Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: The New Girl Review by Emiline

 Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: The New Girl
Review by Emiline

            Allie Finkle is back in The New Girl and this time she is dealing with a bully.  Allie is having trouble at her new school, Pine Heights Elementary.  A bully named Rosemary is making her a target because Allie had told on Rosemary for making fun of her essay.
            Allie’s feeling scared so her dad gives her a punching lesson, while her friends are saying to tell on Rosemary again.  Should she fight or tell?  What plan will Allie choose?  Find out in The New Girl.

            Three reasons why I liked Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: The New Girl:

Number one—In Allie Finkle I learned that the author, Meg Cabot, is trying to encourage kids to stop bullying.

Number two—I like Allie Finkle because she was willing to stand up for herself.

Number three—I realized that lots of people get bullied.

            I recommend Allie Finkle to people who like to have a good laugh.  

I give it FIVE MONSTERS.  I really love this book and this series.

To find out more about Meg Cabot (she also wrote The Princess Diaries) visit this site:

To play some great games and learn more about Allie's Rules visit this site:

I found this book at my favorite Indie Bookstore, Little Shop of Stories.  You can find this book at your favorite Indie Bookstore, or at your school or local library.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Our Book Reviews on Tales of a Sixth- Grade Muppet

Tales of a Sixth-Grade Muppet
By Kirk Scroggs
Book Report by Emiline

            Tales of a Sixth Grade Muppet was one of my favorites because I love the Muppets.  Animal is my favorite Muppet because he is crazy good on the drums.  Speaking of Animal, he wasn’t in Tales of a Sixth Grade Muppet that much.  It really bummed me out.  But the book really isn’t about me so I guess I have no room to talk because Danvers, the main character from the book, has his own favorite Muppet—The Great Gonzo. Danvers is the biggest Gonzo fan you could ever imagine.
 One night, Danvers is dreaming about how great Gonzo is and then a green flash suddenly appears.  Kermit is there, so is Scooter and all the other Muppets.  When Danvers wakes up from his dream he realizes he’s an orange Muppet with mop-like hair.  He goes to a special school just for Muppets where he meets Bunson Honeydew.  Dr. Honeydew thinks he has a cure.  Will Danvers turn back into a boy?  Find out in Tales of a Sixth Grade Muppet.
I liked this book because the Muppets are my favorite TV show.  They entertain me.  They do crazy stunts and they admit The Muppet Show is a show—or if they are doing a movie, they admit it is a movie.  I don’t like people faking it and thinking they are not in a show.  The Muppets don’t do that.  They even do a theme song that says, “It’s time to meet the Muppets on the Muppet Show Tonight.”  Keyword: show.    They also don’t fake like they’re not in a book in the book.  (But I don’t really mind if people fake it in books.)
            My favorite part of Tales of a Sixth Grade Muppet was when Danvers met Gonzo doing a crazy toothpaste commercial.  That really sent a funny vibe to my head.  I hope you like this book, too.

I give Tales of a Sixth-Grade Muppet 5 Monsters!

Tales of a Sixth-Grade Muppet
By Kirk Scroggs
Book Report by Marsh

            One day Danvers woke up. There was a green flash.  Suddenly . . . He was a Muppet.   He went to Dr. Honeydew’s lab in Eagle Talon Academy.  He wanted to see if there was a cure.  They said they would try to do what they could to find a cure.  As he was walking down the hall he noticed a sign for an after school internship with the Muppets.  To get this internship he would have to write a 2 page essay on his favorite Muppet. For a second Danvers was stunned because he wanted to be Gonzo’s assistant  (Gonzo was his idol). He thought he could just reuse an old essay he did for class. Then he noticed that it was due 2 days ago.  He was devastated. But fortunately his evil sister, Chloe, wrote a letter to the Muppets trying to get him in, but it had a catch—she got to put up all her posters in place of his gonzo posters. Kermit sent Danvers a letter…Danvers was the new assistant to Gonzo!

            Find out the rest in Tales of a Sixth-Grade Muppet.

            I thought this was a great book.  It had lots of humor and action.  My favorite part was when they were driving through the pothole.  It was funny because Animal was screaming and yelling pothole repeatedly.  My favorite character was Animal because of how he always yells things when gets excited.

 I give this book 5 monsters because of how humorous and funny it was.

You can find out more about this book and the Author at Kirk Scroggs website:

To find the book check out IndieBound to see if your favorite bookstore has it or visit your school or local library.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Marsh Reviews Lois Lowry's The Giver

    My Book Report on The Giver:

     Jonas lives in a society where everything is on a schedule and every age group gets the same thing at the same time.  He is very excited about The Ceremony of Twelve.  The Ceremony of Twelve is where you get assigned a job.
     Jonas gets assigned to the Giver.  The Giver teaches him the true pain and wonders of life.  Jonas has never experienced true pain because his society keeps him safe from virtually everything.  Through these experiences, Jonas finds out some horrendous things about his society.  This will lead him toward one big decision. . .
     I knew nothing about The Giver until I was assigned to read it for school.  I thought I would hate it, but it turned out to be great.  I thought it was a bit disturbing and sad.  It was sad because the people didn't get to experience all of the fun things in life.  They are restricted to one area for their entire lives.
My Response to The Giver:

     The Giver made me feel depressed.  It made me feel that way because the society kills the smaller one of the twins.  Also, in Jonas’ society everyone is technically the same because they are all given the same things at the same age.  The people in their society do not get to make any of their own choices. 

     The Giver also made me eager to see what job Jonas would get assigned to during The Ceremony of Twelve.  During The Ceremony of Twelve you are assigned to a job when you turn twelve, but you don’t get to pick you job; the elders in the society pick for you by monitoring everything you do for your entire life.  

I give The Giver by Lois Lowry FOUR MONSTERS.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Emiline's Review of Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: Moving Day

Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: Moving Day
Review by Emiline

            Allie is a girl with a lot of rules.  Lots of her rules are about friendship—like her Don’t Shove a Spatula Down Your Best Friend’s Throat rule.  Some aren’t friendship rules—like the Never Eat Anything Red rule. (That’s one of my favorites.)
            Allie’s story starts out when she shoves a spatula down her best friend’s throat.  And if you think that’s bad, then wait, it gets much worse.  When Allie gets home from her best friend’s house, a.k.a Mary Kay, she finds out she is moving and she’ll have to give up her rock collection. 
            Later that night, Allie and her family go to visit their new house.  Allie kept whining because she didn’t want to move into the new house.  But Allie stopped whining when her mom said that if she moved into the house without whining she could get a new kitten.  Allie agreed with that . . . until she saw the house.  She thought it was haunted.
            When they arrived her mom also said that Allie would have to attend a new school.  Will Allie be able to change her parent’s minds?  Or will she have to make a Never Move Into a Haunted House Rule?  Find out in Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls:  Moving Day.
            Why I liked it:  Allie likes rules.  That means she will follow them.  Allie has a lot in common with me because she also follows rules and is witty—just like me.  Plus, she has blonde hair, too.  Allie is cool to me because she collects geodes.  They look like rocks on the outside, but on the inside, Geodes look like sparkly diamonds.  I recommend the Allie Finkle books to people who are crazy about rules. 

I give Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: Moving Day by Meg Cabot
(I already picked up the second Allie Finkle book at Little Shop of Stories)

To find out more about the author and this series and Meg Cabot visit this site: (Meg Cabot is also the author of The Princess Diaries) 

To play games and read some silly rules with Allie Finkle visit this site:

You can find the books in this series at your school's Scholastic Book Fair, or your school and local library.  You can also buy this book at your favorite Indie Bookstore (mine is Little Shop of Stories).

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Book Lover's Holiday Giveaway Hop

 You are the winner of the autographed Jeff Kinney Books.
I really thought your comment was cute.

Do you already have Cabin Fever?  We do!  We got to have a SNOW DAY with Jeff Kinney in Decatur and we picked up some special books autographed by Jeff Kinney for our followers.

To win these books for our Book Lover's Holiday Giveaway Hop the rules are simple:

1. Become a follower (public so we can see you).
2.  Leave a comment telling us what book you love.
3.  Leave your email address so we can let you know if you've won.

We will giveaway BOTH books to one lucky follower.

There are TONS of other blogs participating in this Hop- make sure you visit them all.  Go to I Am A Reader, Not A Writer to find out more.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Marsh in On the Same Page with The Phantom Tollbooth

I'm On the Same Page and I'm ready to tell you all about The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.  To find out how YOU can get On the Same Page with me and Emiline, please visit our friends at Little Shop of Stories by clicking the link above.

My Review of The Phantom Tollbooth:

     Milo never has anything to do; he's always bored. He has a lot of time on his hands.  One day, a turnpike tollbooth appears in his room and there is a note on it.  It says the rules for using the tollbooth and there is a sign that says to have your destination in your mind.  Milo unfolds the map and chooses a place called Dictionopolis.  
     Milo hops into his electric automobile and heads to Dictionopolis.  He drives through a place called Expectations and then gets stuck in the Doldrums. (The Doldrums is a place where nothing happens or changes.)  He meets a watch dog named Tock that watches over the Doldrums.  Milo asks if  Tock can help him find his way out.  Tock says Milo must know why he got there and Milo says it was because he was not thinking. 

     Tock agrees to help Milo get to Dictionopolis where they take on a quest to return Princess Rhyme and Princess Reason, the peace makers between the kings of Dictionopolis and Digitopolis.  Milo and Tock also meet one of their companions called the Humbug when they arrive in Dictionopolis.  They visit the island of Conclusions (you jump to it) and they also visit Digitopolis were they meet The Math Magician.

     Can Milo and his companions rescue Princess Rhyme and Princess Reason?

     The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster was a fantastic book.  It was very engaging.  I probably would have never picked up this book if it were not for all of my good friends at Little Shop of Stories.  There is a program there called On The Same Page and everyone is reading the same book at the same time.

I give The Phantom Tollbooth 5 monsters.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Gratitude Giveaway Hop!

CONGRATULATIONS TO MS. ANGELA DAWN!! She is the winner of the Gratitude Giveaway.  Thanks to everyone for visiting this Hop and make sure you check out our upcoming Hops.
Marsh & Emiline

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and, there's no better way for us to give thanks than GIVING AWAY BOOKS to our followers!  (We wish we could give everyone of our followers a book but there will always be another Hop.)  This Thanksgiving we are thankful for books and authors and our blog.  What are you thankful for?  Become our follower (public- so we can see you) and leave us a comment on this post letting us know what you are thankful for.  Make sure to leave your email address so we can let you know if you are a winner.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Marsh & Emiline

What we are offering for this hop is HUGE, like Death Star HUGE.
We have The Strange Case of Origami Yoda AND Darth Paper Strikes Back
(paperback copies) that are
Tom Angleberger!!

There will be ONE winner of this awesomeness.

If you need a gift for your favorite Jedi or Sith, then you need these books.

Good Luck and May the Force be With You!!

Hey! There are LOTS of Blogs participating in the Gratitude Giveaway Hop.  Make sure you visit
I Am A Reader Not A Writer to see ALL of the Blogs giving away stuff!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Emiline's Review on Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost

     Are you ready for some graveyard- digging fun?  Well, then you should read Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost! by Cornelia Funke.  Now let's get to my summary!

     Tom has a ghost in his cellar, but nobody believes him.  Finally, Tom tells his grandma.  His grandma has a friend named Hetty Hyssop, and she's Ghosthunter.  Hetty can catch any ghost she sees!

     The cellar ghost's name is Hugo.  Hugo told Tom he was living in Tom's cellar because his old house had been taken over by another ghost.  Hetty Hyssop said that it would very dangerous to get rid of the ghost in Hugo's old house, because it would an incredibly revolting ghost.  Tom wanted to try to get the of the ghost anyway, because he wanted Hugo to go so much.  Tom was actually becoming friends with Hugo, but he was just sick of Hugo scaring him.  The question is can Tom and Hetty get the incredibly revolting ghost out of Hugo's house?  Find in Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost! by Cornelia Funke.

I give this book 4 Monsters!
I recommend this book for kids who want a chill up their spine.  This book is not for kids who don't like scary stuff.

I bought this book at my school's Scholastic Book Fair, but you can find this book at your school library or at your favorite Indie Bookstore.

You can find out more about this series of books and Cornelia Funke here-

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Marsh reviews The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

Marsh Reviews The Unwanteds

     In a land called Quill, every year, there is a ceremony called The Purge.  The Purge is a way to eliminate the creative children from their world.  The creative people are called the Unwanteds.  Alex is an Unwanted.  His identical twin brother, Aaron, is not an Unwanted and he is the one that reported Alex for being creative. He is taken to the Death Farm where the Unwanteds are taken to be killed, but it turns out the Death Farm is really a school to help the Unwanteds turn their creativity into magic.  The Death Farm is called Artime` by the people who live there.  Artime` is a very colorful and artistic place.  The man that runs the Death Farm, Mr. Today, is not killing the Unwanteds, he is helping them.  The people of Quill have found out the Death Farm is really training the Unwanteds instead of killing them.  The citizens of Quill  are going to attack!  

     Can Alex survive?  What will happen to Artime`?  What to happen to Quill?

     I loved The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann!  It is a very good book and I loved that the characters were brave and creative.  I would be an Unwanted that was sent to the Death Farm because I am creative and sometimes I don't fit in.  Sometimes people think athletics are better than arts, but I disagree.  Arts are just as important as sports.   I learned that societies that don't have creative people in them will not work as well as societies with them.  Quill needs the Unwanteds to be a better society.

I give The Unwanteds 5 Monsters,
And, a shout out to Lisa McMann for being a great author!

You can find The Unwanteds at your school or local library, or you can buy it at your favorite bookstore.

To find out more about the book and its author visit http://lisamcmann.com/html/unwanteds.html 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Winners of the Spooktacular Hop!!

Here are the WINNERS of the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop!

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz:

Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix:

Thank you for all your comments.  We had lots of fun hearing what your favorite scary stories were!
Marsh & Emiline

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop!

Halloween Greetings from A Monster Ate My Book Report.
     I have chosen to give away an autographed copy of  Adam Gidwitz's A Tale Dark and Grimm for one of our scary giveaway books because it is one of my favorites (Check out my review below).  It is full of freaky fun.
     To add some spookitude to our scare-iffic giveaway, we are also offering an autographed copy of Margaret Peterson Haddix's Found.
     If you would like a chance to win one of these books, just become a public follower of this blog and leave a comment letting us know about your favorite scary story.  Make sure to leave your email address so we can let you know if you won.   We will be announcing winners on the Day of the Dead, November 1st.  
     There are over 400 blogs participating in this giveaway.  That gives you so many chances to win.  Click on the I Am A Reader Not A Writer link below for links to the other blogs.
      Good Luck!

Emiline's Spooktacular Pick:

Marsh's Spooktacular Pick:

Friday, October 21, 2011

Emiline Reviews A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

     I was flabbergasted when I found out there was a perfect book for me.  It is A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz.  A Tale Dark and Grimm is spectacular AND scary.  If you are ready for a spine-tingling adventure you need to read this book.

     This book starts with the story of Faithful Johannes.  Faithful Johannes has been serving king after king.  Soon, the throne was passed down to Hansel and Gretel's dad.  (What?  You didn't know Hansel and Gretel were royalty? Gasp!)  Well, in a secret room there is a picture of the Gold Princess.  The King thought she was beautiful, but what he didn't know was that she was sad because all of her husbands had died.  The king didn't care about her past because he loved her so much.  So, he got some gold and bribed her until she said she would marry him.  When the King and the Gold Princess were talking, faithful Johannes was listening to three ravens; they were talking about the Gold Princess' fate and what to do. The ravens said that the Gold Princess would die on her wedding night unless somebody sucked three drops of blood from her lip. All the things they said were true.  Well, when the new Queen almost died Johannes knew what to do.  He sucked three droplets of blood from her lip.  The King did not like that so he killed faithful Johannes. Johannes did not die though, he just turned to stone.  The King and Queen almost forgot about how good Johannes had been to them.

     One day the King was talking to Johannes' statue.  He said there was a way to bring him back to life, but he would have to cut off  the heads of his children, Hansel and Gretel.  The King didn't want to, but he did.  Somehow Hansel and Gretel's heads were put back on and they ran into the forest and away from their parents.  In the forest Hansel and Gretel find a candy house.  What will happen to them next?What is their next adventure?  Find out in A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz.

     I think A Tale Dark and Grimm is one of the best books I've read.  I liked that it was based on a Grimm fairytale and that it was creepy!  My favorite character in this book was Gretel because she was always willing to do dangerous things.  When I got this book I knew I was going to love it because it looked scary and fun.  I also love the cover art.  If you don't like scary things this isn't the best book for you, but if you do like scary things then you will love this book!  (And if Adam Gidwitz is reading this-- good job on writing good literature and a great grim fairytale!)

I give this book 5 monsters plus 8 bonus monsters!!

I found this book at The Decatur Book Festival.  My friends at Little Shop of Stories recommended it. You can find A Tale Dark and Grimm at your school or local library, or at your favorite bookstore.

To find out more about this book and its author click this link- http://www.adamgidwitz.com/

And check out my FAVORITE Book Trailer-

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Our Interview With Tom Angleberger

     Hey, Larry!  

     Remember our breathtaking The Strange Case of Origami Yoda report and Darth Paper Strikes Back report?  Well, guess what?  This time, Marsh actually gets to interview the author, Tom Angleberger.  So get ready for some fun.

A Monster Ate My Book Report would like to thank Mr. Angleberger for taking the time to let us interview him!

If you still haven't read The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and Darth Paper Strikes Back check your school or public library, or your favorite bookstore.

To find out more about the AWESOME Tom Angleberger please visit his website http://origamiyoda.wordpress.com/

Friday, October 14, 2011

Marsh Reviews Michael Carroll's SUPER HUMAN

     A group of people called the Heltroy are trying to bring back the Fifth King.  The Fifth King is the first superhuman.  The Heltroy wants him to rule the world again.  To sicken all the adult superheroes and anyone else who might interfere with their plans, the Heltroy create a virus.  The virus makes everyone over the age of 19 very sick and they become immobile.  It is up to Roz, Thunder, Abby, and Lance to stop that from happening.  Three superhumans and one plain person all under the age of twenty against the Heltroy.  Can they save the world?  Find out in Super Human by Michael Carroll.

     Super Human was a spectacular book!  This book has lots of action and adventure.  I liked the characters.  I liked how brave and powerful they were.  I love to read books about people with powers.  This was one of the best superhero books I have read.  I am very excited to read the next book in the New Heroes/ Quantum Prophecy series by Michael Carroll.

I give Super Human 5 monsters out of 5!

You can find out more about this series and the author here- http://www.michaelowencarroll.com/qp/main.htm

You check out this book at your school or local library or buy it at your favorite Indie Bookstore or other bookstores.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Marsh and Emiline are On the Same Page

     We are so excited to be participating in On the Same Page!

     At the Decatur Book Festival it was announced that The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster would be the selected book for On the Same Page for the city of Decatur.  Both of us are reading the book and so are our parents. To find out more about On the Same Page click on the link above.  On The Same Page is a citywide reading  program.  This is a great idea!!  See if your city has this, if not, read along with us or get your city On the Same Page.

Emiline's Review of The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

     First let me say a big Thank You to On the Same Page for introducing me to this wonderful book, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.  Let's get to my summary and review!

     One day ten year old Milo was walking home.  When he got there, in his room was a quite large package.  Inside the package was a tollbooth with a note and a map taped to it.  On the map there was a place called Dictionopolis.  It sounded good to Milo, so he set off, ready to go.  He went into the windy weather and got into his little car.  Milo didn't know exactly how to get there, so he held onto the map with one hand and with the other hand he held onto the wheel.  He drove all night and he finally got to Dictionopolis.

     When Milo was wandering around Dictionopolis he ran into a person named Humbug.  Humbug was selling words.  Milo tripped and dumped out all of Humbug's words.  Everyone was upset and then a police man commented on how clumsy Milo was, and because of that Milo went to jail!.  When Milo was let out of jail he had to see the King of Dictionopolis.  When Milo got to the palace the King told Milo to find the two princesses, Rhyme and Reason.  Can Milo find them?  Find out in The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.

     I thought that The Phantom Tollbooth was a great book.  Even though it is very old I still loved it. I also really enjoyed the illustrations because they made the book fun.  It is a great book for your family to read together.  So, get On the Same Page and read The Phantom Tollbooth!

Overall I give The Phantom Tollbooth 5 MONSTERS!

Banned Books Week Giveaway Winners Announced!

Ahoy! We be announcin' the winners of the Banned Book Week Booty today!
Argh- ye need be checkin' yer email if you are a booty winner.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
and a Mockingjay Pin

Prize Two Winner:  LEXI
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
and a Hunger Games Journal

Prize Three Winner: LAURIE
The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey,
Goosebumps Horrorland: Revenge of the Living Dummy by R.L. Stine,
and a collectible Hogwarts Bookmark

Congratulations to our Hop Winners!
If you didn't win this time, keep checking out our blog for new giveaways.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop!

Emiline's Thoughts on Banned Books:
I really like Lauren Myracle's books and some of them are banned.  It makes me feel sad when I think that I might not be able to read them.  I don't think it's okay to let other people decide what you can experience.

Marsh's Thoughts on Banned Books:
As a reader, I think no books should be banned.  Some of the books I have read are banned books.  Even if some books are not the right books for some people it doesn't mean no one else can read those books.  Hunger Games is a frequently banned book and is one of my favorites.  You can protect your kids from some books, but not other people's kids.  There is a book for everyone.  My point is-- banning books is wrong.  

For Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop we are offering one of our favorite books that was on the Banned Book List, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  We have three prizes for this hop:

Prize One:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
and a Mockingjay Pin

Prize Two:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
and a Hunger Games Journal

Prize Three:
The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey,
Goosebumps Horrorland: Revenge of the Living Dummy by R.L. Stine,
and a collectible Hogwarts Bookmark

     To be eligible to win a prize you must become a public follower of this blog and leave a comment that includes your email on this post.  The giveaway ends on October 1st at midnight.  We will be announcing winners on October 2nd. (Unfortunately, this giveaway is limited to residents of the U.S.)
Oh Yeah, check out the links below for more great giveaways from other wonderful blogs.
Good Luck,
Marsh and Emiline

Click this link to find out if YOUR favorite book has been banned or challenged.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Our Book Reports on Darth Paper Strikes Back by Tom Angleberger

Emiline's Report on Darth Paper Strikes Back

   We are back with Origami Yoda in his new book, Darth Paper Strikes Back.  In this book Harvey makes an origami Darth Vader so Darth Paper and Origami Yoda can fight with paper lightsabers and so Darth Paper can prove that Origami Yoda couldn't really tell the future. 
     One day, a really popular girl comes to Origami Yoda for advice, but he he said something that kind of scared her.  Well, Harvey found a way so she would complain to the principal about it just because he wanted Dwight (Origami Yoda's creator) to get kicked out of school.  As you can see, Harvey doesn't really like Dwight.  What will Dwight's future be?  Find out in Darth Paper Strikes Back.

     I was really excited that Darth Vader was in this one, and I'm not just saying that because I had a crush on Darth Vader when I was a little kid. So far this is my favorite book in this series because of the action and Darth Vader.  Maybe I still have a little crush.

I give this book 5 MONSTERS!!

Marsh's Report on Darth Paper Strikes Back:

     Origami Yoda is back, but now he has an enemy.  Harvey, Dwight's enemy has made an origami Darth Vader.  Origami Yoda gave one girl bad advice and she took it as a threat, so she told the principal and Dwight, the owner and maker of Origami Yoda, got expelled.  So now Tommy is making a new case file to present to the school board in hopes of getting his friend back, but Harvey writes a counter argument.  Can Tommy get Dwight back in school?

     I really like this book.  I was sad that Dwight wasn't in this book as much as he was in The Strange Case of Origami Yoda.  The book was surprising at  times (I can't tell you why because this is a non-spoiler review).   I really can't wait until the third book comes out.  I hope it's Luke Skywalker!

Overall I give this book 5 out of 5 monsters!

You can find out more about the author, Tom Angleberger and see some awesome Origami Star Wars creations & directions for making Origami Yoda and Darth Paper at-  http://origamiyoda.wordpress.com/

We found this book at our school's Scholastic Bookfair, but you can find it at your school or public library, or find it at an independent bookstore at http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781419700279.



Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Our Interview with the Marvelous Jackson Pearce!

We went to the Decatur Book Festival and we interviewed Jackson Pearce.  Jackson Pearce is an author.  She writes young adult books.  We haven't read her books, but we thought she would be great to interview.  We do watch her YouTube videos (she is really funny-- we like the book pirate video best of all) and we added As You Wish to our growing to-read pile.   Her other books, Sisters Red and Sweetly, are based on Fairy Tales, and since we are kids we know a lot about Fairy Tales! We think authors are the best and it's always fun to learn about authors.  Without further adieu here is the interview...

Oh wait!  There's also a giveaway.  We have one autographed copy of Sisters Red by the marvelous Jackson Pearce!

Here are the rules:
1.  Become a follower if you aren't already one;
2.  Leave a comment on this interview-
     include your email address and tell us your favorite fairy tale!
3. You need a US address, because we are kids and don't have loads of cash for shipping.
4. Contest ends at Midnight on Sunday, September 25th.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Emiline Reports on Lauren Myracle's Luv ya Bunches

Emiline Reports on Lauren Myracle's Luv ya Bunches
A Flower Power Book #1

(Check it out!  That's Lauren Myracle in our video!)


      Luv ya Bunches is a terrific book.  I especially love the characters.  There's Katie-Rose, a total goofball.  Then there's Milla, a popular kid who has an obsession with a toy turtle named Tally.  Then there's Yasaman, she is great with the computer.  She even created a website called BlahBlahSomethingSomething.com which turned out to be LuvyaBunches.  There is also Violet, the new kid.

     Alright, I know you want to get to the review, but first I have to tell you about Modessa.  Modessa is a mean, mud eating, popular kid with a minion named Quinn.  Modessa is trying to make Katie-Rose not be Milla's friend.  So she makes it look like Katie-Rose Stole Tally, the turtle.  Will Milla and Katie-Rose still be friends?  Find out in Luv ya Bunches.

     I love this book.  And I love the author.  Did you know that Lauren Myracle is the first author in the world to write a book entirely out of text messages?  I can see all of the people who are reading this eyes go wide!  I think you should read Luv ya Bunches because it is super funny and creative--some of the book is written like a chat box on BlahBlahSomethingSomething.com.  The characters are super funny.  I'd like to hang out with Milla and Katie-Rose, and I think you probably would too.

Hye guys! You can find this book at your local or school library, or you can buy it at your local Indie Bookseller, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.

You can find out more about the author and all her books here http://www.laurenmyracle.com/yummy-books/luv-ya-bunches  and the Flower Power Books have a really fun website too-- http://www.abramsbooks.com/flowerpowerbooks/

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Back to the Books Hop Giveaway!

A Monster Ate My Book Report is pleased to take part in the Back to the Books Hop Giveaway!
Well over two hundred blogs are participating in this event.  Make sure to check out the links to the other participants below.

We really support the Back to the Books Giveaway because  we really like to read.  We are giving away some of our favorite books.  Each of us has a prize to give. That means there will be two lucky winners.

Emiline is giving away a package that includes:
1. I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You, autographed by Ally Carter
2. A bookplate, also autographed by Carter
3. A Heist Society keychain
4. Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs
5 And more . . .

Marsh is giving away a package that includes:
1. The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Eighth Grade Bites, by Heather Brewer
2. A Vladimir Tod Tee Shirt
3. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
4. And more Slayer Chronicles swag!

How to enter:
1. Become a public follower--that is if you are not one already.
2. Leave a comment.  For Emiline's prize pack, leave your comment on any of her reviews, make sure to
    leave your e-mail address.  For Marsh's pack, leave a comment, including your email, on one of his

Winners will be selected at random--we might pull names from a hat or blindfold our parents and have them point at the screen. The point is, we will not choose you just because we know you.  We have to be fair.

This contest is open to US residents only--because we are kids and we don't have much money--shipping is expensive.  The contest runs from September 1st through the 7th.  Winners will be announced on the 8th.  GOOD LUCK!!

Monday, August 29, 2011


Marsh Reports on Dean Lorey's Nightmare Academy: Monster Hunters

     Charlie has a gift. He has been able to bring monsters through portals while he slept since he was very young.  He's always felt alone.  But he has learned that there are others like him.  He is sent to a school called Nightmare Academy where he learns to control his powers.
     Charlie accidentally opens a portal and a Class Five (the worst type of monster) Netherstalker starts to walk through.  But just in time, Charlie slams the portal shut, cutting the monster's hand off.  
     The monster's wrist had an important artifact on it--the artifact allows the monsters to communicate with other species of monsters.  The Netherstalker demands Charlie return the artifact or they will kill his parents.  Can Charlie save them?  Find out in Nightmare Academy: Monster Hunters.
     I think Monster Hunters had the perfect amount of action and some suspense to weigh it out.  I liked how detailed it was.  What I really liked was the main character, Charlie.  He was very heroic and determined at times.  I can't wait to read the second book.  I give Nightmare Academy: Monster Hunters five out of five monsters.

 To find this book check your school or local library, or you can find it at your local Indie Bookstore!

To find out more about this author and the Nightmare Series visit- http://deanlorey.com/home/

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Emiline Reports on APHRODITE THE DIVA by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams

Emiline Reports on Aphrodite the Diva
by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams    


     Me, well I personally don't get into people's love live's.  But it sounds like somebody should tell Aphrodite that!
     Back at Mount Olympus Academy, Aphrodite got a D for her hero-ology  class because it started the Trojan war. She had a lot of ideas but finally came up with the best idea she could possibly think of.  Since she was the one and only goddess of love, she would start a lonely hearts club for mortals.  But apparently she is not the only goddess of love.  In Egypt, there is another goddess of love--Isis.
     When the two goddesses meet, they have a contest to find out who is the true goddess of love.  Find out who wins in Aphrodite the Diva.
     I like everything about this series of books.  They are full of action, drama and tragedy.  And sometimes, they are so humorous.  I've also learned a lot from reading this series, like: not to be a diva, not to judge people and not to turn people into spiders.  I've also learned a lot about Greek Mythology.
As a matter of fact, I chose this series because my brother was reading Percy Jackson and I wanted to give Greek Mythology a try.  I am so glad I did.
     Aphrodite the Diva has all the action you can get from Divas.  I give it five out of five monsters, plus one bonus monster for the entire Goddess Girls series.You should really read this great, gorgeous series.

To find this book go to your school library or local library, or you can find it at your local Indie Bookstore, Barnes and Noble, or Amazon.

Find out more about one of the authors of this series here--  http://joanholub.blogspot.com/
To find out more about this series check this out-- http://series.simonandschuster.com/Goddess-Girls/books

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Happy Birthday to our Favorite Demi-God, Percy Jackson

     We are so glad Rick Riordan created this wonderful character for us to enjoy. We have come to love Percy Jackson and all of his adventures. We hope you have a Happy Birthday, Percy, from the Gods and Goddesses at A Monster Ate My Book Report! (We know your birthday is actually tomorrow, but we will be in school then.  So, Happy Birthday a day early!)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Special Report: Marsh Reviews Heather Brewer's THE SLAYER CHRONICLES: FIRST KILL

The Slayer Chronicles:
First Kill
By Heather Brewer

A Spoiler Free Book Report by Marsh

            I’ve been waiting for this book to come out for a long time.  I have read all the Vladimir Tod books and Heather Brewer is my favorite author.  I was eager to see what she wrote next and where she took her character, Joss. 
My mom went to ComicCon and since I read Heather Brewer’s blog, I knew my Auntie Heather was going to be there!!  AND she would have advanced reader copies of The First Kill.  My mom said she’d TRY to find her. 
I was shocked when my mom called me and she said, “Guess who I’m looking at?” 
I said, “Who?”
She said, “Heather Brewer.”
I was like, “OH. MY. VLAD.” 
My mom put someone on the phone.  I ended up talking to my favorite author, HEATHER BREWER!  When my mom came home, I had The First Kill and a signed copy of Eighth Grade Bites.  Inside Eighth Grade Bites it said, “It was FANGtastic talking to you on the phone”. 

The Slayer Chronicles: The First Kill is thrilling.  I never knew what was going to happen next.  I enjoyed that it was from Joss’ point of view.  And I love how it started out when he was ten, especially since I’m a ten-year old boy. But unlike Joss, my sister didn’t die at the hands of a vampire, although sometimes she thinks she is one.  I’m not very strong either.  I’m not that agile.  In fact, I’m really only fast when something is chasing me.  Good thing Joss isn’t me.  He’d never make it as a slayer.
From the age of ten through thirteen, Joss gets stronger, and faster, and becomes a Slayer.  That is mostly what this book is about.  The First Kill changed my opinion of Joss, but Vlad will always be my favorite.
This is one of the best books I’ve read.  I would recommend it to people who love Vladimir Tod and to fans of Joss, but if you haven’t read any other Heather Brewer books, you should start with Eighth Grade Bites!

            I give it ten monsters—out of five.

Find out more about Heather Brewer's awesome books at www.vladtod.com  AND www.slayerchronicles.com . To find out more about Heather Brewer visit her website at http://www.heatherbrewer.com/ .

You can find these books at your local library. 

Or at our favorite Indie Bookstore, Little Shop of Stories, here- http://littleshopofstories.com/

Okay, down to the swag stuff... I'm a Master Minion, well, my mom is since I'm not 14 yet, but I'm going to play nice and share.  We have bookmarks, tattoos, a Vlad Tod tote bag (featured in the video), and also a Vlad Tod shirt (also in the video). If you want to win some swag here's what you need to do--

1. Become a follower of this blog (public, so we can see you!)
2. Comment on this review telling us what you are most excited for in The Slayer Chronicles, and then leave your email
3. Limited to the US residents, because we are kids and we are broke!
4. Contest ends  September 16, 2011 (We have re-opened the giveaway!  Enter now for new prizes!)

Good Luck!!