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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Book Review - The Ultimate Book of Randomly Awesome Facts

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About the Book Hundreds of lists--thousands of facts!

There's a new online sensibility, and kids are encountering it every day. It's the "flipped" world of facts--facts presented as instant, cool, unexpected. And in this world of BuzzFeed and YouTube, a big focus of the new factual sensibility is lists.

WHAT YOU REALLY NEED TO KNOW is a book of best-ever lists, with a completely different look and feel to reflect today's digital world. The lists cover topics from science and technology to history and pop culture, and every one of them has a hook. The information appears random, like it's from an Internet search. But in-depth research and expert writing mean that the book is filled with the most important, most engaging, most up-to-the-minute facts. This is reference reinvented, with supermodern lists, and a supermodern visual presentation to match.



My Take on the Book
If you love to learn thing, this is a great book that will let you explore a little bit of everything. Filled with amazing pictures, facts, figures and more, you can get your kids ready to be seen as the experts and truly amaze their friends as they rattle off these great facts to one and all. The book is a great collection of eclectic lists and we loved going through each!

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Book Review - Miles From Tomorrowland Mighty Merc

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About the Book
Miles's pet bionic ostrich, Merc, worries that his place in the Callisto family is threatened when the Tomorrowland Transit Authority asks the family to try out a new, more efficient robot named Axel.



My Take on the Book
This Disney story is written especially for children ages 3-5. The illustrations are colorful and show the characters expressions so well. The text is perfect for a young child to understand and enjoy.

Miles , a young boyh, is part of the Callisto family. The family lives on a spaceship and have a robot named Merc. Merc is dedicated to his family. 

When a replacement robot is sent to the family, Merc must prove he should remain with the family. Miles helps his friend.

This is a story about Merc's bravery as he saves Loretta. It is also a story about believing in one's ability to do what is right and to prove yourself even if there is danger. It is also a story about friendship and standing by your friend.
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Book Review - World of Reading: Miles From Tomorrowland Who Stole the Stellosphere?

World of Reading: Miles From Tomorrowland Who Stole the Stellosphere?
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About the Book
Ready, Set, Blast Off! When Miles Callisto and Merc are unknowingly kidnapped on the Stellosphere, they must find a way to thwart the villainous Gadfly Garnett and return the Stellosphere to safety in this super-stellar Level 1 Reader!



My Take on the Book
This book has quite an adventure story for you and your young child, age 3-5, to enjoy together. It takes place in the future when people live on space ships and travel through space. 

Miles, a young boy, is in trouble with his mom. He lied when she asked him if he had cleaned his room. Consequently he could not travel with the family to the Adventure Orb. He had to stay "home" (the spaceship).

Gadfly is the villain. He tries to steal Steelosphere, the family's space ship. Miles and his robot Merc show their courage in this story. They work together to defeat Gadfly.

Miles learns to not try to fool his mom. Miles' family understand how brave Miles is and Merc's importance through his dedication to protecting Miles and their home.

There are lessons to learn about telling the truth , working as a team, and taking the chance to show your bravery in the face of danger.


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Book Review - Captain Jake and the Never Land Pirates The Great Never Sea Conquest

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About the Book
When an evil Mer-witch named Ezmeralda is released from an underwater prison, she sets out to take over the Never Sea by awakening the legendary giant, three-headed serpent, the Strake! Jake forms a team of the greatest captains of the Never Sea to battle the powerful Ezmeralda and the terrifying Strake. Based on the special movie event airing on Disney Junior in July 2015!



My Take on the Book
This book is written specifically for 3-5 year old children. The illustrations are bright and colorful and the text is easy to understand. It is an adventure story with plenty of action. The book includes stickers for your child to use after reading the story.

In this story Evil Fathom from the sea, tricks Queen Coralie and steals her magical emerald. The pirates and other captains must work together to defeat the Evil Fathom and recapture the magical emerald. 

At first the characters do not cooperate, but they find out they are more powerful as a team. Because they cooperate and work together, they defeat evil and Queen Coralie receives her freedom
This is a good story to illustrate cooperation. Especially the cooperation between characters that may not normally work together. I believe you and your young child will enjoy this story.


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Book Review - Doc McStuffins: Awesome Guy to the Rescue! / Bella's Big Break: Two-Books-in-One

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About the Book It's a busy day at Doc's clinic! First, kids can read "Righty on Lefty" and help Doc figure out why Awesome Guy isn't feeling so awesome. Then, flip the book over and read how Doc helps Bella Ballerina when she falls and breaks her leg. This "double feature" also includes two sheets of colorful stickers for even more Doc McStuffins fun!



My Take on the Book
The two stories are within one book. Both stories are perfect for 3-5 year old children. The illustrations are colorful and copy the characters in the popular TV series. The text is simple enough for young children to understand. Plus there are lessons to learn in these two stories.


Bella's Big Break: Bella is a ballerina . She breaks her leg and Doc McStuffins repairs the break. Because of the break, your child can learn some good advice concerning the care of broken arms or legs, how they are treated, and what kind of care the child and parents need to be aware of during the healing process. This book is a good introduction to broken limbs.


Awesome Guy to the Rescue: Awesome Guy is tough and he thinks he can handle any situation. When he is not feeling well, he pretends he is feeling fine and Doc McStuffins must find a way to check him out because he won't admit he needs help. With the help of the other animal friends Awesome Guy receives the care he needs. The lesson in this story is that it is OK to cry when you are hurt. It is OK to ask for help. We should not be afraid to ask for help when we are hurt.


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Book Review - World of Reading: Henry Hugglemonster The Huggleball Game

World of Reading: Henry Hugglemonster The Huggleball Game
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About the Book
Go Hugglemonsters! In this roarsome Level Pre-1 reader, Henry and his friends challenge the grown-up Hugglemonsters to a game of Huggleball. When Henry and Summer are named co-captains, they must find a way to work as a team!



My Take on the Book
This story is about working together. In this story Henry and his sister, Summer, must develop a plan to win the Huggleball game. The little monsters learn that instead of one person's plan being the only alternative, they could cooperate and use both plans to win the game.

It is never too early to teach children about using teamwork and cooperation with their friends and family.

The book is perfect for 3-5 year old children. The illustrations are colorful, the text easy to understand, and the story line is appropriate.
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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Book Review - Pepper & Poe

Pepper & Poe

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About the Book Maurice Sendak Fellowship Award Winner Frann Preston-Gannon makes her US picture book debut with this hilarious yet touching story about two soon-to-be sibling cats, Pepper & Poe.

Pepper is an old cat. He's set in his ways, and used to his normal routine in the house that he rules--or thinks he rules, anyway! Yup, he's got everything down to a science, including how to manipulate the house dog. That is until a new kitty named Poe comes along and starts messing up everything! Can Poe get Pepper to accept him as part of the family?

This hilarious story reinvents the age-old new sibling topic with a furry twist, taking an emotionally heavy subject and masking it with humor--all while reinforcing the days of the week! Frann Preston-Gannon, the 2011 Maurice Sendak Fellowship Award Winner, makes a stunning US picture book debut with her unique, eye-catching artwork and clever use of text.



My Take on the Book
This was such a fun story of two cats and a bit of sibling rivalry. The illustrations were wonderfully created, and the message was fun for the whole family. You will wonder whether these two cats will find some commonality beyond their differences... read and find out!




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