Friday, July 22, 2016

Review: Grim Tales: The Curse of the Doubloons by Linda DeMeulemeester

19375137Title: Grim Tales: The Curse of the Doubloons
Author: Linda DeMeulemeester
Published: Aug. 16, 2012
Publisher: Pumpkin Press
Pages: 57
Genre: Children ages 8 on up
Review: ebook

A new short story based on the Grim Hill world of Cat, Sookie and their friends.
Cat and the gang’s boring tour is about to become a lot more exciting! But not in a good way...They jump on a pirate ride and are soon battling supernatural creatures and swamp beasts. All aboard for a spooky new Grim Hill adventure.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Blog Tour Review: The Sockkids Say No To Bullying by Michael John Sullivan and Shelley Larkin and illustrated by Alexandra Gold



Title: The Sockkids Say NO to Bullying
Authors: Michael John Sullivan and Shelley Larkin | Illustrator: Alexandra Gold
Genre: Children's Picture Book/Social Issues
Number of Pages: 56
Publisher: Insider's Report, Inc
Publication Date: June 7, 2016


The SockKids focus on educating children and adults how bullying affects us all and what we can do about it.

Do you know where your socks go when they go missing in the washing machine? Well, the SockKids know! The SockKids are a mismatched family of socks that sometimes time travel through the spin cycle, teaching universal lessons of love and kindness, and focusing on creating a greater awareness of the many social issues that children are faced with today. The SockKids help to educate and encourage children from 2 to 92 to find solutions in helping to make this a better world.

In this story, Sudsy and Wooly discover their human is being bullied at school and team up against bullies with Ethan’s newest friend, Olivia. They discover bullying hurts everyone and staying silent is not an option.

More Inside! Children’s counselor and licensed therapist, Jamie Ross, gives adults and children guidelines on how to handle bullies.

Take a look inside the book...



Monday, July 18, 2016

Review: I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld (Illustrator)

25287392Title: I Wish You More
Authors: Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
Illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld
Published: March 31, 2015
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Genre: Children ages 3 on up
Pages: 40
Review: ebook from library
Buy Links: Amazon, 

Some books are about a single wish. Some books are about three wishes. The infallible team of Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld have combined their extraordinary talents to create this exuberant book of endless good wishes. Wishes for curiosity and wonder, for friendship and strength, laughter and peace. Whether celebrating life's joyous milestones, sharing words of encouragement, or observing the wonder of everyday moments, this sweet and uplifting book is perfect for wishers of every age. Plus, this is a fixed-format version of the book, which looks nearly identical to the print version.

Review: Frozen: Phantoms of Arendelle (Frozen) by Landry Quinn Walker

23349935Title: Frozen: Phantoms of Arendelle
Author: Landry Quinn Walker
Published: Sept. 23, 2014
Publisher: Disney Press
Pages: 51
Genre: Children ages 6 om up chapter book
Review: ebook from library
Buy Links: Amazon

To distract Elsa from a gala being planned in her honor, Anna fills her schedule with fun bonding activities. But what starts as a distraction turns into an adventure when they find a secret door leading to passageways within the castle walls—and the door locks behind them, trapping them inside! Then, as they explore the narrow passages and sealed-off rooms, looking for an exit, spooky things start to happen. Echoing laughter, mysterious patches of cold air, odd arrangements of clothes and furniture…what could be causing all these strange events? With Elsa’s powers and Anna’s ingenuity on their side, they’re more than a match for whatever they find—if they can just find it in time! Packed with humor and heart, Phantoms of Arendelle will keep readers guessing right up until the last page.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Review: Knife & Fork by Gita V. Reddy

29494615Title: Knife & Fork
Author: Gita V. Reddy
Published: Feb. 21, 2016
Pages: 25
Genre: Children ages 8 on up
Review: ebook
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Bholu, a monkey, comes to the city looking for adventure. In a short time he learns city ways and when he returns to the forest, he continues with them.
Kinife and Fork is Bholu's story and how he learns three important lessons:
"Monkey ways are right for monkeys just as human ways are right for human beings."
"Food and fun are meant to be shared with friends."
"Losing friends is easy, winning them back is not."

Knife and Fork is written in the tradition of fables of yore. The character of the monkey is bound to attract most children. The story itself can be used to start discussions with children about cultural differences, about friendship, and about accepting oneself.

Like the other books in the Chapter Book Series, Knife and Fork has short, easy-to- read chapters. making it suitable for all young readers, including Beginner and Reluctant Readers

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Troll by Paul Barber

Title: Troll
Author: Paul Barber
Illustrator: Gemma Faulkner
Published: June 26, 2016
Pages: 22 (print)
Review: ebook provided by author
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When 3 children try to cross a bridge to get to their destiny's they become comfronted by a Troll that has other ideas! Read what happens and remember always follow your dreams...

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Review: Elmo's 12 Days of Christmas (Sesame Street) by Sarah Albee, Maggie Swanson (Illustrator)

19826978Title: Elmo's 12 days of Christmas
Author: Sarah Albee
Illustrator: Maggie Swanson
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Reads
Published: Dec. 18, 2013
Pages: 24
Genre: Children ages 2 on up
Review: ebook from library
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Hee-hee! Ha, ha ha!
Laughter is contagious and it's spreading all through Sesame Street and beyond. Come laugh along in this funny Christmas tale.

Review: The Kissing Hand (Chester the Raccoon #1) by Audrey Penn, Ruth E. Harper (Illustrator), Nancy M. Leak (Illustrator)

13017073Title: The Kissing Hand
Author: Audrey Penn
Illustrators: Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak
Published: Dec. 8, 2009
Publisher: Tanglewood Press
Pages: 32
Review: ebook from library
Genre: Children ages 2 on up
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Chester Raccoon doesn't want to go to school--he wants to stay home with his mother. She assures him that he'll love school--with its promise of new friends, new toys, and new books. Even better, she has a special secret that's been in the family for years--the Kissing Hand. This secret, she tells him, will make school seem as cozy as home. She takes her son's hand, spreads his tiny fingers into a fan and kisses his palm--smack dab in the middle: "Chester felt his mother's kiss rush from his hand, up his arm, and into his heart." Whenever he feels lonely at school, all he has to do is press his hand to his cheek to feel the warmth of his mother's kiss. Chester is so pleased with his Kissing Hand that he--in a genuinely touching moment--gives his mom a Kissing Hand, too, to comfort her when he is away.

Review: How Not to Start Third Grade (Step into Reading) by Catherine Hapka, Ellen Titlebaum, Debbie Palen (Illustrator)

18889395Title: How Not To Start Third Grade
Author: Catherine Hapka and Ellen Titlebaum
Illustrator: Debbie Palen
Published: June 26, 2013
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 48
Review: ebook from library
Genre: Children ages 7 on up
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Will should be excited to start third grade. But his little brother, Steve, is starting kindergarten. The same laugh-out-loud writing and hilarious illustrations that brought us How Not to Babysit Your Brother now portray the tribulations and embarrassments of starting school with a very troublesome little brother. School will never be the same!