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Book and Author Spotlight. Sprindlers by Lauren Oliver


Spindlers

About the Book: Evocative of Alice in Wonderland, this novel from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver is a bewitching story about the reaches of loyalty and the enduring power of hope.

Looking across the breakfast table one morning, twelve-year-old Liza feels dread wash over her. Although her younger brother, Patrick, appears the same, Liza knows that he is actually quite different. She is certain that the spindlers—evil, spiderlike beings—came during the night and stole his soul. And Liza is also certain that she is the only one who can rescue him.

Armed with little more than her wits and a huge talking rat for a guide, Liza descends into the dark and ominous underground to save Patrick’s soul. Her quest is far from easy: she must brave tree-snakes, the Court of Stones, and shape-shifting scawgs before facing her greatest challenge in the spindlers’ lair, where more than just Patrick’s soul is at stake.

 

Jacket Cover: One night when Liza went to bed, Patrick was her chubby, stubby, candy-grubbing and pancake-loving younger brother, who irritated and amused her both, and the next morning, when she woke up, he was not. In fact, he was quite, quite different.

When Liza’s brother, Patrick, changes overnight, Liza knows exactly what has happened: The spindlers have gotten to him and stolen his soul.

She knows, too, that she is the only one who can save him.

To rescue Patrick, Liza must go Below, armed with little more than her wits and a broom. There, she uncovers a vast world populated with talking rats, music-loving moles, greedy troglods, and overexcitable nids . . . as well as terrible dangers. But she will face her greatest challenge at the spindlers’ nests, where she encounters the evil queen and must pass a series of deadly tests—or else her soul, too, will remain Below forever.

From New York Times best-selling author Lauren Oliver comes a bewitching story about the reaches of loyalty, the meaning of love, and the enduring power of hope.

http://www.harpercollins.com/9780061978081/the-spindlers

 

Age:8-12

Pages:256

Cost: 16.99
My review: Great fantasy story full with adventures!

 

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Lauren Oliver

 

About the Author: Lauren Oliver is the author of the teen novels Before I Fall and Panic and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages and are New York Times and international bestselling novels. She is also the author of two novels for middle grade readers, The Spindlers and Liesl & Po, which was an E. B. White Read Aloud Award nominee. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU’s MFA program, Lauren Oliver is also the cofounder of the boutique literary development company Paper Lantern Lit.

 

 

 

September 18, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review. Kregel Blog Tour: Candle Prayers for Kids.


Candle

Candle Prayers for Kids by Claire Freedman and illustrated by Jo Parry.

About the Book: A delightful companion prayer book to the popular Candle Bible for Kids. Jo Parry’s distinctively bold and vibrant illustrations complement a combination of traditional and modern prayers by Claire Freedman, author of the Benjamin Bear series. Candle Prayers for Kids helps to bring prayer and talking to God into the life of every child.

An easy to use collection of simple prayers for home, school and church.

For a copy visit

http://store.kregel.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=3361

 

Pages: 128

Size: 6 x 7.5 inches

Published: 2014

Price: $12.99

 

My Review: Bible stories for children are interesting to read but this book by Claire Freedman is about teaching your children who to pray a simple prayer.

The contents includes: Let’s Praise God! Our Families and Friends! Special Days! God and Me! Prayers for Others! Good Night God! Health! Sad Times and many more. Each prayer is simple and easy to read and remember.

Children can pray asking God to help them with their school work, help them to listen to the teacher and not to give up when their home work is difficult. And prayers like, thanking God for their daily food and helping those that don’t have enough food to eat. These little prayers are heart felt and does give a child faith that their prayers are been heard by God. I love the illustrations by Jo Parry. There pictures are bright bold and colorful with brings light and life to each prayer.

 

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way

 

About the Author: Claire Freedman lives on the Essex coast. She is the author of a number of children’s books, and has also written for Little Tiger Press. When not writing, Claire spends her time sailing, walking in the countryside, and traveling. To know more about the author visit http://www.clairefreedman.co.uk/

 

 

September 16, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Kregel Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book/Author Spotlight: The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates. Book 1 & 2


Magic Marks the Spot

The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates. Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson

About the Book: Pirates! Magic! Treasure! A gargoyle? Caroline Carlson’s hilarious tween novel The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates #1: Magic Marks the Spot is perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events and Trenton Lee Stewart’s Mysterious Benedict Society.

Hilary Westfield has always dreamed of being a pirate. She can tread water for thirty-seven minutes. She can tie a knot faster than a fleet of sailors, and she already owns a rather pointy sword.

There’s only one problem: The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates refuses to let any girl join their ranks of scourges and scallywags.

But Hilary is not the kind of girl to take no for answer. To escape a life of petticoats and politeness at her stuffy finishing school, Hilary sets out in search of her own seaworthy adventure, where she gets swept up in a madcap quest involving a map without an X, a magical treasure that likely doesn’t exist, a talking gargoyle, a crew of misfit scallywags, and the most treacherous—and unexpected—villain on the High Seas.

Written with uproarious wit and an inviting storyteller tone, the first book in Caroline Carlson’s quirky seafaring series is a piratical tale like no other.

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Admiral Westfield sucked in his breath and released it in a tremendous gust. “My dear,” he said, “let me be clear: You are a young lady. You will not tell silly tales and you will never be a pirate.”

Hilary Westfield has always dreamed of being a pirate. She can tread water for thirty-seven minutes. She can tie a knot faster than a fleet of sailors. She particularly enjoys defying authority, and she already owns a rather pointy sword. There’s only one problem: The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates refuses to let any girl join their ranks of scourges and scallywags.

Girls belong at Miss Pimm’s Finishing School for Delicate Ladies, learning to waltz, faint, and curtsy. But Hilary and her dearest friend, the gargoyle, have no use for such frivolous lessons—they are pirates! (Or very nearly.)

To escape from a life of petticoats and politeness, Hilary answers a curious advertisement for a pirate crew and suddenly finds herself swept up in a seafaring adventure that may or may not involve a map without an X, a magical treasure that likely doesn’t exist, a rogue governess who insists on propriety, a crew of misfit scallywags, and the most treacherous—and unexpected—villain on the High Seas.

Will Hilary find the treasure in time? Will she become a true pirate after all? And what will become of the gargoyle?

 

The Terror of the Southlands

The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates. The Terror of the Southlands by Caroline Carlson

More pirates, more magic, and more adventure in the second book of the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series! Caroline Carlson brings the unceasing wit, humor, and fun of the first book in the series, Magic Marks the Spot, to this epic sequel. Fans of Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events and Trenton Lee Stewart’s Mysterious Benedict Society will love this quirky tween series and hope to join the VNHLP just like Hilary!

Hilary Westfield is now a bona fide pirate, but when her daring, her magical know-how, and even her gargoyle don’t convince the VNHLP that she’s worthy of her title, the Terror of the Southlands, she sets off with her crew on a High Seas adventure. But then Miss Pimm disappears and Hilary decides to find the missing Enchantress and protect the magic of Augusta.

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“Tell me, Pirate Westfield: When was the last time you drew your sword against an enemy? Or stole a stash of loot from a fellow buccaneer? When was the last time you sailed off on a thrilling High Seas adventure?”

Hilary Westfield is a pirate. In fact, she’s the Terror of the Southlands! She’s daring, brave, fearless, and . . . in a rut. Maybe she hasn’t found any treasure lately. And maybe she isn’t fighting off as many scallywags as she’d like. But does that mean she and her loyal crew (including a magical gargoyle) deserve to be kicked out of the ranks of the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates?

There is only one thing to do—find a daring mission worthy of her fearless reputation. With the help of first mate Charlie, finishing-school friend Claire, and the self-proclaimed intrepid gargoyle, Hilary sets sail on a swashbuckling expedition that may or may not involve a kidnapped Enchantress, bumbling inspectors, a mysterious group called the Mutineers, and—the most terrifying thing of all—a High Society ball.

Caroline Carlson brings just as much rollicking fun, laughter, and action to this second book of the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates as she did with the first, Magic Marks the Spot.

 

Caroline Carlson

Caroline Carlson is the author of The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, a funny and fantastical series of novels for young readers. Her first book, Magic Marks the Spot, was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, an American Booksellers Association Best Book for Children, and a Junior Library Guild selection.

Caroline holds a BA from Swarthmore College and an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College of Fine Arts. A Massachusetts native, she now lives in Pittsburgh with her husband. http://carolinecarlsonbooks.com/about/

 

 

September 9, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: What is Love by Corine Hyman. Ends Sept 19th


What is Love

What Is Love by Corine Hyman and Illustrated by Daan Yahya

What is Love: A Kid Friendly Interpretation of 1 John 3:11, 16-18 & 1 Corinthians 13:1-8 & 13

About the Book: What is Love is a Bible based picture book that is designed to help children understand what love is. In the story, twins Kar’Leigh and Kar’Moni have just learned what the Bible says about love. Come join them as they bring to life 1 John 3:11, 16-18 and 1 Corinthians 13:1-8a & 13 in a way that is easy for children to understand. Each page includes a Bible verse and there are links in the back of the book to download free handwriting pages.

 

Pages: 26

 

My Review: In this book twins sisters Kar’Moni and Kar’Leigh shows just how important love is. They learned that they have to start by loving themselves. That is according to 1 John 3:11. “We should love one another”. It shows that when you love, you help those in need and that love is patient and kind. They also learn that love doesn’t brag about what you have to others or envy those who have. Love respects others and keeps no records of the wrongs. I like that every page has a scripture relating to the story.

The only part of the book I really didn’t agree with shows one of the twins with a crystal ball and the page talking about the gift of prophecy. When we have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, we do not need a crystal ball.

The illustrations are bright and colorful which helps tell the story. I recommend this book for Sunday school teaching.

 

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

 

 

About the Author: Corine Hyman, Ph.D. is a psychologist in Baltimore, MD where she treats children and adults who experience or may be at risk for trauma due to physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, domestic and community violence. She graduated from Saint Louis University with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and completed an APA accredited predoctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at Virginia Treatment Center for Children. Dr. Hyman’s clinical work has entailed addressing psychological and social issues that affect children both on the national and international level. These works include being a vital part in the development of The World Health Report 2001 – Mental Health: New Understanding, New Hope. Current areas of clinical and research interest include the treating and understanding the long terms impacts of trauma on development, parent-child attachment/engagement and assessment issues. http://www.booksbycorine.com/

 

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Author/Book Spotlight. Giveaway: Wishing Will. Ends Sept 19th


Wishing Will

Wishing Will by Daniel Harvell

About the Book: Outcast middle schooler Will Cricket spends all of his time wishing for a better life. He wants a new look, popular friends, cool parents and enough coordination to dribble a basketball – but he never actively pursues any of it. When the magical wishing corporation known as the Sky Castle Network and Enterprises (a.k.a. the SCENE) agrees to grant him his ultimate wish to be someone different, he must work for his reward. Becoming a super-powered agent for the organization, Will teams up with a celestial wish agent with delusions of Hollywood stardom, a shape-changing half-Genie, a narcoleptic Dreamweaver and a stick-in-the-mud wish lawyer. Together, they grant the wishes of Will’s classmates and family members, helping the same people who pick on Will every day. As if these challenges weren’t enough, there’s a mystery surrounding his peculiar grandmother and a malevolent force bent on enslaving humanity. In order for his dream to come true, Will may have to fight for not only the wish but also for the entire world! http://danielharvell.com/books/

 

Page: 256

 

Reviews: http://www.amazon.com/Wishing-Will-Daniel-Harvell/dp/1500505331/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

 

Daniel Harvell

 

About the Author: You write one short story at the age of 10 about a pit on the moon laden with poisonous hamburgers, and suddenly you’re an author. That’s the way I saw it when “Murder on the Moon” became an instant hit with my fourth-grade classmates. I’d always been a voracious reader, but upon sharing my little yarn with my friends, I suddenly realized the freedom (and power!) of becoming the storyteller. Over the next few years, I would go on to write several short stories, mostly involving murder mysteries and my schoolmates.

The thrill of whodunits subsided when I discovered the long and (theoretically) rewarding payoffs of the soap operatic style of telling tales, which was followed quickly by my unearthing of the superhero fiction genre (which is just soap operas in spandex).Fast-forward to my last semester at Florida State University, where I was starting to regret my decision to pursue a business management degree instead of something more literary. I had big stories in my head. Instead of second-guessing my educational path, I used my free time to pursue my passion. A few months later, my first novel had arrived in the world—and it wasn’t pretty. Like all writers, though, I had to start somewhere. To read more visit http://danielharvell.com/bio/

 

Author of Wishing Will and The Survivors

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August 31, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: Princess DisGrace 2: Second Term at Tall Towers and Shrinking Violet Absolutely Loves Ancient Egypt. Ends Aug 30th


DisGrace

 

 

Princess DisGrace 2: Second Term at Tall Towers by Lou Kuenzler illustrated by Kimberley Scott

 

About the Book: Princess Disgrace is about Princess Grace who (you guessed it!) is anything but graceful, in fact, she’s downright clumsy! Crammed full of royal pageants, dancing lessons and unicorn training, this cheeky yet charming series has had readers amused and moved in equal measure. Perfect for lovers of The Worst Witch, this new series has had readers rooting for our accident-prone heroine from the start.

 

My Review: Clumsy Grace is back at Tall Towers Academy for a second term with her unicorn Billy. On Fridays, princesses are allowed to ride their unicorns for an hour after school. Grace decided to ride her unicorn Billy to the top of a cliff on the shores of Coronet Island. With her binoculars she climbed up a tree trying to keep a look out for dragons. Are there dragons in Coronet Island? You will have to read the book to find out. LOL!

The story also shows a different side of Grace. Not only is she kind and caring to the animal, she is taking time out to be a proper princess by taking part in Ballet of the Flowers and trying hard to spend time with her friends. If only Grace wasn’t so clumsy!

I like that the book has a positive message for young girls. You may be clumsy but you are being true to yourself. Great illustration by Kimberley Scott which help tell the story.

 

Pages:240

 

 

Shrinking Violet

 

Shrinking Violet Absolutely Loves Ancient Egypt by Lou Kuenzler

 

About the Book: Violet Potts is CRAZY about Ancient Egypt. When Gran wins a cruise down the River Nile, Violet thinks she might EXPLODE with excitement. Especially when her cousin Anthony is invited along too! But when they’re drawn into a SPOOKY mystery of CURSED tombs and VANISHING cats, Violet starts to wonder whether the other tourists might not be all they seem…Sometimes being little brings history to LIFE!

 

My Review: Violet’s Gran is crazy about puzzles and when she visits she does loads of crosswords and word searches with her. This time this puzzle was about Ancient Egypt and very tricky, because there was no list of the hidden words or clues to guide them. While thinking of clues Violet read the fine print below the puzzle “Win an all expenses paid cruise down the Nile and take part in an archaeological dig at a real Ancient Egyptian temple.” After finding the missing word, Violet was so excited but she had to wait and not get her hopes up.

After a few days while out with Gran, Gran picked up a copy of Solved It! And found out that they have won a family trip for four to sail down the Nile and take part Ancient Egyptian archaeological dig.

Violet was so happy but praying at the same time not to shrink for people will see her disappear in front of their eyes. When no one was looking Violet shrink to a size of a train ticket and cartwheel across the table in delight. Gran scooped her up and popped her into her pocket.

Take a journey with Violet to Egypt as she takes time out spy on the other tourists, solving mysteries and sneaking into hidden places at the museum and more all while shrinking to a tiny person.

 

 

Pages: 240

 

 

About the Author: http://www.loukuenzler.com/?page_id=480

 

 

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Book Review/ Giveaway: My Bibliofile, Magnetic Poetry Kit, Jane Austen, Reading Rumpus. Ends Aug 22nd


My Bibliofile

My Bibliofile: A Reading Journal for Book Lovers

This journal offers space for readers to fill in their own reading and offers lists of recommended books to read next.

 

My Review: This journal is a perfect for book lovers. File away your entire book notes in this reading journal. Write down the titles and authors of each book. Keep a track of all the books you have read and rate them from 1 – 5 stars.

I like that you can list your favorite places to read your books, whether at a café, at home, at the beach, on a train, at the park or at the library. You can also note your favorite genres and reading speed.

Write about the books you have read on the reading trees, List your literary superlatives, literary pilgrimages – places in books you would like to visit and many more.

Check out the last few pages listed with the Pulitzer Prize winners from 1948 to present a great way for finding a book and many more. I highly recommend this journal.

 

Pages: 160

 

Magnetic Poetry Kit

 

Magnetic Poetry Kit

About the Book: Magnetic word tile kit, a perfect gift for any lover of literature. The Book Lover taps into a world of endless new chapters, compelling characters and evocative poems with well-written words like character, desire, epic, inspire, magic, mystery.

My Review: This is a great way to have fun with words by building your vocabulary. There are 200 magnetized words and word fragments in this box. These word magnets can stick to any steel surface like your fridge or locker doors.
Jane Austen

Jane Austen fans and readers who treasure the classics will find choice words for every occasion in this boxed set of cards featuring noteworthy quotations from Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, and Emma.

 

My Review: If you are a fan of Jane Austen then you would love 16 of these folded notecards and envelopes with 4 designs. This notecards feathers quotations from the beloved literature of Jane Austen. These cards have heartfelt messages like

• Thank You, You are so Kind
• You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire & love you
• There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends
• Writing to each other is the only comfort we have in such long separations

These cards can be used to say thank you, a love note, a friendship note to the ones you love. The illustrations are classic looking which will make a prefect gift for book lovers.
Reading Rumpus Activity Book for Kids

 

Reading Rumpus Activity Book for Kids

Are you ready to Rumpus!? This activity kit for kids is packed with supercool stuff for wee bookworms, including bookmarks, special book-rating cards, stickers, and activities to help kids get even more out of the books they love. Ready, set, read!

Helps tots express opinions about books

Features ridiculously cute animal illustrations

 

My Review: This is a cool reading tool kit any kid will love to have. This tool kits includes an activity booklet, 10 book rating cards, 72 stickers and 5 bookmarks.

Kids can write about books they have read in the activity booklet. There’s a page in the booklet where you can mark off books you like to read, like mysterious, scary, adventurous, silly, funny or weird books. Tick off books you love to read. It is animal books or sports books, families or dinosaurs? List your favorite library, reading place, characters and more. Use the stars to rate books you have read.

I highly recommend this reading fun toolkit.

 

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August 8, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , | 17 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway:Nancy Clancy, Secret of the Silver Key. Ends Aug 13th


Fancy Nancy

Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Secret of the Silver Key. Written by Jane O’Connor, illusrtrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

About the Book: Nancy and her best friend, Bree, must go back in time to solve their latest mystery. While Nancy’s class learns about time capsules in school, another relic from the past pops up in the present. Nancy buys an old desk at a tag sale and soon finds out that someone left behind a key. In the perfect follow-up to Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth; Nancy Clancy, Secret Admirer; and Nancy Clancy Sees the Future, Nancy and Bree set out to unlock the secret of the silver key in the hopes of finding some treasure along the way. But unlocking the mystery soon proves to be more difficult than they had thought, and when the answer isn’t what they had expected, Nancy and Bree learn there are some things that remain timeless forever.

 

My Review: Nancy Clancy was excited to be attending the estate sale. As estates were like mansions full of big and fancy furniture for sale. Nancy was looking for a desk to do her homework on. She came across a small wooden desk with a top that rolled up and down. In one of the drawers, she came across a silver key. A key to a secret compartment, when opened she found anther key. Now Nancy and her friend Bree must find out who the key belongs to and what it opens. This book is full of fun and will appeal to young girls.

Hardcover: 124 pages

 

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August 1, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Book Review: The Little Seahose by Sheri Fink


The Little Seahorse

 

The Little Seahose by Sheri Fink

About the Book: The bashful Little Seahorse discovers a mysterious object during his adventures and has to learn to speak up for himself and ask for help in order to bring his mother this amazing gift. In the process, he increases his self-confidence and makes wonderful new friends.

 

My Review: When a little Seahorse was out happily exploring the ocean floor he came across an orb nestled in the brown sand. He became intrigued and started to poke it with his nose and tail. He notices that the object was hard and heavy to play with but it looked so beautiful. So he decided to give it as a gift to his mother. When the Little Seahorse heard two large Pipe fish swimming by he hid and watched while the pipe fish try to pick up the orb.

The Seahorse was scared but really wanted to give the orb to his mother. He will have to over come his shyness and have the courage to speak to the Pipe fish. And if they do let him have the orb he will need to ask them for their assistance in helping him bringing to orb to his mother.

What is he going to do, will he find the courage to stand up to the pipe fish and bring the orb home to his mother?

What an interesting book that will speak to children that find it hard to speak up for what they want. It will encourage them to ask for help even though they feel nervous. And do you know that asking for help leads to making friends?

This story is beautifully illustrated by Mary E. Washam who made use of bright colors to help tell the story. If you are currently working with children dealing with the issue of shyness then this is a great book to recommend.

 

Pages: 28

 

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July 15, 2014 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: Big Nate. Mr. Popularity. Ends July 26th


Mr. Popularity (Big Nate)

Big Nate Mr. Popularity

Big Nate is Mr. Popularity! Nate’s decided to run for office! Will he triumph over the more popular kids? With Francis’s help, he might just have a winning chance! Plus, extra Big Nate activities in the back!

http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062087003/big-nate-mr-popularity

AgeRange: 8 – 12 years

Grade Level: 3 – 7

Series: Big Nate

Paperback: 224 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (May 6, 2014)

 

My Review: Big Nate is back and this time he is Mr. Popularity. In this issue, Big Nate decided to run for Class President. But he thinks that the process is flawed. Then again why should the popular kids be the only ones to get elected, and not the unpopular kid like him? Will Big Nate become Class President or will the popular kids win again?

Follow Nate as he goes to summer reading program, an opportunity to get his comic strip in the newspaper, trick-or-treat, t’was the Nate before Christmas and many more strips.

Another funny book kids would love to read. It has bonus activities to crack you up. Write your own caption action, match sketch to strip, trivia and more.

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from HarperCollins Publishers in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

Giveaway Rules

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There will be 1 winner.

This Giveaway is Open to the USA Only!

Winner will be selected by Random.org

Giveaway Ends July 26th, 2014

Comments like these would be deleted – Great contest, please enter me, Love to win this! This is so cute!

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Winner is #13 – susanlulu2013

July 11, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , | 18 Comments

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