Alycat and the Tournament Tuesday by Alysson Foti Bourque – Review and Interview

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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

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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.

Amazon| Amazon Kindle | Goodreads

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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

I was provided a free advanced reader’s copy of this book. I am leaving this honest, unbiased review voluntarily.

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

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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.

Amazon Kindle | Goodreads

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.

Just the Facts:

  • 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

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  • 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.

I was provided a free advanced reader’s copy of this book by the publisher, Mascot Books. I am leaving this honest, unbiased review voluntarily.

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

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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

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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 Best Creepy-Crawly Book for Kids – The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids by Ginjer Clarke

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  • The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids: 500 Wild Facts! by Ginjer Clarke
  • Published Age Range: 9 – 12 years
    • I read this with my 6 and 8 year old and they both LOVED it!
  • Page Count: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Rockridge Press
  • Pub Date: January 21, 2020

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.

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.

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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Pushinka the Barking Fox by Lee Alan Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut

A True Story of Unexpected Friendship

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What I Loved: This true story had photos and easy to understand language for young children. It made my daughter invested in the story. She had a lot of questions and wanted to know so much about this!

How I Felt: I knew nothing about this experiment and I was fascinated by the story. The domestication of the Siberian silver fox started in 1959 and is still ongoing. Watching Pushinka devlop a loving relationship with Lyudmila was wonderful. As Pushinka learns and changes, I found myself extremely invested and found this to be an enjoyable read for not only my daughter, but also myself.

To Read or Not To Read: This is a great book for teaching about long-term experiments to children. The images and wording make it perfect for any elementary student.

In 1959, an experiment was started to see if the Siberian silver fox could be domesticated. Year after year, the foxes were scored on a friendliness test and the highest scored were allowed to breed and those pups were then tested and the cycle started again. Lyudmila was so taken by Pushinka, one of the pups, that she moved into a small home with the fox to take the experiment to the next level. What resulted is a story of love and friendship.

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With the Curiosity of a Cat by Donna Sager Cowan

The Superhero School Series, Book 2

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My Thoughts:

What I Loved: Catt and Simon are an adorable pair of superheros! Their inner thoughts and their dialog are fun and extremely entertaining! I found myself utterly enjoying their adventures!

How I Felt: With the Curiosity of a Cat is written with the perfect amount of adventure for a young reader. While it has an overarching plot, there are little adventures that immediately grab the attention of the reader. Very early in the book, Catt and Simon have a skydiving incident that leads them to the discovery of the monkeys that are trapping and selling animals to the zoo. This experience gave me a chance to see how the two characters react in strange situations and got me ready to sit back and enjoy the action!

Content Warnings: None.

To Read or Not To Read: With the Curiosity of a Cat is book 2 in the series Superhero School, however, I have not read the first book in the series, and felt that it was not necessary to enjoy and understand book two. However, based on how much fun book 2 was, I think book 1 will be just as great! This book is perfect for any second grader through late-elementary age student. It is a chapter book, but incorporates illustrations every so often to help the reader visualize.

What’s This Book About Anyway?

A group of Superhero animal friends, led by Catt, the cat, and Simon, the mouse, must stop the monkeys! These evil beasts are trapping animals and selling them to the zoo!

Catt and Simon discover this terrible plot after accidentally parachuting into the jungle. Ready to rescue the poor, trapped animals, but without a good group to back them up, Catt and Simon mail themselves home to round up the troupes and devise a rescue plan.

Where To Find This Book:

Interested in the Whole Series?

Book 1: With the Courage of a Mouse by Donna Sager Cowan

With the Courage of a Mouse (The Superhero School Book 1) by [Sager Cowan, Donna]

Catt the cat is without a home or even a real name.  After she is dumped in an alley, snarling dogs chase her straight through a hidden portal and into Sweet Meadows. 

Catt sees a mouse fall from the sky. He’s not just any mouse, he is wearing a vest and coat. 

Simon Cheddar is a mouse with a plan. He’s also a collector.  He likes to recycle, but he feels safer with full pockets. Simon wants to be a Superhero, so he enrolled at the Superhero School in Sweet Meadows. Today is his first class and he doesn’t want to miss a thing.

Outside Sweet Meadows, in Mouseville, Simon’s home is attacked by cats. Everyone suspects Catt, except Simon. Did she do it?  Or, is she being set up? 

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Crow Not Crow by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple

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My Thoughts:

What I Loved: This book focuses on bird watching with a daughter and father. I loved that this past-time is clearly something that the father and daughter get to do together. Bird watching was a new concept to my daughter and she enjoyed the daughter learning from her father…Crow? Not Crow.

How I Felt: Bird watching is not something that my family spends time doing, so I wasn’t sure how my daughter would react to the book. She was fully invested, though! The writing was engaging and had my daughter inspecting each bird on the page to see the differences described by the daughter and father. The illustrations were perfect, allowing for that long-look to be rewarded by seeing those differences.

To Read or Not To Read: This is a great book for any child! It is easy to understand and follow and even has a section in the back to show real images of the different birds as well as a little blurb about each one. This would be a great classroom book!

What’s This Book About Anyway?

A father and his daughter go out on their first bird watching adventure. She guesses at the types of birds saying “Crow?”. The Father will then respond with “Not Crow” and explain the differences in the birds. It is a great introduction to bird watching for a child. The child can be interactive during the reading by also looking for the differences!

Where To Find This Book:

Amazon

Goodreads

Footnotes:

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Bears Make the Best Writing Buddies by Carmen Oliver

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My Thoughts:

What I Loved: The idea of helping children understand how to write something is great. I loved the tips that are given in this book and I loved the support that the bear can give to the child trying to write.

How I Felt: Bears Make the Best Writing Buddy is a book marketed to children, and yet I felt that it was really for an adult writer. It spoke of writer’s block, which I don’t think that a young child understands and deals with. The book had a cute concept with the bear being the support for the writer, but I’m just not sure how helpful it is for a child. The book overall kept my daughter interested however, and she loved the illustrations. This is the third book in a series of “Bears Make the Best…” and I would like to check out the other books.

Bears Make the Best Math Buddies by Carmen Oliver

Adelaide and Bear have tackled reading together, and now they are tackling math. Adelaide stands up for her best friend and his many talents, but will she convince her teacher to let Bear be her math buddy?

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Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies by Carmen Oliver

All the students in the class are assigned reading buddies. Except for Adelaide. She already has one. A bear! And Adelaide is quite persuasive as she explains to her language arts teacher, Mrs. Fitz-Pea, and the reader, that bears really do make the best reading buddies. They sniff out good books. Their claws are just right for turning pages.

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To Read or Not To Read: This is a good book for schools. I think that a teacher working on a writing segment would enjoy reading this to the class. It would get them excited to write.

What’s This Book About Anyway?

A young boy is struggling to write his story and a friend introduces him to a bear. She explains all the reasons that bears are the best writing buddies, giving the boy ideas on how to solve writing problems along the way.

Where To Find This Book:

Bears Make the Best Writing Buddies will be published on January 1, 2020.

Amazon

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Footnotes:

I received a copy of this advanced reader’s copy for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.

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Bathing Kitty: and Other Mischievous Poems by L.W. Lewis

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My Thoughts:

What I Loved: As a child, I have VERY fond memories of Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein and reading this book with my daughter reminded me of Silverstein’s books. Each poem is short, silly, and comes with an illustration. I loved that my daughter laughed and giggled the way I did when I was young.

How I Felt: These poems were perfect for a child. They were a big gross sometimes talking about boogers and other things kids find hilarious. They were easy to understand and they were short, which I feel is really important for a little one. Poems spanned only one page and were easy to understand. Each poem is a stand-alone, so my daughter had fun just flipping through the book, finding an illustration that interested her, and we would read that one.

To Read or Not To Read: This is a good book for a elementary school child with easy to understand poems. I would not recommend this as a book that a child reads to themselves as the reading level would be a bit higher than early elementary.

Where To Find This Book:

Amazon

Goodreads

Mascot Books

Footnotes:

I received a copy of this advanced reader’s copy for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.

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