Summer Learning: Book Reviews

Summer Learning keeps moving forward, and we are here to help inspire your reading and learning this summer. If you haven't already, you should sign up for Summer Learning to log your reading and win prizes. Make sure to check out some of the themed booklists. This week, hear what your fellow summer readers have been diving into. These book reviews may give you some great ideas about what to read next.

Summer Reading Book Reviews

Bluey Butterflies book cover

Bluey: Butterflies edited by Penguin Young Readers Group
Dalina, age 5 

"I like page #9 because Bluey and Judo are so cute!🤗”

book cover, Astrid & Apollo

Astrid & Apollo and the Family Fun Fair Day by V.T. Bidania

Neo, age 5.5

"It was a good book. I liked when Elianna said, “ soo-per-sip-puhdy”. While they were at the fair they ate corn dogs, corn dogs are my favorite, I liked their choice."

The Hair Book, book cover

The Hair Book by Graham Tether

SaiVihann, age 6

"I like the book because its all about Hair.🤠"

Ellie and the Good Luck Pig, book cover

Ellie and the Good-Luck Pig by Callie Barkley

Wendy, age 7

"My favorite character in the book was Plum, the pig.."

The Mouse and the Motorcycle, book cover

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

Christina, age 7.5

"This book is very good. amazing, long chapters, has very good pictures, um this is all I could tell. I would recommend this to family, friends, and everyone.😀"

2024 Book of World Records, book cover2024 Book of World Records by Cynthia O'Brien

Raphael, age 8

"I like the way this book is written. It shows world records from all over the world. These are 3 my most favorite world records of 2024:
- Despicable Me. It is the top grossing animated film franchise, it also earned $3.55 billion more than the movie Shrek.
- Baby Shark dance. It is the most viewed YouTube video and I also like it very much.
-Record of Pokemon collection : Pokemon merchandise. I love Pokemon. It's like a part of me.
I highly recommend you read this book because It could have one or more of your favorite singers, actors, games, athletes and more."

The Poison Jungle, book coverThe Poison Jungle by Tui T. Sutherland

Ryan, age 9

"This book, in my opinion, is the third most enjoyable book. The adventures are awesome. The title tells you exactly what the book is about. The author's creativity is mind blowing!👍"

Keeper of the Lost Cities, book coverKeeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

Olivia, age 10

"Keeper of the Lost Cities is an amazing book. It is a fun and exiting book full of twists and turns, and mysteries. I really enjoyed reading it. I couldn’t stop until I reached the end and then I had to get book 2. Shannon Messenger is a great author and I can’t wait to read more of her books."

Goblin, Book Cover

Goblin by Eric Grissom

Kavya, age 11

"This book was interesting. The goblin or Rikit was so greedy and so selfish. He learned how to survive on his own and sacrifice his own life for another when saving the pup. He soon finds out that the oldest tree leads him to where he has started and the goddess has fixed his broken sword. As soon as he had gone back Fish Breath gave him a ride to the castle. There he had the king fight a battle with him. He dared not to kill him as he was only seeking revenge on his family. I loved this book because not only as I said in the beginning the book was so interesting, but on top of that it was so suspenseful. I could not even take my eyes off the book. I would rate this a 9/10!😍"

The Giver, Book Cover

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Fox, age 13

"I read The Giver and it was good some parts were slow but was an easy 1 and a half day easy read. It made me appreciate the simple colors around me more. I am starting to read the rest of the series. I hope you will consider reading the giver, give it a chance. I was finally convinced to read it. Wish I would of read it sooner.😓"

The Crown, book cover

The Crown by Kiera Cass

Keren, age 16

"The ending took me by surprise. It made me cry. It was the most beautiful endings I had ever read. Kiera Cass has really shown us peak character development. I used to think all the sudden plot twists were annoying but all these tiny details she had been harboring into the text, has built up to something beautiful. This story will always have a special place in my heart.😄."

XOXO book cover

XOXO by Axie Oh

Angelina, age 17

"😍: So cute and fluffy about an idol's love story. If you need a little sweetness in your life, this is the book."

Dear Mrs. Bird, book cover

Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce

Camie, age 18+

"This is such a heart warming, sad, fresh, wonderful story. Well worth a read. It's the kind of book that you curl up with."

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None of these books sound up your alley? Check out a themed booklist for other recommendations to help you decide what to read next. You can also access booklists year round at the Staff Picks page. Prefer to read through your Kindle or phone? We have you covered!

In a hurry? Our always available streaming audiobooks and ebooks on Overdrive are ready for you with no holds or wait time. Or check out what Hoopla Digital has to offer, where you can also find graphic novels, movies, and music.

However you prefer to read, San Jose Public Library has you covered this summer!

(Information Updated: June 2024)