Significant Others III: Voices of Young Adults from Georgia

Little Blue Truck’s Halloween

Schertle, Alice. 2016. Little Blue Truck’s Halloween. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH Books for Young Readers). 16pp. $12.99. ISBN 978-0-54-477253-3. Illustrated by Jill McElmurry.

What a fun book! It has great pictures and hard pages where there is a flap to lift on each page that tells about an animal. My baby sister loved this book; she kept lifting the flaps to see the animals. I liked seeing the animals dressed up…especially the truck. I like trucks. The last page was a surprise! It opened up to be a really big page! I would like to go to a Halloween party like this. Recommended for ages 2-3. (MLJ)   


Christmas in the barn

Brown, Margaret Wise. 2016. Christmas in the Barn. HarperCollins. 32 pp. $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-237986-3. Illustrated by Diane Goode.

I think barn was all cozy and warm, and I think the animals were happy when the baby was born. I knew who the people were in the barn even though it never says in the book…it was Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus! I liked the pictures in this book, but why do they look smeary? (MLJ)


What this story needs is a bang and a clang

Virjan, Emma J. 2017. What This Story Needs is a Bang and a Clang. HarperCollins. 40 pp. $9.99. ISBN 978-0-06-241530-1.

I liked this book, especially the pictures. I am going to show it to my baby sister so she can look at the pictures of the animals! (MLJ)


Tugboat Bill and the river rescue

Brill, Calista. 2017. Tugboat Bill and the River Rescue. HarperCollins. 40 pp. $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-236618-4. Illustrated by Tad Carpenter.

My favorite part of this book was when the kitten was rescued. I thought it was mean of the big boats to just sit there and let the cat drown. If I saw someone drowning, I would swim out there and save them. I think if anyone asks for help, you should help. (MLJ)


How to be a bigger bunny

Minor, Florence. 2017. How to Be a Bigger Bunny. HarperCollins (Katherine Tegen Books). 32 pp. $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-235255-2. Illustrated by Wendell Minor.

Tickles loved to read. In one of his books he learned to never give up. This came in handy when his family got stuck in a log. Tickles chewed his way through the hole to save them. I learned if someone is in trouble, you should help them, even if it is hard work. Yesterday at the pool, my brother helped me get to the ladder after I jumped in off the diving board. That made me feel good! (MLJ)


Raisin the littlest cow

Busch, Miriam. 2017. Raisin the Littlest Cow. HarperCollins (Balzer + Bray). 40 pp. $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-242763-2. Illustrated by Larry Day.

Raisin was the “littlest cow” until her baby brother came along. She was not happy about that because all of the other cows thought he was cuddly and small. At the end, she ended up liking him. I like having a little sister. When she was first born, her hair was so soft! I play with my sister a lot. My favorite thing to play with her is hide and seek. (MLJ)


Bella, up, up and away

O’Rourke, Ryan. 2016. Bella, Up, Up and Away. HarperCollins (Festival). 40 pp. $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-221863-6.

We liked this book, it made us want to go on a beach adventure! Our favorite part was when Bella got herself into more trouble than Claude. She should not have talked and let go of the string, I bet she did not know she would fall. It is good that the dolphin helped them to shore, because they would have been really hungry on that raft all day. It is good to help others. (MLJ)


Yoga bunny

Russo, Brian. 2016. Yoga Bunny. HarperCollins. 40 pp. $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-242952-0.

This was a fun book. We tried all of the poses that Bunny showed his friends. It was hard, but we laughed a lot while doing them. I think we need to start doing yoga every day! (MLJ)


I want a monster!

Gravel, Elise. 2016. I Want a Monster!. HarperCollins (Katherine Tegen Books). 40 pp. $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-241533-2.

I liked this book; my mom read it to me over and over. I thought it was funny when the monster was about to poo in Papa’s shoe! My favorite picture was the one where the monster got so big that he was bigger than the little girl. I liked seeing the picture of the cranky ballerina on Winnie’s wall in her bedroom. (MLJ)


Plenty of love to go around

Clark, Emma Chichester. 2016. Plenty of Love to Go Around. Penguin Random House LLC (Nancy Paulsen Books). 32 pp. $17.99. ISBN 978-0-39-954666-2.

I thought it was so great! Plumb thought there was not enough love to go around, so he was mean to the cat. I am glad my mom and dad have enough love to go around. (MLJ)


Mighty truck

Barton, Chris. 2016. Mighty Truck. HarperCollins. 32 pp. $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-234478-6. Illustrated by Troy Cummings.

This book was great! The greatest thing about this book is that Clarence gets to go to the car wash. I LOVE going to the car wash with my dad. The funniest thing about this book is that it talks about donuts the whole time and I thought it was talking about eating donuts, but really it was talking about doing donuts in the mud. What if you could eat a donut and do donuts at the same time? That would be really wheely fun! (MLJ)


Mighty truck: Muddy mania!

Barton, Chris. 2017. Mighty Truck: Muddy Mania!. HarperCollins. 32 pp. $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-24479-3. Illustrated by Troy Cummings.

We love Mighty Truck! I would love to read more of these books. I am so lucky that I have TWO Mighty Truck books. I love it when Clarence turns into Mighty Truck by getting washed. It looks like his best friend Bruno is a super hero too because he was wearing a cape. If I had a Mighty Truck I would help people too, like yesterday we saw a truck on the side of the road stuck in the mud…we would have helped him! (MLJ)


Winnie and Waldorf: Disobedience school

Hites, Kati. 2016. Winnie and Waldorf: Disobedience School. HarperCollins. 40 pp. $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-231162-7.

I wish I had a dog like Waldorf. I would teach him things like how to play fetch and Nintendo and all kinds of games. I think sending Waldorf to obedience school helped Winnie get ready for kindergarten. (MLJ)


I am not a chair!

Burach, Ross. 2017. I Am Not a Chair!. HarperCollins. 40 pp $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-236016-8.

This book was medium…just okay. I did not like to see all of the animals using the giraffe as a chair. I did like the part when the giraffe needed to pee. (MLJ)


A perfect mess

Breen, Steve. 2016. A Perfect Mess. Penguin Random House LLC (Dial Books). 32 pp. $16.99. ISBN 978-0-80-374156-0.

We read this book over and over. My favorite page was when Henry tripped over his shoelace and knocked over the stack of books which moved the cabinet which spilled the paint which hit his friends. Henry reminds me so much of my big brother because he makes messes all the time! (MLJ)


Enzo’s very scary Halloween

Stein, Garth. 2016. Enzo’s Very Scary Halloween. HarperCollins. 40 pp. $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-238061-6. Illustrated by R.W. Alley

This book was great! Everyone dressed up for Halloween: The little puppy dressed up as a dragon, the little girl dressed up as a princess and the dad dressed up as a scarecrow. They had fun trick-or-treating, but the dog, Enzo, was so scared! He thought everyone became the character they dressed up as. In the end he realized it was just a costume. This made me think about what I want to be this year for Halloween, maybe Spiderman? (MLJ)


Rappy goes to school

Gutman, Dan. 2016. Rappy Goes to School. HarperCollins. 40 pp. $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-229181-3. Illustrated by Tim Bowers.

This book was so fun to read. I did not know my mom could rap! Rappy was excited to go to school, but when he got there, there was a mean boy, Chris, making fun of him because he could not spell. Aiden was nice to Rappy and ended up being his friend. I liked this book. I am excited to go to Kindergarten and make friends. (MLJ)


Leo can swim

McQuinn, Anna. 2016. Leo Can Swim. Charlesbridge. 24 pp. $9.95. ISBN 978-1-58-089725-9. Illustrated by Ruth Hearson.

In this book, the baby goes swimming. The daddy took Leo to swimming lessons. I liked this book so much, I asked mom to read it over and over again! I loved swimming lessons last year, I hope I can go again this year! (MLJ)


On the first day of kindergartenRabe, Tish. 2016. On the First Day of Kindergarten. HarperCollins. 32 pp. $9.99. ISBN 978-0-06-234834-0. Illustrated by Laura Hughes.

This book was different. It reminded me of a Christmas song! This book talked about kindergarten and what I will see there. I am excited to go to kindergarten and make friends. Other kids may like this book. (MLJ)


The data set: March of the mini beastsHoppa, Ada. 2016. The Data Set: March of the Mini Beasts. Simon & Schuster (Little Simon). 128 pp. $16.99. ISBN 978-1-48-145729-3. Illustrated by Sam Ricks.

The Data Set is a group of kids who were friends. They met their neighbor Dr. Bunsen who had a life ray. This life ray made plastic animals get big and come to life. One of the animals was a dinosaur. At the end of the book the kids used a time machine to get the dinosaur back to history (and they accidentally got sent too). The end was my favorite part. I really liked this book and the one after it. I am going to ask Ms. Tracy at the library to see if she has the whole set. (NAJ)


Caveboy Dave

Reynolds, Aaron. 2016. Caveboy Dave. Penguin Random House LLC (Viking Books for Young Readers). 256 pp. $20.99. ISBN 978-0-45-147547-3. Illustrated by Phil McAndrew.

Caveboy Dave was a prehistoric inventor that was not very good at inventing. He invented underwear and the forf (which is like a fork, but made out of sand). One day, his dad wanted to try him out at hunting, so he joined the hunting club with other kids who had never done it either. This book was so funny, like when they only had extra-slimy slugs to eat. I think other kids would like reading this. It was very easy to read, like a comic book. (NAJ)


The bad guys

Blabey, Aaron. 2016. The Bad Guys. Scholastic, Inc. (Scholastic Press). 144pp. $5.99. ISBN 978-0-54-591240-2.

I liked this book a lot, but it did have some bad words, like stupid and fart. But, this book got an A+. My favorite part was when the bad guys tried to be good. First, they tried to get a cat from a tree by yelling at it, and then they tried to get 200 dogs out of jail. They did get the dogs out, but the bad guys were still bad. In the next book, they rescued 10,000 chickens from their pen. (NAJ)


The bad guys in mission unpluckable

Blabey, Aaron. 2017. The Bad Guys in Mission Unpluckable. Scholastic, Inc. (Scholastic Press). 144 pp. $5.99. ISBN 978-0-54-591241-9.

In this book, the bad guys, who were really good guys, were trying to rescue 10,000 chickens from the chicken farm. It was hard to rescue the chickens because there were so many alarms. They finally got in and completed the rescue. This was a very funny book, I liked it because the shark was scared of spiders. This comic book was easy to read, I read it in about 30 minutes. I liked the characters in this book, and I think other children would like this book too. (NAJ)


Turkeys strike outEliot, Hannah. 2016. Turkeys Strike Out. Simon & Schuster (Little Simon). 32 pp. $17.99. ISBN 978-1-48-145168-0. Illustrated by Aaron Spurgeon.

This book took a long time to read, but it was pretty interesting. I liked the pages about golf and bowling the best. I like to play golf! I did not know that golf balls used to be filled with honey. My mom said she rode a bobsled at Lake Placid when she was a senior in high school. There are a lot of fun facts about sports in this book that I did not know. I think kids would like to read this book because they like sports. (NAJ)


Rules of the playground

Kuefler, Joseph. 2017. Rules of the Playground. HarperCollins (Balzer + Bray). 48 pp. $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-242432-7.

I really liked this book. It got an A. I read it over and over again. This book was about a little boy and little girl who wanted to be king and queen of the playground; they stopped being king and queen because nobody wanted to play on the playground anymore. They ran everybody off because they were fighting. I think that was mean. My favorite part of this book was the end when they stopped being king and queen. (NAJ)


Runaway booger

Richtel, Matt. 2017. Runaway Booger. HarperCollins. 32 pp. $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-234984-2. Illustrated by Lee Wildish.

This is a very good book. I liked it when they played ball with a booger. I also liked it when mom hit the booger into outer space with a bat. This book got an A+ for me, but not my mom, she said it was gross! (NAJ)


Charlie Piechart and the case of the missing hat

Comstock, Eric and Marilyn Sadler. 2016. Charlie Piechart and the Case of the Missing Hat. HarperCollins (Katherine Tegen Books). 40 pp. $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-237056-3. Illustrated by Eric Comstock.

This book teaches a lot of shapes. I already know all my shapes, but my brother doesn’t, so he learned a few from this book. My favorite part of this book was when they found the hat! I loved it when they shot the hat into space with a rocket. If my friend who is a girl had a hat like that, I would definitely shoot it up into space! That would be great… (NAJ)


I do not like Al’s hat

McGill, Erin. 2017. I Do Not Like Al’s Hat. HarperCollins (Greenwillow Books). 32 pp. $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-245576-5.

The rabbit did not like having his ears pulled by the magician during the hat trick, so he decided to get a different job. He decided to become a pet rabbit. He found a nice girl named Sophie who was looking for a rabbit to be her friend. I think he will be very happy there. (NAJ)


This book is magic

Evanson, Ashley. 2017. This Book is Magic. Penguin Random House (Grosset & Dunlap). 32 pp. $14.99. ISBN 978-0-39-954392-0.

This was a very good book. I wish I had a magic finger. If I did I would make a million hot wheels! I liked it when the queen of hearts became the cupcake of hearts, and when the frog turned into a prince. (NAJ)


The cranky ballerina

Gravel, Elise. 2016. The Cranky Ballerina. HarperCollins (Katherine Tegen Books). 32 pp. $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-235124-1.

The ballerina was cranky because she hated ballet. I liked it when Ada ended up doing karate. I would not like it if my parents made me do something I didn’t like, like basketball. I think everyone should find something they like doing and stick with it. People like it when I play piano, and that makes me happy. (NAJ)


The grizzly bear who lost his grrrrr!

Biddulph, Rob. 2016. The Grizzly Bear Who Lost His Grrrrr!. HarperCollins. 40 pp $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-236725-9.

Boris didn’t have any friends, so he stole Fred’s grrrr to win the contest. My favorite part of this book is when Boris stole Fred’s Grrrrr, but I think he would have won either way. I also liked this book because they became friends at the end. I liked this book a lot, This book gets an A+. (NAJ)


Prissy & Pop: Big day outNicholson, Melissa. 2016. Prissy & Pop: Big Day Out. HarperCollins. 32 pp. $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-243995-6.

I think girls would like this book. I liked the pictures because they were photographs instead of drawings! Why are they getting a bath in a barrel? You have to look close to tell which is the boy and which is the girl when they are in the tub, but I noticed the girl’s birthmark on her nose. How did they get a pig to drive? The pictures of the beach look like Florida. I would give this book an A+ and would like to read more Prissy and Pop books. (NAJ)


The dead bird

Brown, Margaret Wise. 2016. The Dead Bird. HarperCollins. 32 pp. $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-028937-1. Illustrated by Christian Robinson.

This was a very sad book. I wish the pictures were photographs instead of drawings. This was a good book. Once my little brother found a baby bird at the park and went and stepped on it. I am glad this book teaches kids what to do when they find a bird on the ground. Please make more books like this! (NAJ)


Even monsters need to sleep

Wheeler, Lisa. 2017. Even Monsters Need to Sleep. HarperCollins (Balzer + Bray). 32 pp. $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-236640-3. Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen.

This book was funny. I liked the pictures in this book. My favorite picture was of the giant sleeping. He had a teeny tiny teddy bear. Why was the giant so big? How did the giant make it rain? I think this book would help kids who are afraid of monsters to not be afraid. (MLJ)


Dill and Bizzy: Opposite day

Ericson, Nora. 2017. Dill and Bizzy: Opposite Day. HarperCollins. 40 pp. $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-230453-7. Illustrated by Lisa Ericson.

I really liked this book. It was great! I would not like it if it was opposite day. If my friend automatically said it was opposite day, I would go nuts. It was not kind when Dill said “stop stop stop” and Dizzy said “go go go.” If my friend did that to me, I would go back home. I really liked it in the end when they were friends again. (NAJ)


Dog rules

Czekaj, Jef. 2016. Dog Rules. HarperCollins (Balzer + Bray). 32 pp. $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-228018-3.

I really liked this book, but they should have known they were raising a bird. This book was very funny, especially when the bird was part dog. If I was one of the dogs, I would have known! I think other kids would like this book, especially the ending when the bird barks like a dog. (NAJ)


Dragons from Mars

Aronson, Deborah. 2016. Dragons from Mars. HarperCollins. 32 pp. $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-236850-8. Illustrated by Colin Jack.

This book was about a little boy who wrote a letter and sent it to Mars by email. The dragons who received it did not even know there was life on our planet! So, they came for a visit and liked it so much they made it their home. I liked it when the dragons tore up the house, then they rebuilt the house to be like the ones on Mars. If I had a house like that, I would run all over it! (NAJ)



Perkins, Chloe. 2017. Rapunzel. Simon & Schuster (Little Simon Fairy Tales). 22pp. $8.99 ISBN 978-1481-490729 Illustrated by Archana Sreenivasan

I liked the story, but I did not like the pictures. I think the pictures should be more real-life. If my little sister had hair that long, I would cut it. I liked the hard pages in this book, I would read it to my sister. I think girls would like this book more than boys. (NAJ)


Curious about worms

Walter, Kate.  2017. Curious about Worms. Penguin Random House LLC (Grosset & Dunlap). 30pp. $3.99 ISBN 978-0-451-53369-2

I do not like worms, but I did like this book. I read it to my brother and sister. We liked looking at the pictures. The most interesting to me was the leach because my Uncle Tony jumped into his pond to clean it and came out with leaches all over his legs! Another thing I cannot believe is the tape worm. I cannot believe that a worm can live inside a human being. I took one of my mom’s pumpkin pills to make sure there are no worms inside of me! (NAJ)


My little sister and me

Lam, Maple. 2016. My Little Sister and Me. HarperCollins (Harper). 32pp. $17.99 ISBN 978-0- 06-06239697- 6.

I thought this book was funny. I have a little sister too, and I like helping her. Sometimes I pick her up from the nursery at church, that is the best! My little sister gets into all kinds of trouble, like climbing on things. Once she climbed on top of our kitchen table, and the other day she climbed up to the top rung of the ladder on my bunk bed. It is a lot of hard work taking care of a little sister. (NAJ)


Where are the Great Pyramids?

Hoobler, Dorothy and Thomas. 2015. Where are the Great Pyramids? Penguin Random House LLC (Grosset & Dunlap). 108pp. $6.99 ISBN 978-0448-484099.

I really liked this book; I would like it even more if it had colored pictures. I really liked how they built the pyramids. It was interesting learning about mummification. I would not like to be mummified! I liked reading about the traps they set inside the tombs. (NAJ)


The rooster who would not be quiet

Deedy, Carmen Agra & Yelchin, Eugene. 2017. The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet. Scholastic Inc. (Scholastic Press). 44pp. $17.99 ISBN 978-0-545-722889.

I really liked this book, but not all of the noise. I don’t like noise. But, I don’t like the law about no one singing ever again. I thought this was a good story, I would like it a lot better if there were more words and less pictures. (NAJ)


Adrift: An odd couple of polar bears

Olien, Jessica. 2017. Adrift: An Odd Couple of Polar Bears. HarperCollins (Balzer + Bray). 35pp. $17.99 ISBN 978006 2451774.

I got my mom to read me this book over and over again. My brother and I really liked this story. I liked it when the bears were stuck on that ice cap. That’s why they liked each other in the end, because they spent time together. They became best friends. (MLJ)


The fix-it man

Hood, Susan. 2016. The Fix-It Man. HarperCollins. 33pp. $17.99 ISBN 978-06-237085-3. Illustrated by Arree Chung.

This book was great! The best part of this book was the inside of the front cover and the back cover. I looked at that for a long time! Me and my brother were interested in the stinky diaper operation because we have a baby sister. JJ got out his fishing pole so he would not have to touch the diapers. That was funny! (MLJ)


Grimelda The Very Messy Witch

Murray, Diana. 2016. Grimelda The Very Messy Witch. HarperCollins (Katherine Tegan Books). 31pp. $16.99 ISBN 9780062264480. Illustrated by Heather Ross.

This book was great! It reminds me of my dad who is a very messy father. I thought it was funny when Grimelda found a book in her hair. I read this book over and over and my brother liked it too! I think other kids would like this book too, it has good pictures. What a funny story! (NAJ)


Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s super-soaking stream of inventions

Barton, Chris. 2016. Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions. Charlesbridge. 32 pp. $16.95. ISBN 978-1-58089-297-1. Illustrated by Don Tate.

Lonnie Johnson was super smart! He was always inventing stuff. The most popular thing he came up with is the super soaker. I had never heard of a super soaker until I read this book, but now I am excited to get one. This was a great book. We read it over and over! (NAJ)


What’s up in…the Amazon Rainforest

Clark, Ginger L. 2015. What’s Up in…the Amazon Rainforest. Penguin Random House LLC (Grosset & Dunlap). 144pp. $8.99 ISBN 9780448-481036.

This is one of the best books I have read! I enjoyed looking at the pictures, especially of the people. And I enjoyed learning about the different animals, some of them were scary! I definitely think other kids would like this book. This book had some difficult words to read, but overall it was easy to read and fun too. (NAJ)


Little Wing Learns to Fly

Brill, Calista. 2016. Little Wing Learns to Fly. HarperCollins Publishers (Harper) 30pp. $17.99 ISBN 978-0-06-236033-5. Illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell.

This book was good. My little brother and I really liked it a lot. We learned some lessons from Little Wing’s mom, “Don’t fly too high, don’t fly too far and don’t fly alone”. This was good advice, because just last weekend I got lost in the woods, so I learned a lesson from this book: NEVER GO ALONE! We also learned to not give up if something is too hard. I like golf, and that is hard, but I keep trying! (NAJ)


Ruby Rose: Off to School She Goes

Sanders, Rob. 2016. Ruby Rose: Off to School She Goes. HarperCollins Publishers. 27pp. $15.99 ISBN 978-0-06-223569-5. Illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi.

This book was funny. The funniest page was the last where Ruby Rose tells her mom she needs to buy the teacher a new ant farm. I liked it when she told the teacher, “See, we do have time to dance!” I think other boys and girls will like to read this book. I have read it over and over to my little brother. (NAJ)


Otter goes to school

Garton, Sam. 2016. Otter Goes to School. HarperCollins (Balzer & Bray). 28pp. $17.99 ISBN 978-0-06-235225-5.

This was a great book. I liked it and so did my little brother. We all liked the picture of the neighborhood where they were waiting on Otter Keeper to come home, it looks so real. We liked learning how everyone is good at something. We talked about what everyone in our family is good at. I am good at talking and doing school and my brother is good at giving hugs and building with Legos; Dad is good at putting out fires and mom is good at cooking. Everyone should read this book so they can think about what they are good at! (NAJ)


Don’t splash the sasquatch!

Redeker, Kent and Staake, Bob. 2016. Don’t Splash the Sasquatch! Disney Book Group (Disney-Hyperion). 34 pp. $16.99 ISBN 978-1-4231-5223-0.

This book was awesome! We loved looking back at the pictures. The animals were funny! How did the Sasquatch get so much hair? I liked the page that opened up. It made me want to have a pool party. I like the word ‘squizzlefied’! This book made me wish it was summer so I could go to the pool and jump off the diving board. (NAJ)


Spooksville: The hidden beast

Pike, Christopher. Spooksville: The Hidden Beast. 2016. Simon & Schuster. 106pp. ISBN 978-1-481-41095-3.

The main character in this book was Watch. He knows the mountains very well. It was he and Cindy who discovered the dragon. My favorite part of this book was when the stone door shut and they got trapped in the cave with the dragon. I liked that part because it’s scary! I was surprised that the dragon was not evil or mean. I think this is a good book because it was scary and exciting. I would definitely like to read more books by this author. (NAJ)


Cinnabar, the one o’clock fox

Henry, Marguerite. 2015. Cinnabar, the One o’Clock Gox. Simon & Schuster (Aladdin). 125pp. $19.99. ISBN 978-1-4814-0401-3. Illustrated by Wesley Dennis.

Cinnabar was married to Vicky and they had four children: Pascal, Rascal, Merry and Mischief. (I like those names!) Cinnabar was a good hunter; he hunted to feed his family. He was a good daddy. The race was my favorite… One day he got in a race with the hounds and horses. I think he would have won the race, but he hurt his foot. He had a nice lady take care of him; she put his foot in water to help it feel better. That night he rode on the backs of sheep to get home faster that way his wife would not worry about him getting home so late. (I thought that part was funny…) This was definitely a fun book and easy to read, I read it in one day. It was very exciting! (NAJ)


Worm ​l​oves Worm

Austriam.​​ J.J. 2016. Worm ​Loves Worm. HarperCollins (Balzer + Bay)​. ​24pp. $17.99. ISBN 978 0062386335. Illustrated by Mike Curato.

Those who remember High School Biology 101 will remember that a worm has a special biological​ composition​. While the book does not deal with that particular nature of a worm, it opens up relationship​s among specific genres of insects.  Each provide as special function to the relationship between worms.  Though the author recognizes the interaction between other insects isn't ("how it's always been done."), the permission to change and grow is granted.  Our society is blended with different ways of looking at relationships. The book is a creative reminder that ​people ​are always in a mode of change and acceptance. Great book for ages 6-9. The Illustrations are wonderful. (BNS)


I used to be a Fish

Sullivan, Tom. 2016. I Used to Be a Fish. HarperCollins (Balzer + Bray). 38pp. $17.99. ISBN97800624571989.

Though one could think this was a book totally about evolution, the point would be lost. Since​ people​ are changing from birth to death, the thought of individuals​ moving from one era of​ ​life to another is strongly suggested.  The book is a light introduction to science, but more importantly​,​ it is a challenge to every child to inform and dream that their life can and will be a transformation to our society. (BNS)