Sep 082017
 

Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True
Random House Books for Young Readers (August 29, 2017)
Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 2
Hardcover: 40 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1101936597
Kindle ASIN: B074MH4W4S

Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Brigette Barrager reunite to bring us a sparkly, magical sequel to Uni the Unicorn!

The Land of Unicorns is in trouble — it has been raining and raining for what seems like forever. This is a big problem because there are only three ways that unicorns can get their magic: from the golden sun, from magnificent rainbows, and from the sparkle of believing.

Luckily, Uni the Unicorn has always always always believed…that little girls are REAL. Join this very special unicorn and the little girl who believes right back as they finally meet and work together to save a magical land and all who live there!

Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Brigette Barrager reunite to revive this world glowing with possibility and hope that is the stuff of childhood fantasies.

Nana’s Thoughts

The 1st book in the series Uni the Unicorn was a big hit around here. In fact, since its release I have given the book as gifts for baby showers, birthdays and Christmas. When I learned that there was a new Uni book being released I was very excited to review it.

The first thing you notice about the book is the impressive illustrations starting on the cover and continuing throughout the book. They draw children and adults right into the story.

When we enter the Land of the Unicorns it has been raining for days. No sunshine, no rainbows, no magic.  Uni believes a little girl (because little girls are real) can make the rain go away. A cute little blonde girl that could be my granddaughter may be just the thing. What happens when they make the same wish at the same time? Well, you have to read the book. It really is a delightful story.

The age range of 3 – 7 is correct. A read to them story until they can start reading it to us. Those are the best stories. I am positive one little blonde girl is going to love this story when she comes to visit. The book will again make a nice gift for a child too with Christmas fast approaching.

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Sep 042017
 

There’s a Monster in Your Book Kindle Edition
by Tom Fletcher (Author), Greg Abbott (Illustrator)

Children’s Book
Age Level: 3 – 7
Grade Level: Preschool – 2
Random House Books for Young Readers
Release Date – September 5, 2017
Hardcover: 32 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1524764562
Kindle ASIN: B074SV4Z22

Shake, wiggle, and tickle the monster out of this book—an interactive bedtime read-aloud by a YouTube star, musician, and children’s book author!

With the irresistible pull of Hervé Tullet’s Press Here and the charm of The Monster at the End of This Book, Tom Fletcher’s inviting interactive read-aloud will have kids tilting, spinning, and shaking the book to get the adorable little monster out! That’s right! He’s out of the book . . . and in their room somewhere. Uh-oh!!

The co-author of the Dinosaur That Pooped series has created a monster that readers will fall in love with—and want to play with—again and again! It will get your own little monster tuckered out and snuggled in!

Tom Fletcher has a huge social-media presence, with over a million followers on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. His videos “Buzz and the Dandelions” and “My Wedding Speech” went viral and have been viewed tens of millions of times all over the world.

Nana’s Thoughts

A cute story about a cute monster. Children are encouraged to shake, tilt, and make loud noises to make the monster move along and get out of the book. My four year old grandson giggled the whole way through and we read it several times in a row. I loved that soon he was “reading to me” because he had memorized most of the story.

The illustrations are delightful too.

A wonderful book for a child’s bookshelf.

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About the Author

TOM FLETCHER is an award-winning songwriter, as well as a children’s author, YouTube star, daddy, and McFly band member. He has a huge social-media presence, and his viral videos have been featured on Good Morning America. He and his bandmate Dougie Poynter are the co-authors of the Dinosaur That Pooped picture books, which have sold over one million copies in England.

Illustrator Bio:

GREG ABBOTT is an illustrator and graphic designer based in West Sussex, England. In addition to children’s books, he has created prints, apparel, toys, greeting cards, and other merchandise.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

#Spotlight / #Giveaway – Benjamin Franklin: You’ve Got Mail by Adam Mansbach & Alan Zwiebel

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Jun 172017
 

Benjamin Franklin: You’ve Got Mail
Teens/Humorous/Historical Fiction/United States/Colonial & Revolutionary Periods
Disney-Hyperion (June 20, 2017)
Hardcover: 224 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1484713051

If the Future has any remedy for this situation, do not hesitate to provide it. That is to say, Ike and Claire Wanzandae, HELP! HELP HELP HELP.

I am (perhaps not for long),
Benjamin Franklin

Ike Saturday has seen better days. For one thing, his pen pal, Benjamin Franklin (yes, that Benjamin Franklin), is the target of an angry mob after Ike’s plan to help the Founding Fathers with some intel from the future seriously backfired. For another, he’s decided to mail himself back in time with the help of his girlfriend, Claire Wanzandae, and it’s not a particularly comfortable way to travel.

Once Ike tracks B-Freezy down in 1776, it becomes clear that his pal is less than impressed with the irritating, modern-day rescuer, partially because Ike has a habit of making things worse for Ben, and partially because Ben is incredibly cranky when not in the presence of numerous meat pies. Which speaks to another issue for the pair: they have no money, no food, and basically no plan for saving the country. But Claire won’t be able to cover for Ike back home in the future forever, and the British are looking pretty impatient, so Ike and B-Freezy will have to come up with something quickly if they want to avoid an epic, history-destroying disaster.

In this hilarious sequel to Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain in My . . . , Adam Mansbach and Alan Zweibel take Ike and B-Freezy’s antics to the next level as this ill-paired (and sometimes actually ill) duo hold the future of the world in their not-so-capable hands.


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Nana’s Nook – That’s Me Loving You by Amy Krouse Rosenthal – Illustrations by Teagan White

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Feb 172017
 


That’s Me Loving You
Children’s Book
Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 2
Random House Books for Young Readers (December 27, 2016)
Hardcover: 40 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1101932384
Kindle ASIN: B01DRXF588

Wherever you are,
Wherever you go,
Always remember
And always know. . .

That feeling you always have in your heart?
That’s me loving you.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal captures parents’ desire to be ever-present in this simple and touching poem offering reassurance of their love. Signs of affection can be found in the natural world around us—from a soft breeze to a shimmering star.

Nana’s Thoughts 

When I was asked to review this book I saw the title and read the snippet – a touching picture book, written in soothing rhymes, that reassures kids of how deeply they are loved, and quickly requested a copy. I had no idea how profoundly this book would touch my heart and be such a perfect book for my granddaughter, now 4 years old. The only thing that would make the book more perfect would be if the mom and son on the cover and at the end of the story would be a dad and daughter. As we near the 2 year anniversary of my son’s death my heart is breaking like it was yesterday and my granddaughter is talking about her daddy all the time.

That feeling you always have in your heart?
That’s me loving you.

Of course, this book would also be perfect for a parent and child that spend time apart when the parent goes to work or on a trip. It just speaks to me in a way that says the parent is gone forever, with the exception of the final page.

That shimmering star?
That’s me winking at you.

That drifting cloud?
That’s me thinking of you.

Beautifully written and illustrated but I think there needed to be one more page repeating the title – That’s me loving you, because the book ends abruptly and loses the flow that was so perfect. I was trying desperately to turn the page to finish the story that way it should have been done.

I can’t wait to share this story with my granddaughter the next time she comes for a visit.

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AMY KROUSE ROSENTHAL is the author of over 20 books for children. Her titles include Uni the UnicornPlant a Kiss, Little PeaSpoon, The Wonder Book, Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons, and Duck! Rabbit!. A long-time contributor to NPR, she is currently the host and creator of Mission Amy K R.com produced by Chicago Public Radio. Amy lives with her family in Chicago and you can visit her online at whoisamy.com.

TEAGAN WHITE is a freelance illustrator specializing in playful watercolors and illustrated typography. Originally from Chicago, Teagan now lives and works in Minneapolis, where she received a BFA in illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design in 2012.


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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Nana’s Nook – When You’re Feeling Sick by Coy Bowles

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Jan 202017
 

When You’re Feeling Sick by Coy Bowles

Doubleday Books for Young Readers (January 10, 2017)
Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 2
Hardcover: 32 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0399552861
Kindle ASIN: B01EE0CQYE

Sneezing? Coughing? Taking a sick day? Don’t worry, you’ll be feeling better soon thanks to this hilarious picture book from Coy Bowles, guitarist of the Grammy Award–winning Zac Brown Band. Full of encouraging—and super-silly—rhyming advice on how to face sick days with courage and a positive attitude, When You’re Feeling Sick is just what the doctor ordered! Comes with a sheet of stickers to bring a smile to every sick kid’s face.

Nana’s Thoughts
What better time to review a book about feeling sick than when you are actually dealing with a bug yourself. I have been coughing for days and this book made me smile.

I loved the text, wonderful rhythm and rhymes, what I would expect from a musician, 🙂 A couple of pages did lose the rhythm to add some crazy goofy words and sentences, but I think the children may enjoy these pages best because the are crazy and goofy. The wording is appropriate for the targeted age. The older ones could probably read it themselves but if they are not feeling well they will enjoy you reading it to them. Silly verses that children will love. Even a song to sing when you want “sickness” to go away.

The illustrations by Andy Elkerton are bright and and so colorful. The monsters/bugs/viruses are just the right amount of funny/scary. The doctors and nurses are smiling and friendly. The kids are cute and lovable even when they are feeling sick. I am happy to see a diverse cast, even a child in a wheelchair.

This is the kind of book that will be read again and again. I can hear children asking to have it read to them whenever they are feeling ill. Soon they will know the words and recite them right along with the reader. A great message for both boys and girls. I do think the upper range of the target area may not enjoy it time and time again as much as the younger ones.

A funny book to lift a child spirits when they are feeling sick. I will be checking out Coy’s other books too!

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About the Author

COY BOWLES plays guitar and organ and writes songs for the multi-platinum Zac Brown Band. They have won three Grammys and since 2009 have earned 55 award nominations from the Grammys, Academy of Country Music, American Music Awards, Country Music Association, and Country Music Television. Born in Thomaston, Georgia, Coy was raised on love, support, and the idea that he could do anything he put his heart and soul into. After earning a degree from Georgia State University’s Jazz Studies program, Coy formed the band Coy Bowles and the Fellowship. In 2006, they opened for the Zac Brown Band, and soon after Zac asked Coy to join his band full time. Coy’s first book, the self-published Amy Giggles: Laugh Out Loud, teaches kids to accept themselves as they are. Visit Coy at coybowles.com.

 
 
ANDY ELKERTON began his career as a graphic designer for video games, when the industry was still in its infancy, and after fourteen years decided to try his hand at being a children’s book illustrator. Since 2002 he has produced work for picture books, advertising, and toy design. He lives in a small town on the west coast of Scotland with his wife and three children.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The Lost Gift: A Christmas Story by Kallie George (Author), Stephanie Graegin (Illustrator)

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Dec 152016
 

The Lost Gift: A Christmas Story
by Kallie George (Author), Stephanie Graegin (Illustrator)
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (October 18, 2016)
Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3
Hardcover: 40 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0553524819
E-Book ASIN: B01B0K99GE
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In this charming Christmas-themed picture book that feels like a classic, four animals deliver a lost package for Santa.

It’s Christmas Eve, and Bird, Rabbit, Deer, and Squirrel are eagerly waiting for Santa to fly overhead. When he does, a gift tumbles out of his sleigh, landing in the woods. The friends find the gift and read the tag: For the new baby at the farm. Love, Santa. And so, in spite of Squirrel’s grumbling It’s not our baby they set off on a long journey to deliver it. Sweet, poignant, and starring a cast of truly adorable characters, this is a story sure to be shared year after year at Christmastime.

Nana’s Thoughts

A beautifully illustrated tale of four woodland characters giving Santa a big assist on Christmas Eve.

The dialogue between bird, deer, bunny and squirrel has a timely message of good deeds, friendship, and perseverance. Each character is unique with their own personality. From the cantankerous squirrel, to the intuitive bird, the optimistic bunny, and the tentative deer.

Targeted at ages 4 – 8, but that would mean learning to read the book themselves. The story itself would be enjoyed by little ones being read to as well. The story is engaging and illustrations are colorful. I love the faces on the animals.

The book would make a wonderful gift that would be enjoyed year after year. There is a gift tag on the first page so that your special child will always be reminded who gave them this fun and entertaining book.

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About the Author

Kallie George holds a master’s degree in children’s literature from the University of British Columbia. She is the author of the Magical Animal Adoption Agency series, among other acclaimed books for children, and, in addition to writing, leads workshops for aspiring writers. Kallie lives in Vancouver, and Christmas is her favorite time of year. Visit her on the web at kalliegeorge.com.

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About the Illustrator

Stephanie Graegin is the illustrator of Forget Me Not by Nancy Van Laan;Water in the Park by Emily Jenkins, which received three starred reviews; and Happy Birthday, Bunny! by Liz Garton Scanlon, which received two starred reviews. Graegin earned her BFA from the Maryland Institute for Fine Arts and her MFA in printmaking from Pratt Institute. You can visit her at graegin.com.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The Twelve Days of Christmas: A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup

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Dec 082016
 

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The Twelve Days of Christmas: A Peek-Through Picture Book
Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 2
Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers (October 18, 2016)
Hardcover: 32 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1101940877
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The twelve days of Christmas have never looked so fun! Turn page after page of this innovative picture book based on the classic carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” and watch as twelve days of gifts appear through clever peek-through holes on each page! Young children will especially love anticipating all the presents and seeing them arrive as if by magic. This interactive and lively book is sure to be a family favorite at Christmastime year after year.

Nana’s Thoughts
We all know the song, but Britta Teckentrup has taken it and through her marvelous illustrations brought it to life for the little people around us. I absolutely love the little boy’s and little girl’s faces as they take us page by page through the tune. With each turn of the page more and more is revealed through the “peek-through” holes until we see all the wonderful people, birds, and animals displayed on the final page. The pictures are colorful, bold and vibrant.

I found myself singing my way through the pictures imagining sharing this with the tiny tots in my life. Also counting the images seen through the cutouts on each page and even totaling them up at the end.

The targeted age range starts at 3 years and I would say that is perfect. It is a book to get out each Christmas and become a traditional read just like T’was The Night Before Christmas.

If you are buying gift for the toddlers in your life, this is a book you should add to your list.

5 STARFISH

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About The Author
Britta Teckentrup is an award winning illustrator, author and fine artist. She was born in Hamburg, growing up in a town called Wuppertal. She moved to London in 1988 to study illustration and fine art at St Martin’s College and the Royal College of Art. Britta is the author and illustrator of many well-loved books for children, including the bestselling ‘The Memory Tree’, ‘The Odd One Out’ and ‘Grumpy Cat’, which was selected by the Booktrust’s Bookstart scheme – 250,000 copies to be distributed to families throughout the UK. Her awards include a nomination for the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis and a Special Mention at the Bologna Ragazzi Award for ‘Alle Wetter’. Since 1993 Britta has written and illustrated over 90 children’s picture books which have been published in over 20 different countries. She was invited as a guest artist to Ilustratour and her fine art work has been frequently exhibited at her London gallery and at art fairs all over the world. After 17 years in the UK – Britta now lives and works in Berlin with her Scottish husband, son Vincent and their old cat Oskar.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Mar 052016
 

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SELAH'S SWEET DREAM

Selah’s Sweet Dream
by Susan Count (Author), Melissa Gates (Illustrator)
Hastings Creations Group (December 15, 2015)
Grade Level: 3 – 10
Age Level: 8 – 18
Paperback: 196 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0997088304
E-Book ASIN: B0194J7FG4
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Twelve year old Selah’s quest to become an equestrian superstar is haunted by her grandmother’s past and hindered by a horse with an attitude. She dreamed of a perfect sweet horse, but life is not a dream.

SELAH (Say-la) aspires to be an equestrian superstar. That would require a horse.

HER DILEMMA: Grandpa wants nothing to do with horses.

THEN: Selah sees buzzards circling the grasslands behind Grandpa’s farm. They are stalking a horse trapped in wire and Selah is its only hope.

DANGEROUS: The horse is wild and defiant – jeopardizing Selah’s dreams.

FOILED: The legal owner searched for the horse for two years and wants it back.

BUT: Selah is confident that God will provide her heart’s desire.

MEMORIES: Grandpa shows Selah a video, from long ago, of a phenomenal equestrian. Selah declares that she wants to be like her and Grandpa explains the rider was her grandmother.

HOPE: A world renowned horse trainer offers to train SweetDream and Selah.

FOILED AGAIN: Her parents could ruin everything unless Sweet Dream’s unruly behavior ruins it first.

LOST: Selah’s opportunity to mirror the equestrian talent of her renowned grandmother evaporates when the horse causes mayhem at the trainer’s facility.

NEVER GIVE UP: Will Selah gather her courage and face up to the trainer to save her aspirations?

About The Author

As a young girl, The Black Stallion series captivated me. Ownership of a real horse was beyond my grasp, so I consumed horse books. I am still a devoted student of equine training techniques of all disciplines and an avid equestrian. Now caretaker of three equine blessings, I consider them a gift of His unmerited favor.

The only thing more fun than riding horses is writing stories about them.

Pinterest fulfills my desire to have a horse of every color.
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Feb 202016
 

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I used to review children’s books when Kaden was younger and now Remi and Natalie are getting to that fun age where they love to read with me. Kaden is into chapter books and learning new words everyday. So I have decided to say “yes” when a children’s book crosses my path that I think they would enjoy.

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The Left Behinds: Abe Lincoln and the Selfie that Saved the Union
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Series: The Left Behinds
2nd in Series
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers (January 12, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-0385390606
E-Book ASIN: B00WCXFMS8
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Percy Jackson fans and readers who have outgrown the Magic Tree House series will embrace this humorous time-travel adventure to Abe Lincoln’s White House and the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.

Mel, Bev, and Brandon—the Left Behinds—are at it again. When the iTime app on their phones sends them to Washington, D.C., in 1863, they find themselves smack dab in the middle of the Civil War. They sit in on a séance with First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln and are shown every inch of the White House by Tad, the youngest Lincoln. When they drop in on the president himself, Abe Lincoln, he is preoccupied with the fateful battle at Gettysburg, which is just under way.

The kids receive their marching orders—they must somehow travel to Gettysburg from D.C., make sure what’s supposed to happen does happen, save the Union, and be home in time for dinner.

No biggie. After all, it’s only the entire future of the country at stake.

This sequel to The iPhone That Saved George Washington includes an author’s note and information on Civil War reenactments and living history sites around the nation.


Nana’s Thoughts

This is a chapter book I started reading with my oldest grandson. I had committed to feature this book today for the publisher, so what we have is a review in progress.

We have finished Part 1, Welcome to Washington City, so far. I really wish we would have read the first book, The iPhone That Saved George Washington, before we started this one because I would have liked a little more knowledge on this iTime app. An eight year old can ask so many questions and I hate saying “I don’t know, let’s keep reading and maybe we’ll find out”.  I guess I am like Professor Moncrieff in that way, I just hope I don’t frown as much. But I am getting ahead of myself.

This series/book features Mel, Bev, and Brandon. They attend the Fredericksville School and didn’t go home for the holidays. They meet Professor Moncrieff in the basement of Taylor’s General Store where he tells them about the iTime app and tells them they need to go back in time and “change things”. Somehow they are also to able to stay in touch with their teacher, Mr. Hart, by text messages. Even my grandson didn’t buy this. His mother’s cell phone drops calls when they go to his other grandparents house in the country. He just looked at me and said “No Way!” But I did the “let’s keep reading” thing. The kids are nervous about going back in time “again”. (“We really need that book Nana”) But the kids are off in a blink of an eye headed back to 1863 where they abruptly meet The First Lady, Mrs. Lincoln, and the adventure begins where.

Part 1 takes us through Chapter 10, Part 2, White House Guests and Ghosts, has ghosts in the title so my grandson is looking forward to that.

This is a great way to teach history. It is relate-able to kids and much interesting than any textbook I ever read. The age level, 8-12, seems right. The kids in the story are 12. My grandson is 8 and he needed help understanding a few words but so did Mel, Bev, and Brandon, so there are explanations right in the story. I did have to explain some things and as I said answer some questions. That is why this is an excellent learning tool.

We are just getting to know Brandon, Mel and Bev, and I am sure we are at a disadvantage not having read the first book, but these are kids kind of thrown together by circumstance, they are not “friends, exactly”.  The story has them working together and relying on each other and it is handled realistically for kids this age. Another good lesson.

Like I said this is a review in progress so I will update as we continue, but right now we give this book between 3 and 4 stars. I am close to 4 and my grandson is the 3. He wants to see what happens with the ghosts.

4 STARFISH

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Jan 042016
 

Nana's Nook

I used to review children’s books when Kaden was younger and now Remi and Natalie are getting to that fun age where they love to read with me. Kaden is into chapter books and learning new words everyday. So I have decided to say “yes” when a children’s book crosses my path that I think they would enjoy.

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Shh! Bears Sleeping
Viking Books for Young Readers (January 5, 2016)
Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 2
Hardcover: 32 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0670017188
E-Book ASIN: B00W2ZKLE6
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In the fall
When leaves turn red
Bears know soon
It’s time for bed
Comes winter
Comes snow
Bears are ready
Bears go
In their cave
Warm and deep
Winter is time
For bears to sleep

A lilting read-aloud text and stunning pictures combine to make an irresistibly appealing picture book that follows these fascinating animal friends through the cycle of the year. A page of facts about bears will answer young readers’ questions as they begin to explore the wonders of the natural world.

Nana’s Thoughts

What an absolutely wonderful book!

The first thing I noticed and all readers will notice is the spectacular oil paintings that illustrate this book. They and the prose take us through an entire year of bears. The rhythmic writing is fun to read with children of any age. Most of the words are ones children learn early so it is great when they can pick out the words they know. The paintings are so well done you almost expect to touch the page and feel the bear’s fur.

In addition to the story, there are 2 pages of Bear Facts. Again written in easy to read and understand language for children. It is like a 2nd story. A few of the words like “lethargy” and “omnivores” will need a little explanation but this makes for some great learning moments.

A spectacular book to be read aloud to children. A great bedtime story or an anytime story. These bears are so cute. I am sure this will be a book that will be reread many times. My grandchildren love it.

5 STARFISH

Dollycas

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About The Author 

Readers of David Martin’s books won’t be surprised when they meet the author and find that he is just as entertaining as his books – he sings, plays the guitar or the kazoo, or even juggles during his school visits. As David Martin says, “I have never minded particularly making a fool of myself,” so he is never at a loss to illustrate his points or to make a connection with the kids. In his interactive sessions, he also works with students to create their own books or to produce oversized class books. The author’s ease in the classroom comes from his hands-on teaching experience: he’s an eighteen-year veteran of elementary and middle schools.

A native of Queens, Martin has lived in northeast Vermont with his family since 1970.

About The Illustrators

Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher have collaborated on over 45 picture books, using an unusual approach wherein both artists conceive, draw, design and paint. Their work has appeared in annual reports, advertisements, magazines, and movies, including Toy Story and A Bug’s Life, for which they provided pre-production set and character designs.

No Star Nights was their first children’s book. Together, they have illustrated The Salamander Room, by Anne Mazer, Felix Salten’s Bambi, adapted by Janet Schulman, Cat, You Better Come Home, by Garrison Keillor, The New York Times best-selling My Many Colored Days, by Dr. Seuss, The Velveteen Rabbit, abridged by Lou Fancher, and Amazing Peace, by Maya Angelou. Their 2000 release, I Walk At Night, by Lois Duncan, was recognized as one of The New York Times Best Illustrated Books. They are the recipients of a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators and their work has appeared in Communication Arts, Print, and Graphics.

Find our more on their webpage here.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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