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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

Title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

Author: Jeff Kinney

Publisher: Puffin Books

Number of pages: 217

Type of Book: Fiction; Contemporary; Graphic Novel

Age: 10+ (Because younger readers are more impressionable and Greg is not a good role model)

Available here: http://www.konga.com/diary-of-a-wimpy-kid-rodrick-rules-1091364; http://www.wordsmithbook.com/book/childrens-books/DIARY-OF-A-WIMPY-KID-COLLECTION/https://www.jumia.com.ng/jumia-books-rodrick-rules-7005.htmlhttp://www.amazon.com/Rodrick-Rules-Diary-Wimpy-Book/dp/0810994739

Price: N2500; $8.37

MY SUMMARY

In ‘Rodrick Rules’, Rodrick does indeed rule. Rodrick made GH miserable in this book in so many laughable ways. He camped out in the bathroom after dinner every night so that GH had to do the dishes all by himself, he sold a paper he failed to GH, he locked GH in the basement while he had a party with his friends and made him clean the after-party mess up, he made GH ride in the back of his van with his band equipment so that GH crashed into them whenever he (Rodrick) hit the brakes and when GH complained, he went over every speed bump he could find, he threatened to spill GH’s secret from last summer every chance he got and he eventually did spill the secret! Read this book to find out the ‘secret’ Rodrick the bully held over GH for so long and what happened to dear GH after the secret was spilled.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Humor! If I could say one thing for the Wimpy Kid series, it’s that they have humor going for them. With ‘Rodrick Rules’, I laughed until I cried! I loved the illustrations, they were quite quirky.

DOWN: I cannot overemphasize this point. GH is not a role model for the average tween.

RATING

4.5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. Why were GH’s brothers the bane of his existence? His big brother Rodrick was quite lazy and a bully and his little brother Manny was a big tattletale, a miniature snitch.
  2. How did Rodrick get GH to keep mum about his party even after locking him up in the basement all night and making him clean up the mess from the party the next day? By threatening to spill his (GH’s) ‘secret’
  3. One of the lessons GH learnt in this book? Never to buy an assignment. He bought Rodrick’s old assignment from him because he was too lazy to do his, only to find out at the last minute that Rodrick made an ‘F’ on the assignment!
  4. Why did GH get stuck with Scott, the blubbering 6-year-old in the annual winter Talent Show? Because he hid a dumbbell under a pillow knowing that Rowley would kick it and Rowley did and broke his toe! So he had to take Rowley’s place as Scott’s magician’s assistant.
  5. When asked where he thought he would be in 15 years, what was GH’s mental response? ‘In my pool, at my mansion, counting my money’
  6. But what kind of job did the career day questionnaire predict that he would have? His response to that ‘There must be something wrong with the way they set these forms up or something because I don’t know any clerks who are billionaires ’

Read an excerpt here: http://www.wimpykid.com/books/book2/

Visit GH here: www.wimpykid.com

CHALLENGE: Diary of the Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Where do you see yourself in 15 years? Write a short 200-word story

OR

  1. Watch the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie and draw a picture to show how the movie affected you.

OR

  1. Write a poem on the importance of having pen pals.

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 8-12 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Tuesday, November 3rd.

Next Book of the Week:

ZAHRAH THE WINDSEEKER by Nnedi Okoroafor-Mbachu

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Best Friends

Title: Best Friends

Author: Jacqueline Wilson

Publisher: Corgi Yearling

Number of pages: 224

Type of Book: Fiction, Contemporary

Age: 8+

Available here: http://wordsmithbook.com/book/childrens-books/BEST-FRIENDS/

Price: N1700

MY SUMMARY

Even though Gemma and Alice have been best friends since they were born (they were born on the same day in the same hospital) they are NOTHING alike. Alice is every bit the lady while Gemma is a boisterous tomboy. In spite of their differences, they loved each other and shared everything. Find out what happens when Gemma realizes that Alice has a secret she hasn’t shared which may change their friendship forever.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Gemma!!!! She gave me a good number of laughs, bless her soul and a time or two, she made me almost cry too. It is a beautifully crafted tale of friendship, which the little girl in most of us can relate to especially if you lost best friends either to new friends or ‘cos they had to move to new towns or new schools.

DOWN: It was about ‘thirty-something’ pages too long.

RATING

3.5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. How Gemma lost her long hair: She got it all sticky after she got into a giant bubblegum-blowing contest with the boys. .
  2. Which friend climbed halfway up a drainpipe in the school playground and crashed to the ground and which friend was made a form monitor? Gemma, Alice
  3. What did Gemma want to do to Miss Cholmondly in the ladies’ room? She badly wanted to stuff her head first into the toilet and flush it.
  4. This person made Gemma furious many times and eventually, Gemma thrust a chocolate cake in her face. Flora
  5. Why did Alice leave Gemma? Because she had to move to Scotland with her family.
  6. The origin of Biscuit’s nickname? He has a voracious appetite. He can eat a whole packet of chocolate Hobnobs in exactly 2 minutes! I suppose it doesn’t help matters that his real surname is McVitie.

Visit Gemma and Alice here: http://www.jacquelinewilson.co.uk/library.php

CHALLENGE: Best Friends

“Best Friends For Ever”

Did/Do you have one?

If yes, write a brief 200-word essay on the joys of having best friends

If no, write a brief 200-word essay on the joys of NOT having best friends

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 8-12 age range. The best entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Tuesday, November 3rd.

Next Book of the Week:

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES by Jeff Kinney

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Moby Dick

Title: Moby Dick

Author: Herman Melville

Publisher: Bendon

Number of pages: 181

Type of Book: Fiction, Classic 

Age: 8+

Available here: http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product/moby-dick/ and http://www.konga.com/moby-dick-1400955

Price: N580

MY SUMMARY

Described by the author as the ‘greatest sea yarn since Jonah’, it’s a tale about a young man, Ishmael who decided to join a whaling ship on a three-year expedition that became the greatest adventure of his life. Told in the first person by Ishmael, it chronicles his journey on the Pequod, a ship filled with all sorts of whaling sailors: strange but skilled Black and Indian harpooners, a strange and bitter, one-legged captain and three tough but good-natured shipmates. He encounters large whales and giant squids, bloodthirsty island pirates, Fedallah, the mysterious and his phantom crew and a dark sea captain who is determined to find the white whale, Moby Dick at all costs. Did he find Moby Dick and at what cost? Find out when you read the book. It is one whale of a story!

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: This book is a science lesson, a history lesson and a novel rolled up in one small and interesting package!

DOWN: None

RATING

4 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. According to Ishmael, “The Lion is the King of the beasts and the _________ is the King of the fishes” The Sperm Whale.
  2. Why did Captain Ahab want to find Moby Dick? Because the whale ate his leg!
  3. Queequeg, the first harpooner Ishmael met scared the pants off him. Why? Queequeg was a huge, dark and ugly man with purplish yellow skin colour and tattoos all over his face and body and he also threatened to kill Ishmael when he found him in his bed.
  4. ‘A giant, jelly-like mass, cream in colour … with long arms reaching out from its center, curling and twisting like a nest of snakes … The arms were about 30 feet long.’ What was Ishmael describing? A giant squid
  5. Why did the whaling sailors like the Sperm Whale best? Because they harvested gallons of spermaceti, a sweet smelling liquid from its head. Spermaceti was used to make expensive perfumes. They also got barrels of oil for making oil lamps from its skin.
  6. 2 fast facts about whales, mentioned in the book. (Clue: related to the number ninety) Many whales grow to over ninety feet in length and the largest of them weigh over ninety tons (that’s about 810kgs)

CHALLENGE: Moby Dick

“The Lion is the King of the beasts and the Sperm Whale is the King of the fishes”

Do you agree?

If yes, write a brief 200-word essay on the Sperm Whale

If no, compare and contrast the Whale and ‘King of the fishes’

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 8-12 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Tuesday, October 27th. 

Next Book of the Week:

BEST FRIENDS  by Jacqueline Wilson

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Amazing Adventures of Izi and Larry The Dinosaur

Title: Amazing Adventures of Izi and Larry The Dinosaur

Author: Olusegun Akande

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Number of pages: 88

Type of Book: Fiction; Christian

Age: 8+

Available here: http://www.amazon.com/Amazing-Adventures-Izi-Larry-Dinosaur/dp/1492878561 or contact the author: info@iziandlarrybooks.com

Price: $15.00

MY SUMMARY

Saturday is zoo day for 8-year-old Izi. She loves going to the zoo to visit the animals. One very ordinary Saturday Izi makes a new friend, Larry, a dinosaur with extraordinary powers. With his teensy head, long neck, huge body and enormous wings, Larry can travel through time. Together, every Saturday, Larry and Izi go on exciting adventures through different stories in the Bible and Izi learns several lessons about forgiveness, love, friendship and God, referred to in this book as ‘the Maker’.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: The book is beautifully illustrated. The illustrations will keep children turning the pages till the end. All in all, a satisfactory read.

DOWN: Sometimes, the narrator switched from a child’s perspective to that of an adult: ‘His voice sounds like that of a distinguished and wise old man with a British accent’, other times, he sounded way too old for an 8-year-old ‘Izi ponders this for a while in the peaceful surroundings of the Garden’. The dialogue was protracted in some parts and there was a lot of ‘telling’ and not enough ‘showing’; but for the illustrations, a lot would be left to the reader’s imagination. There was no real conflict in the story, no problem that required solving. In so many ways it was didactic, a series of lessons.

RATING

3.5 Stars 

TRIVIA

  1. Who/What was Larry? A flying dinosaur.
  2. What was Larry’s special power? He could travel back and forth through time!
  3. This person roared, a roar so loud and scary that Izi almost fell off Larry’s back. Goliath, the giant.
  4. ‘A tall green creature with a big round tummy, a long neck and a teensy little head.’ What was Izi describing? Larry
  5. Why did Larry and Izi travel back and forth through time and how did they do it? They travelled through time so that Larry could teach Izi about God, the Maker using some stories in the Bible. Larry blew a bubble in the air, creating a transparent wall, then he made a plus sign in the wall and they flew right through it into the stories in the bible.
  6. What was Larry’s only rule during their adventures? ‘Try not to touch anything’

Read an excerpt of the book here:

http://www.iziandlarrybooks.com/Izi_and_Larry_Chapter_One.pdf

Visit Izi and Larry here: http://www.iziandlarrybooks.com

Next Book of the Week:

MOBY DICK by Herman Melville