The Adventures of Kung Fu Robot: How to Make a Peanut Butter, Jelly, and Kung Fu Sandwich
Andrews McMeel Publishing
The League is about a boy named Wyatt Parker. He is picked on by bullies and ignored by girls, and he is tired of it. He decides his classmates would take him more seriously if he was to play football, but his parents think differently. They don’t want him to play football because they are concerned for his safety. They sign him up for golf camp, so that he can play in the father/son tournament. Aaron, his older brother, gives him an unexpected offer; if he ditches golf camp, he can come play in the “League of Pain”, which is the roughest and most secret league in the city. I give The League four and a half stars. The book ended a little more abruptly than I had anticipated and there were some parts that were a little confusing, but in the end, Wyatt had made new friends and his parents accepted his decision. His mom wasn’t happy about it, but in the end, Wyatt was happy and that is what mattered. It was a quick, enjoyable read for sports lovers and non-sports lovers alike.
Aphrodite: Goddess of Love (Olympians)
This book is about Aphrodite, the very beautiful goddess of love. To stop the gods from fighting over her, Zeus married her off to Hephaistos, but Aphrodite didn’t love him. She went off and had other husbands in this book, and she had a son she named Eros. Eros shot one of his arrows into the heart of Zeus and made him fall in love with a mermaid, Thetis. Her children would be twice as strong as their father, so Zeus marries her off to someone else quickly before he can marry her so her children won’t defeat him. At the marriage party, Eris threw her apple of discord at the three goddesses Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite, and Paris, a mortal, is chosen to give the apple to the fairest one. He chooses Aphrodite and Aphrodite makes him fall in love with the most beautiful mortal woman in the world.
Aphrodite was really rude in this book and really didn’t deserve to be a goddess. I thought it was really funny how they told the story, and how it was only about what happened to Aphrodite. I also thought it was cool how this was comics, in a graphic novel. Even though I didn’t like Aphrodite, I liked the book and want to read the other ones in the series!
Fer is struggling with her friendship with the Puck-boy, Rook. She keeps trying to be friends, but Pucks are known for being disloyal, and so far, that has proved true for Rook, too. But Fer can’t spend too much time worrying about their friendship because when she made the rulers of other kingdoms in the Faerieland swear to take off their evil ‘glamories’, she didn’t know the consequences that would have. Now, as the unfulfilled oaths are poisoning the land, Fer must find a way to save both her world and her friendship.
I wish there had been a little bit more explaining of the mythology, because I didn’t really understand that whole thing. But I liked the different worlds that Fer could travel to in the book, and the descriptive scenes of the lands. Fer was a very likeable character, and very creative and brave. Rook was very annoying; most thirteen-year-old boys are (especially in books)! I liked the solutions to the problems they had, and that Fer was always hoping for the best.
The Familiars #4: Palace of Dreams
First, I wish I had read the other three books in this series first, though you don’t have to, but I really think you should. For younger kids who might think this book is too big for them, it is not. It is thick, but the words are pretty big and that makes it easier to reach. There are nineteen chapters that help break up the reading and I wish they had put more pictures then two. I know I like pictures and I think it helps make the reading easier for a lot of people. Some of the names are just too hard to say and keep saying and I am not sure why all of these animal books always give animals the weirdest and hardest names.
A cat, a bird, and a frog are the main characters who all have some type of magic. Together they save the queendom only to have stuff go wrong again and they have to go on an adventure to try and prove they are innocent. These three animals can be so funny and kind of remind me of Harry, Hermione, and Ron. If you like Harry Potter and the Warriors, then you will definitely love this book!
Warriors: The Ultimate Guide
Warriors: The Ultimate Guide is a very good book for helping you keep track of the characters in the Warriors series by Erin Hunter. It is easy for me to forget which kits (kittens) belong to which cats. The illustrated pictures are so detailed I thought I was looking at a photo sometimes. I would recommend it for kids currently reading the series, as well as people who want to know more about it before starting. The free poster is a nice bonus! I would like it if the author made one for the Survivors series and one for the Seekers series as well. The guide was very detailed, and I felt more like I’m part of the stories than just reading about them in the books. I’m glad she added a map and map symbols as well as each cat’s clan. This makes it a helpful reference as you progress from book to book. I hope she continues the Warriors series. This would make an ideal Christmas or birthday gift!