Archive | August, 2012

Stout Hearts and Whizzing Biscuits: A Patria Story by Daniel McInerny

31 Aug

Stout Hearts and Whizzing Biscuits
By Daniel McInerny
114 Pages – Ages 8+ (Kindle edition reviewed)
Published by Trojan Tub Entertainment on March 8, 2012

When Oliver Stoop was riding a lawn mower, he accidentally drove into the Kingdom of Patria (unknown to Oliver, a regular American kid, there is a secret, hidden country called Patria smack in the middle of the USA). While he is there, he finds out that the land that his father is going to build a house on belongs to Patria. Sir Hector, the general of the army in Patria, declares war on Mr. Stoop (Oliver’s father). Oliver tries to convince both sides that they don’t need to go to war, but his dad and Sir Hector both won’t listen! Oliver realizes that the only way to stop this war is to find the long-lost treaty between the US and Patria. With the help of his new friends Farnsworth and Rose, Oliver goes to find the treaty before it is too late.

This book seriously made me laugh out loud! It is full of something for everyone – jokes, puns, sarcasm, action and much more! It also has some mystery, action and excitement in it! I loved this book! It has all the things I like! Even the title was great! I really like Oliver’s cleverness, Rose’s smartness, and Farnsworth’s ability to act without hesitating (unless if it could badly hurt him!)! I like the cover a lot. I also like how the author describes Oliver’s hair -

“…With a head of brown hair that perpetually looked like it had been hanging out the window of a car going ninety miles per hour.”

I recommend this awesome book to kids 8+.

I give “Stout Hearts and Whizzing Biscuits” five out of five book worms!

To learn more about the Kingdom of Patria, Stout Hearts and Whizzing Biscuits, and the second Patria book – Stoop of Mastodon Meadow (that I can’t wait to read), please click HERE.

All Creative Kids LOVE Legos!

30 Aug

Today is Creative Kid Thursday! I am re-blogging this post with the permission of Lynn Davidson of the Polilla Writes blog because it has to do with something a lot of creative kids use – LEGOs!! Legos are also one of my favorite things and I think Ms. Davidson has some cool facts in her blog post (and the video is REALLY cool).

Jack MacFadden and the Faerie Realm By D.M. Andrews

29 Aug

Jack MacFadden and the Faerie Realm
By D.M. Andrews
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
82 pages – ages 9+

Jack MacFadden has an imaginary friend who turns out not to be so imaginary. Jack is apparently a faerie prince and his imaginary friend is really a faerie named Puck who has been watching out for Jack in our world. When he turns 13, Jack finds out who he really is and an evil fairy named Connor the Dark starts sending evil minions to capture. Connor realizes that Jack is a powerful faerie and could get the rightful king and queen of the faerie realm back to their thrones. Jack escapes the attack with his classmate Steph, Puck, and a new friend, the brownie Old Tom, and they all vow to stop Connor. It will be a long and dangerous trip to the Faerie Realm with a lot of obstacles. Can Jack and his friends stop Connor from his evil reign?

I loved this book. I liked all the talk about faeries. I like the Faerie Realm that Mr. Andrews created. I really liked Jack. He is the kind of character I would want for a hero. Kind, cool, calm, and just heroic! This book had tons of action in it and it was written  really well for all ages! I also really like the cover art. The book is short, only 82 pages but it is a “novella” (which I had to look up what that was ;) ) and I think the whole story was told really well in the book. I recommend this book to kids 9+.

I give  Jack MacFadden and the Faerie Realm five out of five bookworms!

This is the second book of Mr. Andrew’s I have reviewed and I have to say that I really enjoy his writing! Please check out my review of his book “The Serpent in the Glass” by clicking HERE.

To learn more about Mr. Andrews and his other books, please visit his website HERE.

JAPAN: THE 47 RONIN (Bella and Burton’s MisAdventures Series) by Stephen Skelton

27 Aug

JAPAN: THE 47 RONIN (Bella and Burton’s MisAdventures Series)

By Stephen Skelton

Edited by Jane Tara

Illustrated by Phillip Einfeld

105 pages – ages 6+ (Kindle edition reviewed)

Published by Itchee Feet on July 1, 2012

Bella and Burton Feet are on another adventure! The Feet family travels to Japan and the kids hear a story being told about the Ronin Samurai of Japan. Bella gets so involved in listening to the story that she literally gets brought into the story. Burton, who wasn’t listening as closely gets kidnapped into the story by an evil ninja that works for an evil samurai named Kira. While in the story Bella gets trained in the ways of the samurai, learns about ancient Japan, and gets determined to save Burton from the evil Kira. Can Bella save Burton and manage to get them back home?

This book is one book in a series of books that follow the Feet family and their travels around the world. I thought this was a great adventure book. I liked the samurai and ninjas in it and learning about them. The story is based on the real-life Ronin samurai (and there were 47 of them) that lived in the 1700s in Japan and I thought that was cool. Bella and Burton were like an ordinary brother and sister, they bickered teased but also cared a lot about each other. They were very believable. The simple illustrations in the book were a nice addition. The book was written for younger kids, but I think older kids will also like it. It was a quick read for me and I would have liked a little more details in the story, but overall it was very enjoyable. I like the travel part of the series. I like it when book teach about different lands and cultures.

I give this book four out of five bookworms.

To learn more about the Bella and Burton’s MisAdventures Series please visit the Itchee Feet website HERE.

 

The Wizard of Time (Book 1) By G.L. Breedon

24 Aug

The Wizard of Time (Book 1)
By G.L. Breedon
296 Pages – Ages 14+
Published by Kosmosaic Books on July 28, 2011

Thirteen-year old Gabriel Salvador knew if he had a dream where something happened to him, that thing would happen in real life. One night, Gabriel dreamed he was going to drown. He then knew he would die soon. Gabriel wakes up to find himself in a strange room and is told that his family and friends think he is dead because he drowned. He was saved from death by a Time Mage and the Mages made a copy of him to replace him in his other life, so he can’t go back no matter what. Mages are magicians or wizards that can use one of six different magics (fire, wind, heart-tree, time, earth and soul). Gabriel soon finds out he is also a Mage and he can control and travel though time. Gabriel learns that there are “Malignancy Mages” that use their magic for evil and they want to kidnap Gabriel and use his powers. Gabriel eventually learns that he is The Seventh True Mage, a person who can use all six magics. But Gabriel gets captured by an evil Mage and it looks like he can’t escape.

I really liked this story. I thought the Mages were cool and I liked learning about the different Mages. The action and the magic fights in the book were described really well and the time traveling and history (Gabriel traveled to different periods of time) were some of the really great parts of the book. I liked the story, but it isn’t for a kid my age. Although Mr. Breedon wrote the action and battle parts really well, the book didn’t have the humor mixed in to it like a lot of the action/fantasy books I read for kids my age. There was also a bunch of bad language that just didn’t need to be in there. I think the book would be good for older kids and adults who like fantasy and time travel. Gabriel was an awesome main character. He is the kind of kid-hero I do like to read about. I would like to see him in a middle-grade book!

I give “The Wizard of Time” three out of five bookworms.

To learn more about Mr. Breedon and his other books, please visit his website by clicking HERE!

The Absolutely Amazing Adventures of Agent Auggie Spinoza By Steven Stickler

22 Aug

Wish me luck, today is my first day at my new school! :D

The Absolutely Amazing Adventures of Agent Auggie Spinoza

By Steven Stickler

Publication Date: March 21, 2012 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

177 pages – Ages 8+

Not every almost-ten-year old gets to be a secret agent. Auggie Spinoza discovers he is not only a secret agent, but he’s a Time Watcher. Time Watchers travel through time to keep bad guys from changing history. Auggie went back in time and met Emily Nicole Emerson, another Time Watcher who apparently was there for the same reason as Auggie – to stop the evil Time Vultures from taking over the world! Emily and Auggie need to go back in time to stop the Time Vultures from taking over. They will have to crack codes, find clues, try to end up at the right place in history and fight off bad guys. Along the way they find out about history and get to meet famous people from history like Plato and Thomas Jefferson.

I am finding all kinds of really great time-travel books lately! I really liked the idea of this book. I liked how Auggie was kind of a secret-agent-spy, but he also time-travelled. The book was just fun to read. Mr. Stickler mixed humor and action together in the book. I also liked the history in the plot. I liked Auggie. He was really nice, cool, and was casual (still kind of an ordinary kid even though he is a Time Watcher). He seemed to always do the right thing. Emily was a good character too. They made a great team. I like how it is a “Good Vs. Evil” type of book. I recommend this book to kids 8+.

I give this great book (or, as we say in Latin, optime liber (I think that is how it would be worded)) five out of five bookworms!

The Winners of The signed ARCs of The Infinity Ring Book 1 “A Mutiny in Time” by James Dashner are…

21 Aug

I just want to thank the wonderful people at Scholastic who sent me the really awesome prizes for this give-away. Last Monday, I reviewed Book 1 in The Infinity Ring Series, “A Mutiny in Time” by James Dashner. See my review HERE. I also was hosting a giveaway of things related to the book (including some signed ARCs)! I put all the entries in a hat and Josie picked out the ten lucky winners!

And the winners of the signed ARCs of “A Mutiny in Time” are…

Darlene Foster!

Katie S.!

Renee C.!

Lynn Davidson!

Jill The O.W.L.!

Maria Riedel!

Cheryl Costella!

S.W. Lothian!

Reneilda de Leon!

Patricia Mamaw!

 

Congratulations! I will be contacting you to get your mailing addresses so I can send you a book!

You guys get a signed ARC of the first book in The Infinity Ring series by James Dashner, a cool poster, a cool sticker, and a pamphlet from the online game!

I hope you guys like them! Thank you everyone who entered!

Isabella’s Pink Umbrella New York by Yvette Cragun and Adrienne Quintana

20 Aug

Isabella’s Pink Umbrella

By Yvette Cragun

Illustrated by Adrienne Quintana

Published April 17, 2012 by Createspace

48 Pages – Ages 2+

Today I have extra help with my review – my sister Josie! Today we will be reviewing the picture book “Isabella’s Pink Umbrella” by Yvette Cragun and Adrienne Quintana. Josie and I read the book together and I asked Josie what she thought of the book!

Isabella’s father brought her a pink umbrella when he came home from a trip to New York City. Isabella loves the umbrella and takes it outside to use it. She opens the umbrella and it lifts her away for a wonderful trip around New York City!

- Did you like the book Josie?

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 – Yes

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 – Why?

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 – The little girl flew in it.

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 – I liked the book too. I liked the rhyming in the story and what it told you about New York CIty too. Did you like  Isabella?

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- Yes. She is cute and loves her Dad.

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- Did you like the pictures in the book?

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 – Yes, I like the bright colors.

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 – I wasn’t super fond of the pictures but I did like the bright colors used in them. Would you read the book again?

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  – I would tell my friends to read it!

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 – If you could pick where Isabella and her pink umbrella goes next, where would it be?

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 – I want Isabella to travel to Mars.

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 – Good Choice! I think I’d like to see her go to China and fly over the Great Wall! What bookworm rating would you give the book?

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 – I give it 4 bookworms.

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 – Thanks Josie!

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To learn more about Isabella (and Ms. Cragun and Ms. Quintana) please visit Pink Umbrella Books HERE.

Tomorrow I will list the winners of the Infinity Ring Book 1 “A Mutiny in Time” signed ARC copies!

Xor: The Shape of Darkness by Moshe Sipper

17 Aug

Xor: The Shape of Darkness

by Moshe Sipper

296 pages – ages 9+

Published by CreateSpace on March 24, 2012

Lewis Nash is a Shaper. He found out that fact the day he came home from school and his house was burned down and his father passed away and he was attacked by a wolf-man. Fortunately for Lewis, was saved by Master Long and brought to Xor, a magical world pretty different from ours. Lewis finds out that his biological parents are High Lord and High Lady Shaper and he was destined to be the greatest Shaper of all. A Shaper is a person who can change things around him (or her).  Lewis is told that  Xor is in danger. It is being devoured by the Realm Pirates. Pirates that want to push Xor into “darkness.” Lewis is told that he is the only one that can stop the Realm Pirates and save Xor, but there is no time for training. Lewis, a magician, a scientist, Master Long, and Five, a good wolf-man, set off to stop the Realm Pirates from destroying XOR.

I liked the advanced technology in the world of Xor and I thought that the fact there was magic also was cool (robots, pirates, magicians – this book has everything)! The story was action packed and exciting. Mr. Sipper described the world of Xor very well and I could picture it in my mind. There were a lot of great characters in the book, Master Long, Grand Magician K’Bol and of course Lewis. I liked reading about how Lewis had to learn about the world of Xor and his powers. I thought the Shapers were cool. Mr. Sipper tried to explain how the Shapers worked (shifting molecules around) but I found that a bit confusing and would have liked to understand it better.

Over all I liked the story, characters, the world of Xor and Mr. Sipper’s writing style.

Xor earned a place on my library shelf and four out of five bookworms!

To learn more about Mr. Sipper, please visit his website HERE.

Linc Adams and the Freddie Fantastic Summer by Becky Van Volkinburg

15 Aug

THIS IS MY LAST WEEK OF FREEDOM BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS AAAAHHHHH!!! So I better celebrate what’s left of my summer! First I want to announce the winners of the Elliot Stone and the Summer Vacation Sea Monster (see my review HERE) Books. I want to thank LP Chase again for giving away three copies of her book here on my blog! I had to wait for Josie to get up this morning so she could pick the winners from the hat ;) The winners are -

Patricia aka Mamaw!

Michelle Isenhoff!

Jess Haight!

Congratulations! I will be emailing you to get your mailing addresses!

Now the summer celebration continues with an awesome book that was just published!

Linc Adams and the Freddie Fantastic Summer

by Becky Van Volkinburg

140 pages – ages 7+

Published by Tate Publishing on July 31, 2012

Jefferson Lincoln Adams (A.K.A. Linc Adams) plans to have a marvelous summer. He’s planning to go to the beach, camping, play kickball, meet new friends, stand up to bullies and meet his hero (Freddy Fantastic). Linc soon finds out that his summer isn’t going to be what he was planning. He didn’t plan to get attacked by birds, hurt his friend’s feelings or get covered in glitter…

I squeezed out some shampoo and lathered up my head and finished washing everything else. What was that smell? It was sweet, like my sister. Oh, no! I looked at the bottle in my hand, and to my horror realized that I had used Maddie’s Sparkle Princess Strawberry Wash. I was covered head to toe in glittery, strawberry-scented soap! I started to frantically rinse off when my mom popped her head in the bathroom.

“Come on, Linc. Let’s go. Shut the water off.” Was she nuts? I couldn’t shut the water off! I had to rinse and rewash! (taken from the back cover of the book)

 This is a book that was fun to read. I even thought the title was fun. The story is humorous and enjoyable and I think kids of all ages would like it. It would be especially good for young advanced readers because it is a clean read! Linc is a very silly comparison to a modern American boy (with a cool name like Jefferson Lincoln Adams he is American!). I also liked the couple of simple illustrations included in the book.

Five out five book worms for the fun beginning chapter book Linc Adams and the Freddy Fantastic Summer!  

 

To learn more about Ms. Van Volkinburg and Linc Adams, please visit the Linc Adams website HERE. The website is pretty cool. It has some games, an “about” section about Ms. Volkinburg and you can read an excerpt from Linc Adams.

Don’t forget I have another great give away going on NOW! I have TEN signed ARC copies of Scholastic’s new series THE INFINITY RING BOOK 1 A MUTINY IN TIME by James Dashner (plus some cool stickers and posters) all you have to do is comment (click HERE to go to the post)!

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