{ book review } The Magic Misfits: The Minor Third

I first spotted this new series at our local library and thought, oh this must be a fun new read. We actually got it as an audio book and started listening to it all together at breakfast and we all laughed and enjoyed the story so much. After that we couldn’t wait for book two and three ! I surely hope there will be many more adventures by the misfits and more books from this great author ! Read what my girls had to say !

The Magic Misfits, the minor third  is the third book in the series by Neil Patrick Harris. Theo and the other misfits are back in another summer adventure and they are performing on a talent show. They make it all the way into the finale and then they can’t decide who should perform. The misfits start to fight, but then the weird ventriloquist with a doll comes to Mineral Wells, and he looks exactly like the one from Carters old pictures of the evil “ emerald ring” gang!
The kids also meet a new kid in town, Emily. She comes to help the group of friends one afternoon while they are all playing at the park and the locally bully tries to anger the group. But Ridley isn’t too sure about Emily, is she really who she says she is?
Will Callahan, the leader of the Emerald ring”, who we met in the first book, come back? Who is the weird ventriloquist, really?
I absolutely love this book series, and this third edition has been a wonderful read once again. The author has a wonderful way of mixing great storytelling, humor, and magic all into one amazing story. Even before you start reading the story.. it makes you laugh out loud, because of how he named all the chapters. I love that there are magic tricks to learn all throughout the book. All the characters are very well thought out and portrayed. Each character plays an important part in the group of friends and with each book, you get to know them a bit better. The illustrations were also lovely once again.
I would recommend this book to any kids 8 and up that love a great adventure….

W is for Welcome : A Celebration of America’s Diversity (Sleeping Bear Alphabet Books)

A bit late for our 4th of July post but better late than never 🙂 This was a wonderful book we got to review a while back and I think it’s a beautiful addition to any kids library and an important subject to teach our kids about ! The USA wouldn’t be the same without these great people !

Here are my daughters thoughts on it :

I really enjoyed reading W is for Welcome because it was about freedom and people from other places who have helped to make the United States into what it is today. The stories shared by the people in this book inspire me in many ways to do what seemed impossible before! It talks a lot about the diversity that makes the United States great. It explains differences in cultures, religions, and beliefs. It mentions heroes of all sorts, from Olympic athletes to amazing scientists like Albert Einstein. It mentions people from all walks of life and all kinds of places, and I really enjoyed reading and learning about them. The book guides you through the alphabet by explaining how the United States developed into what it is today with the help of immigrants who immigrated here from other countries. I also really enjoyed the different styles of art and how many artists were actually involved in making this book. I would recommend this book to young and old people who think they can make a difference in the world!

Once a king A Clash of Kingdoms Novel {kids review }

Once a King is a beautifully written fantasy book, and the third book in the series :  A clash on Kingdoms. This book takes on multiple perspectives. Aodren has just been crowned king of Malam. A kingdom that has been persecuting Channelers, gifted women and girls with special elemental powers, for over twenty years. He fights to stop the discrimination and hate towards them and becomes allies with them. Lirra, a young woman and Wind channeler, distrusts Aodren for many reasons but when he finally asks her to help him in his quest to help the channelers she realizes his good attention and joins him in his quest.
Unfortunately, a channeler-made substance is sparking rumors about it harming ungifted people, which makes Aodren and Lirra’s task only harder. Aodren and Lirra fight to uncover the truth, free the Channelers, and restore peace in the kingdom.
Overall the book had a thrilling plot that made it hard to put the book down. I enjoyed the mix between fantasy and a touch of romance. It was highly enjoyable and I think it would be a great read for girls eleven and up. (kids review )

Magic on the Map ! Kids book review !

Magic on the Map
1. Lets Mooove

On the last day of second grade, twins Finn and Molly Parker come home to find a camper in their driveway. Turns out their Dad traded his old car for it so they could go on road trips. Molly and Finns Mom isn’t too crazy about the idea, so their Dad is going to return it the day after. The twins are too curious to see inside it before Dad takes it back so that night they decide to take a peek and  it magically comes to life and takes Molly and Finn on an Amazing road trip across the United States! The twins arrive in Colorado at Snowflake ranch just in time for breakfast. They also take part in a cattle drive and learn all about life at the Ranch. So saddle up because it’s going to be a long ride!

I liked this book because it reminded me of “ Magic Tree House “, it was also a fun read, the pictures are cartoony and there are lots facts about Colorado in the back  !

I recommend this book to kids who like “ Magic Tree House “ or are six and up .

Enjoy the ride !

Book review : The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, the Secret of the Realms is an amazing take on a classic story. This book follows multiple perspectives, one is from Clara who receives a small egg-shaped box for Christmas from her late mother. Another is from Marie, Clara’s mother.

When Clara gets the box it’s locked. She can’t even open it with her tinkering skills, there is no key either. Every year on Christmas their “ Grandfather” holds a grand party. It was originally Marie’s idea. Clara soon finds the realms and discovers that they are in need of help.

Back in time, Marie’s parents and most of her belongings have been lost in a house fire. Her next option is to go to Drosselmeyer, a friend of her father’s. He takes her in and helps her learn to tinker and engineer objects. One day she stumbles upon a room that leads to the realms. Marie uses imagination and engineering to create the realm. Through the realms and the journey itself, Clara learns to enjoy life more and accept her mother’s death.

I loved this story because it expands into the original story of the Nutcracker. It had many twists and turns complete with a satisfying ending. I thought the cover and illustrations inside are beautiful. I would recommend this enjoyable book for ages ten and up.

Kids Review: Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular Specs

Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular Specs is the 2nd book in this great adventure series.

Samantha and her brother Nipper are our two main characters of this action filled story. Samantha’s uncle Paul is still missing but has left clues to his whereabouts all around the world. It all begins with the gift that he has left for Sam. Purple Sunglasses. After the kids try them out they discover all sorts of mysterious messages and clues everywhere. On the bottom of the kitchen table they even find a secret panel, with more hidden messages from Uncle Paul.

A crazy adventures starts that takes the kids all across the world. It could be an easy adventures, if it wouldn’t be for the “SUN”, a group of evil clowns that are also trying to find Uncle Paul, to steal secret information. Sam and her brother have to hurry and the first to find their uncle.

I give this book 4 1/2 stars. It was a very mysterious and adventure filled book. Sometimes it was a little confusing because of many plot twists, that I had trouble following the main story. I really enjoyed the book and I can’t wait for the 3rd book from this series. I would recommend this books for girls and boys alike, 8 and up !

{ Book Review } Mary Poppins Picture Book

 

 

img_1157Are you all super excited for the new Mary Poppins Movie ? I sure am and I am trying to figure out a way to go see it. ( with baby and all a bit difficult these days lol ). Anyways, I was so excited when I saw this beautiful new edition, that I am about to introduce to you. My two older girls have watched the old movie of course, and read some of the stories as well, and now they are thrilled that they can share the story with their new baby sister.   I think this classic belongs into everyone’s library, big or small !

Okay here is what my daughter thought about the book 😉

Mary Poppins is a wonderful story, shortened into a picture book. This book tells the story of the magical Nanny, who arrives in the night by an umbrella and takes the children Jane, Michael and the twins on many adventures. Some of her whimsical adventures are: going to the zoo at night and hanging stars in the sky on ladders.
This picture book has very pretty illustrations. I can clearly see the expressions of the characters and Mary Poppins does “ look as neat as a pin”, with her heeled boots and lacy apron.
Mary Poppins is one of my favorite stories to read and this book got me really excited and I couldn’t wait to read this tale as a picture book version. I am excited to share this picture book with my younger sisters to read.
I really like the technique the illustrator uses to create the artistic pictures and you can really see when and where the story takes place.
This version did a wonderful job of recapturing the whimsical and fun story of Mary Poppins, everyone’s favorite Nanny. This book is wonderful for all ages and as a read aloud !

 

Book review : Brick Who found herself in Architecture

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What a cute, adorable book. My kids have always loved Legos since they were little. They  have played hours and hours long with all kinds of legos and other bricks through the years and often many amazing buildings have sprouted from their creativity. And that’s how I got curious about “Brick” .. it’s and easy tie in, while Littles are playing with certain bricks, or a fun quick book for older kids, who can understand the connections to real historic buildings….  But here is what my daughter thought of the book :

When Brick was small her mother would tell her “great things, start with small bricks”, so when Brick is an adult she sets out to find her place. At first, she visits many castles all around the world. Soon her travel takes her to many places of worship, including Saint Basils Cathedral, Malwaid Minaret, and others. She also visits ordinary apartments, the suburbs, and then the Great Wall of China until she finds her place.
This book was lovely because it teaches kids about finding your place in the world while reading about amazing places and buildings the world has to offer. I also thought the illustrations were adorable and beautifully done. Another great part is the detailed description of the buildings in the back. I would recommend this read aloud to kids 5 and up.

 

Book review * The third mushroom *

Here is a the latest review from me, Hannah, 12 years old.

If you like Science and experiments “ The third mushroom”  book is for you! It’s the sequel to the 14th goldfish , which I have not read, but hope to do soon. The story was self-explanatory though and the story carries itself nicely without having read it.
Ellie comes home from school only to discover the house in complete chaos. She is totally worried at first but then realizes it is is only her crazy grandpa Melvin. If you have read the first book then you know all about Grandpa Melvin and how he became young again. Melvin tells Ellie about his latest science experiment, a jellyfish with unknown properties. When Ellie and “cousin Melvin” are at school the science teacher informs them about the county science fair and urges them to participate.

Ellie and Melvin start experimenting with the jellyfish and make some jaw-dropping discoveries.

The book didn’t exactly meet my expectations. I liked it because of the science references but it was lacking a bit more excitement for me. The book was more serious than I thought it would be. However, the book teaches a great lesson that not everything in life always turns out the way you hope for but often things will generally turn out to be okay. I was surprised to find an additional science guide in the back with short biographies of famous scientists.

I would recommend the book to anyone age 10 and up.

Bella & Harry Series ( Book review )

 

We were in a super rush to head out the door for the library again today and just last minute, I remembered to get a picture of these guys. So not the best picture, but hey.. you do what you gotta do 😉 !!

The Bella and Harry series was a lucky grab a few weeks ago and we were pretty excited that our small library actually had quite a few from this series. This was our second grab already and we enjoyed each one of these.

They are clearly  for the younger audience ( 5 and up ) but if your child loves travel stories I think just about every age would still enjoy these. I know my almost 10 year old had fun reading these with her little sister. They both just love these little Chihuahuas !  We have studied many countries through homeschooling in many great details and I love adding little fun stories in between just to recall some of the basic facts, these were perfect for that !

The little puppies travel along with their family to all kinds of amazing places in the world and get to have little adventures. Each page is beautifully illustrated and very colorful. The story is brought to life in fun ways with little dialogues between the puppies as they travel through each city and full of great educational information.

They would be a wonderful addition to anyone’s library, educational, inspirational and just a whole lot of fun !!

 

Check out some of the other books from the series, maybe Bella and Harry have already visited the city you have on your next travel plan !!