Monday, October 24, 2016

Middle Grade Book Review: The Thief's Apprentice (Master Duplexito and Mr. Scant #1) by Bryan Methods

Book received at no charge to facilitate review.
A stunning discovery about his father's butler, leaves Oliver Diplexito fearing for his safety. The butler, Mr. Scant is the infamous thief known as the Ruminating Claw and to Oliver's dismay, he wants to enlist him as his apprentice in his notorious crime sprees. In a surprising twist, Oliver learns that Scant doesn't want the museum artifacts that disappear but rather has desires to find and return them to their proper place. With nighttime jaunts to the British Museum and other places where valuable art has disappeared, Oliver encounters members of an elitist society who want the priceless artifacts and will fight to get them.

A thrilling plot with lots of action make this a promising series. A few of the fight scenes are a little far fetched but easy to overlook in Method's debut novel. A fun adventure sure to appeal to those who love secret missions.
Rating ★★★

Publishing Information

Publisher: Carolhoda Books (10/1/2016)
ISBN: 978-1512405798
Hardcover: 272 pages
Ages: 8-12

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Picture Book Review: Never Follow a Dinosaur by Alex Latimer

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A puzzling set of footprints lead Joe and his sister Sally on a quest to find out where they came from. They most certainly had to come from a dinosaur and not just any dinosaur but a hungry, heavy dinosaur with very tiny feet.

As Joe and Sally follow the clues, they discover that besides being hungry, the dinosaur loves swimming and dancing but also has a headache and a sore foot. Joe and Sally must prove to their dad that the dinosaur is not extinct so they build the perfect dinosaur trap. Latimer's hilarious penciled illustrations of the dinosaur trap adds fun to the craziness of their quest. The lovable dinosaur wins the hearts of the determined siblings in such an absurd way that the young reader will be looking all over for tracks so he can find a lovable dinosaur too.


Publishing Information

Never Follow A Dinosaur
Written and Illustrated by Alex Latimer
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers (September 2016)
ISBN: 978-1-56145-704-5
Ages: 4-8

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Board Books Review: Stanley's Colors and Stanley's Shapes by williambee

Books received at no charge in exchange for an honest review.

Stanley the hamster is back with all of his cuteness to appeal to the youngest reader. He's got his red helmet on and is ready to fix his car while helping youngsters learn their colors. Watch out when Stanley puts on his green helmet, he might just buzz right over your head. The last page spread puts the colors together for a rainbow of fun.

If learning colors isn't enough, Stanley's got his rectangular suitcases packed to teach shapes. Imagine  the fun of camping in a triangle or riding a circle. With williambee's simple illustration style, Stanley moves seamlessly from picture books to board books with perfection for the eager toddler.

Rating ★★★★☆

Publishing Information

Publisher: Peachtree Publishers (September 2016)
Ages 2-6
ISBN (Stanley's Colors): 978-1-56145-948-3
ISBN (Stanley's Shapes): 978-1-56145-949-0

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

My Grandparents Love Me by Claire Freedman and Judi Abbot: Book Review

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"I'm off to Gran and Grandpa's house with a big smile on my face." So begins the tender look into the special bond between grandparents and their grandchild. With so many activities to do with Gran and Grandpa, it's no wonder the little zebra loves to go to their house. From building a rocket with Grandpa to eating Gran's cupcakes, every day with loving grandparents is a day to celebrate.

The use of brilliant colors and happy animals in the background by illustrator, Judi Abbot add to the sweet sentiments expressed in the text. Any grandparent would revel in a read aloud with their grandchild with this sweet book and any grandchild would savor the love they feel on their grandparent's lap.

Rating ★★★★☆

Publishing Information:

Publsiher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (Aug. 30, 2016)
ISBN: 978-1-4814-7937-0
Pages: 32
Ages 4-8