Vlog Review: Bug Girl (#1) by Benjamin Harper & Sarah Hines Stephens


 



Our Fiery Redhead gives Bug Girl "a million stars" and she knows books & bugs! Add Bug Girl to your TBR summer lists for #middlegrade readers who love bugs, surprises and superheros.





Book Review: Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld & Alex Puvilland


Summary: Nobody's ever really explained the Spill. Was it an angelic visitation? A nanotech accident? A porthole opening from another world? Whatever it was, no one's allowed in the Spill Zone these days except government scientists and hazmat teams. But a few intrepid explorers know how to sneak through the patrols and steer clear of the dangers inside the Zone. Addison Merrick is one such explorer, dedicated to finding out what happened that night, and to unraveling the events that took her parents and left her little sister mute and disconnected from the world.

Release Date: May 2017
Age Group: YA, Graphic Novel
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Reviewed By: Nat

Review:
I am a complete and total #newb to the world of Graphic Novels. I have been wanting to read one because this is the genre that my 11 year old LOVES but I just can't bring myself to read a MG, graphic novel... there I said it,
I AM NOT WILLING TO READ WHAT MY KID LIKES.

Ah, I feel better.

But I did want to give Spill Zone a try. My reasons were a bit superficial but relevant:
  • It's a new area of literature I needed to try
  • It would really increase my cool mom card
  • It was YA! I didn't know there were graphic novels that were more mature. For all those graphic novel and manga lovers, I'm sorry, I just didn't know. 
  • The cover was WAY too shiny to pass up. It literally has a blue sheen to it and it just calls to a bibliophile like a freaking Siren.
I sat right on my front porch and read Spill Zone in about an hour. It took an hour because I got so wrapped up in all the pictures. Remember, I'm a #newb. Now, I totally understand why my daughter loves graphic novels. The pictures gave me a bit of a break from reading and let my mind wonder about the story before moving on.

It's a twisted little story and the creepy vibe was on-point. The storyline is multi-layered  and is definitely for a more mature audience. I think this series will easily capture new audiences not from the GN genre simply because the story is a bit dark and the world building has the potential to be huge.

I'm not sure where the story is headed but in the end I was left hanging with a new fear of all things Raggedy Ann & Andy; I will never think of those dolls the same way.

Thanks Westerfeld, I'll be digging out those dolls and using them for Halloween props this year.





Summer Reading: Little Ninja Picture Books


Summer is almost here! I thought it would be fun to start collecting different groups of books for summer reading. So, this month I decided to compile all the Ninja themed books in #kidlit that my monsters have loved. I remember when my daughter was in Tae Kwon Do it was incredibly hard to find anything for an aspiring Ninja and look, 5 years later, there are loads! Most of these can be found on Amazon and school book fairs.

  1. Ninja Red Riding Hood 
  2. Ninja, Ninja, Never Stop!
  3. My Grandma's a Ninja
  4. Dojo Surprise
  5. Nighttime Ninja
  6. The Ninjabread Man
  7. Ninja Boy Goes to School
  8. Samurai Santa: A Vert Ninja Christmas
  9. Ninja! {My personal favorite}
  10. Hensel & Gretel Ninja Chicks