Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Cuddle Monkey Book Review In Time for Valentine's Day

Book received at no charge to facilitate review.

Lewis can't get enough of cuddle time. All he wants is more cuddles but for busy mom and dad, cuddle time is over. Lewis tries to cuddle with his book, truck and even a puddle because it rhymes with cuddle. His efforts lead him to snuggle with his stuffed animals. However, his animals don't know how to cuddle back, leaving Lewis wondering how much longer to cuddle time.

No one at school would cuddle with Lewis. At home, he's assigned the task of teaching his baby brother, Owen, to cuddle but Owen proved to be too "wiggly and squiggly."

Even to the reader, it seems like a long, arduous journey for poor Owen to finally get a hug. No quick hugs before school? Or even one when walking through the door after school?  No wonder Owen's face looks sad, confused, and even angry throughout his journey, aptly conveyed in the illustrations. Will his parents ever get the chance to show Lewis how much they love to hug him?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Rating (3.5) ★★

Publishing Information

Publsiher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books (Jan. 7, 2020)
ISBN: 97-15344431171
Pages: 40
Ages: 4-8

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Book Review: The Key of Lost Things by Sean Easley

Book received at no charge to facilitate review.
The magical Hotel Between has named Cam the new Concierge-in-training. His new job doesn't go as smoothly as anticipated when his missing friend, Nico, unleashes fifty-two cats all with corresponding cards of the deck in the hotel. Cam struggles to find the cats end up scattered all over the world.

As if the cats aren't bad enough, things get worse when the Embassy Gala for foreign leaders goes horribly wrong. Cam learns his twin sister, Cass, may somehow be involved as she fights his efforts to protect her by keeping her in the hotel. Could she and Nico be working on the wrong side and helping the hotel fall into the hands of Mr. Stripe?

Adventure abounds in the magical world of the Hotel Between while Cam struggles in his new leadership role. At times, it's frustrating to watch Cam ignore his loyal friends working at the hotel. Even more frustrating is Cam's overbearing protectiveness of his sister. Nevertheless, the world building saves this story for those who love magic.

Rating ★★★★☆

Publishing Information

 Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 3, 2019)
ISBN: 9781534437876
Ages: 9-12

Monday, December 9, 2019

Book Review: Oh, Rats! by Tor Seidler

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Phoenix loves his bushy red tail. It's his favorite part of being a squirrel. As he's admiring in reflection in the water, while trying to impress a girl, he's swooped up by a red-tailed hawk named Walter. Soaring over New Jersey, Phoenix gets an earful from the hawk who won't stop talking. He thinks his luck has turned when Walter loses his grip and drops Phoenix. Fate changes quickly when Phoenix lands on fresh tar on the streets of downtown Manhattan. The tar chars off his glorious fur, leaving him looking like a sewer rat.

Luckily, the brother and sister team of Lucy and Beckett rescue Phoenix and bring him to home, an abandoned pier, where he is nursed back to health amongst the wharf rats. When the rats learn of a plan to demolish the wharf to make room for a new development, they enlist Phoenix with his excellent climbing skills to sabotage the city's electrical grid. Will their plan work? And an even bigger question is the dilemma that Phoenix must face when Walter returns and offers to take him home.

A light-hearted look at the deeper concepts of cooperation, finding yourself, and creating belonging amongst strangers.


Publishing Information

Publisher: Atheneum/Caitly Dlouhy Books 
Publication Date: August 27, 2019
ISBN:  9781534426849
Ages: 8-12

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Jack Frost: The End Becomes the Beginning by William Joyce: Book Review

Book received at no charge to facilitate review.

Since the guardians victory over the evil Pitch during Bright Night, most of them have settled into their public roles. However, Nightlight has become isolated from the other guardians as he transitions into Jackson Overland Frost or Jack Frost.

Jack's transformation has not been easy. He has keenly felt the force of evil as he transitioned to half human and half his former self. In order to stop the Nightmare King and bringing the Dark Ages to an end, Jack must tell the story of his past but will it be the end of him if does?

Those who have read every book in series may enjoy the long backstory but others may find it confusing and hard to follow. While Jack Frost's whimsical character is relatable and easy to connect with, his actions get lost in the storytelling.

Rating ★★★☆☆

Publishing Information

Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Nov. 20, 2018)
Ages: 7-11
ISBN: 9781442430563