The Adventures of Kung Fu Robot: How to Make a Peanut Butter, Jelly, and Kung Fu Sandwich
Andrews McMeel Publishing
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.
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.
Sky Jumpers: Book 1
In the wreckage after World War III and its green bombs, small towns have emerged. Hope lives in just such a town, called White Rock. Unable to invent, as her town expects from all its citizens, Hope
struggles to fit in. Because of her lack of inventing skill, Hope chooses to invest more time in the other skills that she finds strength in, like sky jumping into the Bomb’s Breath, the toxic band of air left by the bombs. However, when bandits invade the town, seeking priceless antibiotics, Hope’s daredevil nature may just save her world
.A book so exhilarating, it could be compared to actual sky diving, this book had realistic characters, exciting plot and an interesting setting. Hope is a great protagonist whose perspective is often the same as the reader’s perspective on things. I like this because it makes the entire story seem possible. The content and vocabulary render the book friendly to all listeners, and the plot holds readers tight and does not let go till the end of the story. I gave it five stars for an immersive experience that included humor and action in a child-friendly manner.
Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island: A Choose Your Path Book (Can You Survive?)
I have never read the actual book Treasure Island so I was really interested in reading this book, especially since it is a book where you choose how the story ends. I have read this book so many times I think I finally found all of the endings. The best thing about this book is that you don’t like the way the story is going, you can just back up and start at the last place you choose from or just choose a different one the next time you come to a decision. Sometimes I thought my choices would help me get to the treasure but then I would come meet someone or something dangerous.
You will probably find yourself wanting to read this book rather than watching TV or taking it with you when you go places. It is as if taking a stack of books with you all combined into one book. This helps keep my bag lighter and saves money too. If you are looking for a new kind of book, this is going to be a must-have.
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!