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KIDS' BOOK REVIEWS

'Mae Jemison: Space Scientist'; 'Dogzilla'; 'White Star: A Dog on the Titanic'; 'The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate the School'

February 01, 2009

"Mae Jemison: Space Scientist"

Gail Sakurai

Mae Jemison is African American. She wants to be an astronaut, but she has to struggle to overcome others' limited imaginations. Was she the first African American woman to try to go into space? Does she succeed? I encourage you to read this book.

Reviewed by Ryan, 10

Lincoln Elementary, Glendale

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"Dogzilla"

Dav Pilkey

Once there was a town named Mousopolis. The first annual barbecue cook-off was there. The smell of the meat was carried into the air and into the volcano.

All the mice in town heard a rumble in the volcano. The horrifying Dogzilla came out of the volcano.

It was destroying Mousopolis! The Big Cheese, who was the head of the army in town, came up with a plan with Scarlet-O-Hairy, the professor. Read this book to find out if the mice capture the dreadful Dogzilla.

Reviewed by Andy, 8

Glenoaks Elementary, Glendale

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"White Star: A Dog on the Titanic"

Marty Crisp

A boy named Sam is on a trip across the ocean on the Titanic.

Sam decides he wants to help out in the kennels. This is where he meets Star, a smart and friendly Irish Setter. As they become close, tragedy strikes.

The Titanic hits an iceberg. A big hole is ripped wide open and it is sinking. Everyone panics. All Sam and Star can do is rely on each other. Do they survive? Read the story and find out.

Reviewed by Scott, fourth grade

Miller Elementary, Burbank

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"The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate the School"

Judy Sierra

This is a funny book about a science project that eats anything that insults it. I like it because it makes me laugh. My favorite part is when it follows the third grade to school. The pictures are elaborate and funny -- they make the book come to life.

If you like ooey-gooey science projects, a good story and fun, this book is for you.

Reviewed by Sara, 8

Chime Charter Elementary, Woodland Hills

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