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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Book Review - Clem Hetherington and the Ironwood Race

Clem Hetherington and the Ironwood Race



About the Book
A dangerous rally race... and archaeology?!

Clementine Hetherington and her robot brother, Digory, have run away from the orphanage they've been living in since their parents died. Clem and Dig want to follow in their famous archaeologist mother's footsteps, but no one will take them seriously. Their chance arrives when a man from their past saves Digory's life, and to repay the debt they enter a multiday rally race... to recover stolen artifacts! Clem and Dig hope to win so they can give the artifacts to a museum, but their opponents want to sell them on the black market. The Ironwood Race has no rules, and Clem and Dig might be in over their heads!


My Take on the Book
This is a review that my daughter wrote about this book...

I thought this graphic novel was great. It is about a girl named Clementine but people call her Clem. She has a robot brother named Digory, but people call him dig . Clem's parents died but she does not  know how they died, so she lived in a orphanage. She ran away with Dig and they lived in a vacant store/apartment. Then one of their parents' so called friends found them in the apartment and asked if they would go on a dig with him, however, they turned down the offer at first. Later, when some people break Digory, Clem runs and asks for help and says to the friend of the parents "if you fix him, I will do the dig". Digory got fixed and they decided to assist with the dig. Clem is great at riding in the front seat of a race car and wins most races but finds difficulties in the way that she races and at the end she finds out a huge secret. I think it was a great book and I hope there is another one soon!           

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Book Review - The Perfect Pillow

The Perfect Pillow



About the Book
In his strange new room on his big new bed, Brody tosses and turns, holding his stuffed dragon named Horst. His parents can't help him fall asleep, so he has no choice to go out and search for a better bed. Is it a squirrel's nest? A cloud? A rowboat on a pond? No, the moon is too bright, and the croaking frogs are too loud, so there's nothing for it but to go back home and jump into his big new bed, where a friendly dragon makes a perfect pillow.

Young readers will enjoy floating along with Brody and Horst in this friendly nocturnal adventure with all the makings of a bedtime classic.




My Take on the Book
This is a very cute story that shows you a story of a boy that is trying to find the best place to sleep. It is fun to watch him try so many different places. The story is fun and the illustrations are beautiful!

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Book Review - When Pigs Fly

When Pigs Fly



About the Book
Henry is ready to do what no pig has done before. "But pigs can't fly," says his sister, Henrietta. Nothing will stop Henry from trying, until it looks as though gravity might finally get the better of him. Fortunately, Henrietta has an idea that gives both of them a lift.

Henry's determination and Henrietta's imagination combine to make a positive sibling story about creative play and teamwork.



My Take on the Book
This is a very cute story that talks about both sharing and caring, both important things that I know we try to teach our own kids. This book teaches these messages in fun ways that will allow them to learn and have fun while reading as well.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Book Review - A Busy Creature's Day Eating





About the Book
Apples! Berries! Cereal! Is there anything this Busy Creature can't crunch? Mo Willems tells an alphabetical tale of hunger, hubris, regret, and redemption as a Busy Creature hilariously chomps and chews its way from A to P and then to Z.


My Take on the Book
This is a very cute book that walks you through the alphabet in a fun way as the creature in this book eats its' way through the alphabet. You will love reading this with your own child as I know I did myself!


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Monday, January 1, 2018

Book Review - Luciana: Braving the Deep




About the Book
Luciana Vega wants to be the first kid on Mars. But first she's got to be a good team player here on Earth.

Luciana can't wait to take off for youth astronaut training camp. She hopes to be chosen to dive to an underwater habitat where real astronauts train for life in space. But when Luci accuses her diving partner of sabotage, no one believes her and her chances of making the diving team sink fast. Things hit rock bottom when Luci has an underwater crisis. Suddenly, making the dive team isn't her biggest worry. She'll have to conquer her fears if she ever wants to make it to Mars. If she can't, will she have to kiss her dreams of becoming an astronaut good-bye?
 


My Take on the Book
This was a fun book that introduced us to the new American Girl of 2018. This was a ton of fun and the new American Girl of the year was a great character that showed a ton of tenacity. We love reading about these new American Girl characters and if you have never read these in the past, you truly should!


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Friday, December 29, 2017

Book Review - Pug Pals: Two's A Crowd

Pug Pals: Two's A Crowd




About the Book
Two pugs. One beloved toy bunny. What could go wrong?

Sunny's new little sister, Rosy, is getting her paws into everything. When Rosy takes Sunny's favorite toy, Mr. Bunny, and loses him, Sunny is barking mad.

But when Rosy sets off on her own to find and rescue Mr. Bunny, Sunny starts to worry. Rosy's never been outside by herself before. Sunny will have to gather all the canine courage she has and go after them -- before Rosy and Mr. Bunny are both lost fur-ever!




My Take on the Book
This was a very cute story with some very fun pals that while they get into a bit of a spat over a favorite toy in the end they have to work together to get through the challenge. The book was a quick read that you will love to read together with your kids. There are some larger themes within the book in relation to friendship and more that as a parent I love to see in a book. This was a fun book for all!

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Book Review - Victor Shmud, Total Expert: Night of the Living Things

Victor Shmud, Total Expert: Night of the Living Things




About the Book
Fresh from his intergalactic adventure, Victor is casting about for something new to apply his formidable know how to. The obvious next step is cello-making. However, the not so mellifluous sounds that emanate from his creations are enough to wake the dead. That's right, there are zombies let loose and it's up to Victor, Patty, and the long-suffering, always faithful Dumpylumps to not get eaten.



My Take on the Book
This was a great book with a character that you will love to get to know. Victor is a character that you have to love. The author brings forward great artwork and a great story and you have to love that in this book you get living dead and some great characters fighting to send the dead back where they should reside. The book is a quick read and combined with great artwork and a compelling story I know that my daughter and I were completely engaged and drawn into the story from beginning to end and you will be too!

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