Thursday, May 16, 2013

A new series about kids that go back in time with a magic compass: War with Washington

Title: War with Washington

Author: L.A. Peacock

Rating: **

Review: When the magic time compass whisks Jess and Josh back to colonial times in America they find our that there is great suffering at Valley Forge where George Washington and his troops are living. When Josh and Jess land and find themselves upon a Tory spy/farmer selling pumpkins to the British.  Their mission is to find their uncle who is a messenger from the colonial congress and give him an important message from Benjamin Franklin in France.  The papers told Washington that France would be an ally. They rode in a dog sled with Lady Washington and Pierre to Valley Forge. I always thought soldiers marched to the sounds of drums and flutes but I learned from this book that they march to drums and fifes. I like Jess the best because she is a little more logical.

Friday, May 10, 2013

On Tap for Next Week: Children's Book Week

Next week is dedicated to children's books. A national event, Children's Book Week has a long history dating back to 1919. It is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the United States. Next week, local libraries across the country are hosting special story times and events in honor of the week. Details of events arranged by state are listed here. Love the poster. 

Reading Nook

The best reading chair ever. And yes we purchased one. Perfect fit for a 7 year-old bookworm to curl up in and read half the night away. You can find them here

Pottery Barn

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Baily School Kids Rock Out with Dracula

Title: Dracula Doesn't rock and roll

Author:Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones

Pages: 67

Rating: ** 1/2

Summary: In one of the earlier books Dracula comes to school disguised as a school counselor named Mr.Drake but when Liza, Howie, Melody, and Eddie sneak into his office they realize it's as black as night.They also figure out that he likes pink lemonade but he has to leave when he gets allergies.They realize he is the lead singer in a band called the B.A.T. and he wrote a song called Bailey city rock.After school their teacher Mrs. Jeepers announces that Mr. Drake will be performing at the Bailey city winter feast and since Mr. drake is a vampire the kids think his band is a band of vampires and that when the lights go out Dracula and his vampire buddies will swoop down and slurp down all the blood in the city.My favorite line in the book is when Liza shrieks, "I'm to young for the bloodmobile.