Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Kenny & the Dragon

By: Tony DiTerlizzi

When Kenny Rabbit meets Grahame the Dragon, he realizes that the dragons he's read about are very different than Grahame. But, when the townspeople finds out there is a dragon nearby, they set out to kill Grahame. It's up to Kenny to help his friend stay alive!

Mrs. Senechal says:
This was a great, short book with some wonderful illustrations! Even though it's short, it had lots of good words like "frenetically" (to be frantic, hurried and worried). I even have a new favorite word - "kerfuffle" (a commotion). I really enjoyed this story!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat

By: Lynne Jonell

At the beginning of this story, Emmy feels like she is invisible - her teacher can't remember her name, her classmates never hear her or even seem to see her. Emmy's parents travel, and even though she knows they love her, they are rarely at home. Emmy has to put up with her nanny who makes her take lots of lessons, see the school counselor, and eat weird foods. But, when Emmy starts hearing, and talking, to the class's pet rat, things begin to change. Emmy finds out some rodents have mysterious powers!

Mrs. Senechal says:
As I read the first few chapters, I wasn't sure if I would like this book. I felt sorry for Emmy, and the book seemed kind of depressing. But once Emmy starts to find out what her nanny has been up to and begins to make some good friends, the book was more exciting. It was good modern fantasy!

Nim's Island

By: Wendy Orr

This book is a great adventure about a girl and her father who live alone on a beautiful tropical island. When her father doesn't return after a scientific boat trip, Nim is forced to face problems with the help of her animal friends and e-mails from a stranger.

Mrs. Senechal says:
This book is a "quick" read (about 125 pages), but was very fun! It made me wish that I could be one of the characters and see that island myself!