Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney.
About the Book: Greg Heffley’s on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg’s life destined to be just another hard-luck story? http://www.abramsbooks.com/Books/Diary_of_a_Wimpy_Kid-9781419711329.html
My Review: Greg Heffley is back in the 8th installment of the Wimpy Kid series. And he is about to loose his best friend. Greg’s mother told him that, friends will come and go but family is forever. Greg would rather have a friend than put up with his family. He loves his family, but he isn’t sure that they were meant to live together. But he knows that his mother is only trying to make him feel better about the situation with Rowley.
Rowley has been his friend ever since he moved into his neighborhood. They did everything together. But their friendship is about to be tested as Rowley has a new friend, a girlfriend. Gregg is not only upset because his best friend, Rowley, has a girlfriend but he always thought he would be the first to have a girlfriend not Rowley. They hardly spend time together and when they do Abigail is always there and when she is not Rowley will be talking to her on his cell phone. Gregg felt kicked to the curb. He even tried being friends with Abigail but she doesn’t like him. Gregg found out that making new friends isn’t easy. One day while in Rodrick’s room he spotted a magic 8 ball under his bed. He decided to use the magic 8 ball to guide his decisions. If you are a fan of the Wimpy Kid series pick one up today and find out if the magic 8th ball helped him in making good decisions and did he get his best friend back. For a copy visit www.Amazon.com
Reading level: Ages 8 and up
Hardcover: 224 pages
Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from Abrams Publishers in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.
Bible and Prayers for Teddy and Me retold by Christina Goodings and illustrated by Janet Samuel
About the Book: This Bible storybook contains twelve favorite episodes from the Old and New Testaments, chosen to emphasize the message of God’s love and care. Each story concludes with a blessing, prayer, or reflection, which is illustrated with the child and the teddy bear together. Children will love the endearing teddy bear illustrations which will help them to relate easily to the stories and prayers.
My Review: This is a cute bible story book for children ages 3-8 years old. The Bible and Prayers for Teddy and Me shares the wonderful word of God, His love and power from the Old Testament to the New Testament. The 12 stories are In the Beginning, Noah and the Ark, Baby Moses, David and Goliath, Jonah Learns a Lesson, Daniel and the Lions, Jesus is Born, Jesus the Teacher, The Story of the Sower, The Lost Sheep, The Farmer’s Son, The Man in the Tree, The Good Samaritan, and The First Easter.
It has a padded front cover and the book is colorful and has bold pictures that helps bring the stories to life. The text is easy to read and you will find that these stories are so engaging that your child would want you to read it again and again.
- Age Range: 3 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten
- Hardcover: 64 pages
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.
Explorer The Lost Islands edited by Kazu Kibuishi
About the Book: The highly anticipated second volume to the critically acclaimed Explorer series, The Lost Islands is a collection of seven all-new stories written and illustrated by an award-winning roster of comics artists, with each story centered around the theme of hidden places. Edited by the New York Times bestselling comics creator Kazu Kibuishi, this graphic anthology includes well-written, beautifully illustrated stories by Kazu (the Amulet series), Jason Caffoe (the Flight series), Raina Telgemeier (Drama and Smile), Dave Roman (the Astronaut Academy series), Jake Parker (the Missile Mouse series), Michel Gagné (The Saga of Rex), Katie and Steven Shanahan (the Flight series), and up-and-coming new artist Chrystin Garland.
Authors: Edited by Kazu Kibuishi
Imprint: Amulet Books
Page Count: 128
Illustrations: Full-color illustrations throughout
About the Author: Kazu Kibuishi is the creator of Amulet, the award-winning New York Times bestselling graphic novel series, and the editor and art director of eight volumes of Flight, the influential Eisner-nominated anthology series. He lives in Alhambra, California.
My Review: Explorer The Lost Islands is a collection of seven graphic short stories.
The Rabbit Island by Jake Parker, an island inhabited by rabbits where every rabbit has a job to do until one rabbit decided to build a robot that did all the work until it catch on fire.
The Mask Dance by Chrystin Garland, about a little girl who disordered her father and decided to follow a stranger to the festival.
Carapace by Jason Caffoe is a short story about a boy who woke up on an island looking for food to eat when he came across the exoskeleton of a crab and the crab’s ghost who showed him how to find food.
DesertIsland Playist by Dave Roman and Raina Telegemeier was by far the best story. The story is about a young girl who found herself on a deserted island (so she thinks) with only a backpack with a few keepsakes and scattered memories.
I found all seven stories interesting but short and I expected more. The illustrations are beautiful and different in style. The colors are vibrant and bold with help to tell the stories.
FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of these books from Abrams in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.
My Weird School Special: It’s Halloween, I’m Turning Green! by Dan Gutman, illustrated by Jim Paillot
About the Book: In this Weird School Special, It’s Halloween, I’m Turning Green!, A.J. and the gang from the My Weird School series are ready for one of their favorite holidays!
It’s Halloween, and you know what that means! Candy! Costumes! More candy! What would happen if a kid ate a million hundred pounds of chocolate in one night? One thing’s for sure—when A.J. and his friends from Ella Mentry School go trick-or-treating, it will be a Halloween to remember.
Bestselling author Dan Gutman brings his wacky, kid-friendly sense of humor to this all-new series of holiday adventures. With hilarious illustrations by Jim Paillot, plus My Weird School trivia and Halloween-themed games, facts, and puzzles, this is one weird Halloween special you don’t want to miss!
My Review: A.J and his friends are getting ready for Halloween. For them Halloween is the best day of the year, a day to fill up their bags with lot of candy. While out tricking or treating, they decided to stop at Mrs Yonkers’ house who promised Andrea a Magical Halloween surprise. But they couldn’t locate her house and then A.J and the gang confronted the Halloween Monster . This must be the Halloween Monster that terrorizes the neighborhood on Halloween day. The back of the book includes 32 pages of bonus Weird Extras…
- Professor A.J.’s Weird Halloween Facts
- Fun Games and Weird-Word Puzzles
- My WeirdSchool Trivia Questions
- Games and more!
This is a fun book children will enjoy reading.
- ISBN-13: 9780062206794
- ISBN-10: 0062206796
- Publisher: Harper
- Publish Date: July 2013
- Page Count: 103
- Reading Level: Ages 6-10
Series: My Weird School Special
FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book HarperCollins Publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.
Party Animals written by Saragine Francois & Julian Francois and illustrated by Somnath Chatterje
About the Book: In this fun-filled delightful story, this picture book opens with a mischievous plan where Mabel throws a secret party for all her animal friends after Mama departs with her daughter Ellen for the night. When her sidekick Wolf advices her not to go with the plan, Mabel ignores his request and proceeds by telephoning all of her friends to join her in this evening’s festivity. As the night explodes with loud music and laughter, an uninvited animal friend requests that he joins the party. During their celebration, a nosy neighbor notifies Mama at once and the mood quickly shifts to a panic.
My Review: This story is a real life scenario in many households where the family leaves the house for the weekend and the children decide they are going to throw a party. To make things worse, uninvited guests shows up to cause problems that make the neighbors alert their parents. And that is what happened to Mabel the dog who decided to throw a party to impress their friends while her owner Mama took Ellen to spend the night at her friend’s place.
The illustrations by Somnath Chatterje brought the story to life with bold and bright colors which help tells the story which will make it fun for readers of all ages to enjoy.
I enjoyed reading this story and will recommend it for every household.
- Paperback: 28 pages
- Publisher: Mirror Publishing (August 19, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 161225215X
- ISBN-13: 978-1612252155
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.
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