Books for Ages 7 to 10
HOW OLIVER OLSON CHANGED THE WORLD, by Clauda Mills.
First, this is a biased review.Â I love Millsâ€™s books and her sense of humor and her self in person.Â We are friends.Â In this story, Oliver and his class are making solar system dioramas in science class and preparing for a sleepover at school when they will view the sky through telescopes, play some space games, and enjoy a movie.Â Oliver tries not to get excited because his parents probably wonâ€™t let him go to a sleepover. Â When they begin working on his diorama, readers see how over-involved his parents are!Â Somehow, Oliver has to work out a number of problems, which he does with the help of Crystal, his friend and science partner at school..Â This was a 2009 Blue Ribbon Book (BCCB) and an ALA Notable Book.
ROXIE AND THE HOOLIGANS, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.
Nine-year old Roxieâ€”sick of being bullied by a group of kids at her schoolâ€”wishes she had the derrring-do and courage of her famous relative, Uncle Dangerfoot and his colleague, Lord Thistlebottom.Â She has nearly memorized their book, Lord Thistlebottomâ€™s Book of Pitfalls and How To Survive Them, yet so far it hasnâ€™t helped.Â But when Helvetiaâ€™s Hooligans (those bullies) come after her again, they all end up in a dumptster that is dumped onto a ship and from there onto an island.Â Fantasy takes over!Â Readers who like fast-paced books and who love to laugh, will cheer for Roxie as she shows those bullies what it really takes to be successful, thanks to Uncle Dangerfootâ€™s advice.Â Wonderful pencil illustrations, too!
Note: Naylor is the author of over 100 childrenâ€™s books, notably the Newbery-winning Shiloh, and the Alice series.
Good Sports: Rhymes About Running, Jumping, Throwing and More by Jack Prelutsky, Ill. by Chris Raschka.
I'm not worth much when it comes to sports, but I try. That attitude describes several good-natured kids in this book, who enjoy a sport even though they're not very good at it. These poems make it clear that sports are games to enjoy. It's great to excel, but it's not the only reason to play sports. Because both author and illustrator have won major awards, you know that quality is foremost here. This book is a terrific gift for a child.
HENRY AND THE KITE DRAGON, by Bruce Edward Hall, Ill. William Low.
Henry Chu and his neighbor, Grandfather Chin, live in New York's Chinatown in the late 1920's, where Mr. Chin builds spectacular kites. One day a gorgeous butterfly kite goes to close to some pigeons owned by boys from an Italian section of town, and the fights begin. How the fights between Henry and his friends against the Italian boys end is the crux of this satisfying, memorable book. Like so many children's books, this one has a message, but it's done so well that I can live with it. The art is enchanting!
BUNNICULA MEETS EDGAR ALLAN CROW, by James Howe.
So many kids enjoy animal fantasy that it's no wonder this well-written, hilarious series is such a hit. This is the 15th title in the series, and a perfect one for gently scaring the reader. Is the odd writer visiting the Monroe family planning to murder Bunnicula? The family animals have their suspicions and so will readers. The combination of humor and suspense is tought to beat!!
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