#TBT Reviews: Ivy and Bean series

It was a happy day when we discovered Ivy and Bean in our house! We’ve read nearly every book in the series, with reviews on The Reading Tub for The Ghost That Had to Go and Ivy and Bean Make the Rules.  I don’t know that I’ll ever get any more reviews written – but I’d love to make sure readers find out more about as many of the books in the Ivy and Bean series as possible. So p-l-e-a-s-e add your review link to our collection! Ivy and Bean (series) written by Annie Barrows illustrated by Sophie Blackall Chronicle Books, 2006 to 2014 from Ivy and Bean Make the Rules: Bean’s older sister Nancy is going to Girl Power … 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

Book Review Milestone: How to Outswim a Shark by Jess Keating

We thought we’d make it last year, but we came up just short. Today, though, I’m thrilled (and awed) to report that we have published book review 2,400. Our milestone review is Jess Keating’s latest title in the My Life is a Zoo series. Frankly, I can’t remember the last time we published a book review for a newly released book. [The book launched on January 6, 2015.] So it feels odd – and kinda cool – to be part of the initial buzz surrounding a new title. One of the things that sets our book reviews apart is that we want our visitors to get as many opinions about a book as possible. So if you’ve had a chance … Read more