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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Book Review - Greatest Magical Stories

Greatest Magical Stories



About the Book
Award-winning children's writer and former United Kingdom Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo has collected the greatest magical stories and put them all together for your reading pleasure.

From tiny heroes and talking frogs to meddling fairies and mysterious sea creatures, all the wonders of the magical world are right here. This timeless collection will be treasured forever by children looking for something magical to read alone or to share. Stories include "The Frog Prince," "Rumpelstiltskin," "Sleeping Beauty," and more. Strikingly illustrated and charmingly retold, there are lots of great stories from around the world that children will explore and enjoy.


My Take on the Book
This is a great book that brings forth some very fun stories that you probably know from your own childhood. Many of these fairy tales are ones that remembered as a child but there were also new ones that I had never heard too. The stories are accompanied by beautiful images that add a lot to the stories. My daughter has asked me to read these before bed, and to be honest, she really loved the stories themselves. This is a wonderful collection of stories that I loved to share with my daughter and you will love to share them with your kids too.

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Book Review - Burning Magic - A Shadow Magic Novel

Burning Magic - A Shadow Magic Novel



About the Book
In Book 3 of a three-book series, when Lily, aka the "witch queen" and bat-rider extraordinaire Thorn travel to Sultanate of Fire, things go terribly wrong. Instead of celebrating a reunion with their old friend K'leef, they are thrust into royal murder, an epic quest, and a deadly battle for the throne.
While investigating the murder, Lily learns shocking truths about her life that could destroy all she has achieved. Yet, among the ruins of her old life, she has the opportunity to become someone greater . . . and more terrifying.

Thorn and the magnificent bat, Hades, join the timid K'leef and the idiotic Gabriel Solar in a quest to find a phoenix. These fire birds are the key to saving the sultanate, but they nest within the Shardlands. The boys must defeat not only the monsters of that magical wilderness, but also rivals eager to claim the throne for themselves. Rivals that include a renegade from House Shadow . . .

Chilling surprises, ghostly encounters, and belly laughs are just some of the treats in store for readers of this burning-hot desert adventure.



My Take on the Book
This is the 3rd book in a series that has really brought together a great tale for fantasy lovers. This series really does a great job at continuing the Shadow Magic series and ending the trilogy as well. By the end of the book the plot, the characters and the overall world that has been created you will be wanting more. This was a book that has a lot of heart and definitely one that was a quick read as well. We really loved this story and hope that these character and this world might show up again in the future!

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Book Review - The Rizzlerunk Club: Best Buds Under Frogs

The Rizzlerunk Club: Best Buds Under Frogs



About the Book
In her first novel, illustrated in her inimitable style, Leslie Patricelli hits all the humorous ups and downs of being the new kid at school, navigating complicated friendships, and standing up to frenemies.

For Lily, it’s the worst first day of school ever. Who would want to be friends with the new girl, whose debut act is to throw up on the playground (on somebody’s shoes!)? Fortunately, quirky Darby comes to the rescue. Darby likes frogs and candy and oddball stuff, and soon she and Lily have formed their own club — the Rizzlerunk Club. But before you can say “BFF,” Darby’s former best friend, mean-spirited Jill — who had moved to London — returns unexpectedly. Can Lily and Darby’s friendship survive the British invasion? Peppered with charming illustrations and hilarious mishaps involving “conjoined” frogs, accidentally shaved eyebrows, and school pranks gone awry, this engaging tale of fourth-grade life will have readers wishing they could join the Rizzlerunk Club for real.



My Take on the Book
My youngest daughter has been interested in frogs lately and because of this she was interested in reading this to see what the book was like. She really liked the book as it talked a lot about friendship and brought together some great characters too. The book has some great adventures and even some misadventures too. The book also has great images spread throughout the book that I know that we loved as they did a great job at tying these into the story itself. The book was a fun and quick read and we really enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Book Review - The Pros of Cons

The Pros of Cons




About the Book
Drummer Phoebe Byrd prides herself on being one of the guys, and she's ready to prove it by kicking all their butts in the snare solo competition at the Indoor Percussion Association Convention.

Writer Vanessa Montoya-O'Callaghan has been looking forward to the WTFcon for months. Not just because of the panels and fanfiction readings but because WTFcon is where she'll finally meet Soleil, her internet girlfriend, for the first time.

Taxidermy assistant Callie Buchannan might be good at scooping brains out of deer skulls, but that doesn't mean it's her passion. Since her parents' divorce, her taxidermist father only cares about his work, and assisting him at the World Taxidermy and Fish-Carving Championships is the only way Callie knows to connect with him.

When a crazy mix-up in the hotel lobby brings the three girls together, they form an unlikely friendship against a chaotic background of cosplay, competition, and carcasses!




My Take on the Book
This was a really fun book that brought together a ton of fun characters. As someone that was a member of the band and a person that people thought of as a geek I could definitely relate to the characters. There were a number of converging stories that the author did a great job at bringing them all together. I also loved to see how people that are so different can have so many similarities too, as you would not expect that at first. I also have to say that going into this book I really did not know anything about taxidermy, but after reading this I can say that I feel that I better understand this as well as have a greater appreciation for it too. The book is a fun book that all ages will love!


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Book Review - The Traitor's Game

The Traitor's Game



About the Book
Nothing is as it seems in the kingdom of Antora. Kestra Dallisor has spent three years in exile in the Lava Fields, but that won't stop her from being drawn back into her father's palace politics. He's the right hand man of the cruel king, Lord Endrick, which makes Kestra a valuable bargaining chip. A group of rebels knows this all too well -- and they snatch Kestra from her carriage as she reluctantly travels home.

The kidnappers want her to retrieve the lost Olden Blade, the only object that can destroy the immortal king, but Kestra is not the obedient captive they expected. Simon, one of her kidnappers, will have his hands full as Kestra tries to foil their plot, by force, cunning, or any means necessary. As motives shift and secrets emerge, both will have to decide what -- and who -- it is they're fighting for.

Jennifer A. Nielsen introduces us to an unforgettable new heroine in this epic tale of treachery and intrigue, love and deceit.



My Take on the Book
WOW, this is great book with amazing characters that are challenged by many amazing situations throughout the book. The two main characters, Kestra and Simon are ones that have so many ups and downs throughout the book that they have to overcome. My daughter and I read this together and we loved to see all of the twists and turns within the book. The book has adventure, mystery and more which made the book a quick read. There were so many intricate actions that brought forth traitors from a resistance group and you have to see how Kestra deals with this group and works to save her own family. However, as she works with the people that she believes are traitors at the beginning, she learns more and more that will make her faith in her own family falter and in the end she will have to make a choice that will define her future.



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Book Review - Lights, Camera, Disaster





About the Book
Hester Greene loves making movies. With her camera in hand, she can focus, make decisions, and have the control she lacks in life, where her executive function disorder (think extreme ADHD plus anxiety) sabotages her every move.

But middle school is not a movie, and if her last-ditch attempt to save her language-arts grade--and her chance to pass eighth grade, period--doesn't work, Hess could lose her friends, her year, even her camera. It will take more than a cool training montage to get her life together, but by thinking outside the frame, she just might craft a whole new ending.

Written partially in script form, with STOP/PAUSE/PLAY/REWIND moments throughout, this laugh-out-loud story will speak to any budding filmmaker, or unintentional troublemaker, in every act of their lives.




My Take on the Book
This book has some great characters that really draw you into the book. Hester is a great character that has flaws but will also ring true to people reading the book. The character struggles with panic attacks and definitely others challenges and when my daughter read this, she could relate to the character itself. My oldest daughter loved that Hester dealt with the stress in her life through film making. I think my daughter enjoyed this because like Hester, she has stress and anxiety in her own life and we have had conversations in the past about how she also deals with this stress. My daughter read this in one reading and at the end she mentioned how much she loved the book and how much she thought that others would enjoy this as well.


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Book Review - How To Turn Your Grown-Up Into A Robot


How To Turn Your Grown-Up Into A Robot



About the Book
Computer coding is all about telling the computer (or robot) what to do in a way that the computer will understand. Kids learn this concept while having fun getting their grown-up to make silly sounds and motions. We cleverly incorporate the concept of variables through funny emojis that take on different values throughout the story.

Parents willing to be silly required! Kids who love BJ Novak’s The Book with No Pictures will also love this book.

My Take on the Book
This is a great book that allows your kids to better understand coding in a fun way. If you are trying to teach your kids some of the general concepts of coding, this book will definitely do this. The book teaches in such a fun way and by the end it really does teach your kids so much (even without them realizing it).

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