Monday, January 28, 2013

Mini Monday #23

Mini Monday: Where I do two “mini” reviews on two children’s books. Each book will get a Thumbs up, Middle Thumb, or Thumbs down rating!

Attack of the Chicken Nugget Man by Kumar Sathy
, 110 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Student Solutions, Inc.

Third-grader Chris Robb just can't seem to do anything right. Failing tests, getting blamed for things he didn't do, and struggling to make friends; it's safe to say that school isn't Chris's favorite place. It is, however, the craziest school you'll ever read about. His teacher has the strangest name Chris has ever heard, and the students in his class are anything but normal. One kid even spends all day sticking random things up his nose. But that's not the end of the craziness. A Chicken Nugget Man is out there somewhere, and people are terrified of him. Only kids can see the Chicken Nugget Man, so a test is created to find kids smart enough to help capture him.

Chris thinks there's no way he will ever pass, but as it turns out, he might have a little help, and a little hope, after all.

Aligned to the new Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics.

This book is for children that are a little bit older. It is supposed to help the with standardized testing (such as the ISTEP). I’m not sure where all they have that but I know they do that here in Indiana. I think this would definitely come in handy for helping a child learn.

They story isn’t really written the best, so that bumped the rating down a little bit. However, the questions and pictures that go along with the story work quite well.

I think this book would be good for elementary school children (ages 6-12). A child could definitely read this book by themselves but I think it would be better done with an adult or someone else so they could do the questions with them.

My Rating:

*This book was provided by NetGalley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Henry Burp - Mind Your Manners by Mike Winn
Kindle Edition
, 17 pages
Published 2010 by

This is the story of a young boy whose manners always get him in trouble. When he gets some, Henry learns to mind his manners - and they don't mind at all. This picture book is good for 3 - 7 year-olds.

My son and I enjoyed this story. It had a good message (obviously about minding your manners). It is a rhyming story, which I always enjoy.

The only complaint I had was the pictures in the book. They looked like rough sketches and I’m not sure if that is final or not but I will assume it is. I think this book would be so much neater with full page graphics. There is  a lot of potential there.

Now because I wasn’t crazy about the pictures I did but the rating down a notch but they overall story I did like. My son actually laughed out loud in a couple places.

My Rating:

*This book was free on Amazon.

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