Thursday, November 15, 2012

Z - Type

Try this fun, shoot 'em down, typing practice game.  Z-TYPE

Friday, October 26, 2012

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Children's Book Review

The Children's Book Review is a great blog for parents and teachers looking for good books for children.  Don't be afraid to sign-up for the free e-newsletter.  It is very easy to cancel if you don't like it.  If you like this blog, consider subscribing via RSS!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

ABC 3D Book

This is a fun video!  I just don't know how a person ever figures out things like this. 

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Savvy by Ingrid Law

Savvy, by Ingrid Law, tells about Mibs who is about to have her 13th birthday and come into her savvy.  Savvies are extra talents that her family has.  These talents can be fun, simple and even dangerous.  (Think about the movie, THE INCREDIBLES.) Two days before her birthday, Mibs's father has a terrible accident.  Mibs takes off to find him in hopes that she can help him with her Savvy.

This book is funny, touching and feels very real.  It's a page turner that's difficult to put down.  If you read it at the dinner table please don't spill soup on it.

Watch the book trailer.

Al Capone Shines My Shoes

If you liked AL CAPONE DOES MY SHIRTS by Gennifer Choldenko and want to read more about Moose and the cons that live on the Alcatraz you're in luck!  The much anticipated sequel to AL CAPONE DOES MY SHIRTS is now available in our library.  In this book Moose discovers another note.  It might be from Capone, but maybe not.  Moose has to be very careful about what he does about the note.  Do the wrong thing and Moose could cause his dad to be fired. Ignore Al Capone's note and Moose becomes Capone's enemy.  Read to find out how Moose pays his debt to Al Capone.

Look at this Amazon customer rating!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Perfect for 5th graders and up.

Al Capone Does My Shirts (Newbery Honor Book)

Well, there's a lot I could say about this book.  However, to say it all simply, you will love, love, love this book!  Look at the ratings other readers gave this book.  These are people who paid money for the book.  They were very happy with their purchase after reading it.

You get to Alcatraz by being the worst of the worst. Unless you're me. I came here because my mother said I had to.
Moose Flannagan moves with his family to Alcatraz so his dad can work as a prison guard and his sister, Natalie, can attend a special school.  But Natalie has autism, and when she's denied admittance to the school, the stark setting of Alcatraz begins to unravel the tenuous coping mechanisms Moose's family has used for dealing with her disorder.
When Moose meets Piper, the cute daughter of the Warden, he knows right off she's trouble.  But she's also strangely irresistible.  All Moose wants to do is protect Natalie, live up to his parents' expectations, and stay out of trouble.  But on Alcatraz, trouble is never very far away.
Set in 1935, when guards actually lived on Alcatraz Island with their families.  Choldenko's second novel brings humor to the complexities of family dynamics and illuminates the real struggle of a kid trying to free himself from the "good boy" stance he's taken his whole life.
Newbery Honor
NYPL's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
Publishers Weekly Best Book 2004
ALA Best Book for Young Adults 2005
ALA Notable Book 2005
New York Public Library Best Book for Teen Age 2005

Sunday, March 14, 2010

"The Big Field" by sports writer Mike Lupica

Is It Any Good?

"Here's what most good sports books are: exciting, suspenseful, action-packed. This one is too -- the many game and practice scenes are fast-paced and lovingly described. Even if you don't play baseball you will enjoy reading this book."

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Mariah Mundi - The Midas Box

Ahoy! This looks like a really exciting new book to read. The book is Mariah Mundi - The Midas Box. The author, G. P. Taylor is known for writing gripping thrillers that are full of tension, adventure and fear. You know, all the things a pirate lives for. If you are a reader that likes a challenging plot with lots of characters to keep straight and you don't mind re-reading parts in order to find hidden meanings, this book will appeal to you. Suggested for grades 6 - 9, with a Lexile of 850. Find out more...

Meet Mariah Mundi
He lives in the Regency Hotel at the Sea Cliffs in the Town at the End of the line.  Using the Patent Steam Elevator, help Mariah to turn off all the gas lamps in the Hotel.  Click off the advertising and play the game.  It makes me bones shiver.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

This is a recommendation for 
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

We Can't Read ALL the Time!

Hey mates, take a break from all that reading....even I do, sometimes. No cannons, no score and no colors in this game, barnacles! However, it's lots of fun anyway. It reminds me of the time I was playin' ping-pong against a pirate called Pongo Pete. He really knew the angles and got really upset when I wooped him, har, har.

The game is Balldroppings and involves gravity, you know, that thing that makes cannonballs so darn heavy. Make sure your computer's volume is turned up a little 'cause this game will sing...sorta. In this game, kids, like you, get to draw the line...and draw the line....draw the line!

Sunday, February 28, 2010


The pirates I know love jokes. It doesn't matter if the joke is good or not 'cause pirates like to groan almost as much as they like to laugh. Do you know a joke you'd like to share? Let's hear it!
Later, mate.

~What do you call a swarm of monster bees? Zombees.

~Be kind to your dentist. He has fillings too.

~Did you hear about the two antennas that got married? The wedding was a disaster but the reception was great.

~What is unique about a goose? It grows down as it grows up.

~Why were the teacher's eyes crossed? She couldn't control her pupils.