Ten-Year-Old Erik Is No Longer Reviewing Books

24 Dec

I have an announcement that may shock some of you. Ten-year-old Erik will no longer be reviewing books.



Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I wasn’t going to post a review today, but I just read a good book by an author I really like. For my first official review as an eleven year old, I am going to tell you about a Christmas story I just read by Nicola Palmer, the author of the Alice Parker series (which are awesome books you should read).

One Strange ChristmasOne Strange Christmas

By Nicola Palmer

Published by Kallisto on November 8, 2012

Ages 7+

OH NO! There’s blue snow on the ground this Christmas, and Jake blames himself for it. Last night,Β Jake woke up and saw a beautiful snow globe by his bed. He then wished for snow and an exciting Christmas day. Now look at what’s happened – BLUE snow!!!Β The very weird thing is, it’s only on their street! That is strange! Jake meets Eric (don’t you love that name πŸ˜‰ ), the elf, who takes him to Santa’s ship (his modern sleigh) and meets Santa. Most of Jake’s family didn’t believe in Santa but Jake did. Santa explains to Eric how he accomplishes everything he has to do on Christmas Eve. Santa also tellsΒ JakeΒ thatΒ his future will be changed forever (but in a good way).

This Christmas story is a great read for kids and adults. I thought the story plot was very unique. I thought the part of the story that tells you that you have to believe to see things (like snowmen are really alive). It is a nice more modern story for the holidays. It has a lot of funny parts to it. I really love Ms. Palmer’s Alice Parker series and this story is written just as well. If you are looking for a fun Christmas story for your kid (or yourself), I recommend “One Strange Christmas”!

Five out of five bookworms for One Strange Christmas! fivebooks

81 Responses to “Ten-Year-Old Erik Is No Longer Reviewing Books”

  1. Angela Brown December 24, 2012 at 7:02 am #

    Happy Birthday, Erik!!! And Merry Christmas.

    Thanks for sharing a review today!!


  2. Joanna December 24, 2012 at 7:37 am #

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Erik-the-eleven-year-old reviewer, and thanks for another gem recommendation for us!


  3. Catherine Johnson December 24, 2012 at 7:52 am #

    Happy Birthday, Erik! Great review and I hope you enjoy the choose your own adventure, it is awesome!


  4. Pamela Courtney December 24, 2012 at 7:54 am #

    Giving a review on your birthday! What a wonderful work ethic! Happy birthday to, 11 year old Erik! Many, many happy returns of the day. Have loads of fun!


  5. Jarm Del Boccio December 24, 2012 at 7:57 am #

    Very clever, Erik. A big Happy Birthday to you today!!


  6. D.M. Andrews (@AuthorDMAndrews) December 24, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    Happy Birthday, Erik! So close to Christmas!


  7. Niki Leonidou December 24, 2012 at 8:07 am #

    Happy birthday Erik! Mary Christmas and a happy new year!


  8. Robyn Campbell December 24, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    Happy birthday Erik!!!!!!!!! I love that you did this on your birthday. Have fun with the choose your own adventure. πŸ™‚ Oh. And. Eat. Cake.


  9. Renee LaTulippe December 24, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    Buon compleanno, Erik! You scared me for a minute there, but I’m glad to know an older and wiser Kid will still be posting reviews. πŸ™‚ Have a stupendous day full of cake and happiness!


  10. Kay Winters December 24, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    Happy Birthday! Eric… Kay Winters

    Sent from my iPad


  11. lionelsnod December 24, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    Happy Birthday Erik! You had me for a minute there πŸ™‚ Great review as always and Merry Christmas to go along with warm birthday wishes to you!

    Paul R. Hewlett


  12. Heather Newman (@HeatherNewman12) December 24, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    Happy, Happy Eleventh Birthday to you!! Best wishes today and for the year ahead, Erik.


  13. Pat Brisson December 24, 2012 at 9:06 am #

    Have a wonderful birthday and a great year ahead, Erik! And keep up the good work.


  14. Cordelia Dinsmore December 24, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    Wishes for a magical birthday, Erik. And thank you so much for all the helpful and thoughtful reviews you have provided us with during your tenth year. Keep reading and writing those reviews, please.


  15. Anonymous December 24, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    Happy birthday Erik! Hope you have a wonderful day! And thanks so much for the review of ‘One Strange Christmas’ – what a wonderful surprise on Christmas Eve πŸ™‚ Yay – made my day!!!


  16. madelynrosenberg December 24, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    Happy birthday, Erik! Wishing you a fantastic birthday, Christmas, winter break, and another great year of reading!


  17. Genevieve Petrillo December 24, 2012 at 9:26 am #

    Happy Christmas Eve Birthday, Erik! Yay, you! I hope you party like you’re off your leash and somebody left the gate open!!

    Love and birthday licks,


  18. Cheryl Secomb December 24, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    Happy Birthday, Erik! And Merry Christmas, too. : )


  19. Nessa December 24, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    Happy birthday, Erik! I hope you have a great day!


  20. swlothian December 24, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    Happy birthday Erik.


  21. Beth Stilborn December 24, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    Happy happy birthday, Erik!!! This sounds like a great book — so glad the eleven-year-old Erik will be reviewing books, at least until the twelve-year-old Erik takes over in a year! Have a wonderful day, a wonderful year, a wonderful life!


  22. Joanne Fritz December 24, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    Happy Birthday, Erik! Wishing you many more happy years of reviewing fun books like this one.


  23. Romelle Broas December 24, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    Happy 11th birthday, Erik! You are one special kid. Thanks for the book reviews you’ve done over the years. Have a wonderful day! Merry Christmas!


  24. Cathy Ballou Mealey December 24, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    Happy Birthday Erik! Wishing you wonderful things for your 11th year. I always love those double year birthdays: 11,22,33,44, etc. May all your wishes come true!


  25. twigstories December 24, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    Happy, merry 11th birthday, Erik! My sister’s birthday is today also. I always thought folks born on this day were extra-special, and now I know it’s true! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you and your extraordinary family!


  26. Patricia Tilton December 24, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    Happy 11th Birthday, Erik! Happy to know you will continue to revew! Have a special birthday and an amazing Chritmas! And don’t you and Josie forget to track Santa on NORAD’s site.


  27. Kirsten Larson December 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    Happy birthday, Erik! Thank you for all you do to find wonderful books to keep boys reading. Here’s hoping 11 is even more fun than 10.


  28. emlaj7 December 24, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas Erik!
    From, the Lajeunesse family


  29. ontheplumtree December 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    Well! What a great day to have a birthday. Happy Birthday, Erik. More super reviews. I look forward to lots more from 11 year old Erik in the New Year.


  30. Renee C. December 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    Omigosh! You just about gave me a heart attack! Happy Birthday Erik and Merry Christmas! πŸ™‚


  31. viviankirkfield December 24, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Erik! I’m so glad I was able to be part of your special birthday adventure quest that Ms. Hill organized.:) I look forward to sharing PPBF, 12×12 and all of the other challenges and contests with you in 2013


  32. patientdreamer December 24, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

    Happy Birthday Erik. It has been really wonderful to get to know the 10year old Erik and I am sooo happy the 11yr old Erik will be continuing on with the Book reviews and joining in the fun with us through 2013. Have a wonderful Christmas to.


  33. Julie Grasso December 24, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    Happy Birthday Erik, such a wonderful time in your life and you have the best start, reading to expand your horizons. Best wishes and virtual sticky date and chocolate cupcakes with caramel cardamom syrup to you. Cheers Julie


  34. julie rowan zoch December 24, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

    When I read the opening, I thought, it’s not April 1st, so what is this kid up to? Ha, ha! You are too funny for your own blog, Erik! Thanks for giving me another smile today!


  35. izatrapani1 December 24, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    You had me fooled too, Erik. You’re awesome! I hope you are having a fantastic birthday! My best wishes to you!!!


  36. David Eveleigh December 24, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    Ha ha, you actually had me going there for a second. Happy Birthday, Erik and have yourself a very merry Christmas. I hope you have a wonderful time with your family πŸ™‚


  37. Michelle Isenhoff December 24, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    Best birthday wishes from me and my boys!


  38. bunnycates (@BunnyCates) December 24, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

    Happy Birthday Erik!


  39. Darlene December 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    Happy belated Birthday Erik. Soooo glad you are still reviewing books. My Mom’s birthday is Christmas Day. She turned 84 years young. Best wishes from Canada!!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 27, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

      Thanks Ms. Foster! Tell your Mom I said Happy Belated Birthday! She is literally the Christmas baby! πŸ˜‰


  40. KidLitReviews December 27, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    Do you know how hard it is on fingers to roll down this far. just to write a comment so as not to be the only one on the web not to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERIK!” ? πŸ™„

    So, what did you do with ten-year-old Erik? Getting rid of kids is a crime, ya’ know? Well, eleven-year-old Erik, 5 really liked the ten-year-old version so you have a lot to live up to. I hope you are ready for that challenge.

    Happy New Year Version 11.

    Sue, the same one from last year πŸ™‚


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 1, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

      Again, you should write a joke book (maybe just you and me conversing? πŸ˜‰ ) Oh, 10-year-old Erik is walking away with Father Time. πŸ˜‰
      Happy 2013! πŸ™‚


  41. Kat Taylor December 29, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    Hope your Birthday was extra happy! You deserve the best! Happy New Year as well!


  42. Myra GB December 31, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    How awesome is that! You are celebrating your birthday during Christmas time. I love it. My daughter is only three days older than you are. I am thrilled by the fact that you’ve just both turned eleven! πŸ™‚ Happy Happy Happy Birthday handsome!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 2, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

      Thank you Ms. Bascal! Happy Birthday Miss Bascal (sorry, but I don’t know the name…)!


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