Because you can't judge a book by its cover


The Books-to-Movie Challenge for June is How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell and is the first animated film for our challenge.  Published in February 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Readers it is first book in the How to Train Your Dragon series. How to Train Your Dragon follows the story of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, a struggling viking as he learns to become a viking.

You can read an excerpt here.

The film was released in 2010 with the voice talents of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson and America Ferrera.

Some things to consider when reading:

How closely does the film follow the novel?

Do you think the artwork in the novel translates to the artwork in the film?

So pull up a book, a bucket of popcorn, and let the fun begin!

I am super excited to announce the launch of, a website dedicated to children’s book reviews with reactions from the kids in the reviewer’s life.  Join us this week as we have a special guest blog by Moxy the dog from Alphabet Woof! by Sherrie Madia, Illustrated by Patrick Carlson, check out the first book here.

Enjoy the reviews at novelreaction? You can enjoy the same reviewers at, with comments from their children.

I am very excited to present my first children’s book, Ima Nobody Becomes Somebody! by Brenda Poage, Illustrated by Jenna Murray.  This first grade reader is about Ima Nobody, a first grade reader who hates her name and feels picked on  by the neighbor boy Billy Do-good. As the school year progresses Ima gains a friend and is able to participate against Billy in the school Olympics.

I really liked how Ima didn’t allow her name to become who she was, even though she didn’t like the name her parents gave her.  I also liked how Ima and her friend came up with a plan for her to achieve her goal and then worked hard to achieve that goal.  This is a great book for anyone to read with/to their children to help them know how to deal with bullying that happens in school.

If you check out the author’s website, there are games for the kids to play and stories of real life bullying that children have submitted. Now I am pleased to be able to offer this book for one lucky reader. The contest will run starting today until next Thursday, April 1st with the winner announced April 2nd.  To make this a little more interesting, I want to know what horrible nicknames you were called as a child.  Post a name and be entered to win the contest.  I will start with myself, as is only fair, “four eyes” was the worst, I know, not really that bad as far as things go but it hurt my feelings that someone would be mean like that. Post your comments and win this great book to share!

Rating: 1

Title: Ima Nobody Becomes Somebody!

Author: Brenda Poage

Illustrator: Jenna Murray

Type: Paperback

Page No.: 79

ISBN: 978-1-4490-0158-2(e)

Publisher: Authorhouse

Release Date: September 2009

This book was provided to me by the author.

Why Ratings?
It is true you can't judge a book by its cover, you also can't judge a book's graphic content by its cover. NovelReaction's goal is to provide readers with a graphic content so they can make an informed decision regarding the books they want to read. (Also, to have a great place for people to discuss books.) So sit back, pull up a beverage, and read on!

1 = kissing
2 = kissing, some fondling
3 = descriptive stripping but no sex
4 = sex scene but not descriptive in details
5 = full descriptive sex scene

*I am rating a specific book by an author, not the author's style. If I am aware an author writes a specific way, I will let you know.

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