February 28, 2014

Friday Finds [2014 #1]

Friday Finds, a book blog meme from Should Be Readingshowcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read list this week… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever!

I haven't done a Friday Finds in quite a while, but I stumbled across something this week that made me want to revisit it! I'm sure most people familiar with children's media from the earlier 2000s recalls the Spy Kids franchise.

Spy Kids (2001), Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002), and Spy Kids 3D: Game Over (2003) are all childhood memories of mine to varying degrees of fondness (no, I have not seen Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D, and I do not intend to).

But I never realized that the movies had tie-in novels, and I was quite surprised earlier this week when I stumbled upon them! As it turns out, there are a total of ten tie-in novels for the original Spy Kids trilogy; I imagine they'll probably be difficult to find nowadays, but I definitely want to try to track them down at some point.

Check 'em out!

February 27, 2014

[Book Review] SpongeBob Squarepants: The Big Win by Kelli Chipponeri

This book puzzles me. Not the story--that's about as straightforward as it gets (barring the issue of when exactly Squidward of all people became interested in competitive sports). SpongeBob, Squidward, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Sandy, and Gary are on a team competing in the Bikini Bottom Relay Race; Squidward seems to think that winning the gold medal is super serious business, and so of course he gets butthurt when the team doesn't train as hard as he'd like. Moral of the story: it's how you play the game that matters, not whether you win or lose. Typical kiddie moral stuff.

My question is: why? Why the crap would someone sit down to write a SpongeBob book that is completely devoid of humor and only serves the purpose of teaching a moral that thousands of other books, television shows, school lesson plans, and actual sports teams already teach? Like, did you miss the part about SpongeBob being a comedy show about absolutely random nonsense? Somehow I don't think the show that brought us the Hash-slinging Slasher and this wonderful scene...

...is the best vehicle for the "let's teach children valuable life lessons" thing.

But whatever. If you want to buy your kid a SpongeBob tie-in that lacks any semblance of humor... here you go.

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February 26, 2014

[Book Review] Barbie: My Fabulous Friends by Mary Man-Kong

Do you know who Barbie's best friends are? Did you know that Teresa is a talented artist? Or that Nikki loves to sing and dance? Or that Summer loves sports? Little girls will love to learn all about Barbie and her fabulous friends in this full-color storybook.

February 25, 2014

[Book Review] Trillion The Three-Headed Lion (Beast Quest, #12) by Adam Blade

The quest is almost over. But the most terrifying of Malvel's evil Beasts still stands between Tom and victory.

Tom must defeat Trillion of the Three-Headed Lion and collect the final pieces of the magical golden armor to save Aduro and the kingdom. But the task will not be easy. The evil wizard Malvel is determined for the boy to fail, and has a special plan in mind...

February 24, 2014

[Book Review] Vedra and Krimon: Twin Beasts of Avantia (Beast Quest Special Bumper Edition, #1) by Adam Blade

Two new Beasts have been created in Avantia--twin dragons Vedra and Krimon. The Wizard Malvel plans to capture them and control the Beasts with his dark magic. Tom must find the dragons and bring them to safety. But Malvel has some dangerous tricks of his own. Will Tom prevent the twins from falling under the wizard's evil spell.

Spoilers ahead!

February 23, 2014

10 Things About Me

This has been a popular thing to do over on BookLikes recently, so I finally took an afternoon to try to come up with ten at least reasonably interesting things about myself. Here's what I've got.
  1. I've never left the U.S.
  2. I took Spanish and Latin lessons in middle and high school.
  3. I've had two cats: one who my parents took in as a stray before I was born and died when I was seven, and another who we adopted when I was eleven and who's turning ten this year.
  4. Depression, anxiety disorders, and schizophrenia are common on both sides of my family, and I've suffered from the first two since puberty hit.
  5. I have ancestors who emigrated from Spain, England, and Ireland, as well as a handful of ancestors whose ethnic identity and country of origin are still ambiguous. Unfortunately, I doubt I'm ever going to be able to find any records to clear up the mystery.
  6. When I was in fifth or sixth grade, part of our summer reading assignment was to keep a chart of what we read, when we read it, and how many pages it all totaled. I think we were expected to read around three to five books or so, at best; I turned in two or three pages of titles. I did it again for seventh and eighth grade, in spite of neither teacher actually assigning it. (Me, a dork? Heavens, no! Whatever gave you that idea?)
  7. My all-time favorite video games are the original Spyro trilogy--though I love the Sims franchise, too!
  8. While I'm fascinated by religion and mythology from an academic standpoint, I'm an atheistic antitheist.
  9. I'm a huge fan of children's media--books, movies, shows, you name it.
  10. I own over a thousand books--and that's physical books, not ebooks!

February 22, 2014

[Book Review] Sky the Blue Fairy (Rainbow Magic: Rainbow Fairies, #5) by Daisy Meadows

Follow a fairy to the end of the rainbow!

Sky the Blue Fairy is having some bubble trouble. Will Rachel and Kirsty be able to help her out with a clue from the rainbow-colored crab?

February 21, 2014

[Book Review] Touching the Waves (Dolphin Diaries, #2) by Ben M. Baglio

Jody McGrath's dolphin dreams are coming true! Her whole family is sailing around the world researching dolphins--and Jody is recording all their exciting adventures in her Dolphin Diaries.

The McGraths are in Key West, Florida, visiting a very special dolphin center--with "dolphin teachers." Jody loves watching the dolphins at work.

But when one dolphin gets tangled in netting, will Jody be able to free it?

February 20, 2014

[Book Review] I Want a Pony (Pony Pals, #1) by Jeanne Betancourt

Do you love ponies? Be a Pony Pal!

Lulu wants a pony. If only she had a pony, then staying with her grandmother while her father is away would not be so bad. If she had a pony, she could ride with Pam and Anna. And then they could be friends--Pony Pals!

When Lulu finds a pony in danger, she wants to help the wounded animal. Will she be able to save the beautiful pony?