Monday, April 14, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Fully Charged by Brittany Candau

Title: The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Fully Charged
Author: Brittany Candau
Genre: Fiction, Picture Book
Reading Level: Ages 6 to 8

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Fully Charged is a World of Reading: Level 2 reader (Kindergarten to Grade 2).  The plot focuses on Spider-Man having to deal with a new villain named Electro.  This book provides a good paced simple story line that can make it a great pick for reluctant readers that are fans of superheros like Spider-Man.  As a nice bonus there are also two pages of stickers inside the book.

Overall this is a well-done reader with illustrations that can help draw in reluctant readers.  It is also nice that it has a simple plot that is not oversimplified.  Yes, there is clearly parts of the upcoming movie not in the book, but Fully Charged chooses to focus on the villain and creates a reasonably complete plot, especially for a short picture book.

Types of Readers Book Might Appeal To & Multiple Intelligence Categories
  • Fans of Marvel superheros, especially Spider-Man
  • The colorful illustrations nicely detail the action of the plot, which can help draw in visual learners. (Spatial-Visual)
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Yoko Finds Her Way by Rosemary Wells

Title: Yoko Finds Her Way
Author: Rosemary Wells
Genre: Picture Book
Reading Level: Ages 3 to 6
Multicultural: Yoko and her mom are anthropomorphic cats headed to Japan and there are food and clothing represented that show Asian influence.

Yoko Finds Her Way is a cute picture book about Yoko and her mother going on an airplane trip to Japan.  In the book, Yoko helps read the signs on the road and in the airport to help get them all the way to their gate.  Before they board their flight and the book comes to an end, there is more adventure with Yoko getting lost exiting the bathroom the wrong way and then her mom doing the same when she tries to find Yoko.

Overall this is a great book for preschoolers to beginning readers, especially if preparing to go on an airplane trip.  The plot incorporates identifying a wide variety of signs. This can encourage kids to learn to interpret the meaning of signs themselves.  It also provides somewhat subtle advice on what to do if you get lost, as Yoko follows the signs for Airport Police to get help getting back to her gate and mama.

Types of Readers Book Might Appeal To & Multiple Intelligence Categories
  • Those that like cats may enjoy how all the characters are depicted as being felines.
  • The variety of cats represented in the illustrations and signs that relate to the plot help make this an interesting book for visual learners learning to read. (Spatial-Visual)
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The Disneyland Quest 2: Dizzy's California Adventure by Matt Ainsworth

Title: The Disneyland Quest 2: Dizzy's California Adventure
Author: Matt Ainsworth
Genre: Fiction
Reading Level: Ages 10 and up

In The Disneyland Quest 2: Dizzy's California Adventure, Dizzy, Travis, and Ana take part in another Disney Quest.  This time the quest takes place at Disney's California Adventure.  To some extent the plot plays out very similar to the first book, but there are new challenges such as them now being famous for winning the first one and having a lot of followers trying to steal their insights.  There are also some good twists in how they deal with the followers and how the end of the quest and prize distribution works out.

Fans of the first book are likely to enjoy this second installment.  In fact, this one can be even more enjoyable as a lot more goes on beyond just solving the quest clues.  This includes a lot of lead up to the actual quest with the book beginning with them having months to prepare for the quest and also doing some publicity for the DCA quest.  Additionally, during the quest there is a lot more strategy that takes place because they are not just trying to solve the clues, but they are also trying to keep a lot more people from figuring out the answers from them.

Types of Readers Book Might Appeal To & Multiple Intelligence Categories
  • Fans of Disney parks, especially the California parks
  • Those that enjoy solving riddles and clues may enjoy trying to figure out the clues before the characters do. (Logical-Mathematical)
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