Friday, March 27, 2015

#Review: My Family Tree and Me by Dušan Petričić #Kidsbooks, #Multicultural


Summary:
A young boy traces his ancestry from his great-great-grandparents to his own family in the present day. But as in every family, there is more than one side to the story! From front to back, follow along as the boy links the relatives on his dad's side. Then, from back to front, begin again as the boy links the relatives on his mom's side. A mini-lesson in genealogy, this unique flipped story explores how generations can all be connected, playfully reflected through illustrations of recurring, inherited physical traits among family members.

My review:
I love genealogy. I have always wanted to know where I came from and who my relatives were. This book is a kid's version of genealogy and it is quite precious.

What makes this book unique is told in the two very different covers above. The reader first reads about the child's Dad and how he came to be. The family line stops in the middle of the book.

The reader then begins at the back of the book and goes forward reading about the child's Mom's side of the family. Again, the family line stops in the middle.

Mostly being a picture book I was able to see the way the family resemblances came to be. The illustrations, done by the author, were whimsical and down-right cute.

If you want to introduce a child to genealogy or just talk about family resemblance, then this is the book for you.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book through Net Galley. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon

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#Review: Grimmtastic Girls:Cinderella Stays Late (Book 1) & Red Riding Hood Gets Lost (Book 2) by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams #Middlegrade, #kidsbooks




Summary: 

Once upon a time, in faraway Grimmlandia...
A Grimmtastic girl named Cinderella is starting her first week at Grimm Academy on the wrong foot. Cinda's totally evil stepsisters are out to make her life miserable. The Steps tease Cinda, give her terrible advice about life at the academy, and even make her look bad in front of her new friends, Red, Snow, and Rapunzel! But when Cinda overhears the Steps plotting a villainous deed that could ruin Prince Awesome's ball, Cinda, her new friends, and a pair of magical glass slippers have to stop them--before the last stroke of midnight!

My review: 

What a  retelling of a familiar story! This time though, Cinderalla, aka Cinda is no Princess. She does not wear a crown but goes to school with lots of kids that do. Fitting in is hard for her especially when you are supposed to be able to dance, which...

Oh, now, I cannot give that away can I?

I really enjoyed this fun twist on the familiar tale. This book is targeted for kids in grades 3-6 and mostly for girls. Boys might read this book too but it is doubtful.  I loved how Cinda worked on fitting in and made mistakes so badly that she thought she never might. However, she found out, as kids will, that not everyone is perfect but there are things you can excel at that others cannot. It makes you unique and people will like you just the way you are.




Summary:

Red Riding Hood might have a terrible sense of direction, but her grimmtastic friends are always there to help!

Once upon a time, in faraway Grimmlandia...
Red Riding Hood is thrilled to try out for the school play. Acting is her dream, and she's great at it--too bad she has stage fright! After a grimmiserable audition, Red decides to focus on helping her friends Cinda, Snow, and Rapunzel save Grimm Academy from the E.V.I.L. Society. But when Red gets lost in Neverwood forest and runs into Wolfgang, who might be part of E.V.I.L., she needs her magic basket and a grimmazingly dramatic performance to figure out what's going on!

My review:

This second book could be a stand alone book as it tells the tale of Red Riding Hood aka Red. However, to follow along with some ideas, the book really should be read in succession to the first.

This book carries along a similar theme as the first with the exception of learning to trust.  Also, the idea of people do not always appear what they seem or in this case have been written as. Red learns to trust herself, her friends, and even new friends to succeed. Kids reading this book will have no problem picking up on that theme.

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Both of these are winners to me. I am not always wanting to read girlie-girl books but these two fit that bill and I was not disappointed in the least. The character's development was fun and mysterious at the same time. I could pick up the running theme in each book without issue. If was also fun to see the old fairy tales intertwined with a new twist. I enjoyed seeing the characters as younger girls before they ended up as they are known today. Fantasy abounds in these books and are a no miss for children to read, especially if they like fairy tales.

5 stars!

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

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

#Review: Save the Next Dance by Myron J. Stenzel #kidsbooks



My review:
This is a sweet little book that personifies the love and honor of family. The author spun an adorable tale that any princess loving girl would enjoy. Everything is here including castles, prince and princesses, king and queen. Most of all, there is a life time of love, endearment and promises that go far beyond this plane of existence into the after life.

The author wrote this for his own princess, his daughter of 9 years old and the writing style shows his total admiration for her loved one. Incorporated into it all was his daughter's love of dance. 

I enjoyed the pictures for this book as well. They have Disney like quality that I am sure was intentional on the author's part. He brings a wholesomeness and innocence to those things he writes. Well, done. 

I do hope the author's daughter treasures this little gem for a life time. 

I give this book 4 stars!

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

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

#AllReadersUnite


I saw this on Pinterest and just had to repost it. I love to read! How about you?

Review: Mini Myths: Brush Your Hair, Medusa! and Make A Wish, Midas! by Joan Holub & Leslie Patricelli #kidsbooks #toddlers


Mini Myths Brush Your Hair, Medusa! Holub Patricelli
Summary: Medusa refuses to care for her hair, her long locks getting messier with each passing page. Her hair rebellion elicits frozen expressions of shock from her family, but nothing will convince Medusa to brush. Only her hairdresser approaches Medusa with bravery and scissors, successfully solving the problem . . . with a short haircut! All are pleased with this drastic yet adorable solution. Leslie Patricelli’s depictions of this physical comedy bring a lively visual narrative to Joan Holub’s expertly focused text. Includes a summary of the original Medusa’s Wild Hair myth at the end.
My review:
This is a myth that I know pretty well so, I found the twist the author spun on this one to be humorous. I particularly loved the look on Grandma's face when she walked in the door and saw her hair.
Although the real Medusa's hair was said to be made of snakes, I liked that the author and illustrator did not make it that way but instead just wild. However, the hint of the snakes was still in the pages but not as frightening. 
As with the last two toddler board books from this series, she incorporated the myth in the back of the book which could be read by parent or an older child.

Mini Myths Make A Wish, Midas! Holub Patricelli
Summary: Midas wants everything to be his favorite color – yellow! He chooses yellow clothes, eats yellow foods, and uses only the yellow paint at his art easel. But when he impulsively paints his beloved green Dinoboo, Midas discovers that too much of a good thing is a big mess! Joan Holub’s carefully crafted text is brought to life by Leslie Patricelli’s famously humorous illustrations. Includes a summary of the original Midas’ Golden Touch myth at the end.
My review:
Yellow is a wonderful color but unlike Midas, I do not think I would want everything yellow. Again, author Joan Holub has created a tale that gets the point of the myth across but in a fun and non-threatening way.
The bold pictures are so cute and I just know any toddler would enjoy looking at them over and over. In addition, they will be able to identify the color yellow and maybe a couple of other colors that peep into the pages.
As with the other books, the original myth is on the back page for adults or older children to learn about.
Both books are perfect for ages 1-3 years old and get 5 stars from me.
Disclosure: I received a copy of both of these books 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:
Joan HolubJoan Holub’s fascination with mythology inspired Mini Myths, a new board book series that translates famous myths into situations familiar to preschoolers. The first four titles are Be Patient, Pandora!Play Nice, Hercules!Brush Your Hair, Medusa! and Make A Wish, Midas! published by Abrams Appleseed. Joan co-authors two other mythology series for Simon and Schuster, Goddess Girls (ages 8-12) and Heroes in Training (ages 7-10). Her picture book, Mighty Dads, was a New York Times bestseller in 2014.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

A-Z Blog Challenge Teaser/Reveal




As you might have noticed on my sidebar I announced that I was going to do the A-Z blog challenge once again. I decided to do not one blog but two this year. I could possibly be loco but I am going to give it a shot.

So, on this blog, I will be doing...drum roll...I said, drum roll!...

Book reviews! Surprise! *Chuckles*

Yes, I know I do them all the time on this blog but there will be a blog every day (except Sundays) that correlates with the letter of the day. Most all of the book reviews I will be doing will be for younger children but there will be some YA and maybe an adult or two.

If you want to check out my other blog, Just The Stuff Ya Know, the theme will be more eclectic there, at least that is the plan at the moment.

Follow along with me or even join up if you wish. I look forward to seeing you!

~Naila Moon


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Cover Reveal: A Change of Mind by Nick Wilford

Usually, I do not do cover reveals but I have this time as the concept of this author's books seemed intriguing. I hope maybe to read it when the book is published.


Author: Nick Wilford
Genre: Contemporary speculative fiction
Cover Design: Rebekah Romani
Release Date: May 25th 2015

A Change of Mind and Other Stories consists of a novella, four short stories and one flash fiction piece. This collection puts the extremes of human behaviour under the microscope with the help of lashings of dark humour, and includes four pieces previously published in Writer’s Muse magazine.

In A Change of Mind, Reuben is an office worker so meek and mild he puts up with daily bullying from his boorish male colleagues as if it’s just a normal part of his day. But when a stranger points him in the direction of a surgeon offering a revolutionary new procedure, he can’t pass up the chance to turn his life around.

But this isn't your average surgeon. For a start, he operates alone in a small room above a mechanic’s. And he promises to alter his patients’ personality so they can be anything they want to be…

In Marissa, a man who is determined to find evidence of his girlfriend’s infidelity ends up wondering if he should have left well alone.

The Dog God finds a chink in the armour of a man with a megalomaniacal desire to take over the world.

In The Insomniac, a man who leads an obsessively regimented lifestyle on one hour’s sleep a night finds a disruption to his routine doesn't work for him.

Hole In One sees a dedicated golfer achieving a lifelong ambition.

The Loner ends the collection on a note of hope as two family members try to rebuild their lives after they are torn apart by jealousy.

Bio


Nick Wilford is a writer and stay-at-home dad. Once a journalist, he now makes use of those rare times when the house is quiet to explore the realms of fiction, with a little freelance editing and formatting thrown in. When not working, he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. Nick is also the editor of Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology for Andrew. You can find him hanging out on his blog or on Goodreads or Twitter.

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