Mark Baker

Top Reviewer Ranking: 419
Helpful votes received on reviews: 86% (7,123 of 8,285)
Location: Santa Clarita, CA United States
Birthday: 8 Mar
In My Own Words:
'Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.' --Groucho Marx

An accountant by day, I spend my nights reading and watching TV and movies when not playing ultimate Frisbee, training for mud runs, or hanging out with friends.

I've always liked recommending what I've enjoyed to my friends. I hope that by looking at my reviews, you'll find something… Read more

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 419 - Total Helpful Votes: 7123 of 8285
My New Friend Is So Fun! (Elephant & Piggie Books) by Mo Willems
5.0 out of 5 stars Is Gerald Losing Piggie?, 24 July 2014
On this particular day, Gerald is talking to Snake. The two are alone because Piggie, Geraldís best friend, is spending the day playing with Brian Bat, Snakeís best friend. At first, both of them think it is nice because their best friends are so much fun. But then they start to worry. What if their best friends are having more fun without them? Will they lose their best friends?

Yes, there is an important lesson to learn here about friendship, but it is wrapped in the usual fun and laughter that Gerald and Piggie bring us. The reactions of Gerald and Snake as they start to worry are over the top and funny as a result. The resolution is so very sweet. My only complaint… Read more
Earthquake Shock (Disaster Strikes) by Marlane Kennedy
Joey is thrilled to be allowed to stay late at the skate park even if it does mean having to come home with Dylan. He is trying to learn some new tricks on his new skateboard, and heís enjoying practicing them with his friends Fiona and Kevin. However, as the four of them are on their way home, an earthquake hits Los Angeles, separating the group. Is everyone okay? What will they find when they get home?

Given the target early elementary age group, this is a simple story, but it is quite entertaining. Iím well beyond the target age range, but I got caught up in the action and cared what happened to the characters. There is certainly enough there to keep young readers… Read more
Drizzled with Death (Sugar Grove Mysteries) by Jessie Crockett
5.0 out of 5 stars Maple Sweet Debut, 19 July 2014
The Greene family has owned a maple syrup tree farm in New Hampshire for generations. Also part of the family tradition is providing the syrup for the townís annual All You Can Eat Pancake fundraiser for the local fire department. Never mind that Daniís Grampa wins every year, people still love to attend.

At this yearís breakfast, Alanza Speedwell and Grampa are the last two eating when Alanza flops face first into her plate. No, it isnít a food coma, it was murder, and people begin to suspect that her syrup was poisoned. Dani has been working hard to grow the family business, and this could be a huge setback if it doesnít shut the place down all together. And it's not like… Read more