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 ūüėČ !!

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 !!




Albert’s Almost Amazing Adventure

Albert is back from vacation and meets all his friends at the playground, of course they all want to know about his adventures but keep interrupting him over and over again. In the end he doesn’t even get to tell them what his awesome adventure really, really was ūüôā

It’s a very funny, imaginative story with beautiful drawings. The author made the right choice when he switched from the black and white drawings to the beautifully illustrated, lively images in color. It explains the story so well and lets little ones follow even easier . The story does have some silly images and mentions zombies and monsters, but really just in a funny way. Both my girls ( 6,9) loved it and thought it was hilarious, especially the zombie cats !! A fun and silly, original picture book !! Check it our¬†here¬†!!

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Editorial Reviews ( from amazon)
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The contrast between when Albert is telling his story and when his friends are making guesses as to his amazing adventures is illustrated in pictures that shift between black and white and wonderful colors. It is a clever device to help your students determine what is real and what is fantasy. –Brian Smith, Scholastic Blog for Teachers
About the Author
Marty Kelley currently works as a writer and illustrator, but in the past, he s worked many jobs baker, animator, and balloon delivery guy are just a few titles he s held. The former second grade teacher has published many children s books, including Fall Is Not Easy, The Rules, and Summer Stinks. Even though the lingering aroma of Sloppy Joes and tater tots will forever haunts his dreams, he still visits 60 to 70 schools each year to talk about writing and art with students and teachers. He likes to show students how he creates his books, and sometimes he even uses these unsuspecting kids as a focus group for his unfinished works. He’s a member of the New Hampshire State Council for the Arts and a frequent presenter with The Children’s Literacy Foundation. His favorite authors are Chris Moore, Chuck Palahniuk, and David Sedaris. And he doesn t watch any TV. Really.

Greetings from somewhere – Book review

The kiddos have been reading a lot again lately. For the first time, in a long time, we are even keeping a reading log and they both have filled their pages continuously.

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One serious that we picked without knowing what we were really getting into, was ” Greetings from somewhere”.¬†

I love stumbling on great books, especially series, that I had no idea even existed.

Who would have thought that this family is actually a homeschool family ? The parents in the book are travel journalists, a photographer and a writer and they have taken the kids out of school to travel around the world.  My girls were so thrilled, since books about homeschooled children are still in the minority. Several of these books fitted perfectly in some of the studies we did with Moving beyond the page as well. They visit places in  Africa, travel to Venice, Paris and the Coral Reefs in Australia and many more.

Both my 9 and 6 year old enjoyed these. They were a quick read of about 100-115 pages. There are some bigger pictures on some of the pages as well though and they are written in an easy to read style. Perfect for kids that just started reading on their own, beginner readers, or older kids that still enjoy this style and just want to have fun reading.

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In all the books, the kids travel to a different city and explore it together with their parents. In each one they encounter a mystery and have to find a way to solve it. Again, both my girls love a little mystery while learning about different cultures, history, and geography !

Our library had several in stock, but I think I will try to add these to our personal library as well ūüôā

 

Ruffleclaw * bookreview*

Ruffleclaw by Cornelia Funke (aff link)

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Our 6 year old daughter had received this book from grandma for St.Nick’s day. She is a little tomboy anyways, so the subject ” monsters ” was fitting. Cornelia Funke is not an unknown author to us, she is indeed very popular in Germany and has written several bestsellers. One of our favorite one is¬†Dragonrider, which I thought we had written about already but I guess we will have to make another post about someday. I can’t up with all these books, somedays ūüėČ

Anyways, back Ruffleclaw. He¬†is a silly, little monster that dreams about living with the little boy Tommy ¬†and¬†wants to leave the monsters burrow. In the middle of the night he makes his escape and startles Tommy when he climbs right into his bed. ¬†Ruffleclaw is a very silly, at times naughty, misbehaving monster, that also isn’t always very polite, especially to Tommy’s mother. It didn’t bother me too much, after all Ruffleclaw is a monster and I expected it to behave like one . I do find that he adjusts to living with Tommy and his family towards the end, but for some readers, maybe not enough. ¬†The book is written in a a fun and silly way and it was a relatively quick read for our 6 year old.

She is a very advanced reader,has read the first Harry Potter already, but often if the book¬†is¬†just too advanced or just too thick ¬†she will not make it through. This was easy and fun for her, and she finished the book in the matter of a week with a a lot of enthusiasm. A perfect little chapter book. This might not be Cornelia Funke’s best book, but I am excited to share some smaller chapter books with my younger child that get her excited and happy about reading, and this book was exactly that !

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