Review | Medieval Diggers and Dump Trucks by Riley Weber

Medieval Diggers and Dump Trucks

Title: Medieval Diggers and Dump Trucks
Author: Riley Weber
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Picture Book
Publishing date: 24th July, 2014
Published by: Riley Weber
Pages: 33

My Rating: 3/5 stars  

 

 


Synopsis:

Medieval Diggers and Dump Trucks.


My Take:

This is a book about a King who wants to build a moat around his castle. He wants it so much that he invents or builds a excavator/ digger and a dump truck out of wood.

Now, kids aren’t going to think about why any metal wasn’t used. It might be the fact that metals weren’t that known in the time. This story just tells us about a King who wanted a moat and built big machines and equipments to build a moat.

The people of the kingdom are very proud of what their King has achieved and the King is happy with the moat. All well and happy in the kingdom.

How the wooden machines work is not told but then again it’s a children’s book. Good for a fun read, not much to learn though.


Why would I pick it up?

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For a quick read.

Review | The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

The Night Before Christmas: The Classic Account of the Visit from St. Nicholas

 

Title: The Night Before Christmas
Author: Clement C. Moore
Genre: Classic, Children’s Fiction
Publishing date: 16th December, 2014 (first published 1823)
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 9

My Rating: 3/5 stars  

 


Synopsis:

Once upon a time, children imagined St. Nicholas as a stern, skinny bishop who was as likely to dole out discipline as Christmas presents. But thanks to the anonymous publication of the poem “Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas” in the TROY SENTINAL in 1823, a plumper, merrier St. Nick was born, transformed into the sleigh-riding, chimney-diving, jolly old elf we now call Santa Claus.


My Take:

I remember reading this last Christmas and I only got around talking about it one year later.

This is a classic Christmas read. I am so glad that I read this. There isn’t much for me to say that’s going to be any different from what a lot of people have said.

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I didn’t read an illustrated version but there are lots and lots of illustrated versions available by various illustrations.

This is one of the books that can be read as a tradition every Christmas. I really enjoyed reading this.


Why would I pick it up?

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As I said, “can be read as a tradition every Christmas.”

Review | The Awkward Owl by Shawnda Blake

The Awkward Owl

 

Title: The Awkward Owl
Author: Shawnda Blake
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Picture Book, Short Story
Publishing date: 18th August, 2012
Published by: Awkward Owl Media, LLC
Pages: 32

My Rating: 3/5 stars  


Synopsis:

When a little owl has difficulty flying, he needs an extra boost of confidence to try again. It takes the loving care of a little girl to help him overcome his awkwardness and take to the skies. A sweet and funny story for bedtime or anytime.


My Take:

This is a cute and colorful picture book with a beautiful message. 😀

Other owls can swoop and soar but our little guy is yet to learn how to use his wings properly. He flies backwards, to the sides, and bumps into trees. He is slowly discouraged. A little girl who observes him takes him home, her mom doesn’t approve of it, so she builds him a home, feeds him, gives him clean water to drink, and most importantly gives him love. She worries about him and wonders why he can’t fly like other owls.

It was a fun little book that has a very important message that kids should learn. ❤ 😀


Why would I pick it up?

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For the cute pictures and the moral! ❤ 😀

Review | Brianna, Rachel, and the Mermaid: Volume I by Audrey Ballard

Brianna, Rachel, and the Mermaid: Volume I

 

Title: Brianna, Rachel, and the Mermaid: Volume I
Author: Audrey Ballard
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Short Story
Publishing date: 27th July, 2014
Published by: BookBaby

My Rating: 1/5 stars  

 


Synopsis:

Two sisters who initially are at odds, team up to help a mermaid with a broken tail. The mermaid, Aquamarine, performs at the local zoo with the dolphin show. There’s a witch, talking critters, mermaids, and a mysterious island. This story is put into short episodes for reading at bedtime or any other story time.


My Take:

This is the first and only book to date that I’ve rated only one star. It is so badly edited that I was frustrated reading it and didn’t want to finish it. The grammatical mistakes made me feel like the book never went to the editor.

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The story would’ve been good if not for how poorly it is told. I couldn’t enjoy the story because of how it is written. The books that kids read has an effect on them and this book is not going to leave a good one.


Why would I pick it up?

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Sadly, won’t.

Review | Take the Dog out! by Lynne Dempsey

Take the Dog Out!

 

Title: Take the Dog Out!
Author: Lynne Dempsey (Author), Mandy Newham-Cobb (Illustrator)
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Picture Book
Publishing date: 20th November , 2013
Published by: Lynne Dempsey
Pages: 33

My Rating: 4/5 stars  


Synopsis:

A humorous picture book with fun illustrations, repetitive text, and sight words for the beginning reader.

“Take the Dog Out!” is a humorous picture book about a family who is too busy to take their dog outside. When the family ignores the barks, baking pans fly through the air, coffee splashes on the carpet, and Grandma gets wrapped in a cloud of toilet paper. Eventually, the family decides a walk outside is what they ALL need. Count the barks, find the dog bones, and look for the color red on each page.


My Take:

The cute little puppy wants to go out for a walk but nobody seems to pay any attention to him. He goes to every family member, barks and tries to make his demand known. He creates a mess for every person he goes to.

The illustrations are so bright and colorful. I spent a few minutes on every picture studying the pictures. 😛 What can I say, I am easily impressed. Simple things! 😛 😛

Readers are urged to count the number of barks, and find the color red as well as the number of bones hidden on each page. It makes for a good interactive book. It has a minimal word count, short sentences, and a lot of repetitions.

It is a good book for starters because of the word count, repetitions, short sentences, and vivid illustrations.


Why would I pick it up?

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To stare at the adorable illustrations! ❤ 😛

Review | Tania’s Costume Party by Kanika G.

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Title: Tania’s Costume Party
Author: Kanika G.
Genre: Short Story
Publishing date: 15th September , 2014
Published by: Smashwords Edition

My Rating: 4/5 stars  

 

 

 


Synopsis:

Tania is invited to a costume party. Mama tells her she can go as whatever she likes. There are so many choices. Tania can’t decide. Read on to find out what amazing costume Tania chooses.


My Take:

I am sure that the kids are going to enjoy this book. Tania is very excited for the costume party she is invited to.It’s her best friend Karishma’s birthday party. Her mom tells her that she can go as whatever she likes. That’s the point of a costume party, right?

She meets with her friends. They tell her that they are going as a doctor and a bookworm respectively. She is confused between being an eagle and a lion. Her mother tells her to decide so she could put a costume together for Tania.

Tanisha’s mother works on her costume as a bookworm. There’s a cute picture of a bookworm hairband. I loved it. ❤

Tania keeps thinking about what she wants to be. Her little mind gets confused having so many options. Her mother gives her a book about the mystical creatures. Tania decides on being something that will help her be a lion and an eagle at the same time. To know what that is, you got to read the book. 😛 😛


Why would I pick it up?

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This book is very well written and has cool illustrations and pictures to keep the kids engaged. 😀 😀