Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Review: Birthday Surprise by Terri Kelley

Every child loves a birthday and the main character in this story is no different. When her special day arrives, however, her family is nowhere to be found. The little girl is so upset as she waits with her nanny. When her mom and dad finally return, it's with a gift that is much different than anything the child could ever imagine.
This story is beautifully illustrated by the very talented Mardee Santos. It's bright and detailed backgrounds emphasize the story which is written in lyrical rhyme. Readers will be engaged by the storyline and will fall in love with the characters. This book is sure to become a favorite of readers young and old alike.

Review: Anacondas by Joanne Mattern

9549485Quick and slithery, snakes are fascinating examples of adaptation. Discover the bodies, homes, and life cycles of these reptiles through close-up photos. Get closer than you ve ever been to snakes!"

Review: Fast, Faster, Fastest By by Michael Dahl, Brian Jensen

Describes some animals that move at extreme speeds when they jump, run, or fly. Some of the animals shown include a kangaroo, a zebra, a lion, and a bald eagle.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Review: The Treasure of Snake Island: A Captain No Beard Story Volume 5 by Carole P. Roman

After a fierce battle with a storm, the crew goes in search of treasure. Alexander, that is, Captain No Beard uses a map to locate it on the ominous sounding Snake Island. Bravely they dig until they find the best treasure ever!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Review: How Can Aliens Be Illegal? By Terri Kelley

How Can Aliens Be Illegal?
The term "illegal aliens" has been used in our country to describe the people who live here without legal documentation and permission to do so. While adults understand what is meant by the term, children are often confused by it. In this story, readers will follow along with a little boy as he discovers that there is more than one type of alien in this world and the issues associated with immigration are many. This is not a political book nor is it intended to make a statement on one side of the immigration debate or the other. It is simply a story to help children understand what is meant by the term "illegal aliens" and about the people affected by immigration. This book is wonderfully illustrated by the very talented, Milena Radeva, illustrator of the "Writing is a Process" series of books by author Terri Kelley.

Review: Captain No Bread an Imaginary Tale of a Pirates Life by Carole P. Roman

 A child's imaginative journey on his pirate ship with his four trusty companions. Reviews for Captain No Beard "Roman charms with an imaginative, whimsical picture book that will entertain even the oldest pirates." - Kirkus "My kids loved shouting “Shiver Me Timbers” and “Swab the Deck” along with the crew. The story of Captain No Beard and his crew is exciting, engaging and lots of fun! The bold, colorful pictures enhance the experience of the pirate adventure that Roman takes you on from the moment you begin reading until the very end of the story." - "The illustration in the book is just as fun with vibrant colors, lovable characters and a world of imagination. It’s easy for kiddos to engage their imagination and become part of this fun story from beginning to end." - "lovely intonation when read aloud, and the simple, understandable story also carries a more complex, clever subtext that will allow for educational discussions; hilarious and a pleasant opportunity to teach children about the nuances of words and their layers of meaning; the characters take great delight upon using the phrases correctly; children will, too." - Kirkus
Captain No Beard An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life
Star of Remarkable Merit
Kirkus Reviews Best of 2012
NABE Pinnacle Award 2013
ERIK Award 2013
NABE Pinnacle Award 2013

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Review: If You Were Me and Lived in France by Carole P. Roman

"If You Were Me and Lived in...France-A Child's Introduction to Culture Around the World" is the second book in Carole P. Roman's remarkable series about countries all over the globe. With each book covering a different nation, Roman opens up a world of wonder while highlighting the fact that underneath it all we are far more alike than we might have imagined. Focusing on what life would be like from a child's viewpoint, she examines the diversity of the people who make up our planet.
Rebecca’s Reads Readers Choice Awards 2013
Childrens Books
General Non Fiction
If You Were Me and Lived in...France

Review: Strangers on the High Seas by Carole P. Roman

When the Flying Dragon gets a new crew member, Captain No Beard soon discovers that every person is valuable in his or her own way. Responsible for his new crew member and baby sister, the Captain becomes unhappy with his situation and begins to think that being a captain is hard work.
However, when the dreaded Barnabas the Scurvey Dog begins to chase the Flying Dragon, the fearless Captain has to put aside his problems and keep everyone safe. In their race to escape, the Captain, his loyal First Mate Hallie, Mongo the Monkey, Linus the Lion, Fribbet the Frpg, and Polly Parrot soon find out that help can come from the most unlikely of places.

The Captain's new award winning adventure is the charming fourth entry in the Captain No Beard children's book series. With a delightful message that teaches children not to judge a book by its cover, this exciting journey will excite young readers as well as teach them valuable life lessons. While stressing the importance of never marginalizing someone because they don't look like they can help or keep up, the adorable crew teaches children the importance of not talking to strangers. Filled with thrilling adventure, this amusing book will teach children the important lessons in their young lives, all while keeping then riveted from the very beginning.
Rebecca’s Reads Readers Choice Awards 2013
Childrens Books
2nd Place Strangers on the High Seas
Readers Views Kids Award for Best Children’s Book of the Year
Strangers on the High Seas

Monday, April 21, 2014

Review: I Want to do yoga, too. By: Carole P. Roman

Hallie and her mother go to the yoga studio. Hallie wants to join her mom's yoga class, but she isn't allowed. She complains to the babysitter, who gently guides her through four yoga poses. Hallie learns that not only is yoga easy, but fun as well.

Review: The Blue Baboon In the Big Balloon by Sarah and Steven Mostyn

Join Harold the blue baboon in this hilarious children’s picture book, as he travels to the moon, in a big balloon, with an outrageous cast of friends! This creative rhyming book will inspire children’s imaginations to soar to new heights!

Review: If you were me and lived in Kenya by Carole P. Roman

Let's travel to Kenya! Number five in this exciting series travels to Africa to learn about the thrilling country of Kenya. This extraordinary book "If You Were Me and Lived in...Kenya- A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World" explores life for children on a new continent. The book touches on many familiar topics such as names, money, games, and food as well the sites and sounds that come with living in Africa. Embraced by educators, parents, and children, the series gently and respectfully introduces the subjects of cultures and customs around the world. On "If You Were Me and Lived in...South Korea" "Roman has proven her skill at writing children's books with her Captain No Beard series, as well as with the other volumes in her cultural series. If you were me and lived in ...South Korea uses a technique of speaking directly to the child reading or listening, similar to Laura Numeroff's If You Give a...series. This strategy is well suited to a book about foreign cultures as it gives little imaginations a boost by helping children envision themselves growing up with customs and traditions different from the ones they're familiar with..." Peter Dabbene ForeWord Reviews Clarion Review On "If You Were Me and Lived in...France" "It is the simplistic and positive way that Roman, a former social studies teacher, delivers the text, that makes this series appealing-the books are short and to the point and just what you want when you're introducing geography and culture to the youngest reading set." Bianca Schulz-The Children's Book review.
5 Stars ForeWord Review Clarion Review
If You Were Me and Lived in...Kenya

Monday, April 14, 2014

Book Blast: Billy and the Monster Who Ate All The Easter Eggs by David Chuka

Billy and the monster who ate all the Easter eggsAbout the Book

Title: Billy and The Monster Who Ate All The Easter Eggs
 Author: David Chuka
 Publication Date: March 23, 2013 
Publisher: Pen-n-a-Pad Publishing
Pages: 32 
 Recommended Ages: 3 to 8
  Summary: Join Billy and Monster in this third episode of the series titled Billy and the Monster who Ate All the Easter Eggs. Billy and Monster love all the holidays as they get to spend quality time together. However, their best holiday is Easter as they get to eat their favorite food...CHOCOLATE! This year, they're spending Easter with Grandma Chocalicious who loves Chocolate even more than Billy. She's an expert at making chocolate cake, chocolate waffles and even chocolate pasta. This year Grandma Chocalicious has made a pyramid of Easter eggs for her party on Easter Sunday. Billy and Monster want one of the Easter eggs but Grandma says they have to wait till Easter Sunday. What happens when Billy and Monster tip toe downstairs and the pyramid of Easter eggs comes falling down? Get your copy of this funny book for kids of all ages that is not only full of laughs but also has a lesson weaved in that you'll love sharing with your loved ones.  

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"Experience is the best teacher as Billy and his "purple shadow" learn a sweet lesson in Billy and the Monster Who Ate All the Easter Eggs. Beautifully illustrated, nicely formatted, this quick, easy story will be read over and over again." ~ 5 Star Review, Julia B., Amazon
"My daughter has really been enjoying David Chuka's Billy and Monster books. This is another fun addition to the "family." As always, the story has a lovely moral (this time teaching the value of moderation - definitely the biggest word in the book)! It's based on the very realistic theme of overindulging in chocolate/sweets, which virtually anyone can relate to and which kids find a lot of fun. And, awesome pictures as always. Definitely recommend it." ~ 5 Star Review, Renee B., Amazon
"I really like the little monster in this book and how they get into trouble together. What child hasn't snuck into the cache of candies that their parents have hidden? Cute story with a lesson for the little ones in your family!" ~ 5 Star Review, Patricia T., Amazon
"This is a cute story about a little boy Billy and his funny friend Monster. They love chocolate so much that they forget about obeying to older. At night, they sneaked to the chocolate egg pyramid, started eating the chocolate eggs and made a big mess. On the morning, they not only got in a big trouble, but they also got a bad stomach pain. They both had to learn a lessons about MODERATION. Nice illustrations, book well written." ~ 5 Star Review, OPV, Amazon
"Billy and his monster friend enjoy lots of fun in this book, filled with great pictures and a cute story. It shares a lot about celebrating holidays, and intertwines humor and family love throughout the story. Hidden in the story is a nice message about eating in moderation, a well needed lesson in our culture of over-eating. Billy ends up being proud of himself and makes good decisions by the end of the book, while all the while sharing some adventures with his cute monster friend. Great read to share with your children or grandchildren year round, not just for the Easter holiday." ~ 5 Star Review, Katie W., Amazon

About the Author: David Chuka

David ChukaDavid Chuka lives in London with his lovely wife and two adorable children. His family are usually the first people to hear his funny and quirky tales. He was inspired to write his first book, 'If You See a Doctor' after he struggled to find a book for his daughter who was a beginner reader.
He's gone on to write more books including the popular 'Billy and Monster' series, a funny set of books about a little boy and his Monster who get into all sorts of funny situations and learn about moderation, friendship, self control, bravery etc. Young children can relate to Billy and you'll love sharing his adventures with your children, grandchildren and loved ones. As a father himself, he has parents at heart when he writes. He recognizes that bedtime has to be one of the best parts of the day for parents and grandparents as it gives them the opportunity to bond with their little ones. He believes you'll enjoy sharing his stories with your loved ones at bedtime. In David Chuka's books, you can stay rest assured that quality and captivating images will always complement the story to ensure your loved ones are spell-bound as you read to them. Beginner readers will also enjoy discovering new words as they read his books. He has so many stories to tell and can't wait to share them with you and your loved ones.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Review: Horrible Harry in Room 2B

Doug discovers that though being Harry's best friend in Miss Mackle's second grade class isn't always easy, as Harry likes to do horrible things, it is often a lot of fun.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Review: There was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold

The fourth book in a humorous, easy-to-read series about a boy and his pet fly! Each book in the series has a fun foil cover!
Buzz is visiting Grandma, and Fly Guy comes along for the ride. Oops! Grandma swallows Fly Guy, then a spider, then a bird, then a cat, then a dog. . . .
She's about to swallow a horse, when Fly Guy shouts: "BUZZZ!" Buzz is starting to worry, but there is nothing Fly Guy can't handle! He flies out, and all the critters follow. And everybody parties!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Review: Smooth and Rough by Lisa Bullard

13755105- Full-color photographs
- Glossary, bibliography, index
- Reinforced library binding
- 32 pages, size: 11" x 8 1/2
- Extended glossary definitions to deliver additional information
- Note to Parents and Teachers Internet sites

Review: Cock-A-Doodle Moooo! by Keith DuQuette

Since the dawn of civilization, people have imagined creatures that combine parts of different animals, such as the Griffin (lion + eagle) and the Cockatrice (rooster + serpent). Following that tradition, Keith DuQuette creates a world of hybrid animals as wondrous as any found in mythology.
Readers will thrill to discover such creatures as the proud Cooster (cow + rooster), who greets the day with his unique call, and the poorMosquiphant (mosquito + elephant) who�s just too fat to fly. And who could forget the Tortare (tortoise + hare), who wins the race no matter what?
Featuring short, witty poems accompanied by eye-popping artwork,Cock-a-doodle Moo! is a visual tour de force that offers a fantastic world of possibilities�no doubt readers will soon be making up hybrids of their own!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Review: Hot Diggity Dog: The History of the Hot Dog

7753757  If we are what we eat, Americans are hot dogs. We ate them on the way to the moon and served them to the king of England. We name a Hot Dog? Eating Champ! Garnished with hilarious illustrations and amazing ?foodie? facts, this kid-friendly, globespanning history of our favorite fast-food meal offers unique insight into America?s multicultural heritage. From a hobo?s franks-and-beans to astronaut food, there?s more to the wiener?and what?s for dinner?than you think.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Review: Nighttime Ninja by Barabar DaCosta

13518928Late at night, when all is quiet and everyone is asleep, a ninja creeps silently through the house in search of treasure. Soon he reaches his ultimate goal...and gets a big surprise! Will the nighttime ninja complete his mission?
With spare text and lush illustrations, Nighttime Ninja is a fun, adventure-filled story about the power of play and imagination.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Review: There's A Fly Guy In My Soup by Tedd Arnold

At a fancy hotel dinner, Fly Guy gets into some trouble--and the restaurant's soup!
When Buzz and his family have dinner in a fancy hotel's restaurant, Fly Guy isn't allowed in. After searching through the hotel's trash, Fly Guy smells a wonderful aroma coming from the restaurant's kitchen.
Fly Guy causes some messy mayhem in the restaurant, and in the end, everyone needs a bath!

Review: Stuck in the Doldrums by Carole P. Roman

17687602When the wind stops blowing, Captain No Beard and his crew, including First Mate Hallie, Linus the Lion, Fribbet the Frog, Mongo the Monkey and Polly the Parrot, are stuck on a desertisland. Maroon with nothing to do, they begin to play and enjoy themselves. However, Captain No Beard has other ideas, bossing his crew around and making playtime cheerless for everyone. Soon, Captain No Beard decides he has had enough and storms off. When his ship is attacked by a giant squid, he realizes he needs his crew more than ever.
Captain No Beard and his crew show young readers that's it's important to cooperate and share your belongings. The crew teaches us that if you want to have friends, then you must be a friend too.

Review: Pepper Parrot's Problem with Patience by Carole P. Roman

Pepper Parrot's Problem with PatienceThis book is so well written and colorfully illustrated children will truly enjoy it. The best part is that it teaches young children; if they have a problem just ask for help. Since Pepper Parrot is not sure of her right or left, Hallie, the first mate teaches Pepper a trick.
Once Pepper knows what to do she is happy and now a member of the crew and will have a much more positive attitude.
I definitely recommend you getting this book for young children as it illustrates patience in a very easy way to understand.