{ Book Review } The good thieves

Love a good adventure story ? Then you might want to check out this quick review and give this beautiful book a try, I admit… it had me with it’s cover ❤ 


The good Thieves is a heartwarming novel that takes place in the early 1900s about a girl named Vita. She comes to New York to visit her grandpa after her grandma dies. When Vita learns that a rich businessman has bought her grandpa’s castle underneath his nose, she secretly devises a plan to get the castle back and retrieve her grandma’s necklace from a secret safe inside. She knows she can’t do it alone, so she goes out in the city by herself to recruit other children. She meets Arkady, a boy whose parents own a circus. He has a way with animals. His close friend Samuel wants to be an acrobat, but his parents want him to follow in their footsteps. Then she meets Silk, a girl who is an experienced pickpocket.

The four children devise a plan to get inside the castle and get back the necklace. They form a unique troupe: an animal whisperer, an acrobat, a pickpocket, and Vita, who is also an amazing knife thrower but never uses them to hurt anyone. Instead, her weapon is her cleverness and emotion.

I really enjoyed this novel. I especially liked how well the historic elements were written in. Historical fiction is one of my favorites. The drawings were very nice and showed the characters perfectly. The plot was quick-paced and exciting. When the book ended it was very satisfying. I would recommend this book to kids who like historical fiction and adventure books. Great book for ten and up.

{Picture Book Review} Before we eat

It’s almost Thanksgiving time. A time in which most of us indulge in lot’s of food, and we try to be thankful for it. No better book than this one ! It’s perfect for young readers, with large pictures and short and to the point explanations ! A beautiful read before Thanksgiving indeed !

But here is my Kiddo’s review 😉

Before We Eat is a picture book about the journey of food from the farm to our table. The book shows all the different steps of growing food, plowing, sowing seeds, watering, and weeding. At harvest time, the farmers pick the produce, even in harsh weather. It also tells the journey of dairy products, how pigs get fed, how eggs are collected, and even how commercial fishing is done. From wheat farming to honeybees, all these are described in beautiful yet easy to understand ways.

Explanations and illustrations continue the journey of food through the warehouses, the truck drivers, the grocery workers, and the people in our families who finally bring the groceries home. At the end of the book, it shows a family giving thanks to those hard workers all over the world.

I really liked this book because it shows how foods get into our kitchens. The pictures were unique, and if you look in the back of the book, you can read how the illustrator made these by carving images on wooden blocks backward, then painting them and using them like a stamp. I also liked the info on how to plant a garden–it happens to be one of my favorite activities. I would recommend this book to anyone four and up as a great read-aloud.

Very Rich { kids book review }

This was such a beautiful book that we reviewed last year and haven’t had a chance to post about yet. It is the perfect winter read and also along with the Christmas time. If you enjoy Roald Dahl , or magical adventures don’t miss this one 🙂 

Very Rich is an entertaining book about ten-year-old Rupert who lives with his large but poor family. One morning on Christmas, he begins his walk to school only to realize it’s, of course, closed on Christmas. On his way home, he passes one of the largest mansions in his town. Not paying attention, he suddenly stumbles into the large gate of the house. He feels a jolt of electricity going through his body and he faints. When he wakes up, the Rivers, the richest family in town, invite him for Christmas dinner as an apology. Everything Rupert has ever dreamt of is nearly offered to him. The Rivers invite him for a day of family games, where he wins some amazing prizes, he hopes to share with his poor family. But instead of being able to keep the prizes they get taken away and he gets taken on some other crazy adventures.

The book reminded a bit of some Roald Dahl adventures. It was magical and adventurous and very fun to read. The story also reminds you of being thankful for the things you have. This would be a great book for kids ten years old and up.

Amelia Fang and the barbaric ball { Kids review }

It’s almost Halloween, time for a spooky read. Amelia Fangs fits right in there, and my kids were pretty excited to review this fun series !

Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball is a funny book, that takes place in Nocturnia city in the kingdom of the dark. Amelia Fang’s Mom, Countess Frivoleeta, is holding the annual Barbaric Ball again. Amelia hates the ball but she might finally have someone her own age, Prince Tangine. The King and the Prince have not left the palace since Prince Tangines Mom was eaten by a fairy. But when Tangine comes to school he’s a spoiled sprout! Amelia is put in charge of the Prince and is supposed to show him around the school but he’s late for school every night! Prince Tangine and his father (The King) come over to Amelia’s house (The Fang Mansion) to eat dinner with her and her family. Prince Tangine steals some stuff from her house even Amelia’s pet pumpkin, Squashy! Amelia and her friends Florence Spudwick (Hates being called a beast ,she is a rare breed of yeti!) and Grimaldi Reaperton (Is a Grim Reaper ,deals with small deaths ,like squashed toads.) go on a mission to go get Squashy (Pumpkin, Dislikes being away from Amelia) back from Tangine . . .

What I liked about this book was that it was funny and the pictures were outstanding. I recommend this book to ages 8 and up!

I also give this book five stars.

{ Book review } Killer style

Got a kid that loves fashion, history or culture ?  This might be an interesting read for a bit older kids. My daughter (13) was shocked about some of the facts portrayed in this book.  But read for yourself below…


Killer style is a dark nonfiction book about how horrid trends in fashion, throughout history and even today, have harmed the people following them.

The book has three sections about heads, middles, and legs. It talks about different kinds of harm; the culprit could be an extremely harmful chemical or the fabric used. Killer style opens your eyes to the great crimes manufacturers, trends and designers have committed.

Some cases are more well known than others, like Queen Elizabeth I using white lead to cover up her scars or “Mad Hatter” using mercury, a poisonous substance to fabricate hats. Others have been covered up like factories in unregulated countries, sandblasting jeans to give them a worn look but the particles in the sand will clog the worker’s lungs and kill them.

Surprisingly, there are recent happenings as well, for example in 2016 a company that sold “waist trainers” was being promoted on social media. These were very much like the corsets of the past which could cause shortness of breath and common fainting.

This book was extremely informative and I was very shocked by some of the articles. My dream is to become a fashion designer when I grow up and I swear that I will never harm the people who wear my clothes. I would love to help prevent more accidents and harmful trends. I have never read a more honest book about fashion and I recommend this book to ages eleven and up.

{ Book review } Mr. Lemoncello’s All Star Breakout Game

The fourth book in this amazing series is finally out..

Mr. Lemoncello’s All Star Breakout Game is an enthralling novel about Kyle Keeley breaking out of Mr. Lemoncello’s Library once again.

This time Mr. Lemoncello has multiple teams competing for the prize, a chance to star in a kids game show. The teams are Kyle and his friends, Charles Chiltington and his book works and a team of kid celebrities from Mr. Lemoncello’s TV network.

At the Library, Kyle and his friends (the lemon heads) will play a VR roleplay invented by Lemonchello and his Imagineers. This will involve playing different genres of fiction, overcoming obstacles and of course many, many puzzles.

I agree with Mr. Lemoncello that books are the best role-playing games ever invented! I really enjoyed reading this novel and the puzzles throughout the book were fun and interactive.

Another thing I enjoyed was all the references to many different books and the list to see how many you have read (currently I have read twenty-three of them). I really enjoyed the entire series and I would recommend this book to ages ten and up.

This one is a good one for sure, one you might want to think about pre-ordering. We have had some wonderful discussions because of this book.  Release date looks to be September 3rd !

Property of the Rebel Librarian is an exciting book about June Harper’s journey against banned books. It all starts when June’s parents discover her book The Makings of a Witch; they immediately think it’s too scary and contact the principal and school librarian, from whom June had gotten the book. A few days after, June finds out that the school librarian was fired, and the school enacts a rule that states that all books will be monitored, and June soon sees many of her most favorite books leave the school library on the banned list.

With the help of some friends, June finds herself in a huge movement to fight for the freedom of books. I felt really passionate about this book and found myself often empathizing with June. I am thankful my parents don’t monitor my reading and let me have freedom of choice. I loved this book and finished it in like three days! I recommend this books for kids ten and up !

Do you like fairy tales with a new twist and touch of darkness  ? You might want to keep reading ! Here’s what my 12 year old thought 🙂

I got to review and exciting new book, The Odd Sisters,  it’a thrilling and exciting novel. I have not read the other 5 books in the series, so if you have, I am sure the references to the other books will make more sense. Even without reading the others, I enjoyed this book a lot. This book tells about Circe, the daughter of the Odd Sisters. Her mothers have caused innocent people to turn on family and friends throughout the whole Villains series. In the last book, they were imprisoned in the land of dreams, so they wouldn’t wreak havoc on the kingdoms. But the Odd Sisters could still possibly escape; if they do Circe, Snow White, and their allies will have to come together to stop the three Odd sisters.

I absolutely enjoyed this book. The rich and complex plot was really fun to read. Also if you haven’t read the other books or haven’t read them in a while, the prologue will catch you up quickly. Another thing is that these books retell the stories of fairy tales. They are my favorite kind of novels, so I was overjoyed to read this. I loved the way it had multiple perspectives; it switched from Circe, Snow White, and even the Odd Sisters, so it showed different sides of the story. The theme of the novel was a bit dark, so I would recommend this book to ages 12 and up.

On the run to ancient China {kids review }

On the run in ancient China is a fun story about three kids time traveling to ancient China. The kids have been to the “time travel agency” before, so they know that when they open a book, they time travel! When they arrive in China, they end up in a rice field. While Josh and Emma, the two older siblings, are busy, the youngest, Libby, sneaks away to the Emperor’s palace.

When Josh and Emma discover that Libby is missing, they make a plan to sneak into the capital to find their sister. They travel through a lot of crazy places and have to be careful not to be caught as they continue their travels. They learn about ancient traditions, Chinese writings, the secrets of silk, ancient ways of medicine, and other beliefs. After they finally rescue Libby straight from the throne room, they continue their way home and have more adventures all the way across to the Chinese wall. With lots of luck, they eventually return home.

This book, and the whole series, are very enjoyable to read. I really liked it because it was funny, and the shared facts are great. I recommend this book to ages seven and up, and to kids who like history.

Mum edit: This series has been used in quite a few homeschool curricula, inlcuding Moving beyond the page,and my kids have enjoyed many books from this series. It is perfect for younger kids who are just getting curious about history and need a fun introduction. I highly recommend this fun series as well 🙂

Book review SHRED GIRLS : Lindsay’s Joyride

Shred Girls is an exciting book about a group of girls that ride BMX bikes together.

Lindsay is thrilled about her summer break, and really just wants to read her comics and become a superhero but her parents have other plans and have to go on a work trip. So Lindsay has to go stay with Phoebe the supervillain AKA her cousin. During her stay with Phoebe, Phoebe shows her BMX bikes, teaches her how to ride! Lindsay meets lots of new kids and even makes great new friends.  When JOYRIDE, the club they meet,  announces a competition Lindsay is super nervous but when she finds out all her friends will compete too she feels more confident. The group of girls learns to stick together more than ever to prove that girls can ride BMX  just as good as boys!

This book was a wonderful read. It made me laugh out loud a lot, I was able to relate to Lindsay a lot and she was a likable character throughout the story. I learned that when you are confident and believe in yourself, you can achieve anything