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Monday, June 25, 2012

The book Silly Billy Panda Bear is a clever story with strong characters. As a teacher, I really like that it is an ebook. Less books for me to carry, and I can project it on a smartboard for the whole class to see at once. The rhyming is an essential part to the story which is why I will definitely use this book in my classroom. The patterns and rhythm, and natural flow of the book is perfect. The illustrations are simple, to the point and well done. I read this story to my 6 year old son, and he loved it. He could read the words and find the once that rhymed.  As an author who has made many attempts at rhythm and rhyming, the author of this book, Jessica Currie, mastered the art. This book is a must for any rhyming collection. I can't wait to see more from this author in the future. This book is available on iTunes. To buy, or view on line, Click Here!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hooway for Wodney Wat is a personal favorite of mine. As an author, I love Helen Lester's humor and creativity when it come to working with words. She is a great inspiration to many authors. As a teacher, her stories have a great lesson to be learned that students can relate to and understand right away. Especially this Wodney Wat story. Every time I run into a bully situation in my class, I always bust out this book and watch the students change their behaviors. Great book. To buy, Click here!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Edgar & Ellen book series is yet another very fun read. The author Charles Ogden did an amazing job using the name Edgar Allan Poe in a creative way by making two characters named Edgar and Ellen. Just like Edgar Allan Poe, these two characters are creepy and mysterious. Which is something I enjoy; mysterious characters. These characters are always out on mischievous adventures that are a hoot to read. This book series even has its own cartoon series. If you like dark strange characters in children's books, than this is for you. To buy, Click Here!

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Eddie Dickens Trilogy

The Eddie Dickens Trilogy is a fantastic series. This is not too popular in the US yet, and I hope to help change that. The author Philip Ardagh is a quick witted genius. The things he makes his characters go through are creative and bizarre. His stories helped me realize as a writer; yes, I can make my character stranded on a remote island for no reason, and hardly any explanation. That is how wacky his stories can be, and I love it! To buy or learn more, Click here.  

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

As an author, Jeff Kinney did a fantastic job of telling a compelling story using a very unique method of delivery. You can’t help but enjoy his work. As a second grade teacher, his books have inspired students that I thought would not read, begin reading and quickly become strong readers. His books are amazing and inspiring. The pictures in this book series are creative, and very imaginative. I have been told by a number of other teachers that these Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are not up to par with other literature, but like I said before, I have seen this series of books motivate students who can't read, to read. The best way to get a kid to read is to give that kid a good book, and this is one of them.
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Friday, June 1, 2012

From back cover:
Bradley Duncan is a 13-year-old nerd. He likes being a nerd. But when he is forced to move to another state, he decides to change his theme and ends up becoming the new school bully. Will Bradley change his bad reputation before school ends, or is he stuck with the label of being a bully the rest of his life? With its comical sketches and the musings of Bradley Duncan—our brilliant and reluctant young hero—Blog of a Bully will keep the reader in stitches from the very first page . If you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, you’ll love Blog of a Bully!

My review:

What a wonderful and very funny read. This book brought back so many good memories of dating and school dances. This book is written in a blog format, and is about a kid that accidentally becomes the school bully. The author did a wonderful job writing from a 1st person point of view which helps the ready relate to the main character and understand his thoughts. Your kids will love this because the author really captured the voice of a 13 year old. They will have no trouble relating to the thoughts, feelings, and adventures that Bradley Duncan goes through. As an adult, like I said, this will bring back wonderful memories of your youth and you and your kids will love the author's humor. It is a must buy. avalible in paperback and Kindle eBook. I would go for the ebook because that is only $0.99. Can't pass that up. Check it out along with other reviews at: To buy Blog of a Bully click here.