Claudia Mills How Oliver Olson Changed the World #TBT

Last week’s Throwback Thursday review featured a Short Chapter Book nominee from 2010 (the fifth year of the Cybils Awards). This week, we’re going to the 2009 Cybils. How Oliver Olson Changed the World by Claudia Mills was a finalist in the Short Chapter Book category that year. If you’ve read this title – or any book by Claudia Mills, be sure to include a link to your review! How Oliver Olson Changed the World written by Claudia Mills illustrated by Heather Maione Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009 Oliver’s third grade class is studying the solar system. Crystal Harding, Oliver’s classmate is horrified that Pluto is no longer a planet. Oliver sort of agrees with her – it doesn’t seem … Read more

Martha Freeman & The Case of the Rock ‘n Roll Dog for #TBT

As promised, we’re featuring another Cybils-nominated book for this week’s Throwback Thursday Book Review MEME. Some of you may know Martha Freeman from the Chickadee Court series (Who Stole Halloween, Who is Stealing the 12 Days of Christmas). The Case of the Rock ‘n Roll Dog is the first title in her First Kids Mystery series. The Case of the Rock ‘n Roll Dog First Kids Mystery Series, Book 1 by Martha Freeman Holiday House, 2010 Cammie is the First Daughter. Her mom is the President of the United States. She lives in the White House with her younger sister, Tessa, her Aunt, her cousin, and her dog, Hooligan. Hooligan creates quite a stir in the White House, terrorizing the … 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