What to Expect When You’re Expecting Larvae: A Guide for Insect Parents (and Curious Kids) by Bridget Heos Nonfiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Bridget Heos presents and answers the questions expecting insect parents might have IF they were capable of asking questions (and needed the answers) in an informative and amusing way. “Congratulations, insect parent-to-be! You must be very excited. You may be feeling proud but also a little scared. Your babies will … Read more
How to Clean a Hippopotamus: A Look at Unusual Animal Partnerships by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page Juvenile Nonfiction (Grades 4-7) Intricate and colorful torn paper collages illustrate the fascinating symbiotic (mutualistic) relationships between various animals and organisms. Their stories are told in comic book/graphic novel-like panels, describing the nature of the relationship and how it benefits each animal. Even if you know something about symbiosis, this book really brings it to life – from … Read more
How to Scratch a Wombat by Jackie French Juvenile Nonfiction (Grades 4-6) * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Jackie French has been living among wombats in the near-wilds of Australia for over 30 years. She’s made friends with her neighborhood wombats and has cared for orphaned and injured wombats. Wombats are curious creatures, marsupials, which like to dig. They experience the world primarily through their large nostrils and have a highly evolved sense of … Read more
Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth Biography Funny Nonfiction Review #1 * * * Stars This book was pretty funny. They have 12 kids so it is hard to keep track of who they are talking about. I would recommend this book to people who haven’t seen the movie. Because if you have seen the movie, I heard it isn’t too much like the book, so I would read the book first.
Marley & Me by John Grogan Nonfiction * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) This is a brilliant book! It is awesome. It is very touching and appeals to the animal lover in all of us. Marley is a rambunctious dog, but his owners love him anyway. Read about all of their trials and learn that life goes on. READ THIS BOOK!!!
The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon Nonfiction Biography Review #1 * * * Stars (Pretty good) This book was written about a boy’s suicide attempt when he lit himself on fire. He writes about his stay in the hospital and extensive surgeries and operations. I thought it was kind of gross, but also inspiring to experience his process of regaining self-respect.
Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen By Proxy Childhood by Julie Gregory Autobiography Biography Nonfiction * * * Stars (Pretty good) This book scares me because it is about a girl whose mother always thinks she’s sick and takes her to doctors all the time. She is on all sorts of medication and spends most of her childhood in hospitals. the worst part is that it is a true story.
Please Stop Laughing at Me by Jodee Blanco Nonfiction Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) This is a great book (true story) about a girl who’s beat up, taunted at, and made fun of by almost everyone in the school. At first she just wants to be one of them and it just turns into a mess. Anyone who has trouble at school will love to read this and know they’re not … Read more
The Lost Boy sequel to “A Child Called It” by Dave Pelzer Biography Nonfiction * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) This book is about a boy named Dave Pelzer who never had a home. Although this young boy has been rescued from his alcoholic mother, he is now considered a foster child. To find out more you are going to have to read the book.