Thursday, August 25, 2016

8 Great Rhyming Books for Phonemic Awareness (Toddlers- 2nd Grade) {Book List}

8 Great Rhyming Books for Phonemic Awareness.  These 8 books are fun read alouds to a large group or just your child from Toddlers to 2nd grade.  Books for boys and girls.  Teachers, librarians, mom, parents. Alohamora Open a Book http://alohamoraopenabook.blogspot.com/

Phonemic Awareness is being aware of the sounds words make.  Rhyming words are great for developing early literacy skills and the skills before a child reads as well as when they are learning to read.  

These 8 books are great read alouds for a classroom or with your own kids.  These 8 books are fun to read b/c of their pace and rhyming words throughout each of the books.  These 8 books will help improve your child's phonemic awareness (especially if you are emphasizing the rhymes). Plus, these books can be used in a lesson on rhyming words, or any topic really.  The rhyming will just be extra bonuses.   

8 Great Rhyming Picture Books 


All of Karma Wilson's books do a great job rhyming, but this one is a favorite b/c it is good for teaching higher thinking/reading skills like predicting. 



This simple story shows the life in a barn with all of the animals introduced with fun rhymes.  


This is a fun book with even more fun illustrations about a giraffe that just wants to do what she loves and inspiring readers to reach their dreams.


This fun book is sure to get readers participating as they try and "guess" what the next body part the child paints from the clues and the rhyming words.  


This book not only teaches a great lesson about helping others, but the onomatopoeias make it a fun read aloud as well.  It's a catchy and fun loving book for boys and girls alike.  You'll find yourself repeating lines from this book every time you see a blue truck. ;)   


Boynton is known for having fun rhyming books for young kids.  Her books are fun to read aloud b/c they are easy to get the kids interacting with the book making movements or animal noises. 


Rhyming words take the readers of this fun book for quite the ride, even if "My truck is stuck. Rotten luck." 


This book is one of our favorites.  We love the fun story, onomatopoeias, and the pace from the rhyming words.  This book makes a great read aloud for large or small groups. 



If you are looking for a good read aloud, or you have a non-reader or beginning reader at home pick one of these, or all of them, to read.  Everyone will enjoy these 8 great books.


Happy Fun Rhyming Book Reading! 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Out of My Mind gets 4 Stars {Middle Grade Fiction}

Out of My Mind by Shannon Draper gets 4 out of 5 stars in my book review of this emotional, inspiring, middle grade fiction/ juvenile lit.  This book about a girl with Cerebral Palsy going amazing things reminds me of Stargirl a little bit. developmental dissabilities, read aloud, parents, book club, teachers, parents, librarians.  Alohamora Open a Book http://alohamoraopenabook.blogspot.com/

In some ways I feel Out of My Mind by Shannon Draper is a mix between Wonder by R.J. Palacio and Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli.  It's not a perfect mixture of the two, but there are a lot of similarities between the two other books which I think both, Stargirl and Wonder, are great books and read aloud.   

This book gets 4 out of 5 Stars in my book review of this middle grade fiction/juvenile lit book.  There were many things I liked about this emotional and inspiring read.  I liked reading a book by the perspective of Melody, someone with Cerebral Palsy.  I loved gaining a new perspective on this developmental disability.   I loved seeing Melody's confidence build, and overcoming great odds.  I loved her struggle with friends, but her need to have them as well.  I loved her family and the support system that she had, and I love that the story  came full circle.  

All in all, I really think Out of My Mind is an important books about an important subject.  I think it would make a great read aloud for s 5th, 6th, or even 7th grade classroom.  The teachers could find many topics like, character and kindness, as well as persistence, work ethic, and dealing with failure.  I think the benefit that can come from reading this book out weighs all of the negativity I feel about this book.  

I took a star away from Out of My Mind b/c the story was a bit obvious, predictable, and even unrealistic at times.  The big event near the end didn't add much value to the story, and many of the characters were very typical. The story had the cruel, uncaring, adult as well as the typical mean girls.  There was the amazing and caring friend, as well as the typical working mom.    The character beyond Melody were mostly predictable, and the story ended in such an obvious way.  Melody, the narrator and main character, has cerebral palsy and the things she does are inspiring, but for one with CP seems a bit far fetched. Tho, I was cheering for her the entire time.  I do think Melody is important, but I do wish this book was a bit more accurate for someone with CP.  However, still a valuable and important book on an important subject.

Overall,  Out of My Mind is a great read, and I hope more teachers and parents read it with their kids

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Amazon has the following book review from School Library Journal to give you a better idea of the story line.  

"Born with cerebral palsy, Melody, 10, has never spoken a word. She is a brilliant fifth grader trapped in an uncontrollable body. Her world is enhanced by insight and intellect, but gypped by physical limitations and misunderstandings. She will never sing or dance, talk on the phone, or whisper secrets to her friends. She's not complaining, though; she's planning and fighting the odds. In her court are family, good neighbors, and an attentive student teacher. Pitted against her is the "normal" world: schools with limited resources, cliquish girls, superficial assumptions, and her own disability. Melody's life is tragically complicated. She is mainly placed in the special-ed classroom where education means being babysat in a room with replayed cartoons and nursery tunes. Her supportive family sets her up with a computer. She learns the strength of thumbs as she taps on a special keyboard that finally lets her "talk." When she is transitioned into the regular classroom, Melody's undeniable contribution enables her class to make it to the national quiz team finals. Then something happens that causes her to miss the finals, and she is devastated by her classmates' actions. Kids will benefit from being introduced to Melody and her gutsy, candid, and compelling story. It speaks volumes and reveals the quiet strength and fortitude it takes to overcome disabilities and the misconceptions that go with them."


Have you read this emotional and inspiring book?  What did you think? 

Happy Enlightening and Inspiring Middle Grade Fiction/Juvenile Lit Reading! 


Monday, August 22, 2016

Great Expectations- Manga Classic gets 4 stars {Graphic Novel}

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens a Manga Classics version of the classic story.  It's a great adaptation that read a lot faster than the original.  4 out of 5 stars in my book review found on the blog.  YA Lit, Manga, graphic novel, fast read, fun, reluctant readers. Alohamora Open a Book www.alohamoraopenabook.blogspot.com

I am going to start with the fact that I am not a huge Charles Dickens fan; he's just a bit wordy for me.  However, this Manga Classic version of Great Expectations is pretty darn great and solves my problem with Dickens wordiness problem.

This book is a manga, but it is similar to a graphic novel which is why I listed both in the title of the post.  A graphic novel looks like a comic book with the words and pictures telling the story.  Graphic novels can be any length, unlike comic books which are usually no longer than 30 pages.   A manga is the Japanese format for a comic or graphic novel.  The book is read right to left rather than the typical left to right American reading format.  Therefore, the cover of the book is at, what we would normally consider, the back of the book.  Manga books are also always black and white pictures except for the cover picture, and the characters are often associated with large eyes.  

Reading a graphic novel is a different reading experience compared to a normal novel b/c it is a verbal and a visual reading experience.  I think every person should read at least a couple graphic novels and mangas.  Reading a manga is even more tiring on the brain for a new manga reader b/c you have to think more about where to read and how to turn the page.       

I give this Manga Classic- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and Edited by Crystal Chan a rating of 4 out of 5 stars in my book review.  I felt this was a great adaptation of the original story, but if you have never read the original novel you won't feel like you are missing out on much at all.

Reading an English story in a Japanese artistic style was a little challenging at first.  However, I was surprised it didn't take me long to get comfortable and accept that this Japanese manga fit this classic English story.  Overall, the artist did a great job.

I feel the story flowed well and smooth.  There were only a couple of times where I felt the story was rushed and I had to reread to make sure I understood what was going on.  Overall, the adaption was well done.  However, the story being rushed in a few spots, and the one typo I found were the main reasons for the less than perfect rating.        

Graphic Novels and mangas are great for reluctant readers aka for kids and adults that don't love to read..  They are a quick book and a fast read.  I also love reading a graphic novel or manga for classic books or books I've read before.  The different format is fun and enlightening, in a different way, to read.  

All in all, if you are wanting to catch up on some of your classic literature reads try giving this manga adaptation a read.  

Amazon had the following book description

"Great Expectations has it all: romance, mystery, comedy, and unforgettable characters woven through a gripping rags-to-riches tale. Naive Pip, creepy Miss Haversham, beautifully cold Estella, terrifying Abel Magwitch, and the rest of Dicken’s fantastic cast are perfectly envisioned in this new adaptation in this 300-plus page volume featuring artwork by artist Nokman Poon. Manga Classics editions feature classic stories, faithfully adapted and illustrated in manga style, and available in both hardcover and softcover editions. Proudly presented by UDON Entertainment and Morpheus Publishing."

Happy Classic Great Expectations Manga Style Reading


Have you ever read a manga?  What about a graphic novel?  Do you like them? 


I received this book from Myrick Marketing in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.  All words and thoughts are completely my own.  

  

Friday, August 19, 2016

BBQ Cauliflower and Black Bean Tacos with Creamy Lime Sauce {Healthy} {Gluten Free} {Vegetarian}

BBQ Cauliflower and Black Bean Tacos with creamy Lime Sauce.  Delicious healthy dinner recipe.  Gluten Free, Vegetarian, and versatile.  Tacos or Salad with the healthy cauliflower and beans.  diet friendly, healthy eating. Alohamora Open a Book http://alohamoraopenabook.blogspot.com/

Ever since my second child my stomach has not been the same.  I'm not saying it isn't as tight as once before, but my food sensitivities have increased.  I am far more limited on what I can eat now.  Recently, I can't seem to eat chicken, fish, turkey, or pork. It's sad to me b/c there are so many recipes with those ingredients that I just can't do anymore.   

As a result of my food sensitivities we consume more than a few meatless meals each week.  When I made these BBQ Cauliflower and Black Bean Tacos with a Creamy Lime Sauce for the first time, I got the response, "Wow!  Dinner was really good tonight!"  Which, coming from my meat loving husband is a huge compliment.  


When we were newly married I made spaghetti squash with a vegetable marinara.  I thought it was delicious, but my husband struggled b/c there was no meat in the meal.  Ever since that day I usually had meat of some kind for dinner.  However, as my food issues arose more and more meatless meals started occurring.  My husband doesn't complain at all, and now I am happy to know that he enjoys vegetarian meals as well.  


The flavors in these tacos are amazing and well balanced.  The BBQ rub on the roasted vegetables are delicious, and the lime sauce is refreshing and tart.  I like to use warmed corn tortillas, but any tortillas will work.  I have also substituted the tortillas for lettuce and made this a salad; it was delicious as well.  Really, there are many options for the healthy diet friendly vegetable loaded meal. 

BBQ Cauliflower and Black Bean Tacos with Creamy Lime Sauce
Recipe: Alohamora adapted from SheLikesFood
Active Time: 20 minutes
Inactive Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6-8

Ingredients: 
1 head cauliflower, chopped (about 5-6 cups)
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp chili powder*
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/8 tsp black pepper

*Check spices for gluten free

Lime Sauce
1/2 c. plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
1 Tbsp lime juice
1/8 tsp cilantro, dried (more if you like cilantro)
salt/pepper to taste

Taco Assembly
corn tortillas
cheese
bell peppers
tomatoes
shredded carrots
green onion
lettuce

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a large cookie sheet/jelly roll pan with parchment paper, aluminum foil, or silicone baking mat
  2. In a medium bowl mix the cauliflower, black beans, and olive oil together.  
  3. In a small bowl add the remaining spices and mix together with a small spoon.  Pour the spices over the cauliflower and black beans mixture.  Stir to combine everything.  
  4. Pour the black beans and cauliflower mixture onto the prepared pan and use a spoon to evenly distribute it.  Bake the mixture at 375 for 25 minutes.  
  5. While the mixture is in the oven prepare the lime sauce and cut your desired toppings  
  6. To prepare the lime sauce add all of the ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine.  I add very little salt, pepper, and cilantro.  If you like cilantro feel free to add more.  
  7. Assemble the tacos as desired.  I use the cauliflower and black beans as the "meat" and load up on the toppings and lime sauce.  
  8. Enjoy! 
  9. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

Happy Healthy Gluten Free Vegetarian Tacos and Lime Sauce Eating


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

An Ember in the Ashes gets 3.5 Stars {YA} {Fantasy}

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir gets 3.5/5 stars in my book review of this first in a series fantasy book.  If you like fantasy you will enjoy this series.  Tho I felt it was a bit wordy with a slower pace.  Cliffhanger ending.  Book review, girl power, books for girls, books for boys.  YA, Young Adult, Teen, High School reads.  Alohamora Open a Book http://alohamoraopenabook.blogspot.com/

I will start this off with the disclaimer that I am not the biggest fantasy fan.  Sure, I LOVE Harry Potter, but I've never been a high fantasy reader.  The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander, a classic fantasy series, is high fantasy, and too much for me.  However, I know many people that adore all fantasy, and for those people they will probably think much higher of this book.  

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir is the first in a new Young Adult (YA) fantasy series.  You have your classic girl and guy power and overcome the impossible.  There is magic and the classic good vs. evil dilemma as well. 

This book gets 3.5 out of 5 stars in my book review.  I felt the book and story line were okay, but it wasn't anything fantastic.  The writing was a tad wordy, though most high fantasy is, and the pace a little slower than I would've liked. I read the book, but I just didn't love it or get into it.   

An Ember in the Ashes has the classic fight against the big evil.  There is a main girl and main guy character.  Laia, the girl, and Elias, the guy, have different situations but similar deeper struggles.  I guess what I thought was incredibly cheesy, but that is probably my age coming through and me not being the target audience, is the fact that every guy Laia comes in interaction with seems to fall in love with her.  It just seems a bit silly to me that it just happens.  I'm okay with some romance in a story, but it was a bit too cliche and over the top for me.  

Leaving the book in a cliffhangers is a personal irritant.  For most people, cliffhangers get the reader super excited for the next book.  I personally feel that your story line should be what brings people back to the next book, not a major cliffhanger that almost forces you to. An Ember in the Ashes definitely has a cliffhanger.  It just seems a little cheap to me; I want better writing.

All in all, I am not anxious to read book 2, A Torch Against the Night, but after seeing all of the reviews on Goodreads I am apparently in the minority.

Amazon has the following book description.  This will give you a teaser into the story line without giving away any spoilers.  

"Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
 Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear. It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do. But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy. There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself."


Have you read An Ember in the Ashes?  Are you a fantasy fan?  As always, I love to hear your thoughts.   

Happy High Fantasy Series Reading!


Monday, August 15, 2016

Owlcrate July Good vs. Evil YA Lit Subscription Box Review

Owlcrate's July YA Literature Subscription box. The theme was Good vs. Evil.  Dobby PopFunko Star Wars Millenium Falcon necklace, magnetic bookmark, and humrorous fantasty with a romance This Salvage Song by Victoria Schwab for the book.  fandom, fun, funny, subsctription box, harry potter, Alohamora Open a Book http://alohamoraopenabook.blogspot.com/

Another month means another Owlcrate YA Literature subscription box to review. Good vs. Evil was this month's theme, and I got a Good box.  Some got Evil boxes with the Death Star and Voldemort, but I got the box I wanted.  

I've been doing Owlcrate for 4 months or so, and I am loving the fandom, bookmarks, jewelry, letters from the author, and the books of course.  I've actually been quite impressed that there hasn't been one item of any of the Owlcrates that I haven't liked.  I mean, I have really liked the books, and I'm a tough grader.    

If you are interested in trying them out they're about $36 (that includes tax and shipping) a month; click here and we both win.  In every box you get a hardback YA book, letter from the author, artwork, and usually 3 fandom items.  The 20th of August is the last day to order the August box which has the theme of YA High aka school setting.  There have been a lot of Harry Potter hints on Owlcrate's Instagram account, so I'm hoping there's some awesome HP stuff.  I will also say that this is not a sponsored post; I pay for my subscription.    


Owlcrate's July YA Literature Subscription box. The theme was Good vs. Evil.  Dobby PopFunko Star Wars Millenium Falcon necklace, magnetic bookmark, and humrorous fantasty with a romance This Salvage Song by Victoria Schwab for the book.  fandom, fun, funny, subsctription box, harry potter, Alohamora Open a Book http://alohamoraopenabook.blogspot.com/

Check out all of the stuff that was found in the July Owlcrate box.  The little girl found in the picture above is a cute Alice in Wonderland magnet bookmark.  There in the back is a small coloring book of the book covers of the latest books they've sent.  Plus, there were letter's from the author and the Victoria Schwab's signature.  It was a great box!

Owlcrate's July YA Literature Subscription box. The theme was Good vs. Evil.  Dobby PopFunko Star Wars Millenium Falcon necklace, magnetic bookmark, and humrorous fantasty with a romance This Salvage Song by Victoria Schwab for the book.  fandom, fun, funny, subsctription box, harry potter, Alohamora Open a Book http://alohamoraopenabook.blogspot.com/

This absolutely awesome Millennium Falcon wooden necklace may be my favorite fandom in this month's box.  I never knew I needed this necklace from VectorEngraving until I got it and LOVE wearing it with my Star Wars shirt.  Sure, I'm a total nerd wearing such fandom gear, but I'm also a librarian so I'm already in the nerd department.  I proudly wear it, and my daughter has worn it on more than one occassion as well. We both love it!   


Owlcrate's July YA Literature Subscription box. The theme was Good vs. Evil.  Dobby PopFunko Star Wars Millenium Falcon necklace, magnetic bookmark, and humrorous fantasty with a romance This Salvage Song by Victoria Schwab for the book.  fandom, fun, funny, subsctription box, harry potter, Alohamora Open a Book http://alohamoraopenabook.blogspot.com/

The necklace and this Dobby Pop Funko may tie as my favorite items in this Owlcrate box.  I love building my PopFunko collection, and I love that Dobby is holding a sock.  So much love here.  

Also, if you haven't checked out the illustrated Harry Potter book, found behind Dobby in the picture above, you need to!  It's amazing! The illustrated book wasn't found in this month's box; I already own it and have pre-ordered Chamber of Secrets coming out in October. 


Owlcrate's July YA Literature Subscription box. The theme was Good vs. Evil.  Dobby PopFunko Star Wars Millenium Falcon necklace, magnetic bookmark, and humrorous fantasty with a romance This Salvage Song by Victoria Schwab for the book.  fandom, fun, funny, subsctription box, harry potter, Alohamora Open a Book http://alohamoraopenabook.blogspot.com/

Finally, the whole reason I get this subscription box is b/c of the books.  Owlcrate chooses great books, and I am excited to read this newly released hilarious romantic novel.  The Salvage Song by Victoria Schwab is apparently set in a dystopian future with monsters and a Romeo and Juliet like love story.   Don't worry, I will review it as soon as I finish it. 

All in all, well done Owlcrate!  Another great box, and I look forward to August's box.  

Do you do any subscription boxes?  There are loads of book subscription boxes, and I'd love to do many of them.  I actually have an idea to start my own, but I just don't know how to do it.  If you want to collaborate give me a holler.  

Happy YA reading and happy book fandom fun


Friday, August 12, 2016

Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure gets 3.5 Stars {Graphic Novel}

Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure graphic novel by Nadja Spiegelman and Sergio Garcia Sanchez is a fun fast read for a reluctant reader.  This graphic novel has an a realistic adventure story that includes some really cool information about the NYC Subways and the Empire State Building throughout the story. There is also a really cool nonfiction true information section in the back of the book with real photographs.  3.5 out of 5 stars in my book review. books for boys, books for kids who don't like to read, New York City, Subway system history, traffic engineer Alohamora Open a Book http://alohamoraopenabook.blogspot.com/

Graphic Novels are fast reads and a great choice for reluctant readers, aka kids who don't like to read b/c of their speed but also b/c of their format.  The loads of pictures also helps reluctant readers not shy away from them.  Just a reminder, it doesn't matter what you read, as long as you are reading.    

This graphic novel, Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure by Nadja Spiegelman and Sergio Garcia Sanchez  has a lot of really great things going for it.  That's why it gets 3.5 out of 5 Stars in my book review.  

Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure graphic novel by Nadja Spiegelman and Sergio Garcia Sanchez is a fun fast read for a reluctant reader.  This graphic novel has an a realistic adventure story that includes some really cool information about the NYC Subways and the Empire State Building throughout the story. There is also a really cool nonfiction true information section in the back of the book with real photographs.  3.5 out of 5 stars in my book review. books for boys, books for kids who don't like to read, New York City, Subway system history, traffic engineer Alohamora Open a Book http://alohamoraopenabook.blogspot.com/

I really love the end papers in this book.  The detail of the map in the front (shown above- I'm such a map nerd), and then a fun comic portrayal in the back of the adventure the kids went on makes for some extra fun.  I've been impressed with Toon Graphics for going the extra mile with their end pages.  I remember We Dig Worms and The Real Poop on Pigeons, other books by the same publisher, as having awesome end pages too.  I appreciate when books and publishers really think about all of the details; I think it enhances the reading experience.   

Another thing I really love about this book are the pictures.  I think the pictures are really fantastic; they are perfectly suited for 3rd-7th grade readers. For example, I love the angle on this Empire State building picture; it is just neat. 

Another thing I think Spiegelman and Sanchez do throughout the story is provide/sneak in information about the subway and the Empire State building in a fun, and subtly way.  
  
Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure graphic novel by Nadja Spiegelman and Sergio Garcia Sanchez is a fun fast read for a reluctant reader.  This graphic novel has an a realistic adventure story that includes some really cool information about the NYC Subways and the Empire State Building throughout the story. There is also a really cool nonfiction true information section in the back of the book with real photographs.  3.5 out of 5 stars in my book review. books for boys, books for kids who don't like to read, New York City, Subway system history, traffic engineer Alohamora Open a Book http://alohamoraopenabook.blogspot.com/

After Pablo and Alicia's adventures on the subway there is the most awesome section of the book; at least a nerd like me with a traffic engineering husband finds it to be fascinating.  I learned some of the coolest information in the back of this graphic novel where there is a section about the history of the subway in NYC and how it all began.  

That section alone was so cool; I learned so much from it.  I learned why there are lettered and numbered trains... b/c at the beginning there were two separate companies.  I learned why there isn't a O or a 0 train... b/c they look too alike.  I learned that they thought having a P-train would bring about laughs and maybe some un-welcomed behavior.  I learned they are still building tunnels and how deep, wide, and slow the building process is.  I learned a lot, and I loved it all. 



Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure graphic novel by Nadja Spiegelman and Sergio Garcia Sanchez is a fun fast read for a reluctant reader.  This graphic novel has an a realistic adventure story that includes some really cool information about the NYC Subways and the Empire State Building throughout the story. There is also a really cool nonfiction true information section in the back of the book with real photographs.  3.5 out of 5 stars in my book review. books for boys, books for kids who don't like to read, New York City, Subway system history, traffic engineer Alohamora Open a Book http://alohamoraopenabook.blogspot.com/

There were many parts of Lost in NYC that I really enjoyed.  Though, the book did lose one and half stars b/c of I felt the story line was weak.  I just didn't feel there was much there, in the actual story, that really kept me turning the pages.  Since the story line is a major aspect of a book it has more weight in the scoring.  Though, I still think it is a great read, and a worthy collection addition, for the many other reasons listed previously.     

One aspect of the book that I felt was neither a positive or a negative.  The text layout was unorthodox for a graphic novel or comic book; it didn't follow the right to left top to bottom format.  Even though it didn't follow traditional formatting I was still easily able to recognize where I needed to read b/c the text followed visual lines of sort.  I thought this was different and worth a mention to you.     

Just so you get a tad bit of information about the story line I've included the book description that is found on Amazon

"The sights . . . the sounds . . . the SMELLS! New York's crowded subway system is known for many things, but being easy on a lost kid isn't one of them. When Pablo gets separated from his new schoolmates during his first field trip in New York City, he doesn't know how he'll be able to find them again. Luckily, he has a little knowledge, a new friend, and the surprisingly approachable city itself to guide his way. This story features maps, archival photos, and fascinating facts to help readers explore the subway without ever having to get caught like Pablo in the mob of Times Square. It brings all the bustle and beauty of NYC to young readers around the world.

This story is also available in Spanish as Perdidos en NYC: una aventura en el metro"


I love the NYC subway.  I love subways in general, even though I've only rode them in NYC, and London.  Have you rode a subway?  Where? 


Happy NYC Subway graphic novel reading


I received this book from Myrick Marketing in exchange for my honest review.  All thoughts, obviously, are mine.