Wildings

by Eleanor Glewwe

wildings-by-eleanor-glewwe

 

 

Do your kids (and you) love the magic of Harry Potter, InkHeart, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe? Do they love fantasy fiction but have run out of books to read? I know my middle grade reader has read just about every fantasy book under the sun. I was happy to pass on Wildings to her after I read it, I know she is going to fall in love with this book. I had not read or heard of the book Sparkers so this was my first introduction to the magical world that Rivka, Arik and other Wildings live in. I will go back and read it this book was so good I didn’t want it to end. I loved that Rivka is a strong girl who doesn’t back down if she feels she is doing what is right! We need more books with good, positive girls. This book deals with the topic of racism within the magical world and Rivka doing everything she can to reunite and change the laws so other wildings can be reunited with their families. Grab a copy for your fellow bookworms and gift it this holiday season. I really hope this story line continues I would love to read more and see where they go from here.

summary: Rivka is one of the magical elite and the daughter of an important ambassador. But she harbors a deep secret: She once had a twin brother, Arik. When Arik failed to develop his own magical abilities, the government declared him a wilding, removed him from his home, placed him with non-magical adoptive parents, and forbade him any contact with his birth family. Now it is as if he never existed at all.

But Rivka refuses to forget her twin brother. Even though she knows she could lose everything—her father, her friends, even her freedom—she sets out to find Arik. She has nothing to go on except her still-new magical powers and her love for her brother. Can that possibly be enough to bring them together again, when all of society believes they belong apart?

Thank you Viking Books for Young Readers for allowing me to read Wildings. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

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Once Upon A Northern Light

by Jean E Pendziwol

illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

once upon a northern night

 

This picture book is a beautiful work of art! From the poem like story to the magical pictures it captures all the beauty that winter holds! It is told like a story of winter to a child while they were sleeping. I know we still love waking up to a winter sparkly wonderland. I love winter and watching it snow is just so beautiful, there is like a hush that comes with snow and the way it sparkles like glitter. Once Upon A Northern Light captures all the awe and wonder a child has about snow and put it into a  picture book that you will treasure. This is one of those books that you keep and pass down from generation to generation! Perfect for story time, bed time, classes and home, grab a copy of Once Upon A Northern Light and explore and enjoy the beauty within this book!

 

 

summary: While a child is sleeping, the beauty and wonder of a northern winter night unfold.

 

Hello Kitty Presents

Hello Kitty Presents Storybook Collection is a series of 4 books (so far) and I hope there is more. The collection includes: The Little Mermaid, Little Red Riding Hood, Thumbelina and my all time favorite story ever: Alice in Wonderland. You have the classics that all little girls grow up reading and listening to, add the cuteness of Hello Kitty and you have an adorable picture book series that would make the perfect birthday or holiday gift for the little girls in your life.

Hello Kitty Presents the Storybook Collection Little Red Riding Hood

 

 

Little Red Riding Hood is a Charles Perrault classic that I remember enjoying so much as a child. My girls use to love wearing their little red coats and pretending to be Red Riding Hood. The Hello Kitty version is a bit sweeter and less scary, no wolves eating little girls in this book. This book follows the story very well till the end and then it makes it a very G rated happily ever after ending that makes the book a-okay for bedtime.

Hello Kitty Presents the Storybook Collection The Little Mermaid

 

 

The Little Mermaid is a Hans Christian Anderson classic. Many girls know the Disney version by heart so it is really neat to show them the original classic that inspired the movie. This version was very short and condensed but didn’t lose any of the appeal to the story that we love. The sea witch was not scary looking and there was no trading the singing voice. This picture book will delight all the fans of Ariel even if the Little Mermaid in this book is names Hello Kitty.

Both these picture books are great because not only are the stories short and sweet but they introduce little listeners to the classics. They are not scary in any way – shape – or form. The characters are all very cute looking and looks just like the Hello Kitty illustrations that were around when I was a lot younger. The illustrations are big, bold and colorful that will capture the youngest listener babies and toddlers. I would say if you have a young girl in your house or family please think about adding these to your gift list this holiday season.

Thank you so very much Abrams Appleseed for allowing me to review Hello Kitty: Presents the Storybook Collection: The Little Mermaid and Little Red Riding Hood. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free books.

Love and Chicken Nuggets

Series: Pippa Morgan’s Diary
Author: Annie Kelsey

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Love and Chicken Nuggets by Annie Kelsey

summary: Meet Pippa Morgan, a small girl with a BIG imagination.

Pippa’s class has just been given a project all about “love”—gross! Luckily, there are lots of things she loves—like chicken nuggets and TV detectives, and her best friend forever, Catie Brown. But now that her mom is single, Pippa wonders whether she needs a little more love in her life. She comes up with a way to handle two problems at once…by making her mom the subject of her school project! Will Pippa be able to find her mom a husband? And can she get Catie to taste chicken nuggets for the first time ever? You’ll have to read her super-secret diary to find out!

ALSO BY ANNIE KELSEY: Pippa Morgan’s Diary

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summary: Sometimes a little white lie can land you in a whole lot of trouble…

Pippa’s new BFF Catie Brown is perfect. So perfect, that Pippa tells her a teeny tiny lie—that she once auditioned for Voice Factor—to impress her. And it works.  It works so well, in fact, that Catie enters Pippa into the school talent show.

 The only problem? Pippa can’t sing. Not at all.  In fact, her singing is so bad it scares the neighbors. But if she doesn’t participate in the talent show, Catie will know she lied. But if she does participate, the whole school will find out what a horrible singer she is…including Catie! It’s up to Pippa to put an end to this pesky problem!

I Wanna Be A Great Big Dinosaur

By Heath McKenzie

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I Wanna Be A Great Big Dinosaur by Heath McKenzie

 

I Wanna Be A  Great Big Dinosaur is such an adorable picture book. What kid doesn’t love dinosaurs, hey even adults love them. This picture book revolves around a kid who wants to be a dinosaur and just his luck there is a T-Rex willing to help teach him the ropes. This book would be wonderful for read aloud. I know so many picture books are read for bedtime but  I think this one is too much fun for kids and they would want to act out the dinosaur lessons. I would gift this book to any kid whether they are a  boy or a girl. This picture book would make a great new mom baby shower gift to a kid’s birthday gift. This would be absolutely perfect for a classroom dinosaur unit.  Add I Wanna Be A Great Big Dinosaur to your kids summer reading list and have a blast!

summary: Want to find out what it takes to be a Great Big Dinosaur?  This book is for you!

More than anything in the world, one little boy wants to be a great big dinosaur. And he’s in luck! A great big T. Rex shows up to teach him how to stomp and roar just like a dinosaur. But dinosaurs aren’t so great at soccer or video games… Maybe being a little boy isn’t all bad?

 A story about being whoever (or whatever) you want!

thank you Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, and Heath McKenzie for allowing us to read and review I Wanna Be A Great Big Dinosaur. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free picture book. Also I am not an affiliate to any of the Buy Now links so I receive no money if you click and buy. Just wanted to make buying this adorable picture book easier.

Bailey

The Puppy Pals series

by Susan Hughes

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Bailey Puppy Pals series by Susan Hughes

 

This series is perfect for every dog or pet loving reader, or listener. The book is simple enough to build reading confidence in the beginning reader. It would also be a good read aloud and hold the listeners attention. The book is really good and enjoyable. I think it would be a great addition to elementary aged kids summer reading list and will appeal to both boys and girls.

 

 

summary: Meet Bailey, a playful yellow lab puppy!

It’s a new school year and things haven’t been great for Kat so far. She’s being teased, and her best friend Maya is in a different class. But things start to look up when her Aunt Jenn opens a kennel and dog-grooming salon, and the girls are allowed to help out with a puppy named Bailey! But is the responsibility of watching someone else’s pup too much for Kat and Maya to handle?

Excerpt from Bailey:  Puppies were running across the grass. Dozens of puppies.

Some were black, some were brown, some were white with black spots. Some puppies were red and shaggy, some were gray with white muzzles. All the puppies had smiling faces and wagging tails.

Kat was sitting on her front steps. Her eyes were closed. She was having her favorite puppy daydream. And it always ended the same…

The puppies jump around, begging for her attention. Her mother and father smile at her.

“Of course you can have a puppy, Katherine,” her mom says.

Her dad sweeps out his arm. “Pick any one you want!”

Kat smiles too. She looks at all the puppies, and she tries to choose. The little toffee-colored Irish terrier that jumps into her lap? The shy gray schnauzer looking at her, his head cocked to one side? The black pug so tiny that—

Aidan’s running shoe nudged her leg, and Kat opened her eyes. As usual, her brother was listening to music. He pulled out one of his earbuds. “Come on, Kat,” he said. “Let’s go! We’re going to be late for school.”

Kat sighed. The daydream was over. She sent a mental message to the puppies: I’ll come back and visit soon!

She ran to catch up with Aidan. The sun was shining. A squirrel chattered at her from the branch of a chestnut tree.

“Do you think Mom and Dad will ever let me get a dog?” Kat asked her brother as they walked.

Aidan shrugged. “You’ve asked them a million times. They always say no.’”

“That’s because they travel so much for work. But I don’t!” Kat protested. “And I’d be the one looking after the dog.”

Aidan bounced his basketball as he walked. “I don’t know, Kat. I think you should forget about it for now.”

Kat sighed. She knew he would say that. He didn’t care if they got a dog or not. Her parents both liked dogs, but she was only the only one who was truly dog crazy.

Kat and Aidan reached school just as the bell rang.

“Later, alligator,” Aidan said to Kat. He hurried over to the seventh and eighth grade entrance.

“See you soon, baboon!” Kat called after him.

She rushed across the playground. But she didn’t get in her lineup. Instead, Kat went over to the other fourth grade line.

“Maya!” she called. Her best friend hung back as her class made its way into the school.

“There you are, Kat-Nip! Late again!” Maya said with a grin.

Kat made a funny face back at her. Maya had called her “Kat-Nip” for as long as she could remember. “You love dogs but your name is Kat? How goofy!” she’d say. Maya often teased her, and Kat teased her back.

It was all in fun, since they had been best friends forever. Even though they lived on opposite sides of town, they had known each other since nursery school. They played soccer on the same team. They took swimming lessons together. Most of all, they talked about dogs together. Maya was probably the only person in the world who loved dogs as much as Kat.

Until this year, Maya and Kat had always been in the same class. But a few children had moved away over the summer. So Maya was put in the third-fourth grade split class, and Kat was put in the fourth-fifth grade split class.

The girls didn’t like it. Not one bit.

School had started last week. The first few days had been tough. Kat hoped it would be better this week, but it didn’t seem likely.

“Joke of the day: what does a mother dog call her pups when they come in from playing in the snow?” Kat asked.

Maya thought for a moment. “I don’t know. What?”

“I’ll tell you at recess!” Kat said, waggling her fingertips at her friend. She turned to run toward her lineup.

“Hey, not fair! Tell me now!” called Maya. “That’s torture!”

“Nope! Oh, and I have some really awesome news to tell you,” Kat called over her shoulder. “Puppy news!” she added, taunting her friend.

“Seriously? And you won’t tell me what it is until recess? You are horrible!” Maya put on her grumpy look, but she couldn’t hold it for long. Kat started to laugh, and Maya did too.

“See you!” Kat teased. She ran to the back of her own line which had just disappeared into the school.

Coming Soon: Riley

Release Date: August 2, 2016

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summary:  Best friends Kat and Maya love helping out at Tails Up! Groomers. The best part is helping to exercise the adorable puppies that stay there. When a sweet golden retriever puppy named Riley is boarded at the groomer, Kat and Maya couldn’t be more excited! Riley is super-sweet and friendly.

 But when a new girl named Grace shows up in Kat’s class, she finds herself wishing Grace was as easy to get along with as Riley. Kat is disappointed to find herself paired up with Grace, who can’t seem to get that mean look off of her face! But is Grace unkind, or is she just lonely? Maybe Riley can help her figure it out!

About the Author:

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Susan Hughes

Susan Hughes is a writer and editor, and has been writing children’s books and articles for nearly twenty years. She has received numerous nominations for Canadian children’s writing awards. She lives with her family in Toronto. 

 

 

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Freddy The Frogcaster and the Terrible Tornado

by Janice Dean (the weather machine)

illustrated by Russ Cox

Freddy the Frogcaster and the Terrible Tornado by Janice Dean (the weather machine) illustrated by Russ Cox

 

I really have enjoyed the Freddy the Frogcaster books and this one I really think is my favorite by far. The author Janice Dean has tackled scary weather events for children and has succeeded in making this moments less scary. She does a wonderful job at describing weather from what’s it’s like to be a meteorologist, which is a hard job I know I got a taste of it in one of my college environmental science classes. She has also tackled hurricanes, blizzards and now tornadoes. I have experienced all 3 and I can tell you they are scary for kids and adults. In Freddy the Frogcaster and the Terrible Tornado the readers (and listeners) will learn all about tornadoes and see where the tornado alley that meteorologist always talking about. Kids that live in places with the possibility of tornadoes know to look at the sky as the storms are building and rolling in. The author has created a likable character, what is it about frogs they are just so adorable. Her writing style is simple but not so simple that it won’t hold an upper elementary aged reader. We can’t wait to see what weather emergency Janice Dean comes up with next.

summary: Get ready for a whirlwind of adventure with Freddy the Frogcaster when a famous storm chaser visits Lilypad!

In her fourth book, well-known meteorologist Janice Dean tackles some scary weather. Freddy the Frogcaster is faced with one of the most ferocious and devastating kinds of weather: the tornado.

Young readers will learn all about how big storms occur and produce some of nature’s most destructive weather. Chock-full of storm science lessons in the back, children and adults alike will learn valuable life-saving information.

As Freddy reminds us, please be prepared and know what to do and where to go when the next bad storm comes your way!

thank you so much Regnery Kids and Janice Dean for allowing us to read and review Freddy the Frogcaster and the Terrible Tornado. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.