Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Ali-A. ALI-A ADVENTURES : GAME ON!

Ali-A. 
ALI-A ADVENTURES : GAME ON!
New York : Random House, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 5.5
ISBN
1524770957
Have you ever watched Ali-A's videos on youtube? If you are into video games, I bet you have. And now you can read his new graphic novel. It's launch time for the much anticipated video game Alien Liberator 2. The crowds are here waiting to see Ali to officially launch the game. But weird things start happening right from the start. The launch is taken over by a group of aliens who are out to enslave everyone. And now it is up to Ali to save the world.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Alexander, William. A PROPERLY UNHAUNTED PLACE

Alexander, William.
A PROPERLY UNHAUNTED PLACE
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 3.9
ISBN
1481469150

Rosa would rather be anywhere but here. They have lived in some great libraries in their time but now they are stuck in the basement of the Ingot library. She doesn't even know why her mother would even take this job. Her mother is the best ghost appeaser in the country. You see, all libraries are haunted and must hire ghost appeasement librarians to keep things safe. All libraries have apartments where the family lives while the librarian works. But why has her mom taken a job in the only unhaunted town in the world. Or are things not as they seem? What happens when a town tries to banish ghosts rather than appease them?

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Winter, Jeanette. THE WORLD IS NOT A RECTANGLE : A PORTRAIT OF ZAHA HADID

Winter, Jeanette.
THE WORLD IS NOT A RECTANGLE : A PORTRAIT OF ZAHA HADID
New York : Beach Lane Books, 2017
IL K-3, RL 2.4
ISBN 
148144669X


When you look around nature, what shapes do you see? Ovals, circles, curves. But when you look at buildings, what shapes do you see? Rectangles. Zaha Hadid grew up in Iraq looking at nature. She loved the shapes of nature and when she grew up, she became an architect. She didn't want to design rectangles. She wanted to draw from natural shapes. She studied in London and became a fine architect. Unfortunately, people who looked at her drawings were not interested in circles and curves. They wanted rectangles. Will Zaha ever be able to build what she wanted or will she have to go back to rectangle?

Friday, October 20, 2017

Tonatiuh, Duncan. THE PRINCESS AND THE WARRIOR

Tonatiuh, Duncan.
THE PRINCESS AND THE WARRIOR
New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2016
IL K-3, RL 2.9
ISBN
1419721305


Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess who loved poetry. Since she was beautiful and rich, she had many men from around the kingdom ask her to marry.  She didn't want just anyone and would always say no. When a warrior said he loved her for her poetry, she was in love. But her father didn't want her to marry a mere soldier.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Roth-Beck, Meike. THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MARTIN LUTHER

Roth-Beck, Meike.
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MARTIN LUTHER
Grand Rapids : Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2017
IL 5-8, RL 6.4
ISBN
0802854958



500 years ago, the Catholic Church dominated Europe. The priests were powerful and Rome dictated practice. A young man by the name of Martin Luther began to question the way the church did things. This was during a time when it was very dangerous to speak against the church. People were killed for doing that. But Martin had many questions and spent time thinking about them. He eventually came up with 95 theses or ideas that he felt needed attention. Those statements criticized many of the Church's practices. This made Martin a fugitive but got many people talking. He had just started a revolution that brought about the Protestant Reformation. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Rosenthal, Amy Krouse. UNI THE UNICORN AND THE DREAM COME TRUE

Rosenthal, Amy Krouse.
UNI THE UNICORN AND THE DREAM COME TRUE
New York : Random House, 2017
IL K-3
ISBN 
1101936592


You probably read the first book about Uni the Unicorn. He believed that there will little girls in the world. None of his friends believed him. Now Uni and the little girl are working together to help unicorn world. There hasn't been much sunshine -- only rain. The unicorns need sunshine to survive. Can Uni and the little girl find a way to bring the sun back?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Rosenstock, Barb. VINCENT CAN'T SLEEP

Rosenstock, Barb.
VINCENT CAN'T SLEEP

New York : Knopf, 2017
IL K-3
ISBN 1101937106



Vincent van Gogh was an artist who lived a long time ago. When he was a boy, he had trouble getting to sleep. He kept watching the night sky and the brilliant colors he saw. As a young man, he tried several jobs but never really fit in. When he began to paint, he found his true passion. He painted hundreds of paintings but very few actually sold during his lifetime. Throughout his life, he kept coming back to the night sky.