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