‘Fun Size’ – Julia Reviews Tuesday’s Look at THIS Book

Great Book: Fun Size by Gill Davies with illustrations by Gary Neill (1997, Reading’s Fun, Ltd.)

Back of the Book: “Learning about size can be enormous fun! This book explores the extremes: as the flaps open out so the funny creatures stretch and grow – or meet animals of an entirely different size or weight. The funny pictures and amusing poems will delight small children, while at the same time helping them to learn about sizes and opposites. Educational and great fun!!!”

Quote: “Light frogs can rest on lily pads: They are the perfect size. But if a heavy walrus sits on one, he has a wet surprise!!!”

My Review: I absolutely loved this book when I was little. I still love it, and I’m almost 10! I love the flaps and the rhymes and the AMAZING illustrations!!!  My dad says it is also great for math and measurement, geometry and shapes, and just plain fun reading out loud.


Julia Reviews! – ‘Small Steps’

TitleSmall Steps: The Year I Got Polio
AuthorPeg Kehret
Year It Was Published: 1996
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Summary…from the back of the book, “Acclaimed author Peg Kehret has written the true story of the year when she was stricken with polio. At first paralyzed and terrified, she fought her way to recovery, aided by doctors and therapists, a supportive family, and loving roommates fighting their own battles with the disease, and plenty of grit and luck. With the humor and suspense that are her trademarks, Peg Kehret vividly recreates a year of heartbreak and triumph.”
My View: My big sister, Emily, bought this book when she was my age because she loved reading the mysteries and adventures that Peg Kehret was writing for kids our age.  After she read Peg’s biography, Small Steps, the author became even more important and she began telling our family more and more about this wonderful lady.  I am now also a big fan of the Peg Kehret series of books, especially books like Cages and Don’t Tell Anyone.  When my dad told me that there was a biography about the author (and we even had it!), I was excited.  I learned a lot about things I knew nothing about before, especially about the time in our country when polio was such a big topic.  My favorite story in the book is about how much Peg loved her doctor during the time she was in the hospital.  It is a very funny story!  All I have to say now is that readers will be hooked from page one.


Julia Writes! – ‘Baby Frederico’s Mystery Part 2’

Baby Frederico looked all over the house for his bear picture. It was not in the bedroom, it was not in the closet, and it was not in the den. Where else could it be? he wondered. Suddenly, an idea came to him. The attic! So, he went up to the attic.

“Picture, come out, come out, wherever you are!” he said.

Suddenly, Baby Frederico saw something brown run across the room.

“My drawing of the bear! There he goes,” thought Baby Frederico.

And then he had an idea! He went downstairs to get his dry erase marker and a box.

He ran back upstairs, snuck up behind the bear and quickly covered it with the box. In a flash, he took the lid off the marker, stuck it under the box, and opened it.

Suddenly, the little drawn bear was sucked up into the marker. Baby Frederico closed the lid really fast.

“I did it,” he said triumphantly!

Baby Frederico thought for a moment about the magic of it all.

He said to himself, “What can I draw next?” Oh my!



Julia Writes! – ‘Baby Frederico’s Mystery Part 1’

One day, Baby Frederico was up in the attic with his parents. They were cleaning it out. Mama Mia thought it was too messy up there!

Baby Frederico found lots of AMAZING things!!! There were full buckets of Hot Wheels, a little play kitchen, and a drum set! But his most favorite thing was a big, half chalk board, half dry erase board. He spent almost all day drawing on that board. He didn’t even go to his friend’s house.

A few days later, he asked his Papa Frita what he should draw on the board.

“You should draw a bear,” he said.

“OK,” said Baby Frederico.

As his father left for work, he started to draw. About a half an hour later, he was finished. My masterpiece, he thought to himself.

An hour later, he came back. I bet you’ll never guess what he saw. His picture was gone!!!  No one else was home, so no one could have erased it. It’s not like my picture just got up and ran away…. or did it!


Julia (age 9) Reviews! – ‘Cages’

Title: CAGES
Author: Peg Kehret
Year It Was Made: 2001
Publisher: Puffin Books
Time It Took Me To Read It: 3 weeks
Back Of Book: Kit never means to steal that bracelet. She’s just mad after losing the lead in the school play and fighting with her unbearable stepfather. But when she is caught and sentenced to twenty hours of volunteer work at the humane society, she’s sure she’s blown her chance at a scholarship. Kit doesn’t mind volunteering at the humane society; she knows how it feels to be stuck in a cage like those animals. And with the help of one special friend, Kit begins to learn that the key to her own cage is right in front of her.
My Review: This is such an amazing book! On the first sentence of the first page, it’s like it pulls you right into the book! This story just gets happy, then sad. Then, it gets happy, and then sad again. It finally stays on one thing at the end of the book. HAPPY!!!


Julia Speaks – ‘I Wish Books Could Come True’


When we came home from church yesterday morning, Julia wanted to talk about books and her love for them.  Something about all of these words among all of these pages are settling deep within her and it seems that, out of the clear blue, she suddenly has something to say about it all.  She asked, “How about I write your blog for tomorrow, dad?”  Music to my ears!  Here’s her story:

Today, I was telling my dad that sometimes I just wish books would just come true. I wish the people in the book were my friends, the places they went in the book, I could go visit! And if I could go to the places they went in the book, I wish the things that happened in the place would happen to me! It would be AMAZING!!! I wish all of the mystery books I read would come true.

Now just think about it, what book or books do you wish would come true?

Julia Reviews! ‘The Mystery in the Old Attic’ – Tuesday’s Look at this Book!

Title/Series: The Mystery In The Old Attic/The Boxcar Children
Author: Gertrude Chandler Warner
Year It Was Made: 1997
Publisher: Albert Whitman And Company
Time It Took Me To Read It: 2 Days
Back Of Book: Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny used to live alone in a boxcar. Now they have a home with their grandfather, and they are exploring an old house in Michigan.  When the Aldens arrive at the mansion, they can’t wait to start looking through all the rooms. They find an old diary that tells that a diamond and pearl ring is hidden in the house. The only way to find the ring is to solve the riddle written in the diary. But someone has already found the ring-and sold it! Who could be responsible? The Boxcar Children must find out!!!
My Review: This is such an amazing book! You’ll LOVE it! This is a great classic!!! My teacher read this book when she was little. It was her favorite, and now, it’s mine! (It’ll be yours,too!;)
Best Quote: He had just noticed that the ceiling continued above a wall that did not reach all the way  to the rafters. “There is a room behind that wall!” Benny exclaimed!