Monday, November 30, 2015

Class Act, Module 15: featuring The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey


As y'all know, I'm a Library Science student at University of North Texas. This semester I have the pleasure of taking an AWESOME class called Literature for Youth! One of the things we have to do is read some books from a list my Prof has provided us and then make up a blog and post reviews over what we've read. CLEARLY this is right up my alley! So, instead of making a completely different blog, every Saturday I'm going to start posting this new feature! 

MODULE 15: 
Censorship

This is my last one of the semester! 
Hope y'all have enjoyed this series!

Kindle e-book, 144 pages
Released: 1997
Published by: Scholastic Paperback
Source: Library (Overdrive)

     Book Summary: Captain Underpants is not your average superhero! Even his "costume" is different from the conventional superhero's. Find out if and how his powers are different in this book of one of his epic adventures!

Reference: 
Pilkey, D. (1997). The adventures of Captain Underpants: An epic novel. New York, NY: Blue Sky Press.

*MY IMPRESSIONS*

     This is a book I wouldn't normally pick up. It just isn't my cup of tea. Maybe I would've been a fan of it when I was younger, but now it just seemed a little crazy. 
     I can see why some adults would want to censor it. There were bathroom jokes, children talking bad about and to authoritative figures, and many other things. Like me, I'm sure there were many adults that didn't find this book interesting but the children would still love it. These are things they would see as funny. 
     One thing I had to remember when reading this was that this book was not written for someone like me. This book was made for children who may find the things they were talking about funny or see the children in the book disobeying and think that it's cool because it's something they can't do, but I didn't think it was funny at all. Not because I thought it would make the children start doing bad things, but because it just wasn't funny to me. 
     
Overall, I give this


Professionals are saying...

Gr 2-4--Pilkey plays with words and pictures, providing great entertainment. The story is immediately engaging--two fourth-grade boys who write comic books and who love to pull pranks find themselves in big trouble. Mean Mr. Krupp, their principal, videotapes George and Harold setting up their stunts and threatens to expose them. The boys' luck changes when they send for a 3-D Hypno-Ring and hypnotize Krupp, turning him into Captain Underpants, their own superhero creation. Later, Pilkey includes several pages of flip-o-ramas that animate the action. The simple black-and-white illustrations on every page furnish comic-strip appeal. The cover features Captain Underpants resplendent in white briefs, on top of a tall building. This book will fly off the shelves.

Retrieved from: 
Hopf, M. M. (1997, December 1). [Review of the book The aventures of Captain Underpants: The first epic novel, by Dav Pilkey]. School Library Journal43(12), 99. Retrieved from www.slj.com.

Library Uses: 

     I would use this one to tell the students to make their own superhero! I'd give them some crafts supplies and tell them to make them as crazy as they could. 

Book Image from: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/207266.The_Adventures_of_Captain_Underpants

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #153 & the Weekly Wrap-Up!

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what all we borrowed, bought, and received for review. It's hosted over at Tynga's Reviews.

Bought:
The Anatomical Shape of a Heart

I've heard so many people talking about this one and I couldn't wait to get to it myself! 

Library: 
A Step Towards FallingDangerous LiesTen Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird, #2)


For Review:
The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, #1)The Love That Split the World


What did you get this week?!

Weekly Wrap-Up

Monday 11/23/15: My review of Future Perfect by Jen Larsen
Wednesday 11/25/15: My WoW featuring Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
Friday 10/27/15: Follow Friday: Black Friday Book Shopping!
Saturday 11/28/15: Class Act- Module 14: Poetry featuring Take Me Out of the Bath Tub by Alan Katz


What went on at your blog this week?!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Class Act, Module 14- Poetry featuring Take Me Out of the Bathtub by Alan Katz


As y'all know, I'm a Library Science student at University of North Texas. This semester I have the pleasure of taking an AWESOME class called Literature for Youth! One of the things we have to do is read some books from a list my Prof has provided us and then make up a blog and post reviews over what we've read. CLEARLY this is right up my alley! So, instead of making a completely different blog, every Saturday I'm going to start posting this new feature! 

MODULE 14: 
Poetry

Hardcover,  32 pages
Released: May 1, 2001
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry
Source: Library

     Book Summary: For children that aren't a fan of reading, giving them this book filled with "silly, dilly songs" will completely change their mind. This can make them change their minds about reading once they see how funny these are!

Reference: Katz, A., & Catrow, D. (2001). Take me out of the bathtub and other silly dilly songs. New York, NY: Margaret K. McElderry Books.



*MY IMPRESSIONS*

     This is another module that I was dreading. I haven't been a fan of poetry since high school. (To me, sometimes a blue chair is just a blue chair...) But anyway, the children's portion of this module was so much easier to stomach. 
     In a book of poems llike this, this book would be a great tool to get reluctant readers to read more. With the amount of songs about being smelly and everything else makes this book a great book for boys, or those that think boys should read a certain book. 
     This is also a great book to make them get up and get moving. The poems in this books are already based on different songs, so it would be easy for them to get up and dance and any other moving activities. 
     Children will also love this because of the  rhyming words. After reading this with a couple of five year olds, one of them was asking me to help them write down some words that rhymed. I loved that he was so eager to learn after reading just the one book. 
Overall, I give this

Professionals are saying...

Professional Book Review: Gr 3-5-This hilarious collection goes straight to the heart of playground humor. What made "On Top of Spaghetti" such an integral part of popular culture is what makes these selections so equally successful. Well-known songs like "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean," and "I've Been Working on the Railroad" become-with a wink, a poke, and nod-"Take Me Out of the Bathtub," "The Yogurt Flies Straight from My Brother," and "I've Been Cleaning Up My Bedroom." Some of these transformations are so clever that kids will want to burst into song immediately. Imagine your next patron singing, "Oh give me a break/`Cause I made a mistake/And my library book's overdue" to the tune of "Home on the Range." The watercolor illustrations are equally entertaining, with exaggerated features and situations giving them a cartoon look. "Go Go Go to Bed" depicts an exhausted mom slumped in a chair with toys and a child literally bouncing off the ceiling above her. There's something here to tickle most funny bones.-Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY

Retrieved from: Marino, J. (2001, April). [Review of the book Take me out of the bathtub and other silly dilly songs, by Alan Katz]. School Library Journal. Retrieved from http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/book-reviews/4314452/take-me-out-bathtub-other-silly-dilly-songs-book-review

Library Uses: 

     I would use this one in a Two Time Tuesday or something with with preschoolers. As stated, I would call my program "Poetry in Motion. I would use hand signals and dance moves to help them get going and having a good time. I completed this same event with my family and they loved it. I would love to see how it would fare in a library. My fear is it would be too loud. I would only conduct it in a children's room that cold be closed off.  

Friday, November 27, 2015

Follow Friday: Black Friday Book Shopping!

Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee’s View & Alison Can Read.    

The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. Basically how it works is you follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. So looking forward to making new blogging friends & following blogs!

black friday eve! you have $100 to spend on books. What are you going to buy?  
       
         Special Edition Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (1-7) First & ThenDumplin'

Even though I've read eveyr book pictured here, I LOVE the new box set from HP and I love the covers from them. As far as First & Then, I LOVED it when I checked it out from the library, but now I need to own it too! Same for Dumplin except I had an ARC and now I need an HC! 

What about you?!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Bookish Things I'm Thankful for this year!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING YOU ALL! 
(If you don't celebrate, I still wish you an amazing day!)

     No review today! Just wanted to let you all know what I'm thankful for this year!

1. My family: Not all of them understand my desire to only read a book all the time. Esecially when I tell them it's YA. But they have never judged me for it. They understand that this is my passion, just like there's is whatever else they may like. 

2. My mother: She told me a long time ago that I said I when I grew up I wanted to work in a library. She never stopped believing in me and at the end of this semester I will be halfway there! She does everything from reading my blog to reading books I book push on her. I call her for every little thing and she somehow always knows the answer. She's amazing that woman. I hope to be half the woman she is. She just isn't as "well read" as me hahaha [insider] She only wants to read True Crime, Historical Romance, and HP. (That one's ok lol)

3. Every book by any author I've ever read: (And trust me, there's ALOT of them lol) You all made me read and whether I five stars or one, I learned something from each and every book.

4. The boyfriend: He doesn't really know what to do or say when I tell him I need another book shelf. He normally says no, but then as soon as he sees my piles of books all over the house become bigger and bigger he relents. He may not understand my love for reading but he knows it makes me happy and will give me anything for me to be happy. 

5. Blogger Friends: I don't talk as much as I should on here because I'm a full time grad student AND working full time AND a live in girlfriend (lol) but for those that faithfully talk with me when I post something on Twitter or see something weird I say and still make comments about it and still decide that maybe I'm cool enough to be your friend, lol Thank you! Thank you for not giving up on me. One day I will get it together lol 

6. We Need Diverse Books: Because we DEFINITELY DO! As a diverse blogger I've tried mainly focusing on those types of books this year and have seen many others doing the same thing! And we need not only books, but authors as well! However you are diverse, YOU MATTER and you and your story/review/voice can make a difference!

7. My librarian friends: Whether online or those I've met since I've been in school! You all didn't have to help me, but you have. In more ways than one. I thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for helping me with homework, to answering questions about anything, and for giving me pointers on different things such as programs! (Btw, Mrs. Walker, my kids LOVED the "Poetry in Moition" with the poetry book and the dancing and hand signals! I'm not sure how we came up with that title, but it ROCKED! No pun intended......)

8. Lastly, to ALL OF YOU!: To all 417 of my GFC followers and the many of you that follow me via Bloglovin, Shelfari, Booklikes, Twitter, Instagram, and any other way you follow my blog or me, I'm thankful for your support. Without you this blog would just be here. I'm thankful that you all found me interesting enough to stay around! 

What Bookish Things are you thankful for this year?!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday featuring Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate


This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!

Seven Ways We Lie

     Paloma High School is ordinary by anyone’s standards. It’s got the same cliques, the same prejudices, the same suspect cafeteria food. And like every high school, every student has something to hide—whether it’s Kat, the thespian who conceals her trust issues onstage; or Valentine, the neurotic genius who’s planted the seed of a school scandal.
     When that scandal bubbles over, and rumors of a teacher-student affair surface, everyone starts hunting for someone to blame. For the unlikely allies at the heart of it all, their seven ordinary-seeming lives result in extraordinary change.

Expected Publication: March 8, 2016
Published by: Amulet Books

Why I'm Waiting: I love that the cover has the 7 Deadly Sins on it. From the description and the title I can assume they will all appear in the story somewhere and that makes me excited. I can't wait to see how they all pop up! This will be the first YA book I've read that features the 7 Deadly Sins, and I can't wait to see how Redgate depicts them! Also, I've heard there are many POV's and I think that's really cool! This one should be GOOOODDDDD! 

What are you waiting on this week?
Will you be waiting on this one with me?

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

TTT: Characters I'd Invite to a "Friendsgiving" and what they should bring!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the BookishEach week we will post a new Top Ten list. Everyone is welcome to join.   

This week's topic is:
Top 10 Book Characters I'd Invite to a "Friendsgiving" and what they should bring!

Friendsgiving: The celebration of Thanksgiving dinner with your friends.  (Urban Dictionary) Normally with a potluck. 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)
1. Hermione, Harry, and Ron from the Harry Potter series: Well this one was easy! And I'd tell them to bring me some goodies from Honeydukes for dessert and some Butterbeer for drinks!

2. Winter from the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer: Minor Spoiler if you haven't gotten to a certain part yet....  I'd tell Winter to bring the apple petite candies! 

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)Forever with You (Wait for You #5)
3. Scarlet from the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer: I'm sure she'd come with Winter, but she'd still get her own invitation anyways. I'd tell her to bring some fresh salsa made with her amazing homegrown tomatoes! 

4. Nick from Forever With You by Jennifer L. Armentrout: I'd tell him to bring his amazing chicken noodle soup. From the way Stephanie talked about it, it sounds amazing so I need to get my hands on it. 

Saint AnythingTaste Test
5. Mac from Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen: Of courseeeee pizza and garlic knots are a non-traditional side for Thanksgiving, but at the same time, this Friendsgiving is my in my fantasy ok lol 

6. Nora from Taste Test by Kelly Fiore: I have been dreaming of having a Lobster Roll ever since I read this book. I would definitely tell her to bring this one! 

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Winter Romances
7. Lara Jean from To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han: ANY of the Korean food mentioned in that book. It all sounded so good I wanted to try it all. 

8. Maria from Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White: Even though this one is in an anthology doesn't mean it's not any less important. I'd DIE for the baked mac and cheese they mention, OMG. 

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1)Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold (Broken Hearts & Revenge, #2)
9. Magnus Chase from The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan: The way he keeps talking about freaking falalfel makes me want to try it so much. I NEED to try it now lol 

10. Gemma from Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold by Katie Finn: There is a part in the story in there with gorumet cheese, that I would love to try! I mean not as much as she got (which was ultimately out of her control lmao) but I'd still love to try some with some wine! Even though most of the characters I invited couldn't drink it haha

What characters would you invite to your Friendsgiving?
What would you tell them to bring?

Monday, November 23, 2015

Future Perfect by Jen Larsen

Hardcover, 304 pages
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Published by: HarperTeeen
Stand-alone
Source: Library
For fans of: Diversity FTW, Contemporary, Chick-lit, YA


     Every year on her birthday, Ashley Perkins gets a card from her grandmother—a card that always contains a promise: lose enough weight, and I will buy your happiness.
     Ashley doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with the way she looks, but no amount of arguing can persuade her grandmother that “fat” isn’t a dirty word—that Ashley is happy with her life, and her body, as it is. But Ashley wasn’t counting on having her dreams served up on a silver platter at her latest birthday party. She falters when Grandmother offers the one thing she’s always wanted: tuition to attend Harvard University—in exchange for undergoing weight loss surgery.
     As Ashley grapples with the choice that little white card has given her, she feels pressured by her friends, her family, even administrators at school. But what’s a girl to do when the reflection in her mirror seems to bother everyone but her?
     Through her indecisions and doubts, Ashley’s story is a liberating one—a tale of one girl, who knows that weight is just a number, and that no one is completely perfect.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     This review hurt so much to write. I was looking forward to this book so much. But when I finally got it in my hands, it turns out, it was not what I was expecting it to be. 
     This book  is all about what her grandmother deems to be the perfect body image and how Ashley feels she is wrong. Her grandmother says she's only trying to help, but she does it in a way that makes Ashley feel terrible. What kind of grandmother of all people would do that to their grandchild?
     The main reason I wanted to read this was because of the diversity. I've made it a point this year to read as many diverse reads as I could this year, so when I saw this one I immediately added it to my TBR. I made it to about page 178, but by then, even the diversity in this book wasn't enough to make me want to continue reading it. 
     The reason I couldn't continue reading this one was because I was so bored. The plot was all about Ashley and her grandmother, but the things happening in the story did nothing to further the plot along for me. It was over 300 pages and it just seemed way too long for this story. I decided multiple times that I wanted to DNF, but because it was a diverse read I kept pushing. But finally, I just couldn't take it anymore. 
     So, because of this, I will not be writing a complete review. I will only be giving a small snippet of why I wasn't a fan of this book. But as usual, don't forget: Just because it wasn't my favorite, doesn't mean you won't like it. It just means this book wasn't for me particularly. 

Overall, I give this


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #152 & the Weekly Wrap-Up!

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what all we borrowed, bought, and received for review. It's hosted over at Tynga's Reviews.

Borrowed: 
These Shallow GravesCarry OnYou (You, #1)

This one I was a little nervous about because when I read Fangirl I wasn't exactly impressed with the little bits of Simon Snow's story in there because it felt like I was reading small bits of Harry Potter. But when I got to the library a girl was checking it back in and the librarian was about to put it on the shelving cart. She looked at my Epic Reads *Book Shimmy* tote and my "I'm training for the Triwaizard Tournament" shirt and immediaately asked if I wanted it lmao So of course I took it. 
(This one is adult fiction guys, but since I'm a huge thriller fan and since people are raving over this one I decided to give it a try!)

From the publisher:

My wonderful, amazing Winter gloves and tattoos! These gloves will look wonderful next to my Cress comb on my shelf! 


What did you get this week?!

Weekly Wrap-Up

Wednesday 11/18/15: My WoW featuring Inflict by Cora Carmack
Thursday 11/19/15: My 5 Star Review of Winter by Marissa Meyer!
Friday 10/20/15: My 5 Star Review of The Mockingjay Pt. 2
Saturday 11/21/15: Class Act- Module 13: Series and Graphic Novels


What went on at your blog this week?!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Class Act: Module 13- Series & Graphic Novels featuring Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park


As y'all know, I'm a Library Science student at University of North Texas. This semester I have the pleasure of taking an AWESOME class called Literature for Youth! One of the things we have to do is read some books from a list my Prof has provided us and then make up a blog and post reviews over what we've read. CLEARLY this is right up my alley! So, instead of making a completely different blog, every Saturday I'm going to start posting this new feature! 

MODULE 13: 
Series & Graphic Novels

Trade Paperback,  69 pages
Released: July 28, 1992
Published by: Random House Books for Young Readers
Source: Library

     Book Summary: It's Junie B.'s firsst day of school and she is NOT excited about being on the "Stupid, Smelly bus." She tries to do everything in her power to not have to be on that bus. Including hiding from the adults. 

Reference: Park, B. (1992). Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus. New York, NY: Random House Books. Retrieved November 21, 2015.

*MY IMPRESSIONS*

     Junie B. is one of my favorite series for children. She has everything one would think could appeal to a child: funny illustrations, funny literature, and a really lovable main character. I wouldn't go as far as saying this is quality literature, but I will say this has great kid appeal. 
     With this being so filled with kid appeal, I can see this book being a gate opener for children. After reading this kids will more than likely want to see what other trouble Junie B. can get into. The ultimate goal of a librarian is to get children reading, so I feel that even though this isn't "quality," it's still something that should definitely be included in the library. 
     I see Junie B. being  as big for kids as The Baby-Sitters Club is for teens. With the series being commercial, it helps to give the child more to read and more to look forward to. My sister who loves Junie B. was happy that she has so many stories with her to look forward too. 
Overall, I give this




Professionals are Saying...

    KIRKUS REVIEW

In the ``First Stepping Stone'' series, a genuinely funny, easily read story. Junie didn't like riding the bus to her first day of kindergarten, so when it's time to go home she hides in a supply closet until everyone but the janitor has left. She has a fine time exploring the contents of her teacher's desk, the school library, and the nurse's office--until she has to go to the bathroom and finds it locked. Only when Junie calls 911 to report this emergency is she located by the frantic adults who've been searching for her. Junie's abrupt, ungrammatical narration sounds just like the feisty young lady seen in the b&w drawings, with droopy socks, wispy hair, and spit-shined (literally--she licks them) shoes. Kids may need some persuading to read about a younger child, but they're sure to enjoy the understated humor. (Fiction. 6-9)
Retrieved from: Kirkus(2010, May 20).JUNIE B. JONES AND THE STUPID SMELLY BUS.[Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Busby Park, B.]. Kirkus. Retrieved from: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/barbara-park/junie-b-jones-and-the-stupid-smelly-bus/

Library Uses:

     I would use this as a story-time near the end of school. It's something that connects to the beginning of school and it's funny and filled with pictures. Children would be interested in seeing what else Junie B. does the rest of the school year. I would also lay more copies of Junie B's books out so they could see if any others interested them. For a craft I would make them draw or color cut outs of a bus or other pictures dealing with school. 

Book Image from: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/958277.Junie_B_Jones_and_the_Stupid_Smelly_Bus