The Adventures of Kung Fu Robot: How to Make a Peanut Butter, Jelly, and Kung Fu Sandwich
Andrews McMeel Publishing
There’s this boy, named Jinx, and he is a magician as well as a Listener, which is what Urwald, his country, calls someone who can talk to trees. Everybody doesn’t really notice him and soon grows to not like him, because they think he is very powerful and can turn things into other things, but it isn’t really him doing that; he is using Urwald’s life force. He has a friend named Reven, who isn’t very nice, and a friend named Elfwyn, who is nice but has a curse on her that she always has to tell the truth or what she has heard is the truth. There is a Bonemaster, who is trying to take over the land and conquer it; Jinx and his friends have to try and stop him before he kills everyone and destroys the world.
This book had some kind of scary parts, but most of it was kind of funny. Jinx was pretty likeable, and I liked the way he came up with solutions and made his friends understand what he wanted to do. It had a lot of action; Jinx hardly ever rests. Sometimes this book was hard to read, but I really liked the story.
Plants vs. Zombies: Plant Your Path Junior Novel
Plant Your Path is for people who like to play the video game, “Plants versus Zombies.” Just like in the game, you have to defeat zombies by choosing which plants to plant so that the zombies won’t eat your brains. You start out with a pea shooter on your lawn. The book then asks the reader to choose between two different plants to plant next. The reader turns to the indicated page to find out what happens next and to make a new choice. There are 27 different endings based on the choices you make. In many of them, the zombies will eat your brains, but in some of them, you will save the day. The adventure includes Crazy Dave and many of your favorite plants and zombies.
I would recommend this book to all kids who play Plants versus Zombies. I don’t recommend it to kids who aren’t familiar with the game because it wouldn’t really make any sense. If you do play the game, it’s interesting and it is fun to make the choices to see what happens.
Roller Girls: Hell’s Belles is the second book in the Roller Girls series and is about how nobody has been coming to the Liberty Belles bouts. The team decides to have a Halloween bout but it’s on the same day as the Halloween dance. I love this book because it has a great message about choice, and is complete with a happy ending. Another thing I really liked is how it’s about a girl in high school who had the chance to become popular but turned it down in order to be the girl she wanted to be. It is a very powerful lesson in standing by our own choices and not falling into the trap of peer pressure. Again we see strong girls making good choices. I would recommend reading the first book in the series, Falling Hard, first for it to make more sense. I would recommend it for older kids because there is some mild language, but if this doesn’t bother you, I highly suggest it! Another great book by Megan Sparks and I’m looking forward to the next in the series!
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 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!