Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Emiline's Review of Just Being Audrey

Just Being Audrey
Book Report by Emiline
Author: Margaret Cardillo
Illustrator: Julia Denos
Audience: 4 and above, and Audrey Hepburn Fans

          Have you ever wondered what it was like being a 1900's movie star?  Well, you will know some immense facts after you've read Just Being Audrey.
          Audrey Hepburn dreamed of being a prima ballerina until, one day, she realized all the other ballerina's snide comments about her being too tall and her eyes being too big were true.  Audrey grew up and became so famous she had her own look called "the Audrey look."  She traveled all around the globe.  She worked harder than anyone else.  She was the most glamorous actress ever.
           I recommend Just Being Audrey to every 1900s fan everywhere!    I love the Audrey pictures in the book and the writing--especially this quote:
      "I never think about myself as an icon.  I just do my own thing."  Audrey Hepburn.
       I give Just Being Audrey 5 Monsters.


Monday, March 26, 2012

Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday!

It's Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday at A Monster Ate My Book Report!  We have so much fun participating in this MEME started by our friend, Ms. Shannon at http://ramblingsofawannabescribe.blogspot.com/. Please check out her blog to see the full list of blogs that participate in MMGM.

Emiline's Pick for MMGM is:
Renegade Magic
(Kat, Incorrigible #2)
By: Stephanie Burgis

     Kat is back.
     After Lady Fotherington ruins Elissa's wedding by telling Fredrick's mom that Angeline is a witch, his mother drags Fredrick out the door.  So the whole Stephenson family travels to the dangerous city of Bath to find Angeline a new fiance.  But how will Kat fight the danger of Bath when she got kicked out of the order and only knows one spell?  And Angeline has a scheme that will embarrass the whole family in front of society while they stay at the Wingate's (Stepmama's relatives) house.  All the while, Kat has to face the wild magic all around Bath.  But who sent the wild magic there?  And will Kat ever be able to restore her powers?  Find out in Renegade Magic.
     I like Stephanie Burgis's way of describing things, not to mention that there's always some magic in Kat's life.
     I recommend this to all people who like Harry Potter.  

This is the second book in the Kat, Incorrigible series.  Please check out my review of the first book, Kat Incorrigible.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

It's A Kick-Butt Giveaway!

The Winner of the Kick- Butt Hop is:


A HUGE thanks to everyone who participated.  We wish everyone of you could win.

So, we are participating in the Kick-Butt Characters Blog Hop.  We are #42, and there are lots of other blogs participating in this hop, so make sure you click on the link to I Am A Reader Not A Writer's blog to see the full list.  We will announce the winner on Saturday, March 31st.

Okay, so here's what we have for ONE LUCKY WINNER:
An AUTOGRAPHED paperback copy of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare!

Here are the rules:
1. Become a follower of this blog, if you aren't already. Make sure it's public so we can see you.
2.  Leave a comment on this post and include your email address.  Be sure to check it and make sure it's right!

     I remember when I met Cassandra Clare at a book signing sponsored by Little Shop of Stories.  I asked a question that I'd been pondering the whole night:  What did you read when you were a kid?   She said she read all the Sherlock Holmes books.  Then she called me adorable. She also gave me a shirt! But there are many other wonderful things about her and one of them is her books.
     I'm not old enough to read her books yet but my mom and my best friend and photographer, Vania, did and they love them.  That's why I picked this book for Kick-Butt Characters.  


Summary of City of Bones taken from GOODREADS:
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

Visit Cassandra Clare's Website to find out more about her books:

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Marsh and The Hunger Games

  On Thursday night at midnight The Hunger Games movie officially premieres.   So I decided I could write a little something on The Hunger Games to get you excited.  I first read this book last year in the very beginning of the fourth grade.  I wanted to read it because I had just finished Suzanne Collins' Gregor the Overlander (The Underland Chronicles) series and I really enjoyed her writing and how detailed it was.  Once I started reading The Hunger Games I could not stop reading until I knew Katniss was allright.  I loved the outcome of the book and I think the movie will be great, too.
     When I heard they were filming The Hunger Games I applied for the casting call but was not chosen to take part in it.  But my dad was and he had a great experience.  We went up to Shelby, North Carolina, with him and actually got to meet the producer, Nina Jacobson, when Emiline, my mom and I were hanging out in a coffee shop waiting for dad to finish for the day.  She told us a very funny story about Prim's goat.  The goat they used in the film was the wrong color--so they had to paint it!  She was a very nice lady and we enjoyed meeting her.



Here we are at a Casting Call for The Hunger Games.  We were at a mall all morning. 

Emiline's Photos and Comments:
     Marsh wasn't the only one excited about The Hunger Games.  Although I have never read the books, I had other things to look forward to.  One day may dad called me from the set of the Hunger Games, telling me that some of the people from my favorite television series, Face Off, were there.  Makeup artist Ve Neill was there--she did work on one of my favorite movies, Beetlejuice, and was a judge on Face Off.  Also, Conor McCullagh, the winner of Face Off's first season, was there--he did my daddy's makeup on the first day.
     As Marsh said, we met Nina Jacobson while we were eating yummy beignets.  Her nice friend, whose name we didn't catch--well, he didn't throw it--he taught me how to adjust the lens on my camera.   I told him and Ms Nina that I was excited about Ve and Conor.  She thought it was funny that, out of all the stars that were there, I was most excited about the makeup artists.  Then she told us the story about the goat--It was Conor who had to paint it.


My mom took this picture of me in front of an old house in North Carolina.  We picked strawberries there and ate them while my dad was on the set. I took the camera everywhere.

These are the signs so we knew where to drop my dad off.

We went here all the time.  They had beignets (we used to live in Louisiana, so it was a big treat to find them), ice cream, and coffee for my Mom.  That was also where we met Ms Nina.

Here's my Beignet!

This is Nina Jacobson.  She's a famous producer.  I think I might be a producer when I grow up, too.  I didn't get a picture of her friend, but he was really nice, too.

This is my favorite car! When I grow up I'm going to get a car like this.

I took this picture in an alley.

These are some videos taken from Scholastic's Website.  The author, Suzanne Collins, talks about Age Range for The Hunger Games book and also about Desensitization to violence.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday

Welcome to MMGM at A Monster Ate My Book Report!  This meme was started by our friend, Ms. Shannon.  You should visit her blog to check out all the other blogs participating in this meme.  We are Middle- Graders, so this is really fun for us.

Marsh's MMGM pick for this week is 
The Sea Wolves (The Secret Journeys of Jack London #2)
Written by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon
Illustrated by Greg Ruth

     The Secret Journeys of Jack London:  The Sea Wolves is my MMGM pick for this week.   This book made me feel excited and full of adrenaline.  It made me feel that way because Jack London is on a ship full of sea wolves (violent creatures that are kind of like werewolves) and he is desperately trying to get off.
     I really like how courageous Jack is and how he keeps on trying to get off the ship.  He always has a sense of justice, and that is another thing I admire him for.
     I thought this was a great book.  I also think that, because it it so action packed and so full of monsters, most fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series would like tis book.

 Click here to visit Christopher Golden's website:

     By the way Jack London is actually, in real life, was the author of many famous books, like White Fang.  I read it with my class in second grade.  I think you should also check it out.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Emiline's Review of Kat, Incorrigible

My Book Report on:
 Kat, Incorrigible
(The Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson #1)

          I love magic, but I wasn't really into it until I read Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis.  Kat Stephenson is hidden from a very important part of her life--her Mama's Guardian Magic.  Her Stepmamma has hidden all her mama's magic items, except for the magic books Angeline and Elissa have.  

         Angeline has secretly been using magic (for love spells) and Kat eventually finds out.  Kat also finds her mama's magic mirror, which brings her to the order where she meets Mr. Gregson and Lady Fotherington, who tell her about her magic.  

        Can Kat learn to use her powers and help her sisters connect with their true loves or will Elissa have to marry Sir Neville, a man who is only after Kat's magic?

          Stephanie Burgis's book was engaging because it was beautifully written.  She used big words--wow words--interesting words you don't use every single day.   I liked Kat because she because she was very brave when she got into dangerous situations.  And also because she was very magical.  The book was also magical.  That is why I give it 5 monsters.

           By the way, "incorrigible" is a Wow Word.  Here's the definition from Merriam-Webster:
Main Entry: 1in·cor·ri·gi·ble
Pronunciation: (primarystress)in-primarystresskodotr-schwa-jschwa-bschwal, -primarystresskär-
Function: adjective
: not able to be corrected or reformed <an incorrigible gambler> 

I give Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis 5 Monsters out of 5!

I got Kat, Incorrigible as a gift.  You can find this book at your favorite Indie Bookstore or your local or school library.

To find out more about The Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson and the author, Stephanie Burgis you can visit her website:
This is MY picture of Kat!      
And this is a book trailer for that I found on YouTube.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday

     Welcome to MMGM.  Check out Ms Shannon's blog for more fun! http://ramblingsofawannabescribe.blogspot.com/

Emiline's MMGM Pick Is:
     I think Harry Potter is an idol for all young witches and wizards, that's why I picked the Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling, for my MMGM.
     The whole world of Harry Potter is just an adventure and it will always be.  Every single book sure shows a lot of excitement.  I'd have to say, I can't chose which book is my favorite!  I hope you enjoy what many, many others enjoy.

CHEERS,  Emiline

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Marsh's Book Report on Spy School

Spy School by Stuart Gibbs
Book Review by Marsh
The CIA has just assigned me to a super secret mission: to give you this book report on Spy School by Stuart Gibbs. I could go on for hours about how great this book is but I have to get back to spy school before I miss my curfew.

Ben Ripley always dreamed of being a spy.  He is always acting out James Bond movies on the playground.  Ben’s dream has come true; he is going to the CIA’s top secret Academy of Espionage, or Spy School.  On his first night there, an assassin tries to kill him.  The next day Ben finds out he is part of a plot to lure in the CIA’s enemies, because Ben isn’t qualified to be in the school.  He is just there because his math skills, on paper, make him look like he is a crypto-genius.  This operation is also known as a “mole hunt”.  Erica, a sixteen-year-old student at spy school and Ben’s friend is trying to help Ben find the mole.  Can they find the mole?

         I’m very angry the this book was an advanced reader copy, because that means I have to wait even longer to find out what happens to Ben.  This was a great book.  I love a good spy book, and this one was packed with action and adventure just like a good spy book should be. 

 I give Spy School by Stuart Gibbs 5 MONSTERS!

I was lucky enough to get an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of Spy School from my favorite bookstore, Little Shop of Stories.  You can find this book at your favorite Indie Bookstore, or your school or local library.

You can find out more about this book at the author's site:

Monday, March 5, 2012

Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday

Welcome to our MMGM!
This is a great meme started by our friend, Ms. Shannon.  Please check out her blog to see a list of all the other participants in MMGM.

Marsh's MMGM pick for this week is The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles #1) by Rick Riordan!

     When I finished the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan I was really devastated because I didn't have anything from Rick Riordan to read anymore, but then I found out that he was coming out with a new book called The Red Pyramid.  When I saw that the book was going to be about Egyptian Mythology I thought that it would be very interesting, because I learned a little about Egyptian Mythology by visiting museums and reading some non-fiction books.  The Kane Chronicles main characters are Sadie and Carter, who are brother and sister, who are having lots of adventures, but also have to overcome their sibling conflicts to save the world.  I really enjoyed the characters and plot in this book.  I have also read the second book in this series,  The Throne of Fire, and I am really excited for the third book, The Serpent's Shadow to come out in May.  And also remember that The Kane Chronicles: Survival Guide comes out on March 20th, if you're like me and can't wait for the next book!

Please visit Rick Riordan's site for further information:

Also in this series is:

COMING SOON, but not soon enough: