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Book Review: Differella by Jim and Kay Story

DifferellaI love books. So when people I love write books that I love, life is pretty amazing! My aunt and uncle have joined together to produce an incredible children’s book, which offers a reminder that it is okay, even more than okay, to be a little bit different. I found Differella to be deeply moving, and I share it here in the hopes of encouraging others to read it, share it, and help spread awareness that different is not a bad thing. It’s just different.

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New Book Review: There’s a Stinky Goblin in the Shed by Andrea Kaczmarek (Illustrations by Eva Kunzel)

stinky-goblin-in-the-shedI was introduced to Andrea Kaczmarek’s writing for young people last year with Puddle’s Wondrous Worry Dolls, and if you missed that review, you can read it here. There’s a Stinky Goblin in the Shed is another great story from Kaczmarek with a magical element to it.

In this story, Ms. Kaczmarek introduces the reader to Jerry and Jacob, fraternal twins who make a fort out of their Gran’s old shed. As little boys will do, the twins begin to feel adventurous and brave while camping out in the shed and decide to take a walk through the woods at night. It was certainly creepy and of all the things they imagined they might encounter, they never imagined a goblin!
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Review: Tara and the Giant Queen by Gita V. Reddy

tara-and-the-giant-queenI’ve been busy these last couple of weeks filling my winter break with books and planning for my final semester of school. I can’t believe I’m finally approaching the finish line! I have a lot of good things happening and will have exciting news coming to the blog in the next few weeks.

At the moment, I’d like to get back to what I love most – reading! – and share a new review with you. Last year, I was fortunate to discover many new wonderful authors, one of whom I have now had the pleasure to read twice. I just finished a new book by author Gita V. Reddy titled Tara and the Giant Queen. Ms. Reddy has written several books for children, and if you missed my review of Hunt for the Horseman last year, you can read it here.

Tara and the Giant Queen is a fantasy story for young readers. It is whimsical, and I found Giant Land reminiscent of the land of Narnia (favorite stories of mine!). This was a unique story with an imaginative setting. Giant Land is made up of various kingdoms, each of which is named after a different colored set of mountains – Land of the Purple Mountains, Land of the Red Mountains, etc. These names paint a vivid and exciting place for imaginations to run wild.
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My Christmas Dream Come True!

christmastime-in-new-york-cityYears and years ago I came across a picture book called Christmastime in New York City by Roxie Munro. I fell in love with this book! It is strictly a picture book – no story included. It is a beautiful showcase of the artist’s skills and contains picture after picture of New York City all decorated for Christmas.

I loved this book so much because I had never been to New York City at Christmastime and I had always imagined it would be magical. Though to be fair, I think just about everywhere becomes magical at Christmastime! For me, flipping through this book was the next best thing to being there in person.

Last year, my sweet hubby helped me check Christmas in New York City off my bucket list by taking me to Manhattan in mid-December. It was a wonderful day and I was able to visit many of the sites in the book.
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Review: Hunt for the Horseman by Gita V. Reddy

hunt-for-the-horsemanI would like to start this post by thanking Gita V. Reddy for providing me with a copy of her book, Hunt for the Horseman. She thought I might enjoy it because of past reviews I’ve written of books such as Serafina and the Black Cloak. She was right! Hunt for the Horseman is an adventure story for young readers in which Sandy, who has lived her whole life in the United States, travels with her parents to her mother’s home country of India. There she meets her very large extended family, complete with several cousins, who are descendants of royalty and still own the family palace. The children embark on a hunt throughout the palace, which was built with several secret passageways and hiding places, searching for the legendary horseman toy that was supposedly hidden by an ancestor long ago.
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Review: Puddle’s Wondrous Worry Dolls by Andrea Kaczmarek

wondrous-worry-dollsThis story is intended for early middle grade readers and is relatable with a little bit of magic thrown in. Jemima, or Puddle as she is known, helps out in her Mother’s shop and one day discovers Worry Dolls, little dolls made of paper in bright colors. When you go to bed, Puddle’s mom explains, you should put the Worry Dolls under your pillow and tell them your worries. Puddle is skeptical of this idea until she discovers that some Worry Dolls have made their way into her pocket and come home to her room with her. Deciding she has nothing to lose, she gives the Worry Dolls a try and confides her worries to them. Puddle and her best friend, Ally, quickly discover that the Worry Dolls seem to be listening.  Keep on Reading!


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Review: Nightmares! By Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

nightmaresThis book has been on my radar for some time now, but alas, school books have dominated my reading list for the last couple of years. I thought October would be the perfect month to finally dive into this spooky story for young readers. What better night to stay up late finishing it than Halloween?!

Nightmares! didn’t disappoint! I know sometimes there is a lot of hype around a book because it has a celebrity author, but in this case, this book really is worth the read. I have personally enjoyed Jason Segel’s movies, and yes, I did initially hear about this book during an interview he did on a talk show, but that’s not why I like it. It really is a good story with a sound moral lesson for kids. Keep on Reading!


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Trick-or-Treat! Halloween Books for Kids

I’ve been hoping to do a review of a children’s book for some time and I thought Halloween might be a fun time to start! I paid a little visit to the bookstore the other night and had fun browsing the kids section. It’s always fun to pop over there around a holiday because there are so many fun books on display. The bookstore did not disappoint (does it ever?), and to my delight, I found a beautiful display filled with spooky stories for little ones. I will share here two new stories (new to me at least!) which caught my eye and one classic that I think every kid should experience while they are young and enjoying the fun of Halloween. Keep on Reading!