Review: Top 10 Deadliest Sharks by Joe Brusha, Illustrated by A Lot of People (See Post)

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Book Information:

Top 10 Deadliest Sharks by Joe Brusha
Illustrated by Anthony Spay, Shawn McCauley, Marcio Abreu, Agustin Alessio, German Nobile, H. G. Young, Gabriel Rearte, Shawn van Briesen
Colors by Andrew Elder, John Hunt
Letters by Jim Campbell
Designing by David Seidman, Christopher Cote, Cause Design Co., Rod Whitney
Main Editing by Jennifer Bermel
(Many other people…)
Silver Dragon Books
Published in 2011
ISBN 9781937088905
120 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 4 out of 5

Gives information, such as fun facts; recorded attacks; unprovoked fatalities; what their prey are; and other things, to promote knowledge of sharks.

Okay, I’ll start with how they presented the information. I read some interesting information about 10 sharks they thought was the Top 10 Deadliest sharks. At first I didn’t get how they made their Top 10 list, but now, I think they made it based on how aggressive the sharks are in their attacks. :S

Anyways some of information that was interesting was how sharks played a role in World War 2 – with how the pilots landed in the sea, wounded, with sharks. Another interesting piece of information was about the shipwreck and how many people died from the sharks. However, on one of the sharks, it didn’t give any kind of example of any attacks – only ways to avoid sharks. Most likely, the tips would have been better at the end of the book, as a way to summarize the book. >.<

Next, the artwork and coloring was really pretty. I liked how they drew the sharks and made it look like it was really under water. Also, the artwork and panels perfectly matched what was being said in the text. The text was also very easy to read since they were in boxes or circles, instead of the background. :)

Overall, it is a pretty good graphic novel, but I would have preferred the tips be at the end of the book, with the shark having an actual example of an attack.

Where I Got It:

Bought from Wal-Mart, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Joe Brusha
$New_Bullet Anthony Spay
$New_Bullet Shawn McCauley
$New_Bullet Marcio Abreu
$New_Bullet German Nobile
$New_Bullet Gabriel Rearte
$New_Bullet Shawn van Briesen
$New_Bullet Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: The Trojan Horse by Emily Little, Illustrated by Michael Eagle

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Book Information:
The Trojan Horse by Emily Little
Illustrated by Michael Eagle
Random House
Published in 1988
ISBN 0394896742
48 Pages

Series Information:

Step into Reading (Level 5)
Not a real series, and you can read them in any order.

Review/Rating:

2 out of 5

A simple retelling of the Trojan War and how the Greeks won this war. The city of Troy lives in wonder, with a stonewall protecting it, while the Greeks live on rocky land and can’t grow wheat. In order to get wheat, they have to trade with Asia, but they can’t get past the channel because Troy won’t let them pass without paying the toll (gold). After the Trojans kidnap Helen, Menelaus’ wife, the Greeks declare war on Troy. The war goes on for years, until the Greeks finally have a plan to defeat Troy, which involves a wooden horse.

The facts in the books are all really simple and not really interesting, so it is not as engaging as I would like it to be. They pretty much had all the information that you most likely remember from school, so it won’t really expand your child’s knowledge on the subject. From what I remember when I was little, this book mentions almost the same information as what is in the history book, just less pictures. Also, even though the illustrations seem to be pretty, there seems to be less than the previous Step Into Reading book I have read. The artwork also looks a little bit blander than the Trail of Tears‘ illustrations.

I think it would be more interesting if I read it myself, but the purpose of the children’s book is to have your children read it to you. However, you help them when they having trouble with a word or page or have questions. Basically, you need to definitely participate reading with them with this one because of the names, but I found it boring. It had too many details of the history for little kids, at least to me. >.>” Also, go over the pronunciation guide with your child, which is at the book of the book, FIRST before having them read it since most of the words will be hard for them.

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Emily Little
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Collingswood Public Library

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: The Trail of Tears by Joseph Bruchac, Illustrated by Diana Magnuson

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Book Information:
The Trail of Tears by Joseph Bruchac, Illustrated by Diana Magnuson
Random House
Published in 1999
ISBN 0679890521
48 Pages

Series Information:

Step into Reading (Level 5)
Not a real series, and you can read them in any order.

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

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Through simple explanation, the author explains the history behind the Trail of Tears and the challenges that the Cherokee Nation faced during this time period. Chief of the Cherokee Nation, John Ross, and his people (17,000) must leave their homes and go west. During this trying time period and journey, a lot of deaths and hardships will befall them.

The information given is pretty much interesting, which one of the reasons why I like the book, and even some of the history I don’t really remember that well. The hardships that they are faced and the history facts are not really watered down, but phrased in a way that won’t have your kids ask questions you wouldn’t really want to answer when they are still kind of young. If your kids don’t understand that we have done bad things in the past, you might have some explaining to do. Now some of the interesting information they give are about Cherokee legends of how their people came to be, the legend of the Cherokee Rose, which is thought to come from the Trail of Tears, the Cherokee written language and the newspaper, and some other pieces of information. Basically, it is kind of like a miniature history book with fun and interesting information, but I wouldn’t count on it for tests and things like that since most schools depend on their history books for making tests. It’s also great if you want to give a head start for your kids about the subject before they start on it in school. Another reason why I like this book is because of the illustrations inside the book. They are some pretty, and I liked looking at some of them. :D

The only thing I didn’t like the book is the boring parts and not enough history/facts to keep me personally interested, which is the main reason why I rated this book a 3 out of 5. However, it is a good little book that will tell your kids about the Trail of Tears before they learn it in school.

I would recommend this book for kids who are having difficult time learning about the Trail of Tears and need a little bit easy way of explaining the basics of what happened during that time. However, I wouldn’t depend solely on it for their school projects. Also, make sure you read it with them because some of the words they will have trouble with like the Cherokee language and maybe some other things. But, it is pretty much easy to understand.

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Joseph Bruchac
$New_Bullet Diana Magnuson
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Back to Books

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble