Max Explores Series: Max Explores San Francisco, Chicago and New York

Title of books: Max Explores Series: Max Explores San Francisco, Max Explores New York, Max Explores Chicago

Time length to read: 2-4 min

Age recommended: 2 and up

Author: Reji Laberje

Illustrator: Liza Fenech

Publisher: Triumph Books

Best place to purchase: Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Price: $8.95 (Board Book, Amazon and Barnes & Noble)

Hey everyone! So today I bring you not one…not two…but three books in this post, as they’re a series. Max Explores San Francisco, Max Explores Chicago, and Max Explores New York, by Reji Lavberje, are a cute board book series about a little dog named Max and all his adventures to different places. Not only does he visit these cities, but he goes to the cool top tourist places to visit within this city. With Max around, you’ll be wanting to visit these cities with him too!

This series is perfect for any young toddler or child. Not only does the book creatively rhyme with every place he visits, but it gives very informative information about these places Max visits to young children and their parents. There were some places to visit in these cities that I didn’t even know about. It’s a creative way to show these children the different cities, and all the different places you can visit and go to in Chicago, New York and San Francisco. I felt as if I was traveling with Max, visiting all these various destinations. This is a very good starter book for early readers, as well as a great bedtime book for young children. The fun board book will wanting children to read and look at the pictures over and over. The illustrations, done by Liz Fenech, were done very well to match every page of each book. The colorful scenes of places such as the statue of liberty, the golden gate bridge, and Buckingham fountain portray Max’s adventures perfectly. Without these illustrations, it wouldn’t of brought Max’s adventures to life.

If you are looking for a very cute, great early reader book and informative kid lit book to introduce various places to your children and toddlers, these would be the books for you. These aren’t the only adventures that Max has been on, to check out more about the series, they have them all listed here at Barnes & Noble. You can also check them out on the publisher’s website, here. Who knows? Perhaps Max may drop by your city and visit you soon! :)

Monster Goose Nursery Rhymes

Title of book: Monster Goose Nursery Rhymes

Time length to read: 4-7 min

Age recommended: 6 and up

Author: Henry, Josh and Harrison Herz

Illustrator: Abigail Larson

Publisher: Pelican Publishing

Best place to purchase: Amazon and Barnes & Noble (Click word for direct link)

Price: $12.53 (Hardcover, Amazon and Barnes & Noble)

Happy Friday everyone! Today I am bringing you a book that will help you have a little fun over the weekend. Monster Goose Nursery Rhymes, by Henry, Josh and Harrison Herz, takes nursery rhymes to the monster level, and by that I mean fun…not scary. :) This book includes different versions of popular nursery rhymes, such as: “Little Miss Muffet,” Hey Diddle Diddle” and “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” Prepare yourself folks, you’re in for some mythological good fun with this book.

At first, when I looked at this book, I thought “Hmm…this looks like one of those old children books that came out in the 1960’s or 1970’s.” Such books like these remind me of the days when I would visit my grandmother and go through the books she had in her living room, the ones that my father read as a child. It really took me back to my childhood. As I continued to read, I couldn’t help but smile throughout the whole book, thinking “Wow, that’s a really creative mythological twist to that nursery rhyme.” When you read this version of nursery rhymes, it will remind you of certain movies and books, such as: The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, and even Harry Potter. There were so many creative twists in this book, it really did feel like a new generation revived of the old nursery rhymes. The illustrations, done by Abigail Larson, in my opinion, were perfect for this book. Like I mentioned above, it was these exact illustrations that brought me back to my childhood days at grandma’s, looking at all her many books. From the coloring of the illustrations, to the way they were all very mythological portrayed, it summed all of the nursery rhymes perfectly. Another clever thing with this version of nursery rhymes is that it has an appendix at the very back of the book. So if anyone didn’t understand certain words in the book, they can look it up in the back for a meaning. I was really impressed with this book. What a creative and clever way to re-vamp nursery rhymes for children.

If you are looking for a different and great version of mother goose nursery rhymes, I would check out this book. Adults, yes, even you should look at this book if you are a kid literature lover, or if you like the traditional version of nursery rhymes growing up. It will bring back memories for you I’m sure as it did for me.

For more information on the authors, or their other books, you can check it out at their website, here.

Little Rockin’ Roger and the Magic Glass Guitar

Title of book: Little Rockin’ Roger and the Magic Glass Guitar

Time length to read: 5-6 min

Age recommended: 4 and up

Author: Benjamin Moores

Publisher: Magicglassguitar Publishing

Illustrator: Valerie Bouthyette

Best place to purchase: iTunes (Click word for direct link)

Price: Free! (iTunes)

Hello all! I am excited to be back on here, bringing you more books to share with you! With that being said, what better way to ring out a new year on Storytime Books than to show you all a book that’s filled with magic and fun. Little Rockin’ Roger and the Magic Glass Guitar, by Benjamin Moores, is about a young boy named Roger and his newly discovered magic guitar. After moving into a new house with his mom, he is unsure about the house he moves into; until one day he hears music coming from the attic. After going into the attic one day, he stumbles across a beautiful glass guitar and starts playing with it. Once he starts, he notices that amazing magic and sound come from the guitar. After sitting and rockin’ with the music that the guitar brings, the sound fades from the guitar. After that experience, he can’t wait to show his mother this beautiful magic guitar he found that turns him from regular little Roger…to Little Rockin’ Roger.

When I first looked at this book, I thought it would be a little silly, magic guitars and all. However, I actually was really surprised by this book and how creative it is. The book is viewable through iTunes, and is also narrated along with sounds that go along with the book. So whether you want to read this book to your child, or just listen and look along, this is a great book for any parent and child together. The thing that also really caught my eyes throughout the whole book was the wonderful use of color in the illustrations, done by Valerie Bouthyette. When you first look at the illustrations, it just looks like a colored pencil type look to it; however, I was very impressed with the use of color in it to portray certain scenes and images. Especially the colors that portrayed the magic glass guitar. Valerie used a perfect rainbow concept to create a perfect image of a little boy’s fantasy come to life.

My only disappointment in this book? Well, there really wasn’t anything, except the end will leave you hanging wanting more! There is a hint at the end of a book saying there could be a sequel book, and I definitely think there should be. By the end of the book everyone will be wanting to know what happens with Little Rockin’ Roger…does he become a rock star with that magic guitar? Does he keep it secret, except to his mom? Only a possible sequel book could answer that question. :)

So if you are looking for a good book to view on the iPad with your kids, this would be a great one. The best part? Right now, the book is FREE! So why wouldn’t you want to get copy of this book? It’s absolutely adorable in my opinion. :)

For more information about the author, or the book, you can visit Little Rockin’ Roger’s website here.

New posts…coming Feb 25th 2015

After some long silence on Storytime Books, there will be new reviews coming to Storytime Books starting February 25th, 2015. I have some big plans and changes for Storytime Books in 2015, so I hope you all stay tuned. Just a hint, these changes might even include a new look to it….but that would probably be later on in the year. Anyways, just wanted to keep you posted and sorry for the cricket silence on here!

Finding Fuzzy: A You-Decide Tale of a Lost Friend

Title of book: Finding Fuzzy: A You-Decide Tale of a Lost Friend

Time length to read: Varies

Age recommended: 5-9 yrs

Author: Cat Michaels

Illustrator: Irene A. Jahns

Publisher: 2101 Ink

Best place to purchase: Amazon (Click word for direct link)

Price: $5.86 (Paperback) 

It’s that time again! Well, at least where I live it is…back to school! As I drive by, all the school zone areas are full of kids as they head back to school. So as I was reading today’s book I am sharing with you today, I thought that this book is perfect to share since it’s that back to school time. Finding Fuzzy: A You-Decide Tale of a Lost Friend, by Cat Michaels, is about a little girl named Jenna who goes on a vacation with her family to a beach coast. And who does she take with her on her vacation? Why, her plush rabbit named Fuzzy. She is sure her and Fuzzy will have the best time on vacation. But her vacation takes a turn when she loses Fuzzy. When she does find Fuzzy, she discovers that a cat and her kittens have been using Fuzzy as warm place to stay. So…what happens to the rest of the story? It’s up to you! In the book, there are a couple pages where the reader can write their own ending to what happens, if Jenna decides to take him home or to leave him with the kittens.

I honestly was impressed with this book more than I thought I would be. The whole twist of letting the reader decide what happens to the story was a nice little twist that was put in there. It gives the reader a chance to write their own ending, and it helps children with their creativity, writing and thinking skills. Another neat feature with this book is that within it is a reading assistant’s guide. This helps if the child is not reading the book alone, and is reading with a teacher/parent/reading assistant. This section gives some different ways that they can help the reader write and come up with their own endings. A very creative thing to have in the book! I think this is the most hands on educational book that I have read so far, and the reader can be happy as well because the ending to the book is the way they think it should end.

The illustrations, done by Irene Jahns, are perfect for the book. Since the book it set on the scenery of a beach atmosphere, Jahns gives it exactly that. The book had a lot of water color and colored pencil kind of look which is what a lot of beach type paintings have in them, which is why I thought it was perfect, in my opinion.

So, if you are looking for a perfect back to school book for your child, I would recommend checking this one out for sure! It’s a reading adventure and educational helpful book all bundled into one. :)

For more information on this book, or the author, you can check out her Website, Facebook, Pinterest, Goodreads, and Twitter pages below!

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Awesome Possum Family Band

PossomTitle of book: Awesome Possum Family Band

Time length to read: 4-7 min

Age recommended: 4-8 years

Author: Jimmy Osmond

Publisher: Regnery Publishing

Best place to purchase: Amazon and iTunes (Click word for direct link)

Price: $9.99 (Kindle & iTunes) $13.18 (Amazon, Paperback)

The book I bring you today is a fun one, as it is filled with a creative storyline that does have some truth and fact in it as well.  Awesome Possum Family Band, by Jimmy Osmond, is about a family of possums that want to make it in the music industry, however, possum number nine doesn’t know his place in the band. After trying several things, possum number nine is feeling out of place. Before he can give up, mother possum gives him some words of encouragement. With this, he just starts singing to himself, and then the rest of the family finds out where their talent singer is at, in possum number nine! He then ends up becoming the singer of their band.

I thought that this book was really neat. Although the possum storyline is fictional, the plot of the story is actually true. Author Jimmy Osmond created this story based on his experience in his family band, The Osmonds. Another thing I liked about this book is it teaches children that if they can achieve anything they want, and to not give up on themselves. It also has some rhyming that goes along with the story and pages, which could be a way to help children read it.

The illustrations in the book were very colorful and creative. It will draw every child and parent to each page as they read along it.

If you are looking for a book that not only gives a little music history into it, but is also a great book with good messages in it, I would check it out. I definitely would say this book is “awesome possum!” :)

Bedtime Mischief

Title of book: Bedtime Mischief

Time length to read: 4-7 min

Age recommended: 3 and up

Author: Julia Randall

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Best place to purchase: Amazon (Click word for direct link)

Price: Free for KindleUnlimited Users ($1.99 to buy on Kindle per Amazon) ($8.54, Amazon Paperback)

Hello Everyone! Long time no writing, huh? ;) Sorry for being away for a while. My husband and I recently moved to a new house and so for most of July we spent our days after work packing up and getting ready for that. So I am glad that we are done with that!

Now that I am back, I bring you a cute book today that I read right before I went to bed last night. The book is called Bedtime Mischief, by Julia Randall. This book was a perfect book to read as it was filled with a creative story, as well as cute illustrations. The story begins with a little girl who is doing different little mischievous things to avoid going to bed. The story is filled with rhyming and fun words. The other cool thing about this story is it has a word dictionary in the back of the book, just a little one, for all the words that are in the book that children may not understand what the meaning is, which is very helpful for both the parents and children.

The illustrations in this book were very good. I feel like it definitely partnered with the story; when I say that I mean that the words and the illustrations wouldn’t of worked unless they were together. The illustrations were very colorful and seemed to complete the story of the little girl, getting into her mischievous ways before going to bed. If definitely going to catch children’s eyes.

So if you are looking for a great book that can relate to your children when it comes to going to bed, I really would recommend you check this out. It’s the perfect going to bed book that could become the traditional “good night” book as you put your kids to sleep. :)

For more information on this book or where to purchase it, click on the link above in the “Best place to purchase” section.