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HMH Books for Young Readers
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!
The Mesmer Menace: Gadgets and Gears, Book One
Wally Kennewickett is what I imagine Doctor Who was like as a kid: inventive, has great ideas, and has a sidekick. The Mesner Menace: Gadgets and Gears, Book One is about a kid and his wiener dog, Noodles, who is actually the one who tells the story. Wally is a Steampunk inventor, who lives with his inventor scientist parents in the Automated Inn. When the Mesmers start hypnotizing everybody, his parents are asked by the president to help, leaving Wally at the Inn with his mean cousins. But, before they know it, the Mesners are at the Inn and nothing seems safe. Can Wally and Noodles stop the Mesners before it is too late?
This book was just right, and the perfect chapter book for new readers and older readers. It has some cool art in it that help you visualize the story. There were words I didn’t know, but Noodles does a good job at explaining them so you end up learning something from this book. I am actually excited to read more books with Noodles and Wally and see what new mysteries and adventures they go on! All ages should read this book. It was definitely worth picking up!
The Winter of the Robots
Jim and his friend Oliver have done a science project together ever since they were in school, but this year Jim is tired of never being able to actually build a robot. He decides to partner with his crush, Rocky. They do a project on otters using Jim’s father’s security cameras without permission. But when Jim discovers the cameras are missing, along with Oliver’s new partner, Dmitri, Jim begins to suspect a felony. Dmitri turns up in a laundromat, heavily frostbitten, and with no security cameras. But he tells Jim, Oliver, and Rocky about a three-foot-tall dinosaur robot he saw that tasered him and prevented him from taking away the cameras. With the Science Fair and the Robot Contest imminent, Jim must act fast to get rid of the menace.
My favorite part of this book was when Jim and his sister were working or playing together. I thought it was fun how Penny helped Jim, even when her help wasn’t always the best, and how Jim helped Penny. It was obvious they loved each other, which is hard to find in these types of books. I think there is an opening for another book in the series, although it is a great stand-alone book too. The characters were three-dimensional, not just flat.
The Unwilling Witch: A Monsterrific Tale (Monsterrific Tales)
If you are looking for a book that has a lot of chapters that are only a few pages long, then this is the book for you! It isn’t a big book and there are a couple black and white pictures throughout it also. It isn’t until halfway through the book that Angie realizes she just might actually be a witch and she has power. Now all she had to do was figure out how to use it and for good to prove she was really a good person and not bad. I am not sure if this is a book that is part of a series or not. It mentions her brother having been a vampire, but there wasn’t anything in the story about it. And I was confused a little why she gave out the power.
This was a fun book. I really liked Angie and her brother and how they tease each other. This book teaches about friendship, being nice, and overcoming bad situations. I would recommend this book to tweens who are looking for a quick book to read!
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!