Thursday, June 7, 2007
Hey Guys--This is our Introduction
My name is Carl and I work at the Spangler Children's Library at ImaginOn, a part of the Public Library of Charlotte-Mecklenburg County, or PLCMC. I think reading is extremely cool. Do you? If so, I'd like to post some books I think you'd enjoy and then get your comments on them. I'd also like to hear about your favorite books--what they are and why you like them. This way we could all pass around our favorites and maybe some boys could find books they haven't read yet.
To start, I'll recommend two survival stories:
1. Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry This is one of the most exciting books I've
ever read. It's the ultimate adventure story. Mafatu, the son of island chief, has been afraid of the ocean ever since his mother drowned. The other kids make so much fun of him that he takes a canoe one night to try and survive on the sea and prove everyone wrong. Can he make it? Is he tougher than the blazing sun, hammerhead sharks, or cannibals? You've got to read it to find out!
2. Black Whiteness: Admiral Byrd Alone in the Antarctic by Robert Burleigh
I chose this book to prove that nonfiction is not dull and HISTORY is NOT BORING!! This story is absolutely true. And what a story! The year is 1934. Admiral Richard Byrd, the great American explorer, wants to do scientific research at the bottom of the world--and see if one person can survive there. He faces temperatures of -60 degrees, getting lost in the Antarctic wilderness, carbon monoxide poisoning, and a deadly illness. You won't believe what he goes through or the strength of his endurance. And it really happened!
If you'd like to see some other great books, go toPLCMC's Bookhive. If you want to see other books I've liked, go to Carl's Reviews, also from the Bookhive.
Hi guys my name is Batman!!! Just kidding my name is Bill and I, like Carl, work at the Spangler Children's Library at ImaginOn, a part of PLCMC System. Reading is, along with many other things (fencing, motorcycles, music, etc.), one of my passions in life. If you dig reading, you may enjoy this blog. Carl and I are going to be recommending some books that we have found cool and if you want you can check them out also. If you like them or even hate them, post to this blog and let us know about it. Please feel free to make any comments you want. Like Carl said, we would also love to hear about your favorite books--what they are and why you like them. This way we can help each other find out about cool books that are out there and share the wealth. Ok, to start, I'll recommend three books I have read and really liked:
The Adventures of Commander Zack Proton and the Red Giant by Brian Anderson - How would you like to be a Space Ranger and help save the universe from intergalactic dangers? The only problem is you would have to serve under Commander Zack Proton who is not the sharpest tack in all of the known universe. The story begins with Commander Zack having to use the bathroom. There are two doors at the back of his ship, the "Risky Rascal." One leads to the bathroom the other into outer space. Guess which one our fearless Commander opens and where he ends up? This book is laugh-your-head- off funny and the artwork is awesome. If you have not checked out this book yet, do yourself a favor and get it soon. There is also a sequel to this book if you like it "The Adventures of Commander Zack Proton and the Warlords of Nibblecheese."
Bone Volume 1: Out From Boneville by Jeff Smith - This is the first volume in a really great Graphic Novel Series by Jeff Smith. This first volume introduces us to the Bone Cousins Phoney Bone, Smiley Bone, and Fone Bone. Phoney Bone has been kicked out of town of Boneville for basically being a scam artist. Fone Bone and Smiley Bone accompany him to watch after him. In their adventures finding their way in the world outside Boneville , they encounter Locust, Stupid Rat Creatures (that would love to have them as a meal), a Dragon, Ted (a very small bug with a much bigger brother) and friendly forest creatures among other things. They finally reach a small village called Barrelhaven where they meet a fiery young woman named Rose, her stubborn Grandmother and the quick tempered Bar Keep Lucius. Although Barrelhaven appears to be quite peaceful and a welcome place to stay, looks can be very deceiving. Read this first volume in the series and I promise you will be hooked on reading the rest.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: A Novel in Cartoons by Jeff Kinney - Talk about a funny, laugh out loud book, this one is it. If you are or have been a kid in elementary or middle school you will totally get this book. The book is basically a journal kept by this guy named Greg where he tells day to day happenings in his life with drawing included. At times I found myself laughing so hard it hurt, as he talked about his day to day experiences with his family, school, friends, bullies, and much more. To see a great example of what I’m talking about checkout this site http://www.funbrain.com/journal/Journal.html.
Well that's a start. If you want to look at some other books I really liked check out my entries in Bookhive. You may also want to look at other peoples suggestions in Bookhive. It's a really great source to find good books to read. I look forward to hearing from you guys and talking to you soon, Bill