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Book Review: Scary School – The Northern Frights by Derek the Ghost


Scary School – The Northern Frights by Derek the Ghost and Illustrated by Scott M. Fischer

About the Book: Charles Nukid and his friends including new student Lattie, a tough ninja girl – take on their biggest challenge yet in this frighteningly funny addition to the Scary School series. When they’re chosen to attend Scream Academy as exchange students, they’ll have to face:


  • Rolf Meltington – the principal of Scream Academy and the abominable snowman
  • Polter – bears – part poltergeist, part polar bear …totally frightening
  • The Headless Horseman – don’t lose your head in his class


But there’s something even scarier than going to school with yetis, ogres, and trolls: the Ice Dragon. As an ancient prophecy comes to pass, Charles finds himself destined to battle the monstrous Ice Dragon in order to save both Scream Academy and Scary School from destruction.


My Review: Once again, our humble series narrator ex-student and full-time ghost, Derek is back in the 3 series of Scary School The Northern Frights.

In this series a group of students from Scary School were selected by Principal Meltington to attend Scream Academy as exchange students for a week. Charles and every other student were not happy for it could be their last time on earth. Scream Academy is much scarier and terrifying than Scary School. If Derek the Ghost is scared out of his wits, then you are in for some spectacular frights.

According to Principal Meltington, Scream Academy is where ferocious monsters come to use their brains as well as their claws to learn. Unlike Scary School, there are no human students at the Scream Academy and the monster kids don’t want them there.

When Charles heard that the ice dragon was heading toward the school to destroy it for good, he learns that they must work together with the other students from the Scream Academy to defect the ice dragon in order to survive or lose their school.

The Northern Frights was definitely an entertaining book. And if you’re a fan of the series, then you will love this book. Great pencil work Illustration by Scott M. Fischer which helps bring the story to life.

If you are looking for a book full of fun and adventure for your kids pick up a copy of Scary School books 1 – 3.



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




October 11, 2013 Posted by | Book Review, Holiday Books For Children | , , , , | Leave a comment

List of Children’s Chrsitmas Books for 2010

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December 5, 2010 Posted by | Holiday Books For Children | , , , | Leave a comment

Record a Story: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Share the joy of Christmas as only you can. Record a Story: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas allows family and friends to read this traditional Christmas story to children even when they can’t be there in person. Grandparents, friends, and other special people in a child’s life have the opportunity to share a personal moment across the miles. The personalized voice recording will be saved in these pages so your child can enjoy this book year after year.

To order this keepsake story book for $19.99 visit

November 9, 2010 Posted by | Holiday Books For Children | , , , | 5 Comments

2010 Thanksgiving Children’s Books

Check Mymcbooks Store for a list of New children’s books for Thanksgiving. Buy any Thanksgiving book and receive another for FREE! Just leave the name of the book you bought on the comment field below and we will send you a free Thanksgiving book. Visit to place your order. This offer ends November 15th at noon.

The First Thanksgiving: A Lift-the-Flap Book
By Nancy Davis

Nancy Davis recreates the excitement and wonder of the first Thanksgiving–how the pilgrims came to America and how the Native Americans taught them to plant and then joined them in a Thanksgiving feast. Parents can use the simple text and the bright, graphic illustrations of this lift-the-flap book to introduce a very young child to this holiday.


Clifford’s Thanksgiving Visit (Clifford’s Big Ideas)
By Norman Bridwell

It only takes a little to BE BIG!

It’s Thanksgiving, and Emily Elizabeth’s family is going to visit her grandparents. Clifford decides to go see his mom, who lives in the city. After the Thanksgiving meal, Emily Elizabeth and Clifford both rush home–thankful for each other!
The BE BIG campaign invites everyone, big and small, to take action and raise awareness for how CLIFFORD’S BIG IDEAS can make the world a better place.
Clifford’s Big Ideas are: Be a Good Friend, Share, Be Kind, Help Others, Be Truthful, Have Respect, Be Responsible, Play Fair, Work Together and Believe in Yourself.


An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving (Picture Books Activity Books E)
By Louisa May Alcott

A sweet and humorous Thanksgiving tale from the beloved author of Little Women. When the Bassett parents are called away in the midst of busy preparations for Thanksgiving dinner, the children are left in the care of their eldest siblings. The spirited young Tilly and Eph, along with their merry band of siblings, decide to forge ahead with a Thanksgiving feast, despite their limited culinary skills. After a haphazard day full of the unintentional use of catnip, a run-in with a questionable bear, and other hijinks, the family is finally able to reunite for a truly old-fashioned good time. Lively watercolors add to the humor and delight of this tale of a Thanksgiving feast that almost wasn’t. Ages 4-8.


A Farm Country Thanksgiving
By Gordon Fredrickson

For Jimmy and his little brother and sister, Thanksgiving Day starts early. While delicious smells waft from the kitchen, they must finish the morning’s chores before the arrival of a houseful of guests for the noon meal. But when the guests arrive early, the kids turn work into play, making new friends as they head for the snowy sledding hills. Sharing in the joy and peace of an old fashioned family holiday, adults and children come together for a Farm Country Thanksgiving.


Happy Thanksgiving, Curious George tabbed board book (Curious George Board Books)
By H. A. Rey

Today is Thanksgiving and George is so excited! He loves everything about the holiday—from the parade with music, jugglers, and big balloons to the delicious turkey shared with family and friends. But even on Thanksgiving the curious little monkey manages to stir up some trouble! Follow George through his Thanksgiving adventures with the short poems in this board book. The fun, tabbed pages are perfect for little fingers!


Katie Saves Thanksgiving (Katie Woo)
By Fran Manushkin

Pedro’s and JoJo’s families are on their way to Katie’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. But they get stuck in a snowstorm, and the Woos’ oven suddenly breaks. Katie wonders what kind of Thanksgiving it will be without sweet potatoes, pie, and most of all, friends.


Pardon That Turkey (All Aboard Reading)
By Susan Sloate

Everyone knows about the pilgrims’ “first Thanksgiving.” But do you know how Thanksgiving became a national holiday or why the president pardons a turkey every year? Read along to find out about the woman who saved Thanksgiving, the first pardon, and more!


Thanksgiving Day (All About Holidays)
By Dorothy Goeller

Also check out a list of other Thanksgiving books

November 1, 2010 Posted by | Buy Books, Holiday Books For Children | , , | Leave a comment

Recordable Books

Hallmark is using model day technology to capture reader’s voice inside a book and it’s activated each time the child turns the pages. It’s exciting for the child to hear the voice of their parent or grandparent to bring joy to their face when reading the recordable book

Hallmark Recordable Book at Amazon. For a copy click to order.

July 20, 2010 Posted by | Holiday Books For Children | , | Leave a comment

Mother’s Day Books for Children

I Like Noisy Mom Likes Quiet: A Mother’s Day Story. This book is for ages 5-8. Little Raccoon likes ‘clomping and stomping and romping’. He likes noise. He likes messes. But Mama Raccoon, like most mothers, likes a little peace and quiet. She likes sitting on the porch and sketching the cat. She likes tidy rooms. One day, Little raccoon makes an effort to help his mom and makes Mother’s Day a very special day. For a copy of this book visit


It’s the night before Mother’s Day, and Dad and the kids are determined to show Mom just how much they love her. They whip up a cake from scratch, and offer a special coupon for a day at the spa, right in their own kitchen! Kids and moms will love reading this sweet story aloud together for a fun way to celebrate Mother’s Day.  For a copy of this book visit


In My Mommy and I, P.K. Hallinan explores one of the most important relationships in a child’s life. From sharing household chores to reading side by side to swinging in the park, these two special friends are depicted sharing both the commonplace and the exciting. Hallinan’s colorful illustrations enhance the simple text and reveal the unique and loving bond between mother and child. Recommended for ages 4 to 8. Visit for a copy of this book.


Mother’s Day by Anne Rockwell,  

Each child in Mrs. Madoff’s class knows just how to celebrate Mother’s Day. Jessica and her mom go hiking together. Sam helps pick out a new kitchen table. Sarah and her dad take Grandma to her favorite restaurant. And when a surprise visitor comes to class, the kids learn how to make a handmade gift that’s straight from the heart. Here’s a loving tribute to all the mothers, grandmothers, and mothers-to-be everywhere, perfect for sharing any day of the year. Visit for a copy today.

May 1, 2010 Posted by | Holiday Books For Children | Leave a comment

The Night Before Christmas!

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;

And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,

Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow

Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!

On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!

Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,

When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,

So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,

With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

For a full version by Clement Clarke Moore visit


December 23, 2009 Posted by | Holiday Books For Children | Leave a comment

The Pilgrims and America’s First Thanksgiving

The Pilgrims, who celebrated the first thanksgiving in America, were fleeing religious persecution in their native England. In 1609 a group of Pilgrims left England for the religious freedom in Holland where they lived and prospered. After a few years their children were speaking Dutch and had become attached to the Dutch way of life. This worried the Pilgrims. They considered the Dutch frivolous and their ideas a threat to their children’s education and morality.

So they decided to leave Holland and travel to the New World. Their trip was financed by a group of English investors, the Merchant Adventurers. It was agreed that the Pilgrims would be given passage and supplies in exchange for their working for their backers for 7 years.

On Sept. 6, 1620 the Pilgrims set sail for the New World on a ship called the Mayflower. They sailed from Plymouth, England and aboard were 44 Pilgrims, who called themselves the “Saints”, and 66 others, whom the Pilgrims called the “Strangers.” The long trip was cold and damp and took 65 days. Since there was the danger of fire on the wooden ship, the food had to be eaten cold. Many passengers became sick and one person died by the time land was sighted on November 10th.

The long trip led to many disagreements between the “Saints” and the “Strangers”. After land was sighted a meeting was held and an agreement was worked out, called the Mayflower Compact, which guaranteed equality and unified the two groups. They joined together and named themselves the “Pilgrims.”

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November 23, 2009 Posted by | Holiday Books For Children | 2 Comments

Free Christmas Giveaway

100_4228[1]For our Christmas Free Drawing we will be giving away Free Books, Calendars and CD-ROMs worth over $50.00. Visit www.mcbooksandgifts and click on Free Give Away to enter for free. Enter as many times as you want.

The Winners will be informed and listed on the website. Date of Drawing will be the 13th December 2009. SpongeBob Squarepants 16 month 2010 Wall Calendar Dora the Explorer 16 month 2010 Wall Calendar Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna Madeline Loves Animals by John Bemelmans Marciano Disney Princess Beauty and the Beast Special Treasures by Michele Gentile Tickly Sheep by Steve Smallman The Mystery of the Jeweled Eggs – The Backyardigans T’was the Night before Christmas It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Kwanzaa! Presents for Santa by Harriet Ziefert Arthur’s Classroom Fib by Marc Brown Christmas Is Here – Strawberry Shortcake Pirates Treasure of Rock Island Toad Heaven by Morris Gleitzman Fame School Rising Star by Cindy Jefferies The Boy Next Door by Laura Dower Goosebumps Care Bear CD-ROM The Land before Time – Preschool Adventure CD-ROM Snowy Christmas and Mouse’s Christmas.

This Giveaway has ended

November 5, 2009 Posted by | Free Giveaways, Holiday Books For Children | Leave a comment

Halloween! Fun Time for Kid.

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Dear Customers, It’s that time of year when kids of ALL ages are thinking of Tricks – OR – Treats!!

Halloween Is a Fun Time for Kid!

But you can be sure that when it comes to Personalized Books and Gifts it’s ALL TREATS! NO TRICKS!

And with only 9 weeks to Christmas it time to put in your orders.

Don’t be SCARED! . . . Memorable Children Books & Gifts Makes the PERFECT GIFT for ANY Holiday!

October 22, 2009 Posted by | Holiday Books For Children | Leave a comment


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