Thursday, January 27, 2011
Tony Baloney is a macaroni penguin. He loves fish tacos, Little Green Walrus Guys, his stuffed animal, Dandelion, and anything with wheels. He does not love trouble . . . but trouble loves him. Sometimes, when he is tired of Bossy Big Sister Baloney and exasperated with the Bothersome Babies Baloney, Dandelion behaves badly. And then, Tony must say he is sorry, which is not always easy for him.
For all middle children, mischief makers, and boys in a girls' world, Tony Baloney is sure to become a new hero! (quoted from Goodreads).
Tony Baloney has bright, fun illustrations that quickly captured my attention and that of my children. Tony himself is a fun character to read about. His story is one about sibling relationships and his feelings with being the middle child. This cute Macaroni Penguin has to deal with an older sister who bosses him around and two twin babies who get into his things.
Tony is a typical little boy who enjoys playing and pretending, and some times his best intentions lead him into trouble. With the help of his stuffed animal Dandelion, he's able to share his feelings with his family. Tony Baloney is a good read and one I'd recommend to older kids, pre-K to elementary school aged, as I think they'd take more out of the story than the younger kids.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Princess and heir to the throne of Thorvaldor, Nalia's led a privileged life at court. But everything changes when it's revealed, just after her sixteenth birthday, that she is a false princess, a stand-in for the real Nalia, who has been hidden away for her protection. Cast out with little more than the clothes on her back, the girl now called Sinda must leave behind the city of Vivaskari, her best friend, Keirnan, and the only life she's ever known.
Sinda is sent to live with her only surviving relative, an aunt who is a dyer in a distant village. She is a cold, scornful woman with little patience for her newfound niece, and Sinda proves inept at even the simplest tasks. But when Sinda discovers that magic runs through her veins - long-suppressed, dangerous magic that she must learn to control - she realizes that she can never learn to be a simple village girl.
Returning to Vivaskari for answers, Sinda finds her purpose as a wizard scribe, rediscovers the boy who saw her all along, and uncovers a secret that could change the course of Thorvaldor's history, forever (quoted from Goodreads).
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
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In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.
Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.
As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?
Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart (quoted from Goodreads).
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
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A mix of wildness and humor, Timothy Power's inventive writing makes him a debut author to watch. And Callum's quest to find his place in a strange world will have readers rooting for him—when they're not howling with laughter (quoted from Goodreads).
The Boy Who Howled is a fabulous middle grade debut book by Timothy Power. It's one that will encourage younger readers to read, especially boys, as the main character's voice is one boys will easily relate to. Callum has been living with a pack of wolves in the woods for a few years now. When he was younger he ventured off from his family and became lost, only to be taking in by the wolf family. One of the humorous things about the book is Callum's interaction with the wolves and his ability to understand what they're saying.
Callum has grown a lot and to keep the Alpha from killing him, as he seems him as a threat now, Callum is returned to live in the human world. This too turns out to be a humorous adventure for Callum, as he's wild, but trying to be more civilized. Callum is a fabulous character. I couldn't help but laugh out loud at some of his predicaments he finds himself in. Don't worry, this story has a happy ending.
Timothy's writing is enjoyable, as The Boy Who Howled is witty and fun, making it an engaging read for middle grade/tween readers. I highly recommend picking this book up. It's one I'm looking forward to having my son read when he's a little older.