Treasure Hunters #3: Secret of the Forbidden City
Written by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein
Illustrated by Juliana Neufeld
Age Level: 8 – 12
Grade Level: 3 – 7
I loved this book! It’s punny! The Kidd family kids must rescue their mom. She’s being held for ransom in the Forbidden City, where the Chinese emperors once lived. The kidnappers don’t want money. They want the Kidds to find missing artwork. MASTERPIECES!
Some of the artwork was taken by the Nazi’s back during World War II. I knew about the artwork, but I absolutely loved how the authors wove that history into a mystery for kids. This story is so well written! I loved following the bread crumbs to find the artwork, and their mom.
PS- So far this is a series of 7 books. The 7th came out in June of 2020. My fingers are crossed that #8 is on its way!
PPS – My post this week was about the White Rose, a set of college kids who used letters to protest against Hitler. Here’s a link to another one for older kids, THE BOYS WHO CHALLENGED HITLER. It’s about some Danish middle schoolers who decided to resist. Rinda Beach - Beach Reads - Rinda Beach -
Written & Illustrated by Sam Usher
Age Level: 3 – 7
Grade Level: P – 2
This is another cute book from Sam Usher, like Rain. He’s also written Snow and Storm. They’re all available in a boxed set called Seasons. (I thought it should be called Weather!)
I liked Sun a lot, probably because a Grandpa and Grandson are spending the day together, looking for the perfect picnic spot. It hooked me! My favorite line – ‘the sun beat down – ” was repeated through the whole book while they looked for a place to eat. You’ll have to read for yourself to learn all the crazy places they tried, and if they ever found that perfect spot, with the sun merely shining down 😊
Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch
Written by Anne Isaacs
Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
Age Level: 5 - 9
Grade Level: K – 4
I love this phrase, and I’m so glad Anne used it as a title. Imagine . . . what if . . . an Enlish widow inherits a Texas ranch? It sounds like one of those totally absurd combinations that I’ve heard can be put together to make a great story.
It totally works in this clever, well written/illustrated book. Imagine . . . 100 cowboys turn up to marry you. It doesn’t bother the widow, Tulip Jones. She comes up with contests to get rid of them. One has those cowboys figuring out how to make the Rio Grande flow backwards. Another has them using 100 bridal veils to capture a band of outlaws. It’s true – everything is bigger and better in Texas! Especially this story!
Pearl Goes to Preschool
Written & Illustrated by Julie Fortenberry
Age Level: 2 - 5
Grade Level: PS – K
This book is as cute as its cover. Pearl already goes to school , her mother’s ballerina school, and she’s its tiniest ballerina. She can count ballet positions and follow directions, but Preschool’s different. Pearl has some big questions, like what will she learn, and most important – will there be dance?. Kids and moms will love this book and its answers to those big preschool questions.
His Royal Highness ,King Baby: A Terrible True Story
Written by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Illustrated by David Roberts
Age Level: 4 – 8
Grade Level: P – 3
I loved this story! It reminds me of one of my favorites – Julius the Baby of the World.
It’s a twist on the new baby/older sibling story. Life is good for the Princess until His Royal Highness, the King Baby arrives. Now the Princess is ignored, and everyone pays attention to the smelly, noisy, rude King. It’s a terrible, but true story. The King Baby rules until his 1st birthday, when his behavior is just too much, even for his loyal subjects. Only the Princess can save the Kingdom. You’ll have to read to find out how she does it..
Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away
Written by Meg Medina
Illustrated by Sonia Sanchez
Age Level: 5 - 7
Grade Level: K – 2
I loved this book from cover to cover. If you know someone who’s moving, share this book with them. It starts with Evelyn’s last day in her old apartment, and we follow the best friends as they say goodbye. My favorite part is how the girls decide to keep their long-distance friendship alive.
What Do They Do with All That Poo?
Written by Jane Kurtz
Illustrated by Allison Black
Grade Level: P – 3
I went to the zoo this week, but never thought about poop. This title asks a fascinating question. Did you know that zoos have over 5000 pounds of poop to get rid of every week? That’s a lot of poop!
The 1st half talks about zoo animals and the poop they produce. Did you know that giraffes have 4 stomachs to help them digest their food efficiently? That’s why it looks like little marbles. Pandas only digest 17% of their food so bamboo leaves and stems pass out quickly. I don’t even want to imagine . . . YUCK!
The 2nd half shows you what zoos do with their poop. Some of it winds up in landfills. Sometimes zoos pay to get rid of it. Some scientists study it, but yuckiest of all, some people, like those scientists, actually pay for it. TRIPLE YUCK – but – TRIPLE fascinating!
The Girl with the Magic Ponytails
Written by Karen J Young
Illustrated by Yoko Matsuako
Age/Grade Level: Not available
My guess – PS – 3.
Here’s my review and a Baby Stella doll from Amazon . . . My review – it was #1!
I saw this book online and instantly loved the cover. It reminds me of my granddaughter. She had tiny ponytails at
six months old. I needed a birthday gift so I looked up the book on Amazon. I loved what I saw so I ordered the book along with a Baby Stella doll who looks like my granddaughter.
I read the book and knew I had to review it. It’s wonderful! One of the illustrations even looks like my grandgirl. The story is as cute as the illustrations. Riley has perfect ponytails. They’re not too high or too low. They’re just right! Whenever Riley hits a problem, she can count on her magic ponytails to help her out. What I love most about this book is that it helps little girls realize that they’re just-right the way they are. That’s empowering!
Chicken in School
Written by Adam Lehrhaupt
Illustrated by Shahar Kober
Age Level: 4 - 8
Grade Level: P – 3
What can Zoey the chicken do when her best friend Sam the pig wants to go to school? She starts one in the barn. I love the way Zoe thinks! Books build imagination. Crayons lead to adventure. She even comes up with a yummy idea when Cow’s upset. She wanted math, not recess. Zoe’s solution – food story problems. This is a great book to help young children discover school.
B is for Buckeye
Written by Marcia Schonberg
Illustrated by Bruce Langton
Age Level: 6 - 9
Grade Level: 1 – 3
OMG – I have the top review on Amazon, and here it is!
I was looking for a Buckeye ABC book for my granddaughter. She’s one so this wasn’t a perfect fit, but she can grow into it. Each spread has a rhyming couplet that match the illustrations, but she’ll need to grow into the sidebars. They have small print and details that are perfect for an older child.