Cluck and Fluffy by Ceasar Castro

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I love when children’s books address real-life situations that kids have to deal with. I think that it is so important to address these issues and provide the opportunity to learn and be better!

Cluck and Fluffy are an unlikely pair in this farm-yard story. Cluck is a new rabbit that has been placed in the chicken coop for a short time. The chickens are mean and shun him, making him feel like an outcast. When one chicken finally decides to befriend Cluck, they show that being mean and hurtful is not the right way to act.

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Cow Boy Is Not a Cowboy by Gregory Barrington

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Friendship can come from the most unexpected places. Any children’s book that helps kids be accepting of others is a five-star in my mind!

Goat Girl lives on a boring, mundane farm where everything is extremely ordinary. Goat Girl is NOT ordinary. She likes adventure and trying new things. When she runs into Merle, she thinks he’s a cowboy because he’s a COW and a BOY. Merle, however, does not want to be called a cowboy. Goat Girl refuses to give up on pulling Merle out of his shell, and the two of them become quite the adorable pair.

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Elephant Ears by Fanya Randall

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Bullying is such a sad, real thing for children. This book tackles this mean, hurtful thing with a wonderful story that helps children understand what bullying is, and what they should do when it happens.

Max is so excited to start school, but when a bully starts calling him “elephant ears”, he doesn’t know what to do. His friends don’t know what to do either, and Max feels very alone. When one friend stands up to the bully, it helps Max stand up to him too.

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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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Footnotes:

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

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