Aftermath of a Blogger’s Illness Part 2 – Reviews Galore!

28 Jun

Hello blogging world. I feel like I haven’t seen you in a while. Sadly I’ve been sick for as long as I’ve been out of school. At first I thought I was getting better but then – nope. It turns out I had pneumonia and the doctor I was seeing “missed” it (my mom took me to a different doctor because she knew something was not right with me… well besides the usual). I am happy to say that after 14 days of 101+ fevers, I was fever free yesterday! WOO!Β  I am sad to say, I’ve not been able to keep up with commenting and posting and reading everyone’s wonderful blogs like I usually do (I got around a little, but not much), but things should be back to normal now. πŸ™‚ I have one more multi-post that I will do to catch up on all the things I got behind on! Here we go –

The winner of the Guardian Herd: LANDFALL by Jennifer Alvarez Swag Pack is:

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Maureen Verone!!!!

Congratulations! I will be emailing you to get the address of where to send you your goodies!


shiversShivers! The Pirate Who’s Afraid of Everything

Written by

Illustrated by

192 pages – ages 8+

Published by HarperCollins on February 24, 2015

Synopsis-Β Shivers is a pirate. His mom is a pirate, his dad is a pirate, and his big brother is a pirate. It runs in the family. So why is Shivers afraid ofΒ everything that can do anything on this world? And if that’s not bad enough, why did his entire family have to be captured while sailing the high seas, leaving only Shivers and his pet fish, Albee, to rescue them. But then Margo comes along. Her dad is chief police officer, and she’s almost as good as him! Will Margo be enough to whip Shivers into shape?

What I Thought-Β This was a hilarious early chapter book! I read it while I was stuck in bed because I was sick, and I read it in an afternoon. It really cheered my spirits up. Shivers is a great character, and he’ll make you laugh! The book has random chapters missing, or blotted out, but all with a purpose, and they add humor (for example, the last page of Chapter 5 is blotted with “squid ink” because they were being attacked by an angry squid). I like how Margo, Shivers’ best friend, helps him on his adventures, taking control of a “frightening” situation. It’s a nice touch that she’s a girl. The book is wacky and slightly unbelievable, and kids will learn a little about the Statue of Liberty. Story-book pirates still exist in modern-day New Jersey and New York City, and they sail around looking for the treasure in the Statue of Liberty’s torch. This is a really funny book!

I give this five out of five bookworms!fivebooks


The Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests coverThe Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests

By Bailey Fort

ebookΒ  (picture book) – ages 5+

Published by Fortify Books on March 23, 2015

Synopsis-Β In the East, over the high seas, lays a land you’ve never seen before. It hosts marvelous creatures that normally only exist in your imagination. Discover wild beasts that make you laugh, like the Two-Headed Mugwump, and others that you just think are cool, like the Millipus. Journey to the bewundering world of the bewilderbeests in this picture book!

What I Thought-Β This was a creative book. Ms. Fort has made a nice picture book. The creatures are whimsical and the illustrations are bright and marvelous. Kids will really like them. They capture the spirit of the book. The book is available as an ebook and the illustrations come out pretty well digitally. The repetitive rhyme in the poems are fun to read. They get your imagination going.

I give this four out of five bookworms.fourbooks


Solve-A-CrimeYOU DO THE MATH: Solve A Crime

Written by Hilary Koll and Steve Mills

Illustrated by Vladimir Aleksic


  • Series: You Do the Math


32 pages – ages 6+

Published by QEB Publishing on April 1, 2015

Synopsis-Β When a crime is reported, you are called upon to do the math to find out who broke into the safe in an apartment. You then learn about fingerprinting, DNA, alibis, video footage, etc. In math skills you learn about pie charts, fractions, timelines, area, etc. You learn many more skills of both types. Can YOU solve the crime?

What I Thought- This was a really cool book! This series shows you how you will have to use math to do a job well. The job in this book is a police officer/detective. I like how it goes through the crime, and gives you math problems related to what is going on in the case. You learn a lot about crime solving, and just plain old math problems. This book is appropriate for young advanced readers, but does mention blood (but no murder is committed (it mentions it in a statistic)), and using it for a DNA test. There are answers in the back of the book, including a glossary and index too. All in all, it’s a really cool book!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

hospitalThe Berenstain Bears: Hospital Friends

By Mike Berenstain

23 pages – ages 5+

Published by HarperCollins on April 21, 2015

Synopsis- When the Bear family goes to pay their well-wishes to a young family member at a hospital, they get curious about what really goes on in a hospital. Luckily, the family doctor is willing to give a tour of the hospital, explaining how they worked.

What I Thought- This is a nice book. It gives a tour of the average hospital, with operating rooms, x-ray rooms, kid (or “cub”) playrooms, etc. I like that this book helps with the fact that some kids might be afraid of hospitals, but they are actually nice places. The illustrations have that timeless Berenstain feel. It is really cool how the newer stories keep all of the elements we like about the original books. I really liked this book. I think, if anything, that hospitals should all carry a copy of this book, at least in their kids’ section.

BONUS – from the publisher – “All of the author’s royalties are being contributed to the Stan & Jan Berenstain Healthy Kids Foundation, a charitable organization devoted to children’s health issues.”

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

56 Responses to “Aftermath of a Blogger’s Illness Part 2 – Reviews Galore!”

  1. Joanna June 28, 2015 at 8:35 pm #

    Wow, I am so glad that you are finally fever free! What a stretch of YUK!! So many great recommendations here, though YOU DO THE MATH looks especially intriguing!


  2. Penny Parker Klostermann June 28, 2015 at 8:58 pm #

    Oh my! That’s a long time to be under the weather. I’m so glad you’re not going to another doctor and that your fever free.
    I love the Berenstain books! I’ll have to check that one out for sure πŸ™‚


  3. julie rowan zoch June 28, 2015 at 9:12 pm #

    My, oh, my! Sure am glad you’re on the mend! Love the title: The Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests.


  4. Catherine Johnson June 28, 2015 at 9:19 pm #

    I really like the sound of the first two for H and I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been so ill. I hope you feel much better soon and enjoy your summer break :0)


  5. itsybitsymom June 28, 2015 at 9:21 pm #

    Glad you are feeling better Erik! Be sure not to over-do it! Rest and READ!


  6. Beth Stilborn June 28, 2015 at 9:39 pm #

    So sorry to hear you’ve been sick — and very glad you’re feeling better. Itsybitsymom has good advice. Rest and READ!


  7. Lynn June 28, 2015 at 9:42 pm #

    Erik, I’m so very sorry you were such an ill boy! It’s unfortunate you were seeing a doctor who didn’t recognize pneumonia, however, how good it is your mom knows to look beyond “the usual”. πŸ˜‰
    You’ve done another great job of reviews here. Welcome back!


  8. grammypags1 June 28, 2015 at 9:54 pm #

    Hi Erik – So sorry to hear you’ve been ill. Yikes! NOT a good thing AFTER school is out! NOT the way to start your summer vacation! So glad to hear you are on the mend! I LOVE reading your reviews – but pace yourself for heavens sake! Happy summer!! ❀ Mrs. Paglia "Grammy Pags"


  9. Brenda June 28, 2015 at 11:10 pm #

    Hope your completely on the mend real soon and have a wonderful summer!


  10. Claudine @ CarryUsOff Books June 28, 2015 at 11:37 pm #

    Glad to know you’re feeling better, Erik! I had pneumonia when I was 14, too, and I know how you must feel (the constant fevers and coughing). YOU DO THE MATH AND SOLVE A CRIME sounds like a really cool book. πŸ™‚


  11. The Story Reading Ape June 29, 2015 at 3:11 am #

    Glad you’re feeling a lot better Erik – the blogosphere is way too quiet without you πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€


  12. Diane Tulloch June 29, 2015 at 3:40 am #

    Glad to hear your feeling much better, Erik. Your choices of reading sound really good. Thanks for sharing. Take care


  13. Genevieve Petrillo June 29, 2015 at 5:29 am #

    Welcome back, little buddy. I’m happy you’re getting better from pneumonia. That doesn’t sound like very much fun at all. I like these book choices. Shiver reminds me of myself. I’m afraid A LOT. Mom is my Margo. Plus sometimes she has to carry me if I’m too scared to walk.

    Love and licks,


  14. S.W.Lothian | Author June 29, 2015 at 6:57 am #

    Sorry to hear you haven’t been well, but glad to hear you’re recovering.


  15. chinabobnsue June 29, 2015 at 7:48 am #

    Relieved you are well again. The blogging world must not go for long with one of it’s most important young voices under the weather. Stay well. Mr. J

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  16. jama June 29, 2015 at 8:18 am #

    Sorry to hear you’ve been sick, Erik — relieved and glad you’re doing better now. Thanks for this multi-book review post — love your enthusiasm for all these titles. πŸ™‚


  17. Patricia Tilton June 29, 2015 at 10:02 am #

    I am so happy to hear you know what is really wrong. As you know, pneumonia is not fun. I’m glad you rested and read. Congratulations to Veronica on winning the tote! Enjoyed your enthusiastic reviews. DO THE MATH sounds like a winner. It’s daunting when you have a stack of books to review and you don’t feel well.


  18. sheilaklewis June 29, 2015 at 12:59 pm #

    wow, glad you are better. Take it easy.


  19. Joanne Fritz June 29, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

    Pneumonia! Gosh, Erik! So sorry you’ve been ill for so long, but glad you’re getting better. Thank goodness for your mom knowing there was something wrong.

    Even when you’ve been sick, you manage to write enthusiastic reviews. Nice job!


  20. Jilanne Hoffmann June 29, 2015 at 5:18 pm #

    Glad to hear you’re back in the saddle again, Erik! Also glad your mother trusted her instincts and took you to a different doctor. Cheers!


  21. Dr Niamh June 29, 2015 at 7:19 pm #

    Wow, Erik, pneumonia is serious. I had it recently also and it is really debilitating. Glad you are well now and you have certainly dished up loads of great reviews.


  22. donnagalanti June 30, 2015 at 1:14 am #

    Erik, so sad to hear you were so sick! Glad your mom was on the case and got you some help. Hope you feel 110% soon!


  23. Michelle Isenhoff June 30, 2015 at 8:44 am #

    Glad you’re feeling better. Being sick sucks even more in the summer!


  24. heylookawriterfellow June 30, 2015 at 11:22 am #

    Glad to hear you’re on the mend!

    And You Do The Math look fantastic.

    As for The Berenstain Bears, they’ve been phoning it in since the 1980s. If a BB book doesn’t have Papa Bear getting walloped by his own stupidity (in verse) I want nothing to do with it.


  25. LovableLobo June 30, 2015 at 6:17 pm #

    Let the summer fun begin, now that you are on the mend! Congrats to Maureen for winning the swag pack. As always, great reviews, Erik!


  26. Susanna Leonard Hill July 2, 2015 at 11:08 am #

    What a lousy way to start summer vacation! So glad to hear you’re feeling better now!


  27. Sue Morris @ KidLitReviews July 6, 2015 at 11:43 pm #

    I missed this post as I was moving. So sorry you have a rough go of it. I’ve had pneumonia and it is not fun. I am very happy you feel better. Bet you didn’t like missing so much school, oh, wait, its summer break (I’ve been moving a very long time now). Love your reviews. You are getting some very interesting books. Makes me want to increase my TBR list. Nice job, Erik! πŸ™‚


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks July 13, 2015 at 9:46 pm #

      Thank you Ms. Morris! πŸ™‚ Boy! How long were you moving? (don’t worry – we moved in over a year) πŸ™‚


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