Reader of the Month: Agustin Sy

At what age did you first  read a chapter book? Our reader of the Month, Agustin Sy of 5E, began reading at the age of four and had his first chapter book at the age of 7, when he was in grade 2. From then on you can never see him without a book on hand, may it be during recess or lunch or even while walking along the Grade School corridors. Agustin became a familiar face in the library. He  usually stays in one place to read his books. His first love were books about nature, cells, and dinosaurs. When he learned that he is already allowed to go to the fiction area, he discovered the vast collection of good books about the medieval times, mythology, fantasy and a lot more. He can’t seem to get enough of books that he started to build his own collection at home. 

Professional Book Review: I Can Be Anything by Jerry Spinelli

“When you grow up,
what do you want to be and why?”


In this exuberant book by a Newbery Award winner, a little boy explores all the fun and exciting things he can be when he grows up. Spinelli’s simple and charming rhymes are accompanied by vibrant and fantastical illustrations created by internationally renowned illustrator Liao. Full color. []


He grew up in rural Pennsylvania and went to college at Gettysburg College and Johns Hopkins University. He has published more than 25 books and has six children and 16 grandchildren.

Jerry Spinelli began writing when he was 16 — not much older than the hero of his book Maniac Magee. After his high school football team won a big game, his classmates ran cheering through the streets — all except Spinelli, who went home and wrote a poem about the victory. When his poem was published in the local paper, Spinelli decided to become a writer instead of a major-league shortstop.[]


It’s one of the most frequently asked questions of children of all ages: what do you want to be when you grow up? This little boy has lots of possibilities: he could be, for instance, “a puddle stomper, apple chomper, mixing-bowl licker, tin-can kicker”. This book is like a love letter to possibilities, the idea that you can be anything you want to be. The exuberance bounds off the page along with the little boy and his rabbit friend. The rhymes and illustrations make it a natural choice to share with children, but, as the cover points out, it’s also good for children-at-heart who might be poised on the cusp of their own future. []

Word of the week: HIGHFALUTIN

Highfalutin \ˌhī-fə-ˈlü-tən(adjective)

– also hifalutin
– pretentious, fancy; expressed in or marked by the use of high-flown bombastic language : POMPOUS

Use in a sentence:
His highfalutin way of speaking drives people away from him.

Highfalutin. (n.d.). In Merriam-Webster online. Retrieved from