Friday, May 16, 2014

GadgetJax reviews: That Popper fellow and his Gorman Troupe of Flightless Friends


Ah, the 20th Century... that faithful time where media could be funny without resorting to toilet humor and other forms of cheap laughter (Looking at you, Nickelodeon).

208837However, it's the 21st century now, and most media has devoted itself to just being a bunch of risque jokes about getting hit on the head with a baseball bats, and other things I probably shouldn't bring up here. But, what does this have to do with Mr. Poppers Penguins? Well, quite a lot, actually, because this, my friends, is quite a lighthearted and silly book, unlike modern society.     

The plot is quite simple, really. Mr. Popper is a painter, and adopts 2 penguins, who eventually have babies, and that's pretty much the only thing I could say about the book, because that's really all this book is. Simple. The humor is simple, the illustrations are simple, and so is everything else. However, depending on the kind of person you are, this will either please or annoy you.
You see, Mr. Popper's Penguins is a children's book, so it has no "Planet-Shaping Sword of Destiny", or a "Crystal that brings Immortality". It's just a funny, simple book, and if you don't like that kind of stuff, then you probably won't enjoy Mr. Popper and his clever Penguins.
Also, the ending is quite disappointing, and everything sort of gets befuddled by the last chapter, leaving you wishing you could have more.
Can I recommend this to YOU, my dear reader? Probably not. Unless you have the time to just read a simple, funny, book about a Gorman Troupe of Penguins, you should probably get going on that Supper Competition book everyone talks about, or that Journal of a Sorrowful Chap. At least, I think that's what they were called. Hmm...
6.2 SATISFYING
+ charming, simple, and funny
+ quite a short read
- Older readers just won't find anything enjoyable here
- The ending
 
 

The Book Thief

 
I have to admit, I haven't seen the movie yet, however, I listened to the book on audio.  I think that hearing the characters speak with a German accent enhanced the story  - incredible as it was.  Liesel Meminger is our book thief, the story is narrated by Death, and through the story I found a small sense of what a horror life during 1943 Germany was.  
We are so rich, with all the books, knowledge, and resources available, I hope we never take it for granted.  



Thursday, May 15, 2014

Ork!

What else is there to say??? Just Ork.  

But really, this had to be the funniest book we've read for the Teen Book Club.  We're even going to post a review.  The cool thing is that the discussion was awesome!!  There is something to learn no matter how improbable a story is. 


Game Night!

I didn't think games could be so much fun! However, with this crowd....
YES they ARE!!!!!  
Nine teens played, Clue, Scrabble, and video games....someone played Dance Dance Revolution with such talent!!!  What moves...we were quite impressed!  
Hayden won Clue and Lily came within 3 points of winning scrabble!!!  Will never tell who won!!!  

Enjoy the photos!
Ready for a good game of Clue!!!

The TV

Some serious boxing is going on here!

She's getting close to figuring out who did it in Clue!

The suspense of it all........(Mr. Green??)

Wondering who dunnit.....

We have some serious thinking to do here!

Fish Faces

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (Book Trailer #1)



Just checked this out after hearing how awesome it is!  "Star-crossed misfits" brave enough to fall in love and make it last!

Monday, May 5, 2014

New Review by Miranda

Have you read the first book in the Winterhaven series called Haven? If you liked it as much as I did then you will love the second book just as much. (If you haven’t read it, you just might want to)! The author is
Kristi Cook and the library has both books.

Mirage is the second book of the series. This book is filled with suspense, adventure, romance and mystery. Aidan and Violet’s love is strong, but in danger. It faces great odds. Their destinies cannot be changed. Their love cannot be denied. Aidan continues to try and find a cure and Violet has some new competition on her fencing team as well as counseling because of her visions.

This book was written in first person. Thoughts were shared between two different people. I found this exciting, interesting and the romance was perfect!

Miranda

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Lily's Book Review of "Virals"

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Virals
 
By Kathy Reichs

I recently read the book Virals by Kathy Reichs. Despite my initial doubts, it was really good. Even though…the author, well, she wrote every sentence, every paragraph, to create…

Suspense.

Like seriously at least 1/3 of the whole book were sentences less than 5 words! Anyway the cover said something like…if you are a fan of Maximum Ride then you’ll love Virals… and I totally did! Genetically mutated 14 year olds, a group of friends called a pack, as well as short and suspenseful sentences (as before mentioned). But, if I DARE say, I like the first Virals book more than the first Maximum Ride book.

Now that you’ve heard me talk about my opinion (everyone is screaming “GET ON WITH THE STORY ALREADY!!!”) I’ll tell you a short summary of of the beginning (don’t worry I’m anti-spoilers so I won’t say anything that wouldn’t be on the back of a dust jacket). So basically the heroine of the story, 14 year old Tory, is a misfit teen who loves science (remind you of anyone?). One day her and her three guy-friends ferry over to an island looking for wolves on an island of monkeys (yeah…there’s no good way to explain that…).


Find it on our library catalog:  http://pac.lcplin.org/polaris/search/title.aspx?pos=1