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Book Trailer Thursday!

Hi Everyone,

Just in time for Halloween, here’s a special treat.

Jen York is the author of the children’s book character, Delilah Dusticle. (You can read my review of the first book here.) The second book is Delilah Dusticle’s Transylvanian Adventure. Below, you will see the link for the trailer for this book!

http://youtu.be/kBheXFxFpbI

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

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My Sister’s Books Review #58

Meena Mouse’s Perfect Raspberry

By: Trilby Plants

Illustrated by: Deborah Gagnon

1st grade and Younger

 

Meena Mouse has run away from home after eating the raspberry that her Mom was going to use to make a tart. Lost in the forest, Meena runs into the Silver Mouse who helps her find a perfect raspberry, but will Meena be able to find her way home?

Beautifully illustrated, this book pops with vibrant backgrounds. Children everywhere will enjoy the bold, colorful world of Meena Mouse. Written with short, repetitious sentences, this book is a nice choice for parents to read to their kids. As with every good children’s book, there is a moral to be learned from Meena’s adventure.

 

Notes:

This review was written for My Sister’s Books. To learn more about this bookstore, please visit their website.

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Sandy’s Dream

By: Jared Rader. Format: eBook. Read: December 2013.

Sandy and her friends are all talking about what they want to be when they grow up. Sandy mentions that she wants to be a doctor, but one of the boys declares that girls can’t be doctors. Later on, when they visit a sick Grandpa in the hospital, there is a female doctor taking care of him. Sandy starts to question, whether or not her dream can come true.

Sandy’s Dream is a cute, short, picture book. The drawings are beautiful, while sentences are short and easy-to-understand. The ending is very abrupt and leaves some unanswered questions. However, this is great story for young girls to know that they can be anything they wish.

As kid, I dreamed of growing up to be a doctor and a lawyer. (I even had my schedule worked out so that I could divide my time evenly.) What about you, what was your dream job?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Notes:
The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and his work, please visit his website.

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Detective Stephy Wephy Holmes in the Missing Cake

By: Josh Rader. Format: eBook. Read: December 2013.

When Stephy learns meatloaf is for dinner, she is not happy. However, her mom reassures her that there will be chocolate cake for dessert, but unfortunately the entire cake is missing! Stephy Wephy Holmes takes on the case and searches the house for clues and the culprit. Will she find the cake in time or will the thief get away with the crime?

This is an adorable picture book for young, aspiring detectives. The drawings are flawless and charming. The story is cute, but difficult to follow due to the fact that pictures are not on the same page as the writing. Stephy Wephy Holmes is determined to find the missing cake, which many children would be too. This book is good for families to enjoy together and to help encourage little ones to read.

I have always loved a good children’s mystery. What about you? Who was your favorite child sleuth?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Notes:
The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and his work, please visit his website.

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Delilah Dusticle

By: A.J. York. Format: eBook. Read: December 2013.

Delilah Dusticle has the special ability to remove dust from every crevice in a home. She has worked for the Fenchurch-Whittington house since she was sixteen and despite the rules, she has fallen in love with Charlie Fenchurch-Whittington the third. Unfortunately for Delilah, he returns home from a business trip with a fiancee. Delilah becomes so depressed that her magical ability reverses and everything she touches is covered in dust, even her own hair. Shortly thereafter, Delilah is forced to find a new home and a new job, which is very difficult for a person who covers everything in dust. Will she be able to find happiness and regain her ability to remove dust? Or will she fade away into the shadows forever?

Delilah Dusticle is a very, cute, chapter book for children. The author does a wonderful job of showing the importance of self-worth and how the things you believe about yourself, will begin to take hold. There were several grammatical errors in this book, but overall the chapters are short and easy to read. The moral of the story is definitely one that everyone needs to be reminded of, often. The ending provides closure for the story, while setting it up nicely for a potential sequel. Recommended for the third-fifth grade age range.

I have to say, as an adult, I kind of would like a magic power that would conveniently remove all dust… that or clean all the dishes. Hmm… What magical cleaning ability would you like to have?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Notes:
The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and her work, please visit her website.

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Teddy Bear Town Bundle

By: Stacy Juba. Narrated By: Bill Russell. Format: Audiobook. Read: October 2013.

The Flag Keeper is the first book in this set. Elizabeth is excited to help her Dad with his daily flag duties and she wants to learn all about flag etiquette. The second book is Victoria Rose and the Big Bad Noise. Young Victoria is scared and confused by all the noisy appliances around the house. Lastly, is Sticker Shoes a cute story about Jenny accidentally creating a cool new style of shoes!

This bundle pack is a delightful set of three Children’s Books. The Flag Keeper is an excellent story that will teach children how to properly handle the American flag. At the end there are facts and discussion questions to go over with kids. This is a wonderful story for both parents and teachers. The next two books are cute and would make nice naptime stories. The narrator for this bundle set is fabulous and changes his tone with each character. A superb book for both children and adults.

This is an adorable set of Children’s books. I absolutely loved the books and the narration was perfect. I found myself laughing and smiling a lot while listening to these books. I think children, parents and teachers will enjoy this set. I think children of all ages will enjoy this audiobook bundle.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Notes:
The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and her work, please visit her website.

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Happy Mother’s Day!!!

Good Morning Everyone,

I just wanted to take a minute and wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day!!! Whether your a Mama of a human baby or a fur baby, Happy Mother’s Day!!!

What were some of the books that you shared with your Mom while you were growing up?

For me, the Children’s Book… I’ll Love You, Forever is a book that I can still recite from memory. My Mom and I used to read that together all the time. Now my Grandmother used to bring me a set of 6 Nancy Drew books every time she would visit. So Nancy Drew will always hold a special place in heart, thanks to her.

As for being a fur-Mama, the book that made me laugh and cry because of its honesty and truth is… Marley and Me. If you have ever loved a dog with your whole heart, then that book is a must-read. (And no, I have never seen the movie.)

Hope each of you have a wonderful, beautiful day!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!!

Hi Everyone,

I feel we all should celebrate today by giving thanks to an amazing author… Dr. Seuss! This one man created several worlds that multiple generations have enjoyed. But most importantly he created worlds that intrigued children and encouraged their desire to learn how to read!

My favorites included One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish and Green Eggs and Ham. And still to this day, it is a Christmas tradition in my house to watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas! What about you, what were favorite Dr. Seuss tales?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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My Sister’s Books Review #8

Have You Seen Hyacinth Macaw?
By: Patricia Reilly Giff

Abby Jones and her friend Potsie are on spring break and Abby is looking for a case to solve. As she starts noticing strange activity outside her bedroom window, her brother, Dan, begins to act strange. Then her friend Detective Garcia tells her there has been a big theft in town, plus there is a strange missing person’s sign that has been ripped. Abby doesn’t have to look too far before she gets wrapped up in a series of mysteries.

Patricia Reilly Giff has written about every young, adventurous girl’s dream with this book. Mystery, intrigue, suspense all occur in this first book in the Abby Jones, Junior Detective Mystery series. This chapter book has some illustrations and shorter sentences to make it easier to read. A few spelling errors and grammatical errors, but overall a good book for elementary school children.

Similar authors: Carolyn Keene (Harriet Otis Smith) and Jean Craighead George

Note: This review was written for My Sister’s Books.

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Where Does Santa go on Vacation after Christmas?

By: Elizabeth Rooks. Format: Paperback. Read: February 2013.

It is the day after Christmas and Tyler is curious as to where Santa goes, now that he has finished his work. Tyler goes to each of his family members and asks them where they think Santa goes on vacation and each of the family members provide a different location. With each new location there is also a lesson on how to say hello with that county’s native tongue. There is even a pronunciation key in the back of the book.

Children and adults everywhere will love this latest book by Elizabeth Rooks. Where Does Santa go on Vacation after Christmas? is the first in a Santa-related trilogy focuses on teaching children about various cultures around the world. Rooks has written an excellent children’s book that will pique children’s interest in languages. The pronunciation key will help adults teach children the correct way to pronounce hello. This was an exciting start to a very promising series. Plus the bright pictures will bring smiles to the faces of children at every age. Highly recommend this for every adult with a child in his/her life.

I adore children books that not only entertain but also teach. Elizabeth Rooks has done this perfectly with this book. Foreign languages are easily learned when they are incorporated into a child’s language early in life. This is a great book to encourage a child to learn to read, but also to learn about other languages and cultures. Plus the pictures of Santa dressed in a toga or a reindeer surfing will delight any child’s imagination. I can’t wait to see what Santa does next!

Enjoy!

~Ariesgrl

 

Notes: A copy of this book was provided for me to review. To learn more about this author and her books, please visit her website.

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