(32) Pricess Pink and the Land of Fake Believe & (33) Cleopatra in Space

Title: Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe #1: Moldylocks and the Three Beards (A Branches Book)- by Noah Z. Jones
Publisher:Scholastic 72 pages
Genre: Beginning reader Grades 1-2

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Synopsis:This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

In the Land of Fake Believe, Princess meets a strange girl named Moldylocks. When Princess's stomach grumbles, Moldylocks takes her to the home of the Three Beards. The girls sit in the Beards' chairs, eat their chili, and jump on their beds. The Three Beards are not happy when they get home--and they are very, very hungry! Will Moldylocks and Princess go into the chili pot? With easy-to-read text and engaging full-color artwork throughout, kids will be drawn right into this very funny land of fractured fairy tales!

Review: This is a fun book that would appeal to both boys and girls. It is very refreshing to see a main character who is diverse in color in a children's book. The main character Princess is a girl of color (she could be spanish, middle eastern, or mixed or light skinned African American) this is a new trend in publishing that is refreshing and been a long time coming.  The story is whimsical and a great weird take on fairy tales.I'm sure this series is going to be a huge hit.Its a beginner chapter book geared toward kids in grades 1 -2. The second book in this series is due out in August 2014.

Title: Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice by Mike Maihack
Publisher: Graphix - an imprint of Scholastic
176 pages
Genre: Graphic Novel -

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Synopsis: When a young Cleopatra (yes, THAT Cleopatra) finds a mysterious tablet that zaps her to the far, REALLY far future, she learns of an ancient prophecy that says she is destined to save the galaxy from the tyrannical rule of the evil Xaius Octavian. She enrolls in Yasiro Academy, a high-tech school with classes like algebra, biology, and alien languages (which Cleo could do without), and combat training (which is more Cleo's style). With help from her teacher Khensu, Cleo learns what it takes to be a great leader, while trying to figure out how she's going to get her homework done, make friends, and avoid detention!

Review: This is a graphic novel geared toward kids 8-12 in grades 3-7. Cleopatra from Egyptian history finds a special scroll as a young girl and is thrust forward in time to become the savior of the galaxy. This is just the first of her many adventures. For fans of comic books with female heroines this book is fun and empowering. Cleo, as she likes to be called, is an excellent shot and great at hand to hand combat but really wants nothing to do with book learning, most of all algebra! Nothing like Ancient Egypt in Space to get your imagination churning!Unfortunately we are going to have to wait until 2015 for her next adventure.