A Shark Tooth Fairy Tale by Erica Morgan

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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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