Coming Soon

Billy Tibbles and his boisterous family are at it again! "Why must I always be the one who remembers everything?" said Dad. The journey to Gran and Grandad's seems endless when Dad keeps having to drive back home for the rest of the family to collect things that they have left behind...

Coming Soon

Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders...

Coming Soon

Set in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the United States, The Malacca Conspiracy is a bone-chilling tale of terrorism on the high seas, of political assassination and nuclear brinkmanship...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Trance

Posted by Life Explorer at 7:14 PM 5 comments
written by Linda Gerber

ISBN:9780142414156
Description:
Ashlyn Greenfield has always known when bad things are going to happen. Each time that familiar tingling at the back of her neck begins, she knows what's to come a trance. She's pulled in, blindsided, an unwilling witness to a horrible upcoming event. But she's never been able to stop it not even when the vision was of her mother's fatal car accident. When soulful Jake enters Ashlyn's life, she begins having trances about another car accident. And as her trances escalate, one thing becomes clear: it's up to her to save Jake from near-certain death.




My Book Comment:
Ashlyn has always known when bad things are going to happen. The doctor had called them trances or visions. Ashlyn and her older sister Kyra have been falling in to trances and having visions since they were little. Ashlyn has had trances all her life. When trances come, she just sees bits and pieces of when a future accident or death might occur. She can’t do anything and has never been able to control or prevent any of her visions from coming true, not even the car accident that killed her mother. After car crash, Ashlyn was seriously injured and her mother died.
When Ashlyn returns home from the hospital, she found life changed. Kyra had taken off and had moved out without any trace. Her father is always gone for work, and doesn’t talk or have much time for her. Ashlyn is left alone really and once have trances of another event that she does want to put it stop. She just doesn’t have an idea how to deal with them. The situation she was in that makes me felt sympathized.
This book is really about how to find yourself and take control of your life. Ashlyn has to learn to deal with everything that is going on and to take control of what happens to her. More important thing is how to connect with friends and figure out the hard time with her father. She knew she could do nothing about what she saw from her trances, but she have to learning to forgive her for what happened. It is not her fault. Once again learning to open up to people and learning to stand up for ourselves that might help. This is an interesting book for me. It includes some tragic and romantic content I do love and enjoy. I recommend it and hope you will do so.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Yuk!

Posted by Life Explorer at 5:25 PM 2 comments
Written by Kes Gray
Illustrated by Nick Sharratt

ISBN: 9780370327907
Description:
Auntie Sue is getting married and Daisy is to be her bridesmaid. But Daisy doesn't do dresses and she certainly doesn't do lovely. Daisy wants to wear a football kit, or scuba gear, but Mum and Auntie Sue drag her off to the dress shop. Daisy thinks everything is "Yuk!" until she strikes a deal.Auntie Sue is getting married and she's asked Daisy to be her bridesmaid. But Daisy doesn't do dresses and she certainly doesn't do lovely. Daisy wants to wear a football kit, or scuba gear, or her leopard skin suit, but Mum and Auntie Sue drag her off to the dress shop. Daisy thinks everything is 'Yuk!' until she finally manages to strike a deal and design her own dress ...


Daisy is a little girl. Her mum wanted her to be a brides maid in Aunntie Sue's wedding. But she didn't do dresses. Mum told her if you don't wear a dress, everyone in the whole world will be sad.

She gave mum several ideas, for example, souba gearor leopard skin suit or football kit. Those are funny.

Sue and mum beg her to come and try some dresses on. She said yes. Sue and mum rushed her to the wedding dress shop before she could change her mind.
She tried all of them in wedding dress shop. Everyone had run out of ideas.

In that moment, she told Sue and mum she got an idea. She wanted to wear one she designed.
When she got home, she laid out some paper on the ground in her room and starting to drawn what she wanted. She pinned the note on her door.
In the Auntie's wedding day, she wore the dress she designed. It was green silk and came with a black ninja headband maximum confetti action belt.

My Comment:
I love this book. It brings me back to my childhood. When I was kid, my parents would make the deal for what they want me to do. Sometime they think your idea was not good beacause I was kid. She is adorable child. She maked a wonderful idea and did a good job. She did what she really want to do. I think it is life. We have to do what we want to do with our passions, even jobs or everything.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Being Fair (Citizenship)

Posted by Life Explorer at 7:08 PM 4 comments

Written by Cassie Mayer

"When you give someone else a turn. Your are being fair." I think so. We learn how to share things with friends."When you let other people choose what to play. You are being fair." It will tell kids how respect other people.

"When you think about how other people feel....you are being fair". I love this page. Many people in the world who don't do that, even not for family.

ISBN:978-0431186825
Description:
This series aims to equip young readers with the knowledge, understanding and skills to become good citizens, whether in school, at home, or in the wider community. Simple text and engaging illustrations are used to teach important principles such as taking turns and sharing, leading by example and following rules. Beautiful illustrations bring these topics to life for young readers. This text helps readers to make choices and understand how their actions affect other people.

My Comment:
This is a nice book for class and family. I love it because it tell something new for kids and remaind things to us. Sometime we only think of the benefit of business, we forgot most important things in our life. Even it is just a book for kids whose age is around 4 to 8. In my mind, it is nice book for me. I hope you will love it too.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Eat, Pray, Love : One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

Posted by Life Explorer at 10:32 PM 4 comments
Written by Elizabeth Gilbert


Interviewing Author

Movie Trailer

Audio version

ISBN: 978-0143038412
Description:
This beautifully written, heartfelt memoir touched a nerve among both readers and reviewers. Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, house in the country, career) and find, instead, what she truly wanted from life. Setting out for a year to study three different aspects of her nature amid three different cultures, Gilbert explored the art of pleasure in Italy and the art of devotion in India, and then a balance between the two on the Indonesian island of Bali. By turns rapturous and rueful, this wise and funny author (whom Booklist calls "Anne Lamott’s hip, yoga- practicing, footloose younger sister") is poised to garner yet more adoring fans.

My Comment:
If the world around you is not out of control for you, what and how can you do? Avoid it? Overcome it? Or is it time to find a new world as good as it will be? Or take on vacation for travelling? You might have this kind of questions in your mind long time ago. Regarding many people point of views, they could not quit what they own or hold in the hand. Because mainstream tells us must coloring inside the line. So we will be afraid to lose some things we already have. That’s why I love this book so much.
If no limitation in your mind, I think you should choose your new world you really want. The book is talking about the trip author has been experiencing and what’s happened during. Author found happiness and self-confidence after trip. She has been suffering the pain of divorce. Then she quit her jobs and plan traveling for one year. She went to three countries, three countries (Italy, India and Indonesia). In Italy, she enjoyed the food. In India, she found true happiness and peace. In Indonesia, she found soul mate. After the trip she got a huge change in her mind. So I recommend it. You will love it.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Cool Dog, School Dog

Posted by Life Explorer at 6:52 PM 2 comments
Story by Deborah Heiligman
Illustrations by Tim Bowers
Author interview:

Author reads book to her dog

ISBN: 978-0-7614-5561-5
Description:
Tinka is a cool dog, a school dog, a breaking-all-the-rules dog.A hall dog, a ball dog, a crash-into-the-wall dog.Join Tinka, a dandy, sandy Golden Retriever, as she unexpectedly visits her owner at school and helps his class learn to read. Bright illustrations rendered in acrylic paint add to the excitement in this playful back-to-school story about a boy and his "loves-to-hear-a-book" dog.

My Comment:
I have to thank my friend for recommending this book. I ordered one and can’t wait to share with you.
This book descript golden retriever whose name is Tinka. She loves the little boy, and do not want to separate with him. Every day she is sad to watch him going to school.
One day she goes to school and gets all things chaos, makes teachers mad at her. Finally they decided to read book for her. And she becomes a good dog.
Tinka’s story tells us reading can let clam and get more fun. I recommend this book strongly. I also like the rhyme in it.

Tinka a joy dog, a boy's dog, a chews-a-brand-new-toy dog.
Tinka is a bad
dog, a sad dog, a makes-our-teacher-mad dog.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

How Science Works (How it works)

Posted by Life Explorer at 6:52 PM 2 comments
Written by Judith Hann
Chapter 1 show us how to make rocket and introduce so many things about SPACE. How the power of rocket or spacecraft comes from and how to live in SPACE etc. Make me so excited!

Chapter 2 introduce how the air and fuel inside a diesel engine heat up as the are squashed.

Chapter 2 show us how to make car with paper.

Chapter 4 show us how to make boat with recycled bottle.

Chapter 3 introduce how the power of sail-boat comes from.

Chapter 4 show us how to make airplane.

Chapter 5 show us how to make CRANE.

ISBN: 978-0751308327
Description:
A hands-on introduction to the world of science for all the family. Packed with experiments and fun projects using safe, readily available ingredients from around the home.
My Comment:
This book introduces the younger reader to the science principles behind working machines. See how cranes lift, tractors pull, ships float, planes fly, and much, much more. Test each principle by building a model car with working parts, a crane that lifts, a glider that flies, powered boats, and a rocket that really takes off.
I bought it long time ago. This weekend I had to go to my brother's house to help him look after my nephew and some kids. So I found it and read it again. They always have outside activities. I thought they could have different activities because of me. This book can inspire them to learn new things and know how things which are in our life work. I was happy they were quite excited with me. I just showed them and explain some intresting stuff. And more important thing is let them make their own paper car and airplane. They did nice job as well. It was a happy weekend for us!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

My First Book of the Body

Posted by Life Explorer at 11:48 PM 2 comments
Written by Chuck Murphy

ISBN: 978-0590203159
Description:
Explains which parts of the body perform various functions and how they move and work with interactive lift-flaps and colorful pop-up scenes that spark the curiosity of young readers.

My Comment:
My friend help me get the book for my nephew who is three year-old kid. I think it is good book for kid to learn parts of our body with cute illustrations. It tells kids must to sleep at night, because we are growing strongly when we are sleeping. I hope my nephew will love it!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Seasons (Cycles of Life)

Posted by Life Explorer at 6:11 PM 2 comments
Written by David Stewart & Alan Baker
Illustrated by David Salariya

ISBN: 978-0531148440
Description:
Watch as the seasons come and go, bringing change to the countryside - from the new leaves, flowers, and baby animals of spring to the leafless trees and cold of winter.Beautifully detailed time-lapse illustrations by Alan Baker show the cycle of the seasons using a unique split-page format.
My Comment:
My Uncle gave this book to me for gift when I was a kid. I thought I still feel interested in it. The Earth is such as a magician who can change color of each season because of the Earth around sun. Follow this book first you are going to know how trees change in each season and lifestyle of various animals even plants. I love illustration of this book. It is cute and vivid for me. Kids can step by step know what happened in different seasons easily. The special part is unique split-page format. I hope you will love it too! Enjoy reading and fun.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Where Are You Now?: A Novel

Posted by Life Explorer at 8:01 AM 2 comments
Written by Mary Higgins Clark

ISBN: 978-1416570882
Description:
From America's Queen of Suspense comes a gripping tale of a young woman trying to unravel the mystery of a family tragedy -- a quest with terrifying repercussions.
It has been ten years since twenty-one-year-old Charles MacKenzie Jr. ("Mack") went missing. A Columbia University senior, about to graduate and already accepted at Duke University Law School, he walked out of his apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side without a word to his college roommates and has never been seen again. However, he does make one ritual phone call to his mother every year: on Mother's Day. Each time, he assures her he is fine, refuses to answer her frantic questions, then hangs up. Even the death of his father, a corporate lawyer, in the tragedy of 9/11 does not bring him home or break the pattern of his calls.

Mack's sister, Carolyn, is now twenty-six, a law school graduate, and has just finished her clerkship for a civil court judge in Manhattan. She has endured two family tragedies, yet she realizes that she will never be able to have closure and get on with her life until she finds her brother. She resolves to discover what happened to Mack and why he has found it necessary to hide from them. So this year when Mack makes his annual Mother's Day call, Carolyn interrupts to announce her intention to track him down, no matter what it takes. The next morning after Mass, her uncle, Monsignor Devon MacKenzie, receives a scrawled message left in the collection basket: "Uncle Devon, tell Carolyn she must not look for me."

Mack's cryptic warning does nothing to deter his sister from taking up the search, despite the angry reaction of her mother, Olivia, and the polite disapproval of Elliott Wallace, Carolyn's honorary uncle, who is clearly in love with Olivia.

Carolyn's pursuit of the truth about Mack's disappearance swiftly plunges her into a world of unexpected danger and unanswered questions. What is the secret that Gus and Lil Kramer, the superintendents of the building in which Mack was living, have to hide? What do Mack's old roommates, the charismatic club owner Nick DeMarco and the cold and wealthy real estate tycoon Bruce Galbraith, know about Mack's disappearance? Is Nick connected to the disappearance of Leesey Andrews, who had last been seen in his trendy club? Can the police possibly believe that Mack is not only alive, but a serial killer, a shadowy predator of young women? Was Mack also guilty of the brutal murder of his drama teacher and the theft of his taped sessions with her?

Carolyn's passionate search for the truth about her brother -- and for her brother himself -- leads her into a deadly confrontation with someone close to her whose secret he cannot allow her to reveal.

My Comment:
This book will make you feel shudder not bloody. I couldn’t put it down this book, either. This book describes a person who has mental illness is stalking prey in the streets of Manhattan. There are four women who disappeared by some reasons. They might be died. One day a boy who is called Mack has been also missing for 10 years, but he gives his mother once call in Mother's Day every year. He told to his mother that he is fine; Please do not look for him.
However, Carolyn (Mack's sister) also thinks that things are so strange, she found New York Police, even private detective, to search where Mack is now. Unfortunately, she couldn’t find him. Carolyn did not give up finding Mack. Her resistance will push her to dangerous situation.
Does Mack still alive? If yes, what happened to him, and why everyone can’t find him? He is a killer or not? If not, who would make many disappeared victims? So many questions you must figure out, you can’t stop reading.
Mary Higgins Clark is leading the readers into the world of suspense and mystery, so that the readers’ heart is pounding fast, want to clarify the reason of all questions, and let readers caught by the story.In the suspense novel, the author Mary Higgins Clark is a very nice author, I like each plot of this novel and never make me feel bored.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pathfinders: Earthquakes & Volcanoes

Posted by Life Explorer at 9:41 AM 1 comments
Written by Lin Sutherland

Class for Earthquakes & Volcanoes-1(not sure using this book)


Class for Earthquakes & Volcanoes-2(not sure using this book)


Class for Earthquakes & Volcanoes-3(not sure using this book)


Class for Earthquakes & Volcanoes-4(not sure using this book)


ISBN: 978-0794402655
Description:
ARE YOU READY TO ROCK AND ROLL?

Because that's what's happening beneath your feet every day, even though most of the time you can't feel it. Giant plates on the surface of our planet are always afloat on the soft, hot rock of Earth's interior. Sometimes the plates grind against each other and suddenly shift position -- that's what makes an earthquake. Other times, hot rock seeps through a gap in the plates and bursts onto the surface as a volcano. You're about to learn more about Earth's amazing, shifting surface in Earthquakes and Volcanoes.

The forces that unleash earthquakes and volcanoes are among the most powerful in nature. Did you know that an earthquake can have 400 times the power of all the nuclear bombs ever exploded? Or that a single volcanic eruption can change the weather around the world? These pages offer plenty of fascinating facts to get you thinking, and that's just the start. You'll get a behind-the-scenes look at some amazing scientific discoveries in the "Inside Story" sections, or find out how to put some science to the test in the "Hands On" features. You can read up on a topic, and then jump straight to a related yet different one.

My Comment:
This is a great book for class or family if you are interested in earthquakes and/or volcanoes. The book is divided into three parts: the Dynamic Earth (dealing with the inner earth); Earthquakes; and Volcanoes. I love the vivid illustrations and photos than my nephew does. I will show you some parts of the book introducing as below.
First Part:
-Do you know how the planets in our solar system formed?
-How do some collisions between plates from volcanoes?
-Can a continent really split in half? What happens when it does?
-What happens when sections of the crust collide?
-When rock layers move in different directions, faults form. What type of fault is this?
-Did you realize that this island is the top of a volcano?
Second Part:
-Where do earthquakes begin?
-Earthquakes under the sea can create huge waves. What are they called?
-What kind of seismic wave moves the land from side to side?
-What kinds of buildings resist earthquakes best?
-Most earthquakes occur at the edges of tectonic plates. Is there an earthquake zone near you?
-Why do earthquakes occur regularly along the west coast of the United States?
-The highest mountain in Japan is also a volcano. What is it called?
Third Part:
-What kind of eruption is this?
-Did you know that volcanoes make bombs?
-Whey would you need a gas mask near a volcano?
-Which volcano spread ash around the globe in 1991?
-Why do parts of Earth spout like a boiling kettle?
-Would you recognize an ancient volcano if you saw one?
-By studying lava under a microscope, scientists can learn about Earth's interior.
-On which Pacific island did the longest flank eruption in history occur?
-How have volcanoes helped us to learn about ancient civilizations?
-Did you know that spreading along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is tearing an island apart?
-On May 18, 1980, one of the century's largest eruptions occurred in the U.S.A. What was name of the volcano?
-Did you know that you can see traces of volcanic activity on the face of the Moon?

I like to know what kind of place we live. It is not too hard to study the book. I also share the class video for you. I hope you like it and enjoy it. Good luck.

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Notebook

Posted by Life Explorer at 1:27 AM 1 comments
Written by Nicholas Sparks
The video is the movie trailer:


ISBN: 978-0446605236
Description:
"Somewhere," muses Noah Calhoun, while sitting on his porch in the moonight, "there were people making love." The Notebook, a Southern-fried story of love-lost-and-found-again, revolves around a single time-honored romantic dilemma: will beautiful Allison Nelson stay with Mr. Respectability (to whom she happens to be engaged), or will she choose Noah, the romantic rascal she left so many years ago?

My comment:
This book is written by Nicholas Sparks who is one of my favorite writers. I like the structure of this story. It is not a typical love story; boy and girl meet each other and fall in love, and then separated by parents. A few years later, they meet again and get married then have a happy life forever. I think it is quite different. In 1932, Noah Calhoun and Allie Nelson who are teenagers fall in love. They are separated by some reasons for few years. Noah joins the WWII, after that, Allie has his news from newspaper. She goes to see what’s going on with him. Do you think they will be together again? Why doesn’t Noah write Allie? Any misunderstanding is between both? We have to go on reading for curiosity.
This book will catch your eyes and can’t put it away. It makes you imagine you were Noah or Allie that you were dancing each other on the center of street. That’s so romantic sense. You will love this book, but must prepare tissues to wiping away tears.

Friday, September 24, 2010

A Bad Case of Stripes

Posted by Life Explorer at 12:52 AM 2 comments
Written by David Shannon


Video of the book



ISBN: 978-0439598385
Description:
Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she never eats them. Why? Because the other kids in her school don't like them. And Camilla Cream is very, very worried about what other people think of her. In fact, she's so worried that she's about to break out in…a bad case of stripes!

My Comment:
Camilla Cream, who is a little girl, always do things as her classmates do. She is always worried about how people think about her. She tries 42 clothes at night before school. She finds which cloth she wants. But she gets in trouble. Her body has lots of stripes with many colors. Her mom finds many doctors to check her out. They could not cure her. It gives us two points of view. We don't worry about how other people think of us too much. What professors told is only for reference. Only you really understand yourself. You must be yourself. You can watch to video skimming the book.
Author uses crazy story and vivid drawing to show his idea for kids, even adult. It is a nice book for all of us.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Dancing Bear

Posted by Life Explorer at 8:20 AM 1 comments
Written by Michael Morpurgo
Illustrated by Christian Birmingham


ISBN: 978-000674511
Description:
A gentle and deeply moving story of a young girl and her bear, told with great charm by a master storyteller. High in the mountains, in a tiny village, an abandoned bear cub is adopted by a lonely orphan child. Soon they are inseparable, beloved by the whole village -- safe, until the arrival of a glamorous film crew who need a dancing bear!

My Comment:
The story featured an orphaned bear cub. And Roxanne(7-year-old) who lives alone with her 'dour and unloving' grandfather in the French Pyrenees. Life is ruled by the mountains, sheep, snow and drought there. She finds and adopts the bear cub(his name is Bruno). Her fatger opposed initially that she want to keep Bruno the bear cub. One person who has a different idea thinks keeping the bear cub will bring some positive benefits. So her father was convinced by that.
Years later, Roxanne who a sweet girl sings like an angel. Finally, the media find and interest, the outside world intervenes: Bruno is to become a performing, dancing bear and Roxanne a singing star. This a very moving tale.

Change of Heart

Posted by Life Explorer at 6:58 AM 2 comments
Change of Heart:A Novel
Written by Jodi Picoult


ISBN: 978-1845070830
Description:
The acclaimed #1 New York Times bestselling author presents a spellbinding tale of a mother's tragic loss and one man's last chance at gaining salvation.

Can we save ourselves, or do we rely on others to do it? Is what we believe always the truth?

One moment June Nealon was happily looking forward to years full of laughter and adventure with her family, and the next, she was staring into a future that was as empty as her heart. Now her life is a waiting game. Waiting for time to heal her wounds, waiting for justice. In short, waiting for a miracle to happen.

For Shay Bourne, life holds no more surprises. The world has given him nothing, and he has nothing to offer the world. In a heartbeat, though, something happens that changes everything for him. Now, he has one last chance for salvation, and it lies with June's eleven-year-old daughter, Claire. But between Shay and Claire stretches an ocean of bitter regrets, past crimes, and the rage of a mother who has lost her child.

Would you give up your vengeance against someone you hate if it meant saving someone you love? Would you want your dreams to come true if it meant granting your enemy's dying wish?

Once again, Jodi Picoult mesmerizes and enthralls readers with this story of redemption, justice, and love.

The author was talking about this book.


My Comment:
Jodi Picoult's the book (Change of Heart) around an “angelic” (not really) death row, he has a deep desire is to donate his heart to his victim's sister. Is it challenge for the victim? Yes, for the victim that agrees or not is kind of inner torment. Death row wants to create a miracle in this way, and want to achieve the purpose of inner atonement himself. Is it really good way from a prisoner to the Messiah in this way? How does the mother of a dying sister make decision? She asked herself whether they could put away hatred and accept the executed the donated heart of a prisoner who killed her other child.
Jodi Picoult is good to use the short chapters explaining her point of view. She shows up that a new ethical issues - the death penalty. This book describes the situation of both parties in court, it is full of dramatic plot, and an unbelievable result in the end of the book. Even thought I am not interested in the law and religion, I love this book.
If you like philosophy, religion or law, you can try to read this book!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Looking After Louis

Posted by Life Explorer at 1:19 AM 2 comments
Written by Rita Marshall
Illustrated by Etienne Delessert


ISBN: 978-1845070830
Description:
"There's a new boy at school called Louis. Louis sits next to me and I look after him. He's not quite like the rest of us. Sometimes I wonder what he's thinking about. He often just sits and stares at the wall. If I ask him what he's looking at he says, 'Looking at' and carries on looking." This introduction to the issue of autism shows how - through imagination, kindness, and a special game of football - Louis's classmates find a way to join him in his world. Then they can include Louis in theirs.

Comment:
I haven't know the autistic students. When I read this book, I realize what is Autism and which symptoms they have. This is a good book for class. People have to know how to treat the other and care how other people feel not being selfish. When Louis who has autism goes to a school his classmates try very hard to understand him. They want to include him in their activities but they don't know how. One girl offers him crayons, and suggests he draw. Sooner Louis could draw pictures and play football with his classmates. This book is a valuable leason for young readers. I recommand it!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Pond Life (Cycles of Life)

Posted by Life Explorer at 1:12 AM 0 comments
Written by David Stewart & Mark Bergin
Illustrated by Carolyn Scrace

ISBN: 978-0531148433

Description:
Explore the world of a pond from the plants that provide food and shelter to the many different creatures that develop, breed, and hunt beneath the water.

Comment:
I think it is good book for classroom. It will bring you going through the life cycle of frogs from sping to winter. It is not only for children, also for adult. We live on the earth, and must know some knowledge about it.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I Still Hate to Read!

Posted by Life Explorer at 1:07 AM 2 comments
Written by Rita Marshall
Illustrated by Etienne Delessert


ISBN: 978-1568461748
Description:
Victor Dickens hates to read! Alway has. Or at least, that's what everyone but his faithful dog Paige has been led to believe. But Victor has a secret....In this sequel to the popular I Hate to Read!, young Victor Dickens, who publicly claims to hate reading, continues his imaginative literary adventures while accompanied by his dog Paige.

Comment:
The book's title is "I Still Hate to Read" that is about a little boy (Victor) do not like reading books, but it does not really mean Victor is not like to read. In fact, Victor just do not like to do homework, do not like following his mother's book list. This mentioned he has the secret friends, such as a rabbit, crocodile, parrot and mouse. The only one to share feelings with him is his pet - lioness, its name is Page.
One day the teacher gave them assignment to bring lion's stuff to aid reading class, then read a book about a lion, Victor decided to take Page to class; Finally his reading score is A+; we take a look at him how he's done.
The book's style is very special, very lively, imaginative content of the story!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Everything's Eventual 1408

Posted by Life Explorer at 10:40 PM 2 comments
Everything's Eventual 1408
Written by Stephen King






ISBN:978-1416552130
Description:
International bestselling author Stephen King is in terrifying top form with his first collection of short stories in almost a decade. In this spine-chilling compilation, King takes readers down a road less traveled (for good reason) in the blockbuster e-Book "Riding the Bullet," bad table service turns bloody when you stop in for "Lunch at the Gotham Cafe," and terror becomes dejavu all over again when you get "That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French" -- along with eleven more stories that will keep you awake until daybreak. Enter a nightmarish mindscape of unrelenting horror and shocking revelations that could only come from the imagination of the greatest storyteller of our time.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Showbiz Sensation

Posted by Life Explorer at 10:09 AM 8 comments
Showbiz Sensation: Showbiz Superstar
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

ISBN: 9781847387271
Description:
Once upon a time, there was the cutest fluffy bunny-wunny called Flopsy. She lived in a house with a little girl called Susie and her family. Flopsy spent every day staring out of her cage and nothing exciting ever happened to her. The End.

Awwww, now wasn’t that a lovely story? In fact, that’s probably how things did turn out for the other rabbits in Noah’s Ark Pet Shop the day the Wilson family came in to buy a bunny. But from the moment The Wilsons got their new pet home it be came clear that she was no ordinary rabbit. And she wasn’t putting up with a wimpy name like ‘Flopsy’, either. Harriet Houdini had hopped into their lives and things would never be boring again.

After winning the village pet show, Harriet is whisked into the world of show business and finds herself competing in a talent show. If she wins, she’ll be a national star but there are other pets with their eye on first place. Can Harriet compete with an opera singing Poodle? And who is the mysterious man who offers to buy her?

Read Showbiz Sensation, the first book in the Stunt Bunny series, to find out more. (Out May 2010) And Harriet will be getting into more hot water later next year too!

from Tamsyn Murray Online!

The Fire Within

Posted by Life Explorer at 12:07 AM 3 comments
The Fire Within
By Chris D'Lacey

ISBN: 978-0439672443
Description:
When David moves in with Liz and Lucy, he discovers a collection of hand crafted, clay dragons that comes to life and has magical powers. David's personalized dragon, Gadzooks, can forecast the future, and inspires him to write a story which reveals the truth behind an unsolved mystery close to home. The story has an unhappy ending, and when David realizes the consequences of it he is angry. Then David finds Gadzooks crying and near death, and he discovers that these special dragons die when they are not loved. Soon David is forced to save his friend and unlock the powers of the fire within.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Ghostgirl: Lovesick

Posted by Life Explorer at 9:08 AM 2 comments
Ghostgirl: Lovesick
By Tonya Hurley

ISBN: 978-0316070263
Description:
Before she can rest in peace, Charlotte Usher must return to the tragic site of her death: high school. Once there, her assignment is to help a designated teen solve a personal problem in time for the all-important prom. But no one explained what happens if you fall in love with your class project. Charlotte would die (again) for love but facing the all-too-familiar feeling of invisibility may be too much for her to swallow.

The Body Finder

Posted by Life Explorer at 8:51 AM 5 comments
The Body Finder
ISBN: 978-0061779817

Description:
Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved by her hope that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.

Duma Key

Posted by Life Explorer at 8:39 AM 1 comments
Duma Key
ISBN: 978-1416552963

Description:
No more than a dark pencil line on a blank page. A horizon line, maybe. But also a slot for blackness to pour through...A terrible construction site accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. A marriage that produced two lovely daughters suddenly ends, and Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived the injuries that could have killed him. He wants out. His psychologist, Dr. Kamen, suggests a "geographic cure," a new life distant from the Twin Cities and the building business Edgar grew from scratch. And Kamen suggests something else.

"Edgar, does anything make you happy?"

"I used to sketch."

"Take it up again. You need hedges...hedges against the night."

Edgar leaves Minnesota for a rented house on Duma Key, a stunningly beautiful, eerily undeveloped splinter of the Florida coast. The sun setting into the Gulf of Mexico and the tidal rattling of shells on the beach call out to him, and Edgar draws. A visit from Ilse, the daughter he dotes on, starts his movement out of solitude. He meets a kindred spirit in Wireman, a man reluctant to reveal his own wounds, and then Elizabeth Eastlake, a sick old woman whose roots are tangled deep in Duma Key. Now Edgar paints, sometimes feverishly, his exploding talent both a wonder and a weapon. Many of his paintings have a power that cannot be controlled. When Elizabeth's past unfolds and the ghosts of her childhood begin to appear, the damage of which they are capable is truly devastating. The tenacity of love, the perils of creativity, the mysteries of memory and the nature of the supernatural -- Stephen King gives us a novel as fascinating as it is gripping and terrifying.


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Bad Habits

Posted by Life Explorer at 9:15 AM 0 comments
Bad Habits
ISBN: 9780140564518

Description:
Just what is to be done with Lucretzia Crum? Everyone has a few bad habits. But Lucretzia has all of them! She's the burping-est, spitting-est, kicking and screaming-est girl in the whole town. And worst of all, her friends think Lucretzia's the cool-est! So what can be done with such a girl? Well...with her deceptively calm mom and mad scientist dad working on a number of wacky ways to tame their wild "little monster," it seems that Lucretzia's just deserts will soon be served!
Comment:
This is good books for class. It makes children realize what bad habits really are. For example, BURPING, SPITTING, FARTING, SWORE AT PARENTS etc. those are bad habits. Its illastration is also cute. I will buy one for my nephew.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Family Tree

Posted by Life Explorer at 12:41 AM 2 comments
Family Tree
Written by Barbara Delinsky

ISBN: 978-0-7679-2518-1
Description:
For as long as she can remember, Dana Clarke has longed for the stability of home and family. Now she has married a man she adores, whose heritage can be traced back to the Mayflower, and she is about to give birth to their first child. But what should be the happiest day of her life becomes the day her world falls apart. Her daughter is born beautiful and healthy, and in addition, unmistakably African-American in appearance. Dana’s determination to discover the truth about her baby’s heritage becomes a shocking, poignant journey. A superbly crafted novel, Family Tree asks penetrating questions about family and the choices people make in times of crisis.



Comment:
FAMILY TREE is talking about racism, and whether color has anything to do with what a person is really all about. I enjoyed the book a lot actually, as I found the search for Dana's roots interesting. I believe that DNA never lies whatever people have black or white or yellow in her background. They are all people. We can respect each other. If you agree this book or not, no problem to write your comment.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Nightshade City (Book Trailer)

Posted by Life Explorer at 8:54 PM 4 comments
Nightshade City
ISBN: 978-0823422852

Description:
Deep beneath a modern metropolis lies the Catacombs, the kingdom of remarkable rats of superior intellect. Juniper and his maverick band of rebel rats have been plotting ever since the Bloody Coup turned the Catacombs, a once-peaceful democracy, into a brutal dictatorship ruled by decadent High Minister Killdeer and his vicious henchman, Billycan, a former lab rat with a fondness for butchery. When three young orphan rats--brothers Vincent and Victor and a clever female named Clover--flee the Catacombs in mortal peril and join forces with the rebels, it proves to be the spark that ignites the long-awaited battle to overthrow their oppressors and create a new city--Nightshade City.



Comment:
This is a AWESOME book. I've never read a book about rats before. I can't believe these rats are vivid which make me scaried. But I still want to pick up the copy. I can't wait.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Children's Book on San Diego

Posted by Life Explorer at 10:38 PM 5 comments
Description:
Learn about San Diego in a rhyming picture book with the loveable adventurous Becka! See also: India, San Fran, San Diego, Chicago, North Pole and All Around Town.




Comment:
This is colorful journey. Enjoy it with your kids.

The Worst Best Friend

Posted by Life Explorer at 10:14 PM 3 comments
Description:
Trailer for children's book, THE WORST BEST FRIEND by Alexis O'Neill, pictures by Laura Huliska-Beith, Scholastic Press 2008. A funny look at loyalty, friendship and a what it means to be a true-blue friend.




Comment:
Let child know how to know the friendship. Funny illastration.

The Recess Queen (Book Trailers)

Posted by Life Explorer at 10:04 PM 0 comments
Description:
Trailer for children's book, The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill, illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith, published by Scholastic Press.




Comment:
It is fun video for me.

The Big Field (Book Trailer)

Posted by Life Explorer at 9:57 PM 1 comments
Description:
The Big Field is a lovely new picture book for all children and an important addition to resources for the Early Years curriculum. Patterned after books of hours, it is a month-by-month account of life on a farm at the edge of the Atlantic Rainforest in South America. Birds, flowers, butterflies, and bugs abound in a warm and gentle story of three young children living on their grandmothers farm and learning from her the seasonal changes and simple activities that often mirror those of children in the northern hemisphere. The subtext of the grandmothers determination to reforest the big field of the title gives hope and a way forward to young children as they learn about nature in the modern world.





Comment:
I think this book is great concept for the classroom. Let chilren know how beautiful the earth is.

Nit Boy (Book Trailer)

Posted by Life Explorer at 9:50 PM 0 comments
Description:
3D Animated Trailer for Tristan Bancks's brand new children's book series, Nit Boy (www.nitboy.com), about two blood brothers - Lewis, who has the worst case of nits in world history, and Ned, a nit that lives on his head.
Laugh. Cry. Itch. Animation by Peter Leary @ The Animators, Music by Charlton Hill, Sound Bytes by Murray Burns / Peter Haddock, Written and Voiced by Tristan Bancks, Produced by Wendy Gray. Book Publisher: Laguna Bay Publishing. Based on Illustrations by Heath McKenzie.





Comment:
This is kind of Coooooooool!

ME WITH YOU (Book Trailer)

Posted by Life Explorer at 9:41 PM 0 comments
Video trailer for children's picture book, ME WITH YOU
written by Kristy Dempsey
illustrated by Christopher Denise




Comment:
This is very charming!

Up, Up and Away (Book Trailer)

Posted by Life Explorer at 9:33 PM 0 comments
Up, Up and Away Children's Book Trailer: Ginger Wadsworth




Comment:
The voice is very adorable and cute. The video lets me return my childhood. But not spider, it was bees. My parents was the owner of bees farm.
 

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