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Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs- Mo Williams

A witty twist on the classic fairytale

In this original and hilarious book, Mo Williams uses the same premise of the Goldilocks and the Three Bears fairytale, but adds a sarcastic bite, that will make parents laugh and children giggle. Once again, Goldilocks wanders through the woods and stumbles upon an unlocked house where inside she finds three bowls of pudding, three chairs, and three beds. But the loud and plotting dinosaurs determined to have a child snack give themselves away and Goldilocks realizes that something is not quite right about this fairytale.

Filled with wit and Shrek type humor, Mo Williams provides a fun new take on a fairy-tale classic. As an added bonus the illustrations add more comedy, like the “.2 miles to trap” sign along the wooded path, the drastic facial expression of Goldilocks, and the mustache of Papa Dinosaur.

Recommended for readers age 3-7.

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Posted by on September 18, 2012 in Book Review, Books

 

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Rocket Writes a Story- Tad Hills

Rocket is back in another inspiring and colorful children’s book

From the creator of the New York Times bestseller, How Rocket Learned to Read, comes another book featuring Rocket and his teacher the little yellow bird.


In his inspiring book, Rocket is expanding on his reading skills and writes the words he sniffs out to describe the world around him. Every day the little yellow bird hangs Rockets words in a tree, until one day the tree is full of words. With all of the new words, Rocket decides he wants to write a story, but he has no idea what to write about. The little bird gives Rocket some ideas, and helps Rocket develop his story by adding details and thinking about the characters. Along the way Rocket finds inspiration in a nest high in a tree and a new friend who he can share his story with.
Tad Hills, does an amazing job on the illustrations. The adorable dog Rocket is full of expressions and emotions that complement the great storyline, and illustrate the hardships of writing a story that young children will face. The little yellow bird plays the perfect teacher, giving Rocket all the skills he needs to write a story and the encouragement to do so. Rocket Writes a Story is a great book that will set children on the path of critical thinking and creativity and makes the perfect addition to any classroom or home library.
Recommended for readers age 4-7.

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2012 in Book Review, Books

 

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Summer Jackson Grown Up-Teresa E. Harris (Illustrator) A.G.Ford

Being a grown up is not as easy as one might think

Summer Jackson is a seven year old girl who wants to grow up now. She doesn’t want to play games anymore, she wants to wear sunglass all the time, eat anything she wants, get a job, and take important calls on her cell phone. When Summer decides to start bossing around her classmates, her parents decide to let Summer be a grown-up. But Summer soon realizes that being a grown up means being responsible for more than she can handle and missing out on the fun things a child can do, like tag and playing on the swing set.

Harris does a good job of teaching children who want to grow up that being a kid has its perks too. Paired with the colorful illustrations of Muninger, Summer Jackson comes to life with all the attitude and posturing a seven year old child playing at being a grown-up can express.   Summer Jackson Grown-Up is a cute read with a realistic moral.

Recommended for readers age 4-7. Summer Jackson is available in hardcover at major retailers, but is available exclusively in paperback at select Scholastic bookfairs.

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2012 in Book Review, Books

 

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Ponyella- Laura Numeroff and Nate Evans (Illustrator) Lynn Munsinger

A fun twist on the classic Cinderella fairy tale

When Ponyella’s ranch is sold, the new owners bring in two new ponies, Plumpkin and Bun Bun. They are very mean to Ponyella, making fun of her white coat and flowing mane. Then when Princess Penelope shows up looking for a champion pony at the Tippington 25th Annual Pony Championship, Plumpkin and Bun Bun tell Ponyella she is too dirty to go and she is left behind.

In this fantastic re-telling of the Cinderella fairy tale, Ponyella’s fairy godmare shows up, turning an apple core into a horse trailer, a mouse into a driver, and Ponyella into a magnificent pony complete with diamond horseshoes, Ponyella soon makes her way to the Pony Championship. Once there, Plumpkin and Bun Bun don’t recognize Ponyella and Penelope is amazed at how beautiful Ponyella’s looks and how high she jumps. But when the clock strikes noon the magic runs out and Ponyella will have to rush home…losing her diamond horseshoe possibly her chance happily ever after.

A fun twist on the classic Cinderella fairy tale, Ponyella is filled with beautiful illustrations, ponies, and a little magic. A perfect read for all the little girls who ever wanted a pony of their own.

Recommended for readers age 1 and up. Ponyella is available in hardcover at major retailers, but is available exclusively in paperback in selectScholastic bookfairs.

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2012 in Book Review, Books

 

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The Time Keeper- Mitch Albom

A thought provoking look at the meaning of time

The story begins with Dor, the first man in the world to think about and measure time. But as punishment for measuring God’s greatest gift, he becomes Father Time. Forced to live in a cave where time is meaningless and eternally listen to the pleas of mankind asking for more minutes, days, years.

After thousands of years, Father Time is given a chance to redeem himself by seeking out two people on Earth and teaching them the true meaning of time. Thrown into the current world, Father Time learns that his innocent measures of time have evolved into desperate time tracking. Seeking two people whose pleas Father Time heard, he finds Victor, a wealthy business man whom wants to live forever, and Sarah, a girl who wants time to end. Dor must teach them the true meaning of time to save them, but in the process save himself.

Albom provides another beautiful novel that explores the concept of time that we all take for granted. Through his thought provoking prose and diverse characters, Albom, teaches us something more important than counting the minutes, hours, and days- he explores the true meaning of time, why God limits it, and what really matters in life.

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2012 in Book Review, Books

 

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Best Customer Reviews Ever!!!

Today I stumbled across a product that had some of the greatest reviews ever. And since I rarely publish random stuff here, I decided I had to share. I am still laughing…enjoy!

Best Review Ever…Bic For Her

Make sure you read the customer review from Mr. J Stevens…he is my review hero!

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2012 in Random

 

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Home Court (STAT: Standing Tall and Talented)- Amar’e Stoudemire

Exciting basketball and a positive message

Eleven year old Amar’e is a good kid. He studies hard in school, helps his dad with his landscaping company, and loves to play sports. Skateboarding, baseball, and basketball, as long as he is with his friends and family he is having fun. But one day a group of older bullies shows up and kicks him and his friends off their home basketball court. With his athletic ability and the help of his friends, Amar’e realizes that the only way to win their court is to play a winner take all game.

Filled with the excitement of a great basketball game, Stoudemire’s first novel is perfectly geared towards males, touching on issues of morality, friends, hard work, sports, and family.  Amar’e likeable character, wit, and athletic prowess will inspire youth and reinforce the positive message.

Based on the life of popular NBA Star Amar’e Stoudemire, whose overcame his own obstacles to thrive, Home Court, is the first in the STAT: Standing Tall and Talented series.

Recommended for readers age 8-12.

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2012 in Book Review, Books

 

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