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Book Review: Big Nate Doodlepalooza


 

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About the Book:  Big Nate himself would love Big Nate Doodlepalooza by Lincoln Peirce, a super-cool activity book that’s jam-packed with over 150 boredom-blasting activities. Big Nate is a self-described genius. Instead of doing homework, he’d rather do these all-new brain-busting crossword puzzles, mazes, Sudoku puzzles, secret codes, and famous scribble games. Big Nate is the king of cartooning, so he’d love the goofy cartoons of his BFFs, Francis and Teddy, know-it-all Gina, his archrival, Artur, and un-favorite teacher, Mrs. Godfrey, a.k.a. Godzilla. And as a kid who thinks highly of himself, he’d be totally excited to take a trivia challenge all about, well, him. The Big Nate Doodlepalooza is a wonderful addition to the bestselling collection of Big Nate books, sure to be enjoyed by all aspiring cartoonists and fans of Big Nate.

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Big Nate Activity Book (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Act Csm edition (May 17, 2016)
  • Cost: $6.99

 

My Review: This is an awesome activity book which includes Nate – Tastic Trivia. Get to know Nate’s world, with movie madness by filling in the speech bubbles and decide what happens. Mascot Madness by circling the best mascot in each row, Word scrambles, Mazes, Puzzle, Crosswords, Scribble games and many more. Find all the answers to the trivia questions at the end of the last few pages.

 

 

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.

August 10, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Fart Squad #4: The Toilet Vortex


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About the Book: It’s the fourth adventure from the belly-bloating, plunger-toting, pants-exploding . . . fearless FART SQUAD! This laugh-out-loud chapter book series is perfect for Captain Underpants fans. With black-and-white illustrations throughout and a butt-load of bathroom humor, young readers will be giggling from start to finish.

Something is rotten in the plumbing of Harry Buttz Elementary School, and it’s kidnapped Janitor Stan!

It’s up to the Fart Squad to dive into the toilet vortex to save their scent-sei from the World of the Royal Flush. Grab a match, because this stink just got real. Only the Fart Squad has the guts, the gall, and the gas to flush this round brown mound before he overflows his toilet kingdom on the world.

 

  • Age Range: 6 – 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 – 5
  • Series: Fart Squad (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (May 3, 2016)
  • Cost: $4.99

 

My Review: The fart squad are back and this time they are out to find the missing janitor Stan. They discover that he has fallen through a toilet vortex.

When Stan asked Darren for help with a running toilet, Darren couldn’t say no. As they got to the last toilet they notice water just kept running, forming a swirling vortex in the center of the bowl. Stan decided to stick his hand in the bowl then it got stuck. He tried to free his hand, even Darren tried pulling Stan out and lost his grip as Stan’s legs went through, and the janitor disappeared down the pipe.

Now its up to the fart squad to find janitor Stan and save the world from the royal flush of number 2. Fine illustrations by Stephen Gilpin which helps tell the story.

 

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.

 

 

August 10, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Picture Perfect #4: Between Us


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About the Book:  Being one half of a BFF heart necklace is serious business—and in the Picture Perfect series, each story tackles a tough friendship challenge. Through the ups and downs of life in middle school, through braces and boy bands, family feuds and fashion disasters, your best bud is there. But what happens when friendship suddenly gets complicated? Tween readers will adore these sweet, accessible stories about the power of friendship.

Bailey Broadwell and her best friend, Olivia, are going to have the greatest year ever in middle school! Bailey has it totally figured out. All they need to do is follow her foolproof list of ways to make sixth grade epic. But Bailey’s plan doesn’t include her aunt and cousin Hannah unexpectedly moving to town.

Though Bailey hasn’t seen Hannah since they were little, she sets out right away to make her cousin feel welcome. And right from the start, Hannah and Bailey seem to enjoy similar things. Only, it’s a little strange how Hannah likes everything that Bailey does. And it’s weird when Hannah starts joining all the clubs that Bailey’s in. Soon, she starts dressing like Bailey. And agreeing with everything Bailey says!

Bailey tries not to let Hannah’s copycat behavior bother her, until it seems like Olivia and the rest of Bailey’s friends like Hannah more than her. How can Bailey have the best school year ever if Hannah is taking over her life?

 

 

 

My Review: Bailey and her best friend Olivia planned on having an epic first year of middle school. Their plan was to go to the mall and check out what the 7th and 8th graders are wearing. Then shop! Start getting up at time you need to get up for school. Eat breakfast so that their stomach wouldn’t grumble. Smile at people and more.

She was set for middle school, until her mother told her that her cousin Hannah and aunt are coming to stay. Bailey promised her mom to help Hannah fit in and plan to make her feel incredibly welcome. She planned on giving her the tour of the school, take her to S&I for ice cream, introduce her to her friends, take her to the mall and many more. When Hannah turned up, Bailey started to enjoy Hannah’s company enjoying similar things. After awhile, Hannah started to dress like Bailey, joined the clubs she’s in and agreeing with everything Bailey says. It soon done on her that Hannah was a copycat, and that all her friends likes Hannah more than her.  Bailey needs to come up with a plan before Hannah take complete control of her life.

A book every middle school grader will love to read, full of fun and will appeal to young girls.

 

 

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.

 

 

About the Authors: Cari Simmons and Melinda Metz

Melinda Metz: Melinda Metz is the author of over sixty books for teens and kids, including the YA series Roswell High (based on the TV show Roswell) and Echoes. Her middle grade mystery Wright and Wong: The Case of the Nana-Napper (co-authored by the fab Laura J. Burns) was a juvenile Edgar Award finalist. Melinda lives in Concord, North Carolina, with her dog, Scully, a pen-eater like the dog who came before her.

 

 

 

 

 

July 4, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: Paddington Sets Sail.


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About the Book: Paddington’s first trip to the beach is a day to remember as he explores the sandy shore and is swept off on a grand adventure!

Michael Bond’s classic character will charm beginning readers with his curious nature and heartwarming intentions.

Paddington Sets Sail is a Level One I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences. https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062430656/paddington-sets-sail

 

  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Series: I Can Read Level 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (May 3, 2016)
  • Cost: $16.99

 

My Review: Mr. Brown decided to take his family to the beach and Paddington was so excited as he has never been to the beach. He was so excited that he packed everything he had. As they got to the beach, Paddington was ready to splashed in the ocean and build the biggest castle to win the contest. He built the biggest sand castle. He saw that it was perfect and sat inside if it and fell asleep. And then the tide came in and knocked down his castle and carried him off out to sea. Will the Browns ever see Paddington again or will he be rescued?

The beginning reading 1 is the perfect book for young readers. The sentences are short, the words are familiar which makes it simple for them to read on their own.

 

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: Michael Bond OBE is an English children’s author. He is the creator of Paddington Bear and has written about the adventures of a guinea pig named Olga da Polga, as well as the animated BBC TV series The Herbs. Bond also writes culinary mystery stories for adults featuring Monsieur Pamplemousse and his faithful bloodhound, Pommes Frites. http://www.paddington.com/us/home/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 3, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: What This Story Needs Is a Munch and a Crunch


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Join Pig and her friends in another fun read-aloud adventure as they figure out a way to keep the picnic fun and games going, even with a little rain.

What this story needs
is a pig in a wig
baking bread,
pouring punch,
and meeting a friend for a picnic lunch.

But just as the outdoor fun and games get started, a thunderstorm rolls in and it turns out what this story really needs is . . . another place to eat!   https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062415295/what-this-story-needs-is-a-munch-and-a-crunch

 

  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Series: A Pig in a Wig Book
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (May 10, 2016)
  • Cost: $9.99

 

My Review: Pig in a Wig is meeting friends for a picnic lunch. She prepare baked bread, punch, pies, sandwiches and more food. With plates and blanket added to her basket she was ready to meet her friends at the park. Rabbit and squirrel were there to help set the blanket on the grass while placing the food on the blanket. After a quick bit and decided to pick some apples, play a game of catch and kite.  They sat down to munch and crunch when suddenly, ‘whoosh, boom, plop and splash’, it started to rain.  They quickly grab the blanket and food and headed to a dry place to continue the fun. A simple and fun story for elementary readers. The colorful illustrations helps to tell the story.

 

 

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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Emma J. Virján was born under an Aries moon on a Wednesday, her dad’s bowling night. She loves to draw and work in her garden, and she often lets her dog sleep on the couch. She makes her home in Austin, Texas, where she spends her days as an illustrator and graphic designer. Unlike Pig, Emma has never worn a wig, but she is thinking of buying one—a red one, of course. http://emmavirjan.com/about-emma/

 

 

May 29, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Faith Footprints with My Grandchild. 52 Devotions, Activities, and Reflections


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Faith Footprints with My Grandchild: 52 Devotions Activities, and Reflections. By Dr. Mary Manz Simon

About the Book: During a season of life when grandmothers appear to lose so much—our hair, our health, even our pets—God gifts us with a child. We have another opportunity to view life through the eyes of a child, and as a result, each new day overflows with possibilities.

This time around, we are not new moms, perched on the edge of a sometimes frightening and challenging path into the unknown. Now, we are life veterans. We bring wisdom, experience and a clear sense of what is important. A gift of time to a grandchild becomes a gift we give ourselves, and the season of grand parenting also ushers in a new stage of our personal journey with Jesus.

Faith Footprints with My Grandchild provides inspirational Scriptures, devotional thoughts, and prayers for grandmothers, along with simple Christian lifestyle activities to do with a grandchild. Let your faithwalk leave footprints in the sand for your grandchild to follow. Better yet, walk beside your grandchild and grow in faith together. http://www.marymanzsimon.com/books.html

 

Hardcover: 160 pages

Cost: $14.99

 

 

My Review: Foot prints with my Grandchild is a great inspirational book that no only gives encouragement but tells how grandmothers are given a second chance, a gift from God. They are not new mothers because they now have the experience on how to look after and bring up a child. They have the wisdom, knowledge and the clear sense of what is important.

Now she has the time to nurtures the faith of the next generation with words of encouragement and inspiration. This book is listed with specific prayer themes, scriptures, a To Do with Grandchild activities and a page to record and reflect.

According to the book:

Having  a grandchild gives grandmothers another source of delight. Also, the arrival of a grandchild signals the beginning of a new season of life. By no longer forcing on old age, but they can make the most of every moment and opportunity to spend with their grandchild. Grandmothers draw on the past to help their grandchild focus on what is important with the help of the Bible.

I will recommend this book for Christian lifestyle activities to do with a grandchild.

 

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.

May 28, 2016 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review/Giveaway: You Made Me a Mother. Ends June 17th


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About the Book: In this beautiful celebration of motherhood, the universal message of unconditional love for a child shines through. Laurenne Sala’s heartwarming text, accompanied by New York Times bestselling artist Robin Preiss Glasser’s charming illustrations, creates a firsthand look at the powerful bond between mother and child from pregnancy to birth and beyond.

I felt you.
You were a pea.
Then a lemon.
Then an eggplant.

 

  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (March 8, 2016)
  • Cost: $15.99

 

 

 

 

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About the Author: Laurenne Sala lives in Los Angeles, where she likes to look at the ocean and wonder what is on the other side. She thinks that riding a bicycle down a hill is the best feeling in the world. And that eating a big bunch of blueberries is right up there too. She has written all sorts of things, but none as fun as this, her first picture book

 

My Review: This book is about the celebration of motherhood, and it captured the unconditional love a mother has for her child/children perfectly. From the first kick in her belly, to her eating healthy, talking and singing, to getting the baby crib ready for when he/she enters the world. Then baby arrivals and he/she is healthy with 10 toes. Mom isn’t always prefect and can get nervous, but she does what she can to make sure baby is happy, rocked to sleep and fed.

The illustrations by Robin Preiss Glasser shows the bond between a mother and child from pregnancy to birth and beyond. A great gift for new mothers.

 

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book on behalf of 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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Giveaway Ends June 17th, 2016

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May 26, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: My Weirdest School #4: Mrs. Meyer Is on Fire! Ends June 6th


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About the Book:  In this fourth book in the new My Weirdest School series, the students of Ella Mentry School are learning about fire safety. Mrs. Meyer of the local fire department has been brought in to teach the students, but she is the weirdest safety expert in the world. She likes fire just a little too much. Will Mrs. Meyer catch on fire? Will she retire? What will transpire?

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.

 

  • Age Range: 6 – 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 – 5
  • Series: My Weirdest School (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 16, 2016)
  • Cost: $4.99

 

My Review: In this series of My Weirdest School #4. A.J  and his gang are back, and its all about birthdays and fire. But how are the two related? Well, its crybaby Emily’s birthday, and A.J isn’t happy to spend the whole morning in Mr. Cooper’s class being nice to her. While Emily was trying to blow out the candles a few was still alight, So A.J decided to help her blow out the remaining candles but he blew so hard that one of the candles fell off the cake and landed on Emily’s shirt. “Call the fire department!”

Mr. Copper grabbed the fire extinguisher and aimed it at Emily’s shirt and her cake as well.  Not only is her shirt ruined, but her cake as well. Emily started crying, “This is my worst birthday ever!” she shouted.

The next day the principal decided to bring Mrs. Meyer of the local fire department to teach the students about fire safety.

Would the students learn anything or would everything go up in smoke? You’ll have to read the book to find out!

The illustrations by Jim Paillot help to makes the story 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.

 

 

Giveaway Rules

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There will be 1 winner.

Leave You Comments below.

This Giveaway is Open to the USA Only!

Winner will be selected by Random.org

Giveaway Ends June 6th, 2016

Mandatory:  Must be a Follower of this Blog or Facebook or twitter

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.

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Winner is #1- Linda Herold

May 21, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Book Review: My Toddler Bible


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My Toddler Bible by Juliet David and illustrated by Chris Embleton-Hall

 

About the Book: Fans of Chris Embleton-Hall’s cheerfully distinctive artwork will be eager to see this new Bible! Twenty stories–nine from the Old Testament and eleven from the New–are retold in a concise and friendly manner in a rounded, easy-to-read font. Very, very bright, and very, very fun! http://www.kregel.com/childrens-bibles-and-reference/my-toddler-bible/

 

  • Age Range: 3 – 5 years
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Candle Books (April 27, 2016)
  • Cost: $12.99

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My Review: My Toddler Bible contains the Old and the New Testament. The table of contents The old Testament has 9 stories starting with, In the Beginning, A Wonderful Garden, Noah and the Great Ark, Abraham Moves Home, Joseph and His Brothers, The Baby in the Basket, David and the Giant Bully, Jonah Learns a Lesson, Daniel and the Lions and Jonah Gets the Message. The New Testament has 11 stories, Good News for Mary, Old and New Kings, Jesus Helps a Little Girl, The Boy Who Gave Jesus His Lunch, The Searching Shepherd, The Loving Father, The Stranger Who Cared, A Farmer Sow Seeds, Two Builders- Two House, Jesus the King and Jesus Lives!

The stories are retold to help younger readers understand God’s words and the characters in the story. The words are simplified and interesting, with just the right amount of words per page to keep a toddler’s attention.  Your child wouldn’t want you to stop read until you have read every page. The book is full of colorful and bold pictures illustrated by Chris Embleton-Hall that helps bring the stories to life.

Overall, it is a well written book that will 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.

 

May 16, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, Kregel Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

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