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Harry has brainy fun

June 15, 2008

"Horrible Harry and the Green Slime"

Suzy Kline

Harry and his friend Doug get a homework assignment. Harry's project is how to make green slime that becomes hard. Doug's project is how to make your hair spiky.

I want to be a writer of a Horrible Harry book because it is silly and it has kids fooling around with their brains. I wish I could meet the author.

Reviewed by Maria, 9

Los Feliz Elementary

Los Angeles

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"Dragon of the Red Dawn"

Mary Pope Osborne

Jack and Annie go to Old Tokyo in the late 1600s to find great happiness. When they hide from the Samurai, a famous poet, Basho, rescues them. They learn to write haiku, a kind of poetry that is very short and simple.

This book inspired me to write the following poems:

The Moonlight Cricket

The cricket danced in the spotlight of the moon.

The Singing Leaves

The silver leaves were singing in the wind.

Reviewed by Jimmy, 10

Riverside Drive Elementary

Sherman Oaks

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"Where the Red Fern Grows"

Wilson Rawls

It is a wonderful story about a boy, Billy, and his dogs, Little Ann and Dan, in a series of heartwarming and tragic events.

I love the part in which Billy purchases Little Ann and Dan. Billy is poor. He has to raise money by selling food and furs, and he has to travel a long way to get his dogs. How does he manage it? Read this great book and find out.

Reviewed by Emma, 10

Rockdale Elementary

Los Angeles

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"Wednesday Is Spaghetti Day"

Maryann Cocca-Leffler

It is a normal Wednesday for the Tremonte family, but not for their cat Catrina. She can't wait until everyone leaves the house because her friends are coming over for lunch. After the family leaves, her friends begin to arrive. "They will be home at three o'clock!" Catrina announces, meaning the family. The food is delicious. To celebrate their amazing lunch, they sing, dance and make a toast. It is three o'clock. . . . Now what happens? There is only one way to find out.

Reviewed by Nicole, 8

Cornerstone School

Rancho Palos Verdes

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