Caramel reviews Survive! Inside the Human Body: The Digestive System by Hyun-Dong Han

A few weeks ago, as the book bunny household was just finishing up watching the (surprisingly violent but also extremely engaging) manga series Cells At Work, we came across a series of graphic novels set inside the human body. Of course both little bunnies read through the books in the blink of an eye. Today Marshmallow interviews Caramel about the first book in the series: Survive: The Digestive System, illustrated by Hyun-Dong Han.

Caramel reviews Survive: The Digestive System, illustrated by Hyun-Dong Han.
Caramel reviews Survive: The Digestive System, illustrated by Hyun-Dong Han.

Marshmallow: So, Caramel, what do you want to tell us about this book?

Caramel: This book is a book that can teach a lot. 

M: What is something you learned?

C: I learned that the esophagus is a hole that goes down to your stomach.  

M: What happens in the book?

C: It’s about a girl named Phoebe, and then there is this Doctor Brain. Doctor Brain’s a medical person who’s a mad scientist too. He invents this machine that makes things smaller, and then accidentally, Geo and Doctor Brain get swallowed by Phoebe.

M: Who is Geo?

C: Phoebe’s friend. 

M: Who is the other character on the cover?

C: That is Kay, the assistant of Doctor Brain, and Geo and Phoebe’s friend. 

M: What are Geo and Doctor Brain trying to do?

C: They are trying to get out of Phoebe’s body after she swallows them. 

M: What part of her body are they in?

C: In this book, they are in the digestive tract. 

M: “Digestive tract,” that’s a big word. But wait, does the “In this book” mean that there are more books?

C:  Yes, there are two more. There is a book on The Circulatory System and another on The Nervous System.

Caramel is reading Survive: The Digestive System, illustrated by Hyun-Dong Han.
Caramel is reading Survive: The Digestive System, illustrated by Hyun-Dong Han.

M: Is this book scary?

C: Sort of, maybe for little kids. It could be scary for younger kids. 

M: Do you have a favorite character?

C: Doctor Brain because he’s smart. Really smart. 

M: Do you think that this book is easy to read?

C: Yes, it’s a pretty easy book. It’s a graphic novel, and it has fewer words than a normal book.

M: Did you enjoy reading it? 

C: Yes, I really liked it.

M: Do you think that everyone could like it or do you think that the book is meant for a certain age group?

C: I think that every one could like it. 

M: Do you like the pictures or the drawings?

C: The pictures are pretty good drawing. They do describe the action pretty well. They are colorful. 

M: In some parts, there are facts, right?

C: Yes, there are many facts. Here’s one, “We use nearly 40 muscles to chew and swallow.” 

M: Wow! That a lot of muscles. I wonder if bunnies like us use more or less.

Caramel is reading one of the fact based spreads in Survive: The Digestive System, illustrated by Hyun-Dong Han.
Caramel is reading one of the fact based spreads in Survive: The Digestive System, illustrated by Hyun-Dong Han.

M: So, Caramel, what are three words that describe this book?

C: Action, informative, and colorful.

M: Sounds good to me! And it’s about time to wrap up. What do you say?

C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!

Caramel has enjoyed reading Survive: The Digestive System, illustrated by Hyun-Dong Han, and recommends it to all other little bunnies interested in the human body.
Caramel has enjoyed reading Survive: The Digestive System, illustrated by Hyun-Dong Han, and recommends it to all other little bunnies interested in the human body.

Marshmallow reviews Kristy’s Great Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels #1) by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier

Today Marshmallow reviews Kristy’s Great Idea, the first book in Ann M. Martin’s classic series, The Baby-Sitters Club, reimagined and rewritten as a graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier.

Marshmallow reviews Kristy's Great Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels #1) by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier.
Marshmallow reviews Kristy’s Great Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels #1) by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier.

Marshmallow’s Quick Take: If you like books or graphic novels about friendship, then this might be the book for you.

Marshmallow’s Summary: When her mother is unable to find a babysitter for her younger brother, Kristy Thomas comes up with a great idea: The Baby-Sitters Club. She decides that she will start a babysitting business together with her best friends Mary Ann Spier and Claudia Kishi.

The girls decide to meet at Claudia’s house and they talk about what they will do. They decide that they will meet regularly in Claudia’s room because she has a phone that they can use for clients’ calls. Claudia tells Kristy and Mary Ann that she knows whom they should invite to be in the club. They should ask Stacey McGill to join them. Claudia tells them that Stacey just moved from New York and that she used to babysit there.  The rest of the girls meet Stacey in their next meeting and they decide that she can be in the club.

In the rest of the book the girls babysit multiple children and Kristy becomes closer to the children that might become her step-siblings. 

Marshmallow is reading Kristy's Great Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels #1) by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier.
Marshmallow is reading Kristy’s Great Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels #1) by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier.

Marshmallow’s Review: This is a book about friendship. It is the first book of a very successful book series that was originally written in 1986 by Ann M. Martin, but was in 2006 made into a graphic novel, by Raina Telgemeier. 

Kristy’s Great Idea is a good book for people who enjoyed Raina Telgemeier’s other books (see my review of her book Ghosts here). The book is one hundred eighty pages, so younger readers might take a longer time reading it and might find it a little hard to read. I think that this book is probably best for ages seven and up. 

I think that my favorite character is Karen, one of the kids that might become Kristy’s stepsiblings. I think that she is funny because she thinks that her neighbor is a witch, and put a spell on their cat Boo Boo.

The characters are all well developed. They are also very different from each other. For example, Mary Anne is quiet and shy, while her best friend is a bit bossy and opinionated. Meanwhile, Claudia and Stacey are interested in fashion, but Claudia is a great artist (she is the one who draws the Baby-Sitters Club symbol), and Stacey is more into the styles that are popular. But they still are all great friends.

The book bunnies got into the Baby-Sitters Clubs series because of the new Netflix show The Baby-Sitters Club. Here is a trailer:

The Baby-Sitters Club trailer from YouTube.

There are a lot of differences between the Netflix show and the graphic novels. And I am guessing there are some differences between the original books and the graphic novels. But so far I have not yet read any of the originals. Maybe some day…

Marshmallow’s Rating: 95%.

Marshmallow rates Kristy's Great Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels #1) by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier 95%.
Marshmallow rates Kristy’s Great Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels #1) by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier 95%.

Marshmallow reviews Lucy and Andy Neanderthal: Bad to the Bones by Jeffrey Brown

Marshmallow reviews Lucy & Andy Neanderthal: Bad to the Bones, the third book in the Lucy & Andy Neanderthal series of Jeffrey Brown.

Marshmallow has reviewed two books by Jeffrey Brown before: Lucy and Andy Neanderthal and Lucy and Andy Neanderthal: The Stone Cold Age. Today she writes about the third book in this series: Lucy and Andy Neanderthal: Bad to the Bones.

Marshmallow reviews Lucy and Andy Neanderthal: Bad to the Bones (the third book in the Lucy and Andy Neanderthal series) by Jeffrey Brown.
Marshmallow reviews Lucy and Andy Neanderthal: Bad to the Bones (the third book in the Lucy and Andy Neanderthal series) by Jeffrey Brown.

Marshmallow’s Quick Take: If you liked the previous books in the Lucy and Andy Neanderthal series, or more generally if you enjoy reading comic books, then this might be the book for you. 

Marshmallow’s Summary (with spoilers): We meet Lucy and Andy Neanderthal in Lucy and Andy Neanderthal. They live in the Stone Age with their brother, Danny, their parents, Mr. Daryl, Phil, and Margaret. In the second book The Stone Cold Age, they meet a clan of humans, and they work with to them to find them a home, a cave. 

In this third book, Lucy and her best friend Sasha, one of the humans, start the Super Adventure Explorers Discovery Club. The human children, together with Lucy and Andy, scout around the area and meet some other people. These other people are not very nice, especially when the Super Adventure Explorers Discovery Club discovers their plan to try and take over the cave that the humans live in. The Super Adventure Explorers Discovery Club immediately starts preparations to defend the cave from the newcomers. 

Marshmallow is pointing the reader to the pages of Lucy and Andy Neanderthal: Bad to the Bones (the third book in the Lucy and Andy Neanderthal series) by Jeffrey Brown, where Andy burns things up in order to eradicate lice.
Marshmallow is pointing the reader to the pages of Lucy and Andy Neanderthal: Bad to the Bones (the third book in the Lucy and Andy Neanderthal series) by Jeffrey Brown, where Andy burns things up in order to eradicate lice.

Marshmallow’s Review:  Lucy and Andy’s third book, Bad to the Bones, is a great read for all bunnies of all ages (Caramel really liked reading it too!). I really enjoyed this book because it was funny and the characters were familiar. It is probably a good idea to read the first two books (they are both very good books!), because the characters are very interesting, and knowing their characteristics in the previous books is helpful. But if you want to just read this one alone, then this is a fun read too. 

The Club members set up multiple defenses and then they act like they just happened to be there, and the reader realizes that they are actually part of the defense. For example the newcomers try to steal some of their soup, but the Super Adventures Explorers Discovery Club make it to taste terrible. 

Bad to the Bones has really funny drawings of really funny characters. My favorite characters are Andy or Lucy because they have a lot of faces that they can make and they are also some of the main characters. The author Jeffrey Brown does a very good job in making characters that readers will easily want to read about, and the drawing are really funny. 

Just like the first two books in the series, this is a graphic novel that has a mix of facts about the lives of Neanderthals and a lot of other subjects. Two modern characters Pam and Eric show up here and there, at the end of most chapters, and tell us these facts. I definitely know a lot more about Neanderthals than I did before I began reading this series.

Marshmallow’s Rating: 95%.

Marshmallow rates Lucy and Andy Neanderthal: Bad to the Bones (the third book in the Lucy and Andy Neanderthal series) by Jeffrey Brown 95%.
Marshmallow rates Lucy and Andy Neanderthal: Bad to the Bones (the third book in the Lucy and Andy Neanderthal series) by Jeffrey Brown 95%.

Caramel reviews Babymouse: Beach Babe (Babymouse #3) by Jennifer L Holm and Matthew Holm

A few weeks ago Caramel reviewed the first book in the Babymouse series written by Jennifer Holm and illustrated by Matthew Holm: Babymouse: Queen of the World. Then soon after, he reviewed the second book in the series: Babymouse: Our Hero. Today he wanted to talk about the third book: Babymouse: Beach Babe. As usual, Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions.

Caramel reviews Babymouse: Beach Babe (Babymouse #3) written by Jennifer L Holm and illustrated by Matthew Holm.
Caramel reviews Babymouse: Beach Babe (Babymouse #3) written by Jennifer L Holm and illustrated by Matthew Holm.

Sprinkles: So Caramel, you are still excited to talk about Babymouse!

Caramel: Yes!

S: So what is this book about?

C: Babymouse is going to the beach.

S: What happens then?

C: She tries to learn to surf and keeps on crashing into the waves. She also looks for sea shells. She sees a shark when she is scuba-diving. And she plays with her brother.

S: Oh, so finally Babymouse’s little brother Squeak comes into play!

C: Yep.

S: Does Babymouse get along well with her brother?

C: Not exactly.

S: You reviewed another book about a little brother not being treated well by his big sister. Do you remember?

C: Yes! Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid!

S: Is Squeak like Stink?

C: No. One: he is not human. Two: Stink was about how Stink saw the world. In this one there is a narrator…

S: I think there was a narrator in Stink too, but the narrator focused on Stink and what he thought. Here we are more focused on Babymouse, the sister, not the brother. Right?

C: Yes.

Caramel is reading Babymouse: Beach Babe (Babymouse #3) written by Jennifer L Holm and illustrated by Matthew Holm.
Caramel is reading Babymouse: Beach Babe (Babymouse #3) written by Jennifer L Holm and illustrated by Matthew Holm.

S: So Caramel, you are now reading chapter books and other bigger kid books. What appeals to you so much in these Babymouse books? Are they not for younger kids?

C: They can be for younger kids (or bunnies!) but the Babymouse books are humorous and fun for bigger kids to read too. Or bunnies. Marshmallow loves them too!

S: That’s true. I saw how she was waiting eagerly for you to finish them so she could read them right after! And they are a bit longer than books for really little bunnies, right?

C: Yes. This one is over ninety pages. Actually it is ninety-one pages exactly.

S: That is a lot of pages. And on each page, all sorts of fun and weird things happen. Babymouse does have a huge imagination.

C: Yes.

S: And so do you. Is that part of why you love to read these books?

C: Yes. I think she is funny, and sometimes very talented in coming up with crazy ideas. At some point she pretends that she is a mermaid, she says a mermouse!

S: That sounds fun! So do you want to rate this book, too, like we did the last week’s book? We find three words to describe the book.

C: Sure.

S: So what three words would you use for this book?

C: Hilarious, delightful, crazy imagination.

S: Well, that is four words, but that’s okay. Let me add my words, too. Creative, fun, pink.

C: Yes, those words work too.

S: So then we can wrap this up. What do you say?

C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!

Caramel has enjoyed reading Babymouse: Beach Babe (Babymouse #3) by Jennifer L Holm and Matthew Holm, and is ready to read the next book in the series.
Caramel has enjoyed reading Babymouse: Beach Babe (Babymouse #3) by Jennifer L Holm and Matthew Holm, and is ready to read the next book in the series.