Lucky’s Adventure in the Great Outdoors by Elizabeth Macy

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Lucky’s Adventure in the Great Outdoors was such a cute children’s book! Lucky Charm is a friendly puppy with a wonderful family that is heading to the great outdoors for a camping trip! Lucky and Hershey (the kitty) head out from the campsite and come across two woodland creatures. They ask to play, and the Moose and fox are rude, saying NO! We don’t like city animals. Moments later the animals hear a bird in trouble. They work together to save the bird and become friends. The group continues to travel through the woods, having fun, and picking up new friends along the way!

This book is perfect for children. The animals make it fun for the kids to enjoy the introduction of each new character. Who will they meet next? My kids couldn’t wait to find out! The variety of animals made every new friend an exciting event!

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The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

The Jane Austen Society is filled with conversations about Austen’s work and characters. It was an absolute delight to read about people that loved her books and enjoyed discussing them.

My Synopsis:

It’s just at the end of World War II in England. We are introduced individually to a group of people that have one thing in common, a love for Jane Austen.
🙋‍♂️ A village worker who is lonely and living with his mother.
🙋‍♂️ A widowed doctor trying to find happiness without his wife.
🙋‍♂️ A lawyer for the Austen estate.
🙋‍♂️ An auction house employee.
🙋 A pregnant war-widow.
🙋 An American movie star in the twilight of her career.
🙋 A young housekeeper with a brilliant mind.
🙋 The Heir Apparent to a Jane Austen residence

That is quite the eclectic group of people! They each for relationships with one another through completely different avenues as the book progresses. This group takes one little idea and collaborates to build it into a functioning society when it looks like one of the Austen estates could change ownership.

How I Felt:

I think that I may have made my synopsis sound a bit like a game of Clue and that is not what this book is at all…so mystery readers…sorry. The Jane Austen Society is a beautiful story of building unlikely friendships, personal growth and overcoming loss and disappointment. Each character has their own troubles that they struggle with throughout the story, and the friendships they form help them to become the person they want to be.

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Going Through the Change by Samantha Bryant

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

Going Through the Change had these great character changes that I was so interested in! I loved reading about the new struggles that each character went through with the introduction of a superhero skill for each person.

How I Felt:

The writing was well-done. The story had a nice flow and was easy to dive into. It was pretty fast-paced and really never slowed down. I liked the way each chapter focused on a different character. It gave different me different angles of the story and the opportunity to view a scene from a different perspective.

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Dog Town by Debbie L Richardson

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

The world that Debbie L Richardson built for Dog Town was adorable! I loved the separation of the big dogs and the little dogs into two different parts of town: Big Rover and Little Rover. There are dog laws that must be followed and rules that, while not laws, are obeyed just the same. It was easy to drop right into this world and enjoy the story.

How I Felt:

The characters are so easy to love. Harry, a Little Rover resident, is the main character and is a good boy who follows Dog Law…well mostly. He loves running and enters the little dog races all the time. When he wins, he secretly leads a group of dogs into Big Rover, which is against Dog Law. So, maybe, there’s one or two laws he likes to break 😃 Harry’s group of friends, Junior and Fleabag are great sidekicks for him, each offering a different personality that makes them an adorable trio.

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Wobbly Willie Bakes a Cake by Richard Quisenberry – Kids Book Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

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.

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The Underground Toy Society by Jessica D. Adams – Children’s Book Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

The Underground Toy Society is such a fun story of a group of toys making their own adventures and finding lost friends. I loved how the story unfolded in this book. I thought it was so cute that the toys were separated, missed each other, and were determined to reunite!

How I Felt:

I really enjoyed this story overall. I loved that there was a backstory built around the toys and then a problem arises for them to solve.

I really enjoyed the second half of the story. The toys owners have grown up and moved into different homes, separating the toys from each other. As the toys miss their other toy friends, they become determined to find one another. I loved the idea of building these underground tunnels to find one another. My favorite part though, is that they didn’t stop once they had found their friends. Instead, they continue to find more friends and help others reunite.

Overall, this was an adorable book that my daughter really enjoyed. I think that this is a great story that any child would enjoy.

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend The Underground Toy Society for young readers that enjoy a story being read to them. My six-year old enjoyed this book, but it is too complicated to read on her own. If you have an older child that is reading small chapter books on their own, they would enjoy this story.

Where to Find This Book:

The Underground Toy Society by Jessica D. Adams is available at these sites.

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What happens to toys when children don’t play with them? Where do toys go when their children grow up? What happens when there are too many toys in one house?

Find out when Samantha goes on an exciting underground adventure as she tries to find her best friend after they were separated.

Just the Facts:

  • The Underground Toy Society by Jessica D. Adams
  • Genre: Children’s book
  • Page Count: 26 pages
  • Pub Date: October 6, 2015

I was provided a copy of this book for free through Amazon Kindle, but at the request of the author. I am leaving my honest, unbiased review voluntarily.

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SHINE! by J.J. Grabenstein and Chris Grabenstein

The Word On The Street:

“Inspirational, commonsensical, and a whole lot of fun.” –James Patterson

Everyone deserves to shine in this sparkling new book from the New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library , Chris Grabenstein, and coauthor J.J. Grabenstein–just right for fans of Word of Mouse and The Fourteenth Goldfish.

“Who do you want to be?” asks Mr. Van Deusen. “And not when you grow up. Right here, right now.”

Shine! by J.J. Grabenstein & Chris Grabenstein

Publishing Date: November 5, 2019

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

Available Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Page Count: 210

What’s This Book About Anyway?

Shine on! might be the catchphrase of twelve-year-old Piper’s hero–astronaut, astronomer, and television host Nellie Dumont Frisse–but Piper knows the truth: some people are born to shine, and she’s just not one of them. That fact has never been clearer than now, since her dad’s new job has landed them both at Chumley Prep, a posh private school where everyone seems to be the best at something and where Piper definitely doesn’t fit in.

Bursting with humor, heart, science, possibilities, and big questions, Shine! is a story about finding your place in the universe–a story about figuring out who you are and who you want to be.


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An Excerpt From The Book:

Co-author J.J. Grabenstein reads the first chapter of SHINE! Check it out here!

About the Authors:

J.J. Grabenstein is the co-author, with her husband, ChrisGrabenstein, of SHINE! This is her first novel as a co-authorbut she has been the “first editor” on everything her husband hasever written, including the award-winning/bestselling ESCAPE FROMMR.LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY series and more than fifty other works.

J.J. and Chris live in New York City with their cat Phoebe Squeak.

Chris Grabenstein is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY, MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY OLYMPICS, THE ISLAND OF DR. LIBRIS, WELCOME TO WONDERLAND: HOME SWEET MOTEL and many other books, as well as the coauthor of numerous fun and funny page-turners with James Patterson, including I FUNNY, HOUSE OF ROBOTS, TREASURE HUNTERS, and JACKY HA-HA. Chris lives in New York City with his wife, J.J., two cats, and a dog named Fred. You can visit Chris at ChrisGrabenstein.com.

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The Bad Zamboni by Perry James

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

The bad zamboni isn’t really bad, he’s just got a bit of a chip on his shoulder and I love that it was a little boy who was able to solve the problem.

How I Felt:

This book set the story up well, showing the old zamboni and the new zamboni. I especially liked how the we were given insight into the new zamboni’s hopes and dreams and then his reality as he is purchased by a small ice rink.

To Read or Not To Read:

This would be great for any little figure skaters or hockey players, but it’s also a perfect book for any child. It discusses problem solving, frustration and temper tantrums, and friendship.

Where to Buy This Book:

The Bad Zamboni publishes on December 3, 2019.

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The Bad Zamboni has always dreamed of resurfacing the ice for a big ice rink,but he is purchased by a small-time rink and is very disappointed. He works for a bit doing his best, but gets frustrated and begins to act up. Refusing to work at times, and working perfectly at others, he wants to be in control of the situation. The manager does not know what to do, but one little boy does. He brings old zamboni back onto the ice showing new zamboni that there is someone who will do the work and be appreciative of it. I was so happy to see that at the end, new zamboni sees old zamboni as something with feelings and they become friends. It’s a cute story with a good lesson.

This book was provided to me by Mascot Books in exchange for my honest review.

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The Truth About Wind by Hazel Hutchins

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My Thoughts:

What I Loved AND How I Felt (because they are super mixed together today:

The child in this story sneaks his arm through the fence and takes a toy. He kind of knows it was someone else’s, but it was also just on the ground. The evolution of this story was amazing. He’s elated about his new toy, Wind. They talk and play and love every second. However, as time goes on, Wind becomes less and less playful, showing just EXACTLY how guilt starts to eat away at you.

The way the story unfolded was perfect for a child to hear and be given a visual of the results of doing something you know was wrong and not saying anything to anyone. It starts to chip at your happiness until you know you must do the right thing. Bravo for this book!

To Read or Not To Read:

The Truth about Wind is perfect for a pre-k to middle elementary child. It is easy for a young reader to understand and has illustrations to keep them interested. It’s perfect for daycares, schools, libraries, and home!

What’s This Book About Anyway?

Jesse sees a pull toy horse on the other side of his fence. He decides to reach out and pull it through….and now it is his! Only, is it really? Does taking something make it yours? He plays and plays with his new toy, Wind and the have the best time together. Except that as time goes on, Wind becomes less and less playful. He begins to talk to Jesse less and less. Jesse begins to see “LOST” signs around, but he pretends they are there, that Wind is really his. He finally realizes that he must return Wind to the correct owner, and his guilt is lifted.

Where to Find This Book:

The Truth about Wind publishes on March 10, 2020

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Google Books

Footnotes:

I was provided an advanced readers copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.

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The Tall Poppy by A.T. Waverly

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My Thoughts:

What I Loved: The simple message is this story was wonderful. Stand tall and be proud of who you are. The beautiful poppy begins to doubt herself and change to find acceptance in a sea of short poppies. It was a relatable story for young children and I loved that.

How I Felt: I loved the simple artwork. It gave time to focus on the story. The illustrations supported the book so well, and my daughter loved it. The focus on being yourself was really important to me. I appreciated the flower withering with her self-doubt. The visual for a child to see what this can do to a person was really impactful!

This artwork is a taken from A Tall Poppy by A.T. Waverly.

To Read or Not To Read: This is a great book for any pre-k children all the way to early elementary. It’s perfect to support any lessons on bullying, friendship, acceptance, and being yourself.

What’s This Book About Anyway?

A little seed grows into a beautiful tall poppy. She finds that there are lots of other poppies, but they don’t like that she is tall. They tell her to stay away and she is sad. She begins to wither as her sadness takes over. An unexpected friend helps her to see her own worth.

Footnotes:

I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am voluntarily providing my review.

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Randal the Elephant by Ciara Gavin

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My Thoughts:

What I Loved: The illustrations in this book were amazing! They were soft and colorful and made the reading experience so much better. They really filled the story out for the reader.

How I Felt: I was happy with the message of this book. You can be anything you want to be and it’s ok to think you want to be one thing, try it, and decide it is not right for you. For our children, giving them the courage to try new things is important and letting them know that it’s ok to not succeed at something is perfect. I loved Randal’s determination to be an elephant and his letters home were cute and made my daughter and I giggle. Randal’s adventure with the elephants wasn’t quite what he thought it would be, but we enjoyed watching him try.

To Read or Not To Read: This book is perfect for a pre-K to middle elementary school. It’s a good story for every child with a message that they can understand.

What’s This Book About Anyway?

Randal is an otter, but decides that he would like to be an elephant. His friends and family are very supportive of his decision and send him off on his journey. Randal writes letters home that make it sound like he’s having a wonderful time, but you can also read between the lines to see that it is not quite the experience he thought it would be.

Randal discovers that it is ok to want to be something and then discover that it is not quite right for him. His friends were supportive of his choices, and the end of the book shows how he doesn’t give up on finding something that is right for him.

Where to Find This Book:

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Footnotes:

I received an advance review copy of this book for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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Miku Says Find Me by Anitha Rathod

Rating: 4 out of 5.

My Thoughts:

What I Loved: Miku, our main character, speaks directly to the child, asking them to play a game of hide and seek with them. I loved that she would have them close their eyes and count to ten. Then you turned the page, and she was hidden somewhere. That interaction was adorable, and my daughter loved it.

How I Felt: My daughter would have loved a few more hide and seek pages. There were not very many, and just as she was discovering how to find Miku, the game was over. The hide and seek, overall was a lot of fun. Once we figured out where she was hiding, my daughter was so excited to turn the page and see if she was right. The illustrations in this book were a bit disappointing. They were not well-developed. There is one scene where Miku is hiding under a rug and it looks like just her head is under there and nothing else. I would have liked to have seen a bit more work put into the illustrations because this book relied so heavily on us studying the images. Overall though, this was a fun interactive book for a child.

To Read or Not To Read: This is worth picking up for a child that enjoys hide and seek. The interaction in the book makes the game a lot of fun.

What’s This Book About Anyway?

Miku loves to play hide and seek and she is inviting the child reading the book to play along with her. She hides in a few rooms in her house and has the child find her.

Where to Find this Book:

Amazon

Goodreads

Footnotes:

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

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