Momotaro Xander and the Dream Thief
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Greek Mythology’s Twelve Labors of Hercules: A Choose Your Path Book (Can You Survive?)
The Twelve Labors of Hercules is an excellent book. I would recommend this book to kids that like mythology and/or superheros. Also, in my opinion, this book deserves FIVE STARS!! Now, on to what this book is about……. You are Hercules, a man as strong as a lion and as ruthless as a beast. You want to be immortal, so you go to the Oracle of Delphi to ask her how to do it. She sends you to King Eurystheus, your mean, wicked and evil cousin. He sends you on twelve labors, and you choose your fate. My favorite thing about this book is that it is unlike any other books I’ve read. It is a Choose Your Own Path book, so you can never get bored. There are a zillion different paths to choose from and each is an adventure!
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!
Star Wars: Jedi Academy
Young Star Pilot, Roan, was expecting a note accepting him to Pilot Academy where his father, brother had attended. All of his friends were going to Pilot Academy and he had his heart set on going too. But he’s gets a rejection letter instead. Roan is crushed! Instead, he’s invited to attend Jedi Academy. He figures that he’ll have to be a farmer instead of a pilot now, which is NOT cool at all. Unexpectedly, he gets an invitation to attend Jedi Academy. He thinks that Jedi Academy will be just like middle school but he’s wrong. It’s much, much harder! He meets Master Yoda, some light-saber wielding bullies and a few droids. He tries to keep up with his classmates but as hard as he tries, he just can’t do it. As if staring middle school wasn’t hard enough!
This book is written as Roan’s diary. Readers will enjoy all the comics and funny entries scattered all over the book. I thought this was a great book because it has lots of humor and action. It’s one of my favorite books, and I read it over and over.
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 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.