Friday, October 17, 2014

"Minecrafter 1/2.0" Book Review and My View of the "Minecraft Construction Handbook"

by Joshua, age 10
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The first book is sort of like a beginners guide to Minecraft. It gives some tips everybody knows (like don't dig straight down) and others that few people know (like bows work well with ghasts!) It is a good book if you're just starting out.
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This second book shows you the harder stuff in Minecraft like "Murder Holes", What to do if a creeper gets inside your house, and you get to fight down staircases! It also talks about Redstone and what to do with it. It also talks about how to make games in creative to turn into survival like Spleef!, Sheep Tagger, and Connect 4! This also has a step-by-step guide to get to the end! This is a good book to anyone who wants to learn the advanced stuff.

 My View of the "Minecraft Construction Handbook"
Do you remember Jeremiah's view of the "Minecraft Construction Handbook"? Well, in my view, this book is not that good! When Jeremiah wrote his, he listed off nearly everything it shows you how to make! Most of the book is filled with things that other people have built! This is just about the worst book in the whole series! So really think twice about it before you use $7.60 on it!

No More Braces

Well, about 1 month ago I got my braces off! I am so glad that I did. I couldn't have popcorn, nachos, and the list goes on, and on! I have met a lot of people who would get braces really soon.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

LEGO G-G-G-Ghost

I really like building Legos and I was thinking about maybe making some Lego Halloween decorations. I built some Lego candy canes to put on our Christmas tree for Christmas and I was thinking maybe I could do something like that but for Halloween. We have a lot of whites so I decided to make a ghost. At first I was thinking of maybe a pumpkin or a witch but I didn't have enough orange or black.

Friday, October 3, 2014

"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" Book Review

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by Joshua, the 6th grader
Remember how I talked about Pottermore? Well, this is the 1st book it talks about! This book is about a young wizard named Harry Potter who was put in a muggle house until he found out he was a wizard. He also finds out that he's famous for surviving an attack by Voldemort. Then he goes to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and this book goes through his journey for his 1st year. There are other books in the series, and here's the list: (in order)

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows
I suggest this to anyone, that's right, ANYONE!
Warning: Books get darker as the series keeps going!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Minecraft Redstone and Construction Handbook Reviews

by Jeremiah, age 8

Minecraft: Redstone Handbook: An Official Mojang Book [Book]

Redstone is kind of like electricity but it's Minecraft electricity. This handbook is very useful for redstone. You can learn lots about it like lots of different circuits that use redstone and other things that only work with redstone.
Redstone is actually an ore. It can be found very far down underground. You can mine a staircase very far down then once you hit bedrock jump 5 blocks from bedrock then go to the wall and mine a branch off to the side of the staircase. You should find redstone and very rarely even diamonds this way.
In the handbook they show you recipes of things like pistons and sticky pistons. They even tell you how to kill slimes which give you slimeballs.
This is my favorite Minecraft book that tells you about redstone. I would suggest anyone that is a beginner to Minecraft and even masters to read this because it is very useful for learning the properties of redstone.

This book is a lot different than the "Redstone Handbook." The first thing it shows you how to build is a huge, awesome house made out of wood and glass. It also shows you how to build a lot more awesome things like fort field walls, a royal hall and suspension bridge and gives a difficulty rating for each project: easy, normal or hard. It also shows the construction materials you need. It really inspires people to build lots and lots of new things like giant floating islands. There's even a steampunk city in here!
It can be very useful to beginners and also to masters. This book is amazing! It has lots of things to look at. There's even a maze you can make! I really enjoyed looking through this book. It's my favorite Minecraft construction book that I've read.

"Escape From Lemoncello's Library" Book Report

by Joshua, age 10

Kyle Keeley was not a book person, only video game guides. But he loved Mr. Lemoncello's games. But when a local library opened nearby and asked for the seventh graders to write a book report to get into the lock-in and $500 Kyle wanted to be in the 12 lucky ones. But when he noticed that Mr. Lemoncello was going to be there, he wished he had written a better report. But he got picked! But it was all fun and games until Mr. Lemoncello started up a brand new game called "Escape From Lemoncello's Library" and the prize was to be starred in all of his commercials! There are some hilarious parts of the book! I suggest this to people about my age.