Cluck and Fluffy by Ceasar Castro

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I love when children’s books address real-life situations that kids have to deal with. I think that it is so important to address these issues and provide the opportunity to learn and be better!

Cluck and Fluffy are an unlikely pair in this farm-yard story. Cluck is a new rabbit that has been placed in the chicken coop for a short time. The chickens are mean and shun him, making him feel like an outcast. When one chicken finally decides to befriend Cluck, they show that being mean and hurtful is not the right way to act.

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Cow Boy Is Not a Cowboy by Gregory Barrington

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Friendship can come from the most unexpected places. Any children’s book that helps kids be accepting of others is a five-star in my mind!

Goat Girl lives on a boring, mundane farm where everything is extremely ordinary. Goat Girl is NOT ordinary. She likes adventure and trying new things. When she runs into Merle, she thinks he’s a cowboy because he’s a COW and a BOY. Merle, however, does not want to be called a cowboy. Goat Girl refuses to give up on pulling Merle out of his shell, and the two of them become quite the adorable pair.

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PINTO! by M.J. Evans

Rating: 5 out of 5.

PINTO! is the only horse to complete a 1912 – 1915 horseback journey to visit all forty-eight state capitols with the “Overland Westerners”. This book takes that real-life event and tells it through the eyes of Pinto. I really enjoyed M.J. Evan’s choice to make the horse the narrator of this story. It did create a fictionalized feel to the story, however, it was obvious that she had worked hard to research and provide real information surrounding this historic event.

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In the Heart of a Mustang by M.J. Evans

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I loved the amazing connection between Hunter and his horse. I felt deeply connected to their bond, and I think it’s something horse-lovers are going to absolutely love as well!

How I Felt:

In the Heart of a Mustang introduces us to a young boy, Hunter, who has just found out that everything he knew about his father was a lie. Instead of his father being a soldier who died for his country, he is a convicted felon. Hunter is devastated by the lies, and at the shattering of a figure he deeply respected and looked up to. Heading to the Promise Ranch to find peace, Hunter encounters a horse that can help him mend what has been so deeply broken.

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The Adventures of Gunner the Poodle Pony: Gunner Meets Stella by Lynne McGlothlen

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I really enjoy seeing children’s books that help them to understand and manage their emotions. Adults struggle to handle their emotions sometimes, so helping a child to understand something can be extremely difficult. The Adventures of Gunner the Poodle Pony is a wonderful book that introduces grief for a child in a way that is uplifting, and I loved that.

My Synopsis:

Gunner, a very special dog, is heading to work at the Hospice center. He enjoys helping people feel better when they are sick or sad. He meets Stella at the center, a young girl who is visiting her sick grandmother.

Stella and Gunner become fast friends, and Gunner helps Stella to understand her emotions and help her to feel a bit better. He promises to tell her more stories when they see each other again, which makes me think there might be more Poodle Pony books coming!

How I Felt:

I thought this story was written so that it is easy for a child to understand. It is told through Gunner’s perspective, which makes it fun for a child, but Stella’s emotions are easy to relate to.

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Alycat and the Tournament Tuesday by Alysson Foti Bourque

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

Alycat and the Tournament Tuesday had so many elements to the story that are great for children! There was family, doing the right thing, trying to help, and being honest. I loved how all of these topics were woven into the story!

How I Felt:

The characters center around a brother and sister, Bugsy and Aly. Bugsy believes that he is only able to play golf well with his special golf ball. He doesn’t have the confidence in himself to be able to play well without it. Aly has a good heart with well-intended actions. I liked that her emotions showed a real love for her brother. She wanted him to do well but also wanted him to see that he could believe in himself.

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Oh How I Loved This Kids Book: It’s Okay to Be a Unicorn! by Jason Tharp – A Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

It’s Okay to Be a Unicorn! is really focusing on how differences are okay and make each one of us special. I loved the way this is woven into the story with such perfection!

How I Felt:

The Story was so wonderful! Our secretly unicorn friend, Cornelius J. Sparklesteed is trying to hide that he is a unicorn from all his horse friends. His secret is shown to the reader early on in the book through the words, which I read to my daughter twice to see if she caught on to what the story was telling her. And she did. “Oh, HE’S a unicorn!” she said. She really enjoyed watching as Cornelius kept his secret hidden and watching his ultimate surprise to the entire town at the end.

The Illustration was so exciting. Bright colors and excellent details were added to each page making the book so enjoyable for a young reader to follow along as they are read the story.

I specifically LOVED that a map was added to the beginning of the book so the reader could envision the book’s location Hoofington. Adorable!

Overall, this was a wonderful story that we enjoyed greatly. The message of loving yourself and being true to yourself was so through the words, it was a powerful story that we will be reading again and again.

To Read or Not To Read:

This is a great book for a preschool to middle elementary school age readers. The story is bright and colorful with the words and the illustrations. It’s one you won’t want your littles to miss!

Where to Find This Book:

It’s Okay to be a Unicorn by Jason Tharpe is available at these sites.

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Cornelius J. Sparklesteed is a fabulous horse with a wonderful, helpful personality…except that he’s not a horse. He has a secret that he hides under his hat. He’s a unicorn living in a town where the Mayor has forbidden unicorns.

We follow Cornelius all week as he helps all his friends with everything they need for the big event, Hoofapalooza. Cornelius is also getting ready, as he has been asked to perform!

The big day comes, and he looks out at the crowd with all of his friends and decides that everyone will like him for who he really is, so he has a big reveal, removing his hat . . . and the crowd roars with love and applause.

  • It’s Okay to Be a Unicorn! by Jason Tharp
  • Target Reader: Preschool – middle elementary
  • Page Count: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Imprint
  • Pub Date: February 4, 2020

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A Bird with Udders: Celebrate Unique you! by A.T. Waverly- A Kid’s Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I loved the message in A Bird with Udders! It’s a book about celebrating how each animal in the book is unique and special, but the message really asks a child to think of what makes them uniquely them. It was beautiful.

I am different you see
and so very happy to be uniquely me.

A Bird with Udders: Celebrate Unique you! by A.T. Waverly

How I Felt:

I just LOVED this book. I so appreciate a story that helps a child see that their differences are special. They do not need to be like all the others, they are wonderful the way they are. The Bird with Udders does just that.

The Illustrations: I am in love with these simple illustrations. They were bright and colorful. The story focuses on a different special animal on each page and there is a perfect illustration to go with it. I liked that it sparked thought in my daughter. She wanted to talk about each animal as we moved through the story.

The Writing: This is a rhyming story and I really liked the way it was written. The cadence of the story flowed really well. I wasn’t stumbling over words and everything rhymed well. The story was easy for my daughter to understand and would be easy for any young reader.

Overall: This book had a wonderful message for children with illustrations that are fun and bright. The story is exciting and helps a young reader use their imagination.

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend A Bird with Udders for any young reader! It is perfect for preschool through kindergarten children and should be read with the child.

Where to Find This Book:

A Bird with Udders by A.T. Waverly is available at these sites.

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A Bird with Udders introduces the reader to a unique animal on each page. A cow with pink spots and a bird with udders and so many others. The story tells us how each animal is unique and proud of it! It’s a great story to help a child celebrate being themselves.

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  • A Bird with Udders by A.T. Waverly
  • Genre: Children’s
  • Publisher: Independently Published
  • Pub Date: January 14, 2020

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Kids Book Review: Just Bunny and the Great Fire Rescue by Jeanne LaSala Taylor

Rating: 5 out of 5.
  • Just Bunny and the Great Fire Rescue by Jeanne LaSala Taylor
  • Perfect for: preschool to middle elementary
  • Page Count: 38 pages
  • Publisher: Mascot Books
  • Pub Date: February 4, 2020

What I Loved:

Just Bunny and the Great Fire Rescue is a true story of the loss and rescue of Just Bunny. Jeanne LaSala Taylor wrote this as a thank you to the New York Fire Department, and firefighters everywhere. It’s a beautiful way to share their story and gratitude.

How I Felt:

The Story was written in a way that allowed a young reader to understand the problem and resolution. The fire was not scary for my child as the family is evacuated quickly and I appreciated that. She was worried about Just Bunny and so happy that he was rescued in the end.

The Illustration was really great. It had a hand-drawn feel to it and was just beautiful! There’s a version of Just Bunny (pictured to the left). He is hiding on each page in the book for the reader to find. My daughter had SO much fun with this!

Overall, this was a wonderful story that we enjoyed greatly. The daughter and Just Bunny are easy for a young child to connect with. The entire story and the interaction of the hidden Just Bunny on each page made the book perfect!

To Read or Not To Read:

This is a great book for a preschool to middle elementary school. It is a great “thank you” to firemen and women everywhere.

Francesca’s favorite stuffed animal friend is Just Bunny. Just Bunny goes everywhere and does everything with Francesca. When Francesca and her family are out to eat one day, a kitchen fire starts in the restaurant and they must evacuate. Once outside, they realize Just Bunny has been left behind!

Francesca’s mom finds a NYFD fireman and asks him for help. He goes into the building and saves Just Bunny, returning him to Francesca.

Just Bunny and the Great Fire Rescue by Jeanne LaSala Taylor publishes February 4, 2020 and is currently available for pre-sale.

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Real Pigeons Fight Crime by Andrew McDonald – Middle Grade Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

The illustrations in this book were AWESOME! They were fun and quirky, and really made me just want to look at each one!

How I Felt:

Real Pigeons Fight Crime was just a ton of fun to read! I read this book and also had my 8 year old son read it. We both agreed it was a 5 star read! The pages fairly illustration-heavy making this a great book for a young reader just starting chapter books, but it’s also great for a higher level reader as well!

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Kids Book Review: Cami Kangaroo Has Too Much Stuff by Stacy C. Bauer

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved: The artwork in Cami Kangaroo Has Too Much Stuff was so well done. It fit the story so well. My daughter mentioned things about the artwork multiple times. “Mom her pouch is REALLY stuffed with toys.” “Mom, that’s a REALLY messy room.” I found that my daughter absolutely loved how the story mixed with the illustration so well.

How I Felt: The story in this book is great. I loved that the missing teddy bear was added because that is such a real issue for children. The mess doesn’t bother them like it does for adults. Children seem to get upset when they can’t find something that they want in all the mess. I liked how the father gave Cami a chance to do it herself and then helped her find a way to clean without being frustrated or overwhelmed when she needed help.

To Read or Not To Read: This is a great book for a preschool to early elementary school. It has a great lesson about cleaning up and offers an easy-to-remember tool to help a child clean.

Cami Kangaroo is going to her cousin’s birthday party today! Before she can leave the house, her dad asks that she clean her room. This turns out to be a big task! Her room is a mess. Cami likes to keep everything. She places items in her pouch and everywhere in her room.

She tries to clean, but she gets distracted over and over. She realizes she has lost her cousin’s teddy bear and begins to look for it. Her dad comes in and helps her focus on one clean up task at a time and she discovers that it is much better to have her room clean. She is able to find the missing teddy bear and make it to the party.

  • Cami Kangaroo Has Too Much Stuff by Stacy C. Bauer
  • Book 2 in the Cami Kangaroo and Wyatt Too Series
  • Illustrated by Rebecca Sinclair
  • Page Count: 19 pages
  • Pub Date: May 8, 2019

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The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids by Ginjer Clarke

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

Each page has a few sentences filled with wonderful facts! It is short enough to keep a young reader’s attention, but filled with surprising and awesome facts to keep an older reader engaged.

How I Felt:

The sections of the book are organized by types of animals. Each section is labeled in different colors making it easy to jump to different areas.

* Magnificent Mammals
* Creepy Crawlies
* Water World
* Scaly Things
* Amazing Amphibians
* Feathered Friends

The photographs in The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids are so vibrant and exciting. My kids could not stop looking at them. We just went from page to page looking at everything!

The exciting facts in this book are short and to the point making it perfect for younger children. These little tidbits are so interesting though, that it would keep the attention of an older reader, or an adult!

Moon Jellyfish were aboard the space shuttle Columbia so scientists could study how jellyfish grow without gravity.”

The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids by Ginjer Clarke

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend this book for any child that has an interest in animals or insects. It’s filled with fascinating facts and beautiful photos. It’s perfect for classrooms and at home. While the publisher recommendation is for ages 9-12, my 6 and 8 year absolutely loved this book. It would be enjoyed by kindergarten age and up.

Where to Find This Book:

The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids by Ginjer Clarke publishes on January 21, 2020, but is available for pre-order now.

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The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids by Ginjer Clarke is an easy to read book filled with interesting facts about a variety of animals. The book is broken out into segments making it easy to find a type of animal you want to learn more about.

Many pages feature more than one animal and are filled with absolutely stunning photography. The text is colorful and uses different fonts and sizes giving a fun and vibrant feel to each animal’s information.

Just the Facts:

The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids: 500 Wild Facts! by Ginjer Clarke
Published Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Page Count: 210 pages
Publisher: Rockridge Press
Pub Date: January 21, 2020

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