Hi everyone! Thanksgiving is almost here. Something I am very thankful for is the opportunity to read a great book. With Thanksgiving break next week, these are a few new Disney Hyperion books you should read. I really think you will enjoy these three new books! Check them out!
Hip & Hop in the House! A Free-Flowing Tortoise and the Hare Collection by Jef Czekaj
Hip & Hop in the House! A Free-Flowing Tortoise and the Hare Collection by Jef Czekaj is about two friends, Hip and Hop who like to rap. Hip is a turtle who raps very, very, extra very slow. Hop is a bunny that raps super duper, extra super fast! Together, they are the best rapper duo in Oldskool County! Hip and Hop in the House features two stories, Hip and Hop Don’t Stop! and Yes Yes Yaul! This picture book also features a mini-comic, Record Shopping! In Hip and Hop Don’t Stop, Hip and Hop discover a Rap-Off and are very excited because they will get to show off all their super cool raps! The only problem is that by the time Hip finishes rapping, everyone falls asleep! And when Hop’s done rapping, no one understands what she says because she raps so fast! In Yes Yes Yaul, Hip and Hop travel around Oldskool County to perform their raps. When the get to Sugar Hill Park, everyone seems to be having a great time, except for one irritable porcupine named Yaul, who says no to everything! A bird tells them that Yaul’s birthday is tomorrow, so they decide to throw him a surprise party. Will Hip and Hop win the Oldskool County Rap-Off? Will Yaul finally say yes? Read the book to find out!
A very neat part about Hip and Hop in the House is that there are instructions on how to read the book! When Hip is rapping and the words are red, you have to read very slow. When Hop is rapping and the words are green, you have to read super fast. Another cool part is the mini-comic, because not a lot of books have mini-comics. I think it was pretty nice of the author to involve the mini-comic.
My favorite story in Hip and Hop in the House was Hip and Hop Don’t Stop because this is when Hip and Hop first meet and become friends. I also like Hip and Hop Don’t Stop because I think the rhymes are longer in this story.
I recommend this book to little kids who love the Tortoise and the Hare story but I also recommend this book to older kids because it is a quick and fun read, perfect for reading during mealtime and snacks!
Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker: Incognito by Shelley Johannes
- Page Count: 224 * age Range: 8-12 years
Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes was one of my favorite books. I am very excited to share that this story now has a sequel! Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker: Incognito takes us on a new adventure with her friend, Lenny to recruit a new friend for Operation Upside. Sam, who mostly keeps to herself, seems perfect for Operation Upside in Beatrice’s mind. Meanwhile, Beatrice thinks that her classmate, Wes, deserves a certificate for being very kind and helpful. Wes is never thanked for holding the door open and Beatrice does not think that is very fair. But when Beatrice accidently puts the certificate in the wrong cubby, things start to go awry!
Beatrice is a normal kid who acts like a spy. This is one of the reasons I like this series. One of my favorite parts is when Beatrice was spying on Sam in the library before Foreign Languages Club. Beatrice was very stealthy and did not get caught. It was very cool.
Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker: Incognito can teach you a valuable lesson. You should be grateful for anything anyone does for you and they should be thanked, too! You should also always be a good friend, no matter what happens!
Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker: Incognito is a great addition to the Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker series. I’m really looking forward to the rest of her story!
Here are a few great activity sheets that you can use, too!
Sanity and Tallulah by Molly Brooks
- Page count: 240 * Age Range: 8-12 years
Sanity and Tallulah by Molly Brooks is a graphic novel about two friends who live in space. The rules in are different than here on Earth. One rule is that you are not allowed have pets. well, Sanity and Tallulah have created an illegal, three-headed kitten named Princess, Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds(a three-headed cat needs 3 names). (Warning: this book does involve some bad words, so it is a book directed towards older kids.) When the adults find out about the cat, they have to lock Princess, Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds in a cage. When Princess, Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds escapes and goes missing, it’s up to Sanity and Tallulah to find that three-headed kitty-cat!
One of my favorite parts of this graphic novel was when they go out in the middle of the night to look for Princess, Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds. Everyone was looking for this cat. The girls could have gotten in very serious trouble if they were caught looking for Princess, Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds. It was a very exciting because you did not know if they would get caught or not!
The illustrations were not full color, but instead simple colors like pink, blue, and white! I also liked how some parts of the book were edge-of-your-seat exciting and some of it was just relaxed.
I recommend this book to older kids who love science fiction books. I also recommend this book to kids who just want to read a really good graphic novel.