Dot Day 2015!

16 Sep

Hi Blogosphere! Guess what day it is?

That’s right! It’s  INTERNATIONAL DOT DAY!!!!

Okay, well it’s actually September 15th-ish and I already had a post scheduled yesterday so I am taking advantage of the “ish” part. ;)

As (via Peter H. Reynolds, author of “The Dot”) states: “

Celebrate Creativity, Courage & Collaboration!

Imagine the power and potential of millions of people around the world connecting, collaborating, creating and celebrating all that creativity inspires and invites. I hope you will join the growing global community of creativity champions using their talents, gifts and energy to move the world to a better place.”

Dot Day is a day celebrating creativity. It was created for the purpose of bringing people together. So, on that theme, and I was feeling a bit mathematical today, I give you my dot.


Thank you for reading my post! For more information, visit the official website HERE!

Review! The Glass Gauntlet by Carter Roy and GIVEAWAY!!!

15 Sep

glassgauntletThe Glass Gauntlet

Series: The Blood Guard (Book #2)

Written by Carter Roy

272 pages – ages 9+

Published by Two Lions on August 18th, 2015

Synopsis- Ronan is a new member of the Blood Guard. They protect certain souls (called “Pures”), that, if unbalanced, could destroy the world. The Bend Sinister, the bad guys, for some odd reason really want to unbalance the Pures. Ronan and his friends, one of whom is unknowingly a Pure, are going to a sort of maniacal testing, and are trying to find an ancient device that can put a Pure’s soul back into their body while at the testing site. Will they succeed?

What I Thought- This was a really unique book. I didn’t read the first book in the series, but  this book gives you the main details needed so you aren’t lost. I think any series that you can pick up the books out of order and still get what is going on is a sign of great writing. Mr. Roy created a fun series. The characters are realistic, and it was a cool twist (I think it happened in book #1) that Ronan’s mom is a good guy, but his dad is the head of the bad guys. That made it interesting. Mr. Roy has a riveting plot and an interesting way that defines the magic in the book. There is a lot of action in the story that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

If you want to win a copy of this amazing book, all you need is to comment between now and September 21! I will announce the winner on September 22, next Tuesday. US entries only.

Perfect Picture Book Friday! I Thought This Was A Bear Book by Tara Lazar

11 Sep

Perfect Picture Book Friday is Back! Let’s start this off right with a book from the one and only TARA LAZAR!


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 fun fractured fairy tale story!

taralazarbearI Thought This Was A Bear Book
Written by Tara Lazar
Illustrations by Benji Davies
32 pages – ages 5+
Published by Aladdin on August 4th, 2015

Theme/Topic- Fractured Fairytales

Genre- Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “Once upon a time there were three bears.”

Synopsis: From Goodreads; “After an unfortunate bookcase collapse, Alien suddenly finds himself jolted out of his story and into a very strange world, complete with talking bears. Desperate to return to his book, Alien asks the Bear family for help so he can get back to his story and save his beloved Planet Zero from total destruction before it’s too late.
Mama Bear and Papa Bear try all kinds of zany contraptions (with some help from their nemesis, Goldilocks) without much luck. Baby Bear might have the perfect solution to get the Alien out of the woods and back to his planet…but will anyone listen to the littlest voice in the story?

Why I liked this book- Ms. Lazar is a great picture book writer. (I reviewed her picture book “The Monstore” HERE.) I love the story idea for this book! It will have kids and adults giggling uncontrollably! Prince Zilch, the Alien, is a funny character who needs to get back to Planet Zero to save it from ultimate destruction! He seems so out of place in the Bear’s book! Mr. Davies’ illustrations are spot on and fit perfectly into the story! The writing was funny and clever. This is the kind of book that you can read over and over again. This story is perfect for bed times, and any times!

Activities and Resources- This book is a giant fractured fairy tale, because some books fell on the floor, and the characters got jumbled up. Why don’t you take some random [picture] books, and jumble THEIR characters together? What would happen? How would they handle the problem?

Ask your kids what would happen if the alien landed in the Three Little Pigs book or an Elephant and Piggy book?

There is so much fun to be had here!

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

Review! Max: Best Friend Hero Marine by Boaz Yakin and Sheldon Lettich

9 Sep

maxMax: Best Friend. Hero. Marine.

Based on the Major Motion Picture

Written by Boaz Yakin and Sheldon Lettich

253 pages – ages 9+

Published by Harper Collins on June 9, 2015

Synopsis- Justin wasn’t sure what to do with his deceased military brother’s dog, Max. Max had been trained as a military dog. He only lets Justin approach it, but Justin wants nothing to do with Max. But what happens when Max and Justin start unearthing secrets involving Justin’s brother’s death? Justin is about to get the adventure of his lifetime!

What I Thought- This was an amazing book! I haven’t seen the movie yet, but this book really draws you in! The authors have a writing style that makes you feel like you are there with Justin and Max. You feel all of their pain and troubles. The book handles it all very well. The story was so compelling I read the whole book in one sitting. The content, while some is slightly mature themes, is still appropriate for a younger audience. This book would be a good companion for the movie, and it could be used in the classroom. Now, I really want to watch the movie! I recommend this book to kids in the 4th grade and above.

I give this book five out of five bookworms.fivebooks


Review! Comic Phonics books by Kevin Bolger and Ben Hodson

7 Sep

61X3WYIbHeL._SX388_BO1,204,203,200_Lazy Bear, Crazy Bear: Loony Long Vowels
Written by Kevin Bolger
Illustrations by Ben Hodson
40 pages – ages 4+
Published by HarperCollins on June 23, 2015

9780062285966Gran on a Fan: Silly Short Vowels
Written by Kevin Bolger
Illustrations by Ben Hodson
40 pages – ages 4+
Published by HarperCollins on June 23, 2015

Synopsis- Do you have trouble with your vowel sounds? Do you like to read funny comics? Do you like grandmothers swinging from fans? If so, these books are perfect for you! They are comics with simple words to encourage kids to read them and learn about the vowel sounds. Meet up with Gran and Crazy Bear in these teaching comic books!

What I Thought- These are great books. I really like the unique idea of using comics to teach kids about the vowel sounds. The mini-stories in the books are hilarious and crazy – in a good way, of course! My favorite(s) is in the Gran on a Fan book. Nell falls into a well early on, and nobody gets her out. The last few pages of the book? The return of Nell! I laughed out loud when I read that. Mr. Hodson’s illustrations are great attributes to the story, putting even more humor into the book. The cartoon feel will make kids smile. I can promise you that! I think that this book series will be a huge hit with kids. It’s perfect for reluctant readers, and for bedtimes, you just read one comic per night!

I give this series five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

Review! The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow by Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson

2 Sep

secretfilesThe Secret Files of Fairday Morrow

Co-Written by Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson

Illustrated by Roman Muradov

272 pages – ages 9+

Will be published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on December 1, 2015

Synopsis- Fairday Morrow and her family are moving into a new house, even if Fairday doesn’t like it. It doesn’t help that their house is a supposedly haunted Victorian mansion, called the Begonia House. Apparently, there was controversy about what happened to some of the original residents. They say that the house’s builder’s daughter still haunts the house to this day. Fairday doesn’t believe. But she is curious about the mysterious red-haired lady in some old photographs. But wait – was that some mysterious person in the mirror? Fairday just shrugs it off. Next came the bagpipes. Fairday hears bagpipes playing in a room, and follows the noise, and finds… a ripped up bagpipe that couldn’t make a sound. Fairday will get to the bottom of what is going on in the Begonia House?

What I Thought- I  really enjoyed this book. It was a marvelously done, debut, thriller novel. Ms. Robinson and Ms. Haight are great authors that really pull you into their story. I couldn’t get out until that final sentence. And, by then I wanted more. To say I want a second book is an understatement. The writing style is compelling, and makes me feel as if I was there with Fairday and her friends. I really like the illustrations in the book. They are like the ribbon on a present, or the icing on the cake. It adds another dimension to the story. I couldn’t put the book down, which may have been a not-so-smart idea, because this book is a horror-thriller kind of book, and I end up reading at night… Yeah, I may or may not have thought I heard bagpipes playing in the night… ;) This was a well-written book! It has enough thriller elements that, while it isn’t Goosebumps, it is creepy in its own way. I was trying to guess what would be happening next, but then another clue would be tossed in, and it would shake my logical reasoning all around, and the story kept me guessing. All over a great read!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

An Interview with Monster & Boy — Not To Be Missed! – Reblog

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I ran across this fun interview over at Sue Morris’ blog, Kid-Lit-Reviews. It is with a potential 2016 candidate – MONSTER! Forget Hillary and Donald, MONSTER NEEDS YOUR VOTE! Check out the whole interview and Monster’s new book by clicking on the link below.

Originally posted on Kid Lit Reviews:

Today I am honored to have two wonderful guests from the Monster & Me series, including the recently released Monster Needs Your Vote (reviewed here). You might remember them from another interview (read it here). There is no better way to get at the story than from the view point of the characters.


Monster and Boy cut to the chase as they answer a few of my hard-hitting questions. Of course, you’d expect nothing less from an interview with a political candidate. Monster is vying for President! Yep, he doesn’t play around folks (well, not much), and aims for the top! Monster’s long-time friend goes along on the campaign trail, giving guidance and help as only Boy can. (NOTE:  Kids, any Boy—or Girl—and any Monster can aspire to this relationship, as enviable as it is.)


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National Geographic Nonfiction Review! Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall by Anita Silvey

31 Aug

janegoodUntamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall

Written by Anita Silvey

Foreword by Jane Goodall

96 pages (hardcover) – ages 8+

Published by National Geographic Children’s Books on June 9, 2015

Synopsis- Jane Goodall always loved animals, ever since her childhood. When given an opportunity to visit Africa, Jane pounces on the idea – imagine the wildlife there! When in Africa, she realized she needs a job. That leads her to animal and historical enthusiast, Louis Leakey. Working as his secretary Jane soon steps up to a job that Louis has been looking for a person to do. That job? Visit the nearby, unmapped Gombe forest and study the chimpanzees living there. It was something no trained field expert had ever done, and Jane had no field experience. Was this the opportunity of a life time or huge mistake?

What I Thought- This is a wonderful resource about the life of Jane Goodall. It starts from her young childhood and goes to current-day. The book even includes a foreword by Ms. Goodall. I like how, while the book is meant for kids, it puts the parts of the book in a cool, easy-to-read, but was also informational and succinct. I actually prefer these to what NatGeo puts out for adults (but maybe that is because I am a  kid ;) ). This has fun facts, easy-to-read pages, and much more! Besides learning about Ms. Goodall’s work with chimpanzees, did you know that Ms. Goodall was a great waitress, and could carry around 12 plates without a tray? I learned a lot, and the book really brought Ms. Goodall to life for me. The real life photographs added so much to the story. All I have to say is WOW! I enjoyed every bit of this. I highly recommend the book!

I give this five out of five bookworms!fivebooks



My sister Josie  just read a National Geographic Kids book she was very excited about. She wanted to review it also.

dirtDirtmeister’s Nitty Gritty Planet Earth: All About Rocks, Minerals, Fossils, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, & Even Dirt!

by Steve Tomecek

Illustrated by Fred Harper

128 pages – ages 8+
Published by National Geographic Children’s Books on June 9, 2015

Summary – (from the publisher) – Come and explore the world under your feet with the Dirtmeister and friends! Part graphic novel, part fun guidebook, this very cool, rocky journey introduces both eager and reluctant readers to the basic geologic processes that shape our Earth. Clear and concise explanations of the various geologic processes reveal the comprehensive science behind each fascinating topic. Fun facts and simple DIY experiments reinforce the concepts while short biographies of important scientists inspire future geo-scientists.

What Josie thought – This was one of the coolest books I ever read. I collect rocks and love to play in the dirt and dig in the dirt. This book was awesome. It told me about rocks and how they form and different types. It told me about earthquakes and the Earth and volcanoes too. It was interesting to read how mountains are made. I like all the pictures in the book. Some were real pictures and some were cartoons. I liked that the words are spread all over (not like in a story). I think all kids will like this book!

I will give this book eighteen bookworms out of five ha ha ha Erik won’t let me do that so I give it five bookworms fivebooks

Review! Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett

28 Aug

leoLeo: A Ghost Story
Written by Mac Barnett
Illustrations by Christian Robinson
52 pages – ages 5+
Published by Chronicle Books on August 25, 2015

Theme/Topic- Friendships / Imaginary Friends

Genre- Fiction

Synopsis- Leo is a ghost. He’s lived by himself for many years. Not many people can see him. One day, a family moves into the house, and when Leo greets them with tea, they freak out. Leo, feeling unwanted, leaves the house. After wandering the city streets for a bit, Leo meets Jane, a young girl. Jane can see him. They have a lot of fun together. When a robber tries to ruin their fun, Leo learns that being a ghost can be a very good thing.

Why I liked this book- This is a fun book to read. I like how it ends in a unique, marvelous way (read the book to find out!). The book itself is a sweet book about friendship. Mr. Barnett is a great author, and Mr. Robinson is a great illustrator, so it’s no wonder they make an amazing team! The simple illustrations go really well with the story line, as if you see the book from a child’s view. I think all younger kids looking for a good read will enjoy this story!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream by Tom Watson

25 Aug

stickiceStick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream

Book 4 Stick Dog Series

By Tom Watson

244 pages – ages 7+

Published by HarperCollins on May 19, 2015

Synopsis- It’s a hot summer day, the hottest of the hot, and Stick Dog and his gang are in need of something cool. But nothing they try seems to work. That is, until they find a big, odd-shaped truck that plays an annoying song comes around. The dogs don’t know what is going on, but when it leaves, there are sometimes little puddles of cool, multi-colored, yummy liquid. So, the dogs chase after the truck, always getting those puddles. But it’s not enough! They need MORE!

What I Thought- I LOVE the Stick Dog books (See my review HERE). They genuinely look like they came from a notebook The drawings are funny and capture the feelings of the dogs perfectly. Mr. Watson has a fun writing style that really sounds like it’s a kid telling the story. The only thing I didn’t like was that the book didn’t even re-introduce the characters and if kids were picking the series up with this book, it would have helped with a little more introduction. The books are an awesome read for their intended age. The silly humor is a favorite of mine and I am sure other kids feel the same. Book 4 of the series didn’t disappoint with the wacky humor and even sillier drawings.

I give this book four out of five bookworms.fourbooks


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