Reading Level: Ages 4+
Poor, lonely blue chameleon. He can turn into anything, and blend in anywhere, but despite this wonderful ability, blue chameleon cannot find anyone who wants to be his friend.
Enchanting colored pencil drawings and excellent use of color, expression, and symmetry will delight readers as chameleon struggles to find a friend.
If you liked Blue Chameleon, try these great picture books:
Art and Max by David Wiesner
Ernest, the Moose Who Doesn’t Fit by Catherine Rayner
Originally published in 1959, this small book is sure to warm your heart. Stark black and white illustrations of a young cowboy contrast wonderfully with red drawings of imaginary wild animals, Indians, and outlaws that our hero must face. Great for any imaginative reader.
A list of awesome YA books @loolabette should read. Links head to my own reviews here on the tumblr. There are a handful I haven’t reviewed yet… BUT THEY ARE NO LESS GOOD I JUST HAVE NO TIME D: :shameface:
THE WHOLE LIST ON GOODREADS (without any of my reviews.)
Brande, Robin - Fat Cat
Bray, Libba - Beauty Queens
deGramont, Nina - Every Little Thing in the World
Doctorow, Cory - Little Brother
Forman, Gayle - If I Stay
Haines, Lise - Girl in the Arena
Johnson, Maureen - The Name of the Star
Johnson, Maureen - Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes
Kessler, Jackie Morse - Hunger
King, A.S. - Please Ignore Vera Dietz
Kluger, Steve - My Most Excellent Year: a Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park
Parkhurst, Carolyn - The Dogs of Babel
Pfeffer, Susan Beth - Life as We Knew It
Revin, Beth - Across the Universe
Ryan, Sara - Empress of the World
Spinelli, Jerry - Stargirl
Vande Velde, Vivian - Companions of the Night
Vande Velde, Vivian - Dragon’s Bait
Nayeli lives in the small town of Tres Camarones, Mexico – a town abandoned by its men for the optimistic, job-filled land of Los Estados Unidos. With the town unprotected and vulnerable, banditos have begun to settle their drug cartels in. After seeing a rerun of The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides that she herself will go to the States and bring back seven men who will protect the town, just like Yul Brynner. My description does it little to no justice.
Emily and Reese are best friends who see each other only over summer vacation, where they both pass the time lazing on the beach or going to parties, hoping to pick up a summer fling. After a strange organism washes up on the local beach, the girls meet Steve and Dave, two ‘foreign-exchange students,’ their whole summer turns upside down. Steve and Dave are strange, giving Emily and Reese the idea that they don’t really know how to be human. It turns out that Steve and Dave are really alien organisms called up from the depths of the ocean and manifested in human form. Their goal? To try and stop the threat of increasing global pollution, which threatens to destroy their ocean home. Blake Nelson’s novel is an amusing look at a very real and frightening problem.
Joyce has always lived in her sister Helen’s shadow. Helen is beautiful, smart, an aspiring doctor – everything Joyce isn’t. Joyce would do anything to be beautiful like Helen, especially so she can attract the attention of her crush, John Ford Kang. So when Joyce’s aunt Gomo shows up with a once-in-a-lifetime offer, Joyce wants to jump at the opportunity. But Gomo’s gift of plastic surgery sounds like it will hurt, something Joyce isn’t good with at all. And Joyce just isn’t sure whether or not she should get ‘the fold’ - the eyelid surgery that will make her look more American and less Korean. Could the surgery help even her ugly face to be more appealing to John Ford Kang? And if not, was it worth it?
Zanna and Deeba, twelve-year old best friends, think that their lives are pretty normal. But when the girls follow a broken umbrella down into the world of Unlondon, a world on the brink of war against the Smog, they learn that their lives are a little more significant than they thought. Zanna is a girl long-prophesized as the Shwazzy – the girl who will save Unlondon (and London) from the Smog. But when an attack leaves Zanna with no memory of having traveled to Unlondon, Deeba remains the abcity’s only hope against the Smog. With her pet milk carton Curdle, a pincushion-headed man, a group of utterlings, a book, and a bus conductor, Deeba sets off to prove to Unlondon’s Propheseers that there is an evil plot afoot. If you liked The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster, or Coraline by Neil Gaiman, this book is perfect for you!
This novel centers on a group of Bonobo chimps living in a laboratory and being trained in American Sign Language by our heroine, Isabel. Of course, Isabel has fought against activist groups who feel her work with the chimps is wrong, inhumane, and should be stopped, but she feels her work is important, and that the chimps enjoy their surroundings as well as learning experiences. One day she and the chimps accept a reporter, John Thigpen, into their world, allowing him to compose a story praising the chimps’ intelligence. The very next day, a group of activists bomb the laboratory, nearly killing Isabel, and the chimps are lost. The apes soon find themselves re-purchased and stars of a new pornographic reality TV show based on their inherent sexuality, called Ape House. As Isabel and John struggle to regain the chimps and stop their exploitation, the show becomes more and more wildly popular. Ape House is a stunning, all-too-short novel that will harshly open your eyes about human treatment of animals (and each other).
Lucy Desberg is, like, businesswoman of the year in training. She plans to single-handedly save the future of her family’s pharmacy by creating a Relaxation Room (which she later decides will become an eco-spa) and doing makeup for kids in town before special events. The only problem is, her mom and grandmother don’t take her seriously. And she has a crush on her best friend’s older brother.
In this first installment of the Chemical Garden Trilogy, we meet Rhine, a girl stolen from the streets where she lived with her brother and sold as to a rich governor’s son as a wife. Polygamy is common in Rhine’s world, as a virus (caused by the over-sterilization and genetic purification of <i>our</i> generation) kills men at the age of 25 and women at 20. Rich men like Governor Linden collect wives (some from orphanages, some kidnapped and sold) for breeding purposes, and Rhine wants absolutely nothing to do with it, as you can imagine. This new dystopian novel is absolutely stunning – though the setting at time falls flat, and the reader, like Rhine, often finds it easy to forget the marrow of her situation as sister wife, this haunting novel is one you won’t soon forget.
The Sharpe family is full of curse workers, con artists, mobsters, thieves, and generally tricksy people. Cassel is no different, except that out of all the members of his family, he is not a worker, and wants nothing to do with the mafia. He’s perfectly content attending Wallingford, a private school where he runs a betting circle and keeps to himself, his secrets buried under a handsome facade of normalcy. Cassel Sharpe has it made. But like all seemingly perfect, charming, handsome guys, Cassel has a secret. Three years ago, he stabbed his best friend Lila (his older brother’s girlfriend) to death. Everything changes when Cassel wakes up one night on the roof of a school building, seemingly about to jump. He is expelled from school as a suicide risk, and has to go live in his jailed mother’s house with his estranged grandfather, a death worker. Plagued with dreams about a white cat and reliving the murder of Lila far more often than he ever wanted to, Cassel begins to suspect that he is being worked. As he attempts to unravel his memories and his past, Cassel begins to find out dark truths about his family’s involvement in the mafia. White Cat is a gripping novel that you won’t be easily able to put down - and if you’re on a train reading, you WILL miss your stop. Trust me. I did it twice. A dark, twisting tale of magic, mobsters, con artists, and normalcy, Cassel Sharpe and his White Cat will pull you into their world with just a touch of the page.
Reading Level: Grades 3 - 6
Inkblots: a messy, awesome project with fascinating techniques for such a seemingly random piece of art - and they aren’t just used for Rorschach tests, either! After reading this, I want to buy gallons of India Ink and rolls of parchment!
Whiteblack the penguin is running out of stories to tell on his radio show - not a good thing to happen to the Chief Storyteller of Penguinland. Waving goodbye to his friends, Whiteblack sets off in a little boat, in search of new stories. His journey is fraught with mishaps and misadventures, and doesn’t quite go as Whiteblack had planned - but the plucky little radio star takes it all in stride, planning to use everything as a new story!
Whiteblack was written at the same time as Curious George, and smuggled out of Paris during World War II as well. His adventure fell by the wayside as Curious George became more and more popular, but in my opinion, is must more enjoyable than the cheeky, troublesome monkey. (I never liked him.)
Tiny Little Fly lands on everyone he meets but no one wants him there at all! Everyone swats at Tiny Little Fly and tries to capture him, but he is too fast for them!
Little readers will enjoy the fly’s-eye-view of each animal he bothers, and guessing what the animal will be!
Athletic baseball star Dicey Bell and quiet, nerdy Jack Chen are assigned to a school project together - care for an egg as if it were a real baby. Over the course of the project, the two bond over the egg, finding that they have much more in common than they initially thought. At the conclusion of the project, Jack musters up the nerve to ask Dicey out on a date.
A typical, perky-yet-enjoyable realistic high school romance, right?
Wrong. While on their date, Jack and Dicey learn that a zombie outbreak has begun in their town.