Monthly Archives: May 2010

"Dinosaurs Before Dark," Magic Tree House #1

HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW Book: Dinosaurs Before Dark, Magic Tree House #1 Author: Mary Pope Osborne Illustrator: Salvatore Murdocca Publisher: Random House Children’s Books, 1992 ISBN-13: 9780679824114 ISBN-10: 0679824111 Language level: 2 (a few euphemisms such as “gosh” and “golly”) … Continue reading

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"The Cat Chronicles"

HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW Book: The Cat Chronicles Author and Illustrator: Michael Anthony Kelly Publisher: PublishAmerica, 2010 ISBN-13: 978-1-4489-5482-7 Related website: http://catchroniclesbook.blogspot.com/ (book), http://www.publishamerica.com (publisher) Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable) Reading level: Ages 9-12 Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT) Reviewed by … Continue reading

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"Cam Jansen and The Mystery at the Haunted House," #13

HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW Book: Cam Jansen and the Mystery at the Haunted House, #13 Author: David A. Adler Illustrator: Susanna Natti Publisher: Penguin Group USA, reprinted in 2004 ISBN-13: 9780142402108 ISBN-10: 0142402109 Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable) Reading level: … Continue reading

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"Earth to Matthew"

HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW Book: Earth to Matthew Author: Paula Danziger Publisher: Penguin Group USA, reprinted in 1998 ISBN-13: 9780698116924 ISBN-10: 0698116925 Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable) Reading level: Ages 11-13 Rating: 2 stars (POOR) Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker … Continue reading

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"Marvin Redpost: A Flying Birthday Cake?"

HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW Book: Marvin Redpost: A Flying Birthday Cake? Author: Louis Sachar Illustrator: Amy Wummer Publisher: Random House Children’s Books, 1999 ISBN-13: 9780679890003 ISBN-10: 0679890009 Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable) Reading level: Ages 8-10 Rating: 2 stars (POOR) … Continue reading

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"Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective"

HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW Book: Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective Author: Donald J. Sobol Illustrator: Leonard Shortall Publisher: Penguin Group USA Inc., reprinted in 2007 ISBN-13: 9780142408889 ISBN-10: 0142408883 Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable) Reading level: Ages 8-12 Rating: 5 stars … Continue reading

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"The Tower Treasure," The Hardy Boys #1

HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW Book: The Tower Treasure, The Hardy Boys #1 Author: Franklin W. Dixon Publisher: Penguin Group USA, republished in 1987 ISBN-13: 9780448089010 ISBN-10: 0448089017 Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable) Reading level: Ages 8-10 Rating: 4 stars (GOOD) … Continue reading

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"Laura: The Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder"

HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW Book: Laura: The Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder Author: Donald Zochert Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, reissued in 1977 ISBN-13: 9780380016365 ISBN-10: 0380016362 Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable) Reading level: Suitable for everyone Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT) Reviewed … Continue reading

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"My Father's Dragon"

HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW Book: My Father’s Dragon Author: Ruth Stiles Gannett Illustrator: Ruth Chrisman Gannett Publisher: Random House Children’s Books, reprinted in 2005 ISBN-13: 9780440421214 ISBN-10: 0440421217 Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable) Reading level: Ages 8-10 Rating: 5 stars … Continue reading

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"Harry's Mad"

HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW Book: Harry’s Mad Author: Dick King-Smith Illustrator: Jill Bennett Publisher: Random House Children’s Books, reprinted in 1997 ISBN-13: 9780679886884 ISBN-10: 0679886885 Language level: 2 (occasional euphemisms) Reading level: Ages 8-10 Rating: 3 stars (FAIR) Reviewed by … Continue reading

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