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.
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….
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 !
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
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.
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.
Cloud and Wallfish
Cloud and Wallfish is a book about a boy and a girl during the time of the Cold War. Noah finds himself in a crazy and dangerous event when his parents decide to go on a trip to East Berlin. His whole life completely changes, and he has to forget his past of quiet, small-town living and take on a new secret identity. He also has to live by the new rules, like Rule #1: They are always listening!
The book was so well written that I felt that I, myself, was there. I was able to understand Noah and feel his fears. I loved this historic fiction novel and that it had true events and facts stored inside it. Some things were hard for me to understand, but it makes me want to learn more about this time. I loved the secret files at each end at the chapter; it helped me know more about what was going on. I would recommend this amazing book for people ten and up.
Cloud and Wallfish is a book full of secrets, codes, and friendships!
Parent note ” This was a really great book and I am happy my daughter picked to read this. Since I am from Germany myself, this was a subject dear to my heart and I am always wondering how I can teach her more about this time back then. Since we also had the opportunity to travel to Berlin the year before, it was really great to have another opportunity to talk about many events. I think the author did a great job of keeping a certain mood and mystery in the book. It wasn’t necessarily an easy read ( not so much because of events in the story but more because of the bit complicated story line and characters). I think my daughter really enjoyed it though and it helped her understand some of the history.
Recently I told you all about my journey of becoming part of the Usborne Book family. It has been so much fun for me and my kids. I love children’s books and I love having an official excuse for reading even more of them 🙂
While Usborne has an amazing selection for younger kids I was concerned upon joining about the selection for a bit older kids. Those concerns were washed away with the last big release of new titles. I have been so excited to read this big stack of books !! We have found many books that have made our homeschool days easier and more fun !
The Mystery of the clockwork sparrow is a really fun mystery for advanced readers, from about age 9 and up into middle school. It plays right in the heart of London in the Edwardian time era, so right before WWI . The book gives a beautiful impression of this time , it shows the difficulties many people faced and also gives you an idea how this time modernized their lifestyle. We meet several characters in this mystery but the main character Miss Sophie together with Miss Lilian Rose stand out with strong heroic character traits. Both girls meet when they start working at the newest Department Store London has to offer. It is one of the hottest, new places and the whole city is waiting anxiously for the big opening ceremony and all of London’s high society is invited. The whole store works nearly around the clock to have everything beyond perfect.
Our main character Miss Sophie starts her new l working life in the millinery department. While not everything is as easy as it might could be ,she is loving her job and also starts making friends throughout the big store. But even before the big event, the actual opening of the store, things take a bad turn. There is a huge break in, and Sophie and her new friends get caught in the middle of the mystery. Together with the help of her new found friends, they continue to find out the truth about the robbery, the mysterious clockwork sparrow, break secret codes, and also stumble right into the arms of one of London’s biggest gang and it’s leader ” THE BARON “.
The book is about 300 pages + long and only contains a few pictures here and there. Overall it is written in a fun and easy to follow way, but the plot does take a few turns which might make it harder for younger readers to follow through. While a good mystery is certainly for boys and girls, I think girls would possibly enjoy this quite a bit more since our main character works in the fashion department and a few fun facts about hats and other fashion attire is also shared in between.
I wished the book would contain even more details about the time era and London itself, but after all this is still a kids novel and too much info like that would take away from the story itself. Both my girls ( 7 and 10 ) love a good mystery and I am very excited for them to start reading this series. They both have read many stories from the Famous Five, Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys. This will be a refreshing book for my little detectives !
I love combining great books with real life time events and places , this book gives a great opportunity to dive deeper into this time era .They possibly have no idea that department stores originated in the UK ! So why not talk with your kids a little bit more about it and let them connect more real history to this fun fiction novel !!