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#BalletCat by Bob Shea Review and GIVEAWAY!

10 Feb

I just joined forces with Disney-Hyperion to offer this amazing giveaway! One lucky winner (US entries only please) will get both of the Ballet Cat books plus a super cute Ballet Cat plush toy!

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WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO FOR THIS?!?! you ask – well I am going to tell you! All you have to do is read to the end and comment that you’d like to be in my random drawing for the prize!

ABOUT THE BOOKS (from the publisher)

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 The Totally Secret Secret

Ballet Cat and Sparkles the Pony are trying to decide what to play today. Nothing that Sparkles suggests–making crafts, playing checkers, and selling lemonade–goes well with the leaping, spinning, and twirling that Ballet Cat likes to do. When Sparkles’s leaps, spins, and twirls seem halfhearted, Ballet Cat asks him what’s wrong. Sparkles doesn’t want to say. He has a secret that Ballet Cat won’t want to hear. What Sparkles doesn’t know is that Ballet Cat has a secret of her own, a totally secret secret. Once their secrets are shared, will their friendship end, or be stronger than ever?

Dance! Dance! Underpants!

Ballet Cat is getting her friend Butter Bear ready for her big ballet debut. “Leap, Butter Bear, leap!” Ballet Cat prompts. But Butter Bear would prefer to just point her toe. When Ballet Cat keeps pushing, Butter Bear gets hungry, then thirsty, then sleepy . . . The bottom line is that Butter Bear would rather do almost anything to avoid making a big leap. Why? Because her bottom is covered in silly underpants! This second entry in the Ballet Cat series will have beginning readers rolling on the floor with laughter.

 

WHO IS THIS BOB SHEA?

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Bob Shea is the author of the first book about Ballet Cat: THE TOTALLY SECRET SECRET, the Dinosaur vs. series, and several other picture books, including DON’T PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD and UNICORN THINKS HE’S PRETTY GREAT. He and his wife have their own design studio in Madison, Connecticut.

 

WAIT, ERIK, I NEED TO KNOW MORE!!!

LEARN MORE at:
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Visit the author at BobShea.com

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Now on to my reviews of these books!

BalletCat1The Totally Secret Secret

Series: Ballet Cat #1

By Bob Shea

56 pages – ages 5+

Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 5th, 2015

Synopsis- Ballet Cat and Sparkles the Pony want to play together. Sparkles wants to do things like crafts, checkers, and selling lemonade, but Ballet Cat says that it won’t do well with twirling, leaping, and kicking. Of course, ballet fits perfectly into those criteria. But, what if – what if Sparkles has a secret? A totally secret secret? What if it *gasp* ruins their friendship?

What I Thought- I liked this book. The kooky humor and illustrations go so well together.  I know that Josie, my little sister, devoured these almost as soon as she opened the cover. Mr. Shea has written a fun story about how even though friends can have different interests, they can still be friends. I like that it shows Sparkles’ complete lack of enthusiasm for having to do ballet moves. Kids will laugh out loud at these characters. I know I did.

 

BalletCat2Dance! Dance! Underpants!

Series: Ballet Cat #2

By Bob Shea

56 pages – ages 5+

Published by Disney-Hyperion on February 2nd, 2016

Synopsis- Ballet Cat and Butter Bear are doing ballet, and Ballet Cat wants to do the high leaps. Butter Bear suddenly has to do several other things, everything besides leaping. When Butter Bear doesn’t come back until after dark, Ballet Cat knows for sure that Butter Bear is avoiding the high leaps. What could be so scary about high leaps? Nothing, except for that Butter Bear has embarrassing underpants on!

What I Thought- This was a hilarious book! I have to say I am thinking I will like any book called Dance! Dance! Underpants! – the title alone cracks me up. Mr. Shea has written a marvelous story, and it teaches a basic “face your fears” type message. The reader knows instantly what Butter Bear is doing (asking to have a snack, has to go to the bathroom… outside, making popsicles, etc.), while it takes Ballet Cat a little bit to catch on. Little kids reading along will find it hysterical. The illustrations are cartoony and kid-friendly, and easy to read. Mr. Shea is onto something with this series!!

I give both these books five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

Double Review! Balto of the Blue Dawn & Dogsledding and Extreme Sports by Mary Pope Osborne

9 Feb

Have I got a treat for you! I’m reviewing Mary Pope Osborne’s latest Magic Tree House book, Balto of the Blue Dawn, and its nonfiction companion!

mt1Balto of the Blue Dawn
Series: Magic Tree House #54
Written by Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrated by Sal Murdocca

128 pages – ages 7+
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers  on January 5, 2016

Synopsis- (from Goodreads) The magic tree house has returned and it’s taking Jack and Annie back in time to Alaska, 1925. There they meet Balto, a jet-black Siberian husky destined to save victims of the diphtheria epidemic. But the trail isn’t easy, and Balto is going to need Jack and Annie’s help!

What I Thought- This was a fun book. It chronicles the inspirational story that spurred the Iditarod Dogsled race in Alaska. The story is nice and kids will love it. The pages are certainly packed with excitement for younger readers. Jack and Annie are sent back to 1925 to the Alaska Territory to help Gunnar Kaasen and his lead dog Balto bring Diphtheria medication to the people of the territory. The chapters go quick and along with being enjoyable, are an easy read. I love this younger version of historical fiction. Kids get to learn about historical events while being entertained. I can see kids wanting to learn more about the Iditarod and seeking out additional information. FORTUNATELY – this is Magic Tree House and they always think of these things (see my next review below ;) ).  Sal Murdocca’s illustrations are a great fit for the story too.

I give this four out of five bookworms.fourbooks

mt2Dogsledding and Extreme Sports: A nonfiction companion to Magic Tree House #54: Balto of the Blue Dawn
Series: Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #34
Written by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
Illustrated by Carlo Molinari
128 pages – ages 7+
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on January 5, 2016

Synopsis-(from Goodreads)  When Jack and Annie came back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #54, they had lots of questions. How do sled dogs race for so long? When was the first Iditarod? What are some other extreme sports? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts about the Iditarod, open water swimming, the Ironman triathlon, free climbing, the X Games, and other ways people test their limits.

Filled with up-to-date information, photographs, illustrations, and fun tidbits from Jack and Annie, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers are the perfect way for kids to find out more about the topics they discover in their favorite Magic Tree House adventures. And teachers can use the Fact Trackers alongside their Magic Tree House fiction companions to meet Common Core text pairing needs.

What I Thought- Hey! This is just what I asked for! I liked this nonfiction book a lot. It includes basic information about the complex sport of dogsledding, and the conditions and conditioning they go through. I like that it isn’t all about dogsledding though – the book includes other extreme sports, such as the X Games (dirt bikes, motocross, etc.), open water swimming (like swimming through the ocean over a long distance) and much more! The book also chronicles champions in such extreme sports, with portraits. The book includes explanatory illustrations throughout the sports.  This is a great companion to Balto of the Blue Dawn. I love that the Magic Tree House books connect fun stories with historical events but then follow up with additional information. This was always one of my favorite series growing up.

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I give this five out of five bookworms!

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!!!

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The Magic Tree House Kids’ Adventure Club just launched last month! Here is the description of the new club from the Magic Tree House website -“The Magic Tree House Kids’ Adventure Club is the first-ever club where kid adventurers can come together. By joining the Kids’ Adventure Club, members will receive packages in the mail throughout the year, members-only goodies, and the opportunity to Skype with the person who knows Jack and Annie’s adventures best—Mary Pope Osborne!”

I like that the club has kids getting things in the mail and not all of it is online. It sounds very cool!

Review! The Almost Terrible Playdate by Richard Torrey

8 Feb

almostterribleThe Almost Terrible Playdate

By Richard Torrey

40 pages – ages 3+

Will be Published by Doubleday Books for Young Readers on February 16, 2016

 

Synopsis- Two kids are having a playdate. But what happens when what each thinks they should be playing is VERY different from the other. Can these not-so-similar kids have a nice playdate or will it end on a terrible note?

What I Thought- I loved the story. The dialogue between the two characters are funny, and extremely realistic – Mr. Torrey really captures the sense of two very different kids playing together. The illustrations are unique as most of the page is taken up by a thought bubble, and the image inside the bubble looks as if it were drawn by a little kid – reflecting the imagination of a child. I also like the book because it is all conversation – there is no narration. The kids tell the story just by talking to each other. The story isn’t about differences but rather compromise and seeing anothers’ point of view. In the end there is a nice resolution to their differences and the playdate turns out to be not so terrible. :)This is a nice book for pre-schools or kids learning how to play with each other.

I give this five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

Choose Your Own Adventure Blog hop! Tony the Phony and the Northern Woods by Kid Author T. Man

1 Feb

Hi everyone! Today, I have a treat for you! I get to share an interview with a kid who wrote his own Choose-Your-Own-Adventure story!

T. Man, the author, wrote a first book, along with his brother (M. Man), and mother – author Michelle Isenhoff. The first book, Tony the Phony and Cursed Mansion, was a success.

The next book is “Tony the Phony and the Northern Woods”. T. Man went solo (but has a little help from his mom). You can follow along with this read along adventure by clicking over to the Story Boys Blog – click HERE!

Tony the Phony and the Northern WoodsTony the Phony and the Northern Woods

Series: Tony the Phony #2

Written by T. Man with Michelle Isenhoff

21 pages – ages 7+

Published by Amazon Digital Services LLC on January 13th, 2016

Synopsis- Tony the Phony is back in another adventure! Tony and Ed are going to Tony’s grandpa’s house for a weekend fishing trip. Only, that Tony’s mom doesn’t know that they are flying in a plane to Canada to get there, when Tony is [supposedly] at Ed’s house. What will happen next? You decide!

What I Thought- This was a fun Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book. It is perfect for reluctant readers, as it is a short story that is fun and interactive. I enjoyed reading the variations of what happened to Tony and his friend, Ed, and the fact that they incorporated some fantasy, and a lot of adventure. Kids will love this book. T. Man did this mostly by himself (with help on the sidelines by his author-mom) and there is a quality to the work which makes it an enjoyable experience! I love to read works by kid authors! Keep on writing!

 

Now, onto a special interview with T. Man himself!

Erik- What do you like the most about writing Choose-Your-Own-Adventure stories?

T. Man- I like to have a whole bunch of endings, so some of them can be funny and some of them not. I like to write something for everyone.

Erik- That is always a good idea, T. Man. What is your favorite ending to the story?

T. Man- The one with the police car, because I know that’s exactly what my mom would do if I left in a plane.

Erik- It’s good to know that you can imagine what would realistically happen if the story took place. When are you planning a new Tony the Phony book?

T. Man- I don’t know. Maybe in a year or two. I’d like to do the next one with my brother because it’s a lot easier with two people thinking up the story.

Erik- I see what you mean. You did a good job on your own, too. If you had a choice, would you choose to travel by plane (like Tony did)?

T. Man- I’ve never traveled by plane before, but I probably would since it’s very rare that they crash. My grandpa is a pilot, and he said he’s been up so high he’s seen all of Michigan like a big mitten. I think that would be cool. 

Erik- That’s cool that your grandpa is a pilot. I bet it would be amazing to see the entire state. You get to choose the ending of your day today – what would it be?

T. Man- I already have a snow day. I’d also like to have my new air soft gun delivered today. So I can join the neighborhood air soft wars.

Erik- Thank you very much for letting me talk with you, T. Man!

Thanks for stopping by! No go check out the hop! :D

Multicultural Children’s Book Day! #ReadYourWorld

27 Jan

Today is Multicultural Children’s Book Day!!!

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And I am a Multicultural Children’s Book Day reviewer! Before I get to my review, I wanted to let you know a bit more about this event.

For those that don’t know what that is, Multi Cultural Children’s Book Day was created by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom in 2014. As the official website states:

Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Mia and Valarie are on a mission to change all of that. Their mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these types of books into classrooms and libraries. Another goal of this exciting event is create a compilation of books and favorite reads that will provide not only a new reading list for the winter, but also a way to expose brilliant books to families, teachers, and libraries.

The MCCBD team’s mission to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Our young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book. We encourage readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along the fun book reviews, author visits, event details, a multicultural children’s book linky and via our hashtag (#ReadYourWorld) on Twitter and other social media.

I’d like to thank all of the sponsors of this years events –

Multicultural Children’s Book day 2016 Medallion Level Sponsors! #ReadYourWorld

Platinum: Wisdom Tales Press * StoryQuest Books*Lil Libros

Gold: Author Tori Nighthawk*Candlewick Press,* Bharat Babies

Silver: Lee and Low Books*Chronicle Books*Capstone Young Readers T

Tuttle Publishing ,NY Media Works, LLC/KidLit TV

Bronze: Pomelo Books* Author Jacqueline Woodson*Papa Lemon Books* Goosebottom Books*Author Gleeson Rebello*ShoutMouse Press*Author Mahvash Shahegh* China Institute.org*Live Oak Media

Multicultural Children’s Book Day has 12 amazing Co-Host and you can use the links below or view them here.

All Done Monkey, Crafty Moms Share,Educators Spin on it,Growing Book by Book,Imagination Soup,I’m Not the Nanny,InCultural Parent, Kid World Citizen,Mama Smiles,Multicultural Kid Blogs,Spanish Playground

Now on to my review!

MCCBDbookGarrett and the Feathered Serpent Quetzalcoatl

Series: Tales from Davy Jones Locker #1

Written by Carl Gundestrup

190 pages – ages 8+

Audio Book Run Time: 2 hours

Published by Davy Jones Publishing on June 4th, 2015

Summary from Goodreads-Garrett Spencer is a boy on crutches, with one good leg, no friends, never been to a real school and lives with his family in a cave… because no one on the island will rent them a room.
The family lives on Shiloh Island, known for pirates, treasure caves and legendary sea monsters. Shortly after they arrive, Garrett rescues the legendary feathered sea creature Quetzalcoatl from the ravages of a hurricane and certain death. For the first time in his life, Garrett has a best friend.

But in order to remain together they will have to battle the bullies of the island – survive multiple attacks by Sea Dragons – attempt to find the hidden treasure beneath the island – save Garrett’s father’s business and unite the people of the island.

What I Thought- This was an interesting review for me. The book is a very cool concept. Mr. Gundestrup produced an audio version of the book (more on that in a bit) as a gateway to get reluctant readers wanting to read the whole story. I was a bit hesitant at first because I much prefer written stories to the audio-version, but the audio book was very thrilling and added depth to the story. I was happy to listen to this amazing audio book with 22 different voice actors, sound effects, and a whole orchestra! That being said, the story itself was very gripping. It is a marvelous story about true friendship. The characters are realistic and well-developed. Garrett is physically challenged yes, but he is stronger than most people his age. He is still bullied, but many of his peers admire him. Quetzalcoatl is an awe-inspiring creature of magnificent splendor that has a marvelous “history”. It can heal anything and anyone, and will not hurt you.  The plot is very driving, action-packed, and does a good job of keeping you hooked. Gundestrup writing is spot on for a middle-grade audience. The book is very cool, and does a great job of making it so that you believe that Quetzalcoatl could be real. I was definitely impressed with the audio-book. Having said that, when I sat down to read the ebook version, I was not disappointed. The written story added some subplots and I have to say I do enjoy reading the words in a book and I personally feel more attached to the characters as I read, but I can see how the audio/written book will have real appeal to kids who aren’t as fond of reading as I am. This one is definitely worth a try!

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I give “Quetzalcoatl” five out of five bookworms!

To learn more, please visit the Tales of Davy Jones official website by clicking HERE.

Check out the trailer!

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!!!

 Classroom Reading Challenge . This very special offering from MCCBD offers teachers and classrooms the chance to (very easily) earn a free hardcover multicultural children’s book for their classroom library. These books are not only donated by the Junior Library Guild, but they are pre-screened and approved by them as well.

What we could really use some help with is spreading the word to your teacher/librarian/classroom connections so we can get them involved in this program. There is no cost to teachers and classrooms and we’ve made the whole process as simple as possible. You can help by tweeting the below info:

​ Teachers! Earn a FREE #Multicultural Kids Book for Your Classroom! #teachers, #books #teacherlife 
http://ow.ly/UUy96

The Classroom Reading Challenge has begun! Teachers can earn a free diversity book! #teachers, #books
 http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/?p=1796

Perfect Picture Book Friday! Do You Really Want a Guinea Pig? by Bridget Heos

23 Jan

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 a great book to find out if you truly want a guinea pig!


wantguineapigDo You Really Want a Guinea Pig?

Written by Bridget Heos
Illustrated by Katya Longhi
24 pages – ages 5+
Published by Amicus Illustrated on September 1st, 2015

Theme- Proper Care of a Pet

Genre- Instructional Nonfiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening Lines: “So you say you want a guinea pig. You really, really want a guinea pig.

But do you really want a guinea pig?

Synopsis: Do you want a guinea pig? Are you sure that you want a guinea pig?  If you aren’t, this book will give you the run-down on owning a guinea pig. It will tell you what they eat, how they live, and much more! Now, do you really want a guinea pig?

 

What I Thought- This is a great book for deciding if you actually want a guinea pig for a pet or any other animal for that mater. I like how the book goes through the basic necessities of the guinea pig (food, water, a home, etc.) and all that is involved for caring for a pet. It shows you what will happen if you don’t take care of your guinea pig – with sometimes funny statements from the guinea pig (about what it is thinking – like “Could I see the dessert menu, please?”). This book belongs to a series called “Do You Really Want a Pet?”, and they detail several different common pets. Judging from this book, this is a great series for basic pet research. The illustrations are fun and they add a little humor to the story. I really enjoyed this book!

Activities and Resources- Do some research into a pet that you think you want, or just do research on an animal. There is a great bunch of information over at Jackies guinea pigs about owning these little guys – click HERE.

The Humane Society has information on not just guinea pigs but all sorts of pets – click HERE.

HERE is a test to see if your kids are ready for a pet.

 

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Perfect Picture Book Friday! Timeless Thomas by Gene Barretta

16 Jan

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 a nice biography-type nonfiction book about one of my favorite historical inventors.

timelessthomasTimeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives
Written and illustrated by Gene Barretta
36 pages – ages 5+
Published by Henry Holt and Co. on July 17, 2012

Theme- Not giving up/Biography

Genre- Nonfiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening Lines: “Have you ever thought about inventing something of your own? You’re never too young to try.

Thomas Alva Edison began experimenting when he was just a boy. That’s right. It was the beginning of a life dedicated to improving the world with his brilliant ideas and inventions.

Synopsis from GoodReads: “ 

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What I Thought- I really liked how Mr. Barretta set this book up. Mr. Barretta focuses on things we have in the present day, and how they were inspired by Edison’s inventions. He explains how Edison worked, and how he failed several times. The book shows how through failure, reworking, and ingenuity, Edison succeeded. The message of failure is something I hear a lot about and I think it’s good for kids to hear how many times someone fails before they succeed. The illustrations share information and inject a bit of humor throughout the book. Mr. Barretta has created a nice biography picture book that is instructional, entertaining and inspiring.

Activities and Resources- Talk with your kids/students about how failure can create success. Did you know James Dyson failed over 5000 times before inventing his current version of his vacuum cleaner?!? Here is a cool video from him about failure.

You can virtually visit Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home in Charlottesville, Virginia. Click HERE to learn more about Jefferson and Monticello.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Review! The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

13 Jan

Hi Readers! Today, I have a special treat for you all! I received a review request from the 3rd and 4th grade students of Kyoto International School in Kyoto, Japan to review Kate DiCamillo’s “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” and hey – who wouldn’t want to review a Kate DiCamillo book? Thank you to grades 3 and 4! Can’t wait to hear what you thought about it also!

edwardtulaneThe Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Written by Kate DiCamillo

Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

224 pages – ages 8+

Reprint published by Candlewick on May 27th, 2009

Synopsis- Edward Tulane was a rabbit. A marvelous rabbit. But, he was not like normal rabbits, for he was made of china. He wore silk suits tailored to him, and fine leather shoes. He had special made hats, and a working gold pocket watch. Edward belonged to a young girl named Abilene Tulane, who loved him very much. But when Edward is lost overboard in the ocean, he only cared for his own well-being, not about how Abilene would cope without him. Months pass at the bottom of the ocean, but during a storm, Edward is brought to the surface, and rescued by an old fishermen. As Edward is then passed around, he starts the miraculous journey of learning what love truly is.

What I Thought- I really enjoyed this book – I read it in one evening, I found it so gripping. Ms. DiCamillo has a unique way of making us look to our inner selves. This is a common trait in most of her books – they encourage self-reflection and internal changes in characters. Her writing style is unique, in the way that it seems to “Tell” more than “Show”, as in, she states more than she describes. Yet, somehow, every word paints a huge picture of the story. It all comes together. There are nice colored illustrations (at least in my version) and they add a lot of depth to the story. Edward is an interesting character–he does not move on his own, he cannot shut his eyes for they are painted on, and he cannot keep track of passing time–but he is full of life at the same time. The reader will be able to see Edward change from a selfish, vain doll into a loving, caring, selfless character. Ms. DiCamillo has written a heart-warming story that is more about finding what is important in life through doll who learns to love. The setting of the book varies, but can be in any country, really. It adds to the imagery in the story.

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

Review! Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer

5 Jan

imaginary fredImaginary Fred

Written by Eoin Colfer

Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

48 pages – ages 7+

Published by HarperCollins on September 29, 2015

Synopsis- Fred is a good imaginary friend – he never complains about who summoned him, and he always tries to be the best friend possible – the imaginary friend each child wishes for. But sometimes, Fred dreams of finding his own friend, one who will like music, drama, and reading the way he does. One day, Fred gets his wish. A boy named Sam wishes for an imaginary friend. Sam and Fred are perfect for each other, and have similar interests. It’s all wonderful. Then, one day, Sam makes a new friend – a real friend. Is this the end of Fred’s perfect friendship? Will he start to fade again?

What I Thought- This was a good-hearted story about friendship, and loneliness. Fred knows how the system works – befriend a kid, play with the kid, and then the kid makes a friend which causes Fred then starts to fade away, and is taken away with the wind. You can understand how he feels, then, when his perfect friend “starts the cycle”. At 48 pages, the book is a bit longer than your usual picture book, but it works well with the story. Eoin Colfer, the author of the awesome Artemis Fowl series, has written an amazing first picture book. Keeping true to his writing style, he does it in a  non-conventional format. Oliver Jeffers’ illustrations are a perfect fit for this story, and I love his way of showing “imaginariness” in Fred and the other imaginary friends. I really enjoyed this book.

I give this book five out of five bookworms.fivebooks

Check out the fun trailer

Review! Love for Logan by Lori DeMonia

23 Dec

loveloganLove for Logan

Written by Lori DeMonia

Illustrated by Monique Turchan

26 pages – ages 6+

Published by Halo Publishing International on May 15, 2015

Synopsis- Logan is so excited for her ballet recital tonight! She can’t wait to show her whole family! It’s just that Logan’s sister, Leah, has autism and sensory processing disorder. She doesn’t really like surprising noises. She’s never been to a theater and probably wouldn’t like it the sudden surprises. While Logan understands and excepts it, she is a little sad that her whole family won’t be there.

What I Thought- This was a sweet book. I really like the fact that Leah is the older sibling, as in most of the stories I have read the autistic child is the youngest. It provides a new perspective. Ms. DeMonia wrote another book about Leah before this one (see my review of “Leah’s Voice” HERE), and this one explains another common type of disorder – sensory processing disorder – something which my family is very familiar with but many people aren’t. Ms. DeMonia knows how to write a good story about these topics while explaining them in a child-friendly way. Ms. Turchan’s watercolor illustrations are marvelous, and add a lot to the story!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

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