Bad Kitty School Daze – Nick Bruel

  919b0G-p-fL  Bad Kitty School Daze – Nick Bruel, Roaring Brook Press, (978-1250039477), 2015

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: Graphic novel

What did you like about the book?       Bad Kitty is at it again. Bad Kitty and Puppy are sent to school after knocking over Baby while fighting. Children will love seeing Bad Kitty experiencing a school day just like their own with circle time, arts and crafts and story time. Bad Kitty and Puppy are in a class with a large dog names Petunia who HATES cats and a demented rabbit, Dr. Langomorph, who thinks he is “a diabolical super villain.” Fortunately, Bad Kitty pretends she is a cow and wins over Petunia. In the end, all of the animals graduate except for Bad Kitty, although there is hope. Children will love the laugh out loud illustrations, especially when Bad Kitty dreams he turns into a zombie Love Love Angel Kitty! The book includes “Uncle Murray’s Fun Facts” which answer such questions as “Why do Dos Chase Cats” and “Can Dogs and Cats Ever Become Best Friends.” We are also treated to some bonus material: a rough comic of Dr. Langomorph, a Q and A with the author, and a sneak peek at Bad Kitty’s next book.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No.

To whom would you recommend this book? (Read-alikes if you can think of them) For the many fans of Bad Kitty.

Who should buy this book? Public Libraries and elementary school libraries where Bad Kitty is popular.

Where would you shelf it? Graphic novels

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, if you are in the mood for a laugh.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  5/2/15

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Legend: The Graphic Novel – Marie Lu, adapted by Leigh Dragoon, illustrated by Kaari

91dWJTtXOpL     Legend: The Graphic Novel – Marie Lu, adapted by Leigh Dragoon, illustrated by Kaari, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, (978-0399171895), 2015

Format: Paperback.

Rating: 1-5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: Science fiction

What did you like about the book?       This graphic novel adaptation stays true to the original novel. The story is very clearly told and will be very accessible to those who did not read the novel first. The illustrations by Kaari are full color and perfectly depict the action of the story, including the most memorable scenes from the novel. The graphic adaptation should encourage readers to read the novel if they hadn’t already. The story of two teen prodigies on opposite sides of a futuristic society will appeal to YA readers.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book? (Read-alikes if you can think of them) This is a nice complement to the trilogy for fans. It will also appeal to those who like such dystopian series as The Hunger Games, Mazerunner and Divergent.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and high school libraries

Where would you shelf it? Graphic novels

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, if you have read the books or want a glimpse into the stories.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 5/2 /15

 

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Apocalypse Bow Wow – James Proimos III, illustrated by James Promois Jr.

815+tibotTL      Apocalypse Bow Wow – James Proimos III, illustrated by James Promois Jr., Bloomsbury, (978-1619634428), 2015.

Format: Hardcover.

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: Graphic Novel

What did you like about the book?   This graphic novel perfectly captures the mind of a dog, through our main characters Brownie and Apollo. The two house pets, totally “clueless,” finally realize that their people are never coming back when they run out of food and water. They venture outside; make allies with a police dog, a literate flea and a big-eyed kitten and take over a grocery store. The black and white illustrations add to the humor and the text is very easy to read. In keeping with the age of the readers, the end of the world is not graphically depicted. There will be more in the series as we also get a sneak peek of Brownie and Apollo’s next adventure to be titled “Apocalypse Meow Meow!”

Anything you didn’t like about it? Nothing.

To whom would you recommend this book? (Read-alikes if you can think of them) This is one for young graphic novel readers.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries, elementary school libraries with a need for graphic novels.

Where would you shelf it? Graphic Novels

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, if you want a laugh

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  5/2/15

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100 Sideways Miles – Andrew Smith

51UDdS0oePL      100 Sideways Miles – Andrew Smith, Simon and Schuster, (978-1442444959), 2015.

Format: Hardcover.

Rating: 1 – 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Realistic

What did you like about the book?     Finn Easton is a character who will stay with you for a while. An epileptic since an accident involving a dead horse falling on him and killing his mother, Finn sees the world very differently. He measures time in miles instead of minutes and is constantly trying to find out if he exists outside his novelist Dad’s book, which features a teen age epileptic alien character named Finn. Fortunately, he has his best friend Cade Hernandez, nicknamed Win-Win for all his good luck, on his side.  Cade is a character who brings a lot of humor to the story. When Finn falls in love for the first time with newcomer Julia, the novel perfectly captures the awkwardness and drama of it all. This is a story of friendship, first love, growing up and discovering oneself outside the boundaries of family. A perfect coming of age story.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No.

To whom would you recommend this book? (Read-alikes if you can think of them)Fans of Andrew Smith’s previous novels will not be disappointed. I would also hand this to teens who love John Green.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries, high school libraries

Where would you shelf it? YA fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? Yes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 5/1/15

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Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes

 51RSg0y+h0L   Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes, HarperTeen, (978-0062323286), 2015

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 5

Genre:  YA Mystery

What did you like about the book? This was stellar.  It started in the “Middle” and then back-tracked to the beginning and jumped to the ending in a way that was fast-paced, witty, a bit dark and completely wonderfully plot-twisty.  The characters are greatly filled with flaws and real emotions to get caught up in and the storyline takes you around in a weaving trail of lies and misdirection and intrigue.  Max is a poor adopted high school boy trying to fit in with his rich-kid friend Preston and his girlfriend Parvati.  It starts with a bang with Max holed up in a cabin while two FBI agents try to take him down for the murder of his friend Preston…

Anything you didn’t like about it? Nothing for once!

To whom would you recommend this book?   Readers who enjoyed the fast pacing and witty dialogue in “I Hunt Killers” will enjoy this greatly as would lovers of great mysteries which unwind slowly in devastatingly brutal bits of action and brilliant plot revelations. The characters are older and there is a bit of barely-off-screen sexual tension and some partly on-screen acts so it’s definitely for the reader who is ready for more than hand-holding in the romance department.

Who should buy this book? High schools, public libraries

Where would you shelve it? YA Fiction (Mystery)

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  YES!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: April Duclos, Hudson Public Library, Hudson, MA

Date of review: 5/3/15
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Have You Seen My Monster? by Steve Light

61RHmSfajhL    Have You Seen My Monster? by Steve Light, Candlewick, (978-0763675134), 2015.

Format: Hardcover picture book

Rating: 5

What did you like about the book? A little girl looks for her monster at the fair. Each opening features a monster to find and a shape to identify. Illustrations are in pen and ink, and the featured shapes are the only things in color. Like Light’s Have You Seen My Dragon? there is much detail to ponder for a lap read-aloud, and also vivid shapes to find for a story time read. Shapes to identify are common, such as square, triangle and rectangle, as well as exotic, such as rhombus, quatrefoil or trapezium. Endpapers feature a map of the little girl’s walk through the fair.

Anything you didn’t like about it?

To whom would you recommend this book?  Kids who liked Light’s Have You Seen My Dragon? and those who like search-and-find books like Walter Wick’s I Spy series.

Who should buy this book? Elementary and school libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: May 2, 2015

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Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett

51u8L2sOnUL    Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett. Templar (Candlewick), (978-0763675950), 2015.

Format: Hardcover picture book

Rating: 4

What did you like about the book? Orion is afraid of a lot of things, and especially of the dark. Finally, he can’t take it any more and he yells out to the dark to GO AWAY! That is when the Dark came out of the night and into his room. And the Dark is kind and very intent on showing Orion that the dark is nothing to be afraid of. There are pages shaped like hands when the Dark comes and goes.  Many of Orion’s fears are thoroughly investigated and debunked and this should resonate with young readers with similar concerns.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I would have liked it better if the book were not written in the first person; somehow it feels out of sync with the age of the protagonist.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Reminds me of Mr. Night by Dan Yaccarino.

Who should buy this book? School and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins, Arlington, MA

Date of review: May 2, 2015

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