Saturday, January 24, 2015

#Review: Erica's Tripod by Cynthia Fabian #Kidsbooks #diversity


Summary:
 Erica has MD and she sometimes struggles with day-to-day problems, but she is learning how to manage her growing pains with the help of her new pet, Tripod the dog. It isn't easy for Erica, as her new dog Tripod is a brand new challenge. Erica's mom has brought home many pets over the years that needed homes. But this time it's different, this dog has challenges of its own. Can Erica make friends with the new addition to the family?

My review:
On the front cover, it says this book is about a girl with muscular dystrophy. Well, that is sort of true but not quite,  The book is more about acceptance than anything. 

I actually thought it was somewhat harsh that the main character, Erica did not accept her new pet at first. In fact, I thought her whole attitude was harsh. It goes to show that everyone can have biases no matter who they are or their own conditions. At least she did come to accept eventually.

I was disappointed in this book as I hoped that the book would actually be to help children cope with such a disease as Muscular Dystrophy or at least children learning to accept other children with the disease. My first impression from just the cover was totally wrong.

As far as the illustrations  throughout the book, I was not that impressed. They were simple line drawings and few colors to them. I did not think they added that much to the book.

Overall, I have to give this book 2 stars and I hope that future books will be better.

Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book for my own collections. The opinion expressed here is 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon


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Friday, January 23, 2015

It's Friday Book Nook Time! #booknooks



It is Friday Book Nook Time. The weekly post where I show you some of the coolest and maybe not so coolest places to read.  Check out these two picks this week.


I like the one on the left as it is a small space but the books hanging from the ceiling make it very cool and cozy. That pillow is awesome! Or at least I think it is a pillow.

I like the one on the right even though it is a bigger space. The pops of read are great and the low-ness of the couch and tables just screams, "read here!"  I love the wallpaper as it looks like you could just pluck a book right off of the shelf. Awesome!

Well, that is the book nooks for this week. Would you like me to share your nook? Comment below and I will check it out!

Happy Reading! ~Naila Moon

Thursday, January 22, 2015

#Review: Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin/ Illustrated by Betsy Lewin #Kidsbooks, #OddityOdysseyReadingChallenge, #Caldecott


Summary:
Farmer Brown has a problem. His cows like to type. All day long he hears:
Click, clack, moo. 
Click, clack, moo. 
Click, clack, moo.
But Farmer Brown's problems REALLY begin when his cows start leaving him notes...Come join the fun as a bunch of literate cows turn Farmer Brown's farm upside-down!


My review:
I know that any kid or adult that reads this book is going to love it. The absurdity of cows typing notes to Farmer Brown is enough to make any child laugh out loud, but when other animals get in on the action...oh, what is a farmer to do?

As I read I could hear each of the farm animals and the click, clack of the typewriter too. Close your eyes and just imagine it. Funny for sure!

The colors used on the pages were certainly ones you would see on a farm. The illustrations were large, some-what cartoon-ish, and exaggerated, which added to the humor of the book overall.

Even though I did not get a CD with this book, you can now purchase one with it in a package deal, Without a doubt that would be an awesome thing to have as kids can read along and hear all the sounds around the barnyard.

If the writing and illustrations are not enough, just the fact that the book is a Caldecott winner should seal the deal.

Simply read the book, this is a "click-clack" good time and one you don't want to miss.
5 stars!

Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book for my own collections. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

#KidLitHop #52 Join me/Link up!

Kid Lit Blog Hop

Hi everyone,

I love this day as it is  the Kid Lit Blog Hop. This is the 52nd episode and it is sure to be fun as we hop along and find great kid lit books. We continue to develop a dynamic and engaged community of children's books bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists. So, you are always more than welcome to join us by popping in a post and hopping around to meet some of your fellow Kid Lit bloggers and authors!

For the first time, we will also be including a Linky Party to be held in conjunction with the Kid Lit Blog Hop. Every two weeks, you will have the opportunity to join in a linky party focused on one social media network, helping you to connect with and grow your network of fellow kid lit bloggers, authors, and parents. First up... the Facebook Linky Party.

We are pleased to be welcome the following co-hostess with us this week: Katie from The Logonauts, a blog focused on sharing and discussing great books for elementary and middle grade readers. Please take a moment to drop by and say hello. Welcome Katie, glad you are here!

Hostesses:

Mother Daughter Book Reviews

Julie Grasso, Author/ Blogger

Cheryl Carpinello, Author / Blogger

Stacking Books

BeachBoundBooks

Pragmatic Mom

Best 4 Future: Bringing Up Baby Bilingual

Reading Authors

 

Co-Hostess:

The Logonauts

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 This week on the blog, I am featuring a book that I recently reviewed.
As Fast As Words Could Fly  Please check it out and as I always, I love comments! This book is a pre-cursor to Multicultural Day and week that I will be doing beginning Jan. 27th. I hope you will join me. ~Naila Moon
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Happy Hopping everyone and enjoy the Hop!

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Monday, January 19, 2015

#Review: As Fast As Words Could Fly by Pamela M. Tuck/Illustrated by Eric Velasquez #Multicultural #Kidsbooks

Summary:
Young Mason Steele takes pride in turning his father's excited ramblings about the latest civil rights incidents into handwritten business letters. One day Pa comes home with a gift from his civil rights group: a typewriter. Thrilled with the present, Mason spends all his spare time teaching himself to type. Soon he knows where every letter on the keyboard is located. When the civil rights group wins a school desegregation case, Mason learns that now he will be attending a formerly all-white high school. Despite his fears and injustice from the students and faculty, Mason perseveres. He does well in school—especially in his typing class. And when he competes in the county typing tournament, Mason decides to take a stand, using his skills to triumph over prejudice and break racial barriers.

My Review:
This book is so well done that I am not sure where to begin. This is all about being brave, standing up for what is right, and being yourself!

At first I found it fascinating that the main character believed in his father and the action he was taking with civil rights, that he hand wrote newspapers for the cause. Then he got a typewriter...something so unheard of today, but this helped to further his cause.

What was even better was the fact he used his self-made talents for greater good. I of course cannot tell the reason because that would be a spoiler. The truth is he overcame and I felt myself clapping for him and yet, disgusted at such a horrible time in our history.

The illustrations were done beautifully in mostly darker colors. This book is not meant as a picture book but the illustrations are so excellent that they only added to the book to make it something special.

This book is targeted for 7-12 year old's and I think it should be in every homeschool and classroom study. It touches on the things of civil rights and the message is loud and clear.

This book is a multi-winner of several awards and well deserved. I can give nothing but a 5 star to this one. Go get you a copy now!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for my open and honest review. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon

Where to find the author:


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Goodreads

Friday, January 16, 2015

Book Nook Friday #booknooks



It is Book Nook Friday, the day I show off some of the coolest places to hang out and read. I am sharing two with you today.

This first one is a bit dog house to me but no one said that a book nook had to be fancy. I actually could see kids climbing in there with their book and a flashlight.


This next one totally speaks to the Whovian in me. I seriously would love to have this in my apartment! My husband would not mind in the least. In fact, we would probably argue over who this really belongs too. However, as it is said, "It is bigger in the inside. Which of course means we could share. Right?


That's it for today. If you have a book nook you would like me to feature. Send me an email or post down in comments. I would love to see what you have to say.

Happy Reading!
~Naila Moon

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

#Review: A Different Kind of Safari by Helen C. Hipp




Summary:
What do you need to feel happy about being different? Based loosely on real life experiences, this heartwarming and powerful book illustrates how self-awareness, and courage help a young boy named Raymond learn the difference between seeing things as they appear to be and seeing things as they are. Feeling "different and lonely" Raymond befriends a hippo while on Safari in Africa. Unlike other grey hippos, this hippo is pink. Ray is soon carried into a world beyond labels and challenging assumptions. You will never guess what happens next!   

My review:
This book was a truly enjoyable read. Anyone who is different from the mainstream of people can relate to the experiences of Raymond, the main character. I liked how his "safari" introduced him to animal characters that helped him to see that he might be different, but his difference is what makes him special and to embrace those things.

The artwork is simple line drawings and does not add that much to the story in my mind but they are cute none-the-less. This book seems to be targeted for children who are a bit older and read fairly well but younger children would enjoy the book just as well and may get the concept of it.

I could certainly see this book being used in a classroom as a jumping off place to discuss differences among classmates and respect for each other.

What makes this book even better to me is that Raymond is based on the authors real-life son and the hippo character in the book was an actual hippo that her family saw on safari. Rosie was the name her son actually gave the hippo and it stuck with her. Cool, huh?

This is the kind of "safari" I could sink my teeth into and it gets 4 stars from me.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for my open and honest opinion. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon

Where to find the author:
Helen C. Hipp, Author

Helen Hipp’s experience raising a special needs child led her to an M.A. in clinical psychology and certification as a life coach. She began her career as a psychotherapist to help people find answers for their life problems. Her work eventually evolved into a coaching practice, WithinU Life Coaching, focusing on individuals with special needs and their families. Helen uses her 13+ years of counseling experience and 20+ years’ experience as a successful advocate for individuals with special needs by helping them reveal their innate ability to solve difficult situations. Her debut book " A Different Kind of Safari" puts into words the essence of Helen's teachings addressing the many questions life asks by offering up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities. For more information, visit the books official website and to see a picture of the real Rosie the real life pink hippo that inspired this story, go to www.adifferentkindofsafari.com 

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