Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Cartboy and the Time Capsule by L.A. Campbell –OPTIONAL

Campbell, L.A.  Cartboy and the Time Capsule 208 pgs. Starscape, 2013. $11.07.  Content: Language: G (0 swears);  Mature Content: PG ;  Violence: G.

Hal is a 6th grader who hates history and loves video games. He isn't popular but has a best friend. His goals are simple –to pass a level on his favorite game and get a good enough grade in history to earn his own bedroom. This book is Hal’s yearlong journal for his history class –addressed to future readers that find the time capsule its going in.

Reminiscent of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, this book is the typical life of a very typical 6th grade boy. It is chocked full of silly timelines, humorous photos and illustrations. I think 4th grade boys will enjoy this book, but I am questioning its inclusion in my library due to a photo page of museum statue naked butts. I can justify them in history books but am not sure that this book is worth defending to upset parents, so I have listed this book as optional.

EL  –OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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