Tuesday, December 1, 2009

You don't have to take MY word for it... Curious Kid Picks #1

I grew up watching Reading Rainbow, starring LeVar Burton (AKA "Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge" on Star Trek: The Next Generation, another show my geeky childhood self was addicted to). LeVar would introduce each episode with a vignette based around a topic like nutrition, genealogy, dance, or homelessness, and present a thematic picture book which was then read and shown page by page.

THEN came my favorite part: kids my age got to recommend their own favorite relevant books. LeVar would segue into this segment by saying, "But you don't have to take my word for it..." -- a phrase as memorable as the catchy theme song. Reading Rainbow helped validate the importance and pleasure of reading for bookish little me by taking kids' opinions about books so seriously.

So, in the spirit of LeVar Burton and the soon-to-be-defunct Reading Rainbow (RIP), here's the first batch of reviews from our new Curious Kid Picks board, located in the chapter book room on the back of the yellow bench. We hope your kiddos will be inspired to read some of these titles and/or write their own reviews!

Title: Flawed Dogs – The Shocking Raid on Westminster
Author: Berkeley Breathed
Reviewed by: Aba
Rating: 5 bananas
Comments: “There are a lot of dogs and if you like dogs you’ll love it.”

Title: Chrissa
Author: Mary Casanova
Reviewed by: Emma
Rating: 4 bananas
“It was compelling and interesting. It made your mind think about whether she was doing something right or wrong. I would recommend this book to girls who love American Girl dolls.”

Title: Clarice Bean – Don’t Look Now
Author: Lauren Child
Reviewed by: Lily
Rating: 4 bananas
Comments: “Very sad.”

Title: The Tail of Emily Windsnap
Author: Liz Kessler
Reviewed by: Sarah
Rating: 5 bananas

Title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Author: Jeff Kinney
Reviewed by: Misa
Comments: “It is very funny.”

Title: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Author: Grace Lin
Reviewed by: Jai-Lin
Rating: 5 bananas
Comments: “It is about a girl named Minli whose dad tells her a story every night and he told one about the old man on the moon so she set off in search to find him.”

Title: Rules
Author: Cynthia Lord
Reviewed by: Ana
Rating: 5 bananas
Comments: “It taught kids about others who are different than us and that you should treat everyone the same.

Title: The Willoughbys
Author: Lois Lowry
Reviewed by: Sam
Rating: 5 bananas
Comments: “I loved this book – different twist on kids and what they think about their parents. Excellent vocab and glossary at end – Enjoy.

Title: The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Author: Brian Selznick
Reviewed by: Sophia
Rating: 5 bananas
Comments: “I thought that it was awesome because it made me think that I was the boy and I was in his position. And it seemed like he was sad and lonely. And he needs to survive on his own. And he finds food for himself.”

As LeVar says, see you next time -- and all you young reviewers out there, keep reading and recommending! We love to hear what you think.

1 comment:

Roger Sutton said...

I've asked Bertha Mahony Miller to haunt your store--and not in a fun way--until you stock Tom's Midnight Garden.