Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Middle School Ultimate Showdown - a book review

Hi everyone.  Welcome to Storywraps.  It is a gorgeous day here in Missisauga with a bit of a chill in the air this morning but with a promise of the day heating up nicely enabling me to get outside and enjoy that spring weather.  Here's a question to solve if you can from:

Biggest and Best

Who is the most beloved children's author and illustrator of all times?  Think on it and I will supply the answer here tomorrow for you.

Today's featured book:

Title:  Middle School Ultimate Showdown
Author:  James Patterson and Julie Bergen

Take a peek inside.  It is packed full from cover to cover.  Just the very thing to teach, enamour and engage this age group.  Perfect.

My take on the book:

Free-spirited Rafe , and prudish Georgia take on each other in a battle of the siblings and beware, you will get sucked right into the middle of it.  You cannot just stand by and do nothing while they are duking it out.  You are invited to have a voice in their opinions, rants and very different views points on such things as dress codes, food preferences and especially friendships. You contribute to the narrative of the book as you get to contribute what you think.  How cool is that?

The Khatchadorian duo use language that kids of this age will love.  They talk about self-image, food fetishes and use words such as fart, zit popping and vomit which will have this age group devouring the content, reading on and asking for more of the same.  I know, I taught this grade level and I am fully aware of how their little brains work....or don't work sometimes too.

The book is amazing because it is interactive and engaging to the middle-grade reader.  It is filled with more than 40 writing, drawing prompts and games that cry out for their attention and will have the reader, pen in hand, ready to dive right in and have his say. The momentum of the book is fast-paced and cheers the reader on to the next topic.  

I highly recommend this book.  It is fun, witty and the illustrations could stand on their own, but with text added makes a brilliant combo.  I am always on the look out for kid-friendly books for that age group as those are the years that kids (especially boys) slip away from the printed word. When you find a treasure like this, a tool that will get your kids back into the "reading game", it is so important to get the word out that a book of this kind is available.  I give "Middle School Ultimate Showdown" two thumbs up and would give it three if I had an extra. Please buy and serve with a pen or pencil.  

Thank you to the author for asking me to review.  I  really appreciate it.

About the author:

  1. Author
  2. James B. Patterson is an American author. He is largely known for his novels about fictional psychologist Alex Cross, the protagonist of the Alex Cross series.Wikipedia
  3. BornMarch 22, 1947 (age 67), Newburgh, New York, United States
  4. SpouseSusan Patterson (m. 1997)
  5. AwardsEdgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author, Edgar Award for Best First Mystery

Book review rating:  9 (close to perfection!)

Read on and read always!  Thank you for dropping in for a visit.

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