Archive | February, 2012

12×12 Update, a Winter Poem and More Stuff About Me…OH Yeah and Happy Leap Day!

29 Feb

Looking at the tile of this post, I think you can guess I have a couple of things to talk about today. :)

First – 12×12 Update.

For those of you who don’t know, I am trying to do Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Challenge. It is a challenge to write 12 picture book drafts in 12 months in 2012.  You can click on the 12×12 banner on the right side bar or the one above to learn more about it. I asked Ms. Hedlund if I could participate even though I didn’t think I could do all 12 but I wanted to try to do at least one and she said it was OK to do what I could. Here is what I did this month.

Well the results of my poll from my last update are in (I asked if the main character of my book should be a boy or girl… or a monkey named Fred). Because there seems to be a huge bunch of monkey fans reading my blog, Fred won the poll, but alas, Fred really doesn’t fit into my book so I am going with the second place winner – a boy (and I’ve named him Louie). I have made an outline for my book – from beginning to end, a complete outline. Next month I am going to have a goal to write at least 5 pages and have ideas for illustrations. How are you doing if you are doing 12×12?

Next – My winter poem. I wrote this poem as an assignment for school. My mom thought it was really good and told me she thought I should post it. Before winter goes away for good this year, I thought I should post it. Please let me know what you think about it (even ways to make it better).

Snowflakes

By Erik

Snowflakes falling, glistening in the light.

Billions sparkle on the ground, covered in ice.

Making tree tops beautiful.

Each little flake counts when making a white masterpiece.

Covering everything on the ground.

Falling slowly, falling quickly, just falling.

Delicate when one or two, but strong when united.

Nothing stands in their way.

Tickling cheeks, but  kind and cold.

Nature’s gentle blanket.

Now – Sue Morris of the Kid Lit Reviews blog  gave me a Liebster award and challenged me to come up with 5 more things about me! You can see the post HERE to see who I passed the Liebster on to. So now the 5 things

1) I can’t whistle (and my sister can – really well)

2) I am a fan of art museums

3) I have a pet fish (a zebra danio) named Tommy

4) My favorite food is watermelon

5) I have one nose and two nostrils and a blog where I review books…OK OK I ran out of things about me!

AND FINALLY HAPPY LEAP DAY!!!

Lil Glimmer by Angela Muse

28 Feb

Lil Glimmer

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.

Alex Mortimer and The Beast of Wildeor by Brian A. Dearsley

27 Feb

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.

Quote of the Week – George Martin and the winner of “The Candle Star”!

26 Feb

This week’s quote was sent to me by “horsegrl13″ A.K.A. Calista. Thanks Calista, it’s a great quote! The quote is from George R. R. Martin, an American Author and Screenwriter.

 

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies,” said Jojen. “The man who never reads lives only one.”

― George R.R. Martin, A Dance With Dragons

To learn more about Mr. Martin and his best selling books, please visit his website HERE.

If you have a great quote about books or reading for my quote of the week please email it to me at Erik@thiskidreviewsbooks.com !

Now for the moment you have all been waiting for !!

The winner of the copy of “The Candle Star” author Michelle Isenhoff has so GENROUSLY given me to give away (see my review AND author interview HERE) IS …..

PATRICIA TILTON!!!!

YAY! I will be contacting you so I can get an address to mail the book out!

For more information on Mrs. Isenhoff and her books please visit her blog HERE.

Perfect Picture Book Friday – Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog by Theo LeSieg (Dr. Seuss)

24 Feb

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 by Will Granger

23 Feb

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!

Guest Review by Ethan – Kenny and the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi

22 Feb

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

21 Feb

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.

I was Interviewed by Sandra Hershenson of The Write Stuff Blog!

20 Feb

I just got back from the mountains (we went up there to visit my grandparents for President’s Day) and I found out that an interview I did with Sandra Hershenson of The Write Stuff Blog  got published today. Please go check it out :) Ms. Hershenson is starting a new Monday feature on her blog called “Words From The Wise”. Here’s what she says about it -

“Today is the inaugural post for my new Monday feature. . .Words From the Wise.  Every Monday I will feature either an interview or a guest post from someone in the kidlit world.  It may be an author, editor, agent, pre-published author, illustrator, student, librarian, teacher, or someone who you suggest. “

Don’t forget to go check it out!! Click HERE!!

Quote of the – Week Maya Angelou

19 Feb

This week’s quote was sent to me by children’s book author Darlene Foster.  Ms. Foster has written the “Amanda in…” series. You can see my review of  the action-packed and exciting “Amanda in Arabia: The Perfume Flask” HERE. Today’s quote is from Maya Angelou. Maya Angelou is an American poet and speaker. I think it’s cool that she has also been on Sesame Street!!!

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”

~ Maya Angelou

 

If you have a great quote about books or reading for my quote of the week please email it to me at Erik@thiskidreviewsbooks.com !

To learn more about Ms. Foster and her books, please visit her website HERE and/or her blog HERE.

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