Kid Reads New Book Reviews

Hank Has a Dream

Author: 
Rebecca Dudley

Reading Level: Preschool - Grade 2

Hank, the adorable bear/monkey from Hank Finds an Egg is back. "Last night I had a dream," he tells his hummingbird friend.  The wonderful double-page spreads show Hank in his forest on the left-handed pages while his actions become his flying dream on the right side pages.  Children will delight in the enchanting and detailed dioramas depicting scenes from both Hank's life and his dream. 

Meet author Rebecca Dudley at the iRead kick-off on January 10th.

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The Eighth Day

Author: 
Dianne K. Salerni

Reading Level: Grades 5 - 8

What would you do if you discovered there was a secret day between Wednesday and Thursday that only a select few could experience, and in which some people are trapped?

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The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf and Grandma

Author: 
Diane Fox
Christyan Fox

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 8

A cat tries to tell the story of Little Red Riding Hood, but his dog friend has a lot of questions, and finds so many plot holes, that things quickly go awry.

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The Whispering Town

Author: 
Jennifer Elvgren
Fabio Santomauro

Reading Level: Grades 1 - 3

During WWII the people of the Nazi occupied Danish town of Gilleleje helped 1,700 Jews escape to Sweden. This book tells the story of those brave residents and one night in particular when they had to figure out a new way to lead an escaping family to the ships that would take them to safety.

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The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger: Class B.U.R.P.

Author: 
Jenny Meyerhoff
Illustrator: 
Jason Week

Reading Level: Grades 3 - 7

Louie is a bit different from the other fifth-graders.  He wants to be a comedian like his idol Lou Lafferman.Class so he has a notebook of jokes and comedy routines. What he doesn't want to be is class B.U.R.P. (Boy Used to Ridicule and Put-Downs) and that's just what Louie was until a video of him was aired on T.V.  But the popularity bump didn't last, so Louie figures he needs something else even if that means upsetting his two best friends.  Kids will love this second Louie Burger book and maybe even learn a few new jokes like  "Why didn't anyone want to babysit the little vampire?"

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Stick Dog Chases a Pizza

Author: 
Tom Watson

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 7

Stick dog and the crew are back for a third adventure.  This time they have found something better than hamburgers and better than hotdogs!  It's pizza!  Before before they get they're hands (muzzles) on some pizza there's plans to be made and a kitten to rescue. Then there's one very messy game of frisbee.

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Game Over, Pete Watson

Author: 
Joe Schreiber
Illustrator: 
Andy Rash

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 7

You don't have to be a gamer to love this book.  It's an action-packed, hilarious adventure of video games and spies.   Pete Wilson is short $20 to buy the newest, most awesome video game, Brawl-A-Thon 3000XL.  Since he need money he decides, without permission, to hold a garage sale and sell his father's ancient 8-bit game console CommandRoid 85 to The Bug Man.  Mistake!!!   His father is kidnapped and the President of the U.S. starts talking nonsense.  It's up to Pete and friends to save the day.  (game on)  Cartoons and heavily pixilated images by Andy Rash make a winning combination.

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Princess Sparkle-Heart Gets a Makeover

Author: 
Josh Schneider

Reading Level: Preschool - Grade 2

With typical humor and understanding, Schneider creates another gem of a picture book.  Amelia and her doll, Princess Sparkle -Heart, do everything together.  There's tea parties, weddings, and secrets.  But on every page there's the GRRRRRR of the jealous family dog until the pup tears up Princess Sparkle-Heart.  Mom comes in with her sewing box to save the day for the heartbroken Amelia. Working together, they show that love and creativity can create wonders.

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Cupcake Cousins

Author: 
Kate Hannigan

Reading Level: Grades 3 - 5

Nine-year-old cousins Willow and Delia are happy to be at the their annual family vacation in Saugatuck, Michigan.  They're happy that Aunt Rosie's wedding will be in just a few days. What they're not happy about is the pink,poufy, babyish flower girl dresses they are expected to wear at her wedding.  They decide to show Aunt Rosie how much better it would be if they were the wedding caterers instead.  But there's a new grown- up cook in the kitchen and some of their recipes don't turn out exactly as planned.  Add in some impossible older sisters and some real-life problems and mix well for a sweet read  The book includes some of delicious recipes that would be fun to make!

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