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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

 

 

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

 

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August 18, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

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

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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

 

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.

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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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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.

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.

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

Book Review: Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman


Fortunately the Milk

 

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young

About the Book: “I bought the milk,” said my father. “I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: t h u m m t h u m m. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road.”

“Hullo,” I said to myself. “That’s not something you see every day. And then something odd happened.”

Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious New York Times bestselling story of time travel and breakfast cereal, expertly told by Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young. http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062224071/fortunately-the-milk#

 

My Review: A father went to the shop down the road to buy a bottle of milk for his kids for their morning breakfast. The kids waited a long while for their father to return but there was no sign of him.

When he finally returned, he had a story to tell them, a story involving aliens; pirates; ponies; wumpires and more. He told them how he heard some odd noises. He looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air and how he got sucked up into the disc. With all the adventure he had to go through on the disc he made sure to secure the milk. This book is not only funny but entertaining with the illustrations by Skottie Young which help to tell the story.

Find out more of what happened to their father on the alien ship. Visit http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062224071/fortunately-the-milk# or Amazon for a copy.

 

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

July 5, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review/Giveaway: I’m Twirrely! The Nut Family Series. Ends July 19th


I'm Twirrely

I’m Twirrely! The Nut Family Series by Brenda Lochinger, illustrated by Jeffrey Duckworth

About the Book: I’m Twirrely! is the second book in The Nut Family series. It’s about a sweet sassy little squirrel that just wants to dance and be with her friends and family. Twirrely takes you through her day and shows you why her name suits her so well. http://www.brendalochinger.com/

 

My Review: The author introduces us to another member of the Nut family, Twirrely. She loves to dance and twirl all season whether it’s cold or hot. She likes to be happy and she likes things to be done right. She loves attention and when she is bored she bothers her brothers. In class you will find her chatting with her friend Rosie or twirling instead of paying attention to Mr. Maple her class teacher. When her parents ask her to take a break she just stomps and get angry.

Looks like Twirrely finds it hard to be still. She is so busy hopping, spinning or twirling without much time for rest. But what I love about her is that she finds time to help her mother with her chores. This book is about ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and most parents with children who suffer from ADHD can relate. This book is a great book to share with children that have ADHD. It will help them understand their situation better.

The author is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book to organizations specializing in the treatment and counseling for AD/HD.

I highly recommend this book.

 

Pages: 42

 

 

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

 

 

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July 1, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

School’s Out for Summer Giveaway. Ends July 18th


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Summer reading. It is time to read for fun.

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Dream Big, Little Pig

Dream Big, Little Pig

Hibernation Station

Hibernation Station

What Sisters Do Best

What Sisters Do Best/What Brothers Do Best

Brave Bomberos

Fire! Fuego! Brave Bomberos

Dinosaur Hunters

Dinosaur Hunters

Trail of Tears

The Trail of Tears

Annie and Snowball

Annie and Snowball and the Dress up Birthday

My Loose Tooth

My Loose Tooth

The Unseen

The Unseen

Dying to Meet you

Dying to Meet You

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Ends July 18th

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Each winner will receive  children’s books

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The 1st winner will receive their first choice of 4 books

The 2nd winner will receive what is left.

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Winners

#1 – tmy56

#10 – Julie A

June 25, 2014 Posted by | Free Giveaways | , , , , , , | 46 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: Manner-Man by Sherrill S. Cannon. Ends July 14th


Manner Man

 

Manner-Man by Sherrill S. Cannon and illustrated by Kalpart

“I am strong, and my flash is bright, And I will defend you and make things all right.” These are the magic words to call upon Manner-Man – a superhero who can help control bullies and teach children ways to be considerate of others. Manner-Man arrives, shouting “To the Rescue,” helping children learn about sharing and warning about not ‘hitting with words.’ He teaches that if someone starts pushing, just shout out “not nice!” Meet the children who form the Manner-Man team and find out how to join! Manner-Man incorporates messages and characters found within some of Cannon’s earlier books – helping children learn how to cope with bullies and look within themselves for their inner superhero! This is the fifth rhyming children’s book by this award-winning author whose other bestselling books include Gimme-Jimmy, The Magic Word, Peter and the Whimper-Whineys and Santa’s Birthday Gift. http://sbpra.com/sherrillscannon/

 

My Review: Manner- Man is a story written by Sherrill S. Cannon about a young boy who was bullied by a kid who took his toy car. His mother gave him some advice on how to handle bullies and the need to stand for what is right. He promised himself that he will stand for what is right and help those in need. So while he lay sleeping his inner mind kept repeating, “Call upon Manner-Man; he’ll save the day and help all good children to share when they play. This hero’s within you; when you raise your hand, your fingertips’ flash will help them understand…”

So he when he saw children fighting, he knew to call on Manner-Man who stops all fighting and arguing and teaches them that instead of fighting they should use their words. For example, if someone pushes you, don’t push back. Just say, it’s not nice to push.

This is a book that teaches children the importance of being polite and learning how to treat each others with kindness. This also delivers an important message about bullying. A highly recommend book.

 

Pages: 28

 

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

 

 

 

 

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Winner is #5 – teresa mccluskey

June 24, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Book Review: The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech


The Boy on the Porch

 

The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech

About the Book: When John and Marta found the boy on the porch, they were curious, naturally, as to why he was there-and they didn’t expect him to stay, not at first, but he did stay, day after day, until it seemed as if he belonged, running and smiling and laughing his silent laugh, tapping and patting on every surface as he made his music, and painting-with water, with paint, with mud-those swirly swirls and swings and trees. One day a young couple wakes to find a boy asleep on their porch. Unable to speak, the boy cannot explain his history. What kind of person would leave their child with strangers? All they know is that they have been chosen to care for this boy. And as their connection to him grows, they embrace his exuberant spirit and talents. The three of them blossom into an unlikely family, and John and Marta and the boy begin to see the world in brand-new ways. Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech delivers a poignant story of finding family when you least expect it.

 

My Review: John and Marta came across a young boy sleeping in an old cushioned chair on their porch they couldn’t imagine where he came from and why he was at their farmhouse. When the boy woke up they tried to find out where he was from but he would talk but only respond by tapping on the table. The boy reached into his pocket and pulled out a crumpled note and handed it to Marta. The note read…

“Plees taik kair of Jacob. (please take care of Jacob)

He is a god good boy.    (He is a good boy)

Will be bak wen we can.” (Will be back when we can)

Marta and John did their best to take his of Jacob waiting on the day that his parent will turn. But in the meantime, Jacob bonded well with the dog and cow.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It shows what family meant to John and Marta and the generosity toward Jacob. Find out if whoever left the note came back to pick up Jacob. This an inspiring story and I highly recommend it.

 

Age Range: 8 – 12 years

Grade Level: 3 – 7

Pages: 160

Cost: $6.99

 

http://www.harpercollins.com/9780061892387/the-boy-on-the-porch

 

 

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

June 19, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , | 1 Comment

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