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 

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