None could say that fourth grade is boring after reading this book. Fourth-grade ninjas are going to be studying The Chinese New Year. As an activity, the principal is going to a kite-flying contest to see which team can keep their kite in the air the longest. The teams must make their own dragon kites, but what was meant to be another fun school project becomes a kite fighter's battle. In the introduction, Tiger Moth states, "The story you are about to hear was my most dangerous encounter with the forces of evil and greed. Next to school lunchtime, that is." As you can guess, the author inserts good humor into the story. Who cannot identify with school lunchtime? The illustrations are super and add much to the text. This book is great for home schooling and for classrooms of younger students, as the author includes sections in the back of the book offering writing prompts, discussion questions, and a very interesting glossary. I honestly did not know that the word "mfft afff bptqqq" means a noise you make when your mouth is full of grapes. Also included are two pages of history about the first Chinese kites and the growth of their popularity, as well as step-by-step directions about how to use the Fact Hound web site. This web site is particularly good because it is set up to allow the user to select the grade level of information they want. Children will love this book and will want to share it with their friends.
Aaron Reynolds loves bugs and loves books, so Tiger Moth was a perfect blend of both. Reynolds is the author of several great books for kids, including Chicks and Salsa, which Publishers Weekly called "a literary fandango." Reynolds had no idea what "fandango" meant. After looking it up in the dictionary, he learned the word means "playful and silly behavior." Reynolds hopes to write several more fandangos in the future. He lives near Chicago with his wife, two kids, and four insect-obsessed cats.
Erik Lervold was born in Puerto Rico, a small island in the Caribbean, and has been a professional painter. Deciding that he wanted to be a full-time artist, he moved to Florida, New York, Chicago, Duluth, and finally Minneapolis. He attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, majored in Comic Art, and graduated in 2004. Erik teaches classes in libraries in the Minneapolis area, and has taught art in the Minnesota Children's Museum. He loves the color green and has a bunch of really big goggles. He also loves sandwiches. If you want him to be your friend, bring him a roast beef sandwich and he will love you forever.