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This week, I posted:
–Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday– Read my reviews for:
–Rereading Rilke– Read my review of:
–Celebrate This Week– This week, I’m celebrating Wicked.
Freddy Ramos receives a mysterious pair of shoes that gives him the ability to run faster than a speeding bullet- or in this case the train that runs through his neighborhood. I enjoyed that this book features a Latino character and takes place in an urban setting. The illustrations add a graphic novel feel to it but it definitely more for beginning chapter book readers. Kids will want to see what upgrades his shoes get in the next installments!
I wanted to be more generous with my rating but after talking to a friend about what we liked and didn’t like about the novel, it didn’t seem right to give it more stars than I finally decided.
I enjoyed the hybrid of text and graphic novel. It could have definitely used more of the latter. I liked the occasional references to Seattle- including the castle tower being a stand in for the Space Needle- but sometimes it got to be a bit much. That’s probably a great example of my biggest problem with this book: it was either being too clever for its own good or what could have been great ideas were poorly executed.
I haven’t read any of Cherie Priest’s other books but I’ve heard of her so I assume she’s good but I Am Princess X read like a first draft. And, the biggest offense, was that it felt dumbed down.
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Squish #2: Brave New Pond [***]
Squish #3: The Power of the Parasite [***]
Squish #4: Captain Disaster [***]
Squish #5: Game On! [***]
Squish #6: Fear the Amoeba [***]
By Jennifer L. Holm, Illustrated by Matthew Holm
This series is probably better not binge-read. But the books are enjoyable, even the predictability is comforting. I liked how there’s a comic-within-a-comic format, the late-to-the-game-with-the-advice dad, the ying-and-yang of his best friends, and the little bit of science trivia thrown into the mix. The experiments and how-to-draw add-ons at the end of each one are also nice.
*= It was OK
**= Liked it
****= Highly Recommended
Have a great reading week!