Back to School

Houston Independent School District Starts today!! As a welcome back I created these mini back to school survival kits. They include:

  1. Fruit snacks
  2. Internet safety tips
  3. Mechanical pencil
  4. Eraser
  5. Sticky notes

I came up with this idea and the staff at my branch helped develop it. I’m so excited to pass these out to tomorrow. This idea was super cheap. All the supplies came from Target and I made about 88 bags that cost about $25 to make! What are some of your fun back to school ideas to get the kids pumped?

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Mightier Than The Sword by Drew Callander and Alana Harrison

Mightier Than the Sword CoverGenre: Middle Grade Fiction
Pages: Print 320
Release Date: July 10, 2018
Rating: ★★★★

Disclaimer: This review is solely my opinion. I was provided a copy of this book from Penguin Kids and Penguin Young Readers partner in exchange for my honest review.  The comments in this review do not reflect the views of the author or the publisher. The copy used in this review is an uncorrected copy from the publisher, some quotes may have been changed prior to publishing.

Book Description

Wildly funny and inventive, this interactive book pulls you, the reader, into the action. Yes, YOU!

You wake up in the fictional land of Astorya, where stories from our world come to life. You’re a real human being (we assume), and in this fictional world, that makes you a superhero. Armed with your trusty pencil you have the power to create: what you write, draw, or scribble in the book becomes part of the story!

Only you can rescue Prince S. from the evil Queen Rulette. Aided by the Couriers–a French stoat with dangerous dance moves, a giant dung beetle, a fire ninja, a Pegasus-centaur-cowgirl and a super-intelligent femalien chameleon–you must write, draw, and puzzle your way through a hilarious adventure that is unique to every reader! And most importantly, you must prove that the pencil is mightier than the sword.

Author Bio

Alana Harrison.jpgAlana Harrison and Drew Callander have spent their lives telling stories and cracking jokes. Alana graduated from The College of William and Mary with a degree in Comedic Writing and Performance. Drew graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Fiction Writing. Together they have created cartoons and short films with Jon Stewart, Conan Drew CallanderO’Brien, John Oliver, and Kristen Schaal. Their work as writers and improv comedians has aired on Sirius XM Radio, NBC, and Comedy Central. Mightier Than the Sword is their first full-length middle-grade novel. They live with their baby daughter and exquisitely talented cat (neither of whom help with the dishes).

Illustrator Bio

Ryan AndrewsRyan Andrews lives in the Japanese countryside, with his wife, two kids, and their dog, Lucky. A friendly Kodama or two have been known to take up residence in the giant acorn tree that shades the house. Ryan often works at his drawing desk in the early-morning hours, to the sound of rummaging wild boar and badgers, who come from the surrounding forest seeking out shiitake mushrooms and fallen chestnuts.

Final Thoughts

This interactive novel takes each reader on an imaginative journey. This book is definitely designed to allow the reader to interact more with the story line. You journey through from the beginning of the novel trying to figure out how the story will end. It is an interesting approach to an interactive novel.



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