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Book Review: Dreamer, Wisher, Liar by Charise Mericle Harper


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Dreamer, Wisher, Liar by Charise Mericle Harper

About the Book: When her best friend is moving away and her mom has arranged for some strange little girl to come and stay with them, Ash—who is petrified of change and new people—is expecting the worst summer of her life. Then seven-year-old Claire shows up. Armed with a love of thrift-store clothes and an altogether too-sunny disposition, Claire proceeds to turn Ash’s carefully constructed life upside down.

While every part of Ash’s life seems to be disrupted, she must protect a carefully hidden secret: She has discovered a magical jar in her basement. It’s a wish jar, full of someone’s old wishes—and it has the power to send her back in time and provide a window into another friendship between two girls. Discovering her own connection to the girls’ story shows Ash that her life is full of surprises and friends she never saw coming. http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062026750/dreamer-wisher-liar

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Cost: $16.99

 

Book reviews from Amazon  and goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18089943-dreamer-wisher-liar.

 

My Review: When Ashley found out that her best friend is moving away and was unable to join her at camp. She knew she was going to have a bad summer when her mother arranged for 7 year old Claire to come and stay with them.  She found out that Claire was a demanding little girl, but she went out of her way to help and teach Claire.  While going through her mom’s junk down in the basement, Ashley stumbles upon a magic jar full of wishes. She read out one wish which magically transported her to the past, where she views another friendship between another Ashley and her friend Shue, experiencing their own funny, strange, and painful summer.

While becoming a silent observer into the relationship of these two best friends she learns a few things about herself and friendship along the way.

 

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.

 

 

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About the Author: Charise Mericle Harper is the author of the Just Grace and Fashion Kitty series and picture books such as Cupcake, Mimi and Lulu, and If Waffles Were Like Boys. She lives with her family in Westchester, New York.

 

 

August 26, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: Anatomy of a Misfit


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Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

 

About the Book: In this Mean Girls meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower tale, narrator Anika Dragomir is the third most popular girl at Pound High School. But inside, she knows she’s a freak; she can’t stop thinking about former loner Logan McDonough, who showed up on the first day of tenth grade hotter, bolder, and more mysterious than ever. Logan is fascinating, troubled and off-limits. The Pound High queen bee will make Anika’s life hell if she’s seen with him. So Anika must choose—ignore her feelings and keep her social status? Or follow her heart and risk becoming a pariah. Which will she pick? And what will she think of her choice when an unimaginable tragedy strikes, changing her forever? An absolutely original new voice in YA in a story that will start important conversations—and tear at your heart.

Outside, Anika Dragomir is all lip gloss and blond hair—the third most popular girl in school. Inside, she’s a freak: a mix of dark thoughts, diabolical plots, and, if local chatter is to be believed, vampire DNA (after all, her father is Romanian). But she keeps it under wraps to maintain her social position. One step out of line and Becky Vilhauer, first most popular girl in school, will make her life hell. So when former loner Logan McDonough shows up one September hotter, smarter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika knows she can’t get involved. It would be insane to throw away her social safety for a nerd. So what if that nerd is now a black-leather-jacket-wearing dreamboat, and his loner status is clearly the result of his troubled home life? Who cares if the right girl could help him with all that, maybe even save him from it? Who needs him when Jared Kline, the bad boy every girl dreams of, is asking her on dates? Who?

Anatomy of a Misfit is Mean Girls meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Anika’s hilariously deadpan delivery will appeal to readers for its honesty and depth. The so-sad-it’s-funny high school setting will pull readers in, but when the story’s dark foreboding gradually takes over, the devastating penultimate tragedy hits like a punch to the gut. Readers will ride the highs and lows alongside funny, flawed Anika — from laughter to tears, and everything in between.   http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062313645/anatomy-of-a-misfit

 

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (September 2, 2014)
  • Cost: $11.24 at Amazon

 

 

My Review: I really don’t know what to say about this book as I hate giving bad reviews. So my two stars says enough.

 

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.

 

 

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About the Author: Andrea Portes is the bestselling novelist of the critically lauded adult novel, Hick. The book was her debut and has since been made into a feature film starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Alec Baldwin, Blake Lively, Eddie Redmayne, and Juliette Lewis. Bury This, her second novel, was published in January 2014 by Soft Skull Press. Anatomy of a Misfit is her third novel, and her first for young adult readers.

Andrea grew up shuffled around between such disparate locales as Nebraska, Brasília, Texas, Rio de Janiero, Baltimore, North Dakota, California, Wisconsin, and North Carolina. Finally, Andrea was granted relief from this nomadic existence when she was accepted to Bryn Mawr College. She attended on full scholarship and later graduated cum laude, with a major in English literature. She then earned her master’s in fine arts degree from UC San Diego.

After her relentless education, Andrea moved to the neighborhood of Echo Park in Los Angeles, where she spent years mostly getting into trouble. It was in this period of vague nothingness that Andrea penned her debut novel, in longhand in three notebooks. Currently, she lives in the neighborhood of Los Feliz, in Los Angeles.

August 26, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Book Review: Arbordale Publishing 2015 Collection


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This Land Is Your Land by Catherine Ciocchi, illustrated by Cathy Morrison

Take a trip around the world to discover a wide variety of Earth’s landforms and geological features through the rhythmic verse in This Land is Your Land. On the journey encounter plains, plateaus, and rolling hills. Find out how a stream can make a canyon or lava creates an archipelago. Read aloud and discover new terrain with the flip of each page. http://www.catherineciocchi.com/#!books/cnec

 

My Review: Follow Author Catherine Ciocchi, as she takes you around the world and discover the variety of Earth’s landforms with its geological features. What a great way for children to discover how lands are formed by massive movements like weather, wind, water and more.

Learn that where land meets sea, there’s a coast; sandy beaches cover most lands. Some of the highest mountains peak are capped in snow and cooler than the base. Read about the plateau, canyon, tranquil valley, volcano lava and many more. The last four pages includes learning activities: Earth Movers, Landform Sorting, Landform Matching, and Map Skills.

The illustrations by Cathy Morrison show great geographic details. Colors are bold and bright with clear text. I recommend this book for classroom teaching.

 

 

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

 

 

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About the Author: Born and raised in New York in the beautiful Hudson River. She is the youngest of 6 children in the Muller family who spent alot of time camping and hiking in the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains. Her father, George and her mother, Ruth, taught her 3 brothers ad 2 sisters to appreciate the wonders of nature. I was fascinated with Earth Science in high school so much that I went on to study geology and I’m happy to say that I am an Earth Science teacher today.   Rhyme is something else I love and use it to explain science concepts to my students. It takes a lot of practice and perseverence to get a rhyme just right. Fifteen years ago, I joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Through this organization, I was able to find a fun local writer’s group. This dynamic group  has established another organization called Children’s Writers of the Hudson Valley. Being part of this group has inspired and motivated me in my writing. Every writer needs the support of a writer’s group. http://www.catherineciocchi.com/#!bio/c1ktj

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Achoo! Why Pollen Counts by Shennen Bersani

About the Book: Spring has arrived and pollen is in the air. Baby Bear does not like the pollen—it sticks to his fur and makes him itchy and sneezy. He’s allergic! Achoo! He just wishes the pollen were gone. But when his friends gather to tell him why they need pollen, Baby Bear learns that pollen is good for the forest and provides food for many animals, including him!

My Review: It was interesting to know that pollen is good for the forest and also provides food for many animals. Some types of pollen are light and float in the air, while some are heavier and cling to flowers. Many insects ear pollen, the spiders catch pollen in their web and eat it for dinner. The bees use pollen and nectar to make beebread. Ladybug snack on pollen in the fall, they find that it has plenty of protein to help them hibernate in the winter.

Also, it’s interesting to know that pollen floats high in the cloud. It clings to water, freezes, and form ice crystal. They grow, fall and form snowflakes. Pollen makes some humans and animals sneeze but it also provides food for many animals.

The last 4 pages include learning activities from understanding allergies, flower parts, pollination process, bees are the great pollinators pollinator matching – animals spreading pollen from flower to flower. Great illustrations which helps tell the story.

 

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

 

 

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About the Author: Shennen Bersani is a children’s book author and illustrator. Interests: She love the ocean, and drawing, and bike riding. She is an avid reader, researcher, writer, and painter. http://www.shennenbersani.com/

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Fibonacci Zoo by Tom Robinson

About the Book: When Eli and his father visit an unusual zoo, they count the creatures in each exhibit. Eli sees one alligator, then one bison, and next two camels. Soon a number pattern emerges and Eli thinks he can predict how many animals will be in the next exhibit. Explore the zoo with Eli as he runs ahead to test his hypothesis.

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About the Author: Tom Robinson is a high school math teacher with more than 20 years of experience in the classroom. He wrote Fibonacci Zoo to introduce young readers to numbers and patterns. Tom is also the author of The Everything Kids Science Experiments Book, The Everything Kids Magical Science Experiments Book, and Forcing Out: A Guide to Better Physics Fitness. Tom lives in Chelan, WA, with his wife and two children.

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Wandering Woolly by Andrea Gabriel

About the Book: Little Woolly leaves her mother behind as she chases a toad down to the river. When the glacial ice breaks, she is swept away in the rumbling, rolling water. Now alone, the mammoth calf struggles to survive. She must sneak past cave lions, bears, saber-toothed cats and humans. Exhausted and afraid, she must even hide from stormy weather as she fights her way back to her herd. How can she find them? Will she ever get back? http://bigbearillustration.com/books/

My Review: Wandering Woolly wondered about her surrounding and beyond. She makes her way down to the river to splash water over her head when suddenly the ice splintered and toppled off the glacier throwing woolly into the rolling water sweeping her away from her family. She tried to call out for her mother, but the mammoths couldn’t hear her. The water swept her pass a hunting lion and a giant beaver. Back on land, she came across bears, humans and their hunting dogs and the saber-toothed cats. She desperately needs to get back to her mother and aunties. Was Woolly able to locate the other mammoths? You need to buy the book to find out.

The last four pages include learning activities. Learn about the Ice Age, about mammoths and elephants, the Clovis people as they were the first humans in North America and the extinct ice age animals that Woolly met along the way.

This is a very good educational book. Teaching kids the importance of having to stay close to their parents and that wandering off doesn’t make them safe.

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

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About the Author: Andrea Gabriel lives in Bellingham, Washington, where she spends a lot of time making pictures for kids and grown-ups alike. In addition to a busy studio schedule, she loves illustrating books for children and presenting in the schools. http://bigbearillustration.com/about/

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About the Book: Gorillas using iPads, lemurs finger painting, squirrel monkeys blowing bubbles…these primates are pretty smart! Could you make the grade in Primate School? Learn how diverse the primate family is, and some of the ways humans are teaching new skills to their primate cousins. Author Jennifer Keats Curtis is once again working with organizations across the country to share fun facts about primates through this photo journal.  http://jenniferkeatscurtis.com/projects/primate-school/

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About the Author: Children’s author Jennifer Keats Curtis wants to help bring children closer to the animals in their own backyards. By diligently researching her topic and interviewing real experts, including children working to help preserve and protect local wildlife, the long-time journalist has developed a knack for teaching young children about important ecological issues and what they can do to help. To read more http://jenniferkeatscurtis.com/about-the-author/

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About the Books: What are some things we can learn about animals from the shape of their mouths, beaks, or bills? What can we infer about animals with sharp teeth compared to large, flat teeth? Are there any animals that don’t have mouths? In this second book of her “Animal Anatomy and Adaptation” series, award-winning nature photographer and environmental educator Mary Holland shares fascinating animal mouths with readers of all ages.    http://www.arbordalepublishing.com/bookpage.php?id=AnimalMouths

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About the Author: Mary Holland, naturalist, wildlife photographer, columnist, and author, resides in Hartland, Vermont. Mary’s work in environmental education has included directing the state-wide Environmental Learning for the Future (ELF) program for the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, being a resource naturalist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, designing and presenting Knee-high Nature Programs for libraries and elementary schools throughout Vermont, and compiling Vermont’s Rare Bird Alert for the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. In addition to writing a natural history newspaper column and magazine articles, Mary has written and photographed a children’s book, Milkweed Visitors, which introduces young and old alike to the insects that visit a milkweed patch.

http://www.arbordalepublishing.com/bookhome.php

 

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Arbordale Publishing
  • Ages: 4-8
  • Cost: Paperback $9.95

 

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August 18, 2015 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review/Giveaway: If You Were Me And Lived In CHINA. End July 17th


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If You Were Me And Lived In CHINA. A child’s introduction to Culture around the World. By Carole P. Roman

About the Book: I have always wanted to visit China and thanks to Ms. Roman’s book she had made it more exciting and interesting to know what to look for and see

China which is officially known as the People’s Republic of China which has a population of more the 135 billion people living there which is the most populated country in the world.

You might of learned about the Yangtze River which is in the South, or the Yellow River which is located in the North. Although the capital is Beijing many people called it Peking, China has major highways, trains and expressways and the second busiest airport in the world.

Children’s names are picked because they have meanings so boys who are called An which means peace or Bao which is another word for treasure and Fu for happiness. Girls are called Hong because they like the color red, Yu which stands for Jade which is a gemstone or Zi which is the word for smart. What would you like to be called if you lived in China? I think I would like to be called Zi.

China has some amazing places to visit like the Great Wall of China. It is a stone barricaded which was built thousands of years ago to keep strangers out of China. Nobody is sure but they believe it is about 5,500 hundred miles. Another very famous tourist site is the giant clay army that was only recently discovered that had been buried underground for more then two thousand years. You will be told that there are over eight thousand individually sculpted soldiers and about 520 statues of horses and 130 of just chariots. You will love explore the many tourist sites as you will have an opportunity to learn so much.

The New year is a very fun holiday to be part of and begins at midnight with fireworks which hope that the noise will chase off the evil spirits. It is a very important day to honor your grandparents. You would receive red envelops filled with good luck money. Because the celebration last fifteen days you will get to enjoy many delicious meals but better learn how to use the chopsticks because if you drop them it could bring you bad luck. They are very superstitious people.

Pages: 30

Cost: $9.99

Read more of Carole P. Roman’s books http://caroleproman.com/books

My Review: This book gives readers an inside into the culture of China, a place you never taught about visiting but now can. Imagine standing on the Great Wall of China taking a long walk or visiting the famous tourist site, the giant terracotta or clay army that was recently discovered that had been buried underground for more then two thousand years. Visit the Forbidden city were their emperors lived with over 4,000 rooms and hidden cambers. Learn about their currency, food and their favorite spot table tennis or ping pong. Join them as they celebrate the New Year with fireworks and making as much noise to chase off evil spirits. What a great way to end the story. With only 30 pages the author did her best to give readers a lot of information including 3 pages of  pronunciation guide.

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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About the Author: Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born. It has followed with four more books to the series.
Motivated by her love of yoga, Roman has written a book that not only teaches four poses, but shows how easy and accessible yoga can be.
She has just finished the first of six books in a groundbreaking new nonfiction series about culture around the world. “If You Were Me and Lived in…” combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us.

Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children. http://caroleproman.com/About_Carole

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July 7, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review: Mice & Spiders & Webs . . . Oh My!


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Mice & Spiders & Webs . . . Oh My! by Sherrill S. Cannon (Author), Kalpart (Illustrator)

Is your child a good listener?

Rosemary is a little girl who is worried about returning to school after her teacher warns the class that they would soon have some mice, spiders, and webs in the classroom. Could Rosemary have misunderstood something?

How can mice and spiders and webs belong at school? Full of “Computer Speak,” this story introduces young readers to basic computer terms in a delightful way! See if your child can discover the mystery of the misunderstood words, and learn about the fun of computers with Rosemary.

This is the seventh rhyming children’s book by this award-winning author, whose other bestselling books include My Fingerpaint Masterpiece, Manner-Man, Gimme-Jimmy, The Magic Word, Peter and the Whimper-Whineys, and Santa’s Birthday Gift. https://sherrillscannon.wordpress.com/

 

My Review: This book is very educational in so many ways. First, learning not to jump to conclusion which is a psychological term referred to as a communication obstacle. Rosemary has decided not to go to school because she didn’t like mice, their noise or smell. She was also frightened of spiders and heard her teaching talking about their web. Her mother tried t convince her that they must be a part of a science project. But Rosemary didn’t want anything to do with it.

So her mother promised to talk to her teacher when she drops her off at school. Her mother told Ms Eddy about Rosemary’s fear of mouse and spider webs. Ms Eddy went on to explain to Rosemary and her mother what a computer, mouse and web means.

Teach your kids that before they jump to conclusions, they should make sure they have enough information to be sure they’re right. A must have.

 

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.

 

Pages: 30

Cost: $13 paperback

Kindle: $4.99

 

 

 

June 30, 2015 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review/Giveaway: Battle of the Grandmas. Ends June 25th


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Battle of the Grandmas by Anthonette Klinkerman, illustrated by Justin Acquavella

 

About the Book: One little girl, three grandmas! Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Well, three times the presents from Grandma, Granny, and NaNa (the real ones pictured at left) isn’t as wonderful as most grandkids would think in this humorous tale. Based on a true story, find out what happens when gift-giving becomes a battle!
My Review: When a little girl received three packages from her grandmas, it turns out they all sent her the same book. But they each wanted their gifts to be different and the best. So each grandma set out to out do each other by sending their grand daughter the best gifts they can find. Soon packages from each of them started to pile up in the girl’s house, from toys, music boxes, flowers to goodies and more. Even the postman was getting exhausted.

Finally, the little girl have had it, all she wanted was for her grandmas to spend time with her. Take her to the park, spend time with her reading a book or doing silly things to make her laugh and smile. All she wanted was hugs and kisses from those she loves.

I wish kids would think like this little girl. But society has changed all that because a lot of grandmas are guilty of trying to buy the love of their grandchild with gifts, and trying to out do the other grandma. I found this book very educational and that every grandma’s household should have a copy. The illustrations by Justin Acquavella an aspiring independent artist, graphic designer and illustrator help tell and bring the story to life. Pick up a copy today from Amazon.com

 

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

 

About the Author: Anthonette Klinkerman is a public school English teacher and public speaker. She teaches English at a night high-school for at-risk teens, and conducts her award-winning mobile etiquette school, Courtesy Bootcamp, for businesses during the days. Battle of the Grandmas was written first, but actually is her second published book. Her first book is titled Courtesy Bootcamp: a not-so-gentle reminder to live by The Golden Rule. Married in 1999, Klinkerman was born in San Diego, California, and moved to Colorado in 2000. Her husband, also a teacher, was raised in Littleton, CO. Their one daughter is working on her art skills daily in preparation for mommy’s next book. The family does their best to keep up the visits with the relatives from in-town to those in California over breaks from school. When she is not speaking, writing, or grading papers, Klinkerman enjoys reading, golfing, hiking, and skiing, and exploring the restaurant scene to satisfy her inner “foodie”.

 

 

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Winner is #2 – Carol L

 

 

June 9, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Book Review: Bible Dominoes


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Bible Dominoes. With Storybook inside.

About the Bible Dominoes: This domino game helps children to learn about the Bible and Jesus while playing! It also encourages communication, sharing, counting, and matching skills. The pieces are large and colorful, so they’re easy to pick up, and the pictures are clear. The set includes 28 dominoes with a mixture of Bible story characters, numbers, and animals to match, as well as instructions and a story booklet explaining the stories featured on the cards. A useful resource for home, school, or Sunday school. – See more at: http://www.kregel.com/childrens-activities/bible-dominoes/#sthash.7WmoD5sF.dpuf

 

My Review: This bible game is fun for kids which helps to develop their counting and matching skills. The dominoes are bright, colorful, and sturdy. Inside the box set includes 28 dominoes with a mixture of Bible characters, numbers, and animals to match and a story booklet explaining the stories featured on the cards.

Overall, kids between the ages of 3 and 7 will find it fun to play with and learn as well.

 

 

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.

June 1, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Kregel Book Review | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: Stick Dog. VOL 1, 3 and 4


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Stick Dog by Tom Watson.  A really Good Story with kind of Bad Drawing. VOL 1

When Stick Dog gets a whiff of hamburgers grilling at Picasso Park, he knows he has to get one. Along with his stray dog friends – A Dalmatian named Stripes, a Dachshund named Karen, a mutt named Mutt and a Poodle named Poo-Poo – Stick Dog embarks on an epic quest to snatch those fantastic-smelling burgers.

It’s not an easy task. On the way, Poo-Poo gets attacked by a squirrel, Karen gets lost and Stripes becomes convinced that the family at the park is really a band of super-warrior humans.

What they need is a plan – but Stick Dog’s friends are, umm, not very good at coming up with realistic burger-snatching strategies.

Using teamwork, patience and skill, the question is this: Will Stick Dog guide them safely to a delicious dinner? http://www.harpercollins.com/books/9780062110787#

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Stick Dog Chases a Pizza VOL 3

In Stick Dog Chases a Pizza, Tom Watson’s hilarious follow-up to Stick Dog and Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog, Stick Dog returns with the same crazy crew. This time these canine friends have discovered a newfangled flavor—and it’s even more delicious than hamburgers and hot dogs. It’s pizza! And they won’t be satisfied until they get some slices of their own. But it won’t be that easy. There’s a kitten to rescue, a plan to make, and the messiest—and most dangerous—game of catch they’ve ever played. Pizza is on the menu, but only if their mission succeeds. Perfect for fans of Big Nate, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and the previous Stick Dog books. http://www.harpercollins.com/books/9780062278050

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Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream. VOL 4

The Stick Dog series continues in author-illustrator Tom Watson’s hilarious Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream. In the follow-up to Stick Dog, Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog, and Stick Dog Chases a Pizza, Stick Dog and his pals are back, but this time the temperature is rising and they’re all feeling the heat. They need cold, cold ice cream on this hot, hot day. It will take all of Stick Dog’s smarts to guide his friends to a scrumptious ice cream feast. They’ll battle a water-attacking machine, discover rainbow puddles, and chase the strangest, loudest truck they’ve ever seen. But there’s a looming threat to their mission—Stick Dog gets spotted by a human. And the police are on his tail. If he’s captured, Stick Dog may never see his friends again. If he escapes, it’s ice cream for everyone. Perfect for fans of Big Nate, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and the previous Stick Dog books. http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062278074/stick-dog-dreams-of-ice-cream

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Cost: $12.99

My Review: Like I say in my past review, If you enjoy reading the wimpy kid series you may want to try something different. The Stick Dog series by Tom Watson are hilarious. In vol 1, Stick is always super hungry. Follow Stich Dog and his friends on a quest to find the perfect Hamburgers! But how will they ask the humans for hamburgers . Kids will enjoy reading this book.

In Stick Dog Chases a Pizza, Stick Dog and his friends found that Pizza was even more delicious than hamburgers and hot dogs.  As they went about looking for a Frisbee to play they came across a cardboard pizza circle with delicious smells. After tasting what was left on it they  devise a plan on how to get some pizza.

In Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream, the weather is getting hot and Stick Dog and his friends are feeling the heat and need to cold down. They hear an ice cream truck and decided to get themselves some. Poo-Poo sat down on the end of the seesaw, it sank down and he slide down the seesaw. After many attempts to get into the truck and failed, Stick Dog finally concludes that he will jump into the ice cream truck using a seesaw while his friends sat at the end of the seesaw. He rose as high as the board would lift him  to the exact height of the truck’s window. Will he be able to get his friends some ice cream or would he get caught?

The Stick Dog series are fun books for the kids. The illustrations are helps tell the stories.

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.

 

May 30, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Review: William Shakespeare Love Mug


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William Shakespeare Love Mug

“O spirit of love, how quiet and fresh art thou!”  Literature lovers and coffee-drinkers alike will love this William Shakespeare Love Mug, covered in love-themed quotes, imagery and artwork from the Bard’s works.

A sturdy, high-quality mug that will last a lifetime.  Microwave and dishwasher safe.

Arrives in its own colorful gift box, as pictured.  The perfect gift for the Shakespeare fans in your life!

http://gonereading.com/product/william-shakespeare-love-mug/

 

My Review: Most readers know that William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor. He was widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. His books were and still read in schools. This Shakespeare love mug will make a great gift for any Shakespeare book lover. Have fun linking over 15 quotes to each Shakespeare books.

  • My heart is ever at your service. From the book of Timon of Athens
  • Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs. From the book of Romeo and Juliet
  • Love is merely a madness. From the book of As You Like It
  • Spirit of love, how quick and fresh art thou. From the book of Twelfth Nigh

Microwave and Dishwasher safe…..LOL! Not in any of his books.

 

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

 

 

 

May 29, 2015 Posted by | Book Review | , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: I Hate to Read! Ends June 16th


I Hate Books

I Hate to Read by Rita Marshall and Etienne Delessert

About the Book: Victor Dickens hates to read, and nothing can change his mind. Or can it? How about a parrot with a peg leg? Or a rabbit with black barn boots? Or a field mouse with gold coins? Anything can happen on the whimsical, wonderful night when a little boy with a stubborn hatred of books discovers that printed words can take on lives of their own. Reissued here with a text crafted for even younger readers, I Hate to Read! won the 1993 Benjamin Franklin Award upon its original publication. http://gonereading.com/product/i-hate-to-read-by-rita-marshall/

 

Pages: 32

Ages: 5 and up

 

 

My Review: Have you tried to get your child to read and they just want to do other things like play video games? Well, meet Victor Dickens a stubborn boy who wear his helmet when skateboarding, combs his hair for the class picture, like to share with his dog, Page. He is good in math and science but fails in ABCs. Victor just hates reading.

So why he was pretending to read while watching Television, some characters started to crawl out of the book. First it was a crocodile in a white coat asking him to jump into his pocket. It’s time to read said the crocodile, it’s story time. But Victor told him that he hate to read. And that’s how his adventure started with each character from the book giving Victor an invitations to encourage him to read. With each adventures, Victor started to find reading interesting as he read each page, he just hated the story to come to an end. This will be a great addition to the school and home library.

 

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

 

 

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 June 16th, 2015

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

Mandatory: Leave a comment about the review below. Leaving a helpful comment relating to this book would be appreciated and valid to the giveaway.

Giveaway Guidelines and Disclaimer  

Winners are selected via Random and notified by email. You have 48 hours to respond;

If no response, the prize is forfeited and an alternate winner is chosen.

 This Giveaway Has Ended

Winner is #2 – Benita

May 29, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , | 9 Comments

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