School’s back in session, but summer hasn’t given up the ghost! Here are some “Sizzlin-Good Reviews” from Newsbee’s July Picks that he’d like to share with you. Keep Paging On, Buzzers and Buzzettes!
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“Crankee Doodle,” by Tom Angleberger.
Reviewed by Joseph Zagarri, Kindergarten, Beaufort Elementary School.
“This book is silly! Crankee Doodle has a talking horse and he wanted to go to town. Crankee was really crabby and didn’t want to go to town or buy a feather for his hat. He threw his hat away! And Crankee doesn’t even like macaroni! He likes lasagna!
“I like the song ‘Yankee Doodle,’ but it doesn’t make any sense. This book is funny when read out loud to kids by a grown-up.”
Reviewed by Logan Oakley, Fourth Grade, St. Ignatius Loyola School.
“Crankee Doodle did not want to go to town. But first he said, I’m bored.’
The pony said, ‘We can go to town, and you could buy a feather for your hat.’ Crankee said, ‘No! No! No!’ The pony said, ‘You could call your hat macaroni.’ Crankee said, ‘Why would I want to call my hat macaroni?’
“The pony replied, ‘Because it is a word for fancy.’ Crankee said, ‘Macaroni isn’t fancy, lasagna is.’
“Do they decide to go to town? You’ll have to read the book to find out. I liked this story because it was funny.”
Reviewed by Maddie Hellebusch, Third Grade, St. Ignatius Loyola School.
“Crankee Doodle’s pony asked if he wanted to go to town and buy a feather for his hat. Crankee said, ‘No, I do not want to go to town and buy a feather.’
“Does Crankee Doodle decide to go to town? You will have to read the story to find out. I did not like Crankee Doodle’s attitude and when he hurt his pony’s feelings. I did like the story because it was funny.”
Reviewed by Erica Schwoeppe, Fourth Grade, St. Ignatius Loyola School.
“Crankee’s pony wanted to go to town, but Crankee said no. The pony asked if he wanted to go shopping, and Crankee said no. The pony told him that he could buy a feather and stick it in his hat and call it macaroni, and Crankee said no. The pony offered to give Crankee a ride to town, but Crankee told the pony that he stinks. Do you think they will make it to town? I liked this story because it was funny.”
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“The Day the Crayon’s Quit,” by Drew Daywalt.
Reviewed by Alex Fregalette, Second Grade, St. Ignatius Loyola School.
“Today my class read a hilarious book. It was called “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt. It was a fiction book.
“In the story there was a boy named Duncan whose crayons were upset with him because of the way he used them. The gray crayon was tired because he was used to color big things like elephants, rhinos, hippos, and humpback whales. “Sometimes I feel like the pink crayon when I am left out when I have to get caught up on work at recess. I like the way the book was written as letters. It was funny. We were all laughing a lot. I think all ages would like this book. I give it five beehives.
Reviewed by Macey Levin, Second Grade, St. Ignatius Loyola School.
“This was a fiction book. In the story there was a boy named Duncan in class. There was mail on his desk and it was from his crayons. They were mad at him. The blue crayon was upset because he was really short. I liked the part when the peach crayon was naked.
“Sometimes I feel like the beige crayon because I don’t get played with a lot. I think everyone would like this book. I give it five beehives.”
Reviewed by Cole Atkins, Second Grade, St. Ignatius Loyola School.
“In the story there was a boy named Duncan whose crayons were angry at him. I like the black crayon because he just wanted to be used more. The best crayon was orange because orange and yellow over who was the color of the sun.
“I am like the crayons because last summer I was complaining it was too hot. I think all ages would like this book. I would give it five beehives.”
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“Below,” by Meg McKinlay.
Reviewed by Lauren Dickhut, Fourth Grade, Our Lady of Lourdes School.
‘“Below” is a fictional story set in New Lower Grange and Old Lower Grange, which is the old town that officials decided to sink under 200 feet of water to build a dam.
“The main characters are Cassie and her friend Liam. Cassie swims in the lake over Old Lower Grange with Liam. She has to swim six laps every day because she was born nine weeks early and her lungs weren't developed enough. She finds things that relate to the old town. She finds a tree called the Fire Tree with a platform that you could climb up to from the old town to see the view. That's how she finds out the lake is draining, because the tree used to be under water.
“I would recommend this book to my friends who like mysteries. I like Cassie because she is adventurous. I give this book five out of five beehives.”