The Boy and the Bottle by Kendra Vallone Matthews

The Boy and the BottleThe Boy and the Bottle by Kendra Vallone Matthews
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My son (11) and I sat down to read and review this book together. Although he pointed out that it was for much younger reading levels we still enjoyed the story together. That is how this book should be read; together with a younger reader. There are so many curiosities that can be explored in a safe and secure plot theme. Who knows what amazing things can come from a child’s mind when it is opened with imagination. We liked the simple yet colorful illustrations and the overall story. We received an ARC through the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced our opinion.

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The Dragon of the Month Club by Iain Reading

the dragon of the month clubthe dragon of the month club by Iain Reading
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Readers of all ages love to become so invested and wrapped up in their favorite books they forget everything around them and sometimes wish they could vanish into their book-world. I can remember feeling that way as I struggled with bullies and moving around, often getting lost with Alec astride The Black. I love how the children in this book are going through what so many kids go through and how they handle their situations. They are well crafted and fleshed out as children should be. The writing is solid and easy to follow. Iain has a great grasp on imagination and storytelling and it shows in this book. My son (10) enjoyed the read, laughing several times and spent hours telling his Grandma about the dragon book. Overall this is a fun read full of adventure with no filters needed. I received a copy of the book through Book Publicity Services in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced our opinions.

One Creepy Street: The Spider on the Web by Lee Jordan

One Creepy Street: The Spider on the WebOne Creepy Street: The Spider on the Web by Lee Jordan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

With so many children’s books out there how do you know which ones your child should read? I have often asked myself that while raising my own three and especially so now that my youngest is drawn to the internet to play games with friends. Not every parent is equipped with the tools to teach their kids the dangers of such an enjoyable place. Kids are not naturally afraid of what is out there and some kids are overly trusting. I was excited to be able to read and review this book because I strongly feel anything parents can use to help teach their kids without turning them into a mess of phobias is vital. I let my son (10) read it to get his feedback as well. His first comment was “I already knew that mom.” That did my fuel my pride and my feelings about this book. We both noticed the indirect reminder to delete things you don’t want others to find. My son thought that was a good idea until I explained that’s how the police can find missing kids. I’d love to see this as part of a school reading program so more kids are enlightened about a possible danger in a light-hearted memorable way. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Puckster’s Christmas Hockey Tournament by Lorna Schultz Nicholson

Puckster's Christmas Hockey TournamentPuckster’s Christmas Hockey Tournament by Lorna Schultz Nicholson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Adorable story with nicely done colorful drawings on each page. Reinforces positive messages with a short list in the back as a reminder. This is a solid choice for a children’s book and one I can easily recommend. Children need positive role models in everything, especially in the books they read. This book makes a great addition to a child’s library. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand by R. S. Mellette

Billy Bobble Makes A Magic WandBilly Bobble Makes A Magic Wand by R.S. Mellette

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My son (10) and I love everything about this book. The first page draws the reader in and the rest keeps them hooked through the end. His first comment after we finished, “Can we get more books like this?” and wanting to get a copy for our library so his friends could read it. We both love the way this is written, the style is so refreshing and done in such a way that all ages and levels of reading interest will enjoy this read. The characters are so courageous and full of insight. We were smiling and laughing together, it was such a wonderful time together. We received an e-arc in exchange for an honest review through Mother Daughter Book Reviews. This in no way influenced our opinion.

Rupert’s Parchment: Story of Magna Carta by Eileen Cameron

Magna Carta Celebrates 800 Years of Freedom on June 15

Make a difference. It’s what we all want to do. Leave a mark, be remembered, change the future.

The delightful new children’s book, Rupert’s Parchment: Story of Magna Carta by award winning author and historical preservationist Eileen Cameron provides an authentic experience for children to share in the signing of Magna Carta through the eyes of a child who lived during the Middle Ages.

Midwest Book Review says, “… presentation adds life, color and personality to events, emphasizing to a young audience why the historic Magna Carta signing was so important … Add a concluding discussion of principles, casts of characters, a glossary, and an overview of the basic principles of Magna Carta and its amendments and you have a unique treatment that grades 3-6 will relish.”

 

RUPERT’S PARCHMENT, STORY OF MAGNA CARTARUPERT’S PARCHMENT, STORY OF MAGNA CARTA by Eileen Cameron

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well written fictional account of one boy’s experience when the Magna Carta was signed. The prose is flowing and easy to read and understand. I love the colorful art on each page. The story is short with just a bit on each page making it a good choice for finicky readers and younger budding readers. I read this out loud with my son (10) who says it’s a good interesting story and one he would give two thumbs up. My only fuss is in the back with the question/answer section about why the Magna Carta is important to Americans. This is just my fuss since I studied American History. I would suggest teaching our children the facts about our History. Anyway, overall the book is wonderful and we really enjoyed our read. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Kin Seeker by N. R. Eccles-Smith

Kin Seeker (Book One of Dragon Calling)Kin Seeker by N.R. Eccles-Smith

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

My son (10) read partially into this book before handing it back to me. He said it was difficult to read the names and they didn’t make any sense in their actions. He didn’t show any interest in explanations or reading another book in the series. I read through a few chapters with a mixture of amusement and disappointment. For a children’s novel it misses a few important goals when aiming at younger readers. Overall I’d say keep a watch for this author to see how they evolve with time but I wouldn’t rush out to purchase this book for a child. I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review, which is my own and may or may not mirror your own.

Paralyzed Dreams by C. B. Cook

Paralyzed DreamsParalyzed Dreams by C.B. Cook

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a decent first entry into the world of books. Cook’s writing is good with evidence of skill that could be polished and improved upon. The story is a good motivational one, easy to read and the perfect length for reluctant readers or those struggling with sudden changes in the path they are on. I would keep an eye out for future publications by this author. I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Secrets of the Lost Caves (Potluck Yarn Trilogy Book #2)


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by Cheryl Potter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Potter continues her well woven tale in this second installment of the trilogy. I advise you to read the first book in the series prior to starting this one although it’s not completely impossible to start with the second and enjoy the read. I like the way knitting is incorporated into the tale and how the magic elements are described. The writing is solid and well composed. The plot is intriguing with several threads to keep track of. Potter handles these threads nicely from start to finish. Clean reading adds to the enjoyment. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency, #1) by Iain Reading

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency, #1)Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This one is full of promise and potential but falls short on several aspects. First, the target audience mark seems to be missed. Either this is for younger readers and the main character is too old, or this is for YA readers and the writing is aimed too low. That in itself won’t fail a book but coupled with other issues it may have a difficult time gaining a following. Some of the background and information dumps felt out of place and a bit long, again this depends on the target audience. Kitty is difficult to connect with and could use a bit of polish. Overall it’s interesting enough to continue reading and if you make it past the half-way mark it picks up quite a bit. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which may or may not mirror your own.