Sunday, November 30, 2008

Giveaway Winner

Thanks to everyone who entered in Little, Brown Young Readers' giveaway. I wish all of you could have won!

And the winner of the four books, randomly selected at is #7: Crafty Mama!

Congratulations Crafty Mama! I'll be contacting you via email for your mailing address.

And thanks again to Little, Brown Young Readers for the wonderful books!

Random Integer Generator

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7 16 11 3 9
18 7 29 1 6
17 27 19 19 17
20 9 2 21 14
13 11 9 9 19
17 22 17 7 18

Timestamp: 2008-11-30 15:14:31 UTC

The Adventures of Max and Pinky: The Mystery

The Adventures of Max and Pinky: The Mystery by Maxwell Eaton III

Maxwell Eaton III kicks off his blog tour at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast tomorrow. He’ll be here for a fantastic guest post on Wednesday, but before all of the excitement commences, I want to introduce you to Max and Pinky through their newest adventure, The Adventures of Max and Pinky: The Mystery.

Max and his friend, Pinky, who happens to be a pig, decide to paint the barn outside their house red. When they wake up the next morning, the barn is Pepto Bismol pink. They repaint it red and stay up all night to guard it only to see it repainted the next day. They set about trying to discover who keeps painting the barn and even set a trap. Young readers will be delighted to discover who the culprit is.

Along with the very cute story are vibrant and equally cute comic-like illustrations that kids will love. They’ll get a few giggles out of the dialog bubbles above the characters’ heads and the elaborate trap that involves a bowling ball, a frog, a chicken, and a duck. The text is simple and sparse enough for a beginning reader to read with little difficulty. Even very young children will enjoy looking at and identifying the different farm animals in the book. This, along with Max and Pinky’s other two adventures, The Adventures of Max and Pinky: Best Buds and The Adventures of Max and Pinky: Superheroes would make a perfect gift for younger readers.

What Other Bloggers Are Saying:

Menasha Kids: "Eaton excels at writing books with few words and lots of laughs. His characters say so much with a simple facial expression. This is simplicity at its best. " (read more...)

Bookgasm: "Cute, and not the least bit nauseating." (read more...)

More info:
  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (October 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375838074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375838071
  • Source: Review copy from publisher

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Cybils Nonfiction Middle Grade/ Young Adult Fiction

I will be regularly updating this post to help me keep track of the books I've read and still need to read for the Cybils Nonfiction Middle Grade/Young Adult category. The titles of the books I've read will be bolded in purple. The ones I've received but haven't read are in red, and the ones I've yet to receive are in dark red.

11 Planets: A New View of the Solar System

written by David Aguilar

National Geographic Children's Books

Afghan Dreams: Young Voices of Afghanistan

written by Tony O'Brien

Bloomsbury USA

Ain't Nothing but a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry

written by Scott Reynolds Nelson

National Geographic Children's Books

Amazing Kitchen Chemistry Projects You Can Build Yourself

written by Cynthia Light Brown

Nomad Press

Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator

written by Shelley Tanaka

illustrated by David Craig

Abrams for Young Readers

Body Drama: Real Girls, Real Bodies, Real Issues, Real Answers

written by Nancy Amanda Redd

Gotham Books

Chill: Stress-Reducing Techniques for a More Balanced, Peaceful You

written by Deborah Reber

Simon Pulse

Generation Green: The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life

written by Linda Sivertsen

Simon Pulse

George Washington Carver

written by Tonya Bolden

Abrams for Young Readers

Girls Inc. Presents: You're Amazing!: A No-Pressure Guide to Being Your Best Self

written by Claire Mysko

Adams Media

Gotcha Covered: Everything You Need To Know About Your Period

written by Lisa McGuinness

Chronicle Books

Great Peacemakers: True Stories from Around the World

written by Ken Beller

LTS Press

Hidden Letters

edited by Ian Shine

and Deborah Slier

Star Bright Books

Horse Song: The Naadam of Mongolia

written and illustrated by Ted Lewin

and Betsy Lewin

Lee & Low Books, Inc.

I Am Scout: The Biography of Harper Lee

written by Charles Shields

Henry Holt

In Defiance of Hitler: The Secret Mission of Varian Fry

written by Carla Killough McClafferty

Farrar, Strauss & Giroux

Independent Dames: What You Never Knew about the Women and Girls of the American Revolution

written by Laurie Halse Anderson

illustrated by Matt Faulkner

Simon & Schuster

King George: What Was His Problem?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the American Revolution

written by Steve Sheinkin

Roaring Brook

Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss

written by Danica McKellar

Hudson Street

Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing up Scieszka

written by Jon Scieszka


Lincoln Shot: A President's Life Remembered

written by Barry Denenberg

Feiwel & Friends

Lincoln Through the Lens

written by Martin Sandler

Walker Books for Young Readers

Little Lions, Bull Baiters & Hunting Hounds: A History of Dog Breeds

written and illustrated by Jeff Crosby

and Shelley Ann Jackson



written by Cheryl Diamond

Simon Pulse

Mysterious Universe: Supernovae, Dark Energy, and Black Holes

written by Ellen Jackson

Houghton Mifflin

No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row

written by Susan Kuklin

Henry Holt

Off to War: Voices of Soldiers' Children

written by Deborah Ellis

Groundwood Books

One Hundred Young Americans

written by Michael Franzini

Collins Design

OUR FARM: Four Seasons with Five Kids on One Family Farm

written by Michael Rosen

Darby Creek

Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out

Candlewick Press

Painting the Wild Frontier: The Art and Adventures of George Catlin

written by Susanna Reich

Clarion Books

Physics: Why Matter Matters

written by Dan Green


ridiculous/hilarious/terrible/cool: a year in an american high school

written by Elisha Cooper


Science on the Loose: Amazing Activities and Science Facts You'll Never Believe

written by Helaine Becker

Maple Tree Press

Sea Queens: Women Pirates Around the World

written by Jane Yolen


Sedimentary Rock

written by Rebecca Faulkner


Seize the Story

written by Victoria Hanley

Cottonwood Press

She Touched the World: Laura Bridgman, Deaf-Blind Pioneer

written by Sally Hobart Alexander

Clarion Books

Snow Falling In Spring

written by Moying Li

Farrar, Strauss & Giroux

Steel Drumming at the Apollo: The Road to Super Top Dog

written by Marx Trish

Lee & Low Books, Inc.

Super Crocs and Monster Wings

written by Claire Eamer

Annick Press

Swords: An Artist's Devotion

written and illustrated by Ben Boos

Candlewick Press

Taking Care of Your Girls: A Breast Health Guide for Girls, Teens, and In-Betweens

written by Marisa Weiss

Three Rivers Press

The Bite of the Mango

written by Mariatu Kamara

Annick Press

The Great Race:The Amazing Round-the-World Auto Race of 1908

written by Gary Blackwood

Abrams for Young Readers

The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary

written by Candace Fleming

Schwartz and Wade Books

The Pocket Guide to Mischief

written by Bart King

Gibbs Smith

The Raucous Royals: Test Your Royal Wits: Crack Codes, Solve Mysteries, and Deduce which Royal Rumors are True

written and illustrated by Carlyn Beccia

Houghton Mifflin

The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West

written by Sid Fleischman

Collins Design

The Way We Work

written by David MacCaulay

Houghton Mifflin

The Year We Disappeared: A Father-Daughter Memoir

written by Cylin Busby

and John Busby

Bloomsbury USA

The Young Birder's Guide to Birds of Eastern North America

written by Bill Thompson

Houghton Mifflin

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

written by Nelson Kadir


What the World Eats

written by Peter Menzel

Tricycle Press

Who's Haunting the White House?: The President's Mansion and the Ghosts Who Live There

written by Jeff Belanger

Sterling Publishing

Women of Granite: 25 New Hampshire Women You Should Know

written by Janet Buell

Apprentice Shop Books

Yes We Can: A Biography of Barack Obama

written by Garen Thomas

Feiwel & Friends

YUM: Your Ultimate Manual for Good Nutrition

written by Daina Kalnins

Lobster Press