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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The Adventures of Gunner the Poodle Pony: Gunner Meets Stella by Lynne McGlothlen

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I really enjoy seeing children’s books that help them to understand and manage their emotions. Adults struggle to handle their emotions sometimes, so helping a child to understand something can be extremely difficult. The Adventures of Gunner the Poodle Pony is a wonderful book that introduces grief for a child in a way that is uplifting, and I loved that.

My Synopsis:

Gunner, a very special dog, is heading to work at the Hospice center. He enjoys helping people feel better when they are sick or sad. He meets Stella at the center, a young girl who is visiting her sick grandmother.

Stella and Gunner become fast friends, and Gunner helps Stella to understand her emotions and help her to feel a bit better. He promises to tell her more stories when they see each other again, which makes me think there might be more Poodle Pony books coming!

How I Felt:

I thought this story was written so that it is easy for a child to understand. It is told through Gunner’s perspective, which makes it fun for a child, but Stella’s emotions are easy to relate to.

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Bandit the Cow Dog by Phil Mills Jr.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

This story reinforces the importance of responsibility and consequences for a child in a way that made it easy to understand and an enjoyable story. I loved the way it was written and my daughter did too!

My Synopsis:

Mary Andrews is spending the summer on her grandparent’s ranch. Her grandmother discusses with her the chores she will be responsible for while at the ranch. There are eggs to collect and in an exciting turn of events, a horse that she can care for!

Bandit, the retired cow dog on the ranch, still keeps on eye on everything happening. One night, he sees Mary sneak out to give her new horse some carrots. The next day, when the horses are missing because the gate was left open, grandpa is very upset. Thinking it was a forgetful cowhand, grandpa is close to firing him, but Bandit knows the truth and so does Mary.

How I Felt:

I found this book to be a delightful story that captured a child’s actions perfectly. Children are often forgetful and accidents happen. I liked that Bandit was there with Mary, acting as a conscience for her as she considered her options. The story shows Mary’s guilt over what happened and her struggle with deciding to make the right choice or not.

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From My Window I See . . . the Seasons by Dr. Barbara Cavanagh – Kid’s Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

The narrator in this book was really cute. I loved how as she is describing the seasons, each one was her “favorite”. She would move on to a new season, and think, actually this is my favorite. It was adorable, and it really showed the reader there is something to love from each season.

How I Felt:

The writing was well done in this story. The story focuses on the little girl’s view from her home’s window. It was a fun way for my daughter and I to discuss what activities we do during those seasons.

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Jessica Tandy, The Girl Who Loved Candy by Susan Dils – A Children’s Book Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

As a reader, I can admit, and I have so many times on this blog, I buy books based on the cover alone. The title and the cover design pull me in. This happens to kids too. A wonderful book wrapped in a cover that doesn’t appeal to them will have them throwing an absolute fit if you try to read the book to them. So, I was very excited about this lovely cover with the super-fun title. My daughter was ALL ABOUT IT! I was so excited that she was excited because this book isn’t really about candy, but it’s lasting damage to our bodies.

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Andres and His Rubik’s Cube Madness by Andrea Alvarez – A Children’s Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

The strength and resilience shown by the main character in Andres and His Rubik’s Cube Madness is so inspiring for young readers! I loved that this story is connected to a child’s toy that turns into so much more than a game!

How I Felt:

The Writing in Andres and His Rubik’s Cube Madness was great! The story is told in a way that is easy for a young reader to understand. Andres discovers a Rubik’s Cube through a friend that has one, and his determination to learn how to solve the puzzle was amazing. It inspired my son to pick his cube back up and try to learn how to finish it!

The Illustrations were done well. Bright colors that were used created fun images to look at on each page! Both of my children really enjoyed looking at each one of them.

The Story Andres meets a boy that has a Rubik’s cube and his new friend shows him how he can solve the puzzle. Andres is excited about this new game and wants to solve one for himself. He sets his mind on doing this, using research and trial and error. We get to read about him improving his solving-times and eventually entering a tournament!

Overall, Andres and His Rubik’s Cube Madness is an exciting story featuring a well-known children’s puzzle. I loved that this story focused on more than just a toy. It’s about a boy finding his own niche and conquering difficulties. He must teach himself how to solve the cube, and once he does that, he then wants to beat his own times. This is an adorable book that so many children will love!

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend Andres and His Rubik’s Cube Madness for young readers preschool to middle elementary age. Any child will enjoy this story with its fun plot and bright illustrations! I can see this book sitting in a dentist or doctor’s office as well as a home shelf or school!

Where to Find This Book:

Andres and His Rubik’s Cube Madness by Andrea Alvarez publishes on March 3, 2020 and is available at these sites.

Amazon | Mascot Books | Barnes and Noble | Goodreads

Have you ever tried solving a Rubik’s cube? Better yet, have you ever imagined competing at a Rubik’s cube championship?

When Andres saw the new kid in the neighborhood solve a Rubik’s cube super fast, he wondered if he could learn to solve one too. He tried twisting and turning the multicolored cube but it seemed impossible. With a little encouragement from his mom, Andres began to practice every day. And when he discovered a Rubik’s cube competition to qualify for the biggest championship, he knew he had to try!

Andres and His Rubik’s Cube Madness is based on the true story of Andres – a boy who cleverly practiced hard and learned hundreds of algorithms to solve the Rubik’s cube in lightning speed. He was dedicated and persistent but most importantly, he never gave up.

Just the Facts:

  • Andres and His Rubik’s Cube Madness by Andrea Alvarez
  • Genre: Children’s book
  • Page Count: 38 pages
  • Publisher: Mascot Books
  • Pub Date: March 3, 2020
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Be a Superhero in the Kitchen by Donna Glass – A Children’s Cookbook Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

My daughter is obsessed with cooking. She has her kitchen accessory bucket and her aprons. She loves to cook and bake. So, when we were given the opportunity to review Be a Superhero in the Kitchen by Donna Glass, we were so excited! This book is a perfect kid’s cookbook. It has kid-friendly recipes that are easy for a child to make and they are delicious!

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Kid’s Book Review: Oh, the Places You’ve Been by Ben Everard with Mary Everard

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

The Illustration in Oh, the Places You’ve Been is beautiful. With a feel of watercolor at times, they are soft and colorful. Each page depicts a location where the penny in the story has been and my daughter really enjoyed looking at the details on each page.

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The Voyage by Douglas Falk – A Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I loved that this book was a bit out of my comfort zone and I read it and it was wonderful and fun!

How I Felt:

The Writing: The Voyage is Douglas Falk’s debut novel and I was really impressed with his writing. I found the story to be well put together without confusing story-lines or major plot holes. As a less-scholarly person, there were a lot of references to scientists and adventurers that I didn’t know of. I googled the ones that I felt I needed to know, and just moved forward in the story for the ones I didn’t. Overall, I didn’t feel that it detracted from the story or my understanding of the book.

The Plot: Oh this story was FUN! The world is flat and we all just don’t know it. It’s a major government conspiracy. This story had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t wait to find out the truth! The Voyage unraveled quickly with a story that I couldn’t let go of. It was filled with drama and excitement and I didn’t want it to end.

Overall, I found this to be a well-written, exciting story that truly made me think and I enjoyed that. It is worth the read!

To Read or Not To Read:

I highly recommend for readers that enjoy thrillers as well as a science or political view from a book. Readers that enjoyed the Da Vinci Code would probably enjoy this!

Where to Find This Book:

The Voyage by Douglas Falk is available at these sites.

Amazon Kindle | Amazon | Mascot Books | Goodreads

William Milton meets his friend John at a college bar to drop a bomb shell on him. The Earth is flat and the secret is being covered up by the biggest and most powerful groups in the world. A conspiracy to top all conspiracies!

With William not quite convincing John of his discovery, he turns to astrophysicist Dr. Celeste Wood for help. They plan to travel to Antarctica to prove his theory is correct.

Just the Facts:

  • The Voyage by Douglas Falk
  • Genre: Thriller / Political / Historical
  • Page Count: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Mascot Books
  • Pub Date: December 3, 2019

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Kids Book Review: Just Bunny and the Great Fire Rescue by Jeanne LaSala Taylor

Rating: 5 out of 5.
  • Just Bunny and the Great Fire Rescue by Jeanne LaSala Taylor
  • Perfect for: preschool to middle elementary
  • Page Count: 38 pages
  • Publisher: Mascot Books
  • Pub Date: February 4, 2020

What I Loved:

Just Bunny and the Great Fire Rescue is a true story of the loss and rescue of Just Bunny. Jeanne LaSala Taylor wrote this as a thank you to the New York Fire Department, and firefighters everywhere. It’s a beautiful way to share their story and gratitude.

How I Felt:

The Story was written in a way that allowed a young reader to understand the problem and resolution. The fire was not scary for my child as the family is evacuated quickly and I appreciated that. She was worried about Just Bunny and so happy that he was rescued in the end.

The Illustration was really great. It had a hand-drawn feel to it and was just beautiful! There’s a version of Just Bunny (pictured to the left). He is hiding on each page in the book for the reader to find. My daughter had SO much fun with this!

Overall, this was a wonderful story that we enjoyed greatly. The daughter and Just Bunny are easy for a young child to connect with. The entire story and the interaction of the hidden Just Bunny on each page made the book perfect!

To Read or Not To Read:

This is a great book for a preschool to middle elementary school. It is a great “thank you” to firemen and women everywhere.

Francesca’s favorite stuffed animal friend is Just Bunny. Just Bunny goes everywhere and does everything with Francesca. When Francesca and her family are out to eat one day, a kitchen fire starts in the restaurant and they must evacuate. Once outside, they realize Just Bunny has been left behind!

Francesca’s mom finds a NYFD fireman and asks him for help. He goes into the building and saves Just Bunny, returning him to Francesca.

Just Bunny and the Great Fire Rescue by Jeanne LaSala Taylor publishes February 4, 2020 and is currently available for pre-sale.

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My Sister’s Super Skills by Lauren Mosback

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

This book is focused on helping a young child learn tools for handling their emotions. I loved that these actions related to animals. I think that a tool that connects to something they already know will make it much easier to remember!

How I Felt:

My Sister’s Super Skills is written to help children learn coping mechanisms for emotions. I liked that this is written as an actual story. My daughter was very engaged in the story, following along and learning with David as his sister teaches him these tools. Each tool is connected to an animal so they are easier for kids to remember. My daughter particularly loved the horse one and practiced it several times before I was allowed to move on to the next one.

Overall, there are so many great techniques for children and I think that my only “complaint” is that I would like to see these broken out into more books, but maybe that will be coming someday!

To Read or Not To Read:

My Sister’s Super Skills is the perfect story to be read to children from preschool through middle elementary. With easy to understand tools, this is excellent for a classroom or library and at home!

Check out this video of my daughter opening this book mail!

Where To Find This Book:

Amazon Goodreads Mascot Books

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Lily notices that David, her younger brother has had a rough day. She helps him find ways to feel better, taking him through a variety of exercises to help him feel better. Many of these are connected to an animal to help him remember them the next time he needs them.

Will David’s big sister’s super skills help him to feel better after a frustrating day?

  • My Sister’s Super Skills by Lauren Mosback
  • Good for Readers: preschool to middle elementary
  • Page Count: 38 pages
  • Publisher: Mascot Books
  • Pub Date: January 7, 2020

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Rita the Remodel Girl by Kathy Guyitt

A Summer Project Begins

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My Thoughts:

What I Loved: This story’s focus on a female in a male dominated career was really impactful for me. I loved that the daughter looked up to the mom and helped her on projects for work. I think it is so important for our daughters to feel empowered to do what they want with their lives, whatever that is and this book did a wonderful job of saying that.

How I Felt: The book introduces us to Rita and then Rita gives a background on what her mom’s job is, how Rita helps her mom, and what a remodel is like. I felt that the book used big words, but immediately followed it up with a “and that means” giving the child an easy definition for clarity. My daughter was REALLY interested in this book. She kept wanting to read the story to me instead of me reading it to her. That does not usually happen. I think she connected with Rita and liked that Rita was speaking directly to her. Rita almost felt like Dora, you know, the explorer. Rita introduced herself, explained things, and helped the child navigate through a new experience.

To Read or Not To Read: This is a great book for home, at a daycare, school, or library! It’s an excellent educational resource on learning how a home remodel works and on a career as a general contractor.

What’s This Book About Anyway?

Rita’s mother is a general contractor, focused on home remodels. Rita gets to help her mom with small tasks for a remodel and she invites the reader to come with her and see what it is all about. She explains what her mom’s job is like overall, then tells us about a job from start to finish that her mom is working on.

Where To Find This Book:

Amazon

Mascot Books

Footnotes:

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