Saturday, April 22, 2017

REVIEW: The Grumpface by B.C.R. Fegan

The Grumpface is a poetic fairy-tale that tells the story of Dan, an inventor who ventures into a forest looking for a rose. Instead he finds the mysterious Grumpface who threatens to hold him captive unless he passes some difficult challenges. What follows is a humorous adventure that neither Dan nor the Grumpface could have anticipated.

The Grumpface is a tale in the spirit of any grand adventure. It is about a clumsy young inventor's quest for love and the challenges he must face to find it. It is also a tale of bravery, absurdity and happiness, and the power of these qualities over negativity and sheer grumpiness.

Every parent will be acquainted with their own little 'grumpface' now and then. This story stands as a small piece of hope - that no matter how ingrained the grump, there will always remain in every one of us a smile or a laugh just waiting to come out.


This was a cute story. I loved how the book rhymed throughout the story. The pages were full of color and was very eye catching and the story-line had a great lesson to be learned.

I am giving this story four stars because the author mentioned that Bella's hair was white as snow, but the illustrator made her hair yellow instead of white. Some children will pick up on that. Other than that, I really enjoyed this story and do highly recommend it as a great bedtime story for children and parents.

REVIEW: Jack Goes to the Hospital by John Priest

A Hospital visit can be very traumatic time for a sick child. It can be stressful for the adult too! This book tells the real-life story of Jack who suddenly became ill and needed Hospital treatment. It contains Jack's story, together with useful Hints, Tips (what to carry in that Hospital Rucksack!) that every parent or guardian needs to know about. 

This is a fun story filled with colorful pictures and interesting and fun activities. This is a great learning tool for children and parents. I highly recommend it.

Monday, April 3, 2017

REVIEW: 12 Days at the Beach with Theodore by Trent Harding & Ashlee Harding

12 Days at the Beach with Theodore

This cute, well-designed counting book for children and kids of all ages featuring hand drawn artwork of cute, Theodore the bear, shows young readers how to count from one to twelve. 

- "Knowing it's the end of my holiday is really, really sad, but how great is it watching the sunset with Mum and Dad". 

Your child will love this interactive, easy reading counting book for children. Perfect for bedtime reading as you use this book as a learning tool to help teach your children how to count, while enjoying the adventures of Theodore. 

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This is a cute story with beautiful and vibrant pictures in it. They are really eye popping and fun to look at. I loved the rhymes within the story and the way the kids can interact within the story and how each page corresponded with the numbers and pictures. The kids can count along with the days and not only make it fun read but they are also learning from the story. Parents and teachers alike will enjoy reading this story to their children. I highly recommend this read.   

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

REVIEW BY JENNY: The Trickster by L.G. Miles with Amy Miles

The Trickster
L.G. Miles with Amy Miles
Age Level: 7-11

A curse passed down through the ages. 
A soul trapped in limbo. 
A mystery to be solved. 
When three young friends decide to sneak out and spend the night in an abandoned house rumored to be the haunting place of the Trickster ghost, they will soon get more excitement than they bargained for...

This is a magnificent spooky story written by a 10 year old boy. While reading this story, it would have never crossed my mind that a 10 year old wrote it. I was completely reeled into the story from the very first page. The characters were phenomenal and the story-line sent chills running up and down my spine as the pages sucked me into this spectacular story. I felt as if I was living the story with the characters, it was so real. I really loved this story and I hope to see more from this amazing author. I highly recommend this read!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

REVIEW BY ERYN: I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel by Caryn Yacowitz

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel
by Caryn Yacowitz 

Blurb: You've never seen Hanukkah or the "I Know an Old Lady" story like this before . . . through hilarious takes on the world's greatest works of art!

A family drives through the snow to visit their beloved bubbe, who spreads out a Chanukah supper for everyone to enjoy. But one dish goes a little wrong:

"I know an old lady who swallowed a dreidel
A Chanukah dreidel she thought was a bagel...
Perhaps it's fatal."

Indeed, Bubbe's first bite leads to an insatiable taste for oil, latkes, applesauce, gelt -- even menorahs! But as the family tries to distract her from her gluttony, the items she devours grow ever larger. Will they be able to reconnect with her and bring her home for the last night of Chanukah -- or will her feasting in fact be fatal?
Beyond the joy of a Jewish take on this most American of folk songs, the illustrations here offer hilarious parodies of great works of art by da Vinci, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hopper, Rockwell, Matisse, Picasso, and other masters--adding a whole new layer of humor and culture to the familiar tune. You'll love this old lady, and want to visit her every Chanukah.

Monday, December 26, 2016

REVIEW BY ERYN: Kevin's Kwanzaa By Lisa Bullard

Kevin's Kwanzaa
By Lisa Bullard

Kevin's family is celebrating the seven days of Kwanzaa! They light candles and learn a special word each day. They talk about working together. On the sixth day, everyone dances at a big feast! Find out the different ways people celebrate this holiday.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

REVIEW BY ERYN: Baby Santa and the Gift of Giving by M. Maitland DeLand

Baby Santa and the Gift of Giving
by M. Maitland DeLand

Blurb: Baby Santa's back this year for another outing--this time to the Big Apple!
It's just a few days before Christmas Day when a letter arrives at the bustling North Pole. It's from the Bond family, and they have a question for Santa: How can they share the spirit of giving on their upcoming trip to New York City?
What a great idea! And just like that, Baby Santa is off, with the reindeer and a couple of elves in tow, to give the Bond family the answer--in person. He hosts them on a day of helping others in New York. Along the way, they find time for the amazing sights of Christmastime in the city!

Baby Santa and the Gift of Giving is the latest installment in this delightful Christmas series.