The Absent Author (A to Z Mysteries)


What did we just read Thane? uh, The Absent Author

What did you think of it? Great!

What kind of book was it? First, before I tell you that, I think this was the best book we’ve put on our blog yet.

Wow! That’s a big endorsement! And, um, I think I would like to read this again and I don’t know if the front cover gives you….the front cover would make you think you were reading a different story but it’s actually about a whole other thing than an oil spill and a marker left right here… and the kid looks very surprised and…

The kid looks kind of scared, but is the book scary? No, not at all. And um, I  think other kids should read it.

Did you have a favorite part that doesn’t give away the mystery? Uh….that [REDACTED]

I don’t know.  That gives away a big part of the mystery.  I might have to redact that.  What part was most memorable?  That I think they did a good job trying to solve the mystery to go over all the places that he was at.

Did you catch any of the clues before they explained it all? I thought that when they said “no disturb” sign I thought that some people were trying to do something.

Well now that we know how these stories work, we can be on the look out for clues when we read the next one in the series.  Is there anyone we should think for this? Thank you Gramma!  And thank you Mrs. Lebedun (and Hillary and Rebecca!)

Any last words? Nope.

Awesome! Time to get ready for bed…  Can we go put this on the book blog?

Not right now, I’ll do it while you’re sleeping. Awww…..





Star Wars: Trapped in the Death Star



Ok! It’s blogging time!

What is this book based on?  A New Hope

book or movie?I like the book b/c it’s less scarier, but I didn’t think A New Hope was very scary.

Who is your favorite character in this one?  I like Luke & Chewbacca because Chewbacca is strong and Luke is brave.

What would you do if you were trapped on the Death Star? I would shoot Darth Vader and call for back up.

Is there anything funny in this book?  When the troopers weren’t doing their job b/c they were watching Vader and Han got away.  Because the Empire is usually serious.

Would you recommend it? Yup.





Star Wars: Use The Force


Which movie was this book based on? This movie was 5. Empire Strikes Back.

Book or Movie? I think the same as the Fight In the Forest.  I think that the movie might be a little scarier, and the book was not as scary as the movie.

Do you have a favorite character? Luke Skywalker.

What do you like about Luke? That he’s very strong with the force, not very, the first time that Luke tried out the force he was good at it.

Are you good at things when you try them for the first time? some times.

What is something you were good at the  first time you tried? Connecting a tube track

Did Luke have anything to learn? He had a lot to learn.

Like what? He had to learn to use his mind very hard on whatever he was trying to do with the force.

Did he have problems to overcome? some.  He had to overcome being scared of going into the dark cave that was filled with the dark side of the force.

Anything funny? No really.

What do you think of Yoda? I think he’s really cool.

Can you talk like Yoda? No. but he does sound like some people in Sesame Street.

Do you recommend it? Yup.


Star Wars: The Fight In The Forest

fight in the forest

The book might be hard for kids that are beginning to read.  The book is probably for readers that are in the middle of reading.

Did you find it easy or hard? I found it easy for me.  These books are for level 2.

There are 32 pages of words.  

What was it about? and this book is about The Force Awakens.  I like it because it tells you like things that are happening so if you haven’t watched the movie it tells you like who is who and you know what is happening.

What was the most exciting part of this book? The most exciting part of the book is when the X-Wing Pilots go into battle.

Who is your favorite character in the book? Rey.

Why? because she has the force.

What was the hardest word to read in the book? “the Resistance” and “Stormtroopers”

Were there any part that were scary? No, not really.  Wait, actually it might have been a little scary when Kylo Ren, Finn & Rey were there. (I just said that so if little kids are reading it they would know.)

Which did you like better the book or the movie?  I’d say the movie gives you a better detail of what actually happens, but the book is less scary.

Do you recommend this book to other kids? Yes.


The Great New York Subway Map


(having finished the book and now examining the NYC subway map)…this is a blue line train to Farragut North. Next stop is Oakseen Avenue.  Oakseen Avenue? That’s actually a good name.  I’m coming up with new stops all the time.  My own bullet train line!

What’s this book about? New York subways and a designer

Who was the designer? Massimo

What was his job? To design things that are useful, like screens and computers and phones and maps

What did he believe was important about design? Simple things

What did he get asked to do? Make the New York Subway map look completely different.

How did he do it? By changing all the colors to different and simple ways how to switch and big stops for transfer and little stops for no transfers.

What was his inspiration? Spaghetti!

What country was Massimo from originally? It was England? 

Italy: Italy! I always get confused by London, England and Italy, like cause those all have the same letters in different spots

That’s true.  We’ll keep reading your atlas too! Would you recommend this book to other kids? Yes!

We should also note it has really awesome, beautiful pictures.  Wonderfully designed.

Yeah and also notice on the front cover you’ll see the Empire State Building.

Anything else you want the kids to know? uh…don’t get confused if you’re in the New York subway.  Always be with a grown up that knows best about New York Subway…

That’s very good advice.  …because you could actually get very lost.

That’s true. …and something bad could happen.  …like what?  How could you get lost and all that?

If you got separated from your parents it might be confusing to try to meet up with them again, especial if you’re a kid and you don’t have a phone.  But if you do get lost in the metro what do you do? Talk to a station manager!

Thank you and good night. …or someone that you know that works there.




What’s this about? Five little mouses

What are they doing? They’re getting ready for winter.

And what’s the problem? They think Frederick isn’t working, but he actually is.

What’s he working on? Colors, words and I forget the third one…

What’s important about his work? He keeps them warm and he does other stuff to imagine.

What was your favorite part? When Frederick told them all the stuff.

Does the character remind you of anything? me! cuz that’s my last name.

Anything else? Do you know anyone else who’s an artist? My teacher!

(clearly fishing…) Do you know anyone else who tells stories with lights and colors and words as their job? YOU!

Oh, me huh? that’s pretty cool. Do you think other kids should read this book? yeah!

Squids Will Be Squids


What did you think about this?  Joke Awesome!

What was your favorite part? my favorite part was when straw was told not to play with matches.

Do you have other favorite parts? Hand, tongue and foot because tongue goes crazy!  And I like meat stick too because at the end he goes “I have meat lips!!”

Meat lips are disgusting.  Did you learn anything? No.

Should other kids read it? Yes!

The Pout Pout Fish In The Big Big Dark


What’s it about? A fish going down into the deep black of the oceans because their sun can’t reach that far.

Why did he do that? to find miss clam’s pearl

How did it go for him? He was brave and nervous

What helped him find the pearl? His friend.

Did the book teach us anything? Be brave and stick with friends.

Do you have any examples of a time it was better to stick with a friend? When I’m not sure about going to a new thing….like the first day I started a new camp.

What made it better? My school friend was there.

Should other kids read this book?  yes.


The Mystery of Kill Devil Hills


What was this about? The Wright Brothers

What happened in the book? Flyer disappeared.

What’s Flyer? A copy of the Wright Brother’s plane.

Were there any scary parts? No.

Ok, nothing was scary? No.

Not even when the kids were in a hurricane? ok…maybe a little bit.

Did you learn anything from this book? I didn’t know the brothers flew the plane by hanging on.

Do you recommend the book? Yeah.

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