HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY to these middle grade books making their rounds through our reviewers!
Thank you to @kidlitexchange for providing the review copies of these books. All opinions are our own.
THE SCREAMING HAIRY ARMADILLO – by Matthew Murrie and Steve Murrie
June 9th 2020 ~ Workman Publishing Company
Photo and Review by Kimberly ~ originally on Instagram @whatkreads
My daughter saw this book posted and immediately asked me to request it so we could review it together. I’m so glad she did because we had a blast reading and learning about so many interesting animals. I can’t tell you how many times we equally laughed and cringed as we read some of the descriptions.
The book is set up by first explaining the origins of an animal’s name. How they have common and scientific names, but also belong to various species, genus, family, class and so on. It was then broken down into 5 fun chapters: Funny Names, Magical Names, Fierce Names, Delicious Names, and Just-Plain-Weird Names. Each one included 9 or more animals, colorful illustrations and an easy to follow description of the animal that shared its unique facts and how it came about being named. A good majority of them also included an actual photo. We ended up googling several that caught our eye as well (The Long-Wattled Umbrellabird, Naked Mole Rat and Fried Egg Jellyfish to name a few) so we could see extra photos. There was a box included with each animal that listed its Species, Habitat and an extra interesting fact. The book ended with a Wacky Name Generator so you can practice making your own monikers based on an animals appearance, behavior, habitat and type. It also includes a helpful glossary.
This is such a wonderful resource to have available for kids either at home or in school. They will love the humor of the names and be entertained by their silly traits. It would make the perfect gift for an animal lover of any age. I was shocked when my daughter recognized quite a few animals and was able to describe them to me before we read about them. I for one was not familiar with the yeti crab or know that it resides in hydrothermal vents.
We enjoyed reading every single page of this book and will definitely add it to our home library the moment it is released.
PRIMER – by Jennifer Muro & Thomas Krajewski
June 23rd 2020 ~ DC Comics
Photo and Review by Natasha ~ originally on Instagram @knittinglibrarian
Ashley lives in a group home and is adopted by a young couple. Her new foster mom is a geneticist who works for Zecromax Labs and brings home what looks like an art kit. It’s actually a military weapon her mom stole from the lab, because she’s worried it will get into the wrong hands.
Ashley is an artist who expresses herself through graffiti art. She finds the art set and discovers that each paint gives her a different superpower! After experimenting with the paint, she starts to fight crime, becoming the superhero Primer. When the lab finds out their paint weapon has been stolen, they try to stop Primer and kidnap her foster parents. Can Primer save them and stop the amazing paint weapon from being used for evil? This is the first in a series and future issues are hinted at. The art is beautiful and so colorful. The main character is tough and funny and I look forward to reading more adventures of Primer! I highly recommend this middle grade graphic novel!
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