Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties: From the Creator of Captain Underpants
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Fallout is about the 1962 Cuban missile crisis and a family that were the only people that built a bomb shelter to prepare for the possibility of war. The rest of the town came running to their home when a bomb was dropped in the middle of the night. The family was not completely prepared, however; they did not have water or communication yet. This led to many problems in the relationships with the townspeople as they became angry with their surroundings or lack of essentials. The family tried to stop the townspeople from invading their shelter, but they were still able to enter. I give Fallout five stars. It was based on something that actually occurred and showed us what might have happened if things had turned out differently. I liked the change in point of view from the past to the present. It adds an interesting effect to the story. I would recommend Fallout to people who like historical fiction, especially about war. It was pretty easy to read and once I got started, I didn’t want to put it down.
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!
The Monster in the Mudball (Artifact Inspector)
I found this book really hard to get through and and I had to put it down and pick it up a lot as the story didn’t really fit me. All I could think about was this is what it must be like to read a fake story of Pokemon like when Cars came out and someone copied it trying to make people think it was the same thing. I think kids who really like Dragon Ballz and Pokemon might like this book. Sometimes it seemed the author spent too much time describing stuff and putting so many verbs and adjectives in every single sentence; it just made it hard to get into the story.
I think it would have been a much better graphic novel to tell the story more with pictures and to not have so many sentences overflowing with description. It would easily catch people’s attention and tell a story even without words so even kids who are just learning to read could read it. I don’t think I would spend my money on this book and would have just checked it out from the library instead.
Twins Jimmy and Stella live in a town called Wymore, where nothing exciting ever really happens. One morning they find an old note about an old machine called the ‘Hippomobile’, an old contraption that hasn’t worked for years. The twins decide to try to get it running again. Mabel’s Cafe, the only restaurant in town, is struggling to stay in business, and the twins think that maybe if they get it running they will get more business to come to the cafe and it will be able to stay open. With the help of their many grandmas and grandpas, they have many adventures, but will they get it running again?
This book was really funny and it had a lot of times where the twins were getting nowhere but they always figured out a way to do something. All the grandmas and grandpas were pretty funny too. My favorite grandparents were Grandpa Milton and Grandma Henrietta. Grandma Henrietta always won at playing checkers with Grandpa Milton, so Grandpa Milton always wanted a rematch. Finally Grandpa Milton got a book about checkers and won his first match! Then Grandma Henrietta wanted a rematch! I think everybody who likes mysteries and silliness will enjoy this book too.
In a town called Split Rock, the members of certain families have super powers. Every leap year, at 4:23 pm, each child in these families who is ten years or older receives his or her unique super power. At age 13, Rafter and Benny finally get theirs, which turn out to be worthless.
They try to learn how to be super heroes despite their terrible powers. They fight crime, like robbery and jaywalking. They need to find out who has sabotaged their powers, however. They have a plan to track down one of the so-called bad guys in the library of their school. This is dangerous because the library has moving bookshelves and the villain has disabled the safety mechanism that keeps people from getting squished. One night, they see a light at the dump at the same time that everyone else’s powers also turn worthless, so they go to the dump to investigate. What happens next is exciting.
There is not a lot of adventure at the beginning of this book, but it is very funny and interesting, which makes you want to read on. Once you are about halfway through the book, the adventure is compelling and you want to get to the end. I recommend it to children who like super hero stories and also to kids who like Eragon, Percy Jackson and HIVE.