The Magic School Bus-Review

A crazy teacher. A Lizard. A class full of bored kids. And a School Bus that can transform… What happens when you mix these together? THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS!! Travel into the Human Body, Space, and even back to when the Dinosaurs roamed the earth!

Please note that everything you read below is just my personal opinion. I do not know everything. Nor would I want to. Please also keep in mind, I do not Promote, Support, or Respond to Negative Commentary.

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Series Title/Author:

-The Magic School Bus. Joanna Cole.

Please Note: As far as I’m Aware, Joanna Cole is the sole Author of the books. A google search claims that there are more authors, but I am not sure if this is true. The only author I know about is Joanna Cole.    However, there is a single book that was written by another Author. Which book it was, though? Something about Photosynthesis. 

Original Series

Chapter Books

Scholastic Level 2

TV Show

There is news floating around that the TV Series is getting a Reboot. I do not know if this information is Valid. However, If it is, I’m really happy about that fact! T’was an amazing TV show!!

Times Read:

-Unknown.

One again, I am unsure of the amount of times I’ve read these. I know I read the Original series at least twice. However, the level 2 books and the chapter books I’m not sure about. In my Middle School, we watched the TV series while reading some of the TV Tie-In Books. However, Amazon does not have a “set” of these books. Which is why the link wasn’t added.

Genre:

-Children’s Literature, Fantasy, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Scientific, Adventure, All Ages.

Rating:

-10/10

Age Range:

-Author(s) Suggest: 3-10 for everything.

-My Opinion: Right around 3+. The Website says that everything is suitable for any age. And I have to agree with that. So, 3+. The + is for people like me. That still love the books for kids.

My boss saw me doing research for this review and was wondering why I was looking at something for kids. I didn’t tell him it was for a review I was writing. LOL.

Basic Review:

-A crazy teacher. Mrs. Frizzle. A Lizard.That is always on her head. A class full of bored kids. Who would rather be at home in bed. And a School Bus that can transform. Wait! What?! What happens when you mix these together? THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS!! Travel into the Human Body, Space, and even back to when the Dinosaurs roamed the earth!

Long Review:

-Doesn’t that class sound like so much fun!!? No? Well, why not? Oh, Because it could never happen. Well, That is the magic of The Magic School Bus. It doesn’t have to be real. That is the real Magic. And since a lot of Science is included in Magic, this is the perfect book!!

I am speaking to the kids real quick: Do you remember how I reviewed The Magic Tree House? That series revolved around both History and Magic. This series revolves around Science and Magic. If you liked Magic Tree House, You’ll love Magic School Bus!  OH! And the books are much shorter if that has any appeal to you. 

I forget how old the children are in the books, But I believe the age range is 8-10. Ish. If I’m not mistaken, that age range is 2nd -4th/5th grade. (In American Schools). Cause Kindergarten is 6, right? Anyway.

The reason I stated the ages is because most kids who read these books are right around that age group. And, the class size is much bigger. Most kindergarten classes are around 10-12 students, At least mine was. Traditionally, the higher up in classes you go, the more students are in class. In this specific class, there are 19 students. 2 more are added later in the series. The books are told from the point of view of an unnamed student. This student is just an average school kid. So it is very personable with the younger children.

In my Middle School years, we watched the TV series. A lot of my classmates complained because they thought we were too old to watch a Kid’s show. It may have just been a kid’s show, but it was extremely informational. The first one we watched, and the most memorable, was the human body.

Now, I may get the facts wrong, as it has been a few years since I read/watched the Book/Episode. So, here’s what I think I remember.

Mrs. Frizzle and her class were in the classroom. She is just about to teach them about the human body. And someone asks a question about blood cells. Then Mrs. Frizzle gets an amazing idea! “To The Bus!”, she yells. All but one of her students run onto the bus. Why not all? Because the one student is sick at home.

The bus transforms into a flying bus. And as they travel to the sick kid’s house, the world is getting bigger. Or, are they getting smaller? Sure enough, when they get to the sick kid’s house, they are small enough to fly into the window. And up her nose. And that is where the story gets awesome!

They are the size of a Red Blood Cell.

Quick Fact Time! Who here knows how many red blood cells are located in a single drop of Blood? I ask this because I KNOW you have had a cut before. Just trust me here.

Anyone? Ok, almost 1 Billion Red Blood Cells in 1-2 drops of blood. Now, How many White Blood Cells are in a group of 600 Red Blood cells? 1. So Let’s do math!

If we have we have 1 Billion Red Blood cells, and there is 1 white blood in every group of 600 cells. Then we have……….. Ok, I just used google. I tried to do the conversions and my brain stoped working. Lol. There is anywhere between 7,000 and 25,000 white blood cells per drop of blood.

What do White Blood Cells do? 1: They help fight off disease. They also have the other super ability to make the red blood cells form together. So, They are an antivirus Glue of Sorts. This group of cells rises to the surface of your cut. And they work fast. That is why a Normal Cut Starts to scab over in under an hour. These White Blood cells are the ones that keep us safe. So you can imagine them as Knights in armor.

Sorry, That fact probably had too much information in it. But I hope you now get a better understanding of how tiny they really are. Think about it. They are the size of a red blood cell. There are almost 1 billion red blood cells in a single drop. Yeah, They’re that small!

They get to explore the human body. Not just the nose, But also the Blood vessels! Really Quick Fact! If you look at your veins, you’ll see that they are blue/purple. That is because that is what color your blood actually is. It only turns red when it mixes with oxygen. And that’s as much as I remember from my class… Lol

They visit the stomach, the eyes, the airways, even the BRAIN! Can you imagine how cool that would be?! Well, and terrifying at the same time. But so cool!

I am ashamed to say that I do not really remember the other books all too well. I only remember specific “Scenes”. If you don’t remember: I said in another review that I tend to put myself inside the book. So I can almost relive it whenever I want!

One scene was where they shrunk down again, went into a body of water and waited. Then they got pulled up to the clouds, and it started raining. They were in a drop of rain that turned into a snowflake…. Or was it the other way around? I don’t remember…

Another scene I can remember is where the class visited the ocean floor. I think one of the kids saw that sea plant/creature that looks like a brain. That may have been another book, but I think it was this book.

All In All (by 5th grade we were to never use that phrase again. My teachers would be so disappointed right now.) this is an amazing series to read. For everyone. It goes over the basics of science. And sure, some of the facts may be out of date. But why should that matter?

If you need me, Look for me in Mrs. Frizzle’s next school bus trip!

Why did I choose this book(s)?

-Well, Here’s the real question. Why did I choose it for the review, or just in general?

In general: Because it seemed like a book I would like. And sure enough, I loved it. I’m Just sad that I stopped reading them. But, my reading level progressed so much… So I guess it’s not too surprising then.

Review: I did the review on the Magic Tree House and stated that it was learning about history. And then I remembered that Magic School Bus could help with learning about science. I recommend it for all ages. But if you are younger and need the basics, and an adventure, I highly recommend this book!

Would Recommend?

-Yes. For everyone. I recently did a review on The Magic Tree House. (Link will be added shortly. This is being written 3 weeks before release date. DOW 1-19-17. If I forget, Please don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments or on my Facebook page!) The Magic Tree House is more focused on history. However, this series is focused around Science. This is another series I highly recommend for everyone. Especially Middle and High School students. As studies tend to Drop during those years. This is a good way to Refresh your memory!

Thanks for readin!

-Jack

The Magic Tree House- Review

Have you ever had an amazing imagination? Have you ever wanted to go back in time to view history? Or joining King Arthur and Merlin on their adventures? Or do you just want to be a kid again? Join Jack and Annie as they travel through history and mythic legends. And as they learn more about the world around them!

Please note that everything you read below is just my personal opinion. I do not know everything. Nor would I want to. Please also keep in mind, I do not Promote, Support, or Respond to Negative Commentary.

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Series Title/Author:

Magic Tree House.     Mary Pope Osborn.

Magic Tree House Facts.   Also by Mary Pope Osborn.

-The set of books is almost 200$. So it may be in your best interest to buy all the fact tracker books separately.

Times Read:

-Unkown.

Why? Because I have read so many of the magic tree house books. Some I’ve read multiple times, others I’ve only read once, and others still I’ve never read. So that is why I say Unknown.

I know I made it to book 30 something before I graduated Elementary School (we went from K thru 6). What was my Elementary school you may ask? “No. I didn’t ask…” Cougar Run Elementary! “Ok?”  It was an interesting time spent there. I wasn’t really into the whole friends playing sports thing. “Why are you telling me that?” Why? Because it made me who I am. It is why I enjoy reading so much. Granted, some of it is in my Genes, but it propelled me forward. And now? I’m the author of this blog!!

That 30 something book? Eve of the Emporer penguin or something close to that. I think the school library was ordering the next book when I graduated.

Genre:

-Historical Fiction, Fiction, Fantasy, Non-Fiction, Magic, Children’s literature, Adventure, Informational, Cute.

Rating:

-10/10

Age Range:

-Author(s) Suggest: 6-8

-My Opinion: 6+. Look, Ranges stink. Age 6 is kindergarten/first-grade time. Do teachers really expect us to make that big of a jump in reading level in 2 years?! I know people that are still in a middle school reading level!!

Now, I was a bit different. Seeing as how I read the Lord of the Rings series while my peers were reading Go Dog, Go!, but that is a story for another time. So? Onto the review!!

Basic Review:

-Have you ever had an amazing imagination? Have you ever wanted to go back in time to view history? Or joining King Arthur and Merlin on their adventures? Or do you just want to be a kid again? Join Jack and Annie as they travel through history and mythic legends. And as they learn more about the world around them! And who knows? You may learn something new too!

Long Review:

-So have you? Or are too old for this? If you are, then do me a favor. 1: Close your eyes for 5 seconds, then read the next step. 2: You are a kid again. In your room. And you are wondering about the dinosaurs. (Did it work? I’m not very good at hypnosis… If it didn’t work, just try and imagine it.)

Have you ever wondered about history? Jack and Annie did. But before that, they were just regular kids. Going and playing around outside. Enjoying Mac n Cheese. Going to bed at a respectable hour. And enjoying their history classes. But there was one problem. Their classes didn’t give enough information. And so they came up with a plan.

As they climbed there tree house, a magical thing happened. Wherever Jack and Annie wanted to go, they now could. So they started with the most logical time. The time of the dinosaurs. And this is where our story begins!

How did this happen? I have no earthly idea. But I can tell you one thing for sure. Children have an amazing imagination. And with imagination comes magic. Magic is real, and kids are the only ones that can harness it. It is why they are so wise when they are young. Then they get into their teen years and forget how to be imaginative. Then comes adulthood where they daydream about all their childhood fantasies.

These books are really special. As I stated above, I would still read these if I could. But there is something about these. There is a companion series. For each and every book. (55 books by now, I believe.) The companion series has the Facts about what Jack and Annie did in their adventures. So, Book 1? It was about dinosaurs. And the companion book? It was the non-fiction part about books!

These are a good way to have your child learn something about history. Or, (depending on who’s reading right now) it may be a good way for you to learn about history. And to be a kid again.

Books 1-29 are all about history. Dinosaurs, The American Civil War, and even wooly mammoths!! And their companion books have the real facts. (I believe Jack and Annie appear in those as well. That way they can help you learn what some words mean.)

Now, Books 29-50 something. (Once again, I believe it is 55, but I may be wrong.) These are slightly different. While books 1-29 were meant for entrance level reading, books 29+ are meant for 3rd or 4th graders. The books are longer. Almost 3 times as thick. And that is because this is where the magic comes into play.

How do I mean? It’s actually fairly simple. Everyone here should know something about mythology. And the most well-known mythological creatures? Sphinx, Minotaur, and Thor. I’m sure even most children know about those three. One that is less familiar, though? King Arthur. Now, why is that?

What Kid wants to be a king? Ok, A lot. But they do not know about the most famous king in history. Now, it can be argued that King Arthur was just made up. But I have a feeling that he was real. And so was Merlin.

Mary Pope Osborn changes this, however. She makes them real in the eyes of a child. Jack and Annie now go on quests for King Arthur and Merlin. It is how they got to spend Christmas in Camelot (That was one of the books). In a sense, they become mythological heroes themselves. Well, a hero and a heroine. They save the world of Magic!

Or so I believe they do. Since I only got to read a few of those books before I graduated, I never really did get to see what Jack and Annie were going to accomplish next!

Mary Pope Osborn? I never met her. But what I do know if that she speaks to the hearts of Children everywhere. It doesn’t matter if you are 2, 22, or 122. Inside your heart, you are still a Kid. And if the Kid has grown up, have them read one of these books. In my eyes, that is much better than throwing Mud at the side of a house. Or disobeying Parents.

Can you let me know if You liked this review? I tried to make it more personable for children, but at the same time keeping it informational for the Parents. I do recommend this series. For everyone! Because it is not only Fun but informational as well.

Why did I choose this book(s)?

-As I stated up above, I was in elementary school. I didn’t really have any close friends, and I’ve NEVER been coordinated. Heck, I tried to throw a snowball today 3 different times… Two hit the ground, one hit the tree. I was aiming for the fence… And I have 2 years of baseball under my belt… Pretty sad actually.

Would Recommend?

-Yes. And not just for Kids. I recommend this for all ages. Even High School and College kids. Why? Because it is informative. I had so many friends that hated reading the history books. And they never did well in the classes. But books 1-29? They are all about history!! Had my friends read those instead of watching horror films, they may have done much better in their classes!

If I was sent the entire series, I’d read ’em immediately. They are a link to my past. And those were some of my favorite reading years. Heck, I’d be fine reading them when I’m 30 something. Granted, by that time I’ll probably be reading them to my future kids, but that’s a long way off.

Thanks for readin!

-Jack

Divergent-Review/Series Review

Who are you? More specifically, what are you? Or do you even know? Maybe you are dangerous and outgoing, like your father. Or maybe you are quiet and reserved, like your mother. Or maybe even Neither. Whatever you are, a test is the best way to determine that! So you can be with others JUST LIKE YOU!! And who knows? You may love your new home!

Please note that everything you read below is just my personal opinion. I do not know everything. Nor would I want to. Please also keep in mind, I do not Promote, Support, or Respond to Negative Commentary.

The following character | is used to separate book from series. It will be in a bright green color. 

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Title/Author:

Divergent. | Divergent.    Veronica Roth.

Times Read:

-1 for both.

I personally have not read Four. Which happens to be the fourth book in the series. It is told from the perspective of Tobias. (Nicknamed, Four.)

Genre:

-Horror. Action. Adventure. Suspense. Nail Biting Page Turner. Young Adult. Fantasy. Fiction. Science Fiction. Dystopia. Utopia.

Rating:

-9/10

Parent Story: HERE.         Now, what do I mean by parent story? I do not mean what it usually means. No, this book is not directly related to The Hunger Games. However, The Specific literary genre is the parent story. Now, it can be argued that The Hunger Games was influenced by a different Literary work. but I have not heard of it. Granted, this is just my Library, so that could be why. There are many books that follow the same theme of The Hunger Games, but Divergent takes it to a whole new level. Which is why it is more like the Sibling or best friend of the parent story. I’m just rambling again. Anyways, that is why that link is there.

Age Range:

-Author(s) Suggest: 12+ for both.

-My Opinion: 13+. | 15+ for book 3. For once, I am not terribly angry with an age range. This is more appropriate for book 1. However, since there is a lot of death located in book 3, I recommend 15+.

Basic Review:

-*Who are you? More specifically, what are you? Or do you even know? Maybe you are dangerous and outgoing, like your father. Or maybe you are quiet and reserved, like your mother. Or maybe even Neither. Whatever you are, a test is the best way to determine that! So you can be with others JUST LIKE YOU!! And who knows? You may love your new home!.*

Sound familiar? Nah, I didn’t think so. But what if you saw an ad like that every day? What if you are so different from your family that you think you need to be somewhere else? Well, this simple test will tell you (and everyone watching) exactly where you belong. Even if it has NOTHING to do with what you love.

Long Review:

-What does it mean to be normal? To be honest, I’m not sure. But neither do most people. Tris, on the other hand, she is about as normal as normal can be. Can you do me a favor? Imagine your current landscape. And it is all white and gray. Wouldn’t you just want to claw your eyes out?! I’d go stir-crazy. But that is what Tris and her brother are raised to be.

When you become of age, you are required to take a test. Normally, you go to the “community” where others like yourself are living. And normally, it’s not where you have grown up your entire life. But this test. It is supposed to know your darkest secrets. And what you truly enjoy. So what happens when you have too many deep dark secrets that you enjoy? Well, you are divergent.

What does Divergent mean? The explanation in the book makes my head hurt. So, I’ll explain in a way that makes sense to me. It means that you don’t conform with society. You are so different, that it makes you abnormal. And this rarely happens.

When you get the choice to join a community, it is permanent. You can pick the new community or stay with your old one. But if you choose said one, you stay there forever. You usually only get the 1 option. (not including your home.) But Tris was different. She got two choices. And she chose the community furthest from what she knew. The danger Zone!!

It really is what the community should’ve been named. Most of the kids who go to new zones get picked up in a fancy way. Not the dangerous kids! The get to run onto a train moving at 70 mph. Don’t get caught under the wheels kids! Then, you have to jump off a building to finish it off! And I mean like empire state building.

Tris is scared at first. And she gets made fun of by this big burly kid. But listen to this, He was too big of a wimp to jump off the building first! Who was first? TRIS. And she had no problem! Except that she is a girl and screamed on the way down. Which she gets made fun of for later.

There is this boy that catches her eye. She feels at peace when she sees him. And considering she’s been in a lot of life and death situations, it makes sense. Why? It is revealed later in the series that he was also a divergent. Oh, and being a divergent is taboo.

Tris is always putting herself in danger. Especially for her Four. It is actually really cute. :-). But it gets to point where Four is forced to go and save her. Until the day that he cant save her. <— The reason I don’t really want to pick the series back up again. I’m not a huge fan of when the MC (Main Character) dies. That may just be me, though. Anyways.

By the end of book 1, Tris and four are a thing. If you don’t remember your high school days (or you haven’t made it to high school yet) “A Thing” basically means a couple. Like they are the real deal. And this continues into book 2.

In book 2 everything starts to fall apart. How? Well, it is revealed that the world outside the settlements is destroyed. Literally, nothing left. Like a Nuke was dropped on the city. I think the city used to be Chicago. I may be wrong on that matter, though…

Near the end of book 2, Tris meets the leader of the resistance. The one who has been causing trouble. And this leader is non-other than Four’s mom. Which makes sense why they don’t have a great relationship. Tris agrees to join up in the ranks. They are known as the Insurgents. What does insurgent mean? I have no clue. I’m just assuming it means rebels.

In book 3, everything goes to crap. Tris watches her mother and father get killed right before her eyes. Something happens to her brother as well. Tris is so self-sacrificing that she decides to put an end to everything. So that she can save her Four. She ends up dying, not realizing how much it would hurt Four.

Now Four has no-one left in his life. His mother is gone, His soulmate is gone, and his friends are gone. So he sets off on a new adventure.

As I stated above, I did not read book 4. Which is conveniently named Four. As far as I know, it tells all three books from Four’s point of view. Am I wrong? Probably. But when I read the series in the first place, book 4 wasn’t even a thing. It was more like a surprise for everyone that followed the author religiously.

Which wasn’t me. After I finished the third book, I went back to the person who recommended the series to me. And I told her that I hated the ending of book 3. Who was that person? Doesn’t really matter. I haven’t talked to said person in 2 and a half years….. Fine. She’s the sister of my ex-girlfriend. I’ve known them for a long time. But we just stopped talking. But that’s ok. Not everyone likes me!!

Review? Oh yeah. I forgot. LOL. So let’s recap. Who here knows what a utopia is? It is where everything is perfect. And a dystopia? Where everything looks perfect but is actually horrible. So what are the communities? Read the books and you’ll see that they are a dystopia. Which I would not want to live in. I’d rather stay where I am. Hardships and all! How about y’all? Dystopia, Utopia, or where you currently live? Let me know!

Would Recommend?

-YES. I actually would recommend this book. It is actually a better story than The Hunger Games. Or, it is a more in-depth story. Whichever way is easier to understand. I am trying to take the plurals out of my writing. It sounds accusatory. And I don’t want that. I want y’all to come back!!

Basically speaking, This book is great. But the series kinda goes down hill in the process. I preferred book 1 over the others. Although, Book 2 was also really good. Book 3 was too depressing, though. However, It was a great read, And I think you’ll really enjoy it.

Thanks for readin!

-Jack

Otto Undercover-Review

What happens when a kid gets to leave on his own? Well, He has a driver’s license, owns a racecar, Drinks coffee, and Solves mysteries.

Please note that everything you read below is just my personal opinion. I do not know everything. Nor would I want to. I will not respond to negative comments. 

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Title/Author:

Otto Undercover. Rhea Perlman

Times Read:

-1 or 2

Genre:

-Children’s Litterature, Fiction, Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Rating:

-8/10

Age Range:

-Author(s) Suggest:9-12.

-My Opinion: 9 or 10+. I’m not 100% sure which would be better. But those both seem like good ages.

Basic Review:

-What happens when a kid gets to leave on his own? Well, He has a driver’s license, owns a racecar, Drinks coffee, and Solves mysteries. Oh, and did I mention he was like 12? I know he ain’t in Germany or Russia. Granted, I don’t think they get to drive at 12 either… I might be wrong on that fact, so you can correct me in the comments if you wish.

Long Review:

-What would it be like to solve crimes at a young age? I imagine that you wouldn’t have a grip on reality. Always looking over your shoulder. I mean, how could you be a true kid? Going to the playground. Running to the ice-cream truck. Having a caring family….. Since everything I say on here is just an opinion, you don’t need to listen to what I’m going on about. I was forced to grow up at an early age and missed out on a lot of these things. Back when I was a kid and read these, I thought about how awesome it would be. Now, I see that it would be extremely lonely. But anyway, you came for a review, not a sop story! Doesn’t mean I’m taking it out. Remember, we are having a conversation. 🙂

The reason I really like this book, is because it is educational. Yes, it is fiction. And it is just a kid’s adventure book. But I learned some amazing things from reading this! Like Racecar. Now auto correct wants you to spell it Race Car. But that’s not right. I’m getting off my point. Sorry. There is a word to describe it. It means a word that is the same, both backwards and forwards. I can’t remember the word for the life of me. But there are other words that fit that description. Hannah. Poop. (Threw that one in for the kids. those are the jokes them 6 year olds love.) Racecar. ….. That’s all I can think of. I KNOW there are more. My mind is just drawing a blank.

Oh, and I think that i learned this next fact from this series as well! Purple has no word in the dictionary that rhymes with it. And I think Orange is that way as well. But i may be wrong on that one.

The other reason I like this book and series is the fact that you get to go on an adventure. I love books like that. They keep you in the moment, and make you want to turn the page! Sadly, my generation doesn’t have many avid readers like me. So even though I love the feeling on being sucked into another world, my Peers find reading to be boring. I think it might be because they don’t have any imagination!! (Sorry guys, but it’s true!!)

Back to the solving crimes at a young age? It might be fun. But the only ones who can truly solve crimes is Scooby-Doo and his Gang!! I am not endorsed, nor am I supported by. But I wish I was. Scooby-Doo has a place in my heart. There is NO BETTER cartoon. It even surpasses Looney Toons!! A life gaol of mine is to own every Scooby-Doo show, and movie, so my kid’s and I can enjoy something every saturday! Pretty sad life goal you may say, but I am all about family. Sorry, Getting off track. AGAIN!

What else can I say about this book? It’s short. That seems to be what people like. Granted, I read books that are hundreds of pages long in a few days to a week. So I may not know what i’m talking about :-P. I think you get my point.

Um, I think there are pictures… They are in my library in my basement. I’d need to crack one open in order to tell you. But I’m on the train right now, So… I’m kinda nowhere near home… Lol.

Would Recommend?

-Yes

Thanks for readin!

-Jack

Dr. Seuss-Author Review

Who was Dr. Seuss? No. Who IS Dr. Seuss? Dr. Seuss is an American author, writer, illustrator, cartoonist, animator and publisher who died in 1991. He is most well known for his children’s books. Even to this day, his books are one of the most read!

Please note that everything you read below is just my personal opinion. I do not know everything. Nor would I want to. Please also keep in mind, I do not Promote, Support, or Respond to Negative Commentary.

Please note: I was unable to find another picture that showed tribute to the Iconic Dr. Seuss. His name is Trade Marked, and I am just writing a review. I do not plan on taking his Name. Thank you for reading!!

Author/Recognizability:

-Dr. Seuss.  His real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel.  I say Is because Dr. Seuss is alive in all our hearts. And every Christmas. When we watch Home Alone and Home Alone 2!

Recognizability: One of the most well-known authors in all of history. He wrote so many books, and they all had a rhyming theme to them. Even now when people hear poems like it, they think of Dr. Seuss! Or at least I do.

Most iconic Books:

-He has a “few” Iconic Books. I will only be talking about my 4 favorites, however.

Like I said, just a “Few”. He wrote so many books, but I believe these are the most well known!!

Genres:

-Children’s books*. Fantasy. Magic. Fiction. Classics.

* This isn’t always true, though. Dr. Seuss actually wrote a few books for the adult genres as well. He kept with the same theme, but they are not made for children. That is why I included the Asterisk. <- This symbol *

Rating:

-10/10. I love this author. I started reading his books when I was 9 months old. Now, they were upside down, but I was still reading!!

Age Range:

-Author(s) Suggest: 6-9

-My Opinion: Now this happens to be another instance where I hate the Phrase “Age Range.” I have a much better “Range”.  You listening?

I say ages 4+. You could be 120 years old and still love these books! I’m 19 and love to pick them up! So I guess we can say 4-120. And I say 120 because there are many people who live past 100. Only a few make it past 110. This is for them!

Basic Review/info:

-Who was Dr. Seuss? No. Who IS Dr. Seuss? Dr. Seuss is an American author, writer, illustrator, and publisher who died in 1991. (Now you know me, I am very family Oriented. So this next part sits just fine with me!) Dr. Suess only had 2 wives during his lifetime. Hist first wife died in ’67. Dr. Seuss was a widower for one year. Then in ’68 he married his second wife. They were married until His death in ’91. “Till Death do us Part.” Dr. Seuss really lived to that!

He is most well-known as a children’s book author. However, Dr. Seuss was much more than that. He was a cartoonist and an artist for many magazines after his college life. (He attended both Dartmouth and Oxford. Now THAT is a smart kid!!) He then went to be an animator for the United States Army during the World War 2 era. It was only after the war that he got started on his children’s books career. However, this wasn’t going to be his first time writing. Yes, he did magazines back in the day. His first book was published before the war. But it is not one of his most well known. Not even I knew about it for a long time.

His first book was Published in 1937. Its name is: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. I personally have not read this book. But I can only imagine it is an amazing book!

Truth be told, I firmly believe that Dr. Seuss rivals the great William Shakespeare. And that is really hard to do!!

Long Review of Books:

-Now that we have the basic information out of the way, let us start the reviews on my favorite 4 books!

Green Eggs and Ham:

green_eggs_and_ham This is one of the best books Dr. Seuss wrote. I’m not sure if you’ve ever had Green Eggs and Ham, but it seems like an interesting meal. I’m guessing that the green egg is like the century egg. Basically black. *shudders*. Some people seems to like em. I don’t think I really would, though.  Fun fact real quick, though. Do you know how to pronounce Egg? “Eh-g”. Guess how I pronounce it? No takers? I don’t know why, but I have always pronounced it as “Eai-g”. I pronounce Leg the same way. It’s really 1: sad, and 2: annoying. Anyways…

Also, green ham… To me, that says mold is growing on it. And has been for a while! Call me crazy, But I don’t want to eat anything with mold on it. Granted, I love cheese… And cheese is mold…… But I don’t like Moldy cheese. Like Blue cheese. That stuff makes me sick to my stomach… I love Feta, though!  Alright, I’ll get back to the review.

 The Cat in the Hat:

220px-seuss-cat-hat The most iconic book Dr. Seuss has ever written. Or in my opinion anyway. So let me ask you a question? What happens when your mother will not let you do ANYTHING!!? Well, you get bored. You want to break the rules. But you can’t. So your minds wanders. And that is where the cat in the hat came from. Yes, I know that’s not what the book says. But I am trying to say what would happen IRL.

Brother and sister had the same daydream about a cat that comes to save them from boring hell. And their pet fish learns how to talk. What kid wouldn’t love that?!

Most children don’t like it when their parents tell them that they are not allowed to do anything. My younger brother is an example. Or some of my closest friends. Either they have boundaries that they find a way around, or they have none at all. My brother and I have very strict boundaries. But i love it. It keeps me in check. There is no worse feeling than disappointing my mom. Now yes, I am not Perfect. I have broken the rules before. But when I do there is a serious guilt that lays on me. And I tell my mom almost immediately. But that is because I respect my mom. Sorry… off track again… I do that a lot. Damnit, sorry. You came here for a review!

Anyway, the boundaries thing. One of my buddies had lax boundaries. As such he ended up being really lonely. And he tried to kill himself. more than once too. We are no longer friends, but that is beside the point. What I am trying to say is that even though these two hate the boundaries, it really keeps them in check.

What do I mean by that? well, just read the book. Things get out of control. thing one and thing two go bonkers and make a huge mess. the Cat doesn’t know what to do. And the two kids are doing everything they can to make things right again! (Cat in the hat game for the P.C. was one of my favorites. I played that to death!!) Did anyone ever see the movie? HERE is the link to the IMDB page. Mike Myers played the Cat. He had this Purple goop that made a huge mess everywhere. he encouraged the kids to break the rules. Jump on the couch with dirty feet. Drive illegally. And disobey their mom.

But in the end, the kids pull their bootstraps up and fix the problem. They remove the goop from everywhere and get thing one and thing two back into check.

I love this book. Because, even though it is meant to be entertaining, it teaches a moral at the end. And Dr. Seuss tells the best Morals!

How the Grinch stole Christmas:

how-grinch-stole-christmas His second most Iconic book. Now up above I mentioned Home Alone and Home Alone 2. The reason for this is because the Animated movie was playing. Not the one with Jim Carry, But the original. And I love those two movies. SO FUNNY!!! But You’re not here for that. (I say something later on about that. Or did I say it up above? Either way…)

Who is the Grinch? And Evil hearted Goblin that hates everything that is happy or bright. Hang on, I’ll come back to this in just a moment->

I was reading up on Dr. Seuss and I saw something That caught my eye. Dr. Seuss wrote this book because of something that happened to him. It was during the prohibition, and his family’s brewery was shut down. And I think he was arrested? I didn’t click on the article, but i thought it was very interesting. You always think that an author (Fiction author) just has an amazing imagination. But it looks like their real life actually influences a lot of their writings. Now, is this true? I’m not sure. But if it is, then that explains how the grinch is so mad. Because Dr. Seuss was Mad. And I guess he found a way to move past this problem. Once again, No clue at all if it was true! If it was, then it is one helluva story! Back to the review.

He mistreats his dog, and that right there angers the hell out of me. There is n such thing as a bad dog. Just bad owners. Dogs (Not cats. Cats have their own agendas.) ooze out unconditional love. But I guess that’s why the grinch was such a jerk to his dog.

Every single year he hates the sounds of the happiness of Christmas. so this year he decides to go and steal the Christmas presents and food from everyone in the town below. Even the little crumb for the mouse!! Now he expects that this will be devastating for everyone in the town and can’t wait to hear their cries of agony.

And then he hears something unexpected. Singing. Why? Wouldn’t you be so pissed off is everything you worked so hard for what taken away from you? well, they don’t. In fact, it doesn’t seem to bother them at all. Why? It is because the grinch failed to take away the one thing more important than material goods. Family. All of a sudden, the Grinches heart seems to stutter.

Yes, he’s having a hear attack. of sorts anyway. His heart is growing. Basically from a peanut to an orange. or something like that. But right then, The grinch learned how to be happy. And how to sing. and how to Love.

So he got back on his sleigh and rode the presents to everyone in the town. And at the end of the book, he is singing too.

Oh the places you’ll go!: 

thecuriousg-seuss-the-places-youll-go One of my favorites because it tells you never to give up. How do I mean? Well, I am talking about is the moral of this story. You can’t just wait around for something to happen. Life isn’t a game. The best way I can put this is to describe and use two of my favorite games.

Pokemon vs Skyrim.

In Pokemon, you can’t just wait around for rings to happen. If you just sit there, life won’t continue.  You want to be the very best and catch them all? Then YOU have to get out there and do something about it! You want to go and travel the seas? See things you never get to? Then GO! Stop waiting for things to happen and make them happen!

In Skyrim, it is some of the same deal, but better explained. If you just sit around and wait, nothing will happen. Life will continue around you. You may see a bear or two come in front of you, but you will never get to destroy the dragons just sitting there.

Are you not a gamer? Then here is the best possible explanation I can give you.

A river. Let’s say that we are all either fish, or leaves, and bugs, or even a piece of bark flowing by. You could even be a frog! But there are bumps along the way. A little cove that traps the water and you. A rock that blocks your vision. Someone who forces you into a corner and leaves you there. What are you going to do?

In this book, we are told to get up, get moving, and live life! Where do you want to go? In the river: You are whatever of those things I listed. You want to get to the Amazon river and you are stuck in the Mississippi river in a cover of constantly swirling water. What are you going to do? Just swim there and wait to die? Or are you going to find a way out of your mess? Get back into the flow of the river? and make your way to the Amazon. or the Nile. Or even the open Ocean!

That is what this book is about. Living your life. And not letting anyone take it away from you!!

So what are The Morals that Dr. Seuss left in these books? ↓

Green eggs and ham: Don’t be afraid to try new things. You may enjoy them!

Cat in the hat: Respect your boundaries. But at the same time, Have fun.

Oh the Places you’ll go: Don’t sit around and wait for life to end. Go! Live your life!

How the grinch stole Christmas: Don’t let anger and hatred Fester. We each can move past it! And you will be a happier and better person because of it.  (I did this recently. I made peace with one of the people that made my life a living hell. And I am a much happier person!)

The second moral is that Family is forever. No material good can replace that. Eventually, even Diamonds will fade away. But Family never does.

2 other Morals:

Sneeches: No matter what everyone looks like, including yourself, We can be all accepting. There is no reason why someone with different coloration or marks means they suck. Learn to accept everyone.

Horton hears a who: Everyone, no matter how small and insignificant, deserves a voice and a life. You know what I attribute this one to? Bees. Now, I am deathly allergic to bees and I am terrified of them. But I love honey. I used to stomp on them when I was younger because I was afraid they’d sting me. (I was traumatized by a nest of hornets. Just another stupid thing I did as a kid.) Now I just run away!!

Would Recommend Books by Author?

-Yes. He really knew how to get these Iconic books into your head. And they will never fail!!

Reason Chosen?

-Because he is an Amazing Author. And he rivals William Shakespeare! Look, I am a biased reader. Also “Author”. I say Author because, I am the only person on this blog. But this is My Library! It is how I feel!  My mom has a picture of me reading Dr. Seuss’s book upside down when I was 9 months old!! His books will always hold a special place in my heart! (If I could find the picture in our basement I would include it in here. My mom may know which bin of memorabilia it is in, but I highly doubt it.

Could you let me know what you thought about this? Talking about the author and my favorite books they have written? I rather enjoyed it!

Thanks for readin!

-Jack

Firestorm-Review (15+)

Who is Jack Danielson? All american football high school teen. Talks in chopped sentences. Has a girlfriend. Enjoys life. But one day, that is all stripped away from him. And he must fight to survive. Not just for himself, but all of Humanity.

Please note that everything you read below is just my personal opinion. I do not know everything. Nor would I want to. I will not respond to negative comments. 

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Title/Author:

Firestorm.   David Klass

Times Read:

-1

Genre:

-Science Fiction but also Non-Fiction. Young Adult Fiction. Fiction. Fantasy. Horror themes. Mature themes. Thriller. Adventure.

Not movie horror, but real life horror. Like “what the hell are we doing?!” kind of horror.

Rating:

-10/10

Age Range:

-Author(s) Suggest: 13+

-My Opinion: 15+. There are some more mature themes, but nothing that would make me say that you can’t read it.

Basic Review:

– Jack Danielson is just your average high school senior. Big into Football, has a smoking hot Girlfriend, loves going to his classes, and is getting ready for college. Except that he really isn’t normal. He absorbs all information like a sponge. He can run longer and faster than anyone in his state. And then there’s the fact that people are hunting him down with lasers trying to get the final kill shot. Join Jack as he discovers who he is, where and more importantly When he’s from, and that he’s the only one who can stop the destruction of the world.

Long Review:

– Before I continue, The book is written from Jack’s perspective. Very short sentences, but they tell a story. And Lot’s of words that I haven’t even hear of. Just thought I’d let you know before we continue.

As I stated above, Jack (Not Me.) Is an average teen with normal sexual desires, and loving parents. However, he is never allowed to show how amazing he is. His parents force him to be normal. Never the best nor the worst at things. But that all changes. It is his last football game and he runs the entire length of the field. Touchdown, wins the game! (I don’t really understand football, both American and European, so I may have said things wrong. Sorry!) Statewide news coverage!

Jack is out on a date with his girlfriend P.J. when the lights go silver. A man walks by him and looks right at Jack’s soul. P.J. didn’t notice a thing. When jack got home that night (after P.J. turned him down for their first time…) his parents were furious. And when Jack tells them what happened at the restaurant, they freeze. “They found you.”

Jack’s dad and mom rush around to make sure everything is in order. His mom stays behind. His dad forces him to get into the car and are speeding away. His dad never goes above or under the speed limit. But this time, he’s pushing it to 100mph and more. And he’s telling Jack that he’s not really his dad. And that Jack has to run. Then the car rolls, There are things being fired at them. Jack’s dad Screams for him to run to the boat docked at the pier. And then he pulls out a wicked looking pistol and shoots himself in the foot to get Jack to RUN. It’s the last time Jack ever sees his parents.

In his journey fleeing, he happens upon a girl that plays on his sexual desires. In New York. And then she shapeshifts… And tries to bite his leg off. Asking about a firestorm. Jack finds a way to incapacitate her, and then hears a voice in his head. The voice tells him to go to the closet before the Gorm arrive. Inside is a dog. And together they flee. Albeit, Relunctantly. But the dog betrays him and leaves him to a phsyco ninja who beats the tar out of him. Until Jack starts to learn how to counter the attacks. Keeps taking it until he takes the ninja down. And then the mask comes off.  beautiful girl is staring up at him. He almost forgets about P.J.

She takes it upon herself to train Jack so he can find the firestorm. Through these trials Jack learns who he is, when he came from, and what his fated mission is!

Yeah, we were almost done there. Jack escapes from the pursuing Gorms that Attacked him and Eko. (The ninja.) The lying dog finds a boat for him and jack to escape in. I say boat, but it is little more than a raft. Gisco and Jack make up in the boat. (Gisco is the dog by the way…) Just when they are about to die, a fishing Tanker finds them. “Tanker” may not be the right word. But, it seems fitting. Tanks go and destroy everything around them. This fishing boat threw nets and metal contraptions down into the reefs, just to catch a few fish. Anything that wasn’t their prize they threw back into the ocean. Destroyed thousands of years worth of reefs. Just for a few dollars…

^ That right there is what makes me sick to be human. Cause it’s true. That’s all we do. Destroy. We need to give back. Look, I love to fish. But I fish for sport. No profit. These guys were doing it illegally. I fish with a rod and reel. 9/10 times I don’t keep the fish. I have a fishing license. I am getting the eco-friendly fishing line and hooks that dissolve away in the water. Now you may ask why I don’t keep the fish. For one, I don’t fish to eat them. Sure, here and there I do. But I am allergic to fish. I can only eat small amounts of fish, and very rarely. And I get hives when i touch em. So I wear gloves. I take a picture, and then I throw back. I LOVE the fight! My favorite is Catfish. They love to fight!! Spending time just waiting for the hit, and enjoying nature. Then the hit comes and I’m off to the races!

Sorry, had to get that off my chest. I love nature. I enjoy the relationship we have. But it annoys me when some just use her to their own desires. Namely, $$. So this book reached into my heart. As such, I am going to get books 2 and 3. Soon too!!

Would Recommend?

– Yes. This book made me feel sick to be a human. It shows us what we are doing to the world. And we have the option to start giving back. But we don’t. Not as an entire race.

I hope I convinced you to get this book!! Cause it is bloody amazing! And David Klass deserves MAJOR props!

Thanks for readin!

-Jack

Percy Jackson and the Olympians-Series Review

Some say the gods were just a legend. Others say that they were the manifestation of our misunderstandings of the world.Then there are the few that serve these once mighty beings. Their names will live on forever. Hercules, Percyus, Midas, Minotaur, Hydra. Did the gods really disappear, or are they still among us? Join Percy Jackson and his friends as they discover who and what they really are.

Please note that everything you read below is just my personal opinion. I do not know everything. Nor would I want to. I will not respond to negative comments. 

Series Title/Author:

Percy Jackson and the Olympians.  Rick Riordan

Times Read:

-3 total times. For the whole series. Individually is a different story. It really depends on what my reading taste is that day/week. My reading tastes change constantly. Though I have done my best to stay away from the grim books as of late. Almost 2.5 years now since I’ve read the books about war and espionage. Like the Shadow Recruit series. Or James Patterson’s House series… Alright, I’ll move on.

Genre:

-Adventure, Action, Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction, Page Turner.

Rating:

-10/10

Age Range:

-Author(s) Suggest: 9+

-My Opinion: 10+. I think 10 and older. As the books progress, there are themes (like kissing, Love, Death, and Hate) that kids younger than 10 won’t understand.

Basic Review:

  • Just go to the long review. This is coming up really really late, so I’m not wasting any time. Sorry.

Long Review:

-Some say the gods were just a legend. Others say that they were the manifestation of our misunderstandings of the world.Then there are the few that serve these once mighty beings. Their names will live on forever. Hercules, Percyus, Midas, Minotaur, Hydra. Did the gods really disappear, or are they still among us? Join Percy Jackson and his friends as they discover who and what they really are.

Percy is your average ordinary school kid. Except that he has Dyslexia, ADHD, aaand he happens to get picked on by his teachers. His best friend is a cripple, and his mom is married to a complete jerk.

When his class was at a museum one day, he was called aside to speak to one of his teachers. He didn’t do anything wrong. Or so he thought… he was attacked by his “teacher”. And was called a name he didn’t understand. “Lightning Thief.” I have no doubt he was wondering to himself “Lightning Thief?! How the heck does anyone steal lightning?? I not a scientist crazy lady…”. Well even if he didn’t think that, I would.

This is the point when the Book and Movie divert from each other. In the book, Percy fights his pyscho teacher alone. In the movie, his favorite teacher and crippled best friend show up to help protect him. Whichever way you prefer, it was awesome!

Let us go down the road a bit. (A literal road. :-P). Percy and his best bud (also his mom) are headed towards a camp for his kind. That is when a monster attacked. And things just went downhill from that point forward.

Let us skip ahead a bit. After Percy has his fight, he wakes up in something like a nurse’s office. There is a pretty girl staring at him. Then she says something completely random: “You drool in your sleep.” Now I can’t be the only one who would stare at her, completely confused and shocked, Right?

Percy, and his once crippled friend, start their journey together as fighters! The END!!

Oh, you’re still here? Is it because I skipped over something important? Oh yeah… This is a 5 book series, so there is more to talk about than just book one… How about this->

Percy Jackson never knew his dad. Until the day he hears something in his head. His dad’s voice. How is that possible? I guess nothing is impossible for a god.

Am I making sense any more? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Sorry, have a lot on my mind. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this series!!

Why did I choose this book(s)?

-I was bored in the library one day. And it was just there. (I did tell you I read every book in my Elementary school library, right?) I picked up book one, and read through it like my life depended on it. Every since reading that, I wanted to be a Poseidon  Demi-God. Mostly cause I love the water so much. And since I’m allergic to fish (rashes, vomiting, hives…) we would really get along! Besides, who wouldn’t want to be able to breathe under water and see the ocean?!

Would Recommend?

-yup. And the series after it!

Thanks for readin!

-Jack