Review: 5,000 AWESOME FACTS (About Everything)2 by National Geographic

Did you know that there is a CRATER on the surface of Mercury that’s big enough to hold the state of Texas? Or how about this: if you stay at the Jule’s undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Florida you will SCUBA DIVE to your room! How cool is that? I have one more for you: male pandas do a HANDSTAND while peeing to mark trees.

5,000 facts like these can be found in this National Geographic kids edition.

In total there are more than 100 chapters on 224 pages in this book where you can find out interesting facts about almost EVERYTHING. About people who took a stand, records, creepy creatures and amazing animals – the book has it all! What I also liked were the photos that illustrate the pages. It feels like they bring all the facts to life.

If you read this book and remember some of the facts it can be guaranteed that you can impress not only your parents.

How did I like the book?
l absolutely love reading this book because I love facts!

Who is this book for?
Kids 8 years and older

Rating 10/10

Review: The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman

It is poetry month in the US, so I thought I could make a review about a special poem from Amanda Gorman.
I got “THE HILL WE CLIMB” from the Easter bunny.
Amanda Gorman became the youngest inaugural poet ever. She performed her poem at the inauguration of Joe Bidden earlier this year. I really liked the poem so I definitely wanted to share this little book with you.

In her poem Amanda writes about herself: a young black girl, raised by a single mother, who’s ancestors were slaves and now she can dream of becoming president one day. She also writes about the problems people in this country are having with each other and ideas on how to bring them together again. The poem is a lot about HOPE and UNITY.

This is my favorite passage:

“Let the globe, if nothing else say this is true,
That even as we grieved, we grew,
That even as we hurt, we hoped,
That even as we tired, we tried,
That we’ll be forever be tied together,
Not because we will never again know defeat,
But because we will never again sow division.”

Amanda Gorman

Black people are often not treated the same only because of the color of their skin. Amanda recently had to feel that herself. Despite being famous a police man didn’t believe her that she was living in her house that he was guarding, just because she was black. When he found out that she had a key and he was wrong, he didn’t even apologize to her!

In my family it doesn’t matter if you are black or white or anything between, if you are religious or not religious but it matters to be a great and caring friend.

How did I like the poem?
I totally enjoyed the poem from start to end and it was really inspiring.

Who is this poem for?
This poem is for everyone from young to old.

Review: The Matchstick Castle by Keir Graff

Boring, Illinois. Brian can definitely think of a better way to spend his holidays. He couldn’t stay at home as his scientist dad got stationed at the North Pole. So Brian had to go to uncle Gary’s house, because he was the only one who had the time to take care of him over the summer.

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Review: Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

What is the name of your favorite teacher? I am spoilt because almost all of my teachers are and have been very nice. But there is one teacher in particular that I like the most because she is very kind, stays calm in any situation, motivates her students to give their best and is also fun.

This book is also about a great teacher.

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Review: Waste of Space by Stuart Gibbs

I hope you all had a great Christmas break. Happy new year! Welcome 2021!

2020 was not the greatest year, but this quote I wanted to share, because it is a very good explanation of last year: “There is always a light at the end of the tunnel.” I personally found 2020 pretty good except Corona/Covid-19 of course. The virus also had good things to it – like everyone learned to have more responsibility than normal and we learned a lot about technology, whether at distance schooling or work. It was also very nice to have more time with my family and of course I had loads of time to read.

My motto for 2021 is: #1 Stay positive. #2 Be respectful to everyone.

Because of the virus we didn’t go away during the break and we only went out to play tennis or to go for walks or biking – so I spent pretty much time inside reading. This book my parents got me as a present on Christmas eve. After reading the Funjungle and Spy School novels and also part of the Moon Base Alpha series, I have to say this book is the best book Stuart Gibbs ever created! I loved it a lot and I got into trouble a couple of times because it was so hard to stop reading to have family dinner or lunch or breakfast or what so ever. I pretty much read it in one go because it was soooo good.

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Review: Ein Fall für die schwarzen Pfoten: Der Tiger ist los! von Benedikt Weber

Chaos und Panik in Hommelsdorf. Kevin-Jerome, der Tiger aus dem Zoo ist ausgebrochen. Wieso? Weshalb? Warum? Ein neuer Fall für die schwarzen Pfoten.

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Review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

This awesome book is really special to me because a good friend of mine gave it to me. It is his favourite book.

So, what is it all about?
Auggie is new at middle school. Before he was home schooled because he looked like he was in a terrible fire. Which he wasn’t. He was just born that way. He had to take 24 surgeries.

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Review: The Terrible Two Go Wild by Mac Barnett

Remember Yawnee Valley? The place where you find More Crows than people? This is the third book of the series “The Terrible Two” or “Miles und Niles” how it is called in German.

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Review: The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf

There used to be a free desk in the class room and then Ahmet came.
He was a very serious, shy and quiet guy but Alexa and her friends Josie, Tom and Michael made him feel welcome.

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