Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Cheshire Cheese Cat

By: Carmen Agra Deedy & Randall Wright

Skilley is a street cat who wants to become a mouser at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese - a well-
known London inn that attracts cheese-lovers and authors.  However, Skilley does not really want to catch the mice - he wants something else and is willing to make a deal with Pip, the leader of the mice.  Along the way, there are other problems and mysteries to be solved.

Mrs. Senechal says:
This was a fun story with great animal characters!  In addition, the reader gets a different perspective on the famous author, Charles Dickens.  I like how the different events and characters tie together, and there is plenty of suspense to keep your attention.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis

By: Barbara O'Connor

Popeye lives in a small town in South Carolina, and it is boring.  But after a long rain,
Popeye finds an RV stuck in the mud on the street by his house.  He meets Elvis who lives in the RV with his family - finally something interesting!  But, when the two boys go on a "small adventure" and find someone floating boats down the river, then they have a mystery to solve!

Mrs. Senechal says:
Every single character in this book is very unique.  The author does a great job of creating a whole story full of unexpected characters.  This is a fun summer story and may even give you a few ideas on having a "small adventure" of your own.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

About Average

By: Andrew Clements

Jordan feels average in everything - not tallest or shortest, not fastest or slowest, not the
best or worst student - she usually gets C's on her report card.  But, Jordan wants to be great at something that matters!  When a girl at school picks on Jordan, it actually helps Jordan realize that she is a pretty good problem-solver.

Mrs. Senechal says:
This book is just over 100 pages, so it is a great book if you're looking for something shorter and easier to read.  The whole book actually tells the story of one day in Jordan's life, but the author uses her memories to help you get to know her and learn more about how she feels.  This story reminds us that God has given each of us special talents - even when we don't notice them ourselves!