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

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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

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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.

Amazon Kindle | Amazon | Goodreads

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.


Where To Buy:

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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

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My Thoughts:

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.

What’s This Book About Anyway?

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.

Where to Buy This Book:

The Bad Zamboni publishes on December 3, 2019.

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Footnotes:

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

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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

Amazon

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

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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

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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:

Amazon

Goodreads

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

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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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A Shark Tooth Fairy Tale by Erica Morgan

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My Thoughts:

What I Loved: There is actually so much that I loved about this book. So, you are getting a list today!

  1. The illustrations in this book are so very fun! The little details were really thought through on this making each page its own experience. The human tooth fairy’s home was my daughter’s favorite (and mine)! The thought that went into making these illustrations was amazing. The curtains are tied with tooth-shaped curtain ties. The mailbox is tooth shaped. It’s adorable and perfect for a child.
  2. There is a seek and find on each page! A shark tooth has been hidden on each page for a child to find. They weren’t so easy and obvious that it wasn’t fun and it wasn’t so hard that my daughter ever gave up. It was perfect.
  3. The writing is excellent for a pre-school through middle elementary child to enjoy. I really loved that it was a rhyming book because I find those fun, but the sentences were longer, making a full story with each page.
  4. Finally, this book was written by 17 year old Erica Morgan. I am so impressed in her work and want to support her in this adventure!
Example of the Seek and Find on each page. This one is on the cover so I’m not spoiling any of the fun inside.

How I Felt: I immediately knew that my daughter would like this. It’s about tooth fairies and mermaids and sharks. And she did love it. She wanted to savor each page, looking at all the art and listening to my words. There are some “big-kid” words in there too, so she would interrupt every once in a while to ask what this word or that word meant. *A “big kid” word example would be “brief” as in to be quick. So the words aren’t so big that they make the book difficult, but it introduced new vocabulary. As I was reading, I kept thinking that it would be a fun book to do a Parent Reading to my child’s classroom. Overall, we just loved this book!

To Read or Not To Read: I can’t think of a single child that should not read this book. It is fun, well-written, and perfectly illustrated for the story!

What’s This Book About Anyway?

The shark tooth fairy , Mrs. Chompers, is sick and asks the human tooth fairy, Mrs. Pearly White, if she can cover for Mrs. Chompers for the night. Mrs. Pearly White uses magic to turn into a mermaid so she can travel the ocean making sure all the little sharks of the ocean get their treat in exchange for their newly lost tooth.

Image from A Shark Tooth Fairy Tale by Erica Morgan

Where to Buy This Book:

Author Erica Morgan’s website!

Amazon

Mascot Books

Footnotes:

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

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Imaginary Morah by Tony Esposito

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My Thoughts:

What I Loved: This book made me giggle. I love being able to read with my child and laugh at things that I genuinely find funny. My child was able to laugh at these things too, they were perfect for both of us.

How I Felt: I really liked how this book easily connected with a young reader. The situations Cassandra is facing mirror situations young children face. Morah, her imaginary friend gave Cassandra a way to recognize her own feelings, but I felt that it helped to make it very clear to my daughter. Cassandra would feel confused or unsure of why something was happening and Morah could kind of explain it to Cassandra in a way that made so much sense to a six-year old.

To Read or Not To Read: This is a small chapter book that is good for an assisted read for a first-grade+ reader and would make a good individual read for a 2nd grade+ reader. The topics discussed in the book are perfect for young readers and I would recommend it to anyone.

What’s This Book About Anyway?

Cassandra has an Imaginary friend, Morah. Morah stays in the house all day, and waits for Cassandra to get home from school. They usually get along very well, but lately, Morah has been getting on Cassandra’s nerves. Then, Cassandra mentions to Morah that her mom is going to have a baby, and Morah points out all the reasons this is a bad thing. Together, they come up with wild ways to make her mother realize that having the baby would be a bad idea. The ideas, of course, do not pan out for the two, and you’ll have to read the book to find out how they make this situation right!

Where Can I Find This Book?

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Imaginary-Morah-Tony-Esposito/dp/1691728934/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=imaginary+morah&qid=1569634118&sr=8-1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48312352-imaginary-morah?from_search=true

Footnotes:

I was provided this book by the author in exchange for my honest review.

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Ben’s Adventures: Under the Big Top! by Elizabeth Gerlach

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My Thoughts:

What I Loved: Ben’s imagination is huge and I loved it! Not only did he imagine away his classroom, he took me with him. I loved the way the story developed from clearly being in a classroom, to the beginnings of an imagined story, then onto full-blown Big Top Fun!

How I Felt: I grabbed this book, *again* because the title and cover drew me in. I, as per usual, did not read the synopsis. So, I was very excited and surprised when I realized that we weren’t going on a field trip, we were going to use our imagination, and it made the book so wonderful. I read this with my daughter, and she was loving every page. She had questions here and there about something; she was fully invested in this book.

To Read or Not To Read: This is a book that any toddler through 1st grade would enjoy. The imagination theme will offer some good question/answer time afterwards if you would like.

What’s This Book About Anyway?

Ben and his siblings are headed to school. As they start to sit for carpet time, Ben looks around and envisions things slightly different. His teacher is a teacher, but might just be . . . a ringmaster, the child throwing blocks is maybe . . . a juggler. We get to experience a day at the circus through the eyes of Ben. It is an adorable story that all children will love.


Ben Smiles Memorial Foundation:

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Ben Smiles Memorial Foundation was founded in partner with the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley spring 2017 by Rob & Elizabeth Gerlach close to a year after they lost Benjamin.  Ben Smiles is dedicated to enhancing the playing, learning and living of special needs kids and their families by gifting toys and other important devices to kids like their son Ben. 
A portion of the proceeds of Ben’s Adventures book sales will support Ben Smiles’ mission.

More Information:

Website to learn more about Ben’s Adventures: https://www.bens-adventures.com/

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Bens-Adventures-Under-inclusion-friendship-ebook/dp/B07V71FVD4/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=ben%27s+adventures&qid=1572056241&sr=8-2

Footnotes:

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Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde

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What I Thought:

What I Loved: The beautiful relationship between Raymond and Mildred was so wonderful. She is so supportive of Raymond, you just want to go chat with her. Raymond is such a good-hearted young man and I just loved watching the lengths he would go to for a friend.


How I Felt: Oh this book took me through so many emotions. I was frustrated with Raymond’s relationship with his parents, so sad and angry at specific situations, and so proud of Raymond in others.


To Read or Not to Read: TO READ! This book was so good! I loved everything about it! I felt that the writing was never fluffy, just to draw out scenes. The book moved right along and it was so easy to keep reading!


What’s This Book About Anyway?

Raymond is a teenage boy that doesn’t really fit in with people at school, or with his family. His parents are divorced and both are remarried with spouses that don’t seem to appreciate Raymond for who he is. Raymond encounters Mildred, in his building, calling out to people if they have seen Luis Velez. He ends up speaking with her and discovers she is 92, blind, and Luis was helping her go out for food, but she hasn’t seen him in a while.
From there, a beautiful friendship blossoms between the two. Raymond goes on a hunt to find the missing Luis. I don’t want to give much more than that away, but this book was amazing and I recommend it to everyone!


Footnotes:

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