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Guys Read: Other Worlds (A Percy Jackson and the Olympians Guide Book 4) Kindle Edition
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Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo by Rick Riordan- I've only read two Percy books and this one is clearly later on, but it's a contained story, you don't need to have read anything about him. I actually like this older, more mature Percy more though and I'm more anxious to continue the series. There are a few spoilery things, like I now know about a girlfriend who was not yet his girlfriend (where I had read to) and some other stuff, but nothing big. I think that the world aspects would be easy to latch onto for those who haven't read any of the books yet. It was also a decent length at 29 pages. I really liked it. 4 stars
Bouncing the Grinning Goat by Shannon Hale- While I like Shannon Hale a lot this story didn't work so well. It's fantasy and I didn't feel like I got enough of a look at the world to really feel it. It also felt a big disjointed to me. I didn't hate it, but it wasn't really my thing either. 2 stars
The Scout by D.J. Machale- This one was quite good. I loved that we assume one thing and then get a big twist at the end, it really surprised me. And the whole time I was reading I had no idea what to expect. This was one that we didn't need world building for so it worked very well as a short story. I wouldn't mind more of this particular story actually. 4 stars
Rise of the RoboShoes by Tom Angleberger- This story was just silly. Not really to my taste but I can see how some kids (boys in particular) would enjoy it. 2 stars
The Dirt on Our Shoes by Neal Shusterman- This is one of my favorites. This somehow had a well developed world in a very short story. It's set in outer space on a ship that's about to land after being in space for 60+ years. I really loved the setting and connected with the characters surprisingly well. I would love more of this story! 5 stars
Plan B by Rebecca Stead- This story was pretty silly, but I liked it okay. I liked the twists though I saw some things coming ahead of time. 3 stars
A Day In the Life by Shaun Tan- This is like a short comic strip. It definitely didn't work for me, but I can see how some younger readers would enjoy it. 2 stars
The Klack Bros. Museum by Kenneth Oppel- This was a pretty decent story. It had enough development to have enough of a connection with the characters. It was easy to settle into the world since it's our own and I liked what it became. I don't want to spoil, so I won't share more, but it was a good story! 4 stars
The Warlords of Recess by Eric Nylund- This was another one that's just slightly ridiculous. It works though. It's silly, but I can see how lots of MG boys would think it's hilarious so I think it's perfect for this book even though it didn't work great for me. 3 stars
Frost and Fire by Ray Bradbury-This story wasn't for me, but that's just Ray Bradbury, his style isn't really to my liking. However, I know that many will enjoy the story. While I know it's well written and is a unique concept, I'm not sure what kids will think of it. It's definitely a bit too gory for my liking but I know kids watch a lot of stuff on TV so it's up to what parents allow their children to read/watch. I would recommend this particular story to more mature readers. I know Bradbury fans will enjoy the story, so keep that in mind. It's just not my own personal style. 2 stars
Overall I enjoyed most of the stories and I liked being able to sit down and read through an entire short story. I think it's got a lot of great ones for MG boys, which is what it's aimed at. While the book says ages 8-12 and grades 3-7 I don't think I would have my 8 year old read it, nor would I donate this one to her 3rd grade class. I would say maybe 4th grade and up but 5th, 6th and 7th would probably be more along the right age range.
This book includes great stories by both well-known Sci-fi authors and up-and-coming authors, including Rick Riordan, Kenneth Oppel, Ray Bradbury, Neal Shusterman, Shannon Hale and many more.
I want to mention several of the stories, but I will not be necessarily critiquing them, just talking about them. The book as a whole I will critique.
We start out with a hum-dinger! an original Percy Jackson short by Rick Riordan called "Percy Jackson and The Singer of Apollo". Oh boy, this one cracked me up. The humor is very in your face and I feel like Riordan just had a lot of fun writing the story. The short revolves around Percy and Grover in NYC. They are celebrating Grover's birthday when Apollo appears and "asks" them for a favor. He want them to find his missing golden singing robot before his big concert up on Mt. Olympus. The poor boys! Let's just say Percy ends up hanging off the Times Square billboard without his pants on.
Another short is "Rise of The RoboShoes" by Tom Angleberger. This is a story of just a few pages, but the humor is very quirky. Humans became lazy and created shoes that could tie their own laces with TurboBrains so they could follow directions, and TruVoices so they could talk back. Our story begins after the RoboShoes have risen in revolt against humanity. A pair of bunny slippers is leading the revolt and encouraging RoboShoe freedom. The clencher- the RoboShoes find out they aren't alone in the RoboUniverse.
Also included is a small story with pictures, almost like a picture book, but with deep thoughts. The short, "A Day in the Life" by Shaun Tan, is about a boy who lives in a snow globe. It is an odd story, but will appeal to boys. We also have "The Klack Bros. Museum" by Kenneth Oppel. This story includes a twisted museum owner who keeps the ashes of a dead boy on display. Our main character Luke, connects with the boy's ghost that haunts the ashes, and he learns how the boy died and his desire to be free. This one is perfect for kids who like a little bit of dark in their stories, but is not too scary.
Overall, a great collection of stories. I think boys and girls will love the collection. In fact, as soon as my daughter found out their was a Percy Jackson short, she claimed the book next. There is a wide variety of stories, some long, others medium, and some only a couple pages. For kids who feel overwhelmed by reading an entire book, this anthology does a great job keeping the reading quick. For book loving kids, they'll want to read it just for the fun and quirky stories, so both type of readers win.
I really hope this book is successful in drawing in some new boy readers. As a fantasy lover myself, a whole new generation loving the genre would be great. But, if your reluctant readers like sports, not fantasy, try the other anthology, "The Sports Pages". I think that when all the books are written there will be something for all.
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