The Pirate Train

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Title of Book: The Pirate Train

Time length to read: 2-4 min

Age recommended: 4 and up

Author: Nicole Plyler Fisk & Jack Fisk

Illustrator: Chad Vivas

Publisher: Grog Blossom Press

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Ahoy Mateys! To bad it isn’t pirate talking day, arr but even though it’s not, I’m posting a book on pirates anyways! 😉 Did you like the rhyming? Hey, I gotta get into character for this book! 😉 The Pirate Train, by Nicole Plyler Fisk & Jack Fisk, is about a family of pirates who change homes from a pirate ship, to a pirate train. When a pirate family discovers that their son pirate boy ends up being seasick from the ship, they make the decision to find another way of transportation; a pirate train. Pirate sister isn’t thrilled about the move at first, but after a discovery or two about the train, they learn that living in a pirate train is just as much fun as a ship. That, and the most important thing is that they are together as a family.

This book was incredibly adorable. The book has a rhyming consistency throughout the story, and usually these kinds of rhyming get old, but this one way creatively thought out and carried out with the story perfectly. It also gave a great message to readers that no matter where you move, as long as your family is with you, that is all that matters. I love the importance it gave to the family. There are not many books anymore that state that as a message within the book, so I really enjoyed that. The imagination that the story puts into place is great as well. I mean, what kid doesn’t like a picture book on pirates! :)

The illustrations, done by Chad Vivas, really brought the story to life, in my opinion. They were very colorful and looked like something from a cartoon show.

So my opinion mateys? Go check out this book! It’s really cute for young kids, or the pirate kid lit person, such as yourself. :)

Till the next one!

xo

The Big Book of Hugs: A Barkley the Bear Story

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Title of Book: The Big Book of Hugs: A Barkley the Bear Story

Time length to read: 3-6 min

Age recommended:  6-9 yrs old

Author: Nick Ortner & Alison Taylor

Illustrator: Michelle Polizzi

Publisher: Hay House

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Price: $9.17 (Kindle) $9.65 (Hardcover)

Loves and Hugs are in the air! Well…ok, maybe they were yesterday because it was Valentines Day! I hope you all had a great one! Since it is only the day after Valentines, I thought it’d still be a good one to share in honor of yesterday. :) The Big Book of Hugs: A Barkley the Bear Story, by Nick Ortner & Alison Taylor, is about a bear named Barkley who learns from his Papa Bear, the importance of hugs and the many ways you can give them. Barkley had just celebrated his birthday and was finally old enough to continue the tradition his family had of giving out hugs.

This book is a really cute book with a lot of positive and important messages in it. Not only does it teach children about the importance of hugging, it shows the many different ways you can give hugs, depending on the scenario. It even shows what you can do when you can tell someone doesn’t want a hug, which is definitely another important thing to know.

The illustrations were excellent in my opinion. It had that watercolor type of approach with very detailed drawings of all the animals in the story, as well as the different hugs they were portraying.

So if you are looking for a positive, uplifting book for your child or just a kid lit lover like yourself, this is one to check out. Hopefully it will have you hugging your friends and family a little more often! :)

Till next time!

xo

The Jellyfish Monster

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Title of Book: The Jellyfish Monster

Time length to read: varies (early reader chapter book)

Age recommended: 7 and up

Author: Bryan Kwasnik

Illustrator: Jackie Hahn

Publisher: Mascot Books

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Hey everyone!

How is the weather where you all are at? I hope it’s nice and sunny! The weather over here is still very wintery, but with lots of grey skies and fog. So, let’s just say that I am ready for spring and summer and the warm weather! With that, today I bring you a book that will have you thinking good weather vibes. The Jellyfish Monster, by Bryan Kwasnik, is about a young boy and his brief adventure with a Jellyfish monster under the sea. The boy’s name is Billy, and one day while at the beach with his family, Billy discovers a spiral seashell, which he thinks is a seashell or something. After digging, he discovers that the “seashell” ends up being a jellyfish monster. Taken back and a little frightened at first, he soon discovers that the monster isn’t there to hurt him. Instead, it places him in a bubble and takes him down into the sea on an adventure. From shark races, to an entire city under the sea, this book is filled with a sea full of adventures!

When you first read the title, it kind of throws you off. So, I expected the “Jellyfish Monster” to be, well…a scary monster! :) However, that’s the exact opposite of this book. The monster ends up being a friend who takes him and shows him the world of the ocean below and things aren’t exactly what Billy had thought they were. He even makes some new friends along the way. This early reader chapter book is a great book for children who are starting to read chapter books. It is a great adventure book, that has a few pictures here and there, but also forces the reader to use their imagination.

The illustrations, done by Jackie Hahn, were black and white in the book and were very simple; but in a good way. They help clarify those scenes where you may be wondering what the scenario might look like. It definitely helps you picture the adventure in your mind.

My thoughts? This is a great read for the mind of an adventurer. It has a cute plot with twists and turns and even a happy ending. So if you are looking for a great early reader chapter book, check this one out. And yes, this book also makes me want to go to the beach too! Summer please get here! 😉

Till next time

xo

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Bike on Bear!

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Title of Book: Bike on, Bear!

Time length to read: 4-6 min

Age recommended: 4 and up

Author: Cynthea Liu

Illustrator: Kristyna Litten

Publisher: Aladdin

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Price: $10.99 (Kindle) $16.29 (Hardcover)

Did you ever have a time where you tried something new and no matter how hard you tried to master it after practicing, it seemed impossible? Well, that is exactly how Bear feels in this book I bring you today. Bike on, Bear! by Cynthia Liu, is about a little bear who starts to learn to ride a bike. After many attempts though, he just can’t seem to get the hang of riding it. So he goes to the library to study more about riding a bike. However, he still has no luck and starts to think he’ll never master it. Then one day at the park, he notices a goat “kid” calling for help, as he is starting to fly away with his kite after some wind picks up. So, bear swings into action and without thinking about it really, hops on a bike to hurry and save the goat kid. Without realizing it, he just rode the bike and finally mastered it. Sometimes when were not concentrating on mastering the new thing we’re trying, is when we truly master it.

This book was really cute and has such a great positive message that can be directed towards children and even adults. There are several children who probably face the same thoughts when learning to ride a bike, and bike on bear will give them the positivity to keep going. It is also said about mastering other things down the road. From learning to drive, or learning a sport, this book will give you encouragement during those frustrating learning moments. I also enjoyed the positivity throughout the book. In the book, bear’s friends always keep encouraging him and telling him he’ll get the hang of it, despite him being frustrated. That is such an important message to kids as well, to show that if you see a friend struggling with something, help lift them up!

The illustrations, done by Kristyna Litten, were very cute and definitely matched the story to the imaginative setting it gives. It’s very colorful and vibrant. It looks like a cute cartoon show you might see on television.

My recommendation? Check out this book! It’s has everything a good picture book can offer :)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The Publishing Company, in exchange for a fair, honest review and book spotlight. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Chocolate Mixer

Title of Book: Chocolate Mixerchocolate mixer

Time length to read: 3-5 min

Age recommended: 6 and up

Author: Jason Armstrong

Illustrator: Vladimir Kirichenko

Publisher: Waldorf Publishing

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Price: $3.99 (Kindle) $9.95 (Paperback) $3.46 (Audible) $19.95 (Hardcover)

New day, new book! And today I bring a book that helps children understand being multiracial, in a great way. Chocolate Mixer, by Jason Armstrong, is a story of a girl learning she is multiracial. The best way I can describe this book was actually a little summary on the back of the book, which I have included.

“While making her favorite snack with her Daddy, little Sofia makes an amazing discovery about herself! Her realization chances the way she sees this colorful world. Filled with wonder and questions, Sofia journeys into a world that isn’t just black or white, but a beautiful rainbow of colors.”

I really enjoyed this book. It kind of brought me to my own ethnicity. As I mentioned in my previous post, I am multiracial as well. My mother is from the Philippines and my father is a Caucasian boy from Idaho. I remember growing up, I did wonder at my young age why I looked different than my cousins, or why I looked a little tanner than my dad. A book like this will help children in the same situation understand what it means to be multiracial, and how cool and special it is. It will also help children that aren’t multiracial understand more about other children and people that are, so there are less questions and more understanding about it. There aren’t very many books out there that address this, so I thought this was a good informative book that children and parents can both enjoy and hopefully be more aware of being multiracial.

The illustrations in the book really fit the story well. Let’s just say without the illustrations, the story wouldn’t of been able to be brought to the life that it has.

So if you are looking for a good book that will help your kids understand more about being multiracial/multicultural, I recommend you check this out with them. I give it a big thumbs up! :)

 

 

 

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The Adventures of AbbeyLoo: AbbeyLoo and Gus the Talking Toad

toadTitle of Book: AbbeyLoo and Gus the Talking Toad

Time length to read: 5-8 minutes

Age recommended: 5 and up

Author: Tammy Cortez

Illustrator: Noemie Gionet Landry

Publisher: Waldorf Publishing

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Price: $6.95 (paperback) $3.99 (kindle) $3.95 (audible)

Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone is having a good year and enjoying January 2016 so far! I know I am. Today I bring you a book full of imagination, which is the best place to be sometimes! :) AbbeyLoo and Gus the Talking Toad, by Tammy Cortez, is about a little girl who learns that she can communicate with a toad after coming across some magic fairy dust. She gets to see what it’s like to be a toad and even gets the chance to visit the “toad village” in which these toads live. Who knew that the life of a toad was so similar to ours. 😉

I thought this book was cute. It takes on a “dr. dolittle” type of approach by having the girl communicate with this toad. It’s just the type of plot line that you could see in a cartoon show. It challenges every child and brings out their imagination side.

The illustrations, which were done by Noemie Landry, were soft colors, but enough to make the pictures look clay like, which I thought was kind of cool. One page that I felt needed improvement was where AbbeyLoo is sitting around the table at dinner with her family, talking about what she was thinking. However, in that page of illustration, AbbeyLoo and the mom more so had a shocked look on their faces, when nothing shocking had happened. Other than that, the illustrations did depict the story very well.

The only thing that I would change is probably how the story was long enough that it looked more like an early reader chapter book, than a picture book. Maybe it would be good in that form too. In a picture book, I just usually see a few sentences of wording and then the pictures. However, this book had paragraphs on many pages. Nonetheless, the story is adorable. It is very similar to the kind of books I owned as a child.

So if you are looking for a book with a cute story and give your children some imagination, check this one out. It’s a “toad”ally great. 😉

 

 

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A Rare Nativity

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Title of Book: A Rare Nativity

Time length to read: 2-4 minutes

Age recommended: 8 and up

Author: Sam Beeson

Photographers: Nina & Terral Cochran

Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing

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

Price: Amazon: $16.19 (hardcover) Deseret Book: $14.39 (hardcover)

Hello everyone!

Can you believe it’s already just about Christmas time again? It is crazy how the time just flies by! Since it “tis the season” I bring you a Christmas that has just recently been released. A Rare Nativity, by Sam Beeson, gives a little bit of a different version of the 12 day of christmas classic tale.

I must say, when I first started reading the book, it took me back a little. On each page at the beginning, it lists what someone is giving to their enemy on the 12 days of Christmas. They were things like broken eggs, two potatoes, crooked forks, etc. At first I was thinking “what kind of Christmas book is this?” However, I must say that after listing the “12 things” this person gave their enemy, the book took me back again. Towards the end, after this person sent all these horrible little things to their enemy, they get a package back from their enemy, only to find a note that says “forgive me.”  Inclosed are all the items the person had sent to them. The enemy had used these gifts to turn them into beautiful little things, that in the end, came out to be a manger. It sounds interesting, but trust me, it was actually quite beautiful.

So while I was first taken back by this book, it has a beautiful message to the readers. It teaches of forgiveness and not to hold grudges. We all have that “enemy” at one point or another, but this book shows that although the enemy received those broken and un-useful things, they turned it into something beautiful as a sincere apology. How important this message is to everyone, especially around the holidays. The pictures throughout the book were also different from what you’d usually see in illustrations. It was a bunch of professional pictures taken by Nina & Terral Cochran. The images really bring the story and message into perspective, and although it’s different, it’s different in a good way.

So if you are looking for a good new Christmas book that has a great message that goes along with it, check this book out. It may become that book you read to your kids every year when it’s Christmas time.

 

 

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author in exchange for a fair review and book spotlight. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”