By Angela Muse
Illustrated by James McCullough
38 pages – ages 2+ (ebook reviewed)
Published by CreateSpace October 31, 2009
Lil Glimmer wanted to play when the sun was still up in the sky, but his Mommy said that it’s time for little stars to sleep. Stars play at night and day-time is time for Lil Glimmer to go to bed. Lil Glimmer didn’t want to go to bed but he listened to his Mom and snuggled up in a cloud. When it got dark Mommy star woke Glimmer up and said it was time to play. Lil Glimmer played with the moon and rode a comet and realized his Mom was right, night-time is the best time for a little star.
The Lil Glimmer story was very cute and the illustrations were simple but very nice. I especially liked Mommy Star and her lipstick and necklace :)
I think this book would be a great bed-time story book for any kid. There were not a lot of words on any page so a kid just learning to read would be able to read it for him or her self too. Parents and kids will enjoy Lil Glimmer!
Five out of Five bookworms for Lil Glimmer!
You can find “Lil Glimmer” at CreateSpace and Amazon. You can also purchase the book at Mr. McCullough’s website Porterlance Books.
The Beast of Wildeor
By Brian A. Dearsley
Edited by Susan Pryke
Illustrated by Kevan Anne Murray
180 pages (ebook version reviewed) - ages 11+
Published by Walden House on November 11, 2011
Fourteen-year old Alex Mortimer was an orphan. He was forced to work as a helper in the boiler room of a ship by his mean guardian, Ms. Pudsley. Alex actually didn’t mind all the hard work because it kept him away from Ms. Pudsley. His life changed one day when some men from a group called “The Ultima” tried to kidnap him along with Sarah Greystone, a first class passenger on the ship he was working on. What made things worse is that Mrs. Pudsley was in on the plot to kidnap him! World War I flying ace, Lonsdale Donnely (A.K.A. Lonnie A.K.A. Mop) was sent by Sarah’s parents to rescue the two children. Mop rescues the kids from the Ultima by flying them away in his sea plane at the last minute! Mop promises to take the kids to a safe place called “Wildeor”. Alex can’t understand why anyone would want to kidnap him. During the plane ride Mop explains that Alex’s family has played an important role in keeping the balance between good and evil in the world for a very long time. Once in Wildeor, Alex discovers that his family is part of “The Lords of Allegiance” and this time it is up to him to help save Wildeor and the world from the Ultima (who want to destroy Wildeor and take over the world). Once in Wildeor, Alex and Sarah find that the legends of King Arthur and Merlin are true…well sort of…and that the legends connect King Arthur, the Ultima and Alex.
I TOTALLY LOVED “The Beast of Wildeor.” It is the first book in the series. The book is a cool mix of historical fiction and fantasy. The book is PACKED with action and excitement and romance (kidding – no romance ;) ). The world of Wildeor Mr. Dearsley created is just awesome. It is a completely different re-telling of the King Arthur/Merlin legend. Alex is a great main character and Sarah also is really likeable. My favorite character so far is Tom. The kids meet him on Wildeor and I can’t tell you too much because it will give the story away, but he’s pretty cool for an old guy. Mr. Dearsley described the world of Wildeor very well and I think it is very creative. There are small illustrations throughout the book that are a nice part of the book too. I really can’t wait to read the second book! I would recommend the book to kids 11+ because there is some rough language in it and some non-graphic violence (although the part where they get attacked by a big lizard-chicken was kind of funny).
FIVE out of FIVE bookworms for “The Beast of Wildeor”!
WHEN’S THE NEXT BOOK COMING OUT MR. DEARSLEY?!?
You can find more about “Alex Mortimer and The Beast of Wildeor” at it’s facebook page HERE. You can purchase the ebook and paperback at Amazon.
Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is my FAVORITE Dr. Seuss book and with all the talk about the “The Lorax” movie, I thought it was a good idea to mention a Dr. Seuss book!
Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog
By Theo LeSieg (Dr. Seuss)
Illustrated by Roy McKie
36 pages – ages 3+
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers January 22, 2007 (originally published in 1975)
Theme/Topic – Thinking/making choices
Opening and Synopsis – “Tell me! Would you rather be a dog…or a cat? It’s time for you to think about important things like that.”
Dr. Seuss, writing as Theo LeSieg (Geisel backwords) takes us on a funny trail of “would you rathers” that makes everyone think and laugh! Seriously, did you ever think – Would I rather be a… Bullfrog or Butterfly? , Minnow or Whale?, Hammer or Nail?
Why I liked this book – This book isn’t one of the more popular Dr. Seuss books, in fact a lot of people never heard of it but it is my favorite. I like that the book makes you think about all the things Dr. Seuss asks. Some of the questions can make you think hard – like would you rather be a cactus, a toadstool or a rose? I’d like to be a cactus because they live long and they get birds living in them so I’d have company :) I think the book is a good way to get kids and parents to think and talk. The illustrations in the books are really great too.
Activities and Resources – I think it is a lot of fun for families to ask each other “Would you rather” questions and explain why they chose what they did.
Seussville is an awesome place to visit. There are all kinds of games and activities there. Click HERE to go to it. You can even make your own Who – here’s mine. His name is Sylvester Cornelius Futzenfell.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!
Anabar’s Run (Book 1 of the Anabar Trilogy)
By Will Granger
116 pages (ebook reviewed) – ages 9+
Published in 2010
16-year old Anabar wanted to leave the valley he lived in and see the world. When he climbs a mountain, he tumbles down and gets captured by two bandits that want a valuable stone Anabar is carrying. He manages to escape and runs back to his valley. Anabar starts asking questions about who his parents were (he is an orphan), how they died and how his neighbors came into the valley. A few days later, a stranger came into the valley. His name was Omalof, and he asked Anabar if he wanted to go with him and train as a scout, a protector of Anabar’s homeland Semdela. Anabar accepts the challenge and has to undergo harsh and dangerous training.Training that leads Anabar into adventures he never imagined.
I truly enjoyed “Anabar’s Run” because of the tons of adventure and excitement in it. Anabar was an awesome main character. I really wanted him to succeed. Omalof is my favorite character because I liked him as a teacher/trainer and he was strong and calm and taught Anabar all kinds of cool things. Mr. Granger described Anabar’s homeland, Semdela very well. I could really picture it in my mind and I felt the action in the book. I really felt like I was next to Anabar! I think the story ended too quickly but I understand that Mr. Granger continued the story in the next book in the series, “Anabar Rises.” I did notice some editing mistakes (punctuation and mis-spelling) that really didn’t bother me, but I think some people would mind it. The book had no bad language in it but did have some mild violence. There was nothing graphic but kind of like Jackie Chan, ninja violence. In summary, I think “Anabar’s Run” is an awesome adventure story where a boy discovers meaning in his life! “Anabar’s Run” is the first book of the trilogy. The second book, “Anabar’s Rises” is also available at Amazon.
“Anabar’s Run” earns a spot on my “to be read again” shelf and I am looking forward to reading “Anabar Rises”! I give it four out of five bookworms.
For more information about the Anabar Trilogy please visit the series website HERE (just a note, the website is REALLY cool! There are maps, pictures and all kinds of other information about the characters and places in the book. You can also read parts of the first two books , Anabar’s Run and Anabar Rises). You can also learn about Mr. Granger at his website HERE. There’s a great interview with Mr. Granger at Michelle Isenhoff’s Bookworm Blather – Click HERE to go to it!
Today I have a special guest reviewer – Ethan (age 8)! Ethan is a regular guest reviewer on my blog! Check out his other reviews listed under my guest reviewer category!
Kenny and the Dragon
By Tony DiTerlizzi
176 pages – ages 8+
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on January 24, 2012 (originally published in 2008)
Kenny lived with his parents. They were rabbits. Once came a dragon named Graeme. Kenny liked him and visited him every day after school. All the people in his town (except his family) thought he was harmful. George (a retired knight and dragon slayer) got a letter to fight the dragon. Kenny and his family were worried about Graeme (getting hurt).
I liked this book because I never made friends with a dragon. This is a book for all ages!
I give this book 4 out of 5 bookworms.
Thanks Ethan for the great review! I saw this book and liked the idea of a dragon who would rather read than fight! If anyone knows of any kids that would like to do a guest review on my site, please let me know – you can contact me at Erik@thiskidreviewsbooks.com !
Cassidy Jones and Vulcan’s Gift
By Elise Stokes
Kindle Edition reviewed
File Size: 449 KB -ages 9+
Published by JACE Publishing LLC. on December 4, 2011
Teen superhero Cassidy Jones is back in an all-new adventure! Cassidy and Emery, Cassidy’s 15-year-old super-genius boss/side-kick, are up against an all-new evil villain with powers equal to hers! OH, I forgot to tell you. Cassidy Jones has awesome superpowers (super-enhanced senses, super speed, super strength and a whole lot more) which she got during an accident in Serena Phillips’ (Emery’s mom) scientific laboratory. In “Vulcan’s Gift” Cassidy and Emery uncover a plot that involves an escaped tiger, the “Metal Man” super villain, an invention made by the Germans during World War II that some people will stop at nothing to get, and a Sasquatch (but that was really Cassidy in a furry coat). Follow along as Cassidy tries to learn how to control her growing powers, make-up with her boyfriend, survive gym class…and save the world!
In my opinion, Cassidy Jones is as great a superhero as any others! Cassidy is an awesome main character because she really is a “regular” kid that just happens to have superpowers. I really like how she keeps trying to figure out how to use her powers and how to control them. I also like Emery even more in this book. I like how Emery is a super genius, but in the second book he seems even more like a teen or kid and he’s a little more cool. I really like the way Ms. Stokes tells an action packed good vs. evil story in a super clean way (a way that younger kids can read without having bad words or graphic violence in it). I also like that Cassidy’s little brother, Chazz, kind of figures out that she’s a superhero and I hope that we learn more about this in the next book. The ending of “Vulcan’s Gift” is AWESOME because it shows the meeting of two evil villains that are combining forces for the next great adventure!
FIVE OUT OF FIVE bookworms for “Cassidy Jones and Vulcan’s Gift”!!
If you missed my review of book 1 in the Cassidy Jones series, “Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula” you can find it HERE. Both books are available on nook and kindle. You can get paperbacks of book 1 on Amazon.
For more information about The Cassidy Jones Adventures and Ms. Stokes, please visit her website HERE.