Thursday, September 30, 2010
Bullies have become an all too present part of school. (I had mine in junior high) WeTip understands how scary dealing with bullies can be and how difficult it is to resolve the problem. Through this company, you can report a bully without anyone knowing who lodged the complaint.
The author of Bully Billy Beranger, Dan L. Mayfield, is a father himself. Through this story he illustrates a common bully scenario: Billy Beranger gives Carol the option of either giving him her lunch or he'll beat her up. Luckily, Carol's best friend, Sarah, knows of the WeTip hotline and gets poor Carol to call. The story walks you through the phone call. Oh how I wish I had that number when I had my bully.
I encourage every student and parent to become very familiar with the WeTip program! Bullying has gotten out of control and leaves devastating scars on the victims. It's time those who have been, or are being now, bullied to take back their lives and get control of the situation. WeTip has the means to make that happen.
Here's some information:
WeTip Hotline: 1-800-78CRIME
To Buy Bully Billy Beranger:
I hope you never have to deal with any form of bullying. But if you become one the millions who have, please know you are not alone.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
To: The children of the world
From: Miss Edythe McFate
Re: The wondrous, dangerous world of modern fairies-READ IMMEDIATELY!
My names is Miss Edythe McFate, and once you've read my practical guide to modern fairies, you will never see the world around you in the same way again.
Perhaps you think fairies are figments of the imagination, or even relics of a ancient past. You may even think that all fairies are lovely winged creatures who dance in bluebell fields, granting wishes to anyone who encounters them.
You would be wrong on all counts.
Fairies are very much alive today, and they are everywhere-in our cities, our backyards, and even our kitchen cupboards. Some of them are indeed the sweet-tempered winged creatures of folklore, but the fairy family also includes goblins, trolls, brownies, and other strange creatures- some of which are revealed in this book for the very first time. While many fairy breeds are harmless, others can be quite nasty or even dangerous.
In my luxuriously-illustrated guidebook, I share my knowledge of the modern fairy world and include practical advice on matters such as:
-How to tell a good fairy from a bad one,
-How to spot a "fairy ring",
-How to tell the difference between dwarves and trolls (one species is far deadlier than the other),
-How to defend against fairies who would do you harm,
......and much, much more. Also included: eight true cautionary tales about children your age who have encountered deadly fairies in ultramodern New York City. You would be advised to read my book closely, lest you find yourself in your own fairy encounter.
After all, forewarned is forearmed.
I just finished up this book today while waiting around at jury duty. I'll say this- it was certainly amusing enough to keep my mind off the boredom of waiting around. I absolutely loved this book! It had an old-fashioned quality to it. The eight cautionary tales are very much modern fairy tales. Some of them turn out well, but many of them not so well for the children involved. Of course, that's only because those particular children are selfish, nasty, or just all around mean. There are also the poor innocent children who don't know what they're getting themselves into. Lesson learned-don't mess around with fairies!
The illustrations are really really cool. The artist, David Foote, used pen and ink (which is my favorite style of drawings), then smeared the ink with water in many illustrations for an almost Ralph Steadman-like effect. He also draws round circles of blush on his faces, which I find to be endearing. (Although it can look sinister on the evil fairies).
I like that Miss Edythe McFate gives exact locations in New York City of various fairy dwellings (for example, the exact tree in Central Park that the brownies relocate to from the Algonquin Hotel). I can just imagine being a kid, begging my parents to take me to New York so I can go look for the fairies. Heck, even as an adult I want to go look for the fairies. Who am I kidding?
My verdict is-this book is a great book for kids who liked The Spiderwick Chronicles or fans of magical realism. It would be a great read-aloud!
Rating: Buy it! You will need it for reference!
In her first brand new adventure in three years, Olivia takes her discerning eye for style to beautiful Venice on a family vacation that involves dodging pigeons in the Piazza San Marco, gorging on gelato, and barely staying afloat in a gondola. -- bn.com
Olivia Goes To Venice came out today, so run to your bookstore and get her!!! I know my oldest daughter is anxiously awaiting her copy!
Saturday, September 25, 2010
The third Pippi Longstocking book was not quite as good as the first two. There were still funny moments, but they were fewer and farther between. My favorite parts were where Miss Rosenblom comes to the school and quizzes all the children, and the part about Jim and Buck. If you are trying to decide which of the three Pippi books to read, go with Pippi Longstocking or Pippi Goes on Board. Compared to those two, this book is a bit lacking.
While this one had some charm, it wasn't as full of it as the prior two. In this book you get to see what word Pippi creates. You'll go to school with her again and find out what happens when she fails a question and answer. And, lastly, you'll get to travel to her Dad's island. From teasing and toying with would-be thieves, to tangling with a shark, to taking an interesting ride in a barrel down a tall water fall... Pippi In The South Seas is an adventure to be read, but maybe not more than once.
Pippi Longstocking remains my favorite of the series. This book wasn't as enthralling or engrossing, but it still gives you a good story to read.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
After Pinkalicious colors her white ice skates with a cotton candy pink marker, she feels ready to spin, glide, and soar with the best of them. But as the color starts to run off of her skates, she is embarrassed. When Pinkalicious thought she was going to leave her mark on the skating rink, she didn't mean it so literally. . . . amazon.com
*The publication date is for October, but there was 2 copies in my local Kmart.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Here's What Rose Thought:
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
This book was really really good! I was laughing out loud at all of Pippi's crazy antics. This would be a really fun read out loud story for a wide range of ages. I would say anywhere from age 6-12 would enjoy it.
I think my favorite parts were when Pippi went to school and when the burglars try to rob her house. It is also hilarious when Pippi goes to the 'surkus'.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Ok everyone! Are you ready?! It's time to start reading!!
Get a copy of Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren & start reading! We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Happy Reading Everyone!!