Flobella and the Creative Path by A.T. Waverly

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What I Loved:

I am always a sucker for a re-telling or a re-imagining of a fairytale. Flobella and the Creative Path is that plus so much more. The book could be considered a re-imagining of The Wizard of Oz, but there were also some aspects that made me think of Alice in Wonderland. There is a cat that duplicates and begins to look like an accordion, and I greatly enjoyed that scene. I loved that this book also stands on its own as a creative story, giving the reader new ways to think of their own creative strengths.

How I Felt:

The story is perfect for young readers. It is quick moving and not too long. The characters are fun and different, and completely grab your interest as soon as you meet them. The dimension is described in a way that makes you really see what the author wanted you to see. There is a part where the field of flowers turns to a fabric with sewn flowers, and I could truly visualize the change and I very much appreciated the authors ability to describe that scene.

The world Flobella is drawn into is called the Creative Idea Dimension (CID), and I would have liked it to be called something just a bit less “on the mark” so to say. All of the creatures and names were so creative in this book, and I would have liked the dimension’s name to match. That’s my only downside to this book, and it was not a draw back to reading the story, it was truly a very small downside.

To Read or Not To Read:

I think Flobella and the Creative Path should be in school libraries. It is a great story about how creative each, individual person can be. It is written using a fun, engaging story for children that will make them inspired to be creative themselves. I think this book is suitable for 3rd-6th graders.

Where to Find This Book:

Flobella and the Creative Path by A.T. Waverly is available at these sites.

Amazon Kindle | Amazon | Goodreads 

Flobella has lived with her very mean Aunt and Uncle since she was 4 when she became an orphan. At 12, she now spends her time painting and dreaming of a woman who might be her mother. As she is painting, her brushstrokes start to swirl and lift off the page taking her up with them. A tiny fairy, Mumu appears and takes Flobella with her through the spiral to the Creative Idea Dimension (CID). She must only stay one hour and then she must get back home to keep from causing all kinds of inter-dimensional problems.

She misses her opportunity to get home, however, and now the only way back is to take the Creative Path to the Gold Door. She must find Evo the wise man beyond the door, as he is the only one who can help her. Her path is filled with fantastic, creative beings, who want to help her, but there is one who will stop at nothing to keep her from finishing her journey. . .

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

The Fairy in the Kettle Gets Magical by Pauline Tait

This is the third book in the series The Fairy in the Kettle. I was provided this book as an ARC by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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My Daughter’s Thoughts:

My daughter LOVED the illustrations in this book. It grabbed her attention immediately, and is ultimately why she chose the book. She wanted to see more. Once we started the book, she was entranced and loved it from start to finish!


My Thoughts:

I too thought the illustrations were quite pretty in this book. Also, I loved that she loved the book. The story was something that I could read again, and again….an important trait in a children’s book. We have way too many books on our shelves that I groan at having to read again. This will not be one of those.


What’s This Book About Anyway?

The fairies have discovered that their fairy dust is getting low. They leave their special home in search of more. Going on an adventure outside of their comfortable homeland in search of this fairy dust, they encounter all sorts of things. They soon realize that they can only find this fairy dust, and bring it home, if they work together.


Footnotes:

#netgalley #thefairyinthekettle #thefairyinthekettlegetsmagical #shejustlovesbooks #shejustlovesbooksforkids #childrensbooks

The River Fairy’s Wish: A Lyrical Fairy Tale by Cyrena Shows

I was provided this ARC by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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What My Child Thought:

She loved that this story centered around a fairy. She is also a big fan of books like Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly and The River Fairy’s Wish had the same repetitive wording. Where it starts with one thing, and then it repeats that one thing and adds another, and then adds another and repeats the first two things. She adored the illustrations in this book. They were very colorful and vibrant.

What I Thought:

I liked the story, and I liked that while this book did have some of the repetitive lines, it also broke from that halfway through the story, and it made me love the story so much more. The illustrations were quite beautiful and the story was one that was full of fantasy and wishes that little children love.


What’s This Book About Anyway?

The River Fairy’s Wish is about a Princess of the River Fairy’s that wishes to be a human girl. She has a wish saved in her crown. She uses the wish to become a human girl, enjoying the sunshine on her face, and while she does, the River Fairies continue to watch their Princess even though she doesn’t remember.

Footnotes:

#netgalley #theriverfairyswish #childrensbooks #kidsbooks #shejustlovesbooks #shejustlovesbooksforkids #bookblogger #bookblog #bookreview #bookreviews

Cinderella Rex (Once Before Time Book 1) by Christy Webster

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This book will publish on November 12, 2019. I was provided this book by NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion.


Our Thoughts:

What My Kids Loved: The beautiful illustrations were full of glitters and little sparkle spots that just made for a lovely book. My daughter was asking me not to turn the page yet so that she could look a little longer! She loved that the story was a Cinderella version, because Disney is everything right now! Finally, she liked that Cinderella loved to dance, because she does too!


What I Loved: I also enjoyed the illustrations, they really were just beautiful. I liked the story because it was a take on Cinderella, but it wasn’t a romance-love story, it was a love of dance story. That was a nice change to the traditional story. I also enjoyed that the characters were dinosaurs; that was just cute.


What’s This Book About Anyway?

Cinderella Rex just loves to dance. She lives with her very mean “stomp”mother and “stomp” sisters. A ball is being held at the castle, but Cinderella Rex is not allowed to go! Then, her fairy Triceratops arrives and provides her with her dress and carriage. She’s going to be able to dance at the ball! Of course, the story has her losing her shoe and her midnight curfew. The slight changes in how the prince finds her so she can teach him to dance were just perfect.

Footnotes:

#cinderellarex #christyweber #shejustlovesbooks #shejustlovesbooksforkids #childrensbooks #childrenslit #netgalley #andrewmcmeelpublishing #CinderellaRexOnceBeforeTimeBook1