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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Book Review - Rainbow Magic: The School Day Fairies - Lydia the Reading Fairy



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About the Book
It's time for Jack Frost to learn his lesson!

Best friends Kirsty Tate and Rachel Walker usually only get to spend vacations and holidays with each other. But for a special week, they'll both be going to the same school! It's a good thing the two friends are together. Jack Frost is causing trouble at the Fairyland School--and the School Day Fairies need help!

Rachel and Kirsty can read Jack Frost like a book. They know he has Lydia's reading badge, and they want him to give it back!



My Take on the Book
This book is one in a series in which two human girls, Kristy and Rachel, have friends who are fairies. In previous books the girls have been involved in helping their fairy friends with various projects or problems. In this book the girls assist Lydia, the reading fairy, retrieve her golden medal or badge which encourages children to read.

The trouble maker is Jack Frost who steals the gold badge so the goblins will listen to his book about his life. So Kristy and Rachel are tuned into goblins so they can infiltrate Jack Frost's school and steal back the badge. Lydia of course is on hand for the magic part in transporting and changing the girls' appearances.

There is a happy ending as the children in the school return to reading and Jack Frost begins to read too.

The chapter book is written on a fourth grade reading level and has an interest level for children in second and third grades.
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Book Review - Super Simple Sewing for Kids


Super Simple Sewing for Kids

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About the Book
Learning to sew is super simpleĆ¢€¦and lots of fun! This book includes tips to get started, types of stitches, basic material suggestions, and projects that include a porcupine greeting card, fridge magnets, cow hand puppet, and more. Creating a sewing craft increases a child's dexterity, aesthetic sense, and confidence. The Super Simple books help children learn gradually, from the easiest task to the more complex, and lets them have fun while they tackle new projects. The result: a keen sense of creativity, greater patience, and skills that last a lifetime.


My Take on the Book
Rosa M. Curto has written an easy to read and follow book of beginning hand sewing projects for children. I feel she has done a wonderful job in not only the step by step illustrations and photos of the completed project, but also the easy to read and follow directions for each project. Patterns are included at the end of the book for your child to copy and use in the projects.


The author includes tips like to be patient with yourself as you learn, you can substitute materials if you don't have something like string for ribbon, and to ask for help to name a few. There are over 30 projects in the book. She illustrates various stitches and even has directions on how to sew buttons in four ways.


Some of the projects include: hand and finger puppets, book marks, placemats, cards, journal covers, and magnets.


If you have a child who enjoys sewing or crafts, I think you will find this book one that can be used quite independently and successfully.
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Book Review - Wolf Camp

Wolf Camp

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About the Book
Meet Homer, a dog who heads to camp to live like a wolf! Here’s the perfect book for the legions of kids out there who love dogs and funny books.

Homer is a dog . . . but he also secretly fancies himself part wolf. So when an invitation to attend WOLF CAMP (“Where every dog can live as a wolf for a week”) falls out of his kibble bag one morning, he’s determined to go. After his people finally agree, Homer boards the bus bound for Wolf Camp, along with fellow campers Trixie and Rex. They’re greeted on the other end by wolf counselors Fang and Grrr (“they seem nice”), and what follows is an array of wolf activities, including learning to howl, mark, and hunt. Of course, Homer’s a little homesick at times, and the food isn’t very good, but that just makes heading home all the sweeter.

Perfect for all those kids anticipating camp themselves, Zuill’s debut introduces a charmer of a dog and puts him in some laugh-out-loud scenarios.


My Take on the Book
Homer, our main character , is a dog who is based on the author's dog named Homer. In our story Homer wants to attend wolf camp. When he finally arrives Homer and two other (dog) campers go through the paces of learning to howl, hunt, and act like wolves.

This book is so funny! Homer has the same feelings and thoughts as a child would attending camp for the first time. There is anxiety at first and then such happiness at the end , he cries when it is time to return home.

The wolf camp counselors give safety instructions like do not trust squirrels and do not chase the cats in the wild. When they hunt and eat it is of course hunting animals which the dog pets are not familiar with in their domestic lives. Homer even writes a letter to his human family asking for doggy treats and insect repellent . The letter will bring a smile to your face.

The story is for a young child and a young child who reads. I believe it will be one your child will enjoy reading/hearing many times. Look closely at the illustrations and speech bubbles as the author has included many wonderful details.


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Monday, April 25, 2016

Book Review - Dumbness Is a Dish Best Served Cold

Dumbness Is a Dish Best Served Cold
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About the Book
Jamie Kelly is back and dumber than ever in this super-deluxe four-color Dear Dumb Diary special edition!

Life at Mackerel Middle School is as dumb as ever -- but Jamie Kelly may have finally found the key to fame, fortune, and fabulousness. Together with Isabella and Angeline, she's come up with a moneymaking idea, and it has to do with food. Everyone likes food! They're going to be rich!

The only problem? They have to come up with something that people actually want to eat.

Jamie has some sophisticated thoughts on food, like, "She was manipulating us like dough. Like the sweet, delicious dough that we are. And she was baking us into the type of delicious cookies you can only get from dough like us. And she was putting sprinkles of us on top of us, and -- forget it. I'm hungry. I want some cookies."

This is sure to go well.




My Take on the Book
This book is meant for children ages 8 - 12, or in grades 3 - 7. It is one in a series of DEAR DUMB DIARY books. The main character writes as if she is talking to a friend (her diary). Her thoughts ramble from one thing to the next but she does it in such detail and includes very humorous illustrations within the text. Don't miss reading her captions.

The books topics range from food, to friends, to parents, teachers and principals, training a gold fish, school, and much much more. She poses questions, troubles, happy and sadness, and the thoughts of a young person with all of the happenings in life.

The concept will make you think about your thoughts. How often do you think of things you do not say or want to do things you never do? Are you puzzled by the world or wish you could change something? If you knew no one would ever read your diary, what would you write?

I think a young person will find the book interesting and maybe "speak to them".
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Book Review - Rules of the House #RulesoftheHouse

Rules of the House

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About the Book
Ian always follows the rules. His sister, Jenny, breaks them all the time-especially "Don't pinch." So Ian is thrilled when the house where his family is vacationing posts a tidy list of rules. But when Jenny breaks them all, the house itself decides it's time for payback. The rug, the stove, and the bathtub are hungry for rulebreaker soup, and they've found the perfect ingredient: Jenny!

Now Ian is faced with a thorny question: What if saving your sister means breaking the rules?

From the New York Times best-selling team of Mac Barnett and Matthew Myers comes a hilarious tale of sibling rivalry, moral complexity, and disgruntled monsters, perfect for sharing with your own favorite rulebreakers.




My Take on the Book

Brothers and sisters in a family often tease each other, but they can become best friends too. In this creative and funny story, Ian , the younger brother, always follows the rules for wherever he is. His sister , Jenny, usually does the opposite.

During a vacation, both children learn the importance of following the rules (at least most of the time). Ian proves that following rules will keep you safe.

Ian had to be clever when his sister was going to become "soup" for animate objects in the vacation home. He was brave and showed his sister he cared enough for her to defend her. The two children worked together to get rid of the "house monsters".

The illustrations by Matt Myers were so appropriate for the text. He showed the reader the feelings of not only our two main characters but also the "house monsters".

You will not only enjoy the story and its humorous parts, but find the illustrations so detailed.
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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Book Review - Fingerprint Princesses and Fairies: and 100 Other Magical Creatures

Fingerprint Princesses and Fairies: and 100 Other Magical Creatures

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About the Book
Take a hands-on approach to art with Fingerprint Princesses and Fairies!

Create engaging art activities with your children - at home or in the classroom. Packed with fun step-by-step instructions, this book teaches you how to make 30 classic fairytale characters including nymphs, fairies, princesses, butterflies, and angels with only the tips of your fingers. Create your own enchanting world, no paintbrush required! Kids aren't the only ones who will enjoy it, artists of all ages can put their fingers on the fun of art. Use the characters to spice up you art journals and doodles. Creativity is at your fingertips!



My Take on the Book
This was an amazing book that really allows you and your kids to have some fun with your imagination and creativity and see that creating art can be as simple as incorporating your own fingerprints! My daughters and I had a blast making creations and we have a ton of ideas for creating new ones in the future too. The book gives you space to make scenes right in the book or you can use other paper too! This is a wonderful book that I highly recommend to all!


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Book Review - Harry Potter Poster Coloring Book

Harry Potter Poster Coloring Book
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About the Book
Unleash your creativity and escape to one of the most beloved series of all time.

From the heraldry of the four Hogwarts houses to the extravagant wares of Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, the world of Harry Potter overflows with radiant color. Featuring artwork from the hugely successful Harry Potter Coloring Book and Harry Potter Creatures Coloring Book, this special poster collection features twenty stunning, one-sided prints that are perfect for coloring. From fan-favorite characters and scenes to creatures and gorgeous patterns inspired by the wizarding world, each detailed illustration is printed on high-quality card stock and can be easily removed for displaying.



My Take on the Book
WOW, what a coloring book! Each page is HUGE and offers young and old the ability to create some amazing pictures that you can keep for a long time. The pages are also thick so when you take them out of the book you can post them up or give them as gifts without fear of it tearing.  If you are a Harry Potter fan and a fan of coloring this is definitely a book to pick up today!

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