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Camille Reviews Clementine, by Sara Pennypacker

Clementine is a girl who goes to school with this bossy little girl named Margaret.  In the beginning of the story, Margaret went into the bathroom because she got glue in her hair, and she brought along scissors.  Then, Clementine went inside to see what was going on.  Margaret was crying inside the bathroom because she got glue in her hair.  She asked Clementine to cut the part with glue off, but Clementine accidently cut most of her hair off.  Then she cried even more, and Clementine got sent to the principal’s office.

Clementine lived in the same apartment building as Margaret.  Margaret’s mom got mad at Clementine, and when she went up to say sorry, Margaret’s mom got so mad at her and she said “Go home and think of what you have done!”

The next day, Clementine went to school and got in trouble AGAIN and got sent to the principal’s office AGAIN because she had colored Margaret’s hair red.  Margaret wanted it to look like Clementine’s, so Margaret asked Clementine to color her hair with an unwashable marker.

After Clementine went to the principal’s office, she cut her own hair and colored it green because she didn’t want it to look like Margaret’s, because she was mad at Margaret for getting her in trouble.

At the end, she got a big surprise party, and Margaret got her another kitten since Clementine’s kitten had died.

I think this book is very funny.  I really like it, it is really like Junie B. Jones because she does funny stuff, like she named her cat Deodorant.  I do like Clementine (the girl) because she is crazy, but I don’t like her because she gets in trouble a lot.  It makes me feel not very happy because she gets in trouble and doesn’t really pay attention a lot.

I would recommend this book to girls who don’t get in trouble a lot, so they don’t get ideas to do bad stuff.  I rate this a 5 out of 10 because I like it and I don’t like it.

If you are interested in Clementine, go to this website and you find out all about Clementine and Sara Pennypacker.  You will find books made by Sara Pennypacker and how to write to Sara Pennypacker.  Cross Country Clementine shows cardboard Clementines in different states that kids took pictures with, like Oklahoma, Connecticut, and Kansas.  I’m going to take a picture with Clementine at Somerset Park and put it on the website.

Warmly,

Camille

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Camille reviews Invisible Inkling, by Emily Jenkins

I like Emily Jenkins’ books.  She’s a very good and funny author.  I like Toys Go Out and Invisible Inkling.  I like Invisible Inkling because it about an animal that is invisible, and I love invisible animals.

Invisible Inkling is a book about a boy named Hank.  He is a boy who found Invisible Inkling.  Invisible Inkling is an invisible animal who Hank found one day in his mother and father’s ice cream shop.  Invisible Inkling took a cone and ate it, but Hank thought, “What in the world is taking that cone!?  The cone is moving on its own!”  Then Invisible Inkling went for a walk, and so did Hank.  Hank went back to their apartment and went for a walk with one of their neighbor’s dogs.  While they were walking, the dog that they were walking kept on barking and barking at midair.  Then Invisible Inkling ran, and the dog ran after him.  That’s how Hank found the invisible animal.

Then he went to school with Invisible Inkling, and Invisible Inkling kept on jumping on people’s heads and hurting them.  People said, “Hank, stop putting things on top of our heads!”  Hank said, “Invisible Inkling, you have to go.”  At the end, finally Hank said, “OK, Invisible Inkling, you may stay,” because Invisible Inkling helped him.  There was a boy named Gilllicut at the school who was hurting Hank, so Invisible Inkling jumped on his head and hurt him, and Gillicut never went back to Hank ever again.

I think the part where Hank said no to Invisible Inkling was bad in the book, because he helped Hank.  I liked how Invisible Inkling jumped on people’s heads, and that he took the pizza away from Hank because he wanted cheesy goodness.  I think seven- and six-year-old kids would like this book.  Teenage kids, not really, because there’s a teenage girl in this book and she’s kind of coo-coo.  She wouldn’t let Hank touch any of her stuff, not even her helicopter book.

I would rate this book a 7 because I love invisible animals, but it wasn’t a really great book because I don’t like Gillicut because he scared me. Here is a video about Invisible Inkling that you can watch. It shows Emily Jenkins and Invisible Inkling, so you can hear how he sounds for real.

Thank you for reading my review!

Love, your friend Camille

NOTE FROM MOM:  This is a great book for kids like my daughter, whose reading skills sometimes surpass her ability (or maybe willingness) to relate to mature content.  The book is thematically written for young kids but is challenging for strong readers.  Emily Jenkins’ other books are among our favorites also.  Both kids love the Toys Go Out books (three in the series), and I recently read the adult book Mr. Posterior and the Genius Child, an entertaining book which I greatly enjoyed.  I related to Mr. Posterior on two levels:  from the viewpoint of the main character (Vanessa, a young girl growing up in the 70’s) and her mother, whose parental ambiguity is a timeless topic.  Check out Emily Jenkins’ site and try some of her books for both kids and adults:  http://emilyjenkins.com/index.html

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We Won a Versatile Blogger Award! by Mason

We won a Versatile Blogger Award, and that is when you get an award for writing a blog!  When you win the award, you have to:

1)  Tell about the person who gave you the award

2)  You have to tell seven things about yourself

3)  You have to tell about 15 or less blogs and give them awards.

First, we have to thank you, Erik, for the award!  Erik reviews books.  Erik is a cool kid who does robotics.  He has a blog called This Kid Reviews Books.

The second thing I have to do is tell you what I’m all about.  The first thing is that I’m funny.  Second thing is that I make a lot of friends.  The third thing is that I’m caring.  The fourth thing is that I live in a big yellow house.  The fifth thing is that I like to play sports.  The sixth thing is that I like to read books.  And the last thing is that when I grow up, I want to be an astronomer.

The last thing I have to do is tell you about other people’s blogs.  The first one is Books for Boys(http://boysbookblog.wordpress.com/). There’s a bunch of books on there, that you can pick out from your library.  There’s a book that I’m reading that I found on that blog, and it’s called Airball.  I’m going to write a review about that one.  I’m going to be writing my Airball blog when I’m done with it (the book).  I don’t know which week I’m going to be done with it, it has a lot of pages.

The other blog I want to tell you about is the Origami Yoda blog.  The blog is about people making origami yodas, and you can make one too!

Sincerely, Mason

Side note from Mom:

Thanks to Erik for the “award!”  I’m happy we’ve had this opportunity to share a few of the blogs that have encouraged Mason to read even more.  We’ve shared three very different blogs:  from a kid, from a librarian, and from an author.  This Kid Reviews Books is a great blog written by a ten-year-old (Erik).  He is wise beyond his years, and a prolific blogger.  I’m sure you’ll find some books for your kids on his blog, and it is also a great encouragement for kids to both read and write, and that it’s cool to be smart!

Books for Boys is a great resource because it is written by a male children’s librarian, and specifically focuses on books that boys would like.  We’ve gotten so many great ideas from this site!  Mason is in the midst of  one of his recommendations:  Airball: My Life in Briefs, by L. D. Harkrader and thinks it is really funny: it’s about a boys’ basketball team that plays in their underwear.  We’ve also put  a couple of his other recommendations on hold at the library:  Ferno the Fire Dragon (Beast Quest series, #1), by Adam Blade, what the blog author (nameless on his blog) refers to as “Fantasy Light” for younger kids; and Floors, by Patrick Carman, comparable to “If Willy Wonka Ran a Hotel.”

Finally, we recommended author Tom Angleberger’s blog about his books (including Origami Yoda, which Mason reviewed  in this post).  Not only is it a fun place to visit, but Tom is great with the kids:  answering questions, posting kids’ pictures, and offering contests.  This is what a children’s author should be; so many seem distant and unaccessible, but he is like a kid himself.  Heck, I wish I were a kid so I could participate!  Want your kids to dork out over books instead of TV shows or video games?  Here’s where to start.

Happy reading!

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Camille reviews Lafcadio, The Lion Who Shot Back

ImageHello, this is Camille.  I have read this book about a lion.  It is a very a good story about a young but tall lion named Lafcadio.  He doesn’t know anything!  He is used to lying in the sun.

He didn’t know what hunters were.  Then, an old lion came to him and said, “Run!  Run!  The hunters are coming!”  The young lion got up and started running, but he didn’t run very fast.  Then he stopped, “Hunters?  I like the name Hunters.”  Then the hunter came over to him and said, “Eat me, eat me!  If you don’t eat me, then I will have to shoot you.”  The young lion said, “Why are you going to shoot me?  I like being who I am. I don’t want to be shot!”  After that, the hunter said “Run away then!  Run away!”  But the lion didn’t run away.  So the young lion finally said, “I do not want to be shot, and I don’t want to run away.  So I will eat you.”  So he ate the hunter…everything, all his clothes and all.  Then he tried to eat his gun, but it was too hard to eat, so he said “I will keep it as a souvenir!”

ImageThen, after that, he practiced and practiced shooting, just like the hunter did.  So he got really good. One day, a circus man came.  He was a looking for a lion he could take to the circus.  So all of the lions said “Lafcadio!  Lafcadio! It is time for our lunch!”  So he began to do his most famous shot.  “I’m not a hunter like you think I am,” said the circus man.  I am looking for a lion that shoots very well that I can take to the circus with me.  Then Lafcadio said, “Well, you can take me!”  So the circus man said, “You don’t mind?”  Lafcadio said, “No, I don’t! I want to go to the city and see what is there.”

So the circus man took him to the city.  He took him to his home at an apartment building. When he first got in the elevator, Lafcadio said, “I want to do this one hundred thousand, two hundred and ninety-five times!”  So the man said, “No, I will not do this!” so the lion said “GGRRRRSSooo!”  And the elevator man said…”Oh yes, you may do that as many times as you want.”

Then he said, you need to get cleaned up, so they went to his room.  He put him in the bath, and the lion said, “Ow ow ow!  This is really hot!”  Then he said, “Well, let’s wash you up and take you out.  We’re going to make this quick.”  So he took him out of the bath, and took him to the barber shop.  The barber said, “I’m sorry, but we do not allow lions in our barber shop.”  But the lion said “GRRRRRoossshhh!” And the man said, “Ok ok ok, you may get your hair cut as much as you want.”  And then he got his hair cut way short, and his tail was cut so short that you could barely see the fur on his tail.  Then he needed to get a suit and hat.  So, he went to the tailor and got a marshmallow suit because he asked for a marshmallow suit.  As soon as he put it on, it melted all over him.

ImageThen he went to the circus, and he became a shooter, and he shot everything, like there were banners that he had to shoot. It was basically trick shooting.

After the circus, he started crying because he didn’t want to go to the circus anymore.  He didn’t like the job anymore.  The circus man said, “Well, if you don’t like doing this anymore, you can be a hunter.”  And so the lion said yes, but deep down, he was a real lion, and he didn’t remember.  He thought he was a person.

He went back to where he lived, and he was going to shoot the lions.  The old lion who helped Lafcadio get away from the hunters recognized him and said, “Hey, why are you shooting us?  You are a lion just like us, I can see your tail sticking out on your bottom!”  Lafcadio got the feeling that he was a lion again. “You’re right, I shouldn’t be doing this.”  So he turned back into a lion.

It was really funny, because when he was in the city he didn’t know what to do.  He really liked marshmallows but he didn’t know what they were, so we (me and my brother Mason) thought that was the funny part.  The first time he tried the marshmallows, he said he liked it.  We thought it was very funny when he asked for the marshmallow suit, and when he wanted to go in the elevator a hundred times.  I thought it was funniest when he ate a roasted marshmallow just coming out of the fire, and he didn’t know what fire was, and the marshmallow still had fire on it.  He ate it and he said “Ow! My tongue’s on fire!”

On my scale, I think it will be number nine because it is very funny.  I think pretty much all kids would like it.

Your friend,

Camille

NOTE FROM MOM:  When I hear my kids LOL’ing while reading, I know it’s a good one.  They both enjoyed this book tremendously and actually fought over whose turn it was to read it.  It is written by Camille’s favorite author, Shel Silverstein.  This is a great book to read aloud (parents will think it’s funny also), or a good one for beginning — mid-level chapter readers to read independently.  This is one of the books I would recommend purchasing over borrowing from the library…I think you’ll get a lot of reads out of it!

Have you read it? Let us know what you think.

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Mason, 7, reviews The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

I read the Strange Case of Origami Yoda.  It is about a boy named Dwight who folded his own origami Yoda without directions.  People ask Origami Yoda a question, and Origami Yoda tries to answer it.

For example, one kid named Quavondo kept taking Cheetos and not sharing, so they called him the Cheeto Hog. So he asked Origami Yoda, “How can I stop being a Cheeto Hog?”   Origami Yoda told him, “Get Cheetos for everybody.”  He said ok, so at nighttime, he and his big brother went to the grocery shop and he got Cheetos for everybody.  So the day after, at the assembly, he gave Cheetos to everybody.

I  like this book because everybody keeps asking Origami Yoda a question, and he answers really funny questions.  It’s a little bit cool, and it’s about middle schoolers.  I like Dwight because he’s weird, like me.

I think boys will enjoy it because it’s a cool book.  Some girls will like it, girls who like boy stuff.  Some girls do, actually.  I rate this a 9 out of 10.

MOM’S PERSPECTIVE:  Although I did not read the whole book, Mason read a few of these chapters aloud to me.  It has the type of humor you’d find in Diary of  a Wimpy Kid, and also in a similar diary format (although very few pictures).  It centers around middle school-aged kids feeling dorky and trying to figure out how to be cool.  It’s innocent fun, nothing that younger kids shouldn’t read.  Boys will definitely like it, but I think girls will as well.  There are a few significant girl characters in the book, although as Mason pointed out, “the girls in the book are like boys”…I’m assuming that means they are sporty…?  It also has instructions in the back on how to fold your own Origami Yoda, which Mason hasn’t yet tried but is very excited to do.

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