Book reviews: 'Love Is Real,' and more

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'LOVE IS REAL'

By Janet Lawler

"Love Is Real" (HarperCollins) is great for kids because it shows love through pictures. It will remind kids that love is all around you. Without love, kids may feel cranky, behave badly and turn into something they shouldn't be. This book may be for only little kids, but it reminded me that my family will always love me and I will love them.

Rating: 4 smiles

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Ages: 3-7

-- MAX DECKNER

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Kidsday Reporter


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'POPPY THE PIRATE DOG'

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By Liz Kessler

"Poppy the Pirate Dog" (Candlewick Press) is perfect for kids looking for an adventurous read. If kids are interested in pirates and dogs, this will be sure to entertain them. Poppy the Dog is the character that is most brave and daring, although at times he could be fearful of any new situations he is going through.

Rating: 3 smiles

Ages: 6 to 10

-- ANDREW MENDOZA

Kidsday Reporter


'CAMP REX'

By Molly Idle

"Camp Rex" (Viking) is a bright and imaginative book on the great outdoors. Dinosaurs are placed in the book to show they have been in the great outdoors before, but they have never experienced the fun of camping. Little kids are always going outside to play, so why not show them the fun of going camping?

Rating: 3.5 smiles

Ages: 3-5

-- BRYAN RYBACK

Kidsday Reporter


'SLEEPYHEADS'

By Sandra J. Howatt

"Sleepyheads" (Beach Lane Books) is a great bedtime story. This book shows many different animals inside and outside the house. It is a way for kids to learn about all kinds of different animals and their environments. The illustrations are very colorful and creative.

Rating: 4 smiles

Ages: 3-5

-- SABRINA LIEBERMAN

Kidsday Reporter


'NELLY GNU AND DADDY TOO'

By Anna Dewdney

"Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too" (Viking Juvenile) is a great children's book. It displays a relationship between a girl and her father. Nelly Gnu loves and respects her dad very much, and the book shows that her dad can do anything for her. I believe this book shows why you should respect not only your dad, but also your mom.

Rating: 4 smiles

Ages; 4-8

-- ANDREA GREGORIO

Kidsday Reporter


'MUPPETS MOST WANTED: KERMIT'S DOUBLE TROUBLE'

By Kirsten Mayer

Instead of paying a lot of money to see the movie, kids can just read the book. "Muppets Most Wanted: Kermit's Double Trouble" (Little, Brown Books). It follows the Muppets going on a tour through Europe. However, they encounter the world's most dangerous criminals, who convince the Muppets they are not actually who they say they are. That is where the mayhem begins. It was a fun and a suspenseful read. There are many jokes in it. It made my list for the top 10 books.

Rating: 4 smiles

Ages: 7-10

-- OLIVIA COHEN

Kidsday Reporter

'IN NEW YORK'

By Marc Brown

When the main character travels to New York, he is amazed by all the lights and sounds. All he wants to do is see it all. "In New York" (Knopf Books for Young Readers) takes you on a tour of the city. You learn about the city's monuments and statues, like the Statue of Liberty. The book also shows you the newest building, which is the Freedom Tower. I liked this book because I frequently go to New York City, and I enjoyed seeing all the places mentioned in the book.

Rating: 4 smiles

Ages: 8 and younger

-- MICHAEL ANDRE

Kidsday Reporter


'ROCKY ZANG IN THE AMAZING MR. MAGIC'

By Megan McDonald

"Rocky Zang in the Amazing Mr. Magic" (Candlewick Press) is a very funny story about two friends who get stuck in the middle of a magic show. Rocky Zang (Mr. Magic) and Judy Moody's friendship is almost destroyed by this show. Judy Moody is Rocky's assistant, and she humiliates him by messing up every single one of his tricks. Judy's brother, Stink, is an antagonist who always provokes Judy. Even though Judy messes up the tricks sometimes, Rocky still forgives her after she is amazed by his dollar trick. This story clearly shows friendship, and this can happen in real life.

Rating: 4 smiles

Ages: 5-7

-- BRYAN RYBACK

Kidsday Reporter


'GASTON'

By Kelly DiPucchio

"Gaston" (Atheneum Books) is a warmhearted, unique children's book. This book is about a dog, Gaston, who thinks he doesn't fit in with his family, because he is different. But eventually he finds out he fits in just right. He learns to love the way he is and his family. He doesn't fit in with any other family -- he fits in just right with his own. This is a book that teaches kids it is OK to be different. You just need the family that loves you. This story is the most inspirational book I've ever read.

Rating: 4.5 smiles

Ages: 10 and younger

-- ALICE LEE

Kidsday Reporter

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