"The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp"

“The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Big Bad Wolf,” by Mark Teague.

Reviewed by Katie Seeber, Third Grade, Central Elementary School.

“I liked this book because it includes friendship and a half-bad, half-good wolf.

“The wolf couldn’t believe that he blew two of the houses down. My favorite part was when the pigs invited the wolf inside because they were all being really nice to him.

“I think others should read this book because it encourages people to be nice to each other.”

Reviewed by Joseph Zagarri, age five, Beaufort Elementary School Kindergarten.

“I really liked this book. They are so funny! The pigs liked junk food and sody-pop. The wolf was just hungry, looking for food. The straw and stick houses didn’t last. The brick house was solid. The pig had a big garden with fresh veggies and made everyone dinner, even the wolf! A lot kids will love this book and grown-up too.

Reviewed by Bella McFarland, Third Grade, Central Elementary School.

“The big bad wolf blew the first pig’s house down and he blew the second pig’s house down. The big bad wolf fainted when he tried to blow the third pig’s house down.

“My favorite part is when the pigs invite the big bad wolf in the third pig’s house because in the other three pig’s stories the pigs don’t let him in.

“I recommend this book because it is very different from the other three little pigs stories.

Reviewed by the Kindergarten Class, St. Ignatius Loyola School.

The book starts with the farmer giving the pigs money because the farmer is moving to Florida. He gave them money because they did a good job. So they used the money to build houses—one of them straw, one of sticks and one of bricks. The brick house was beautiful. Then the wolf came, but he aw just kind of bad.

“We liked when the wolf said, ‘I can’t believe that actually worked!’ when he blew the houses down. It was funny when the pigs let the wolf, and one pig asked if he wanted some potato chips, and the other asked if he wanted sody-pop, and the last pig said, ‘No, don’t eat that stuff, dinner is almost ready!’ They were being nice to the wolf.

“This book is a lot like the ‘Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf, but the wolf is just kind of bad in the story. We like how it ended—but we won’t tell you. You have to read it.”

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“This Moose Belongs to Me,” by Oliver Jeffers.

Reviewed by Isabelle Zagarri, Third Grade, Beaufort Elementary School.

“I liked this funny book! I like it because a moose is not a normal pet.

“Wilfred thought he owned a moose. Wilfred started explaining the rules of how to be a good pet. Sometimes others thought they owned the moose.

‘This moose belongs to me!’ Wildred explained. This is a funny book, and I think other kids will like it.”

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“The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp,” by Kathi Appelt.

Reviewed by Taylar Hall, Seventh Grade, Meramec Valley Middle School.

“This is a serious book, but funny. The setting is a dark night with two raccoons in a tree, Bingo and J’miah. The main characters are the raccoon brothers, Sugar Man, Chap, and Brayburn. Some of the events are pretty cool. One of the things not to do to Sugar Man is to wake him up if he is in the middle of his nap. If you wake him up, it isn’t good.

“I liked how the book was written. Kathi Appelt is a good author. I liked how she wrote, “We’re almost to the finish line sports fans.” I like that quote because I love sports. I play soccer.

“This book really didn’t relate to me except for Sugar Man. If you wake me up, I am cranky too. I would recommend this book to students in 5-7th grade. This is the best Buzz Book I have read so far.”

Reviewed by Joe Kimminau, Eighth Grade, Washington Middle School.

“This book takes place in Sugar Man Swamp. J’miah and Bingo are Swamp Scouts, and they are looking for Sugar Man. He hasn’t been seen in a long time so they are going to go into the swamp to look for him, and wake him up. He hasn’t been awake in a while and he sleeps like a log. When they are in the swamp it storms and they can’t find their way back. They have a camera that they can take pictures with if they need to.

“I liked the way the story was written for the most part, and the author got her points across pretty good. My favorite part is about the grandfather—he always drank coffee. He said it makes him get hair on his chest so he drinks it and he doesn’t like it that much. He says it’s ‘bitter, bitter, bitter and hot, hot hot.’ I can relate because I don’t like coffee. It’s too bitter for me.

“This book targets ages 11-14, and I think any kind of person would want to read it. I rate this book three out of five beehives.”

Reviewed by Emalee Cregar, St. Ignatius Loyola School.

“In this book, you hear stories from many different characters. You also hear the story from two perspectives, humans and animals. Chap, his family, and the scouts love the Sugar Man Swamp. Since Chap’s grandfather died, Chap has become the man of the house with new responsibilities. Bingo and J’miah have responsibilities with being Scouts.

‘One night Bingo climbed up the tallest tree in the swamp and found the red blinking star, which he named Blinkle. Chap and his grandfather Audie went out many times in the swamp to look for Audie’s 1949 Desoto, but they never found the old car. J’miah always wanted to be like Bingo and be able to climb the tallest trees in the swamp without feeling sick to his stomach. Chap and the Scouts both have two main enemies, the Farrow Gang and Sonny Boy Beaucoup.

‘The Farrow Gang wants to eat all the sugarcane and will destroy the swamp in the process. Sonny Boy is letting Jaeger Stitch build The World Wrestling Arena and Theme Park, which would destroy most of the swamp. The only person in the swamp that can save the swamp is the Sugar Man.

“Once the raccoons woke up the Sugar Man with the scent of sugarcane, he threw those hogs all the way up into space. When they came back down, they landed right in the Beaucoup Homestead. At that moment, Sonny Boy saw enough proof of the Sugar Man’s existence that he signed the whole swamp to Chap Brayburn. He even wrote the letter in his own blood just like his ancestor Alicious Beaucoup had done so many centuries ago.

“Chap Brayburn was walking along the Bayou Torturelle when he walked into a whole mound of vines. He pushed away the vines and could see that there was a car underneath all those vines. He opened the passenger door of the DeSoto and saw the three photos on the dashboard and the raccoon tracks in the car. Chap realized that raccoons were living in the old Desoto. He placed the two sugar pies on the dashboard. Chap had lived his grandfather’s dream by finding the 1949 Desoto and the pictures taken by the Polaroid Camera.

“I would recommend this book to everyone. This book teaches you a lot about adventure, discovering things, staying true to others, not harming the areas around you, and finding another person to help you when you’re having big problems. This book would be perfect for someone who loves to adventure and discover new things.”