Book Review

Are You Scared, Darth Vader? by Adam Rex

Are You Scared Darth Vader? book cover; image of darth vader standing in a darken forest“I do not get scared. No one has the power to frighten Lord Vader.”
 
Who or what is Darth Vader afraid of? Vampires? Witches? Ghosts? No! He’s not afraid of anything! Hmm..or is he??
In this delightful book with multimedia illustrations, the narrator tries to scare Darth Vader, by any means necessary. 
Recommended for Star Wars and/or Halloween fans from kindergarten through early elementary grades. 
 
 
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The Alien Next Door by A.I. Newton

The Alien Next Door book cover: illustrated: a boy peering through an open window at a 2nd boy sitting on a cahir reading. There are tentacles turning the boy's book pages."Just because someone is different doesn't mean they're weird," Roxie pointed out.

Harris can see all the signs that everyone else misses. The new kid writes with his mind, exercises by balancing on one finger, and eats food without chewing. Clearly, Zeke is an alien. Now he has to try and prove it before the alien ends up coming over to play video games!

The Alien Next Door is an ongoing series about three different points of view on the topic of being, well, different. Zeke is the new kid who travels a lot and tries to fit in. Harris is the skeptic and untrusting of someone so new and strange. And Roxy is the voice of reason in the middle, happy to be friends with both of them. This book is great for 2nd-3rd grade readers; however, they may require an adult’s help sounding out the ‘alien language’ on some pages. An overall charming and enjoyable read.

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Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead

Bob book cover: illustration of a girl at night under a tree shining a light on some sort of creature"You're back. Took you long enough,"

What if you discovered an imaginary friend from your childhood whom you had completely forgotten about? Livy, now ten, visits her grandmother again after five years. She doesn’t remember much until she finds a small green creature in the closet, right where she had left him (so he tells her). Bob can't remember where he came from. Livy had promised to help him find his way back home and he has been waiting for her all this time. Can she help Bob? Can she remember her way forward?

This slim chapter book is sweet and silly both. Livy and Bob tell their story in alternating chapters, as they reunite and their friendship deepens. Readers who like magic and childhood nostalgia will enjoy this quick read.

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Please, No More Nuts! By: Johnathan Fenske

Two squirrels with extended bellies surrounded by partially eaten nuts on the grass"I used to love nuts. I ADORED them."

There are so many nuts, what are the squirrels to do? Try and pawn them off on you! These silly squirrels have had enough nuts and now are trying to get rid of all the nuts in every possible way, putting them in stew, making a shake, giving them as gifts, and many more creative ways.  

This is a rhyming Reader that works as a quiet read for young children who have already started to read.

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Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths By Graham Annable

Peter & Ernesto book cover: illustrated image of the top leafy portion of a tree with 2 sloth heads sticking out"We’re content. There’s no need to move much when you’re content. But I’m not content. So I’ve been traveling."

Peter and Ernesto are best friends. They are also sloths. They both love to look up and find pictures in the sky. But when Ernesto leaves on a grand adventure to see more sky, Peter is at a loss. He loves his home. And it’s dangerous not up in the trees. Right? Soon, Peter follows in Ernesto’s footsteps as he tries to find his best friend. In turn, he too learns to become brave and to see the world.

The big panels and simple words with clear, cute pictures are perfect for elementary grade readers who would like to branch into graphic novels.

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Hear a Story read from Space!

Storytime from Space is exactly what it promises to be. Astronauts have been recorded reading different space and science themed picture books while on the International Space Station. These readings have been posted online for you to enjoy as part of a project of the Global Space Education Foundation in conjuction with other organizations including NASA.

So far 12 videos have been posted ranging from 8 minutes to 20 minutes. The varying lengths of the book selections do cause the recommended age of the listener to vary from preschool through early elementary depending on the video. However, the lark of hearing a story from space is something that might appeal to a wider range of audience- no matter the book chosen.

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Dino Duckling By: Alison Murray

Dino duckling book cover: a t-rex hatching out of an egg surrounded by ducklings and am adult duck looking on“Sometimes Dino Duckling couldn’t help feeling different, but Mama Duck always said, ‘Big and wide, sleek and slim, we’re a family and we all fit in.’”

What happens when a dinosaur grows up in a duck family? They all swim, fish, learn to share and find their way by the stars. But what happens when the duck family have to fly south? In this sweet story, the readers will learn that being different can be a good thing.
Recommended for lower elementary school readers.

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Frank the Seven-Legged Spider by Michaele Razi

Frank the seven-legged spider book cover"Frank likes being a spider. He likes making beautiful webs..."

Until one day when Frank wakes up without a leg! Frank doesn't know what to do, he's now a seven legged spider and is not even sure if he is a spider anymore. So he sets out to find his missing leg.

Frank is determined to be the spider he was once before but encounters new challenges along the way. Join Frank on his journey to discover what it means to be a spider. This picture book would be enjoyed as a read aloud for listeners ranging from 2 years old through early elementary students.

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Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates by: April Jones Prince

Goldenlocks and the three pirates“Papa, Mama, and bonny Baby hoisted themselves onto the main deck and headed straight for their breakfast. ‘Shiver me timbers, someone’s been eating me gruel!’ Papa boomed.”

Brush up on your pirate lingo with this new refreshing tale of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” When papa, mama and baby pirate row back to their ship with fresh water in tow they find that someone used some of their things, but wait, did she fix them too?

Readers who are familiar with the original tale would love this new twist! Recommended for early elementary school pirates!

Ahoy Matey!

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The Magician and the Spirits by Deborah Noyes

The Magician and the Spirits book cover: photogragh of Harry Houdini in chains"Good, honest, educated people... had 'surrendered themselves to belief in the most monstrous fiction.'"

Harry Houdini is arguably the best escape artist and one of the most famous magicians in America's history. Magic and ghosts- one would think they would go hand in hand, but Harry Houdini proved they are a combustive mix.  Brokenhearted at the death of his mother, Houdini sought to understand the afterlife, and so began his fascination with mediums and believers of Spiritualism. However, his fascination became a zealous pursuit of frauds, which led to the severing of friendships. "If convincing evidence is brought forward I will be the first to acknowledge my mistake."

There have been many biographies on Houdini for readers of all ages. What makes this particular work so unique and interesting is that it focuses on Houdini's investigations of ghosts and mediums. The book delves into the history of Houdini and the rise (and falls) of Spiritualism, with side notes and relevant photographs of the time.

This nonfiction work is perfect for upper elementary and middle school readers who are interested in investigation processes or ghosts in general. It also serves as a great reminder in this digital age that you cannot always believe what you see and keeping an open mind does not mean turning off your mind.

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