Monday, November 23, 2015

FLOAT by Daniel Miyares / Book Review

Written & Illustrated by: Daniel Miyares
Published by: Simon & Schuster Kids
Released on: June 9th, 2015
Ages: 4-8
Rating: 5 Owls - We LOVED It!
Source: book from publisher to review, in exchange for my honest review

A boy's small paper boat and his large imagination fill the pages of this wordless picture book, a modern-day classic from the creator of Pardon Me! that includes endpaper instructions for building a boat of your own.

A little boy takes a boat made of newspaper out for a rainy-day adventure. The boy and his boat dance in the downpour and play in the puddles, but when the boy sends his boat floating down a gutter stream, it quickly gets away from him.

So of course the little boy goes on the hunt for his beloved boat, and when the rain lets up, he finds himself on a new adventure altogether.
This seemingly simply story from Daniel Miyares is enriched with incredible depth and texture that transcend words. 

This is one of the most beautifully illustrated picture books I've seen. With out any words, each illustration featured through out the book tells more than words could say. Sometimes the best stories are the ones that lack words, but who's pictures capture the emotion and heart of the story better than words ever could. This is a book that has done just that. FLOAT is the lovely story of a boy, a boat, and his rainy day adventure. We loved this book! I except to see a Caldecott award on future publications of this book. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins / Book Review

By: Emily Jenkins
Illustrated by: Paul O. Zelinksky
Published by:  Schwartz & Wade Books (Random House Children's Books)
Released on: 9.22.15
Ages: 3-7
Pages: 40 
Ratings: 5 Owls - We Loved It!
Source: book from publisher to review in exchange for my honest review
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Lumphy, StingRay, and Plastic--the toys from the beloved chapter books "Toys Go Out, ""Toy Dance Party, " and" Toys Come Home"--are back in a glorious full-color picture book, perfect for gift-giving this holiday season. Acclaimed author Emily Jenkins and Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Paul Zelinsky have created a book destined to become a classic. 

 Children who have loved listening to the Toys trilogy, as well as those meeting the toys for the very first time, will be thrilled to see Lumphy, StingRay, and Plastic venture outdoors to play in the snow. Together the toys build a snowman, make snow angels, and, when day is done, head back inside their cozy house and wait for the return of the Little Girl.

An adorable story about a trio of toys who adventure outdoors to experience snow for the first time. Lumpy, StingRay, and Plastic belong to a little girl who's gone away on a winter vacation, leaving her toys at home. The toys set off on an adventure of their own for the day. Together they get ready, and head outside to play in the snow. There they discover how snow changes the tree in the yard, what snow really looks like, the fun that is had in the snow like playing a sled, playing on the ice, and building a snowman. As the sun begins to set, they head inside to the warm of their house and await the little girls return.

I loved the each of the character provides a different perspective on snow and how it changes the landscape of the yard. Lumpy has many questions about what snow is. His curiosity is one I think many young readers will like, because his questions are very similar to what they would ask. StingRay has answers that I loved, because StingRay's answers were from the heart, and what he thought snow was. Plastic had the more scientific answers to what snow really was. Together, their dialogue is very much age appropriate and one children will understand. 

TOYS MEET SNOW is a magical story with lovely illustrations, and charming characters. This is a book that has a timeless feel to it, and one we absolutely loved reading. This is a picture book even the youngest of beginning readers will love. The adorable illustrations draw readers in, the characters are ones you wish you had in your playroom, and the dialogue is easy to understand and follow along with. Lumpy, StingRay and Plastic are characters readers, parents and educators are sure to fall in love with, if they haven't already. 

Whether you're a long time fan of the 'Toys Go Out' chapter books or are new to the characters, TOYS MEET SNOW is picture book fans of all ages will enjoy.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

What About Moose? by Corey Rosen Schwartz / Rebecca J. Gomez / Book Review

By: Corey Rosen Schwartz & Rebecca J. Gomez
Illustrated by: Keika Yamaguchi
Published by: Simon & Schuster Kids
Released on: June 9th, 2015
Ages: 4 years & up
Pages: 40
Rating: 5 Owls
Source: book from the publisher / author to review in exchange for my honest review

It takes a team to build a tree house—but what if that team includes one very bossy moose?

When Fox, Toad, Bear, Porcupine, and Skunk set out to build a tree house, they know just what to do: they’ll follow a plan and they’ll work as a team. But when bossy Moose barges in and upends their plans with some of his own, his friends become more and more frustrated…until things go hilariously awry!

This lively rhyming picture book is pure, bouncy fun even as it imparts a subtle lesson about teamwork. Young readers will love to chant along: “But what about you, Moose!”

When a group of friends set out to build a tree house together, things don't go as planned when Moose decides he's in charge and begins to boss everyone around. When something goes wrong, the rest of the friends work together to help Moose. Realizing it's more fun working together as a team, Moose decides to do things his friends way vs his way.

I loved this book! It's a fun, engaging story that tells the importance of team work, and friendship that preschool through second grade readers will understand and enjoy. With it's great illustrations, easy to understand words, and rhyming, this a book that would make a great addition to any home library, school class room, and elementary school library. 

We're huge fans of Corey Rosen Schwartz's books! I was so excited to learn she had a new book coming out this year. If you've not yet picked up any of her children's picture books, you're missing out! Reading Corey's pictures book makes you realize that picture books are for readers of all ages!

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Peanuts Movie / Movie Review

The Peanuts are back! The beloved gang is back and like you've never seen them before. Charlie Brown is on a mission to reinvent himself. While he works up the courage to talk to the new girl who moved in across the street, Snoopy takes to the skies to battle it out with his arch-nemesis The Red Baron. Both characters go on a whole new adventure that will have long time fans, and a whole new generation falling in love with these characters.  

You'll be cheering for the underdog like you've cheered him on before, as he embarks on his most epic quest yet. The Peanuts Movies has that same classic Peanuts feel to it that I grew up with, and a little something more for a whole new generation of Peanuts fans. There's an ode to the Peanuts holiday movies, the music, the character interaction, the kite flying, the Red Baron, and more. There's a great mix of the classic with new elements. I loved that Charlie Brown is reinvented in a way that allows him to stay true to whom he's always been, and also makes him related to fans now days. 

We LOVED this movie! It's a heart warming movie that will pull at your heart strings, and will have you wanting to re-watch all of the previous Peanuts movies. This movie is one that got two thumbs up from both my kids, and myself. This is a movie we'll definitely be owning when the DVD comes out. 

3D Animation
Release: November 6, 2015
Director: Steve Martino
Based upon the comic strip by Charles M. Schulz
Producers: Craig Schulz, Bryan Schulz, Cornelius Uliano, Michael J. Travers, Paul Feig

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation.  Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron.  From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day.


THE PEANUTS MOVIE Official Social Media
Official Hashtag: #PeanutsMovie

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson / Book Review

By: Julia Rawlinson
Illustrated by: Tiphanie Beeke
Published by: Harper Collins Childrens
Released on: 8.29.2006
Ages: 3-7 years old
Pages: 32
Rating: 4 Owls - We Enjoyed It!
Source: purchased book

It's autumn, and Fletcher's favorite tree is slowly changing colors and losing its leaves.

Fletcher is very worried.

He tells the tree he'll help. But when the very last leaf falls to the ground, Fletcher feels as though he's let down his friend . . .

. . . until the first day of winter, when Fletcher sees that his tree has turned into a shining, glittering surprise.

Fletcher loves his favorite tree. But something is happening to his tree. The leaves are starting to fall from the tree onto the forest floor. Unsure of what to do, and fearing that his tree is sick Fletcher asks his mother what's happening to it. She tells him not to worry and that it's only Autumn. 

As more leaves continue to fall off, Fletcher becomes more worried. He tries all kinds of things to make his tree better. He tries to put the leaves that have fallen off, back on the tree. No matter what he tries, the leaves keep falling. His heartbreak doesn't last long. One morning Fletcher arrives to his favorite tree to find a beautiful tree laced in ice, and glistening in the sun. Only then does he realize his tree is just fine.

With adorable illustrations, and a great story about fall, this is a great book for teaching young readers about fall, and the changes trees go through in autumn and winter. Plus who can resist an adorable little fox. I'm looking forward to reading more of Fletcher's stories. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Harry Potter Book Night Theme Announced! #HarryPotterBookNight

The second annual, world wide HARRY POTTER BOOK NIGHT is being celebrated on February 4th, 2016! Mark your calendars now! We took part in this event last year, and had a blast! This year the theme is, A NIGHT OF SPELLS!

I received an email from Bloomsbury (UK) with the exciting announcement, and have included that, which features the details for the event, below:

We are very excited to announce A Night of Spells as the theme for Harry Potter Book Night 2016.

Whether it is the disarming Expelliarmus or the dreaded Avada Kedavra, spells are at the very heart of the Harry Potter books so it’s the perfect theme to inspire a spellbinding event! We will be creating an event kit themed around spells and with lots more exciting elements yet to be announced, you will have the chance to celebrate J.K. Rowling’s wonderful novels – and pass the magic on to young readers who haven’t yet discovered these unforgettable books. Register for an event kit here.

So, make a date in your diary now, as Harry Potter Book Night returns on Thursday February 4th 2016. And remember to share your ideas and plans on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Facebook using #HarryPotterBookNight

Monday, November 9, 2015

MIRACLE MAKER: A Christmas Tale / Movie Review

It's that time of year where I not only love reading books that have a feel good message to them, I love watching feel good movies. While I've yet to watch a Hallmark Christmas movie, I did watch a movie, which I'm so thrilled to review, that was just what I needed. MIRACLE MAKER: A CHRISTMAS TALE is a fantastic holiday movie that has love, hope, forgiveness and kindness at it's heart.

Below you can read more about the movie, check out a click from the movie, and read my 5 star review. 


By: Covenant Communications 
Rune Time: 90 mins
Rating: PG

"The Miracle Maker is coming!" If any town is in need of a miracle, it’s Woodhaven, a tiny town hanging on the edge of the American frontier. It’s nearly Christmas, but it’s hardly a season of celebration. Work is scarce, money is tight, love is lagging, and spirits are down. Maybe the Miracle Maker can turn things around. The town anxiously waits for someone magnificent who can change their lives. But the ragged traveller who appears isn’t what anyone expects—except for one small silent boy and a precocious little girl. It seems this man can barely take care of himself, let alone fulfill the dreams of others. But miracles can come in all shapes and sizes—and sometimes from unexpected places. Your entire family will love this Christmas tale of hope, love, and miracles.



If you're looking for a wholesome, family friendly movie with a wonderful message, this is a movie I'd highly recommend watching Miracle Maker: A Christmas Tale. It's a feel good, clean cut movie with true Christian values at it's core, and it's just the kind of movie I needed to watch. It's one that has a message of hope, kindness, forgiveness, serving others, and doing good despite your circumstances. Rich or poor, everyone can do something good for someone else. 

The story centers on a small town who's townspeople are struggling to stay afloat. Everything in the town is owned by Mr. Booth, whom you could say has many similarities to that of Mr. Scourge. Despite what the townspeople are struggling with, they do what they can to help each other, and get by themselves. In order to pay their rent, they're forced to work long hours, which is a grueling and daunting task. A transformation starts to take place in the town after hearing a sermon on miracles. The children have faith that miracles happen and something will. 

I loved the role the young children played in this movie. Their innocence and faith were an example even to the adults in the town. It's one of the young boys who writes a letter to the miracle worker. Not long after it's sent a stranger comes to town, whom many believe to be the Miracle Maker. Though the new stranger disagrees. Things change when he's around though. His positive outlook, and being willing to go the extra mile to help someone in need start to rub off on others. Through his example, the townspeople start doing little things that soon turn into big things. Nothing huge or fancy, but they did things that were within their means, and ability to do. I loved that message of looking for ways to service, and spread cheer by doing something good. 

Another thing I loved about this movie, is the love story between two of the townspeople that gives the story it's element of a clean Christian romance, love, forgiveness, and redemption. Character wise, not only did I love the Miracle Maker, but I loved two of the children. The mute boy who wrote the letter (there's a back story to his not talking), and the shopkeepers daughter. All the characters in the movie were great. It was incredibly easy for me to love these characters. The actors were all perfect fits for their roles! I loved the cast as much as I loved the characters they each portrayed.

If you're a fan of watching holiday movies on the Hallmark Channel, then you'll love watching MIRACLE MAKER: A Christmas Tale. This movie contains everything you'd except from a Hallmark holiday movie, complete with love, healing, peace, and the true meaning of the Christmas spirit. This a movie I loved watching, and it's one I look forward to watching again, and again. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

GRUMPY CAT Gets His Own Golden Book Story!

Who's a fan of Grumpy Cat? If you are, than you'll love this exciting news! Grumpy Cat is coming to book form. But not just any book form. He's getting his own Little Golden Books story! His first book, Grumpy Cat: The Little Grumpy Cat That Wouldn't, will be released on 7/26/16!  Check out all the exciting details from Random House Children's press release, below:


Random House Children’s Books will publish three Little Golden Books starring 
Grumpy Cat, with the first to be published July 26, 2016

New York, NY, November 4, 2015—The iconic Little Golden Book format will extend its collection of beloved characters this July to include Grumpy Cat, the world’s most famous cat, as announced today by Mallory Loehr, Vice President, Publishing Director, Random House/Golden Books Young Readers Group. Chris Angelilli, Vice President, Editor-in-Chief, Director of License Publishing, Random House Children’s Books, will oversee the Grumpy Cat publishing program, which includes three Little Golden Books.

In just three years, Grumpy Cat has become known around the world, with 8 million Facebook followers (, her own TV movie, two New York Times bestselling photographic books, and a “spokescat” role with Friskies. Grumpy Cat has been featured on the cover of New York magazine, the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and the cover of People.

“We look forward to introducing Grumpy Cat, who has captured the hearts of young and old, to the iconic Little Golden Books line,” said Angelilli. “Bringing together these two popular brands, one steeped in history and one a pop-culture phenomenon, is a truly exciting marriage of past and present.” 

“The Grumpy Cat Little Golden Books will be the cutest books ever. It’s going to be awful,” said Grumpy Cat. 
The first Little Golden Book, THE LITTLE GRUMPY CAT THAT WOULDN’T, to be released on July 26, 2016, features illustrations by Stephanie Laberis. In the story, Grumpy Cat’s friends and admirers try to get her to try new things and have fun, and each time she is even more resolved to say NO. In the end, she is right. Having fun is awful.

Publication dates for the additional two Little Golden Books will be announced.

Stephanie Laberis has loved drawing for as long as she can remember and was raised on a healthy diet of cartoons, video games, and getting muddy in the New England woods. She attended RISD and has a BFA in illustration, and she enjoys working in many artistic fields—illustration, character design for animation, and toy design. She works out of her home studio in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

In just over three years, Grumpy Cat has become the most famous cat in the world. She has starred in her own movie, Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, is the author of three bestselling books, has an ever-expanding merchandise line, and has 10 million online followers and growing. When she’s not attracting adoring crowds or scowling with celebrities on the red carpet, she spends her time napping and playing with her brother, Pokey, in Arizona.

Launched in 1942, Little Golden Books revolutionized children’s book publishing by making high-quality picture books available at affordable prices. More than 60 years later, many of the original Golden Book titles are still wildly popular.

Random House Children’s Books is the world’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher. Creating books for toddlers through young adult readers, in all formats from board books to activity books to picture books, novels, ebooks, and apps, the imprints of Random House Children’s Books bring together award-winning authors and illustrators, world-famous franchise characters, and multimillion-copy series. The company’s website, Kids @ Random (, offers an array of activities, games, and resources for children, teens, parents, and educators. Random House Children’s Books is a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

A Little Golden Books hardcover / On sale July 26, 2016
ISBN: 9780399553547 / $4.99 / Ages 4 – 6

* Post text and image are from Random House Children's books, and were received from them via the press release/media kit.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

THE PEANUTS MOVIE Hits Theaters Everywhere on November 6, 2015 #PeanutsMovie

Just in time for THE PEANUTS MOVIE's big-screen debut on November 6th, Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox have just released a celebration of 65 years of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Friends, Underdogs, Dreamers, and the world of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts. Check out the must see video below:



3D Animation
Release: November 6, 2015
Director: Steve Martino
Based upon the comic strip by Charles M. Schulz
Producers: Craig Schulz, Bryan Schulz, Cornelius Uliano, Michael J. Travers, Paul Feig

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation.  Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron.  From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day.

THE PEANUTS MOVIE Official Socials
Official Hashtag: #PeanutsMovie

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

It's Raining Bats and Frogs by Rebecca Colby / Book Review

By: Rebecca Colby
Illustrated by: Steven Henry
Published by: Feiwel and Friends
Released on: 8/11/15
Ages: 4-7
Purchase from: the PublisherAmazon | B&N
Rating: 5 Stars - We Loved It!
Source: arc from publisher to review, in exchange for my honest review 

Delia has been looking forward all year to flying in the annual Halloween Parade. But parade day brings heavy rain. So, Delia takes action. Using her best magic, Delia changes the rain to cats and dogs. But that doesn’t work too well! Then hats and clogs. That doesn’t work, either! Each new type of rain brings a new set of problems. How can Delia save the day?

What's a witch to do when it rains on parade day? Delia knows just spell to make things better. Or does she? Turning the rain into bats and frogs sounded good at first, but sometimes things are better left the way they are. Though Delia tries to make everything better for her friends, in the end she realizes the rain makes for a fun parade day. That is until something happens the following year..... you'll have to read the book to see what happens.

It's Raining Bats & Frogs is a fantastic picture book for the Fall and Halloween. The story is fun, and engaging, and the perfect length for short attention spans. It's repetitive words, and simple rhythms are great for young children. It also makes it a great book to have in the classroom for teaching young students about listen for receptive words and rhythms. 

The illustrations are great. The color scheme sets the perfect mood/tone for the story. I love the greens, purples, oranges and grays. 
The witches are all friendly, happy looking witches, which make it a great fit for young children. There's something fun on every page. This is one fun, Halloween themed book I'd recommend picking up. Though it can also be read through out the whole year.

Check out a sample of the illustrations (image for the publisher's website):

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Jack Frost (The Guardians of Childhood) by William Joyce / Book Review

Published by: Atheneum
Released on: October 27th, 2015 - TODAY
Ages: 4-8
5 Stars - I LOVED IT
Purchase from: Simon & Schuster | Amazon | B&N
Source: Purchased 

Before Jack Frost was Jack Frost, he was Nightlight, the most trusted and valiant companion of Mim, the Man in the Moon. But when Pitch destroys Mim’s world, he nearly destroys Nightlight too, sending him plunging to Earth where, like Peter Pan, he is destined to remain forever a boy, frozen in time. And while Nightlight has fun sailing icy winds and surfing clouds, he is also lonely without his friend Mim. To keep the cold in his heart from taking over, he spreads it to the landscapes around him and earns a new name: Jack Overland Frost.

But a true friend always comes through, and on one particularly bleak night, Mim shines down and shows Jack a group of children in great peril. Through helping them, Jack finds the warmth he’s been yearning for, and realizes bringing joy to others can melt his own chill. It is this realization—that there will always be children who need moments of bravery, who need rosy cheeks, who need to build snowmen, and who are then eager for a spring day—that makes Jack realize why he is a forever boy, and worthy of becoming a Guardian of Childhood.

William Joyce has once again captured the wonder of childhood with Jack Frost's story. Told in the same fashion, and given the same visually stunning, old-fashioned illustrations, the story of Jack Frost is as mesmerizing as the first two books in The Guardians of Childhood series, The Man In The Moon, and The Sandman. The long awaited arrival of this book's release lives up to all that I had hoped it would be and more.

I've long been a fan of William Joyce's The Guardian's of Childhood series. These books are some of our all time favorite children's picture books. Not only are the illustrations visually stunning, the stories themselves are captivating for readers of all ages. The stories are about guardians who's job is to keep safe the merriment of childhood. Protecting their hopes, their dreams, and their hearts. These valiant Guardians offer hope, and courage, as they keep children safe from darkness of Pitch. 

Jack Frost's story is one I've always been fascinated with. Learning about Jack Frost's origins, and his history with the Man In The Moon is something I absolutely loved reading about. Jack Frost's story is one of courage, and valor. I have always admired his character, but do so even more, now that I know more about him. The story about Jack Frost is about who Jack was before he became Jack Frost, how he became Jack Frost, and what he does now, as a Guardian of Childhood. I imagine that if you already didn't love Jack Frost, you will after you read his story. 

This book is one of my all time favorite children's books. Jack Frost is definitely my favorite out of the Guardians of Childhood series. That is saying a lot, considering I loved the previous two books in the series. If you have not yet done so, I highly recommend picking up the series. If you've already read the first two books in the series, than I definitely recommend picking up Jack Frost's book. 

To William Joyce, thank you for brining Jack Frost's story to life! 

*This book was purchased, read, and reviewed all within the same day. I adore this book!

Check out some of the artwork featured in Jack Frost. 

Image from William Joyce's website

*Click on image to enlarge it. 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Are You A Harry Potter Spotter?

Are you a Harry Potter spotter? Harry Potter fans in the UK and Ireland, check out what Bloomsbury has in store for Harry Potter spotters around UK and Ireland! Per their email:

To celebrate the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay, we have launched a Harry Potter Spotter competition in association with children’s charity, Kids in MuseumsThe Telegraph and Warner Bros. Studio Tour London.

The Harry Potter Spotter challenges you to seek out 1 of 12 Jim Kay prints in 12 different museums around the UK and Ireland. With a clue to solve at each venue, participants must find one of these images, take a photo of themselves with it and share via Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #HarryPotterSpotter. Click here to find out more and to discover all the fantastic prizes up for grabs, including family tickets to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. 

In other Harry Potter news, it’s less than two weeks until the Deluxe Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is released. Pre-order now so you don’t miss out on our offer of 10% off (offer ends midnight on 4th November 2015). 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015


Who loves Transformers? We do! Growing up with the original 1980's hit cartoon series, I couldn't pass up the chance to review this brand new release from Shout! OUT TODAY, TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE: A NEW AUTOBOT MISSION, is a DVD I'd highly recommend for long time fans of the series and those who are new to the Transformers fandom. 

With some of my favorite Transformers characters like Bumblebee and Optimus Prime, this particular DVD focuses on Bumblebee years after Optimus Prime's rein. Bumblebee must now learn how to fulfill his new role as leader of the Autobots. With some guidance from Optimus, I loved seeing Bumblebee's journey both in his world, and his journey to earth. True to the classic Transformers story, there's adventure, heart, and plenty of action packed fun in this DVD. 

This is definitely a must have for Transformer fans of all ages! This DVD gets 5 stars from all of us! Check out a CLIP from the DVD, Here.



The new mission begins as BUMBLEBEE must step up to be leader in the years after we left the AUTOBOTS in TRANSFORMERS PRIME. Summoned by OPTIMUS PRIME to save Earth from a new DECEPTICON threat, BUMBLEBEE puts his light-hearted mettle to the test after assembling a rouge team of AUTOBOTS action heroes. BUMBLEBEE must balance his job fighting off evil with being equal parts squad leader and coach to a rascally team that needs constant coaxing to learn how to work together. The results are comical when the cool rebel SIDESWIPE, elite guard cadet STRONGARM, bombastic dinobot GRIMLOCK and overly-excited mini-con FIXIT must balance keeping the team together with chasing and capturing their new enemies in each adventure-filled episode.

Will Friedle (Boy Meets World), Darren Criss (Glee), Constance Zimmer (Entourage), Khary Payton (Teen Titans Go!), Mitchell Whitfield (TMNT) and Peter Cullen who voices OPTIMUS PRIME when he makes cameo appearances in this series.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

THE 50 STATES by Gabrielle Balkan & Sol Linero / Blog Tour: Book Spotlight

Hello and welcome to today's THE 50 STATES post. To celebrate the release of a brand new book for kids, THE 50 STATES, a book that will help teach young readers interesting facts and a brief history about each state, I have the opportunity to spotlight one of the states here on Mundie Kids. Today's featured state is Oklahoma! *Click on the image below to enlarge it.


Of all the nine “panhandle” states, Oklahomans would argue that theirs most closely resembles the handle of a cooking pan! And Okies sure know how to cook. The lip-smacking official state meal includes chicken-fried steak, fried okra, squash, cornbread, barbecue pork, biscuits, sausage and gravy, grits, corn on the cob, black-eyed peas, strawberries . . . and pecan pie! 

Oklahoma is home to the second-largest Native American population of any state. With headquarters for 39 of America’s tribal nations, as well as 25 different Native American languages spoken, the 46th state has the largest diversity of tribes in the country. The Sooner State boasts outdoor marvels of all kinds, including the lava rocks of the Black Mesa State Park, and seemingly endless prairies, which today are covered in wind farms. It’s not rare to hear the phrase “hold on to your hat” in Oklahoma, where, in the words of the state song, the wind comes sweeping down the plain!


By: Gabrielle Balkan
Illustrated by: Sol Linero
Published by: Wide Eyed Editions
Released on: October 1st, 2015
Ages: 8-12

Be inspired by the inventiveness, beauty and diversity of the United States in this curious collection of fact-filled maps. Explore thousands of wondrous locations and be awed by the achievements of hundreds of people who helped make America what it is today. Celebrate, explore, enjoy!

This looks like a fabulous book! I'm looking forward to looking through it. You can find out more about The 50 States here. Add The 50 States to your To Be Read shelf on Goodreads. Purchase the book from Amazon. Check out Kirkus's review of the book here

Monday, October 12, 2015

Backyard Witch: Sadie's Story by Christine Heppermann and Ron Koertge / Book Review

By: Christine Heppermann & Ron Koertge
Illustrated by: Deborah Marcero
Published by: Greenwillow
Released on: 7/21/15
Series: Backyard Witch #1
Purchase From: Harper Collins Amazon | B&N
Add it to Goodreads

A must-have for newly independent readers and fans of Ivy + Bean and Clementine! The first of a new series, starring three young girls and a mysterious visitor who appears exactly when you need her--with just the right amount of magic.

Sadie has two best friends: Jess and Maya. But Jess can only take one friend on vacation with her, and Sadie is the one who gets left behind. How will she ever survive the days of loneliness and boredom? But wait . . . what is that in her old playhouse in the backyard? A witch has moved in! A kind and funny witch, who's looking for her own two lost friends. 

Together, Sadie and the witch have a curious adventure, one that makes Sadie see her neighborhood--and herself--with new eyes. 

Acclaimed authors Ron Koertge and Christine Heppermann--writing together and for younger readers for the first time--have created a heroine to rival Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and Ms. Frizzle. Short chapters, a satisfying mystery, gentle humor, magical dazzle, and adorable black-and-white illustrations throughout by debut artist Deborah Marcero make this an ideal pick for readers of Ivy + Bean, Just Grace, and Kate DiCamillo's novels for younger readers.

Who needs a fairy god mother, when you can have a witch like Ms. M to help you. Ms. M is just the person Sadie needs. In helping Ms. M look for her best friend and fellow witch, who accidentally turned herself into a bird, Sadie begins to learn and understand how she can over come her own friendship problems she's currently having with her best friends. Ms. M and Sadie have great team work. Even though they have a few minor mishaps along the way, they continue to work things out, together. 

I loved that Ms. M helps Sadie see the magic that is in the world around them, and within herself. It's not the casting spells type of magic either.  Sometimes you need a little reminder, and some encouragement that there's something magically within you. Ms M, in her own unique way, helps Sadie realize that. I liked the way she went about teaching her that. I also loved the bird watching element in the story. There's something valuable Sadie learns through watching the birds, and helping Ms. M find her friend.

This is a great chapter book for young readers. With short chapters, age appropriate humor, a magical mystery, and an important lesson that is learned, Sadie's story is one readers will enjoy. The black and white illustrations found through out the book by illustrator Deborah Marcero, make Sadie's Story that much more appealing. I'd definitely recommend this story to young readers and feel it's appropriate for readers in 1st-3rd grade. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Today Is Star Wars Reads Day! 10-10-15

Happy Star Wars Reads Day! 
Whether your a new fan to Star Wars or a long time fan, this is a day all fans can celebrate! Thank you to Disney.Co.UK, fans can download a fun Star Wars Reads Day activity packet, here. You can also join the fun via @StarWarsUK. the source for the graphic above. 

@DK_Aus is also celebrating today's Star Wars Reads Day! Aussie fans can check out the site, here, for more exiting things!

Today's an great excuse to go pick up the new Star Wars books out by Disney Books!Find out more about each one and where you can purchase them from, here. Happy Reading and may the force of reading be with you!

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~