Los Angeles Times - - THE KIDS’ READING ROOM -


Judy Blume

Peter, an 11-year-old, has a lit­tle brother named Far­ley. They call him Fudge. He has sworn to marry Peter’s en­emy: Sheila Tub­man, also known as the Queen of Cooties.

They all have to spend their va­ca­tion to­gether in the same house. Imag­ine spend­ing three weeks in the same house with some­one you hate.

I rec­om­mend this book be­cause it is like the real world, but with Fudge around, noth­ing is or­di­nary.

Re­viewed by Isaac, 10 Joaquin Miller El­e­men­tary


“Pur­ple, Green and Yel­low”

Robert Mun­sch

A lit­tle girl asks her mother for 500 felt mark­ers. First, she gets 500 wash­able mark­ers, then she gets 500 smelly mark­ers and then 500 “never come off ’til you’re dead or maybe even later” mark­ers. She draws on her­self us­ing the “never come off ” mark­ers. The end­ing is very, very funny. Read it!

Re­viewed by Ma­bel, 6 West Hol­ly­wood El­e­men­tary

Los An­ge­les

“The In­side Story” (Sis­ters Grimm, Book 8)

Michael Buck­ley

Sab­rina and Daphne Grimm, blood rel­a­tives of Ja­cob and Wil­hem Grimm, and their friend Puck are trav­el­ing through a book of fairy tales in which ever-af­ters (fairy tale crea­tures) are re­liv­ing their glory days.

The sis­ters Grimm are chas­ing two evil mas­ter­minds, Pinoc­chio and Mir­ror. Mir­ror has the sis­ters’ lost brother and wants to trade bod­ies. Dur­ing the chase, they meet the “edi­tor,” who is in charge of keep­ing the book in or­der.

Can the edi­tor help Sab­rina and Daphne get their brother back?

Re­viewed by Sin­clair, 10 Third Street El­e­men­tary

Los An­ge­les

“Mr. Docker Is Off His Rocker”

Dan Gut­man

Mr. Docker loves pota­toes. He loves them so much that he makes a car out of them. I highly rec­om­mend this book be­cause it is mys­te­ri­ous.

Re­viewed by Doron

Si­nai Ak­iba Academy, Los An­ge­les

“Z. Rex”

Steve Cole

Adam is a 14-year-old boy whose dad has cre­ated an ul­tra-re­al­ity video game. One day, Adam’s dad goes miss­ing in New Mex­ico and Adam is cap­tured by a di­nosaur that can talk, fly and turn in­vis­i­ble.

Any­one who likes di­nosaur fan­tasies will like this fas­ci­nat­ing and un­pre­dictable book.

Re­viewed by Jared, 11 Third Street El­e­men­tary

Los An­ge­les

JARED, 10, of Third Street El­e­men­tary, il­lus­trated his re­view of “Z. Rex.”

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