I'm hoping these reviews make sense, my youngest kept me up all night and I fear I am more brain dead than normal
by H. Becker
Scholastic Canada Ltd
Ages: 8 - 12
Description: Which superhero are you? Or are you a more of a supervillain? Are you left brained or right brained? Do you have a brain at all? If you do have a brain, does it know much about hockey or the Olympics? Could it tell you how to survive an avalanche or a zombie attack? In this hilarious quiz book, you’ll find out the answers to questions like these and more. With a fun mix of jokes and facts, there’s something for everyone!
Jake's Review: Mom, you are not going to donate this one to the Spina Bifida raffle are you, because I really like it -- and I broke the spine anyway (yup my 8yr old IS trained to be careful with books, much to book hating hubby's dismay) I can't wait to do these quiz's with all my friends at school. Some of the quiz's were weird, but I still liked them. This would be a great book for a long car ride instead of those stupid word games you make me play. Are there any more books by this author?
Mom's Review: The whole family had so much fun with this one -- well except for Jesse - who just wanted to eat it. The quiz's are short and fun to do and in many cases made us laugh our butts off. It actually took a long time to get Jake's opinion on it, because he just kept wanting to do the quiz's with us, instead of telling me what he though of it. I love this author's work, because she truly understands what boys are like and what makes them interested in reading. BTW, the quiz's are fun for GIRLS too, thank you very much! Jake told me I liked it because I was a mom and not really a girl -- I think that was a compliment. My only complaint is that I would have liked it to be bigger, with far more quiz's to keep my boys entertained. What was really nice about this type of book is that Dad gets involved too.
Mom's Rating: 9/10
by Jake Bell
Ages: 8 - 12
Description: For a town in the middle of the desert, Kanigher Falls has been awfully cold lately. Sixth grader Nate Banks knows something odd is going on, especially when it starts to snow, and the snow smells like rotten cabbage! It's clear that the supervillian Coldsnap is on the loose. Nate thinks he knows how to defeat him, but superhero Ultraviolet thinks the case is too dangerous. When Coldsnap goes after an American treasure and Ultraviolet can't go it alone, it's up to Nate and his friends to save the day!
Jake's Review: Mom I really want to like this book because it has a comic in it, but I don't. Do I really have to finish it? I like the comic inside the story. The front cover is really cool looking. I don't understand the story and the author uses a lot of big words that I don't understand. Also, I don't think this guys is Canadian, he mentions US stuff a lot. You can give this book to someone else, maybe somebody older or Ben, since HE understands this boring stuff. One of the characters was really irritating and just dumb.
Mom's Review: Wow, this one was a tough one to get Jake to finish reading. I think the suggested reading level is not accurate in this case. I would suggest it for at least someone over the age of 10 or younger kids with a higher vocabulary. Also I definitely think it is better suited to an american child since they would understand many of the historical references that a 8yr old canadian boy just wouldn't get. I also think in this case you probably would understand more if you had read the previous books in the series. I thought it was an interesting story line and the characters were a little different. A lot of fun moments, however I think some of them would be lost on the younger viewer, especially the character of Colleen Collins who is obviously based on a certain Hilton Heiress. The author knows how to move the story along and his dialogue is snappy and witty, but again lost on the suggested reading level.
Note about my Reviews
Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!