Monday, December 29, 2014

Sports and Math In a Can't Put Down Read for Kids

As the year comes to an end and bowl games are in full force, what a better way to finish up 2014 than with a book that shows kids how football and math are inextricably linked.  I mean could I have dreamed up a better combination?

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Title: The Rookie Bookie

Authors: L. Wertheim and Tobias Moskowitz

Target:Grades 4-7

Series:No

What this book is about: 
Mitch is new in town and his middle school is all about sports.  However, Mitch is a kid who is good at math, and not a particularly good athlete.  He finds that to fit in he can use his skills at math and the student’s love of sports to start a betting ring.  When the administration finds out and he gets punished, he has to put his talents to better use.  What better way then to help the school football team, by using his statistical knowledge, to end their losing streak.

Why I love this book: 
First off I love books that help show kids that math is important, even if they play football!  This book does a great job of showing kids financial analysis and statistics, without ever feeling like it is preaching to them.

I also liked Mitch.  Maybe because my son loves sports and math, but is only good at the latter, I felt a certain kinship to him.  While the betting ring was entertaining, my favorite part of the book was when he was able to make game decisions based on the statistics he collected.  

Who this book is for: 
Any kid who has ever had a fantasy football team will love this book.  It is great for kids who play sports and kids who simply enjoy watching the games.  It is The Lemonade War for sports kids.

Final thoughts: 
The authors are an editor for Sports Illustrated and a Finance Professor respectively, so they know about what they write, and it shows.

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: The Rookie Bookie  A portion of each purchase will go back to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Thank You



A hearty thank you and happy holidays!  This blog would not prosper without:

1. You trusting my book recommendations for your kids

2. Your inspired purchases based on my recommendations

3. Your likes, reposts and retweets that let me know someone alive is actually reading the blog.  You aren't a spam bot are you?  Vampirestat is still my third highest traffic source and I would like to change that.

4. A strong sense of humor about itself.  Thank you for putting up with my dumb jokes and not so clever puns.  I mean if you can't have fun with kid's books then really, you are dead inside.

But most of all thank your for caring about getting books into your child's hands!  This is one of the best gifts you can give to your kids, so pat yourself on the back.  You done good!

I can't wait to share all the fabulous book finds in the new year!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Book for Kids Who Love Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Let the Christmas countdown continue!  If you are still hunting for gifts to give the kiddos on your list, well you have come to right place.

It is hard to find a kid who has not succumbed to the charms of The Wimpy Kid series, so if they need a new book to devour, how about one that features a troll - in middle school?  Now don't worry, I wouldn't steer you wrong.  This is a twisted take on the fairytales that any kid who loves to laugh will enjoy.

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Title: Life of Zarf

Author:Rob Harrell

Target:Grades 3-7

Series: This is the first book in a planned series

What this book is about: 
Zarf is a troll who is doing his best to survive middle school.  This school is ruled by the princes and princess followed a close second by your knights and fair maidens.  Of course your wizards and witches are bit geeky but trolls, well they are on the bottom rung.  An incident between Zarf and Prince Roquefort leads to a duel (with nerf lances of course) and it ends up landing Zarf in the dungeons.  The only way restore his dignity is to find the king (who has mysteriously disappeared) but Zarf is not exactly the brave and noble type, or is he?

Why I love this book: 
This book has been described and Shrek meets Wimpy Kid, and an apt description it is.  Zarf is appealing and hysterical as he tries to make the best of his rather low social standing.  Of course when you have friends such as the jester’s son, who can’t tell a joke and the little pig who can’t get enough mutton, well the laughs keep coming.   I can’t imagine a kid not giggling through this one.

You also have to read this book if you want to know the fate of Goldilocks!  Can anyone say lunch lady?

Who this book is for: 
Kids who like Wimpy Kid will eat this one up.  Large type, appropriate content and pictures throughout make this book suitable for younger readers as well as middle school kids.

Final thoughts:
I love the fairytale twist to this story.  But with ogres and dragons, don’t worry, this isn’t Cinderella!

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Life of Zarf: The Trouble with Weasels  A portion of each purchase goes to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Picture Book to Make Kids Laugh

The countdown to Christmas continues and today I want to share a book for some of the younger kids on your list.  When you give a book at the holidays, it needs to be a showstopper to compete with all the toys under the tree.  With a book titled Naked! you will certainly catch their attention.  Guaranteed!

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Title: Naked

Author: Michael Ian Black

Target: Preschool - Kindergarten

What this book is about: 
I would like to say the title says it all, but I will give you a little more!  Our main character gets out of the bath and loves to run around, you guessed it, naked.  Then inspiration strikes and he realizes that being naked with a cape is even better.  There is only one thing that can truly motivate him to get dressed for bed, can you guess?  Well you didn’t think I was going to spoil the fun and tell you?

Why I love this book: 
I love funny books and this one had me chuckling from the first page.  This boy’s pure joy at running around in the buff is hysterical.  The illustrator Debbie Ohi perfectly captures the delight and frenzy of a little boy after bath time. 

Of course, every parent reading the story will notice the harried mother in the background trying to manage the going to bed ritual.  It is captured with both humor and exasperation.  Every child will see their last burst of energy before the inevitable occurs - sleep.  

Just to note, no private parts are shown in this story.  They are creatively covered with the placement of a foot, paper or yes, cape.

Who this book is for: 
Funny book for most kids.  I think just the naked running will have kids laughing from the start.

Final thoughts: 
Please don’t blame me if you kids start enjoying their time in the buff a little more after this entertaining book.  

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Naked!  A portion of each purchase goes back to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

Friday, December 12, 2014

If You Buy One Christmas Book This Year ...

This is the one!

My favorite thing when the kids were young was to put out a book basket filled with holiday themed books about three weeks before Christmas.  The kids only saw them once a year, so they were always exciting and it provided what felt like new reading material even though the books were recycled from year to year (and even from my childhood!)

However, I always tried to add one or two new stories to spice up the selections.  If my kids were still in that phase, the book I am profiling today would have, without a doubt, earned a coveted spot in the basket this year.

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Title:Here Comes Santa Cat

Author:Deborah Underwood

Target:Anyone who loves Christmas stories

What this book is about: 
Our funny cat is at it again.  This year he is afraid that Santa won’t bring him any presents because he has been a lot more naughty than nice.  He tries, with little success, to make up for his disobedient ways by caroling, delivery gifts to kids and decorating the town Christmas tree.  However, his less than melodic voice, the gift of fish and an incident with the Christmas lights thwart his best efforts. It is not until he performs an unexpected act of kindness that Santa makes him his helper and he is off to a wonderful holiday.

Why I love this book: 
Cat is extremely funny and kids will laugh at all his ill fated antics.  I especially enjoy the conversation between the narrator and the cat.  The comedic timing is perfect and the way Claudia Rueda captures cat’s expressive facial expressions is priceless.  Since cat doesn’t talk, their conversation is a series of “looks” and signboards which are extremely clever.

Who this book is for: 
All kids will enjoy this one. but only if they like clever, funny holiday books.  You have been warned.

Final thoughts: 
It’s never too late to start being nice.  Just ask the Grinch … and cat!

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Here Comes Santa Cat  A portion of each purchase goes to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Early Chapter Book for Girls

Fun early chapter book alert, and just in time for Christmas ... what luck!  If you have a girl who loves to be a frilly princess by day and a ninja princess by night, do I have the book for you.  Clever text and wonderful illustrations make this the perfect early chapter book for girls.

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Title: The Princess in Black

Author: Shannon Hale

Target:Kindergarten - Grade 3

Series:This book is the first in a planned series

What this book is about: 
Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate with the Duchess when her secret monster alarm rings.  Princesses are supposed to be prim and proper, however, you can’t be that prim and proper when you are fighting a monster!  Princess Magnolia carefully slips away to transform into the Princess in Black, a girl with courage and moxie who can take on whatever our big blue monster can dish out.  She saves the day, never letting others in on her transformation.

Why I love this book: 
Of course a book where the girl gets to be lovely, lacy and all in pink and also the girl in black who can hog-tie a monster is just perfect.  And she never looses her tiara.  I love the appeal to girls who are normally very frilly that they too can have a bolder side.  

The illustrations by LeUyen Pham are absolutely charming and make the characters so likable.  The text is comical, so there are some good laughs.

If you took a Disney princess and shook it up in a bag with a superhero, you would get the Princess in Black.  

Who this book is for: 
Great for newly independent readers.  There are pictures on every page and large type.  It would also be a good read aloud.

Final thoughts: 
I got to see some of the artwork for the next book in the series and it is delightful.  Princesses from around the world bring some diversity into this new offering from Shannon Hale.

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: The Princess in Black  A portion of each purchase will go back to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.


Monday, December 8, 2014

Book for Your Sports Loving Son

Christmas is coming and you need some gifts that will be home runs.  Well, look no further because today I have a great book for boys who love the game of baseball.  This new series by Derek Jeter shares many of the values he imbibed during his long career and I appreciate that he sharing them with kids.

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Title: The Contract

Author: Derek Jeter

Target: Grades 3-7

Series: This is the first book in a planned series

What this book is about: 
These books are about Jeter and his experiences in Little League.  This particular book focuses on an essay he writes in English about his plans for the future.  He writes about wanting to be the shortstop for the New York Yankees.  His parents take him seriously and put together a contract for him to sign.  The contract outlines how he needs to conduct himself in order to reach his goals.  The contract is tested when baseball gets in the way of his schoolwork, when he finds himself at second base instead of shortstop on his little league team and when his team proves initially not to be the most successful.

Why I love this book: 
I really liked the baseball sequences in this story.  They were exciting and I got completely caught up in the game.  I also liked hearing about the friendships and team dynamics with boys.

The big draw for parents are the life lessons in the book.  Life is not always fair, even for Derek Jeter, so it is up to each kid to do the best they can with what life hands them.  Umpires are not always right, but you must always respect them.  Homework matters, even though it gets in the way of baseball.  And you may not always like what the coach does, but you are a member of the team, so act that way.  Great way to reiterate what you are always telling your kids.

If I have one fault with the book it is that Derek is almost too positive sometimes.  I thought a blowout was probably in order at least once in the story, but Derek remains on the right side throughout.  

Finally, Derek Jeter is such a wonderful role model for kids that I have no hesitation giving them this book.

Who this book is for:
Great for any kids who love baseball.

Final thoughts: 
The co-author Paul Mantell has written for the Matt Christopher series so he is well adept at writing sports books.  That makes this offering quite strong.

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: The Contract (Jeter Publishing)  A portion of each purchase goes back to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Book for Your Child Obsessed With Percy Jackson

The holidays keep getting closer, but don't worry, I'm here to help you with great books you can put under the tree.  If your son or daughter has flipped for the Percy Jackson series, then you can't miss this latest from Rick Riordan.

These greek myths are recounted the same way you would share family memories, peppered with personal comments and humorous anecdotes.  For every kid who wants to know more about the greek gods, this book is a must have!

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Title:Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods

Author:Rick Riordan

Target:Grades 4 and up

What this book is about: 
Well, this is a book that recounts the stories of the greek gods.  Percy Jackson is the narrator and he brings wit, honesty and a little sarcasm to the myths as he shares an insiders view to how it all began and recounts some of his favorite stories … I mean family memories.

Why I love this book:  
I have always solidly been in the D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths camp.  This was the book of greek myths I grew up with and shared with my oldest son.  He devoured it the same way I had.  However, call me a convert.  I absolutely love this new version by Rick Riordan.

This book reads as though Percy Jackson is hanging out at your house telling you some family stories from the past - with plenty of color commentary.  I was drawn in immediately because of the tone of the stories and enjoyed them all over again, even though they were not new to me. 

Also the book has beautiful illustrations by John Rocco, it is oversized and feels extremely impressive.

Who this book is for: 
Any kids obsessed with greek myths after reading Percy Jackson must have this book in their library.  Also, if you have been itching to get your kids into mythology I absolutely guarantee that this book will delight them and peak their interest.

Final thoughts: 
Because of the impressive size of this book, it would make a great Christmas or Hanukkah gift that kids would actually want to read!

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Percy Jackson's Greek Gods  A portion of each purchase will go back to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Books for Your Fashionista

With the holidays around the corner it is time to get you gift giving hat on, but in this case make sure that it is on trend!  If you have a teen/tween with a fashion bent, then today I have a wonderful series that she would be delighted to see under the tree.

In fact, this series is only the beginning.  Make sure to stop over to see Ask Suzanne Bell.  She has a plethora of great gift ideas for your tween girl.  With her help your holiday shopping may just be over in one stop.  And they say teen girls are hard to shop for - but not with this fashionista's advice in your back pocket.

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Title:The Allegra Biscotti Collection

Author:Olivia Bennett

Target:Grades 5-8

Series:Yes

What this book is about: 
Emma loves to design outfits.  In her spare time she sews her creations at her father’s lace warehouse.  When the fashion editor from a high end magazine accidentally sees and falls in love with her work, Emma invents a sophisticated designer, Allegra Biscotti as the creator of the dresses.  When the editor promotes her work in the magazine, the lies Emma must tell go deeper and deeper.  Can she make it all work, or will her schoolwork and friendships suffer as a result?

Why I love this book: 
My favorite part of the book was Emma’s attitude about clothes.  I love how she has a fresh and independent perspective and it made me look at my own choices in a new light.  She sees fashion as art and a mixture of textures and story telling.  I think this will give kids a new take on their own fashion decisions.

I also liked Emma’s issues with her best friend Holly.  Holly is making new friends that aren’t quite a fit with Emma.  How they both deal with this felt real and it is an issue lots of girls face.

Who this book is for: 
Any girl obsessed with Project Runway will immediately fall in love with this book.  But the book is also great for girls with an artistic leaning, who like to create art in many forms.

Final thoughts: 
I just adored the smaller fashion illustrations scattered throughout the story.  I always say that books for bigger kids should have great pictures, and these drawings are absolutely charming.

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: The Allegra Biscotti Collection  A portion of each purchase goes back to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Perfect Holiday Gifts for Kids

As many of you know I have never been a big fan of books for Christmas.  Birthdays, Easter, Valentines Day ... bring 'em on.  But at Christmas, when there is a plethora of presents, books get lost in the melee and simply become an afterthought.  So save them for when they will have the greatest impact.  My one exception is of course if your child asks for a specific book.  Then by all means, get Santa to oblige!

However, just because I don't love books as gifts for Christmas, does not mean there aren't other book themed alternatives that will make fun presents on Christmas morning.  I have assembled a list that I hope will give you some inspiration to get shopping and give the gifts of reading and writing in perhaps a less conventional format.

Holiday Gifts






Lulu Jr. Illustory - $25
This will be under our tree this holiday for my daughter.  Kids can write and illustrate their own story, send it in and then receive their story in a hardcover, typeset book.  I think my daughter will love seeing herself as a "real" author!  There is also a kit for comic strips for kids who prefer that genre.




Toysmith Invisible Writer - $7
This will be a stocking stuffer this year.  Kids love the idea of writing secret messages and I think this one will keep their interest.  It might also be a fun gift for them to give to a BFF so they can pass private messages back and forth - but only before and after school of course!





Silly Word Flashcards - $12
We are always trying to improve our kids vocabulary and I can't say that they enjoy it.  However, with words like Dillydallying and Flimflam I hope my kids start having fun with words.  The manufacturer also offers a set with Big Words which look equally as entertaining.














Random Acts of Kindness Cards - $15
I am completely enamored with these.  As a family you take on random acts of kindness.  It could be sending a letter to a relative you haven't seen in a while or picking up trash on hike.  Family members can record their accomplishments on a sticker board and share their experience on the website.  What a great way to talk to your family about compassion and kindness, in keeping with the holiday spirit.





I'm As Big As Height Chart - $15
I know that most people wouldn't consider a height chart as a the perfect gift, but this one is so fun it really is a wonderful present.  What kid wouldn't want to know when they had reached the heights of Napolean, Elvis and even the longest mustache.  No more begging your kids to stand up straight next to the door frame.  They will be clamoring to see when they overtake a baby giraffe.
















Budsies - $69
Imagine turning one of your kids beloved drawings into an actual stuffed toy.  Budsies will take your child's artwork and create a plush version, bringing their designs to life.  They will even take on the most abstract of young artists and interpret their design!





Just Between Us - $11
This is a journal that goes back and forth between mother and daughter.  The author and her daughter started their own shared journal when her daughter was nine and it was such a success that they provided a format for other parents and children to do the same.  The communication can be silly, serious and funny, and it provides another way for you and your child to communicate, especially when you may not always see eye to eye.  I am looking forward to starting this one with my daughter.




Bodydoodles: The Tattoo Guessing Game - $15
Now I am always looking for ways for my kids to pick up a pen, especially away from school and this game will guarantee they work on their art skills.  Pick a card with a thing to draw and a body part to draw it on, and everyone in the family will be excessing their artistic abilities on elbows, ankles and arms.  But don't worry, it all washes off with soap and water when the game is over!  And did I mention it won the Creative Child Game of the Year Award this year.









First Book Gift Catalog - Variety
Finally I will make a plea for the gift of charity.  First Book is dedicated to getting books into the hands of kids who don't have the same access that our children have to great stories.  You and your kids can select books by type (funny, teen, empowering) or you can chose to give to kids from military families, kids with disabilities or foster children.  I am letting each of my children select one group on the site.  They have loved books their whole lives, so I think this gift will touch them as much as the kids who receive the books.

Happy Holidays!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Everything You Need to Know About Christmas in One Book

The holiday season is now official in full swing, so what better way to start it off than with a book that shares all the wonderful things we learned from our beloved Golden Books.

The whimsical pictures will bring back lovely memories and the Christmas captions will bring humor, a quick laugh and ultimately the true meaning of the holiday to any house.

I will be sharing gift posts with you on Monday, so whatever you do, don't forget to come back and find out what cool, unique and clever gifts I have come up with.  Now admit it ... don't you want to be that mom/uncle/godmother that has the best gift under the tree?  You know you do, so get back here on Monday!





Everything I Need to Know About Christmas I Learned From a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Early Chapter Book for Kids Who Love Animals

I am always on the hunt for great early chapter books.  This is a pivotal time in your child's reading. This is when they can fall in love with stories. I was especially excited that the book I am profiling today was written by a Newbery Honor winner.  There can never be enough well written early chapter books out there, so it is fabulous to see quality writers enter this category.

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Title:Shelter Pet Squad: Jelly Bean

Author:Cynthia Lord

Target: Grade 1-3

Series: This is the first book in a planned series

What this book is about: 
Suzannah loves animals but they are not allowed in her apartment.  As a compromise, her mother signs her up to help out at the animal shelter once a week.  There she gets to make treats for the dogs and play with the cats.  One day during her shift a girl comes in with a guinea pig she must give up.  Suzannah promises her she will find her pet a new home, but guinea pigs are not flying off the shelves at the shelter.  So Suzannah and her pet squad friends will have to get creative.

Why I love this book:
This book is written by a Newbery Honor winner, so it was nice to see her doing something for the early chapter book crowd.  So often these books are written too simply or formulaically that it is nice to see early chapter books that break out of the mold.

What I loved most about the book is that it is a realistic, but optimistic look at animals in shelters.  It is not always easy for rescue pets, but the book shows how volunteers can bring sunshine into their day, that the right fit between pet and owner is so important and that every pet needs a forever home.  

Who this book is for: 
Great book for kids who love animals.  Type is large and pictures are scattered throughout, although not on every page.

Final thoughts: 
Kids shouldn't miss the photo of the author’s guinea pig Cookie in the back of the book!  Serious cuteness.  Please don’t blame me if they want one.

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Shelter Pet Squad #1: Jelly Bean  A portion of each purchase goes to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Book Full of Shenanigans

One of my favorite authors is at it again with a book full of pranks and shenanigans!  What kids wouldn't love that?  Mac Barnett is a wickedly talented writer and just an all around funny guy whose humor shines through in his stories.  How lucky is that?

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Title:The Terrible Two

Authors:Mac Barnett and Jory John

Target: Grades 2-6

Series:This is the first book in a planned series

What this book is about: 
Miles Murphy was the best prankster at his old school.  When he moves, he knows that the will regain his title at the new school with a few well placed pranks. But when he gets there, he finds the school already has an epic prankster.  What ensues is a prank war of monumental proportions, but just when things seem dire, the two decide to join forces to pull off the biggest prank their school has ever seen.

Why I love this book: 
Who wouldn’t fall in love with a book that comes complete with a prankster oath?  There are standards you know!  I appreciated that the emphasis was on clever pranks and not ones that were unkind. And of course I can’t forget the plethora of cow facts included in the story. No good book is complete without them I often say.

The one problem with this book is the slower beginning.  It takes about half the book to set up the premise and the characters, but things really get going when the prank war begins.  If your kids don’t take to the book immediately, encourage them to stick with it because the humor and fun factor jump up considerably when the competition is in full force.

Kevin Cornell does the illustrations in this books and they are fabulous.  He perfectly captures the charm and exaggerated silliness of the story.

Who this book is for: 
With plenty of illustrations and large type, this book will appeal to younger and reluctant readers, but the premise of the story is fun for all kids.

Final thoughts: 
I am absolving myself of all liability from the shenanigans that may be perpetrated by your kids after reading this book.  Let the pranks begin.

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: The Terrible Two  A portion of each purchase will go to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Fun Elementary School Series for Grades 3-5

My daughter pulled out a series I hadn't thought of in a while and she fell in love with it.  She read all nine books in rapid succession and it left me scratching my head about why I hadn't grabbed it for her sooner.  It reminded me that even though I may have recommended a series in the past, if your child wasn't ready for it yet, it probably went right over your head.

That's why it is nice to comb through the archives and revisit books that may have been published a few years back, but still remain great reads.  This week I am highlighting the series my daughter reminded me is a wonderful book for elementary school girls.  She is so good to have around!

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Title:The Sisters Eight

Author:Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Target:Grades 3-5

Series:Yes

What this book is about: 
On New Year’s Eve a set of octuplets wait for their parents, but their parents never show up.  It seems that they have disappeared.  The girls find a strange note that says they must each find their power and a gift to reveal what has happened to their parents.  Since the girls are desperate to reunite their family and they don’t want to be separated, they must continue to live as though their parents are home, not letting the outside world know that these eight sisters are fending for themselves.  Each book profiles one sister as they search for their power and their gift.

Why I love this book: 
First off the premise of eight octuplet sisters is just charming.  Each girl has her own look and personality and I found my daughter discussing each one with her friends.    

I also think kids secretly like the idea of being able to fend for themselves without parents.  There is something empowering about the girls having to cook, clean and pay bills for on their own and I imagine most kids harbor that fantasy, for a short period of time.

This book also had a good adventure and mystery.  I am anxious to find out the powers of the other sisters as well as the top secret project the girl’s mother was working on.  I think they may be related (I’m quick that way with books)

Who this book is for:
The books have cute illustrations throughout.  The series is a nice step up from early chapter books, but it doesn't feel intimidating.  

Final thoughts:
The Sister’s Eight has nine books in the series.  I just thought that was funny for a series with eight in the title, but it takes little to amuse me.

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Annie's Adventures (Sisters 8, Book #1)  A portion of each purchase goes to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mix it Up With Kids

Many of you are aware of that very successful picture book Press Here which has become a toddler sensation.  Written and illustrated by the exceedingly talented Herve Tullet it became a best seller many times over.  Well he has a new book out aimed at the younger crowd, and in this one he tackles the color wheel.  With the same interactive humor he gets kids pressing, shaking and stomping to learn what happens when colors combine!

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Title:Mix it Up

Author:Herve Tullet

Target: Preschool - Kindergarten

What this book is about: 
This is a hands on book about mixing colors.  Kids will learn the basics that yellow and blue make green as well as how white lightens and black darkens colors.  Kids are asked to pretend to put red paint on a blue dots and then turn the page to see what happens.  They are asked to shake the book to see how the colors mix.  When they close the book to press two paints dots together they get to see the combinations that are made.

Why I love this book: 
This book is a lovely way to get kids involved in the storytelling.  In this case they will not only learn that red and yellow make orange, they actually pretend to mix the colors to produce orange. The best part is that you don’t have to actually get the paints out but the kids will still be mixing and shaking just the same.  Big reward for no clean up!  However I can’t guarantee that the kids will not be inspired to take their own paints out.

Herve Tullet always does a lovely job of getting kids to participate in the stories he writes.  I love that readers are not passive listeners but active participants in the learning process.

Who this book is for: 
All kids should enjoy this one.

Final thoughts: 
Tullet is the author of the wildly successful Press Here.  That book uses the same techniques to get kids involved, but this new story is more focused on teaching than entertainment. 

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Monday, November 17, 2014

History Made Fun For Kids

I just love books that make history interesting for kids.  I always like a little learning served up with a good story.  Graphic novels do history extremely well, but the book I am profiling today is all narrative and it is engaging.  Of course it serves up history with it's own twist - the tragic and often gruesome ends to some of history's most famous figures.

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Title:How They Croaked

Author:Georgia Bragg

Target:Grades 5 and up

Series: Yes

What this book is about: 
This book is about famous people from history who were passionate about their interests.  The twist is of course that we find out how they croaked.  From King Tut to Elizabeth I to Albert Einstein, we learn about the disgusting and putrid ways in which they met their end.  For most of the historical figures profiled, the science of healing was so bad that their treatment was often worse and more deadly than their ailment.  But we also learn about the times in which they lived and are reminded about their amazing accomplishments and discoveries.

Why I love this book:
Each historical figures gets about a five page spread with engaging illustrations.  I was reminded of long forgotten historical happenings in such an entertaining way, although I can’t discount the serious “ick” factor involved in describing their demise.  

This book is also an account of how medicine has changed over the years.  It does show how  learning about the importance of basic hygiene is so imperative in preventing illness and the arcane and ridiculous ways doctors administered medicine in the past.

Who this book is for: 
Great for most kids, however, anyone with a squeamish tummy should steer clear of this one.  If your kids enjoyed A Tale Dark and Grimm, then this book will be right up their alley.

Final thoughts: 
What a unique and deadly way to teach history!  

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Book That Teaches Kids What the World Eats

With Thanksgiving around the corner, I thought the book I am profiling today was particularly timely.    It gives kids an incredible perspective of what food consumption is like, not only in other countries, but also for families with different resources.  Your children will see their abundant table in a new light.

I did a post a few years back on books that help kids make smarter food choices.  Some of the books I  profiled were adaptations of adult books such as Omnivore's Dilemma.  Now that we are so removed from the origin of our food choices, it is important to help kids understand what their food selections mean.  Check out that post here: Books That Help Kids Make Better Food Choices

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Title:What the World Eats

Author:Faith D’Aluisio and Peter Menzel

Target: Grades 4-8

Series:No

What this book is about: 
This book chronicles in photographs and text what families around the world eat in a typical week.  It moves all around the globe from Chad to Australia, from France to Guatemala and from China to the US.  The photographs of the families surrounded by their weekly food allowance is humbling and telling about the how they procure their food, how they choose what to eat and how they gage their economic prosperity.

Why I love this book:  
My daughter cannot stop looking through all the pictures in this book.  It is a wonderful jumping off point to talk about nutrition, food choices and the lives of these families in other countries.  

When she sees what a family in a refuge camp in Chad has for a week in contrast to a family in the US, it is eye opening.  She is also amazed at the amounts of fruits and vegetables in Guatemala where they harvest their own food in contrast to Greenland where fruits and vegetables are mostly canned and they have no fertile land.  The amount of packaged food in industrialized nations is also shocking and the pictures provide a fascinating and straightforward way of communicating food choices with kids.

This book was introduced to my son by his fifth grade teacher several years ago.  On a trip to Norway, the book was featured in the gift shop at the Nobel Peace Prize Museum and my kids spent almost a half hour going through it.  I was afraid they were going to make us buy it or kick us out.  (For the record I would have been happy to buy it there, but it is heavy and I didn’t know how to fit it in my suitcase!)  So we got it when we returned home, and it has seen constant use ever since.

Who this book is for: 
Great for most kids.  The pictures will speak to younger kids and the charts on obesity, access to water, meat consumption, etc. will appeal to older kids.

Final thoughts:  
I adore books that take kids out of their reality.  This book does a beautiful job, without being preachy, of showing kids what life is really like for others who don’t share in the benefits that they do.  This book is the kid’s version of the adult book, Hungry Planet.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Perfect Book for Reluctant Readers

I have to admit that it is rare for me to read a whole series.  There are so many new books out there, that once I have read the first and second books (and on a rare occasion the third) I usually call it day.  So it must mean something when I read the fourth, yes the fourth book in a series about Charlie Joe Jackson, reluctant reader extraordinaire!

His books are fun and I was so curious to see where the author was going to take this character that I broke down and had to read this latest book.  As always these books are great for kids who tend not to want to read, but they are also great entertainment for kids who devour books.  These are some of my can't miss choices for kids, so you heard me, don't miss them.

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Title:Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Making Money

Author:Tommy Greenwald

Target:Grades 4-7

Series:Yes

What this book is about: 
Charlie Joe Jackson MUST have the latest gadget out there, the Botman.  However, his parents are not inclined to buy it for him and he doesn’t have the cash to get it himself.  This means he will have to earn the money, and as we have learned from Charlie Joe’s past books, work is not really his thing.  After a disastrous turn with a dog walking business, he decides to throw a bar mitzvah for himself where the gifts (I mean checks) will provide him with ample funds.  The problem - he is not Jewish!   So Charlie makes other arrangements to become a man.

Why I love this book: 
Tommy Greenwald started this series to highlight a boy who would do anything not to read a book.  It was a wonderful concept and the books that followed have been funny and perfect for reluctant readers.  

In his last book he had come to the end of the “disliking books” story line so I was anxious to see what he would do next with Charlie Joe.  He found a wonderful segue with the concept of making money and continued to tap into his character’s reluctance to do anything the right way the first time.  Of course trying to avoid the right thing always brings Charlie Joe more trouble and work than if he had just done the right thing from the start, but that is what makes Charlie Joe so charming.

This book felt a little on the slim side.  I do think the story could have been developed more, he could have added more humorous financial tips and the idea of charity could have been built up.  But this book will please Charlie Joe Jackson fans.

Who this book is for: 
As always, these books are great for reluctant readers who like realistic fiction.  Charlie Joe is a charismatic character and the chapters are set up as quick reads.  The books do not have to be read in order.

Final thoughts: 
Money can’t buy happiness but it can buy you a funny read - this book of course!

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