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Book Review: Laugh-Out-Loud Christmas Jokes for Kids


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About the Book: The first-ever Christmas collection from the #1 bestselling series Laugh-out-loud jokes for kids! A perfect stocking stuffer, this modern classic is chock-full of brand-new seasonal jokes perfect for caroling, holiday parties, and decking the halls together-merriness guaranteed! http://laughoutloudjokesforkids.com/books/

 

 

  • Age Range: 6 – 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 – 5
  • Series: Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Cost: $5.99

 

 

 

My Review: If you love telling or hearing jokes then you are in for the laugh of your life. Knock knock jokes, questions and answers jokes. Laugh Out Loud Christmas Jokes for Kids is so funny adult. s will love it too.

Question: What did the Christmas tree say to the ornament?

Answer: “Quit hanging around.”

Question: Where does Santa keeps his ?

Answer: “In a snowbank”

 

Question: How does a monster like his coffee?

Answer: With scream and sugar!

Question: Why don’t lobsters give Christmas presents?

Answer: Because they’re shellfish!

 

This classic holiday joke collections will keep you and your family rolling with laughter throughout the holiday season.

 

 

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

 

 

 

About the Author: Rob Elliott has been a publishing professional for more than 15 years. He lives in West Michigan, where in his spare time he enjoys laughing out loud with his wife and four children. http://laughoutloudjokesforkids.com/about/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December 3, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book/Author Spotlight: The Naughty List


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About the Book: When Bobbie’s hilariously bumbling efforts to save her brother’s Christmas actually land him on Santa’s Naughty List, she must travel to the North Pole to make things right again and save Christmas. Bobbie suddenly finds herself on an epic holiday adventure complete with rogue elves, dysfunctional reindeer, a lazy Santa, and more.

Fans of the Big Nate and Diary of a Wimpy Kid series will love this laugh-out-loud funny Christmas adventure packed with comic illustrations.

 

 

 

Book Reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24331458-the-naughty-list?from_search=true

 

 

https://www.amazon.com/Naughty-List-Michael-Fry/dp/0062354752/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

 

 

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About the Author: Michael Fry has been a cartoonist/writer/entrepreneur for over 30 years.

In addition to The Odd Squad middle grade series of illustrated novels for Disney/Hyperion, Fry has created or co/created four international syndicated comic strips including Over the Hedge which runs in over 150 papers worldwide. Over the Hedge was nominated for Best Comic Strip in 2006 by the National Cartoonist Society Rueben Awards. The strip can be seen at http://www.gocomics.com/overthehedge.

Over the Hedge inspired the 2006 hit DreamWorks Animation feature animated film that grossed over $336 million dollars in worldwide box office. The film featured the lead voices of Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling and Steve Carell. The film originated at Fox where I co-wrote the screenplay.

Another comic, Committed, was produced into a prime time animated series by Nelvana. It debuted on CTV in Canada in 2001 and later on the WE Network domestically. Committed featured the lead voices of Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy and Dave Foley. It has appeared in over 30 countries around the world. I was the Executive Producer.

He is also the co-founder and President of RingTales, a new media company that animates print comics for all digital media. RingTales produces short (15-30 second) ad-supported animations for the web, mobile and portable digital devices. RingTales has the exclusive rights to animate Dilbert, The New Yorker cartoons, Over the Hedge, Pearls Before Swine and many other popular properties. RingTales has produced over 1000 animations that have been viewed over 260 million times since 2007. Most can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/ringtales.

Fry writes and draws from his studio in the Hill Country near Austin, Texas where he lives with his wife, Kim, their dog, Jack and several shrub-eating cows.

 

December 3, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book/Author Spotlight: Moo a novel


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About the Book: Fans of Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog and Hate That Cat will love her newest tween novel, Moo. This uplifting tale reminds us that if we’re open to new experiences, life is full of surprises. Following one family’s momentous move from the city to rural Maine, an unexpected bond develops between twelve-year-old Reena and one very ornery cow.

When Reena, her little brother, Luke, and their parents first move to Maine, Reena doesn’t know what to expect. She’s ready for beaches, blueberries, and all the lobster she can eat. Instead, her parents “volunteer” Reena and Luke to work for an eccentric neighbor named Mrs. Falala, who has a pig named Paulie, a cat named China, a snake named Edna—and that stubborn cow, Zora.

This heartwarming story, told in a blend of poetry and prose, reveals the bonds that emerge when we let others into our lives.  http://www.sharoncreech.com/books

 

 

 

Book Reviews: check goodreads

https://www.amazon.com/Moo-Novel-Sharon-Creech/dp/0062415247/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1480796284&sr=1-3

 

 

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About the Author: I was born in South Euclid, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, and grew up there with my noisy and rowdy family: my parents (Ann and Arvel), my sister (Sandy), and my three brothers (Dennis, Doug and Tom).
For a fictional view of what it was like growing up in my family, see Absolutely Normal Chaos. (In that book, the brothers even have the same names as my own brothers.) Our house was not only full of us Creeches, but also full of friends and visiting relatives.
In the summer, we usually took a trip, all of us piled in a car and heading out to Wisconsin or Michigan or, once, to Idaho. We must have been a very noisy bunch, and I’m not sure how our parents put up with being cooped up with us in the car for those trips. The five-day trip out to Idaho when I was twelve had a powerful effect on me: what a huge and amazing country! I had no idea then that thirty-some years later, I would recreate that trip in a book called Walk Two Moons.
One other place we often visited was Quincy, Kentucky, where my cousins lived (and still live) on a beautiful farm, with hills and trees and swimming hole and barn and hayloft. We were outside running in those hills all day long, and at night we’d gather on the porch where more stories would be told. I loved Quincy so much that it has found its way into many of my books–transformed into Bybanks, Kentucky. Bybanks appears in Walk Two Moons and Chasing Redbird and Bloomability. Bybanks also makes a brief appearance (by reference, but not by name) in The Wanderer. To read more visit her website http://www.sharoncreech.com/meet-sharon-creech

 

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December 3, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book/Author Spotlight: Argos: The Story of Odysseus as Told by His Loyal Dog


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About the Book: From a compelling new voice in middle grade comes a reimagination of The Odyssey told from the point of view of Odysseus’s loyal dog—a thrilling tale of loyalty, determination, and adventure.

For twenty years, the great hero Odysseus struggles to return to Ithaka. After ten years beneath the walls of Troy, he begins the long journey back home. He defeats monsters. He outsmarts the Cyclops. He battles the gods. He struggles to survive and do whatever it takes to reunite with his family.

And what of that family—his devoted wife, Penelope; his young son, Telemachos; his dog, Argos? For those twenty years, they wait, unsure if they will ever see Odysseus again. But Argos has found a way to track his master. Any animal who sets foot or wing on Ithaka brings him news of Odysseus’s voyage—and hope that one day his master will return. Meanwhile, Argos watches over his master’s family and protects them from the dangers that surround a throne without its king. http://ralphhardyfiction.com/books/

 

 

 

Book Reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26244566-argos?from_search=true

https://www.amazon.com/Argos-Story-Odysseus-Told-Loyal/dp/0062396781/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

 

 

About the Author: Ralph Hardy graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in English and received his MFA from Columbia College, Chicago. He now lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife and children and a dog named Harvey, who is nothing like Argos. He is the author of The Cheetah Diaries, Lefty, and a number of short stories. http://ralphhardyfiction.com/author/

 

 

 

December 3, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Spotlight: My Weird School Fast Facts Spots


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About the Book: Think fast with A.J. and Andrea from My Weird School!

Did you know that the only sport that’s been played on the moon is golf? Did you know that an NFL quarterback once threw a touchdown pass to himself?!

Learn more weird-but-true sports facts with A.J. and Andrea from Dan Gutman’s bestselling My Weird School series. This all-new series of nonfiction books features hundreds of hysterical facts, plus lots of photos and illustrations.

Whether you’re a kid who wants to know more about sports or just someone who is curious why Major League Baseball umpires have to wear black underwear, this is the book for you!

With more than 10 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading!

 

 

 

  • Age Range: 6 – 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 – 5
  • Series: My Weird School Fast Facts
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (June 21, 2016)
  • Cost: $5.99

 

 

My Review: Another fun book that the kids will love to read.

A.J. and his gang from My Weird School are back and this time the study of discussion is  Fast Facts about Sport.

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

Book Reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27064330-my-weird-school-fast-facts?from_search=true

 

https://www.amazon.com/My-Weird-School-Fast-Facts/dp/0062306170/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

 

November 1, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Spotlight: My Weird School Fast Facts: Geography


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About the Book: Think fast with A.J. and Andrea from My Weird School!

Did you know that Antarctica’s largest land animal is an insect? Did you know that the smallest country in the world is only 0.2 square miles?!

Learn more weird-but-true geography facts with A.J. and Andrea from Dan Gutman’s bestselling My Weird School series. This all-new series of nonfiction books features hundreds of hysterical facts, plus lots of photos and illustrations.

Whether you’re a kid who wants to learn more about geography or simply someone who wants to know if there’s really a town called Scratch Ankle, this geography facts edition is the book for you.

With more than 10 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading!

 

  • Age Range: 6 – 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 – 5
  • Series: My Weird School Fast Facts
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edit
  • Cost: $5.99

 

My Review:

Another fun book that the kids will love to read.

A.J. and his gang from My Weird School are back and this time the study of discussion is  geography.

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

Book Reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27064334-my-weird-school-fast-facts

https://www.amazon.com/Weird-School-Fast-Facts-Geography/dp/0062306200/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

November 1, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book/Author Spotlight: This Is All Your Fault, Cassie Parker


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About the Book: In this heartwarming companion to Drive Me Crazy, twelve-year-old Fiona Coppleton is living a middle schooler’s worst nightmare: her diary was made public and her best friend is partly to blame.

Fiona and Cassie are supposed to be best friends forever. No one else listens or makes Fiona laugh like Cassie, and that meant everything when Fiona’s parents were divorcing. They love each other in spite of their (many) differences, and even though Cassie cares a little too much about being popular, Fiona can’t imagine life without her.

Until Fiona’s diary is stolen by the most popular girls at school, and her most secret thoughts are read out loud on the bus. Even worse: Cassie was there, and she didn’t do anything to stop it. Now, for some reason, she’s ignoring Fiona. Suddenly the whole world has shifted.

Life without a best friend is confusing, scary, maybe impossible. But as Fiona navigates a summer of big changes, she learns more about herself—and friendship—than she ever thought possible. http://www.terraelan.com/middlebooks.html

 

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (May 10, 2016)
  • Cost: $16.99

 

 

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About the Author: I have been reading and writing, basically, ever since I learned how to, and everything I’ve done has pretty much been connected to those two things. I went to college at a small, fantastic school (with a super writing program) called St. Andrews Presbyterian College. I got my Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Florida State. I have worked as an event coordinator at a major chain bookstore; as a freelance writer; a composition instructor; an editorial assistant at an NYC publisher; as manager of an independent children’s bookstore, in Decatur, GA, Little Shop of Stories (where I still work as a bookseller); and as Program Director of the AJC Decatur Book Festival. http://www.terraelan.com/bio.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 21, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Author/Book Spotlight: Teddy Mars. Almost A World Record Breaker


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About the Book: Fans of Jeff Kinney’s humor and Sharon Creech’s heartfelt stories will love this hilarious new series about a ten-year-old boy from a big family who dreams of making it into The Guinness Book of World Records.

Teddy Mars is determined to stand out in a world full of wonders and a house bursting with siblings. With the help of his best friends, Teddy tries to build the biggest snow mound, stuff the most grapes in his mouth, and lift a chair with his teeth. He’ll do anything to succeed—even if it means sleeping in a tent and cleaning up pigeon poop for Grumpy Pigeon Man. Too bad his pesky little brother, also known as The Destructor, always wrecks Teddy’s record-breaking plans!

Told in short, accessible sections, with memorable lists and winning illustrations, Molly B. Burnham’s Teddy Mars #1: Almost a World Record Breaker is perfect for reading aloud. Teddy’s never-give-up attitude will have readers laughing out loud and clamoring to break records of their own! https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062278104/almost-a-world-record-breaker

 

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Teddy Mars (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Cost: $6.99

 

 

 

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About the Author: Molly B. Burnham

Molly grew up in Washington D.C., has worked as an elementary school teacher, and writes for the best folks in the world—children! She loves reading about world records, but has yet to break her own. YET! She is the 2016 winner of The Sid Fleischman Award for Humor. You can find loads more about her on her website: www.mollybburnham.com

 

 

 

October 4, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Spotlight: Seven Wonders: The Legend of the Rift and The Promise.


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About the Book: The Legend of the Rift

This is the epic final installment of the series. This edition begins right after Aly has been kidnapped by King Uhla’ar and pulled back into Atlantis. The rift is guarded by a behemoth, and Aly simply cannot be rescued easily. Frantic, the kids come to believe that their only hope is to find the rest of the lost Loculi in order to rescue Aly. With that, it’s off to the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, where they have to face down the armies of Artemis, and then to the Lighthouse of Alexandria, where they wind up in the belly of an unimaginable beast. And then finally, back to the Karai Institute for a final trip back to Atlantis to save Aly, the world, and themselves. http://peterlerangis.com/news/book-news-lowdown-on-the-39-clues/

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Cost: $17.99
  • Series: Seven Wonders (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (March 8, 2016)

 

 

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About the Book: The Promise

From the lost Journals of the New York Times bestselling Seven Wonders series comes the story of how Atlantis came to rest at the bottom of the sea.

Follow the threads of history back to ancient times. Two Atlantean princes, Karai and Massarym, obsessed with power and terrified of the mysterious Loculi, turned against it each other in a bitter rivalry. With the future of the world at stake and nowhere to turn for guidance, the fourteen-year-old brothers chose fear over trust, deception over truth, and violence over brotherhood, and they change the course of history forever.

In this final installment of the Seven Wonders Journals, dive into the heart of the mystery that started it all before the adventure concludes in Seven Wonders: The Legend of the Rift, the fifth and final book in the New York Times bestselling adventure series by Peter Lerangis, author of hundreds of books, including three titles in the 39 Clues series. https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062238955/seven-wonders-journals-the-promise

 

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Seven Wonders Journals (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 9, 2016)
  • Cost: $2.99

August 29, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Spotlight: Nancy Clancy #7. Seeks a Fortune


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About the Book: Nancy Clancy learns all about starting a business and making a fortune in the seventh chapter book in the Nancy Clancy chapter book series by New York Times bestselling team Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser! How great would it be to be wealthy—that’s elegant for rich. Nancy Clancy sure thinks so, and with the help of her best friend, Bree, she sets out to make a fortune one way or another.

But when things don’t go as planned, Nancy learns something even more valuable—some of the best things in life are free. https://www.fancynancyworld.com/books/hardcover/fancy-nancy-nancy-clancy-seeks-a-fortune/9780062269690

 

  • Age Range: 6 – 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 – 5
  • Cost: $9.99
  • Series: Nancy Clancy (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (June 7, 2016)

 

Book Review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27036766-fancy-nancy?ac=1&from_search=true

August 22, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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