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Book Review: AH – CHOO!


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I asked my mom if I could have
a pet, or even two.

But every time I brought one home,
my sister went
Ah-Choo!

When hunting for his new best friend, a boy goes through an alphabetical menagerie of animals. From an antelope, to bobolink birds, to wolves and zebras—and of course, a cat and dog, too—he brings them all home. But each creature just makes his sister go AH-CHOO! Will he ever be able to have the perfect pet?

  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten – 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books (March 1, 2016)
  • Cost: $10.46 @amazon

 

 

My Review: When a young boy asked his mom if he could have a pet or two, his mother don’t seem t mind. But when he brought home an Antelope and a Bobolinks that flew, his sister went AH-CHOO!

He tried a Cat and a Dog but that didn’t help. So what about a feathered Emu, plus a Ferret, Goose and a Hen, an Ibis, Jackal, Kangaroo, a Leopard Seal. But his sister just kept sneezing. So he decided to take his pets to the zoo because not even a Monkey, Nightingale, an Owl, a Pig, Quail, Rooster, Skunk, Takin, Umbrellabirds, Vultures could he keep as pets because his sister sneeze just got bigger and bigger. He even had tried a Warthog, Xantis, a Yaffle and a Zebra. Will he ever be able to find a perfect pet that would cause his sister to sneeze?

What a great way to learn about the letters in the alphabet using animals and how they can cause allergies. The colorful illustrations helps to tell the story.

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Sterling Children’s Books in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

September 16, 2016 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review: Olivia Loves Owl.


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About the Book: A companion to Ben Loves Bear, Bella Loves Bunny, and Peter Loves Penguin, Olivia Loves Owl features a little girl and her beloved stuffed owl. Olivia and Owl pick apples and frolic through piles of colorful leaves. After enjoying a perfect fall day, they go inside to wish upon a star and hoot at the moon. The youngest readers will relate to the loving bond between a child and her favorite stuffed animal and how this sweet friendship makes each day special. 

  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Board book: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Brdbk edition (August 30, 2016)
  • Cost: $8.95

 

 

My Review: A story rhyme about Olivia and her stuffed animal, Owl. The story shows the love and friendship between them. As they go outside and enjoy the Fall weather, Olivia puts on her sweater and headed outside with Owl. They love playing out together. Olivia flying high enough to land on the fallen leaves, Owl flies higher. Olivia picks apples while Owl sits on a branch and watch. After been out for awhile, Olivia gets tired and heads inside but Owl is wide awake. As they sat on Olivia’s bed and watch the stars, Olivia falls asleep while Owl watches over her.

A great bedtime story. The softly watercolor illustrations remains helps to tell the story. This is a great book for younger kids.

 

 

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

 

September 9, 2016 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Author/Book Spotlight. Giveaway: Purrball Meets Burrball in Brazil. Ends Sept 30th


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Visiting Brazil, an earthquake hits and separates a family from their beloved cat, Purrball. Purrball’s mad dash leaves her lost in a jungle where she becomes fast friends with a very clever sloth named Burrball. The two quick-witted animals embark on a journey to find Darryl, the loving and loyal boy who longs for his adorable missing cat. Witty word rhythms and rich illustrations make Purrball Meets Burrball in Brazil an engaging read-aloud story. An alluring tale of friendship, family, ingenuity and persistence. http://www.purrballandburrball.com/

 

  • Hardcover: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Fab Idea Press; First edition (September 9, 2016)
  • Cost: $17.95 @Amazon

 

 

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About the Author: Anne Zoet is a freelance creativAe director for both technology giants and countless startups in the Silicon Valley. Her passions are art, words, travel, the environment and animals—all of which came together naturally in the creation of Purrball Meets Burball in Brazil. In addition to her human family, Zoet shares her home with three domestic cats (though sometimes she wonders if they’re not just a bit wild). http://www.purrballandburrball.com/about-the-author/

 

 

 

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September 8, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Arlo, The Blue, Blue Whale. Ends Sept 23rd


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About the Story: The “tail” of Arlo the Blue, Blue Whale all started in Akron, Ohio where Janet Alberti raised four children, Danny, Katy, Jenny and Andrea. Many years later, the three sisters co-founded Amelia Street Studio, a creative agency. Not long after, Danny became father to Arlo, a boy, not a whale. For little Arlo’s 1st birthday, Janet wrote the story of Arlo the Whale, inspired by one of Andrea’s posters of Andy Warhol that said, “I think everybody should like everybody” – a universal message that she wanted to teach her first grandson. With help from Jenny, who illustrated all the pages, Janet’s vision came to life and a book was made. The three sisters wanted to share this beautiful story of acceptance and friendship with more children. So, they partnered up with Appoet, a couple of cool guys, to turn the book into something interactive and fun. And ta-da! But wait! This story can’t end without mentioning Curt Alberti, a husband and father who always lived his life embracing other’s differences and taught his children the value of “liking everybody”. http://www.arlothewhale.com

Written by Janet Alberti and Illustrated by Jenny Alberti

 

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Without planning it, our business has been in the works since we were knee-high. While growing up on Amelia Street in Akron, Ohio, we spent hours upon hours creating, crafting, building, and filming. Whether it was sewing clothes for our dolls or producing a mock news show, we have been collaborating as a sister team nearly our whole lives. It wasn’t intentional that our individual career paths would complement each other so perfectly, but we are pretty happy they do. http://www.ameliastreetstudio.com/about-us.html

 

 

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This Giveaway Has Ended

Winner is #4 – Annette Rochelle Aben

 

 

 

September 6, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

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

Book Spotlight: Nancy Clancy #6. Soccer Mania


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About the Book: Nancy Clancy takes the field in New York Times bestselling team Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser’s sixth Nancy Clancy chapter book. Normally Nancy doesn’t like dressing like everyone else. But wearing a soccer team uniform—well, that’s different. Nancy adores being on the Green Goblins—she loves cheering for her teammates, sharing refreshments, and painting her fingernails bright green before every game. If only she wasn’t cursed with slow legs! All Nancy wants is to be mediocre—or maybe even a little better than average. Will she reach her goal? Here’s a brand-new chapter book with plenty of humor and sports action, written expressly for kids like Nancy who aren’t the star of their team.

Fans of Fancy Nancy will love joining Nancy Clancy in the latest edition to the chapter book series!

 

  • Age Range: 6 – 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 – 5
  • Cost: $9.99
  • Series: Nancy Clancy (Book 6)
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (September 8, 2015)

 

 

Book Reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23866336-fancy-nancy

August 22, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Spotlight: Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket.


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About the Book: Are you ready for Ivy Pocket? The wickedly funny, completely unreliable maid of no importance returns—this time as a coffin maker’s daughter—in this action-packed sequel to Anyone but Ivy Pocket. School Library Journal says, “Fans of . . . Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will love Ivy Pocket’s zany adventures.” Featuring extensive black-and-white interior art by Barbara Cantini throughout.

Everyone seems to want a piece of Ivy Pocket. Her adoptive parents keep trying to get her to clean the funeral home, even though Ivy’s certain she’s already the picture of a perfect daughter. A beautiful heiress named Estelle wants Ivy to uncover the dark truth behind her brother’s death. Her new friend, Miss Carnage, keeps asking Ivy the most curious questions (the poor, clueless dear). To top it all off, Ivy must protect the Clock Diamond from the evil Miss Always, who seems to be lurking around every corner! A fast-paced and hilarious follow-up to Anyone but Ivy Pocket, which Booklist praised as “a droll chapter book with a Victorian setting and a one-of-a-kind protagonist.” This is the second of three books about Ivy Pocket! https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062364371/somebody-stop-ivy-pocket

 

 

Book Review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26074158-somebody-stop-ivy-pocket

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

Author/Book Spotlight: Anyone But Ivy Pocket #1


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About the Book: Ivy Pocket is a twelve-year-old maid of no importance, with a very lofty opinion of herself. Dumped in Paris by the Countess Carbunkle, who would rather run away to South America than continue in Ivy’s companionship, our young heroine (of sorts) finds herself with no money and no home to go to … until she is summoned to the bedside of the dying Duchess of Trinity.

For the princely sum of £500 (enough to buy a carriage, and possibly a monkey), Ivy agrees to courier the Duchess’s most precious possession – the Clock Diamond – to England, and to put it around the neck of the revolting Matilda Butterfield on her twelfth birthday. It’s not long before Ivy finds herself at the heart of a conspiracy involving mischief, mayhem and murder.

Illustrated in humorous gothic detail by Barbara Cantini, Anyone But Ivy Pocket is just the beginning of one girl’s deadly comic journey to discover who she really is …  http://www.ivypocketbooks.com/

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Ivy Pocket (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Cost: $17.99

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20809112-anyone-but-ivy-pocket

 

Book Reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20809112-anyone-but-ivy-pocket

 

 

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About the Author: Caleb Krisp lives in an abandoned cottage deep in the woods. For many years he has devoted himself to writing about a twelve-year-old lady’s maid of no importance. His only communication with the outside world is via Morse code or kettledrum.

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

Book Spotlight: Backyard Witch #2: Jess’s Story


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About the Book: The second book of the Backyard Witch series, by acclaimed authors Christine Heppermann and Ron Koertge, starring Ms. M, the witch who the Horn Book calls “a combination of Mary Poppins and a stand-up comedian.” A must-have for newly independent readers and fans of Ivy + Bean, Clementine, and the Food Network!

Jess is a superstar on the field and on the court. Soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis—you name it, she loves it. But she’s a disaster in the kitchen, much to the dismay of her chef mother. When Jess’s mom gets a chance to work in a famous kitchen for a week, Jess and her friends, Sadie and Maya, try to help out by making dinner. And . . . let’s just say that it goes up in flames. Enter Ms. M, the mysterious witch who appears right when you need her! Ms. M is a heroine to rival Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and Ms. Frizzle. She doesn’t save the day herself, but she helps everyone save it for themselves.

Short chapters filled with illustrator Deborah Marcero’s striking, lively black-and-white illustrations make the Backyard Witch series a must-have for young middle grade readers. Includes a recipe and information about cooking and gardening.

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Backyard Witch (Book 2)$
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Cost: $16.99

 

https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062338419/jesss-story

 

Book Reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27246854-jess-s-story

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

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