April 28, 2011

In My Mailbox (4)

In this installment of In My Mailbox, I have four new books to report from the bottom of the stack to the top. And without further ado, here it goes:
Big Nate: Boredom Buster by Lincoln Peirce: I haven't read the series, but when I found it in my Easter basket, why not? Here's a summary:

Class clown. Self-described genius. Mischief maker. Big Nate knows trouble. Nate may not be Joe Honor Roll, but he knows he's meant for BIG fun. He's always up for scribbling, games, jokes, laughs, and creating comics. And now YOU can join him!

For kids (and adults) who display Big Nate–like symptoms (uncontrolled doodling, wisecracking, and Cheez Doodle consumption, to name just a few), look no further. Big Nate Boredom Buster will blow your pants off! This paper-over-board activity book is filled to the brim with exciting activities for Nate fans of all ages. There is plenty of space for kids to get creative, and all the favorite characters from Nate's world are included—the know-it-all Gina, Nate's best buddies., Francis and Teddy, his rival, Artur, and his least favorite teacher, Mrs. Godfrey, aka Godzilla. With personality pop quizzes (which Big Nate character are you most like?), the fabulous fun 'o' meter, cosmic cookie fortunes, create your own comix, the "honor roll or not?" amazing maze, rock and roll rhymin', knockout knock-knock jokes, and much more, Nate's world pops off the pages with more than 500 black-and-white illustrations that you get to help create!

An awesome way to guarantee 100% relief from boredom—learn to doodle, draw, and write the Big Nate way!

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George: I really liked the book Julie of the Wolfs by this author and I hope it's good. Here's a summary:

Terribly unhappy in his family's crowded New York City apartment, Sam Gribley runs away to the solitude—and danger—of the mountains, where he finds a side of himself he never knew.

On the Far Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George: And the sequel. Here's a summary:

Two years ago, Sam ran away from New York City to live in the Catskill Mountains. Now his younger sister Alice has joined him and is quietly living in a tree house of her own nearby. Their peaceful life is shattered when a conservation officer confiscates Sam's falcon, Frightful, and Alice suddenly vanishes. Sam leaves his home to search for Alice, hoping to find Frightful, too. But the trail to the far side of the mountain may lead Sam into great danger.

Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go by Dale E. Basye: After a recommendation from a friend [he also recommended me Fablehaven, so I trust him], and looking at it it looks like a great idea and a book I'm not going to be able to resist. Here's a summary:

When Milton and Marlo Fauster die in a marshmallow bear explosion, they get sent straight to Heck, an otherworldly reform school. Milton can understand why his kleptomaniac sister is here, but Milton is—or was—a model citizen. Has a mistake been made? Not according to Bea “Elsa” Bubb, the Principal of Darkness. She doesn’t make mistakes. She personally sees to it that Heck—whether it be home-ec class with Lizzie Borden, ethics with Richard Nixon, or gym with Blackbeard the Pirate—is especially, well, heckish for the Fausters. Will Milton and Marlo find a way to escape? Or are they stuck here for all eternity, or until they turn 18, whichever comes first?

So these are the books I've gotten over the past week or so, hope I enjoy them.

Thanks for Reading,



  1. My Side of the Mountain made me want to run away and live in the woods by myself. If Sam could do it, why not me? Hope you read and like it.


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