Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Amy Reviews The Ripper by Stefan Petrucha

Panic grips the city! 
There is a killer loose in New York City, and Carver Young is the only one who sees the startling connection between the recent string of murders and the most famous serial killer in history: Jack the Ripper. Time is winding down until the killer claims another victim, but Carver soon sees that, to The Ripper, this is all a game that he may be destined to lose. 
The Ripper
by Stefan Petrucha
Genre: Fiction
Content: Some  violence
Publisher:  Speak
Release date: April 4, 2013
 Number of Pages:  432

My Opinion:
Murder mystery crime solving at its best.  I don't have a lot of experience with this genre, but this was exciting with its twists and turns and unexpected events.  It starts out a little slow, but it is fun to read along as the young detectives put together the clues and work to solve the mystery.  The people seem very human and full of mistakes and mistrust.  It is very easy to relate to them and get sucked right into the story.  The ending was shocking and perfect for the rest of the book.  Try it out, it's a fun read!


Thursday, July 23, 2015

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Review of The Beetle and the Berry by Eve Heidi Bine-Stock

One day, tiny Arthur the Beetle finds a large, juicy berry, big enough to feed him for a week. Excited by his discovery, he begins pushing it home, planning how much he is going to like eating the berry. Then suddenly, his berry gets stuck, and Arthur the Beetle has to figure out how to free it. Sometimes approaching a problem straight ahead just will not work. There are times when a problem can only be resolved by backing off, and approaching it from a new direction. This is a difficult life lesson for most children to learn, but "The Beetle and the Berry" makes this concept easy for children to understand. Appropriate for ages 3-6. (Cindy Penn contributed to this description.)

Children will root for the tiny beetle, and, without knowing it, will be learning problem-solving and critical thinking skills. This story is based on a true event witnessed in nature.
The Beetle and the Berry
by Eve Heidi Bine-Stock
What I liked about this book:
The illustrations are simple, bright, and colorful.
It is short enough for younger children's short attention spans. Also short enough on those nights when you're stretched for time but love to read bed-time stories to your wee ones.
The words are simple enough and big enough that an older child (ages 8-10) could read it to a sibling (ages 3-6).

It demonstrates problem solving skills. What a great alternative to anger and frustration.
I give it