Saturday, April 23, 2011

Pigs to the RescuePigs to the Rescue by John Himmelman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I already know this one is a winner with the almost four year old crowd because my niece brought it over to read this afternoon.

Adorable pictures. Fun opportunities for choral reading (she belted out "PIGS TO THE RESCUE" several times). Now I need to find a copy of Chickens to the Rescue.

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A Crack in the Sky (Greenhouse Chronicles)A Crack in the Sky by Mark Peter Hughes

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If I could give a three and a half I would. This was an interesting read and I am very curious to see the series continue.

Eli is a genuinely curious (and reluctant) hero. And though his Grandfather was far from a perfect man they did seem to share a genuine affection.

I liked how the author did a very thorough explanation of some of the science behind the story. He talked about what was fact and what was fiction and gave other sources to read for information. Granted, at a middle grade to YA audience I'm not sure how many of them will take advantage of that. But I could be wrong. And hey. I fully admit I am taking the other sources at face value and not actually looking them up myself. :/

I did find the character of Marilyn a little strange.

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Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well. While the science behind this story is not particularly factual (I guess I don't really know ... but the moon getting knocked out of proper orbit by an asteroid? I think not) the physical and mental issues the family faces in a world torn apart by natural disaster are way too realistic.

In fact it sort of freaked me out and made me wonder if I had enough food storage and emergency supplies. :/

Looking forward to books two and three. That's the benefit of discovering a series later on. You don't have to wait so long to find out what happens.

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The Fourth StallThe Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am so going to be tired in the morning. But that was freaking hilarious. BRAVO.

OK. It's morning now and I can be a little more coherent. Only ... I actually took a couple of notes on my Nook and now I'm going back and realizing I have no way of figuring out where they were unless I go back page by page. Grr argh! There were some very funny lines!


Just ... READ THIS. :]

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