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Book Review/Giveaway: Moore Field School and the Mystery. Ends March 21st


Moore Field School

Moore Field School and the Mystery by Liam Moiser

About the Book: Moore Field School and the Mystery is the start of an exciting children’s series featuring Samantha, whose parents teach at her school, Moore Field School in Manchester, England. Her best friend is Jessica. But Moore Field School is about to close down. At the last minute, the headmistress, Miss Moore, moves the school to Lakeview, a place she has always liked. Just what is the mystery at Moore Field School? Before the first term starts at Lakeview, the students go to a fun camp where they hear about a local haunted house. Meanwhile, some scary men are searching for long-lost trophies that they will do anything to find. They even search Miss Moore’s office for clues to where the trophies could be hidden. What is happening with the trophies and how is Moore Field School involved? Liam Moiser lives in the port town of Goole in Yorkshire, England. This is his first book. Publisher’s website: http://sbprabooks.com/LiamMoiser/

Paperback: 118 pages

Cost: $9.86 @ amazon

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About the Author: Liam Moiser lives in the port town of Goole in Yorkshire, England. This is his first book. http://sbprabooks.com/liammoiser/?page_id=34

My Review: Are you ready to go on an adventure and solve a mystery? Then get ready to read Moore Field School and the Mystery by Liam Moiser. The first exciting children’s series featuring Samantha and her best friend Jessica, they both attend Moore Field School in Manchester, England, where Samantha’s parents are teachers.

Moore Field School is a private school run by Miss Moore. She has been forced to close down and sell the school at the end of the school term. The school is over one hundred years old and now she has to sell the building to a man who would like the building for his firm. Then strange things started to happen.

Follow Samantha and her friends as they look for their kidnapped friend, dealing with ghosts and strange men searching for long lost trophies. This is a fun book for younger kids.
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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February 25, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Book Review: Lift the Flap Bible.


Lift the Flap Bible

Lift the Flap Bible by Karen Williamson; illustrated by Louise Anglicas

About the Book: What’s under the flaps? Find out in this collection of eight very simple Bible stories in a large cased board book format. Each story is told across a double-page spread and there are flaps on every page. Bright, quirky illustrations full of wit and color from Louise Anglicas are perfect for this engaging introduction to Bible stories.

Stories are: Noah and the Ark, Moses and the Bulrushes, Daniel and the Lions, Jonah and the Great Fish, Born in a Stable, Boy with Loaves and Fishes, The Lost Sheep, and Man Lowered Through the Roof.

 

Pages: 16
Size: 
8.25 x 8.25 inches
Published: 
2014
Rights: 
NA
Imprint: 
Candle Books

Price: $12.99
ISBN:  978-1-78128-130-7
Format: Board book

http://store.kregel.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=3446

 

My Review: The Candle Tiny Tots Bible for Kids comes with eight best loved bibke stories from the Old and New Testament. These stories includes Noah and his boat, A basket in the river, Daniel and the lions, Jonah and the great fish and from the New Testament; Born in a stable, One boy’s lunch, Lost and found and A man through the roof. These stories are told across two pages with peek a boo flaps. Each flaps tells a different story.

The stories are simplified and interesting with bold and colorful pictures that helps bring the stories to life.

This book is the perfect size bible for young readers with its hard cover and sturdy pages. An inspirational book that would capture the attention of any child.

 

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.

February 23, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Kregel Book Review | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review/Giveaway: Have I Told You Today How Much I Love You? Ends March 21st


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Have I Told You Today How Much I Love You? By Cheryl Sturm

“Have I Told You Today How Much I Love You?” is one way to express love–beyond an inch, foot, yard, mile, the moon, stars, and Mars–to anyone dear to you. It was written as a bedtime story. But given that it teaches children some fun facts about measurements while reinforcing how much you love them, this book is an ANYtime story. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, godparents, and friends can buy this book as a gift and enjoy telling the children in their lives how much they are loved. The author wrote the book for her four nieces and nephews. When asked “Do I love you this much?”, the youngest, who is almost four years old, delights in answering, “Not just this much.” He starts saying it with his two index fingers an inch apart, and he enjoys repeating the phrase with his hands one foot apart and again with his arm stretched as far as they’ll go. Then he starts again. On occasion, his grandfather has joined in. It’s a fun, quick read with both basic and profound lessons. http://www.knowinggoingkids.com/

 

Pages: 46

Cost: $9.26 on amazon

 

My Review: Kids will enjoy reading this book as it’s not only fun but educational as well. The illustrations are bold and colorful. Although, it shows how much we can be loved by our love ones, it also teaches children about measurements. The author shows in the first few pages how things are measured in inches, like a quarter, macaroni, strawberry, and hammer.

The incremental measurements start to expand from the size of a quarter, hotdog, golf putter and even the moon. We can love far beyond the planets but guess what?

So do you love an inch or lot more than an inch? As we read on we find out in the book that love is immeasurable and that love has no limit. I highly recommend this book for classroom teaching.

 

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

 

 

 

About the Author: Cheryl Sturm works with a great team of people at R. Crusoe & Son to develop unusual, cultural journeys. The daughter of an Army major, she was born in Berlin, Germany, raised in Manawa, Wisconsin, and lives in Chicago, Illinois. She began her career as a television reporter in Wisconsin, but a professional detour happily lead her to international travel. “Have I Told You Today How Much I Love You,” is the first book published by Knowing Going Kids. More books are on the way for thoughtful families curious about our world.  http://www.knowinggoingkids.com/about.html

 

 

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February 17, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Book Spotlight: Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The Long Haul. #9


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About the Book: A family road trip is supposed to be a lot of fun . . . unless, of course, you’re the Heffleys. The journey starts off full of promise, then quickly takes several wrong turns. Gas station bathrooms, crazed seagulls, a fender bender, and a runaway pig—not exactly Greg Heffley’s idea of a good time. But even the worst road trip can turn into an adventure—and this is one the Heffleys won’t soon forget.  http://www.wimpykid.com/books/book9/

 

Excerpt from the Book

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My Review: This is the 9th book in the Wimpy Kid series. And the family embarks on a road trip. Would it be a fun trip to Disney World or visiting their aunt Loretta in a nursing home. This trip was full of adventures which made the story interesting to read. Was the trip a total disaster? Well, loosing their credit cards, money, having to deal with a noisy and troublesome baby pig, sleeping in a dirty motel which smelled like mildew, carpet covered in weird stains and their room reeking of smoke would suggest so.

Would Greg and Rodrick behave themselves on this trip or get into mischief or would it turn out to be a great road trip? Overall, it was an interesting read that kids will enjoy reading and laughing about.

 

 

Cost: $7.75 @ amazon.com

Reading level: Ages 8 and up

Hardcover: 217  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.

 

 

February 11, 2015 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: My Yellow Balloon. Ends Feb 20th


My Big Yellow Balloon

My Yellow Balloon by Tiffany Papageorge, illustrated by Erwin Madrid

About the Book: It all started at the carnival. That is where Joey makes a new friend: a bright yellow balloon. Joey and his beloved balloon do everything together, until the balloon accidentally slips off Joeys wrist and flies far, far away. What will Joey do without his special friend? Tiffany Papageorge has crafted a poignant tale of love, loss, and letting go that will serve as a comforting guide to children who are navigating the complicated emotions of grief. Rich, luminous illustrations by Erwin Madrid perfectly capture these timeless themes, making them accessible to even the youngest reader. Honest, unflinching, and ultimately reassuring, this book will resonate with anyone who has endured the darkness of grief, while offering hope for brighter days ahead.

My Review: This is a story about a boy dealing with the loss of his favorite Balloon. It also gives an insight to the meaning of grief and loss, and how children handle both.

The carnival had come to town and Joey was so excited that his parents could barely keep up with him. Then he saw hundreds of big, bright balloons and couldn’t wait to get one. The balloon man handled him a big bright yellow balloon with a string tied to Joey’s wrist. Joey spent every moment with the balloon playing until one day the balloon slipped off his wrist and floated away. He called for his big bight yellow to come back and watch it as it disappeared into the sky. Joey was angry, confused and sad for days and wish this balloon would come back. Not even a new toy will make him happy until…. You will have to buy the book to see if there was a happy ending.

This is a great book to help children with situations like this whether it’s their favorite toy, pet or a loss of a love one.

The illustrations by Erwin Madrid are wonderfully beautiful, bright and bold. The brightness of the colors help tells the happy days and the dark gray colors, the not so happy days which general help tell the story and bring it to life. I highly recommend this book for school libraries.

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

Hardcover

48 pages

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Winner is #3 – Lavonne Yates

January 30, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Book Review: My Little Life of Jesus (My Little Bible)


My Little Life of Jesus (My Little Bible)

 

My Little Life of Jesus (My Little Bible)

About the Book: My Little Life of Jesus introduces the story of Jesus’ life to 3-to 5-year-olds. It follows Jesus from His birth, being baptized by John, meeting the disciples and teaching them how to pray, telling His stories to people in nearby towns and villages, right through to His return to the heavenly Father. Illustrated throughout with adorable artwork from a popular Candle Books artist, there is also a map included to show the land where Jesus lived. This padded hardcover comes complete with a presentation page for gift or award giving.

 

My Review: My Little Life of Jesus is a story about the birth of Jesus to his death and resurrection. The contents starts with the very first Christmas, I will say the birth of Jesus since He was not born on Christmas day.   The accounts of Mary been visited by an angel, giving birth in Bethlehem and visited by the three wise men who brought him gifts.

Learn why Jesus came, not only to heal the sick but to spread the word of God. There’s a page in the book that shows a map of where Jesus lived, from Bethlehem, to Jerusalem, Jericho, Galilee, Nazareth and many more until his death.

I liked that the book gave more detail story about the life of Jesus unlike some others. I also liked the added scriptures to the story. The illustrations are bright and colorful which will make it easy for kids to read.

Overall, a great book by the author Karen Williamson.

 

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.

January 26, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Kregel Book Review | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: The Best Part of a Sauna by Sheryl Peterson


The Best Part of Sauna

The Best Part of a Sauna by Sheryl Peterson

About the Book: A youngster is enjoying a summer evening with Grandma and Grandpa at the family lakeshore cabin. From gathering kindling, to building the fire in the old sauna stove to taking a traditional Finnish sauna, this book includes all the memory-making parts of a typical summer night on a north woods lake. It’s a book to be enjoyed by all generations.

 

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About the Author: Sheryl Peterson grew up in the farming region of southern Minnesota. Now she lives “Up North” on the MN/Canadian border where long winters make good writing time. Sheryl was a elementary reading and writing teacher for many years before becoming a full-time writer.
She is the author of 22 non-fiction books for middle grade readers. The Egyptian Pyramids, Empire State Building,and dinosaurs are some of her subjects. Her twelve books on U.S. states received a starred review from Library Media Connection. She’s also happy to announce that her first picture book will be out soon.
Sheryl enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for writing at young author conferences and school visits. When she’s not writing or reading, Sheryl likes to ski, swim, take saunas, and travel.

 

 

My Review: This is a fun story about a boy and his reason for being in the sauna. While at his grand parent’s cabin, he couldn’t wait to go to the sauna. He goes into the woods to gather dry twigs, fallen tree bark and birch branches to take to the little house where the sauna is. While he stuffs the stove with kindling, his grandpa lights the stove. While they waited for the sauna to get hot they decided to do some activities.

For him, building the fire was fun. Being warm and toasty was not the best part of a sauna. Waiting for it to get hot wasn’t the best part of a sauna. Loving a chilly swim was fun, but still not the best part of a sauna. The best part of a sauna for him was snuggling between his Nana and Gramps.

Interesting read! It also gives a belief description of sauna in the last page of the book. The illustrations by Kelly Dupre help tell the story.

 

 

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

 

 

January 19, 2015 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review/Giveaway: The Phony Farkleberry #1. Ends Jan 31st


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The Phony Farkleberry (Twisted Oak Amateur Detectives #1)  by Michael Scott Miller

 

About the Book: When a painting by legendary artist Thomas Farkleberry is stolen from the art gallery where Tyler’s mother works, Tyler’s mind races to the whispered conversation he overheard on the night of the big gala. But when his mother dismisses Tyler’s suspicions, he and his friends, Melanie, Amanda, Tubby, and Dontrelle, decide to take the investigation into their own hands. Can they crack the case before their parents discover what they are up to?

http://www.michaelscottmillerauthor.com/

 

My Review: The author, Michael Scott Miller, does a good being descriptive in each chapter of the book to enable young readers understand the story.  I also like the diversity in the main characters which is needed in more stories for our youth. A mystery develops when a forgery is discovered at the local art museum. The schoolmates turned detectives set out to solve the mystery.  Each friend utilizes their unique strength to help. There was several questionable methods in which some of the kids gathered information to solve the mystery, like hacking into the network.  Overall, a good story.

 

 

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: Michael Scott Miller says there is no greater compliment than when his readers say they became emotionally invested in his characters.

Michael found the inspiration for his first novel, Ladies and Gentlemen…The Redeemers, from the talented but poor musicians that stake out territories and collect change from passersby in the subways of Philadelphia. This story of a band, cobbled together from down-and-out musicians, has been described as “a lesson in persistence, perseverance, salesmanship, and faith,” and as “a fun, feel good story.”

In Michael’s second novel, The Book of Sylvia, a city girl from London and a priest in rural England confront their inner demons as they attempt to solve a mystery together. This novel  has been described as “a journey of self-discovery cloaked in a mystery,” and “a wonderfully  fun tale.”

Following these two novels, Michael decided to pursue a dream of creating a book series for children.  This creative journey led to the release of the first three books in the Twisted Oak Amateur Detectives series.  Along the way, Michael developed a deep bond with his characters–Amanda, Melanie, Dontrelle, Tubby, and Tyler–and he is excited about taking them on more adventures. To read more click on the link http://www.michaelscottmillerauthor.com/about-the-author.html

 

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Giveaway Ends Jan 31st, 2015

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Winner is #1 – Colleen

Thanks to all those that took part in this giveaway.

January 12, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , | 29 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: Return to Fern Valley. Ends Jan 15th


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About the Book: The Fern Valley Kids are back in twelve new and exciting adventures. Join Mildred and Roberta Cornstalk as they discover a clue hidden inside a library book. Peek into the window of a secret cottage with the lovely Betsy Woolrich. Find out what Jason Curlytail builds from a box, what Alice Redfeather does when she gets locked out of the house, or how Nathan Gruff copes with the news of a new baby.
My Review: Return to Fern Valley is a collection of short stories relating to the animals that live in Fern Valley. You have Roberta and Mildred Cornstalk who are curious chicken by nature and love to read, Betsy Woolrich a cheerful little sheep, Jason Curlytail who comes from a large family of diverse pigs, and many more. This is a book children will enjoy reading. Follow these wonderful animals as some of them discover hidden clue inside a library book and can’t wait to solve it. While Betsy is pleased that her new home would still be near all of her friends. And many more stories.

I love the exciting details and imagination of each story. This is a book that teaches valuable lesson. It is full of stories that children can relate too. I highly recommend this book for children starting to read chapter books.

 

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 #1 – Brenda

December 29, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Book Review: In My Heart. A Book of Feelings


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In My Heart. A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek and illustrated by Christine Roussey

About the Book: Sometimes my heart feels like a big yellow star, shiny and bright. I smile from ear to ear and twirl around so fast, I feel as if I cold take off into the sky. This is when my heart is happy.

 

My Review: A book about a little girl expressing how her heart is full of different feelings like big, small, loud and quiet feelings. There are also quick and slow feelings. The cut out hearts with various sizes and colors tells a different story about the heart. For example; the big yellow star is bright and shiny. It makes the little girl smile from ear to ear. The big red cross shows that when her heart is hurt with words it can be healed with extra kisses. The interesting part of this book is that her heart doesn’t stay sad for long. For her heart grows tall reaching toward the sky which makes her heart hopeful. The illustrations are vibrant, bold and colorful which helps tell the story.

 

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

 

Cost: $13.09

For a copy visit amazon.com

  • Age Range: 2 – 4 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages

 

 

 

December 6, 2014 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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