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Book Review: The Lumpy Duckling: Another Weaver Tale.


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Book Review: Lumpy may be hefty with a misshapen mouth, but he’s funny and the most loyal friend Wheezy could ask for. When she meets Unwanted, she casts a wish for people to be able to see her best friend like she does. Her wish nearly kills him. http://www.kaistrand.com/middle-grade.html

 

  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc (October 12, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616335491
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616335496
  • Cost: $9.95

 

My Review: Eloise and Lumpy are good friends who are made fun of by the other kids. Eloise, or Wheezy as the kids called her wander off the road into the trees on the Hollerhead property to avoid being a spectacle. She jumped when she heard an unexpected voice. Then she saw a small blue creature who stepped into the sunshine. She screamed and told the creature to stand where he was. He introduced himself as Unwanted and famous. He told her that he can grant wishes. He said to her, just one wish in exchange for the bottle of chocolate milk. If she could make one wish what would it be? She would make that wish for her fat friend who was always eating candy. So she wished people would see Lawrence Nightingale like she does. So Unwanted granted her wish.

It turns out her wish didn’t quite go the way she expected. While they were out, Lumpy almost die, when he fell head first into the frigid water. He was taken to Paris as the hospital there has better equipment to handle his type of injury. Wheezy felt guilty and wonder if he would return. Would she be able to amend their friendships?

This book is very educational, we have to be grateful for what we have and who we are. We are not God, so we should be careful not to judge the physical appearance of others. And be careful what you wish for.

 

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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Kai Strand writes fiction for kids and teens. She was born and raised in the mid-west, where she inherited a wholesome outlook on life. She lived in California long enough to find a husband and have four kids. Now they live in Central Oregon, which boasts the bluest sky you’ll ever see and miles of hiking trails to enjoy it from.

Kai has a facebook page: Kai Strand, Author. But her favorite stall tactic from writing is answering email. If you have a question about her or her writing, email her at kaistrand.yahoo.com. http://www.kaistrand.com/about.html

 

 

 

 

April 27, 2016 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Giveaway: Guinness World Records. Ends April 16th


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Amazing Body Records

A brand-new Guinness World Records book for kids!

Amazing Body Records! is the ultimate book on the most hair-raising, tongue-wagging, head-turning world records. Meet the world’s hairiest family, the most tattooed man, the planet’s loudest burper, and many more amazing people whose unique talents and physical attributes have earned them a Guinness World Records title.

Guinness World Records chapter books present the stories behind the greatest records with full-color photos and 100 records per book. The easy-to-read text is organized into engaging chapters that will captivate the most avid and reluctant readers alike!

 

My Review: Want to take part in the Guinness World Record? Then learn how these people grew the longest nails, largest afro, the highest Mohawk spike, the longest beard, longest nose, shortest woman, tallest woman and more.

 

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Wacky Wheels

A brand-new Guinness World Records book for kids!

Buckle up! The Guinness World Record holders in Wacky Wheels cover all the vehicles that roll along. From the largest monster truck to the loudest bike horn, these Guinness World Records will rev the engines of imagination. Simple text and full-color photos will make learning about exciting topics fun for beginning readers.

Guinness World Records: Wacky Wheels is a Level Two I Can Read book, geared for kids who read on their own but still need a little help.

 

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Daring Dogs

A brand-new Guinness World Records book for kids!

Sit, speak, roll over. Surf, recycle, scooter? No, we’re not wagging your tail! Dogs of all breeds and sizes are impressive. From heroic rescues to zany tricks, the awe-inspiring pooches in Daring Dogs have gone above and beyond to earn their Guinness World Records. Simple text and full-color photos will make learning about exciting topics fun for beginning readers.

Guinness World Records: Daring Dogs is a Level Two I Can Read book, geared for kids who read on their own but still need a little help.

 

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Super Humans!

A brand-new Guinness World Records book for kids!

Super Humans! is all about the incredible people who push it to the physical limit. Whether it s swallowing the most swords, single-handedly pulling a 200-ton plane, or balancing for the longest time, these Guinness World Records holders show what we can achieve with a little courage and a lot of hard work. Every one of us has the ability to be a super human!

Guinness World Records compilations are jam-packed with over 300 fun facts and full-color photos about all the record holders we can fit on one amazing theme! These books are perfect for Guinness World Records fans.”

 

My Review: We love superheroes, we even dress up as one. But wouldn’t you like to have super strength? Check out these individuals with their own super human strength and skills. Most interesting was Kanchana Ketkaew from Thailand who spent 33 days and night with scorpions. She was stung 13 times and lived.

 

 

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Wacky and Wild!

 

A brand-new Guinness World Records book for kids!

Some Guinness World Records have to be seen to be believed. Wacky and Wild! is packed with mind-boggling feats. You’ll meet a dog who likes to ride a scooter, an orchestra that plays with vegetable instruments, plus a man who owns more than 1,500 pairs of Converse shoes. When it comes to records on the zany side, sometimes the greatest asset you can have is an active imagination .

Guinness World Records Compilations are jam-packed with over 300 fun facts and full-color photos about all the record holders we can fit on one amazing theme! These books are perfect for Guinness World Records fans.”

 

 

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Biggest and Smallest!

 

A brand-new Guinness World Records book for kids!

Have you ever wondered how you size up to the tallest man in the world? How about the shortest woman? Biggest and Smallest! explores the biggest and smallest records on the planet, from huge hounds and dinky donkeys to supersized snacks and micromachines. For these Guinness World Records holders, size really does matter!

Guinness World Records compilations are jam-packed with over 300 fun facts and full-color photos about all the record holders we can fit on one amazing theme! These books are perfect for Guinness World Records fans.

 

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

 

 

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March 23, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: Ellie’s Best Beach Vacation Ever and Ellie Goes Back to School. Ends March 31


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About the Book: Ellie the elephant and Pudgy the penguin are stuffed animals…and the best of friends. They have been on many adventures together, like moving to a new neighborhood, flying on an airplane, visiting animal friends and relatives at a zoo, going back to school together to meet new teachers and learn—and now they get to enjoy a summer adventure on a wonderful beach vacation!

The excitement mounts as Ellie and Pudgy pack their beach balls and sunglasses and jump in the car for the game-filled drive to the coast.

Once they arrive, Ellie and Pudgy head straight for the beach to dig in the warm sand, swim in the sparkly blue ocean, and see lots of colorful fish. Then they head out for an afternoon packed full of fun!

Join in the adventure as these best friends share many new experiences while on their special beach vacation—traveling to a new place, trying new activities, riding bikes, enjoying a froggie lunch and sweet treats, swimming, building the biggest sandcastle ever, visiting an un-butterfly garden and much more as they spend a sunny day outside and explore this special beach town! http://www.marcifair.com/#!her-book/c1nwt

 

Publisher: Pacochel Press
Publish date: January 2016
Page count: 35
Price: $8.99

 

My Review:  It was interesting to see that toys are used to tell this story with real photographs of places visited by Ellie and Pudgy.

Follow Ellie and Pudgy as they take a trip to the beach, bookstore and the playground. They could not believe how white the sand was and how beautiful the water was with the color blue and green. They love to build things with sand like sand castle, but each on its own love different things. While Ellie loves to swim Pudgy loves to snorkel in the ocean as it was fun seeing the fishes.

Children loves stuffed animals and to see them play a part in this story will be an interesting read for them.

 

 

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

 

 

 

Also, read Ellie Goes Back to School.

 

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About the Book: The third installment of an award-winning children’s series, The Amazing Adventures of Ellie the Elephant: Ellie Goes to School follows the charming plush toy and her best friend, Pudgy the Penguin, as they brave their latest exploratory journey—elementary school.

Having recently moved, Ellie is worried about her first day at a new school. But, encouraged by the presence of her trusted penguin sidekick, the little elephant decides to view the next few hours as just another buddy adventure packed with exciting surprises.

Throughout the day, Ellie and Pudgy meet the classroom pets, take a trip to the library, discover interesting instruments in music class, and so much more. They even learn a valuable lesson about friendship when they encounter a lonely student at recess. By the end of the day, the two best friends can’t wait to return to school the next morning!

Filled with delightful, real-life pictures of the plush elephant and penguin duo, Ellie Goes Back to School helps kids see that school is a safe place and learning is a fun adventure.

Paperback: 34 pages

 

For review visit Goodread – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26030038-ellie-goes-back-to-school

 

 

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As a working mother of four children, Marci Fair was inspired to share the hard-earned wisdom she gained from juggling work and motherhood for over twenty years. This labor of love resulted in her award winning book “TILT-7 Solutions To Be A Guilt-free Working Mom.” She teaches us that “Balance is impossible; memories are better.”

In addition, Marci and her twelve year old daughter Elle are writing an adventure series of books about Elle’s two favorite stuffed animals, Ellie the Elephant and Pudgy the Penguin. Their award winning series has been on the Amazon Best Seller lists as it shares imagination, creativity and adventure with its young audience.

Along with a professional career, Marci also founded Kares 4 Kids (www.kares4kids.com), which has served over 24,000 children in need since 2005.

 

 

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And the winner is #7 – Ronda Six Garnett

 

 

 

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March 16, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: When I Grow Up I Want To Be A Good Person! Ends March 5th


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Book Review: Blake and Brendan would do almost anything to get out of going to Mr. Becket’s funeral. It will be boring and sad-and dead people are scary! There might even be ghosts! But Mom and Dad insist. Mr. Becket was a good person, and it is right to gather with his family and friends to remember him and all the good things he did. So what’s so good about remembering a dead person? A lot. Readers learn with Blake and Brendan what it means to be a good person and all the ways a good person makes a difference in people’s lives, even long after they’re gone.   http://whenigrowupbooks.com/

 

  • Series: When I Grow Up…
  • Paperback: 50 pages
  • Cost: $10.95

 

My Review: After their mom insisted that they go with them to attend Mr. Becket’s funeral, Blake and Brendan found out how important Mr. Becket was to the people and the community.

They learnt how Mr. Becket cared for those who could not stand up for themselves. That he mentor young men, coach different sports, he taught kids how to deal with winning and losing and how to do both gracefully. The boys also learnt that Mr. Becket not only helped people but animals too. They notice that Mr. Becket was liked a lot. They wonder if they can be as good a person as Mr. Becket when they grow up.

This is an inspirational book for children to learn how to be responsible in learning how to help others. The illustrations are bright and bold which helps tell the story.

At the end of the story is a short story about The Elephant and the Blind Man.

 

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

 

About the Publishing Company: Wigu Publishing is a collaboration among talented and creative individuals working together to publish informative and fun books for our children. Our titles serve to introduce children to the people in their communities who serve others through their vocations. Wigu’s books are unique in that they help our children to visualize the abundant opportunities that exist for them to be successful and to make a difference. Our goal is to inspire the great leaders and thinkers of tomorrow.

Wigu’s newly released children’s book series, When I Grow Up…, features vocations many children dream about – a firefighter, a teacher, a soldier, a doctor – all combining engaging elements of storytelling with real world facts and information. Both educational and fun, the fully illustrated book series takes its readers on a journey of discovery, exploring how one finds their career, learns the necessary skills, and how they excel and grow within their chosen field. http://whenigrowupbooks.com/aboutus/our-team/

 

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Winner is tmy56

 

 

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February 22, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Book Review: Poptropica. Mystery of the Map.


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About the Book: Based on a concept by Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney comes Poptropica, a brand-new graphic novel adventure series by Jack Chabert and Kory Merritt. In “Mystery of the Map,” Oliver, Mya, and Jorge take a ride in a hot-air balloon, only to crash-land on an unknown island filled with extinct animals and a horde of angry Vikings. Welcome to Poptropica, an uncharted group of islands whose existence is hidden from the rest of the world. As the three friends embark on a perilous search for a way home, they quickly discover the shocking reason they were brought there something that threatens the very existence of Poptropica and their ability to ever make it off the island!” http://www.abramsbooks.com/product/poptropica_9781419720673/

  • Age Range: 6 – 9 years
  • Series: Poptropica (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Amulet Books (March 1, 2016)
  • Cost: $9.95

 

 

My Review: In this graphic novel, Oliver, Mya, and Jorge takes a ride in a hot air balloon. When the weather became cloudy Captain Octavian was ordered to bring the balloon down. But he had other plans of his own and decided to fly direct into the storm. The balloon flew them close to an island and the kids demanded to know what happened as they were about to crash. Oliver and Jorge loose their balance and fell out of the balloon, while Mya held on to Octavian’s bag which snapped as she fell out of the balloon.

As the kids explore the islands they found Dodo birds that has been extinct since the 1600s and also a  Viking ship, but there’s no such thing as Vikings anymore said Mya.  They need to find shelter and food. They found a map (belonging to Octavian, which fell out of the balloon when Mya held on to his bag) and notice that the letters on the map moves and also beep. This map can help them find shelter and maybe the way home. Unfortunately, they were held hostage by angry Vikings until they were able to escape.

Interesting book kids will enjoy reading. Find out what happened to Octavian and why he decided to fly the hot air balloon to the islands. And did Oliver, Mya, and Jorge able to get off the island? Find out in book #2. Unlike the Wimpy Kid Books, this book comes in full color with great illustrations by Kory Merritt.

 

 

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

 

 

About the Author: The author of more than twenty books for children, including the Galactic Hot Dogs and The Last Kids on Earth middle-grade series. He lives in New York City with his wife, Alyse.

February 16, 2016 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review: Shimmer the Glowworm. Finds Her Glow.


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About the Book: Shimmer the glowworm has a low glow and goes on an inspirational journey to find it. She discovers along the way that helping others find their glow is what makes her glow show and the ME TREE she lives in reflected that all along. http://www.shimmertheglowworm.com/

 

  • Hardcover: 54 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Treasures (September 26, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 099084630X
  • Cost: 19.99 Hardcover

 

 

 

 

 

My Review: Shimmer the glowworm lives in a cave, in a Me Tree in Woodland. She will watch as other glowworms show their glow. They dance to the sound of crickets and play games. But Shimmer wouldn’t join them as she had a low glow. So she decided to go on a journey to find her glow.

On her journey, she met Ollie the Owl, and told him about having a low glow and that she was on a journey to find it. Ollie tells her that the answer may be inside of her. Shimmer told Ollie that he was wise and has a lot of wisdom. The Owl sat up straight, fluffed his feathers and said to Shimmer that he does have a lot of ideas and would like to help others. He was happy and notice that Shimmer glow has started to glow. “It is?” asked Shimmer. “It is,” said Ollie. He said goodbye and flew off. As she continues her journey she came across and helped Crayon the Chameleon, Kiki the Kangaroo, Scout the Raccoon, and each time her glow became brighter. She decided to go back to Woodland and see the other glowworms and tell them about her journey. The closer she got the brighter she got and glowed in every color. They were so happy to see her and they followed her back to her tree and she saw that the leaves had words on them that said, wisdom, color, bounce, curiosity, love and lot more words. The Me Tree reflected all the things that she had learned on her journey helping those she met along the way.

I enjoyed reading this book and everyone should have a copy for their young ones. Let them know that they have wisdom, color, bounce, curiosity, love and lot more inside them. This book also encourage children to help others which in turn should make them happy. The illustrations by Natalie Kelly helps tell the story with very strong and bold beautiful colors.

 

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: visit website – http://www.shimmertheglowworm.com/about-shelby.html

 

 

 

February 8, 2016 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: If You Were Me and Lived in Italy.


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If You Were Me and Lived in Italy. A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World by Carole P. Roman, illustrated by Kelsea Wierenga

 

About the Book: Join Carole P. Roman as she visits the Republic of Italy. Learn what it is like to live in Rome, see the famous architecture, celebrate a favorite holiday and discover popular names for both boys and girls. Be fascinated with it’s diverse and rich history and colorful traditions. On the way, you might learn a word or two in Italian!

 

Pages: 30

Cost: $9.99

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

 

My Review: We are taking a trip to Italy. This book gives readers an inside into the culture of Italy. Known in ancient times as the home of the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire stretched over almost 48 modern day countries.

Do you know that Rome was founded by Emperor Romulus in the year 753 BC? Making it one of the oldest city in Europe.

It was interesting to read that Rome is the only city in the world that has another country inside its borders, the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church which is considered as an independent state, has its capital as the Vatican City.

Learn about their currency the Euro, food and one of the most famous places in Italy, the Coliseum. Is it the largest Amphitheatre in the world built with ancient concrete and stones, and sit 5,000 to 8,000 people. The Coliseum was famous for public events like the Gladiators fights.

With only 30 pages the author did her best to give readers a lot of information including 3 pages of  pronunciation guide. I highly recommend this book for classroom teaching.

 

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.

 

 

January 25, 2016 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review: Scary School. Zillions of Zombies


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Scary School. Zillions of Zombies by Derek the Ghost

About the Book: After defeating the fearsome Ice Dragon, the students of Scary School were in full celebration mode with an awesome parade leading up to the Dance of Destiny. But when a bearodactyl snatches Charles Nukid and flies him to Monster Kingdom, his friends have to figure out a way to rescue him before he’s served as lunch to one of the kingdom’s horrifying creatures. Little do his friends know that he’s actually been taken there to be crowned the next monster king after defeating King Zog in battle. But no sooner is he crowned than he is challenged by Turlock the Troll. While trying to avoid getting crushed by Turlock’s crew, one of them breaks the Zombie Control Lever, which was keeping all the zombies of the world good and not ravenous for brains. Charles’s friends arrive in the nick of time after barely surviving a zombie attack at Scary School. Reunited, they now have to find the one unicorn in existence whose magic is powerful enough to turn all the zombies back to good before every monster and human alike are turned into the mindless brain-eating dead. http://www.scaryschool.com/

  • Age Range: 7 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 6
  • Series: Scary School (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Cost: $9.99

 

My Review: Wow! The final book in the Scary School series. I am a fan of Derek the Ghost series. It was interesting to read about monsters, ghouls, and other mythical beasts in the past series. In this final book, when Charles Nukid was named the new monster king, little did he know that he would be challenged by Turlock the Troll and that his friends are on their way to save him.

I’m not a big fan of zombie stories. Sorry Derek I find zombies boring. But I highly recommend this book for every young kid not afraid of zombies.

The book is funny and entertaining for younger kids. The illustrations by Revo Yansonon helps to tell the story.

 

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

 

For more reviews visit https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26762957-zillions-of-zombies

  • Age Range: 7 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 6
  • Series: Scary School (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Cost: $9.99

 

Events – http://www.derektaylorkent.com/events-1/

January 6, 2016 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review: Ms. Cuddy Is Nutty!


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My Weirdest School #2 – Ms Cuddy Is Nutty! Written by Dan Gutman, illustrations by Jim Paillot.

About the Book: In this second book in the new My Weirdest School series, the students of Ella Mentry School are about to get a wonderful gift—a million dollars! A.J. and the gang vote to create an in-school, state-of-the-art TV station so the morning announcements can be broadcast to all the classes. There’s even enough money to hire Ms. Cuddy, a new digital media arts teacher who knows a thing or two about broadcasting. But soon Ms. Cuddy decides the ratings on the announcements are too low, and the show needs to “get more eyeballs.” What could possibly go wrong?

Perfect for reluctant readers and word lovers alike, Dan Gutman’s hugely popular My Weird School series has something for everyone. Don’t miss the hilarious adventures of A.J. and the gang. http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062284259/my-weirdest-school-2-ms-cuddy-is-nutty

 

  • Age Range: 6 – 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 – 5
  • Series: My Weirdest School (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Cost: $4.99

 

 

Book Review: AJ and his gang are back again in this fun book for kids. Their school Ella Mentry School received a million dollars gift from Mrs. Mentry who used to teach at the school years ago. Now they have to come up with a contest to decide what to do with the money. Some students wanted to spend the money on pizzas, ice cream, candy, racing cars, football team, a skate park or flat-screen TVs. But their teacher Mr. Cooper had a better ideal.

Perfect for reluctant readers. Dan Gutman’s hugely popular My Weird School series has something for everyone. Don’t miss the hilarious adventures of A.J. and the gang. The illustrations by Jim Paillot helps to makes the story even more hilarious. I highly recommend this book.

 

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.

 

 

 

Book Reviews – http://www.amazon.com/My-Weirdest-School-Cuddy-Nutty/dp/006228424X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1451399914&sr=8-1&keywords=Ms.+Cuddy+Is+Nutty%21

 

 

 

December 29, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Book Review: Kregel Blog Tour. The Midnight Visitors


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The Midnight Visitors by Juliet David, illustrated by Jo Parry

 

About the Book: Miriam was glad to be warm and cozy. There were so many people in the town but it was nice and peaceful inside her cowshed. Little did she know that she would soon be joined by Midnight Visitors . . . and not just any old visitors!

Snuggle up and enjoy the warm, soft feel the art and narrative bring to this delightful Christmas picture book with a difference. http://www.kregel.com/childrens-story-books/the-midnight-visitors/

  • Age Range: 2 – 4 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candle Books
  • Cost: $14.99

 

 

My Review: It was cold outside and Miriam the cow is so glad to be inside the cowshed keeping warm. It was time for bed as Dan the herdsman has left for the day. As she settles in for the night she heard a knock on the door. It was Rita Rabbit and her little family. “It’s a bit late for visitors,” she complained. But since it was freezing cold outside she let them in. And not long after, there came several knocks, Freddy Fox stopped by and so did Dan’s boss, the innkeeper. He was showing a really tired looking man and his wife the cowshed. He told them to make themselves comfortable. Miriam thought to herself, “is this a cowshed or a hotel?’. Then she realized the woman was expecting a baby.

This is a story about the birth of Jesus. After their long journey to Bethlehem, Joseph and Mary realized that there was no place for them to stay because the inn was already full. They ended up spending the night in a stable, a place where animals were kept.

The message from this book is about sharing and caring for others. Miriam was able to share her warm cowshed with others, even the fox was on its best behavior. But to her biggest surprised she shared her cowshed with the baby Jesus, welcoming his birth into the world. The illustrations by Jo Parry is not only bright and bold but helps tell this wonderful story.

 

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: Juliet David has written many children’s stories and Bible activity books. Her other interests include painting, music, and travel to Israel and other Bible lands. This experienced author lives in London with her family.

 

 

 

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

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