Archive | May, 2011

Get Cooking with these Marvelous Kid’s Cookbooks!!!

31 May

A Couple of Delicious Kid Cookbooks

Everyone should probably know that I LOVE books, right? But did you know I like to cook too? The following are a few kid friendly cookbooks that I really like.

The Redwall Cookbook

by Brian Jacques Illustrated by Christopher Denise

Published in 2006 by Philomel

104 pages – ages 9-12

Whether you’re a fan of Redwall, or not – this cookbook is for everyone! The Redwall series is written by Brian Jacques and tells the tale of the Redwall Abbey and the animals that live within and around the abbey’s walls (Mr. Jacques died earlier this year which makes me sad). If you haven’t read any of the Redwall books you should really give them a try! AND for those fans of Redwall…..YES THERE IS A COOKBOOK! The Redwall Cookbook has stories and great illustrations for each recipe. My favorite recipe is the “Stones Inna Swamp”. I like how there is different seasons for the recipes (like winter and spring depending on what feast is going on). The illustrations are really detailed and you can see your favorite Redwall characters on the pages -Sister Pansy and Friar Hugo are on the cover. Every recipe has a story to go with it and you feel like you are reading part of a Redwall book! Some of the recipes are a little hard so you need a parent’s help. Click HERE to learn more about Brian Jacques and Redwall!

Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats Recipe Book

Kids in the Kitchen Series

13 pages -ages 5+

copyrighted in 2008 by Poof-Slinky Inc

Would you like to dine on a “rice krispies pizza” with me?  If you like the rice krispie treat, then this book is for you! The book came with a kit that they don’t they don’t make it anymore but you can still find the book used. It is made for young children – as young as 4 but I also like it! there are lots of pictures of what to do so you can follow the recipe based on the pictures instead of the words. Some of the recipes you don’t even need to cook and the ones you do use the microwave so it’s really kid friendly. There are stickers in the back of the book that show what ingredient to use so small kids can put the stickers on the ingredient (like jelly or vanilla) and they see the picture in the book and know that’s what they need. The recipes are really fun to make -my favorite is the pizza.

The Star Wars Cookbook – Wookie Cookies and other Galactic Recipes

by Robin Davis -Photography by Frankie Frankeny

published in 1998 by Chronicle Books

132 pages – ages 9-12

Star Wars Cookbook -The empire serves back! I like this book because on some of the recipes there are funny little captions. I also like the funny sayings on the food labels at the back of the cookbook where you can mark the creations you made! There are great pictures of the food with Star Wars figures in the pictures that look really funny! My favorite recipes  from this book are the Hoth Chocolate and the Tusken Taters. Hummmmm I think I’ll go make a Jawa Jive Milkshake!

Enjoy this cookbook, you will!

Cryptid Hunters

28 May

Cryptid Hunters

by  Roland Smith

Published in 2006 by Hyperion

352  pages -Ages 9-12

Meet Marty and Grace O’Hara (twins). Marty and Grace live at a boarding school and their parents are missing in a helicopter crash. Marty is a trouble maker at his school along with his roommate, Luther. Grace might be a foot shorter than Marty, but she is a foot smarter! When they get an e-mail from their mysterious Uncle (that they didn’t know  existed) saying that he was going to take them to his island, they go straight to their headmaster, Dr. Beasel to find out what was going on. They ended up going to their Uncle’s island(Cryptos Island) to live with him. They find out that their Uncle is going to the Congo without them to find DINOSAUR eggs and they have to go back to the school. Marty and Grace get on board the jet to be sent back to school, but accidentally get dropped into the Congo during the cargo drop. Then a crazy adventure starts!

This book is Funny, Exciting, Entertaining, and Teaching (F.E.E.T.). This is the first book featuring Marty and Grace. The second one is called Tentacles (see my review). Both books were excellent! I recommend this book to everyone who can read! If you want more Marty and Grace, the third book in the series (which may be called Chupacabra) is coming out 2012! You can also find out more information at Roland Smith’s website!

I give this book 5 out of 5 book worms!

The Son of Neptune Cover and First Chapter Released Today!

26 May


Rick Riordan’s book The Son Of Neptune‘s -the second book in The Heroes of Olympus series- cover and first chapter is out for the public to see (click on one of the pictures to go to read it)! I can’t wait to read the chapter and the book! Well, I guess I’ll have to wait for the book………. BUT  I still can read the chapter!!! The entire book will be released on October 4th 2011.



25 May

Club Penguin Shadow Guy and Gamma Gal: Heroes Unite
By Arie Kaplan Illustrated by Richard Cabajal
64 pages – ages 6+
Published by Grosset & Dunlap in 2010

Another Absolutely Awesome Graphic Novel – CLUB PENGUIN Shadow Guy And Gamma Gal: HEROES UNITE
Learn how the super heroes of Club Penguin got their powers and learn how hey became united!

Meet Gamma Gal – The girl who shines with gamma powers and was trained by Sensei who also taught her martial arts.

Meet Shadow Guy – This is one penguin that lurks in the shadows-because he is a shadow! He was trained by Gary The Gadget Guy (AKA E.P.F. Agent G – The E.P.F. stands for Elite Penguin Force). They join together to stop a sea monster that even the EPF couldn’t stop. Can they work together?

This is a good graphic novel. The story was exciting. The pictures are really colorful and the book is good for young advanced readers because there is no real violence and the language is good. You don’t have to be a fan of to enjoy the book (although I do like to play Club Penguin online and on the Wii). There are many other Club Penguin graphic novels to choose from if you like this one!

I rate this book 4 out of 5 book worms.

The Kane Chronicles Book II – The Throne of Fire

23 May

The Throne of Fire

By Rick Riordan

Published in 2011 by Hyperion

Ages 9-12 – 464 pages

What would you do if you had to find and wake a senile god that no one knows where he rests and only had 5 days to do it? Oh, did I forget to tell you that if you don’t find the god in 5 days, the world will probably end. You have 2 choices: ***

Sit Around And Die


Try To Find The God And Maybe Die Trying

If you are Sadie and Carter Kane you’d try to find the god, even if it was dangerous. Enjoy Sadie’s birthday, gamble with Khonsu, get help from a couple of enemies, and make friends with a griffin while living the usual Kane family life!

The adventures of Carter and Sadie continue in this 2nd book after The Red Pyramid! If you didn’t read The Red Pyramid, that’s okay because this book is a story all on its own (although I do recommend you read The Red Pyramid –see my review)!

This book is Cool, Adventurous, and Thrilling (C.A.T.). I would recommend this to anyone who likes Egyptian mythology, action, adventure, fighting with your brother or sister or just a good story.

I am already anxiously awaiting the 3rd book in the Kane Chronicle series (no name yet!) that is supposed to be released in the spring of 2012!

I give The Throne of Fire 5 out of 5 book worms!!!!

Want to learn more about the Kane Chronicles? Click HERE!

***What would you do? Try to save the world? OR Sit and wait for it to be destroyed? Let me know in the comment section!***

Hey LOOK I was Interviewed!

20 May

Children’s book author Tara Lazar interviewed ME about blogging about books!

Check it out at

You can also read about Ms. Lazar and her upcoming book “The Monstore”! I can’t wait to read it!!

Moon Over Manifest

20 May

Moon Over Manifest (Kindle edition)

By Clare Vanderpool

368 Pages – Ages 12+

Published in 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Winner of the 2011 John Newbery Medal for the “most distinguished contribution to American
literature for children.”

12-year old Abilene Tucker was sent to Manifest, Kansas by her father because he had to go work for the railroad and couldn’t look after her. He sent her to live with Shady Howard, a friend of her fathers, who was an ex-bartender reverend of a church in an ex-bar (does that make him a revertender?). She was used to a hard life on the road with her father and didn’t know how she would like Manifest, the town where her father grew up. Abilene wanted to learn more about the town and her Dad’s childhood so, with her two new friends Lettie and Ruthanne, Abilene investigated the town’s past by reading old newspapers and talking to the town’s people. They also got into a hunt for a spy (THE RATTLER) that started decades ago. Slowly Abilene learned about the town, the people in it, her Dad and some secrets that they all had.

It was a good book. The story was very good but I also learned a lot about how some immigrants were treated when they got to the United States. Sometimes parents got separated from their children -some family members were allowed to stay in the USA while others were sent back if they were sick. I also learned about how immigrants made the United States a really cool place and how a lot of different people lived together and sometimes had problems but sometimes got along well. Abilene was a good character and I liked reading about how she uncovered the stories about Manifest’s and her Dad’s past.

I give it 4 out of 5 book worms.

Artemis Fowl The Graphic Novel

17 May

Artemis Fowl The Graphic Novel

Adapted by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin

Art by  Giovanni Rigano  – Color by Paola Lamanna

Published  in 2007 by Hyperion

112 pages -ages 12+

This graphic novel is an adaptation of the first Artemis Fowl novel.

Artemis Fowl is a 12-year old criminal genius who is very wealthy and wants more. He discovers that fairies are real and more importantly that the fairies have A LOT of gold.  Artemis and his two faithful employees take a fairy hostage and ransom her for A LOT of gold. The fairies of the Lower Elements Police recon unit (A.K.A. LEPrecon), the elite fairy police force (we aren’t talking Tinkerbell here -think of GI Joe with magic powers) have to rescue the kidnapped fairy without loosing their gold and letting the rest of the world know that they exist.

I haven’t read the Artemis Fowl novel yet. I liked the graphic novel but I think more details of the story would be in the regular book. It seems like a very cool story and I am definitely going to read the full length book. The art work in the graphic novels is very detailed. It is definitely made for older kids because it is kind of creepy and the story can be kind of violent. There were a couple of not-so-nice words (not curse word -but words we don’t use in our house) in the book (2 of them).

I give the book 4 out of 5 book worms with a warning not to get it for younger kids.

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

15 May

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood  -(Kindle book)

by Howard Pyle

Published in 2008 by A.C. Bryan

330 pages – ages 12+

Did you realize there is much more to the story of Robin Hood other than him being a guy who stole from the rich to give to the poor? How did Robin Hood get his name? Did you know Robin Hood was an Uncle? How did he get his band of Merry men? This book explains how Robin Hood got to be Robin Hood. In 1883 Howard Pyle (who happens to be from Delaware!) put together many traditional Robin Hood stories and made them into this complete book about Robin Hood.

I think the best part of the book is when Robin Hood had a feast with the Bishop of Hereford and the 5 friars and Howard Pyle wrote that ” it was a glorious feast but since he (Mr. Pyle) wasn’t invited” he couldn’t tell us what happened there -I think this was a funny joke the author played on the readers!

The book was a challenge for me to read because it was written in old English so many of the words (thou, ye) were unfamiliar to me and it is written on a harder level -that’s why I gave the age as 12+. BUT -it shouldn’t keep you from reading it. I am happy I did because now think I know the language better AND I really liked the story of Robin Hood Mr. Pyle told. Some of the stories were funny, and all of them were interesting with some action and adventure!

I give this classic book 5 out of 5 book worms!

The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters

12 May

The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters

By Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Published in 2001 by LB Kids

32 Pages – Ages 4- 8

Today I have my first guest book review and the guest reviewer is…….my little sister Josie!! (Josie is 7). 

I liked the Cinderella story in the book the best. I like the pictures and the letters you can pull out. I like pulling the letters out of the pockets. Reading the letters and post cards is funny. I like when the postman delivers the mail. Some of the words were hard to read but the pictures helped me know what the words are. It is a very good bed time story book. I would tell my friends to read it.   I give it 5 out of 5 book worms!       

Thanks, Josie! Now a note from me (Erik)! I think this book is very unique because all throughout the book there are actual letters tucked into envelopes and you pull the letters out to read them. There is a birthday invitation for Goldilocks, a letter from an attorney to the wolf in the Red Riding-Hood story, a post card from Jack to the giant and a lot more. It is a lot of fun to discover what the postman is delivering!

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