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

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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:

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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.