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#blogbookaday: The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors

9 Jan

31215005.jpgSummary:  “You’ve played the game. Now read the legend of how it all began . . .

Long ago, in an ancient and distant realm called the Kingdom of Backyard, there lived a warrior named ROCK.

Meanwhile in the Empire of Mom’s Home Office, a second great warrior sought the glory of battle. And his name was PAPER.

At the same time, in the Kitchen Realm, in the tiny village of Junk Drawer, lived a third warrior. They called her SCISSORS.

These three were the strongest, smartest, and fastest in all the land. Time and again they beat the most fearsome opponents they could find: an apricot, a computer printer—even frozen, breaded, dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets! But when the warriors finally meet each other, the most epic round of battles begins . . . and never ends. That is why, to this day, children around the world honor these worthy adversaries by playing ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS!” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: This is such a fun read aloud story that is sure to get kids laughing (and playing rock, paper scissors)! With lots of speech bubbles and quotes that are completely giggle-worthy (and will probably be repeated often), this is a story that I never thought I needed, but makes my life more complete! Be ready for the ridiculous and enjoy the ride!

Personal Reaction: I’m a huge fan of Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex, so pairing them up was automatic win for me (and I hadn’t even read the book yet). But, they didn’t disappoint – Rock Paper Scissors is a laugh-out-loud story that will have everyone pulling on their battle pants and starting an epic battle of rock-paper-scissors. In fact, this would be the perfect title to read right before indoor recess on a cold/rainy day! There were plenty of places where I laughed out loud and there are places that kids can join in cheering on their favorite character. This is a fun read for everyone!

Title: The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors
Author: Drew Daywalt
Illustrator: Adam Rex
Publisher: Balzar + Bray
Publication Date: April 4, 2017

#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!


Book Review: Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race

15 Jun

31226744.jpgI was so excited to get an ARC of Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race by Chris Grabenstein at BEA a couple weeks ago and bonus – I got it signed! This has become one of my favorite middle grade series for its adventure and library focused scavenger hunts. This most recent title in the series is foucsed around Mr. Lemoncello’s most recent family, fun game – FABULOUS FACT-FINDING FRENZY, but when rumors come out that Mr. Lemoncello stole his very first board game idea from a quiet, little, old lady, the kids join forces to not only win the game, but to clear their favorite game maker’s good name.

I love that as a reader, Chris drops in great titles from literature throughout the text, plus includes a complete list at the end of the book for you to enjoy. The best part for me is the puzzles and scavenger hunt style of the story which I think is very intriguing for kids and a lot of fun to read.

For educators and librarians – you can download your own library scavenger hunt from Chris’s website, he’s more than happy to Skype with classes and library groups and has a host of the great resources on his website.

Twitter Booktalk (140 characters or less): Kyle & his friends play Mr. Lemoncello’s Fact Finding Frenzy game to help clear his good name as they run, ride & fly to find the truth.

Title: Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race
Author: Chris Grabenstein
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Page Number: 288 pgs.

Simple Middle School Programming

6 May

For some libraries, getting middle schoolers to frequent programs can be very difficult!  In our library we are fortunate to have a solid group of kids that come to regularly scheduled programs for the middle school age group (grades 5 – 8).  During the summer, it’s usually around 40, but even during the busy school year we average about 25 kids who come monthly and others who help with activities on a weekly/monthly basis.  Last night we hosted our end of the school year party (we host it rather early in May to get as many kids to attend as possible).  We had 25 middle schoolers attend, 8 of which were 8th graders and graduating to the high school next year.

We hosted them for just an hour (any more and it can be draining!) and we had such a great time!  The kids got the chance to make shrinky dinks that we then added to a beaded keychain.  We had most of the materials left over from other projects and we found our Shrinky Dink paper from Michael’s.  I usually buy the pack of 10 sheets that are 8″x10″ and I use our paper cutter to cut them into smaller squares or rectangles.  I cut them into 3″x3″ squares and punched a hole in them using a paper hole punch so they could be added to the keychain.  We had a bunch of pony beads and letter beads left over form other projects and the kids had such a great time with the craft.  We also fed them (a lot) of food!  This is always a big hit with middle school students – they’re like locusts, they eat everything!

And then we played Fruit Basket Upset sometimes called Fruit Basket Turnover.  This is a fun circle game where there is one less chair than people playing and the person in the middle calls out a fruit (or a color) and everyone assigned with that fruit must get up and change seats.  I like this game because everyone participates, no one “gets out” and you win by just having a good time.  The best part is when the person in the middle (rather than shouting out a fruit) yells fruit basked upset and everyone has to get up and change seats.

The kids had such a great time and it was really nice to see them relax and just have fun…they didn’t have to be too quiet or work on any projects, they just got to have fun with friends!  This is about as simple and as inexpensive as it gets when it comes to middle school programs – try  it out!

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