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Wish You Weren’t by Sherrie Petersen

11 Jul

wishyouWish You Weren’t

By Sherrie Petersen

138 pages – ages 8+

Published by Intrepid Publications on March 15, 2014

Marten couldn’t believe it. A wish he made on a star actually came true – and he feels awful about it. He wished that his little brother, Aldrin, wasn’t there. While at a museum, Aldrin just… Faded away. Marten and his best friend, Paul, meet a strange man named Tör, who says that he will help them get Aldrin back. Using watches that can control time, Tör, Marten, and Paul go through time, trying to undo what happened. When Tör’s star he comes from starts to die, and signs of Aldrin start disappearing, it’s up to Marten and Paul to stop Aldrin from disappearing forever.

This was a very good time travel book. Ms. Petersen’s plot has no holes and her description of the story puts the reader right in the middle of it. I like books like this – a little bit of magic, a little bit of time travel, a lot of adventure. It was a great read. I like Ms. Petersen’s writing style. She gets into the mind of an 11 (almost 12!) boy very easily. Marten is a great character and, speaking as a 12 year old boy, he acts very realistically. I understand why he does everything he does. I also like Tör – he is mysterious and I love the idea of him being in charge of making sure the wishes made on his star come true. The book was appropriate for all ages. I think a lot of kids (and adults) will love this story.

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

Alice Parker & The Curse of Fate (Book #5) By Nicola Palmer

16 Jun

alice5Alice Parker & The Curse of Fate (Book #5)

By Nicola Palmer

131 pages – ages 9+

Published by Kallisto on March 26, 2014

Alice Parker and her family of Finwips (Fully Integrated Winged People) are back! The Finwips are a society of people with wings, or some other attribute, like pointy ears (but mostly they have wings), that are hidden from normal people. The Finwips have underground villages to visit but a lot of them live among normal people. The Finwips have enemies – evil Finwips called Sinwips. Isabella Rowbottom, is a Sinwip. She stole and read a book foretelling Alice’s life (the book was written by Alice’s Great-Aunt who could see into the future). Isabella didn’t like what she read. Something happens in the future (Alice doesn’t know what it is) that involves Alice and Isabella, and Isabella decides she must eliminate Alice, and her family too. Isabella continued her assassination attempts on the Parkers (Alice, her brother Thomas, their parents and grandparents) so relentlessly that  Alice, Thomas, and their grandmother are going to Berlin to visit her grandmother’s sister for a bit, to get away from Isabella. Sadly, Isabella was going to Berlin too, for personal reasons (not related to the Parkers), and she saw the Parkers on the same plane as her! She follows the Parkers, and continues to try to dispose of them (while trying to make it look like an accident, of course). Can Alice ever get rid of this atrocious assassin?

This is a wonderful, new installment of the Alice Parker series (see my reviews of book one HERE, book two HERE, book 3 HERE (scroll down on the post), and book 4 HERE). It’s an indie published series, and it is everything that is good about independently published books. In the newest book in the series, a lot of the questions from the earlier books get explained, and explained very well.  Alice is a great character, and she is a totally believable 15-year-old. Ms. Palmer is a great writer, and she kept me on the edge of my seat the entire book. I love how there is a bunch of character development in this story, but it didn’t slow it down! Ms. Palmer really knows how to keep a story moving and thrilling! I can’t wait for Book 6 (if there is one – I really hope that there is!)! :)

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

Follow Nicola Palmer on Twitter HERE

Like the Alice Parker Series on Facebook HERE

Multicultural Children’s Book Day: Celebrating Diversity in Children’s Literature!

21 Jan

I am participating in Multicultural Children’s Book Day, which takes place on January 27th!

MCCBDI am a kid who loves to learn about different cultures and countries. I am trying to learn different languages too. I guess I try to find books like these so I never really thought about there not being that many out there. That’s why when I had a chance to participate in Multicultural Children’s Book Day, I signed up! The event is co-hosted by Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press.

Here is the mission of the day -

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.

I have been highlighting some great multicultural books this week, but I was sent two AWESOME books from Barefoot Books to specially review for MCCBD. Barefoot Books has a bunch of great multicultural books in their catalog, make sure to check them out. PLUS Barefoot books is hosting a giveaway on the 27th. Please like them on Facebook by clicking HERE and on the 27th see how to enter to win!

Now onto the reviews!

odysseusThe Adventures of Odysseus

127 pages – ages 8+

Retold by Daniel Morden and Hugh Lupton

Illustrated by Christina Balit

Published by Barefoot Books August 1, 2010

The Greek king of Ithaca, Odysseus, was called upon to fight against Troy in the Trojan War. After the war, Odysseus and his soldiers sailed for Ithaca. But, when they moor at a strange island, and blind the giant cyclops Polyphemus, Odysseus shouts his name during bloating to the monster about who blinded it. The cyclops curses Odysseus and his crew. Polyphemus’ father, the god of the sea, Poseidon, then makes it extremely trying for Odysseus and his crew. Most of the crew die. Will Odysseus and his men every see home again?

This is a great re-telling of the Odyssey by the blind poet, Homer. I love how this abridged version of the Odyssey is pretty simple, but very informative and perfect for the age it is written for.  In this book, kids learn more about the Ancient Greek culture through the fabulous illustrations and the enlightening text. The illustrations are awesome -

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Isn’t that gorgeous?

They have a collage-y look, don’t they? I think this is a great re-telling of the Odyssey and kids will earn a lot from it!

Now onto my second book (Barefoot Books actually set this one to me as a birthday present, but I think it goes really well with MCCBD too so I am also reviewing it! :D ) -

littleleapforward_pb_wLittle Leap Forward – A Boy in Beijing

By Guo Yue and Clare Farrow

Illustrated by Helen Cann

128 pages – ages 10+

Published by Barefoot Books March 1, 2011

Little Leap Forward is a young boy living in Early Communist China. He and his friends have a pretty happy life. They fly homemade paper kites and play by the nearby river. They seem like they have a life that any kid would have. That is, until soldiers come and change everything! The soldiers want to get rid of “Old China” by burning and wrecking anything that reminds people of the way they used to live and to prepare for “New China”.

This is a great nonfiction autobiography that was written by Little Leap Forward himself! I learned a lot about China in this time period. Little Leap Forward (in the book) is a nice young boy who cares about nature and what is going on around him. I think I would enjoy meeting him.  The illustrations are beautiful and well-done. They help me see the story better. Here, look at this -

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Is that not magnificent? I love how they have a warm-ish feeling to them. There is an afterward in the book about what happened to the author after the story ends. It really added to the completeness of the story. I totally enjoyed learning about China during this time period. I haven’t read any other stories set in this time period.

I give both of these books 5 out of 5 bookworms! fivebooks

A special shout-out to the awesome sponsors for this event -  Wisdom Tales Press, Lee & LowBooks, Chronicle Books, and Susan Daniel Fayad, author of My Grandfather’sMasbaha.

A SUPER BIG SHOUT-OUT to the co-creators of the Multicultural Children’s Book Day: Celebrating Diversity in Children’s Literature event Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press.

PLUS!! One of the day’s sponsors Wisdom Tales Press is giving away a complete set of their books for MCCBD! Click HERE to go THERE and see how to enter!

PLUS!!! I got a 2 hour school delay today because it is so cold WOO! Okay that really doesn’t have anything to do with MCCBD but I am happy about it! :)

Please visit the other participating blog post for this important celebration. You can find a list of the posts/bloggers right below!

2GirlsLostInaBook · 365 Days of Motherhood · A Bilingual Baby · A Simple Life, Really? · Africa to America · After School Smarty Pants · All Done Monkey · Andi’s Kids Books · Anita Brown Bag  · Austin Gilkeson · Barbara Ann Mojica ·  Books My Kids Read · Bottom Shelf Books · Cats Eat Dogs · Chasing The Donkey · Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac · Children’s Books Heal · Church o Books · CitizenBeta · Crafty Moms Share · Discovering The World Through My Son’s Eyes · Early Words · Flowering Minds · Franticmommy · Gathering Books · GEO Librarian · Gladys Barbieri · Going in Circles · Growing Book by Book · iGame Mom · I’m Not The Nanny · InCulture Parent · Itsy Bitsy Mom ·Just Children’s BooksKid World Citizen · Kristi’s Book Nook · Mama Lady Books · Mama Smiles · Mission Read · Mother Daughter Book Reviews · Mrs AOk · MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter · Ms. Yingling Reads · Multicultural Kids Blog · One Sweet World · Open Wide The World · P is for Preschooler · Rapenzel Dreams · School4Boys · Sharon the Librarian · Spanish Playground · Sprout’s Bookshelf · Squishable Baby · Stanley and Katrina · Teach Mama · The Art of Home Education · The Brain Lair · The Educators’ Spin On It · The Family-Ship Experience · The Yellow Door Paperie · This Kid Reviews Books  · Trishap’s Books · Unconventional Librarian · Vicki Arnold · We3Three · World for Learning · Wrapped in Foil 

Sir Princess Petra’s Talent by Diane Mae Robinson Review and GIVEAWAY!

5 Oct

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Today I get to be part of a blog tour for a book I have been looking forward to – the next book in The Pen Pieyu Adventures – Sir Princess Petra’s Talent! The blog tour was organized by the Marvelous Ms. Morris of Kid Lit Reviews (click HERE). What’s more exciting is that I get to give away a copy of the new Princss Petra book to one lucky reader! WOO! Read to the end to figure out how to enter!

I reviewed the first Pen Pieyu Adventure in 2012 for International Read Aloud Day (click HERE to read that review).

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I loved the character of Princess Petra, the princess who didn’t want to be 2012-07-13 08.57.08“princessy” but wanted to be a knight. I really liked the writing style of Ms. Robinson too. I was very happy to hear Ms. Robinson wrote a second book in the series!

prncesspetSir Princess Petra’s Talent – Book 2 in The Pen Pieyu Adventures

by Diane Mae Robinson (Author)

92 pages – ages 7+

Published by Tate Publishing on September 24, 2013

Petra Longstride, princess of Pen Pieyu, the kingdom’s only princess knight (and the only actual knight), is angry.  Her father, King Longstride, has made a new rule in the Royal Rulebook, one which states that all princesses in the Kingdom must go to a Talent School and get a certificate. Why can’t Petra’s parents just let her be a knightly princess, instead of a girly princess? Instead she has to go to talent school and figure out what talent she has.

This is a great sequel to “Sir Princess Petra!”  There is action, romance (that Petra hates – apparently some guy is supposed to marry her, and he doesn’t want to, and Petra doesn’t want to marry him, so they call the thing off), excitement, burning buildings (Snarls, Petra’s friend and trusty steed, is a dragon…), and a lot of fun! I like the character of King Asterman, the guy who runs the Talent School.  I really enjoyed the dialogue in the book. It made it fun to read. I love the character of Princess Petra! I like that she doesn’t want to be the girly princess! Her parents want her to be like this -

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But knows she can be a brave and tough knight like this -

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(NOTE: Thank you to Josie for being my Princess Petra model) The pencil sketch illustrations throughout the book are great and gives the reader an idea of what the characters look like. I also LOVED the talent Princess Petra finds out she has! The reading level is good for young advanced readers if you are looking for a god book for one. Ms. Robinson’s writing style makes this adventure fun and gets you into the characters. I am already looking forward to the next book!

20.1Now for my rating of Sir Princess Petra’s Talent…

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Umm excuse me, I think I hear someone here…

*PHUUU-SHUUUUU PHUUU-SHUUUUU*

Wh-Who’s there?

It is I.

Oh – HI Lord Vader! I forgot today is

starwarsreadsYAY!

This is a book review blog, right?

Yes it is! Thanks for dropping by! I am reviewing a great book today! Sorry I forgot it is Star Wars Reads Day.

I find your lack of memory disturbing, Young Reviewer.

Sorry. I am about to give this great book I am reviewing on Star Wars Reads Day five out of five bookworms!

I read this book. I like the feisty princess in the book. It reminds me of my daughter.  Make it seven.

But my scale only goes to five.

I said make it SEVEN!

Uhhhh… I can’t Darth – QUICK – I give Princess Petra’s Talent FIVE out of FIVE bookworms! fivebooks

Sorry Darth, I have to stick to my rules.

Hey – why are you raising your hand like that?

*GAK* Stop force-choking me! *GAK* I have to tell the readers about *GAK* the *GAK* GIVEAWAY!

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You have a point Young Reviewer. I shall allow this.

I get to give away a copy of Sir Princess Petra’s Talent to one lucky commenter! Just leave a comment in the section below and I will announce a winner  (drawn randomly out of a hat by Josie) next Friday, October 11th! 

I would like to add one thing Young Reviewer.

Okay Darth…

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It’s pretty cool how you make your cape flutter like that. Can you teach me how to do it?

No.

Okaaay… Well, anyway:

For a list of all the stops on the blog tour click HERE!

You can find out more about Ms. Robinson and her books at her website (click HERE), blog (click HERE), Facebook (click HERE), Twitter – @DianeMaeRobinso, Linkedin (click HERE), Goodreads (click HERE).

You can visit the Tate Publishing website HERE.

Visit Ms. Robinson’s Amazon page (HERE) and B&N page (HERE).

MAY THE READING FORCE BE WITH YOU!

Spirit Animals Book 1: Wild Born by Brandon Mull

11 Sep

Happy Wednesday!

First I get to tell you some happy news!

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The winner of THE CONTAGIOUS COLORS OF MUMPLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL (By Fowler DeWitt, see my review HERE) prize pack is…

Tina Cho!

YAY!!! Congratulations Ms. Cho! I will email you to get the address to send your prize to!

spiritanimalsSpirit Animals Book 1: Into the Wild

By Brandon Mull

224 pages – ages 8+

Published by Scholastic Inc. on September 10, 2013

It was the day that Conor,  Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan turned 11. Four kids from lands far apart from each other all turning 11 on the same day. Not really a big deal right? Wrong! When a child turns 11 in the world of Erdas they get a chance to summon a spirit animal. If they are meant to have a  spirit animal, it comes out of nowhere and forms a bond with the child forever. The bond gives the child and animal great powers. These four kids summon the great legendary animals that were killed in battle – Briggan the Wolf, Uraza the Leopard, Jhi the Panda and Essix the Falcon. Together the four children and their Spirit Animals must stop the evil Devourer from destroying Erdas before it is too late!

When I first read about this new series by Scholastic I thought, “Okay so they are making another 39 Clues type series” (series of books written by different authors). When I read further I saw it was Brandon Mull (author of the Fablehaven and The Beyonders series) who was writing the first book (that got my interest). Brandon Mull is a great fantasy author. The books of his I’ve read gets me totally involved in the story. The Spirit Animals series is a fantasy series and Mr. Mull’s book in the series was the perfect start. I love his style of adding a bit of humor (like Conor is a sheep-herder and his Spirit Animal is a wolf – HA!) to a whole lot of action. The world of Erdas is described well and I liked learning about the new characters and their Spirit Animals. Conor was my favorite character in this book.  I think fans of The 39 Clues and fantasy books will love Wild Born, Book 1 of Spirit Animals!

Like The 39 Clues and The Infinity Ring, Spirit Animals has an online game.  The online game is a fantasy role-playing game where you choose a character and a Spirit Animal. You get to train your animal and go around and collect items and try to defeat animals infected with a poison called  “the Bile.” It plays well and is easy to use. My sister and I have both tried it out and we both agree it’s very cool.

Five out of five bookworms for Wild Born! fivebooks

To learn more about Brandon Mull and his books, please visit his website HERE.

To learn more about the Spirit Animals Series and online game, visit the official webpage HERE.

BUT WAIT!!!

Now that you are done reading about this awesome book, why not hop on over to The Story Reading Ape’s blog where I am guest posting! I am interviewing myself over there. Click HERE to go THERE!

After you get done hopping to TSRA – check out Mother Daughter’s book Reviews where they are reviewing my book today! :) Click HERE to go THERE!

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The Smurf Anthology #1 by Peyo

1 Jul

surfsvol1The Smurfs Anthology #1

By Peyo and Yvan Delporte

Illustrated by Peyo

192 pages – ages 8+

Anthology Published by Papercutz June 25, 2013

Have you ever heard of the Smurfs? Well, the Smurfs are mythical creatures that are rarely seen. They are little blue men living in the mushrooms of a forest. The Smurfs were first created in a comic called Johan & Peewit where they made an appearance. The Smurfs got their own comic and have been around for 50 years now! This Anthology of Smurf stories from Papercutz are the original stories in order (plus the book, Johan & Peewit #9, where the Smurfs are introduced)! There are 6 translated (they were originally in French) stories/books in all (The Purple Smurfs, The Flying Smurf, The Smurf King, etc.). Papercutz has created a great Smurf  collection of stories! In The Purple Smurfs, an evil Bzz fly starts a plague of evil purple Smurfs, in the Smurf King, the Smurfs accidentally elect a tyrant to lead them while Papa Smurf is gone, and much more!

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“The Purple Smurfs” was originally called “The Black Smurfs” in French, referring to the Black Death or Bubonic Plague.

These were really great stories. I hadn’t read them before even though I am a fan of the Smurfs (I have read more modern stories). I also like the bonus “Johan and Peewit” story. I like how the Smurfs are in that book too and how Papa Smurf is the only Smurf that speaks Smurf and English. It is neat to see the history of how the Smurfs came about. I also like the artwork and how the Smurfs are drawn slightly different from what I’ve seen – they are more like gnomes and all look the same (except Papa Smurf). The colors were magnifique! I like the editor’s notes in the book and how they tell about how ideas came and things that had happened to make certain things the way they are now. I think this anthology is a must-read for Smurf Fans and young readers.

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These were really good smurfs. I hadn’t smurfed them before even though I am a fan of the Smurfs (I have read more modern smurfs). I also like the bonus “Johan and Peewit” smurf. I like how the Smurfs are in that smurf too (and how Papa Smurf is the only Smurf that speaks Smurf and Smurf, but the Smurfs are smurfed slightly different too – they are more like gnomes and all look the same(except Papa Smurf)). The colors were smurf! I like the editor’s smurfs in the book and how they smurf about how smurfs came and things that had happened to make certain smurfs the way they are now. I think this Smurf-ology is a smurf for Smurf Fans and young smurfers.

I give the Smurf Smurf-ology 5 out of 5 smurfs!fivebooks

smurfs2Book 2 on the anthology series comes out in November 2013. I can’t wait to read it!

For more Smurfs, check out the Papercutz website HERE.

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.

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)!

Lionel’s Grand Adventure (Lionel and the Golden Rule) by Paul R. Hewlett

15 Mar

Lionel’s Grand Adventure (Lionel and the Golden Rule)

By Paul R. Hewlett

Illustrated by Pat Sauber

Beginning Chapter Book – ages 5-10

ebook reviewed

Lionel Snodgrass was a pretty happy kid  even though his older brother bullies him, kids at school bully him, and his mom is constantly siding with his older brother. Lionel also knew he wasn’t the most athletic kid in the world…well, he was pretty out of shape, but he liked himself anyway.  When Lionel and his family move into a new house he finds a strange object on his dresser. He learns from a store owner in town that there is a legend about a three-Toed-Potbellied Walbaun, a mythical creature that possesses magic. Lionel figures out that the object he found on his dresser is a three-Toed-Potbellied Walbaun foot and it is magical. Lionel wishes start to come true…but not always as he expects!

I really enjoyed this book. The story was really funny (especially when Lionel’s brother’s pants exploded – luckily his underwear was still on hee hee). I liked Lionel because he saw a lot of good in every situation and he seemed like a kid who was just happy being who he is. The story was a unique idea especially for an early chapter book. It was an easy read but the story was really good. I like what Mr. Hewlett’s Goodreads profile says – “Salesman by day, writer by night. Air Force vet.  My aim is to write books that are constructive for children and encourage them to read, even if reading is not their favorite thing.” I totally think “Lionel’s Grand Adventure” is a perfect book for “reluctant” readers or young advanced readers.

I give the beginning chapter book “Lionel’s Grand Adventure” five out of five book worms!

To learn more about Mr. Hewlett and Lionel you  can visit them on Facebook, Twitter or Goodreads!

The ebook of Lionel’s Grand Adventure (Lionel and the Golden Rule) is available at AMAZON.

There is also a copy of Lionel’s Grand Adventure being given away over at the She Writes blog! You can enter until March 24th! Click HERE to go there and enter!

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!

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