Mac Barnett always seems to be up to interesting things, and this fractured counting book is the latest example. If my buzz-o-meter is functioning properly, this is a book that you’ll be hearing a lot about as the year goes on.
Newbery honoree Appelt is back and in familiar stomping grounds – southern swampland. You know how in some dinosaur books they put a little size comparison illustration down at the bottom of the page? Candace Fleming is unquestionably one of the best children’s nonfiction writers in the game right now. Filed Under: Previews About Travis JonkerTravis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan.
Here at North Ward, Scary Tales (Preller), is a hit with my strong first grade readers (although I did have one young lady return it because it was too scary–but that turned out to be the BEST booktalk for several other students). One hundred facts, fantastic illustrations and hilarious cartoons give you the inside story on these amazing reptiles, while fun quizzes test your knowledge. Superior Spider-Man, then, was always a book that would anger long-term fans in much the same way, using the anniversary issue of Amazing Spider-Man 700 to have Doctor Octopus hijack the life of Peter Parker, essentially transforming the villain into the hero, stealing his identity and pushing the real web-slinger out of the picture for an all-new series, where Doc Ock would realise the true potential of Spider-Man while we all read on nervously. Yet, of all the comics I pick up each month, writer Dan Slott’s reinterpretation of Spider-Man is the one I consistently look forward to, offering a fresh take on the Marvel icon that has yielded some quite fascinating character development, as well as a status quo change that is equally as compelling as the debut of Miles Morales in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man. In this series, we’ve seen a Spider-Man who has inadvertently alienated those close to him, devised a plan to spy on New York and, perhaps most surprisingly, shot the villain Massacre dead with no remorse. Suddenly, what seemed like a narrative solution to the Doc Ock problem was wiped from the picture! But once you get used to that, you see the storytelling potential that Dan Slott is experimenting with in Superior Spider-Man. Doc Ock is frightfully erratic, and that lack of an easily guessable outcome in any scenario is a terrific source of tension for Slott. Superior Spider-Man‘s primary artist, Ryan Stegman, is as terrific a match for this title as Sara Pichelli was for Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, producing some amazingly inventive covers and reflecting the revamped personality of Peter Parker in the subtle hostility of his facial expressions.
It’s a bizarre, fascinating tale that has explored a whole range of narrative possibilities, even at the risk of putting off long-term fans. The part they picked out from the book was about how the flags were different when they said there was just one pirate flag.

As we were going you did notice the difference between wet chalk and the dry chalk when they were coloring. The winner will be randomly picked by Rafflecopter and will be notified by Enchanted Homeschooling Mom via email and posted here. This entry was posted in art and crafts, reading and books and tagged pbn, pirate, poppins book club, PoppinsBookNook.
Thank you for helping to bring a spoonful of reading fun to the Poppins Book Nook this month! Here Barnett pairs with Kevin Cornell to take a concept that has been covered endlessly and turn it on its head.
The strange thing is, there aren’t a ton of viable creepy options, especially for the lower level chapter book crowd.
Reading competitions never fail to be a controversial issue in schools (and I’m talking about among the adults here).
This book about a pair of raccoon scouts, a massive swamp creature, and a boy intent on protecting them all sounds like Appelt is staying in her wheelhouse. If the setting for a book is within an hour of where I live, I have to resist the urge to call all my friends and relatives to tell them the news. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. Combine one part kid's books, one part school librarianship, a splash of absurdity and you get 100 Scope Notes. And then, just in case fans weren’t angry enough, issue 9 of Superior Spider-Man saw Doc Ock eradicate the last remnants of Peter Parker that lingered in his mind, operating as a kind of ghostly moral compass. I can only imagine how enraged certain fans were by Peter Parker’s entirely depressing defeat.
There’s a very basic wish fulfilment factor in seeing this character, so staunchly built out of these morally positive ideas of power and responsibility, become this twisted antihero who will slash enemies to the brink of death and put a bullet in them if it solves the problem. Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. My boys loved working on the summer week 1 printables and I think this would be a great way to extend the play and learning. My younger son doesn’t like the feeling of chalk on his hands but maybe he could be persuaded to try this!

This book, about the twists and turns of a schoolwide reading contest made my ears perk up.
This book takes that idea and gives it the spotlight, putting dinosaurs next to common (and uncommon) animals that exist today. Every time I turn around it’s getting another starred review (Kirkus and School Library Journal). But, man, when the creator of that book is Matt Phelan, it’s cause for serious excitement. I found the whole thing rather riveting, if very sad, but with Pete removed I was even more engaged to see how Doc Ock would operate without access to his physical host’s memories. We get to see Peter Parker’s world from a different perspective, and how the good parts of his life can be exploited, while the negative elements of his existence can be augmented with a kind of cold logic that only a supervillain has.
What the girls ended up picking for the book was Pirates (Magic Tree House Research Guide, paper). This month we are partnering with Jennifer Altman an Usborne consultant to bring one lucky entrant a chance to win a copy of either the Pirate’s Handbook (recommended for 8 years old and up) or Pirate Stories for Little Children (recommended for ages under 8 years old) books. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook,Twitter, Pinterest or any other entity unless otherwise specified.
We run a battle of the books program for fourth graders at my schools and I know that team dynamics could make good fodder for a relatable young chapter book.
Size is always a tricky thing to convey to kids and this book might just do it better than most.
I just finished this book the other day and it’s another moving graphic novel from Mr. She loves to get comments and feedback and always looking for new things to try or do with her girls.

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