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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: 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 Spotlight: The Buccaneer’s Code


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The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates. The Buccaneers’ Code by Caroline Carlson

 

About the Book: Humor, magic, and adventure abound in the third—and final—book of the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series.

Hilary Westfield is now a freelance pirate. After trying to prove herself to the VNHLP, she realized many members of the League weren’t all that honorable—not even very nearly. With Captain Blacktooth in cahoots with the Mutineers, the kingdom of Augusta and all its magic are at risk.

What the League needs is a very honorable pirate to be their new president. So Hilary—with the help of her friends, including the always spirited gargoyle—challenges Blacktooth to a High Seas battle. Winner takes all. Loser, at best, will be exiled.

Caroline Carlson has created a world where magic is currency, pirates are more charming than alarming, and a girl can choose a life as a pirate instead of a life in petticoats. And she once again delivers a story of high stakes, High Seas, and High Society in the hilarious and charming conclusion to the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series. http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062194398/the-buccaneers-code

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Cost: $16.99

 

Review Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23866208-the-buccaneers-code

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 23, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Spotlight of Seven Wonders.


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Seven Wonders Journals. The Key. An Original Novella by Peter Lerangis

 

About the Book: Discover the history behind the mystery of the New York Times bestselling Seven Wonders series in this original novella.

Follow the tale of Aliyah and Osman, twin treasure hunters pressed into a life of crime. For them, every day is another desperate death-defying adventure until they stumble upon the key that may lead to the greatest treasure ever. But to take home this magical orb, they must first battle their way out of the Tomb of Shadows.

With crucial historical details and plenty of backstory surprises, this is a perfect addition to the library of new and continuing fans of Seven Wonders, the epic adventure series by Peter Lerangis, author of three stories in the 39 Clues series. http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062238924/seven-wonders-journals-the-key

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Seven Wonders Journals (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Cost: $2.99

 

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About the Book: The Curse of the King

THREE BATTLES
Thirteen-year-old Jack McKinley and his friends have already defeated the Colossus of Rhodes, visited Ancient Babylon, and outfoxed legions of undead all to recover three of the lost Loculi. But if they don’t unearth the last four Loculi soon, the powers that made these victories possible will overwhelm the Select—and destroy the world.

TWO RIVALS
Not only do Jack and his friends have to battle these seven ancient wonders, but they also have to contend with the Massa, who have taken over the Karai Institute and convinced Marco to switch sides. Outnumbered, underequipped, and growing weary, Jack, Cass, and Aly soldier on to find the long-lost Statue of Zeus.

ONE ENEMY
But as time is running out, our heroes must confront gods, relive old battles, and face down their greatest enemy yet—their destiny. Old enemies become new friends and sudden victories turn to certain defeats as the time nears for everything to change. The stakes grow impossibly high in this latest adventure from master storyteller Peter Lerangis. http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062070494/seven-wonders-book-4-the-curse-of-the-king

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Seven Wonders (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Cost: $17.99

 

Book Reviews – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22535397-the-curse-of-the-king

December 23, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book/Author Spotlight: Todhunter Moon Book One. Pathfinder


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 About the Book

http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062272454/todhunter-moon-book-one-pathfinder

Book Reviews – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17070125-pathfinder

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: World of Septimus Heap (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Cost: $17.99

 

 

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Angie Sage (born 1952) is the author of the Septimus Heap series which includes Magyk, Flyte, Physik, Queste, Syren, Darke and Fyre, the final book which is scheduled to come out later in 2013. Also, she wrote The Magykal Papers, an additional book with extra information about Septimus’ world. She is also the illustrator and/or writer of many children’s books, and is the new writer of the Araminta Spookie series.

Angie Sage grew up in Thames Valley, London and Kent. Her father was a publisher. He would bring home blank books that she could fill with pictures and stories. Sage first studied medicine, but changed her mind and went to Art School in Leicester. There she studied Graphic Design and Illustration. She began illustrating books after college. Then she progressed to writing children stories, including toddler books and chapter books. Her first novel was Septimus Heap: Magyk. Angie Sage is married and has two daughters, Laurie and Lois.

http://www.septimusheap.com/author

 

December 23, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Book/Author Spotlight: Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome.


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About the Book: “This is LIFE, people! You’ve got air coming through your nose! You’ve got a heartbeat! That means it’s time to do something!” announces Kid President in his book, Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome. From YouTube sensation (75 million views and counting!) to Hub Network summer series star, Kid President—ten-year-old Robby Novak—and his videos have inspired millions to dance more, to celebrate life, and to throw spontaneous parades.

In his Guide to Being Awesome, Kid President pulls together lists of awesome ideas to help the world, awesome interviews with his awesome celebrity friends (he has interviewed Beyoncé!), and a step-by-step guide to make pretty much everything a little bit awesomer. Grab a corn dog and settle in to your favorite comfy chair. Pretend it’s your birthday! (In fact, treat everyone like it’s THEIR birthday!) Kid President is here with a 240-page, full-color Guide to Being Awesome that’ll spread love and inspire the world. http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062358684/kid-presidents-guide-to-being-awesome

 

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 3, 2015)
  • Cost: $21.99

 

My Review: This is one book all kids should have and read.

 

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.

 

 

 

Reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22552567-kid-president-s-guide-to-being-awesome

 

 

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About the Author: Robby Novak is known to millions as Kid President. He is 11 years old. He loves corndogs and basketball and has kissed Beyoncé. Together, he and his brother-in-law, Brad Montague, are on a mission to inspire kids and grown-ups to make the world more awesome. Robby has osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), a brittle bone condition that has resulted in his having more than 70 breaks since birth. His condition doesn’t keep him from living large, busting out sweet dance moves on a daily basis, or honoring his presidential writing duties alongside Brad. This is their first book. http://www.kidpresident.com/whoweare.html

 

 

 

 

 

November 28, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review: Alien In My Pocket #6 Forces of Nature.


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About the Book: Zack and Amp get a serious surprise in Forces of Nature, the sixth installment of this fun intergalactic chapter book series by Nate Ball, the host of PBS’s Design Squad and Design Squad Nation.

Ever since Amp crash-landed his spaceship through Zack McGee’s window, Zack’s life has gone in some unexpected directions. But when everything goes wrong on the McGee family camping trip, Zack’s going to need Amp’s alien scouting skills to navigate the great outdoors and find their way back to civilization!

Like every book in the Alien in My Pocket series, Forces of Nature mixes Common Core–aligned science with safe, hands-on experiments that young readers will love. This installment includes a build-your-own compass experiment.

Publishers Weekly said of Alien in My Pocket: Blast Off!: “With its screwball comedy and lively dialogue, the novel gives readers the opportunity to laugh as they learn.”

 

  • ISBN: 9780062314901
  • ISBN 10: 0062314904
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 09/01/2015
  • Pages: 144
  • List Price: 15.99 USD
  • Ages: 6 to 10
  • Cost: 4.99

 

My Review: The sixth installment of Alien in My Pocket, Zack’s parent are taking him on a camping trip. He has decided not to take Amp, a little blue alien who crashed his spaceship through Zack’s window. But Amp suddenly had a love of camping. He thinks it going to be an adventure. A chance to battle the elements, the opportunity to encounter wild animals and a daily struggle to find food, why would he pass that up? But Zack instructed him to stay at home and out of trouble. But Amp found a way to be a part of the camp adventure. With Zack’s friend Olivia tagging along, what type of adventure will they come across in the Crooked Forest and what role with Amp play? Check out the last few page about Do-It- Yourself Science Experiment.

As always, great illustration by Macky Pamintuan 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.

 

 

 

 

 

November 17, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book/Author Spotlight: Mars Evacuees


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Mars Evacuees #1 by Sophia McDougall

About the Book: The fact that someone had decided I’d be safer on Mars, where you could still only sort of breathe the air and sort of not get sunburned to death, was a sign that the war with the aliens was not going fantastically well. I was worried that I was about to be told that my mother’s spacefighter had been shot down, so that when I found out that I was being evacuated to Mars, I was pretty calm.

And, despite everything that happened to me and my friends afterward, I’d do it all again. Because until you have been pursued by terrifying aliens, been taught math by a laser-shooting robot goldfish, and tried to save the galaxy, I don’t think you can say you’ve really lived.

If the same thing happens to you, here’s my advice: always carry duct tape.  http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062293992/mars-evacuees

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Cost: $16.99

 

For reviews visit https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23229111-mars-evacuees

 

 

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About the Author: Sophia McDougall (born 1979) is a British novelist, playwright, and poet, who studied at Oxford University in England.

She is best known as the author of the series of books: Romanitas in which she creates an alternative history, one where the Roman Empire still exists in contemporary times. http://www.romanitas.com

 

November 17, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book/Author Spotlight: The Last Dragon Charmer. Villain Keeper


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The Last Dragon Charmer. Villain Keeper

About the Book: Unexpected magic, villainous teachers, and dragons in disguise await readers in the first book of a delightful new tween adventure series by debut author Laurie McKay.

All his life, Prince Caden has dreamed of being sent on a quest to slay a dragon. But before he has the chance, he is ripped from his home in the Winterlands of Razzon and finds himself in Asheville, North Carolina—a land with no magic and no dragons. But a prince must always complete his quest. And the longer Caden is in Asheville, the more he realizes there is magic in this strange land after all. More important, there may just be dragons here, too. But what if Caden’s destiny isn’t to slay a dragon, like he’s always believed?

Fans of Soman Chainani’s The School for Good and Evil and Chris Colfer’s The Land of Stories will be transported by this first book in an epic new series for middle grade readers about a brave young prince’s quest to find answers, honor, friendship—and what it really means to be a hero. http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062308436/villain-keeper

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Last Dragon Charmer (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 3, 2015)
  • Cost: $16.99

 

 

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About the Author: Laurie McKay lives in Durham, NC, with her family and two elderly dogs. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master’s degree in biological oceanography from North Carolina State University. She’s taught at the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School for Marine and Environmental Science and in the North Carolina community college system. When she’s not dodging students and prepping lab activities, she’s sitting at a local coffee shop and daydreaming about all things fantastical and science fiction. http://lauriemckay.net/laurie-mckay/

November 16, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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