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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Book Review - Minnie Easter Bonnet Parade

Minnie Easter Bonnet Parade
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About the Book
In this adorable tale, Minnie and the rest of the Bow-Tique gang orchestrate an Easter parade that shows off some of Minnie's most outrageous and spectacular bows yet! Hats off to Easter! This 8x8 also includes a sheet of stickers for even more Minnie Easter fun!


My Take on the Book
This is a sturdy board book for a young child. The story contains your favorite Disney characters. All the illustrations are colorful and follow the story line of the text beautifully.

The story contains some problem solving by Minnie and Daisy. It is interesting to see how they "attack" the problems that arise. They do it cheerfully. There is a surprise at the end of story.

Enjoy this Easter story with your young child. Maybe you can extend the story and create your own Easter hats.



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Book Review - Minnie Be My Sparkly Valentine

Minnie Be My Sparkly Valentine
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About the Book
Join Minnie and friends for the sparkliest Valentine's Day party ever! Millie and Melody want to have a Valentine's Day party at Minnie's Bow-tique, but things quickly turn into a sparkly mess! There's cookie decorating and decorations galore that end up all over the floor. Daisy is in shock, but Minnie loves it as everything in the Bow-tique gets covered in glittering sparkles! This Valentine-themed storybook comes with dozens of sparkly stickers for even more Minnie fun!



My Take on the Book
This latest Minnie and Mickey story was fun to read. There are over 60 stickers included in the book for your child to use. The illustrations are colorful and will keep your child engaged in the text of the story.

This is an adorable Valentine story full of laughter, some creative art projects for Minnie's nieces, and of course Mickey's appearance.

You and your child will certainly want to read this story more than once.



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Book Review - Sofia the First A Magical Match

Sofia the First A Magical Match
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About the Book
Sofia visits her friend, Lucinda, one afternoon and is delighted to learn that she also has a pet bunny-a girl bunny at that. Sofia and Lucinda think their bunnies should be the best of friends, but sparks do not seem to be flying when Clover and Hexie meet. Lucinda decides to speed things up with a love potion, but the results aren't what Sofia expects at all! Join Sofia in this adorable storybook with special sparkly stickers!


My Take on the Book
Sofia and her friend Lucinda have pet rabbits.The girls want the rabbits to become friends . The girls are use some magic to produce the results they desire. Unfortunately the magic does not work as they hoped and some quick problem solving had to be developed. Of course all is well by the end of the story.

The story is full of adventure and problem solving. The illustrations are colorful and the artist really shows the emotions of the characters . The illustrations connect beautifully with the text. This is a story about friendship and of course the happy ending with new friends.



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Book Review - Doc McStuffins Bunny in a Basket

Doc McStuffins Bunny in a Basket
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About the Book
Happy Easter, Doc! Join Doc and the gang, as they celebrate Easter with an exciting egg hunt, egg decorating, and other Spring-tastic activities with their friend, Pickles the bunny, in this egg-shaped board book complete with foil eggs and over 25 flaps!


My Take on the Book
Here is a perfect sturdy board book for your very young child. It is an Easter themed story with Doc McStuffins and her toy friends. The characters are involved in an Easter egg hunt and also a hunt for a lost stuffed bunny. There is adventure, colorful illustrations, and lift a flap sections on each page. I love these stories because they always illustrate the love and caring Doc McStuffins has for her friends. It is such a nice story to share with your young child.


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Book Review - Disney Bunnies: Thumper Goes A-Thumpin'

Disney Bunnies: Thumper Goes A-Thumpin'
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About the Book
Whether he's laughing with his friends, thinking really hard, or itching to explore, Thumper's foot just won't stop thumping. In this charming board book, little ones can use the pull-tabs to see Thumper do what he does best: thump!


My Take on the Book
If you are familiar with the movie BAMBI,you know Bambi's adorable bunny friend named Thumper. This sturdy board book was written for very young children. It includes a delightful story, with some movable characters, and beautifully illustrated pages by Lori Tyminski. The action your child can produce with the special tabs will bring the story to life. It is a sweet story you and your young child can read together.


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Monday, December 15, 2014

Book Post - Geronimo Stilton Special Edition: The Journey Through Time: Back in Time

Geronimo Stilton Special Edition: The Journey Through Time: Back in Time
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About the Book
Return to the past with Geronimo Stilton in this fabumouse special edition!

Imagine my surprise when I, Geronimo Stilton, was offered the chance to travel back in time again! Professor Paws von Volt entrusted me to lead my family on a secret journey in his new time machine.

This voyage took us to ancient Rome, to the great Maya Empire, and to the Palace of Versailles during the age of the Sun King! Along the way I competed in a scary chariot race, saved some mouselings from a hungry jaguar, and was forced to organize a huge party for the king who had everything. What a wild trip through history!



My Take on the Book
Professor Von Volt is an inventor. In this story he takes Geronimo and several other mice to visit the Mayan people, ancient Rome, and the king in Versailles, France. You can always be sure that there will be adventures and exciting experiences for Geronimo and his family.

The stories supply not only adventure but hilarious narration. The author included puns and descriptive language to help the reader make visual connections with the text. The author includes facts on various pages about the people or situations of the times.

At the end of the book there are games and activities. For example your child will find directions to make a mosaic, visual and written instructions for making an "emerald " necklace, and playing a game called "nuts". I felt these were nice extensions of the story.

The book is appropriate as a read aloud or an independent read for an older child.

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Book Review - Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

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About the Book
Set to hit theaters in December 2014, Night at the Museum: The Secret of the Tomb promises to be filled with even more laughter and adventure than the first two movies! This novelized version of the comedy-adventure recreates the story in a format that young readers can enjoy at their leisure. Museum security guard Larry Daly has settled into his role as caretaker of the museum's magical inhabitants, but he's about to face his biggest challenge yet as he and his friends discover that the mysterious source that brings them to life is fading. It's up to Larry to figure out how and why his friends exist before it's too late! Includes 8 page full color insert with photographs from the movie.


My Take on the Book
I finished reading this book and then noticed that the movie version will be in theaters in December. It is quite an adventure story.

If you are familiar with the Night at the Museum movies that have been released previously, you will know that the museum characters (animals and humans) come to life at night.

in this particular story, there is a problem with the Egyptian tablet that provides the life giving magic. Of course there are various encounters between the museum security guard, Larry Daley, and some of the humans and animals who come to life. In this story his son Nick becomes an integral part of the story.

The reader will feel the sense of urgency as Larry tries to solve the problem of the waning magic. I found it was difficult to read only one chapter. 

I think you will find this story one that you will want to share with your child.

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