Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

As a child, I had allergies to every kind of animal, so my heart went out to Maggie in this book! It’s hard to be a kid and not be able to get a pet when you want one so bad!

I really enjoyed that this story hits on multiple situations that young readers deal with in every day life. There is friendship and fights, new siblings, and of course, our pet drama and allergies. In graphic novel format, this story flew by! This was a well-written, wonderful book, and readers will really connect with Maggie and her story!

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Mickey on the Move by Michelle Wagner

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Mickey on the Move is a story that features a young boy with cochlear implants starting at a new school. I thought this was an awesome story to introduce children to our differences and celebrate them.

I loved the Mickey teaches us about difficulties that he’s already figured out how to overcome, but we also get to experience some with him. It was a nice balance throughout the story.

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The Adventures of Forkman: What’s That Noise? by Tiffany Caldwell and W.R. MacKenzie

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a wonderful book to teach children about table manners! I really enjoyed the fork superhero that leads the children in proper behavior at the table, and how to help clean up!

Forkman has a lot to teach this family about their manners. We learn how to properly load a dishwasher, but also about improper noises to be made while eating and electronic use.

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The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Wow. This book was beautiful. Just absolutely, heartwarmingly wonderful.

This entire story was a feel-good heartwarming read that I just wanted to hug and say thank you to. Do yourself a favor and read this one!

“Sometimes,” Mr. Parnassus said, “our prejudices color our thoughts when we least expect them to. If we can recognize that, and learn from it, we can become better people.”
Quote from The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

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Story of the One-Sock Monkey by Jessica Fuller

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Stay at home parents have so much work to do. As a family that had two working parents for the longest time, I didn’t really understand that. Then, just over a year ago, we decided to have my husband stay at home, something he had always wanted to do. It has completely changed my understanding of the work that goes into staying home! I’ve had a front row view of this for the last 11 months as I have worked from home due to COVID. Watching him manage e-learning, cooking, cleaning, laundry, emotional breakdowns, and me…well, it’s quite the undertaking.

The Story of the One-Sock Monkey wonderfully celebrates stay-at-home dads, and I was so excited to get the chance to read it! This is a beautiful tribute to an author’s husband, but also to all fathers, especially ones that stay-at-home!

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Matriarch by Adam Wing

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

First of all, how amazing is this cover? I just love how things are woven into her hair, just like the story weaves from one thing to the next. It’s wonderful!

This is a really quick story, so you can sit down, and just completely immerse yourself in it. I loved how the author’s words created this fluid story that entranced me! It’s the type of story that will whisk you away, and you won’t even realize the physical world around you.

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Abracadabra Whoopsie by Adam Kargman

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

What if you had the ability to magically make your sibling disappear? Jordy gets this opportunity thanks to a magic genie, and he couldn’t be happier…until things start to go a bit wrong.

I really liked this book. It has a great message about the importance of family, and it’s an exciting story for children to read! Jordy was a character that I’m sure every brother or sister can relate to. Siblings annoy each other, it is bound to happen. In our house, it happens approximately 1,323,754 times per day, so I know that both of my kids were intrigued by the idea of simply making their sibling disappear for a bit.

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The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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This book was AMAZING! I am not going to be able to fully do this book justice in this review, but I’m going to try.

I must say how much incredibly detailed research obviously went into writing this book. It is stuffed full of Egyptian history and information that was amazingly detailed. I learned so much through reading this, and I loved it.

This story is hard for me to explain because I do not want to spoil it for any reader, so I’m going to leave a lot out. If you’ve read the book, I’d love to discuss it!

So, the story itself, it’s about love, life, death, family, everything that builds us into the people we are. This book ripped me up and then put me back together. I couldn’t quite figure out how this was going to end. It’s about The Book of Two Ways, an Egyptian path for the dead to find their afterlife. The chapters are broken into a story of two ways. Water or Land / Boston or Egypt. Sometimes I struggle jumping back and forth to different stories in a book, but with this, every time we switched to the “other way” I was so deeply invested I didn’t want that one to end, then we’d jump to the “other way” and I’d get invested all over again.

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Arabella and the Magic Pencil by Stephanie M. Ward

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Wow, my kids really understood and appreciated this story! Siblings are a wonderful thing, but sometimes they aren’t…Arabella shows us how frustrating siblings can be, but does that mean we don’t really want them around?

Arabella is a special girl with parents that love her. She also gets one wish granted each year. This year, she wishes for a magic pencil that will make anything that she draws come to life. She creates so many beautiful things with her imagination and her pencil. Then, her new brother disrupts her play, in frustration, she erases him! At first, she is happy but quickly realizes that she has made a mistake. Can she correct her error?

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Have You Seen These Children? by Veronica Slaughter

Rating: 5 out of 5.

When Veronica was only 8 years old, her father kidnapped her and her four siblings taking them from the Philippines to the United States. Moving from state to state to avoid getting caught, they lived a life of fear and abuse with their father. Her memoir of this horrible experience is a moving, emotional story that is hard to put down.

This book is so filled with emotion, as a reader, I was pulled into the story, but as a human being, a mom, a sister, a daughter…I was INVESTED in the story. I cannot imagine the pain and suffering of a mother finding that all of her children have been kidnapped in one fell swoop. For children to have to go through an experience like this is awful. I couldn’t put the book down because I needed to know what was going to happen!

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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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