divorce, and as a result he’s starting a new life, in a new city, in a new school. Now his mom has brought home Reggie, an eighty-pound German shepherd fresh from the animal shelter, who used to be a seeing-eye dog. At first Nick isn’t sure about this canine intrusion—it’s just another in a series of difficult changes.
Soon, however, Nick is on the path to finding out why a seeing-eye dog would be left at an animal shelter, and along the way discovers that Reggie is a true friend that Nick can rely on. But when he tries to reconnect with his dad, Nick puts everything on the line, including the life of his new best friend.
Review: Every so often a book comes a long that really hits home when it comes to the issues that kids can really relate to. You can only imagine how many kids I talk to throughout the year who are currently or in the recent past, dealing with divorce and some sort of upheaval different than their pre-divorce life. This book really hits the mark and catches all the little pitfalls that lie along the path of divorce and separation.
Feeling rejected by his father and responsible for his mother, Nicky is overly mature for a 12 year-old (his mother often refers to him as acting more like a 40 year-old than a 12 year-old.) This leads to some anger management issues that sometimes get in the way and its obvious that what Nicky thinks and what he actually says and does are two different things.
The climax of the story is when Nicky risks losing his newly found friend and sidekick Reggie in an effort to reconnect with a father who may not have the best of intentions. A heartwarming story that will connect with a lot of readers.