TBT Book Review: A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever

Welcome to our Throwback Thursday Book Review! Last week we launched our weekly feature with an invitation to share your review of Redwoods by Jason Chin. This week, we’ve pulled another review from the May 2009 archives … A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever written by Marla Frazee HMH Books for Young Readers, 2008 James and Eamon spend a week of their summer vacation at Eamon’s grandparents’ beach house. Eamon’s grandfather thought that going to Nature Camp would be a good idea. He also tried to get the boys interested in his favorite place: Antarctica. After having a full schedule all week, they discovered something interesting when they stopped. Can it be there is fun in everyday … Read more

Poetry Plot – Edgar Allen’s Official Crime Investigation Notebook

Edgar Allen’s Official Crime Investigation Notebook by Mary Amato Publisher: Holiday House, 2011 Material: Paperback Genre: mystery, poetry, friendship, life lessons The thief is a poet – or is it a poetry thief? First Slurpy, then a keychain … Ms. Herschel’s classroom is a thief magnet! Convinced that he will solve the crime first, Edgar Allen starts a notebook. H isn’t Wordsmith Elementary’s only junior detective. Solving the crime becomes a contest and testament to friendship, judging others, and jumping to conclusions! Interest level: 7 to 12. Recommended Ages: read together: 7 to 10 read yourself: 9 to 12 Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, independent reading, read aloud Parent Reader: I loved this book!  We see the world … Read more

Poetry Book Review: A Pizza the Size of the Sun by Jack Prelutsky

A Pizza the Size of the Sun by Jack Prelutsky illustrated by James Stevenson Publisher: Greenwillow Books, 2013 Material: paperback Genre: Nonfiction – poetry, humor Circles, triangles, short stanzas and long; words you’re familiar with and some that are much too long (Fummawummalummazumms!). More than 100 poems cover topics from food to pets to school and avoiding chores. There are all varieties of poems for young readers. Interest level: 5 and Up. Recommended Ages read together: 5 to 10; read yourself: 9 and Up Type of Reading: Family reading, independent reading, read aloud Age of Child: Read with a 10-year-old girl. Target Audience Reader: Our preteen is balking at reading, but still loves poetry. She likes being able to open … Read more