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Nontraditional Nonfiction Monday: The Circulatory Story

The Circulatory Story
By Mary K. Corcoran
Illustrated by Jef Czekaj
ISBN: 9781580892087
Grades 3-5
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Nontraditional Nonfiction Monday, it has arrived. What’s with the “Nontraditional”? We’re switching things up this week and encouraging bloggers to write a book review in a style different than their norm. If you have a post to add, leave a comment with a link – I’ll be compiling the posts below as the day goes on. Be sure to check back tomorrow (May 25th), to vote for your favorite review. The winner will receive a 25$ gift card from Schuler Books & Music.

And now, together with the immensely talented Julie from the blog Hi Miss Julie!, we present the world’s first book review in song form:

(Don’t see the video above? Click here to watch on YouTube. Click here to watch on Vimeo.)

Nontraditional Nonfiction Monday continues…

(click the images to read)

Mandy reviews Are You a Dragonfly? at Enjoy and Embrace Learning.

Sarah has a conversational review of On Beyond a Million at In Need of Chocolate.

Shelf-employed doubles the fun with two nontraditional reviews: a tweet review and a toon review of Zeus: King of the Gods.

Whoa. Abby has a crossword puzzle review of The Hive Detectives at Abby (the) Librarian.

Janelle at Brimful Curiosities goes crazy and has characters from one book (Rhyming Dust Bunnies) review another book (Rabbits (Blastoff! Readers: Farm Animals)).

A Fuse #8 Production brings us the world’s first gum based review (of Pop: The Invention of Bubble Gum).

Kim reviews Lily’s Victory Garden at Wild About Nature.

Cindy and Lynn give Borrowed Names the Animoto treatment at Bookends.

Check It Out has a review of Live Writing: Breathing Life Into Your Words.

Roberta has a photocomic YouTube review of Planet Hunter at Wrapped in Foil.

Shirley reviews Can an Old Dog Learn New Tricks? at Simply Science Blog.

Amazing. Kate channels the title characters in her review of The Fabulous Feud of Gilbert and Sullivan at Book Aunt.

Lori Calabrese has a un-ordinary review of This is Rocket Science at her site.

Lucy Was Robbed reviews The Full Spectrum.

Semicolon Blog has a traditional nontraditional review of Pythagoras and the Ratios.

Wendie reviews a cold book on a hot day. The Story of Snow at Wendie’s Wanderings.

A traditional review of a nontraditional book. Kelly reviews The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy) at Writing and Ruminating.

Rasco from RIF gets acrostic with her review of From Caterpillar to Butterfly.

Anastasia reviews Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out! at Picture Book of the Day.

Bookscoops has a review of Bubble Homes and Fish Farts.

Bookmoot reviews A Journey Through Literary America.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Mandy Robek says:

    Are you a Dragonfly? Can be found at Thanks for hosting.


  2. Thanks for hosting and shaking things up a bit. I’ve posted about On Beyond a Million:

  3. A poetic tweet and a comic treat! Shelf-employed offers both in review of :01’s Zeus: King of the Gods by George O’Connor. Hope you like them!

    I can’t wait to view all of the non-traditional reviews! Fun idea!

  4. Put on your thinking cap and solve my crossword puzzle review of The Hive Detectives by Loree Griffin Burns –

    Thanks for hosting this week, Travis, and thanks for challenging us to think outside the box! :D

  5. That’s quite a catchy name for a musical group and a thumping review of the The Circulatory Story.
    Please swing on by Brimful Curiosities for an exclusive Q&A with the Rhyming Dust Bunnies as they give their thoughts on the book, Rabbits (Blastoff! Readers: Farm Animals).

  6. The world’s first gum-based book review. Complete with robot reader, it’s Pop: The Invention of Bubble Gum by Meghan McCarthy.

    Thanks for the idea and for hosting, Travis.

  7. Love the song! Bookends created an Animoto Book Trailer for Borrowed Names by Jeannine Atkins.

    Thanks for shaking things up. Can’t wait to see them all!

  8. My post completes a series of writing books for kids by Ralph Fletcher:

  9. I’m in with a “short” review of Planet Hunter by Vicki Oransky Wittenstein at

  10. See: Can An Old Dog Learn New Tricks at SimplyScienc.
    Liked your idea but ran out of time!


  11. Hi Travis–such a great idea! Mine is a review of The Fabulous Feud of Gilbert and Sullivan written in the style of Gilbert’s lyrics:
    –Kate Coombs (Book Aunt)

  12. Lori Calabrese attempts to channel her un-ordinary-ness with her review of This is Rocket Science . . .

    I’m just lovin’ everyone’s posts! :)

  13. Thanks for hosting! My review is pretty normal for me, but the book is way out of my regular reading taste. That counts, right? :) My review of The Full Spectrum…

  14. Thanks for hosting. My nontraditional review turned out quite traditional. See what I mean as Engineer Husband reviews Pythagorus and the Ratios by Julie Ellis:

  15. Oh I love this blog! I tend to do all manner of unusual things when doing my own teaching tools [songs], poems, and blog posts. And so it is great to see someone else campaigning for the fun and unusual.
    Thanks, from another nutty librarian :-)

  16. Travis, I am just here to marvel. Sometimes I link with traditional nonfiction Monday, but today I just posted a picture of baby geese seen on the bike path and felt like I was doing some good via cuteness. All this creativity though makes me and those fluffy yellow ones feel humble. Thank you!

  17. Wendie’s Wanderings is reviewing a cold book during this hot week in May — The Story of Snow, The Science of Winter’s Wonder.

    I’ll be checking back to look at the various non-traditional book reviews you get from reviewers braver than I am. -wendieOld

  18. My review is somewhat traditional, but it’s of a somewhat non-traditional biography, The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy) by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham. Here’s my link info:

  19. Thank you for hosting and for making this a new twist! My review of Deborah Heiligman’s book From Caterpillar to BUTTERFLY is posted at

  20. Hi there all non-traditional non-fiction reviewers. Um… I wrote this review a few weeks ago, before I knew about the contest. But, I think it’s a really fun idea. Too late for me. Oh well. My review is a fun science book with a rather unusual name and lots of great facts about bubbles and farts. Come check it out!

  21. Oops! The actual name of the book is Bubble Homes and Fish Farts by Fiona Bayrock illustrated by Carolyn Conahan. Thanks!

  22. Thanks for hosting today…Picture Book of the day has Turtle, Turtle Watch Out! Read the book, watch the video and write your own sea turtle story!

  23. Skidding in at the last minute: Nonfiction Monday: A Journey Through Literary America — a sort of travel log of American writers.

  24. Great idea to mix things up. I enjoyed seeing all the creative ways people responded. Thanks for doing this!

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