Kid’s Book Review: The Summer We Saved the Bees by Robin Stevenson

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The title of this book is misleading and gave me the impression that it would be about saving bees. Since I am passionate about the subject, I was hoping it would be about an adventure where the family makes progress spreading awareness or actually helping bees somehow. Instead, it was about a dysfunctional family and an overbearing mother who humiliates her children by forcing them to do things they were not passionate about or even comfortable doing.

Rating: 2/10 –  I gave it a couple of points because it was easy to visualize the imagery the author projected. It does give a little information about awareness, but was negated by the inability to take the mother seriously. I do not understand the point of this book. I didn’t learn anything about saving bees or how to overcome family conflicts, and at no point did I feel entertained. Too much drama, not enough substance.

Kid’s Book Review: The House of Mirrors by Pierdomenico Baccalario.

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This is the third book in the Ulysses Moore series.

Now that the children are home, they learn that Ulysses Moore isn’t the only one who has one of the keys to the newly discovered doors. Now they must follow him back in time to try to get the key before Oblivia does.

Rating: 8.5/10 – I enjoyed this book a little more then the rest of the series. A lot of the mysteries from the previous books came together in this story.

 

Kid’s Book Review: The Long Lost Map by Pierdomenico Baccalario

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This is book two in the Ulysses Moore series. Here is the review of book one.

The children find an abandoned ship in a mysterious cove and try to use it to get back home. They manage to get the ship moving, but when they arrive at the exit, they realize it doesn’t lead where they expected it to. Instead, they have somehow arrived in ancient Egypt, and the only way to get back home is to solve one of the many mysteries of Ulysses Moore.

Rating: 8/10 – The storyline was interesting, but I would like to find a book where adventure and mystery can be enjoyed without evil characters. I have read so many adventure books and cannot remember one that didn’t have someone there to mess up the fun. If there is a writer reading this, please consider this in your next book.

Kid’s Book Review: The Battle for Wondla by Tony Diterlizzi

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This is book three in the series. Here is a link to my review of book one, and here is my review of book two.

This is about a battle that breaks out between humans and the aliens of Orbana. There were some violent parts, but other than that, it was a good book. Tony Diterlizzi is just a really great author because he makes beautiful worlds that you can fully immerse yourself in. His drawings tie together so well with the book, that it is really easy to imagine.

Rating 8/10 – The general the story line is interesting, there was just a bit too much violence for me.

– Kid

 

 

Kid’s Book Review: The Door To Time by Pierdomenico Baccalario.

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This is book one of the Ulysses Moore series.

When Julia and Jason move into a new home, they notice the house has many rooms and mysteries. The kind of mysteries like a chair moving when you are not looking. While playing, Jason falls from a cliff and finds a mysterious box in a little hole in the rock face. In this box is a coded message that sends the children on an adventure trying to figure out what it means.

Rating: 8/10 – I did enjoy this book quite a bit but there was a lot of problem solving and not much action.

Kid’s Book Review: Listen Slowly by Thanhha Lai

 

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Mai is sent to Vietnam with her grandmother in hopes of finding what happened to her grandmother’s husband after the war. When she arrives, she meets a young girl her age named Ut, who she immediately doesn’t like. During her grandmother’s quest, Ut and Mai have fun moments and become good friends.

Rating: 7.5/10 – The girls ate snails and they described that very clearly. Because I have pet snails and care about them, it was a little upsetting to me. This book was very descriptive of Vietnam and gave me a good idea of what it might be like there.

 

Kid’s Book Review: “A hero for Wondla” by TonyDiterlizzi

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This is book two of the series. It has been awhile since I posted about book one because someone else had it checked out at the library. If you would like a refresher, here is the review of book one.

Eva Nine continues her search to find humans around the globe. When Hailey brings her to a human city, Eva begins to realize that there is a big secret and something bad is going on. When she tries to escape, she finds out who is behind it all. This book also has many illustrations drawn by the author which are very descriptive and beautiful. They help me to imagine the amazing world this author creates.

Rating: 8/10 – I like the series so far, and I look forward to the next book.