February 28, 2012

What book world would you go into?

I've read several books about entering into the world described in a book lately. This got me thinking, what book would I want to enter, if I could. There are so many interesting worlds out there.  For me, the top of my list would be Narnia.  What book or series would you like to go into?  Post your answer in the comments below.

February 25, 2012

Escape from Planet Yastol


Escape from Planet Yastol by Pamela Service
This book tells the story of Josh Higgins, a geeky boy who discovers that the book he wrote for a writing contest, along with all other works of fiction, are actually real.  Some flat blue aliens come looking for him so that they can take a valuable mineral from the Yastol, the planet in Josh’s book.  Josh and his younger sister Maggie are dragged by the blue guys to Yastol and they must escape and somehow make it back home. There are simple illustrations throughout this book, which was a quick and easy read. According to the Number 1 on the cover, it appears the author is planning more books in this series. This review is based on a publisher supplied electronic copy.


Until next time, happy reading, and bon voyage!

February 23, 2012

The Great Moon Hoax


The Great Moon Hoax by Stephen Krensky, illustrated by Josee Bisaillon (Illustrator)
This unusual picture book shows a few days in the life of two newsies, boys that hocked newspapers by calling out interesting news. These boys are fascinated by stories of alien life on the moon.  The art style is interesting in this book, but the story is not one that would connect with most students.  Although my students might not choose to read this book on their own, when I shared it with them we had a very engaging discussion about truth in media, including the Internet, and whether the events of this book could happen today.  This is a book I intend to add to my library collection and use for instruction. This review is based on a publisher supplied electronic copy.


Until next time, happy reading, and bon voyage!

February 21, 2012

What to Expect When You’re Expecting Larvae


What to Expect When You’re Expecting Larvae by Bridget Heos, illustrated by Stephane Jorisch
What a great concept for a non fiction picture book!  Although only adults will get the connection to to more famous What to Expect books, the idea of telling about insect babies from the point of view of insect parents works very well.  The illustrations are cute and perfect for younger children.  Some of the information about insects is a bit gross, but that might just draw some students into this non-fiction picture book.  The facts are given in a tongue in cheek, yet informative manner and this quick read was a lot of fun. I recommend this book for all lovers of insects. This review is based on a publisher supplied electronic copy.


Until next time, happy reading, and bon voyage!

February 2, 2012

Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

After a few years of trying (unsuccessfully) to find the time to record, edit, and post podcast episodes, I've decided to change Book Voyages into a traditional blog.  I'll continue to review books, but will be working on this blog to convert it from podcast back to regular blog.  Thanks for hanging in there during this transition.

Until next time, bon voyage, and happy reading!