Review: Frankie Pickle and the Mathematical Menace by Eric Wight

by Gangplank Gigi, guest reviewer

Title: Frankie Pickle and the Mathematical Menace
Author: Eric Wight
Format: Kindle ebook
Page Count: 96 pages
Grade Reading Level: Ages 9-12

Summary: Frankie Pickle has a secret life inside his imagination (this aspect is in a graphic novel format). Frankie draws all over his math test as his imagination leads him, but he is given an extra few days to re-take it. Over those days, he is so busy he doesn’t have time to do any studying, but he finds out that his parents have been teaching him math through the things he does in life (such as baking with his father.)

Why I started this book:

I read this book to my 6.5 year old grand daughter after reading it for myself. It was bought on my Kindle.

Likes:

  • This book is a good one for boys, because it is about Frankie.
  • He happily passes the re-take, even if he still uses his imagination.

Dislikes:

  • It was very difficult to read the graphic novel portions on the Kindle. It was black and white both on Kindle and on iPad. (Probably because I bought it as a Kindle ebook versus through the iPad store.) The graphic sections are much easier to read on iPad.

Buy: Frankie Pickle and the Mathematical Menace

Rating: 3 Treasure Chests

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Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

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by Captain Lyaf Yarr

Title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Author: Jeff Kinney
Page Count: 217
Format: Paperback
Grade Reading Level: Ages 9-12

Summary: Greg is starting middle school and his mom buys him a “Journal” (diary). In it he writes all of his problems, events, and whatever is happening in his personal life. The book follows him through his first year in middle school and it isn’t exactly as Greg thought it would be.

Why I Started This Book:

I knew kids at school who had read this book and liked it and when my mom heard about it she told me I should grab it from the library. I did and I grabbed another one too, just in case the first was any good.

Likes:

  • I like the idea of reading someone’s diary. I’ve always wanted to without being caught and yelled at for invading their privacy.
  • In this book I liked the moldy cheese that was always on the basketball court and never came off. I was kind of grossed out when I found out what happened to it at the end of the story, but I thought it was funny.
  • I loved the comedy in the book; sometimes it was funny because it was stupid, but I was laughing all the time anyway.

Dislikes:

  • In this book there wasn’t just one major problem. It was more like ten problems, and they weren’t very big problems except one. I thought it was kind of weird reading with more than one problem going on. It’s not something I’m used to and I’m not sure really how I feel about it.
  • I didn’t especially like the fact that there were so many pictures in this book. Not that I didn’t enjoy the picture it’s just that it took up most of what could have been text, and it felt like I could finish ten pages in ten seconds.

Last minute thoughts: I was never tired of reading this book. I was eager what would happen next.

Buy: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Book Rating: I give this book 3.5 Treasure Chests, and I will read the second one soon!
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Review: The Stereotypical Freaks by Howard Shapiro

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Title: The Stereotypical Freaks
Author: Howard Shapiro
Format: ebook
Page Count: 154 Pages
Grade Reading Level: Ages 15+

Summary: A bunch of high schoolers name their band The Stereotypical Freaks after what their classmates think of them, and decide to enter a school competition for battle of the bands not realising that there is more at stake than just their reputations as being more than what others think. These teenagers are all boys, a geek type, shy, brainiac and athlete.

Why I Started This Book:

I am a big fan of graphic novels so it was a no brainer that I should want to read it. Plus it was different from the usual manga I read.

Likes:

  • The cover art is what gets you wanting to read the entire graphic novel.
  • The artwork seems to fit the characters, it fleshes them out and makes you identify to them more than if they were drawn in a different way.
  • Each character has a separate personality and the writer has given his all to making them all as interesting as each other.
  • Loved the fact that each chapter has a Recommended Listening section where a few songs are recommended for the reader to listen to while reading the novel.

Dislikes:

  • All four characters fall into distinct categories, stereotypes, but I would have liked to have seen more from them that wasn’t so stereotypical.
  • The interior art is black and white and might not appeal to all as it is well drawn but sketchy in places. This can add drama or look messy depending on your personal taste.

Recommendations: This story isn’t light; it has passion and substance, and young teenage issues, so it is for those of a higher age group.

Buy: The Stereotypical Freaks

Rating: 3.5 Treasure Chests
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Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 by Stephanie Meyer and Young Kim

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Reviewed by First Mate Keira

Title: Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1
Author: Stephanie Meyer
Illustrator: Young Kim
Format: Graphic Novel
Page Count: 224 pages
Grade Reading Level: Ages 14+

Summary: Isabella (Bella) Swan leaves sunny Phoenix, Arizona for rainy Forks, Washington. Reserved and a little awkward, Bella doesn’t like being the new girl at Forks High School. When she meets a strange, otherworldly beautiful boy in her class all she wants to do is uncover is dark secret. Just who exactly is Edward Cullen?

Why I started this book:

Read the book series, saw the movies, wanted to see another interpretation of the love story.

Comments:

  • Young Kim’s renderings are quite beautiful. I particularly love how she draws Bella Swan who is supposed to be plain (in her own eyes at any rate) but filled with quiet beauty.
  • Edward Cullen wasn’t drawn quite how I expected him. I suppose this is because I now equate Edward with Robert Pattinson. At any rate, he wasn’t quite as angular in features as I had wanted. I was thinking sharp, but beautiful.
  • Most of the drawings are in black and white with a few frames in color, usually when merged with altered photography. It would be expensive to print more frames in color, but considering how exceptionally lovely the cover is, I would have preferred more like it in the novel.
  • It’s a quick fast read and I think it’s faithful to the original source material.

Buy: Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1 (The Twilight Saga)

Rating: 3 Treasure Chests

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Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days by Jeff Kinney

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by Captain Yarr

Title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days
Author: Jeff Kinney
Page Count: 214
Format: Hardcover
Grade Reading Level: Ages 9-12

Summary: No matter what Greg does he can never enjoy his summer. Even if he is liking his summer, it won’t last long and/or will probably turn out badly. This summer he’s juggling between his family, friends, and his love life. Will he loose his best friend? Will he get Heather Hills to fall in love with him? As things are Greg isn’t sure which is worst: his summer or going back to school.

Why I Started the Book:

I liked all the previous books and put this title on hold at the library. My place on the hold list was fairly low and I got the book in time to devour it over the weekend.

Likes:

  • I like the chapter (or day) that Greg used his Ladybug (his cell phone that only calls 911 or his house) for the first time and almost gets his day arrested. It was funny!
  • I enjoyed Manny in this book because he never cared about what was going on; he just wants to have a good time.
  • The humor is as good as the rest of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. You will definitely chuckle to yourself as you read.

Dislikes:

  • I never found out how Greg and Rowley paid back Mr. Jefferson back for ordering all the fruit smoothies at the clubhouse. Even though it wasn’t as important as some other problems, I really wanted to know.
  • If I were to choose a title for this book, I wouldn’t name it Dog Days. There are only some parts in the story that involve a dog, and he’s not even the main problem in the story!

Last minute thoughts: I hope Jeff Kinney will add another book to the series because I enjoy reading them and don’t want to see the end of the books.

Buy: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (Hardcover)

Book Rating: I give this book 3.5 treasure chests!
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Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney

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by Pirate Cook Cutlery, guest reviewer

Title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Author: Jeff Kinney
Format: Hardback
Pages: 216
Grade Reading Level:
Ages 9-12

Summary: Greg Heffley is in his second year of Middle School. Pretty much, his brother Rodrick, can get Greg to do anything Rodrick wants because Rodrick has some blackmail material on Greg. Their mother is trying to get them to play nice, but with competitive streaks a mile wide will that ever be possible?

Why I Started This Book:

My mother and older sister told me about this book and got it from the library for me. I don’t usually choose to spend my time reading, but this looked cool enough so I began it and finished it within two days. Personal record! Awesome!

Likes:

  • This book is really funny. I would disturb family members by chuckling out loud.
  • The cartoons made this book a breeze to get through and were part of the humor that really made this book awesome.
  • I liked Manny the youngest Heffley boy. He was the tattler and would tattle on both Greg and Rodrick.

Dislikes:

  • I thought it was kind of stupid that Greg wrapped himself in toilet paper when he was wet. Wouldn’t he be a soggy chunky mummy and not just a normal mummy? Talk about icky.
  • Rodrick’s science project. It was silly, but stupid. Come on, really, Do Plants Sneeze?

Last minute thoughts: I am going to go back and start with book one as soon as I can.

Buy: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

Book Rating:4 Treasure Chests
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