Wobbly Willie Bakes a Cake shows children how important friends are. I loved that Willie wanted to make his friend’s birthday so special. It created a nice story for a child.
How I Felt:
The main character, Willie, has such a big heart. I like how he can be a role model for a child. He is caring, kind, and determined. When he realizes he can’t do something all by himself, he isn’t afraid to ask for help. I think children will connect with him and enjoy his personality.
The diversity throughout the other characters is wonderful to see in a children’s book. I find this happening more and more with new releases of children’s books, and I love that kids are finally getting a real view of what their social circles, and families, look like in books.
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.
The narrator in this book was really cute. I loved how as she is describing the seasons, each one was her “favorite”. She would move on to a new season, and think, actually this is my favorite. It was adorable, and it really showed the reader there is something to love from each season.
How I Felt:
The writing was well done in this story. The story focuses on the little girl’s view from her home’s window. It was a fun way for my daughter and I to discuss what activities we do during those seasons.
I love a good time travel book and that is exactly what I got with Hannah Goodheart and the Guardian of Time! I enjoyed how they traveled through time and how the time travel worked. It was all lovely!
The illustrations in Child of the Universe were absolutely beautiful. My daughter was captivated and requested multiple times that we go back a page so she could look a little more. The illustrator, Raúl Colón, did an excellent job of matching the story to his artwork. It was lovely!
The first person perspective in The Ben Braver Series was so fun and it is perfect for a middle-grade reader! I really enjoyed the way Ben addresses the reader. I found him to tell the story with some humor which made the books extremely enjoyable!
Have you ever gotten chills from reading a story that utterly touched your heart? THAT is what this book did to me. I know the history of Easter, but the interlacing of Easter’s events and a beloved children’s holiday tradition created a beautiful combination that left me speechless. I lovedthis story.
Learning to Stay Calm When Your Buttons Get Pushed
What I Loved and How I Felt:
I am always looking for ways to help my children handle their emotions, and let’s face it, I can always use help with that as well. Pause Power was such a unique way to show children how their “buttons get pushed” by others and then how they reaction.
I loved the visual use of the buttons popping up on the boy in the story. It really helped my daughter to understand what the author was saying. Taking a moment to breathe and calm down is not a new concept, but this was a new way to explain it and I loved it!
To Read or Not To Read:
I feel that Pause Powershould be read to every child, and it should be read more than once so that the concept sticks for them when they are in an emotionally situation! This is perfect for every home, library, and school.
Gabe gets angry and then he lashes out. He can’t help it, people push his buttons. One day, after his buttons were pushed, a new button appears and helps him to understand that if Gabe takes time to breathe and ask for a few minutes to calm down, his anger will reduce and he’ll be able to handle his feelings.
The author did an excellent job of explaining this in terms that a child could understand. We have started using this idea in our household and so far, I’ve managed to avoid two meltdowns…so a HUGE FIVE STAR from me!
I received a copy of this advanced reader’s copy for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.
Fairy Unicorn Wishes was filled with wonderful adventures that my daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed. Ella is an adorable child that my daughter connected with and her mom is silly and fun and made the entire story excellent.
How I Felt:
I have long been a fan of Sophie Kinsella’s books. I find her writing to be fun and witty and have enjoyed every book she has written. I love that she now has a book series that is great to read to my children. I was so happy to see that Fairy Unicorn Wishes still held the charm that I love to find in Sophie’s books.
The Characters were excellent. Ella is sweet and silly and her mom is constantly getting into these magical problems that are so fun to read about.
The Writing is easy for a young reader. The chapters are broken up well, and the illustrations go perfectly with the book. The story is filled with fun adventures and problems to solve. The fantasy story-line of a fairy mom makes this a great book for young readers that love a fairy tale.
Overall, this was a fun book filled with great characters, wonderful writing, and an super fun story.
To Read or Not To Read:
Fairy Unicorn Wishes is a great read-along with a kindergarten to middle-elementary school child. For young readers that can read on their own, this book is broken into nice smaller chapters making this a great book for them.
Fairies, unicorns and magical wishes combine in this third book of the Fairy Mom and Me series from New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella!
Ella’s one wish is to become a fairy like her mom. She dreams of the day she will have her sparkly crown and Computwand. Ella even imagines what her first spell would be: a glittery unicorn of her very own.
But Ella knows that spells are often harder than they look, even with the special fairy apps available…and being a fairy in waiting is not all rainbows and butterflies.
Will Ella learn more magic to help her become a fairy someday? Or will she learn she doesn’t need to be a fairy yet for all her wishes to come true?
Fairy Unicorn Wishes by Sophie Kinsella
Series: Fairy Mom and Me, Book 3
Illustrator: Marta Kiss
Page Count: 176 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pub Date: January 28, 2020
Sophie Kinsella has sold over 40 million copies of her books in more than 60 countries, and she has been translated into over 40 languages.
Sophie’s latest novel, Surprise Me, presents a humorous yet moving portrait of a marriage—its intricacies, comforts, and complications. Surprise Me reveals that hidden layers in a close relationship are often yet to be discovered.
Sophie Kinsella first hit the UK bestseller lists in September 2000 with her first novel in the Shopaholic series – The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (also published as Confessions of a Shopaholic). The book’s heroine, Becky Bloomwood – a fun and feisty financial journalist who loves shopping but is hopeless with money – captured the hearts of readers worldwide.
Becky has since featured in seven further bestselling books, Shopaholic Abroad (also published as Shopaholic Takes Manhattan), Shopaholic Ties the Knot, Shopaholic & Sister, Shopaholic & Baby, Mini Shopaholic, Shopaholic to the Stars and Shopaholic to the Rescue. Becky Bloomwood came to the big screen in 2009 with the hit Disney movie Confessions of a Shopaholic, starring Isla Fisher and Hugh Dancy.
Sophie has also written seven standalone novels which have all been bestsellers in the UK, USA and other countries around the world: Can You Keep A Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number, Wedding Night, and My Not So Perfect Life, which was a Goodreads Choice Awards finalist for Best Fiction in 2017.
In 2014 she published a Young Adult novel Finding Audrey about a teenage girl with social anxiety and her madcap family, and in January 2018, Sophie published her first illustrated book for young readers about the charming adventures of a mother-daughter fairy duo, Mummy Fairy and Me (also published as Fairy Mom and Me).
Sophie wrote her first novel under her real name, Madeleine Wickham, at the tender age of 24, whilst she was working as a financial journalist. The Tennis Party was immediately hailed as a success by critics and the public alike and became a top ten bestseller. She went on to publish six more novels as Madeleine Wickham: A Desirable Residence, Swimming Pool Sunday, The Gatecrasher, The Wedding Girl, Cocktails for Three and Sleeping Arrangements.
Sophie was born in London. She studied music at New College, Oxford, but after a year switched to Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She now lives in London, UK, with her husband and family.
I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest, unbiased review voluntarily.
In wild medieval Britain thirteen-year-old Wynn Hoppringle has a big secret of the smallest kind. She has discovered a miniature village hidden close to her family home of Smailholm Tower. When tales of merciless border raiders reach the small folk, they realize they are in danger and must seek a cure to their strange predicament. Can Wynn help her tiny friends or will the scheming King quog have other ideas? Heroes it seems come in all sizes.
Where To Find This Book:
Smailholm by C.L. Williams publishes on January 28, 2020. It is available for pre-order until then.
“You see for many years a secret has been kept beneath my family home—Smailholm Tower, the wild brambles hiding a big secret of the smallest kind. It is a secret which only I seem to have discovered—that of the miniature folk of Smailholm. They say they were once the same size as I, but they were shrunk by some other-worldly curse.”
“So tiny she is, I could pick her up in the palm of my hand, put her in my pocket and you wouldn’t think she was there at all.
She has no wings to make her fly; nor ears that point to a peak. She is neither a fairy nor a spritely elf, as the old folk tales might say. Simply a jolly woman singing a jolly song. In fact, if my size didn’t dwarf her tiny frame you wouldn’t realise she was any different at all.”
“Smailholm folk, I have come here this eve to tell you of surprising news,’ he says. ‘As many of you know I spend most of my time outside the brambled protection of Smailholm. In the forests of Ettrick and beyond—’
“Aye, we know all about that! You’re never bloomin’ ’ere,’ a voice shouts from the back of the crowd. Some of the villagers stifle a snigger.”
“As I peer through the arrow slit, I see her balance a moment in the air; her wings buffeted by the gusts. Then she lifts her great wings upon the wind’s force and tilts her head slightly, sweeping down upon her prey.
Oh, sweet Aquila.”
“What stares back makes me gasp. Not of shock, nor even fear, but in awe. For the beauty of it is spellbinding—I do not look upon the face of any normal living creature. In fact, it appears to have no face at all. Instead, what looks back at me is a limitless blanket of black, punctuated only with the light of the moon and stars. A reflection of the night’s sky in all its peace.”
Claire Williams lives in Cheshire with her husband and children Ava and Henry.
She probably needs to consider Botox in the near future.
She is proud to be called a ‘Clayhead’ – a person born in the Potteries (Stoke on Trent) and will always turn over a china cup to see where it is made.
She is a tech geek and fantasy fan and will often be found snuggled in front of the TV watching a sci-fi or fantasy movie.
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.
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 Uddersby A.T. Waverly
Publisher: Independently Published
Pub Date: January 14, 2020
I was provided an advanced readers copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest, unbiased review voluntarily.
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!