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Commander Toad in Space

Jane Yolen (1980), 64 pages
Illustrated by Bruce Degen
Audience: K - 3rd Grade
Category: Adventure, Animal, Easy Reader, Fiction, Humor, Science Fiction
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Commander Toad, 'brave and bright,' commands the spaceship, Star Warts, and its intrepid crew, Mister Hop, Lieutenant Lily and young Jake Skyjumper. In this first book in the series, the Star Warts approaches a planet which turns out to be all water. The crew lands, or dives, and encounters the very unfriendly Deep Wader, who desires to make a meal of our heroes. This very funny adventure will have you wondering if the crew will escape before becoming the monster's supper.
Similar authors: Daniel Pinkwater
Reviewed by: vfv
Date read: 10/3/2012
ISBN-10: 0698113551
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Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever

Marla Frazee (2008), 40 pages
Audience: K - 3rd Grade
Category: Especially for Boys, Fiction, Humor, Picture Books
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A Caldecott Honor book, this title follows the adventures of James and Eamon as they visit Eamon's grandparents while attending Nature Camp during the day. The book's humor comes from the interaction of the words and the pictures, which often communicate different ideas, like how James arrives with 'just a couple of his belongings,' but we can see an enormous pile of overflowing boxes behind him. Pick this title for an amusing story of a week of camp and play, with bright, relaxed illustrations.
Awards nominated: Monarch Award Nominee 2011
Awards won: Caldecott honor book 2009
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 4/9/2010
ISBN-10: 0152060200
ISBN-13: 9780152060206
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Cowboy and Octopus

Jon Scieszka (2007), 40 pages
Illustrated by Lane Smith
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Category: Fiction, Humor, Picture Books
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Cowboy and Octopus become friends when Octopus shows Cowboy how to play on the teeter totter. Although they have their differences, Octopus is kind and tactful, Cowboy is truthful and blunt, they are both very loyal friends.
Awards nominated: Monarch Award Nominee 2011
Reviewed by: caroll
Date read: 4/6/2010
ISBN-10: 0670910589
ISBN-13: 9780670910588
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Crooked Kind of Perfect

Linda Urban (2007), 224 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 6th Grade
Category: Humor, Realistic Fiction
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Zoe Elias dreams of being a piano prodigy. She is sure that she will perform in a concert at Carnegie Hall, with a long gown and white gloves, and that the audience will love her. What she gets is an electronic organ, which plays 24 different beats with the flip of a switch. What a surprise to learn that she enjoys playing the organ, and that she is good at it! While Zoe is learning about the organ, she is also learning about growing up, dealing with losing her best friend, and finding a new one, when the unusual boy in her class admires her playing ability. When her teacher suggests that she perform in a contest, Zoe is sure her luck is changing.
Similar books: You're a Brave Man, Julius Zimmerman by Claudia Mills; Belle Teal by Ann M. Martin
Reviewed by: vfv
Date read: 5/21/2009
ISBN-10: 0152060073
ISBN-13: 9780152060077
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Curse of the Bologna Sandwich

Greg Trine (2006), 144 pages
Illustrated by Rhode Montijo
Audience: 1st Grade - 3rd Grade
Category: Especially for Boys, Fiction, Humor
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Melvin Beederman doesn't really feel like a superhero. He looks great in his uniform, he can run really, really fast, and his x-ray vision works just fine, but he can't leap tall buildings in a single bound (it takes 5 to 6 bounds every time) and he has great difficulty stopping a speeding train. Never the less, he graduates superhero school at the top of his class and is sent off to Los Angeles to protect the city. Everything goes well until he has to send his cape to the cleaners. It comes back several sizes too small and nothing seems to work anymore. Will Melvin ever be able to fight evil again? Who will stop the McNasty brothers?
Reviewed by: caroll
Date read: 10/4/2011
ISBN-10: 0805078363
ISBN-13: 9780805078367
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Commenter: Person, grade 0
a boy who has trouble being a superhero takes on a partner
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