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Not Another Nursery Rhyme Book, You Say?

Okay, I have to admit that when I was asked if I wanted to review a book of nursery rhymes, I wasn’t all that excited about it. But then when I discovered the rhymes are presented in comic book form, illustrated by 50 famous cartoonists, I perked up a bit.

The quality of Nursery Rhyme Comics ($18.99 First Second Books, Ages 3 and up) is so high, it’s sort of like a child’s version of a coffee table book, if you can imagine that. From the cover to the paper, the printing to the illustrations, this is a beautiful book. And it’s so entertaining too. Somehow reading traditional nursery rhymes while looking at cool comic illustrations, takes what were once classic rhymes to a whole new level of chic. In the front of the book is a wonderful intro by Leonard S. Marcus, historian and children’s book author. In the back of the book is a list of all the cartoonists, with short bios, so you know who is responsible for each comic.

Now that I’ve read the book, I must also admit that I love it so much, I am going to keep it for myself. It’s sitting right on top of the coffee table in the living room, for my guests to enjoy. I just hope no one walks away with it.

This book was reviewed by Debbie Glade.

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I’m Just a Singer In A Rock ‘n’ Roll Band

cvr9781416995258_9781416995258Hi! I’m Coleman and I am almost 10 years old. I’d like to tell you about a book I liked SO much, I read it twice. The book is called Zebrafish by FableVision and is illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds ($16.99, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, ages 10-14). You can read an excerpt from the book by visiting their cool website so just click here.  The book came out last May, but I only just found the review in my backpack and my mom said she loved it, so, yeah, here goes …

Basically the book is about how an online band is formed (even though no one plays an instrument). It also deals with leukemia (which is why this book is recommended for Grade 5 and up) because a main character in the band Zebrafish gets this disease. There are five main characters in Zebrafish. They are called Plinko, Jay, Tanya, Vita and Walt. When I read about these people, they felt very life-like to me and also very nice. I think the author makes you care about everyone which is probably why I went back and read the book a second time.  Because the story is told in comic-book form (a graphic novel according to my mom), with 19 short chapters, it is quick, entertaining reading.  But don’t just take my word for it, read it for yourself and tell me what you think!


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