Aliens on Vacation (a Review)

The concept which begins this story is one used in many mid-grade stories (parents can’t avoid having to leave for a long period of time and have to ‘dump’ the main character on an unfamiliar relative/friend). However, this time there is a whole new, funny twist to the idea. David’s parents are busy professionals and […]

What The World Eats (a Review)

Food, glorious food! Food – in all its glorious diversity – plays an important role in our daily lives and affects not only our health but also our lifestyles. Sharing meals is a large part of being a family, and most people would say the kitchen is the heart of their home. Many childhood memories involve […]

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (a Review)

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is written by Barbara Robinson. If, like me, you haven’t met the Herdman family before, you are in for a real treat. This family of six feral children punch, lie, steal, set fire to things and generally cause mischief all around the town: “They were just so all-around awful you […]

Seekers: The Quest Begins (a Review)

When I was teaching 6th grade Language Arts, I had a few students who were real super-readers.  I remember talking to a couple of the boys about Erin Hunter’s Warriors series.  “It’s about cats?” I asked them.  “Really?”  They assured me that they were awesome cats with cool powers and such.  Still, I could never quite […]

Going, going gone! With the Pain and the Great One (a review)

The prospect of reading a whole book can sometimes be a little daunting to young readers; especially as they progress and the pictures that help them decode the words become smaller and appear less often. Chapter books help to break stories into readable, achievable pieces and, hopefully, the story is so compelling and thrilling that […]