Friday, October 21, 2016

Celebrate Halloween with Workman Publishing / Book Review / Giveaway #WorkmanHalloween

Happy Halloween! We're the last stop in the spooktacular HALLOWEEN blog tour hosted by Workman Publishing. Today's stop features reviews for some of their newest Halloween releases, and an epic GIVEAWAY! One winner will receive all 5 of the books featured on today's tour stop. Before you enter to win, here's a little bit about each book. 


By: Sandra Boynton 
Published by: Workman Publishing 
Released on: August 23, 2016
Ages 0-4
Rating: 4 stars - We Enjoyed It
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It starts with an uh-oh—the chickens are nervous! Strange things are happening. One chicken saw a pumpkin with flickering eyes, another spied a mouse of enormous size. They all saw a wizard and a witch, and a spooky robot. “WHAT’S GOING ON HERE? WHAT DOES IT MEAN? / Relax, silly chickens! It’s HALLOWEEN!” 

What happens when a few silly chickens get together on the spookiest night of the year? You'll get a fun board book with a few scared chickens trying to figure out why they're seeing witches, and wizards, and yellow-eyed glowing pumpkins. Little do these chickens know it's Halloween, and it's all part of the fun! This is a really fun, non-scary board book all about Halloween. Fun illustrations, and bright colors, make this book one young kids will enjoy reading. 

By: Julie Winterbottom 
Published by: Workman Publishing 
Released on: August 23, 2016
Ages: 8 & up
Rating: 4 stars - We Enjoyed It
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Combining fact, fiction, and hands-on activities, Frightlopedia is an illustrated A-Z collection of some of the world’s most frightening places, scariest stories, and gruesomest creatures, both real and imagined.

A fascinating read that combines facts, fiction, and hands-on activities. FRIGHT-LOPEDIA has all the things that go bump in the night, and then some. From mummies, to the largest spiders in the world, to being buried alive, ghosts, and zombies. Listed in chronological order, this is a great book for those who enjoy the creepy, crawly, scary, make your skin crawl, kind of reads. From history to modern day, to the 'what-if', this is a book that will both fascinate, and creep out it's readers. This book definitely makes for a perfect Halloween read. 

By: Brian Castleforte
Published by: Workman Publishing 
Released on: August 23, 2016
Ages: 9 & up
Rating: 4 stars - We Enjoyed It
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Origami meets amazing creatures in a book of paper craft fun! Papertoy Glowbots introduces 46 robots that have the added cool factor of lighting up, whether using glow-in-the-dark stickers that come with the book or light sources like flashlights, Christmas tree lights, and electric tea lights.

A really fun, do it yourself book for creative young minds. This book includes everything you need to make your own paper robot. With over 46 robots to create, this book comes with pictures of each robot, information about the robot, including their name, the directions on how to build them, and the cut out robot, along with stickers to add to them. This book is hours of fun for those who love to build, and create. 

By Hal Johnson
Illustrated by: Tom Mead
Published by: Workman Publishing 
Released on: September 8th, 2016
Ages: 9 & up
Rating: 3 stars 
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Illustrated throughout, including eight drawings printed with glow-in-the-dark ink, Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods is for every young reader who loves a good scare. The book was originally published in 1910 by William Thomas Cox and is now inspiringly retold by Hal Johnson, author of Immortal Lycanthropes. The creatures are all scales and claws, razor-sharp teeth and stealth, camouflage and single-minded nastiness. Straight out of the era of Paul Bunyan, they speak to an earlier time in American history, when the woods were indeed dark and deep and filled with mystery. The tone is smart and quirky. The illustrations have a sinewy, retro field-guide look. Read them around a campfire, if you dare.

Perfect for kids who love R.L. Stine, this book features stories that will keep you up at night! Perfect for scaring your friends around the camp fire, this is a book that will make it's readers question just how much of these stories are real, or made up...... You definitely won't go walking in the woods at night after reading these stories. Not for the faint of heart, this book is almost as good as visiting a haunted house. There's definitely a few scary stories in this one!

By Joy Masoff with Jessica Garrett and Ben Ligon
Published by: Workman Publishing 
Released on: November 1st, 2016
Ages: 8 & up
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Featuring 114 interactive experiments and ick-tivities, Oh, Ick! delves into the science behind everything disgusting. Stage an Ooze Olympics to demonstrate viscosity and the nature of slime. Observe how fungi grow by making a Mold Zoo. Embark on an Insect Safari to get to know the creepy crawlies around your home. And learn what causes that embarrassing acne on your face by baking a Pimple Cake to pop—and eat. Eww!

I've not read this book, but this sounds like a book that's great for those who like the kind of experiments that gross people out. 


Thank you to Workman Publishing, one winner will receive a copy of all 5 of the books pictured above, along with a Workman Publishing tote and a few other surprises. To enter, please fill out the form below. 


October 10: Lisa/A Rup Life
October 11: Jessika/Kidliterati
October 12: Jennifer/Reviews Coming at YA
October 13: Laura/Literacious
October 14: Sandie/Teen Lit Rocks
October 17: Christina/Confessions of a Book Addict
October 18: Kate/Ex Libris
October 19: Lori/Pure Imagination / Lauren/Love is a not a Triangle
October 20: Andrea/The Overstuffed Bookshelf
October 21: Katie/Mundie Kids

* Books, and prizes provided by Workman Publishing. All titles reviewed were received from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Good Night, Baddies / Monsters Go Night-Night

By: Deborah Underwood
Illustrated by: Juli Kangas
Published by: Beachlane (Simon Kids)
Released on: May 17th, 2016
Ages: 4 & up
Purchase from: Simon KidsAmazon | B&N 
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Rating: 5 Owlets - My Daughter Loved It
A copy of this book was received from the publisher in exchange for our honest review

Get to know the softer side of your favorite fairy tale baddies as they return home from a full day of scheming to enjoy a yummy dinner together and help one another get ready for bed.

Wolves, today was not so good.
You didn’t catch Red Riding Hood.
You huffed and puffed without success.
But brush your fangs, please, nonetheless.

Wicked witches. Evil queens. And big, bad wolves. By day they’re such baddies! But cozy at night at home among friends? Why, they couldn’t be nicer! Inspired by the mischief-makers from classic folk and fairy tales, this picture book shows that even the baddest baddies can have big hearts.

You'll never look at the fairytale villains the same way again. When it comes time to get ready for bed, the baddies have a soft side. Kids will love seeing the baddies from their favorite bed time stories in a whole new way. They're actually really nice and go through the same routine they do when getting ready for bed.  What a great bed time story. Between Underwood's engaging story telling, and rhyming text, and Kangas's colorful, fun illustrations, this is a book that will easily hold even the shortest of attention spans. I'd recommend adding this book to your bedtime story collection.

By: Aaron Zenz
Published by: Abrams Appleseed (Abrams Kids)
Released on: August 16th, 2016
Ages: 4 & up
Purchase from: Abrams KidsAmazon | B&N 
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Rating: 4 Owlets - We Enjoyed It!
A copy of this book was received from the publisher in exchange for our honest review

Bedtime means brushing your teeth, putting on pajamas, snuggling, and kissing your family goodnight. For monsters, bedtime looks a little different. They brush their teeth, but not with a toothbrush. They get dressed for bed, but not in slippers and nightcaps. They snuggle, but not with a blankie or a teddy bear. Monsters Go Night-Night takes readers through the bedtime rituals of seven friendly monsters while making each step of the routine a guessing game. Getting ready for bed has never been so much fun!

There is no reason to be afraid of monsters, especially these fun Monsters. Have you ever wondered what a Monster snuggles with, or what they wear to bed? You'll find out in this book! Be prepared to laugh a lot when you read this book. It's the perfect length for bed time, and short attention spans. Written with simple text, and bright, colorful, yet simple illustrations, this is a book that will be enjoyed by even the youngest of readers. Our favorite part was finding out what Monsters wear to bed. This friendly Monster book is worth picking up. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Happy Halloween from Lockwood & Co / Giveaway #LockwoodandCo

We're celebrating Halloween and release of THE CREEPING SHADOW! We're so thrilled to team up with Disney to celebrate with a giveaway of Jonathan Stroud's Lockwood & Co series! One winner will receive the complete series, and everything pictured above. This is the perfect series for Halloween! You can read an excerpt from The Creeping Shadow here. Before you enter to win, here's a little bit about Jonathan's series:


A sinister Problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren't exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see—and eradicate—these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business. 

Jonathan Stroud, author of the internationally best-selling Bartimaeus books, continues his hit series of supernatural thrillers about three teen members of a Psychic Detection Agency who are battling an epidemic of ghosts in London. The fourth book in the series, The Creeping Shadows, released September 13th


By Jonathan Stroud
Release: September 17th, 2013

A sinister Problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren't exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see—and eradicate—these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business. 

In The Screaming Staircase, the plucky and talented Lucy Carlyle teams up with Anthony Lockwood, the charismatic leader of Lockwood & Co, a small agency that runs independent of any adult supervision. After an assignment leads to both a grisly discovery and a disastrous end, Lucy, Anthony, and their sarcastic colleague, George, are forced to take part in the perilous investigation of Combe Carey Hall, one of the most haunted houses in England. Will Lockwood & Co. survive the Hall’s legendary Screaming Staircase and Red Room to see another day? 

Readers who enjoyed the action, suspense, and humor in Jonathan Stroud’s internationally best-selling Bartimaeus books will be delighted to find the same ingredients, combined with deliciously creepy scares, in his thrilling and chilling Lockwood & Co. series.


By Jonathan Stroud
Release: September 16th, 2014

Rivals clash, friendships are tested, and sinister secrets are unsealed as Lockwood & Co. investigate a Victorian occultist in this second spine-chilling, ghost-filled adventure by internationally best-selling author Jonathan Stroud.

In the six months since Anthony, Lucy, and George survived a night in the most haunted house in England, Lockwood & Co. hasn’t made much progress. Quill Kipps and his team of Fittes agents keep swooping in on Lockwood’s investigations. Finally, in a fit of anger, Anthony challenges his rival to a contest: the next time the two agencies compete on a job, the losing side will have to admit defeat in the Times newspaper.

Things look up when a new client, Mr. Saunders, hires Lockwood & Co. to be present at the excavation of Edmund Bickerstaff, a Victorian doctor who reportedly tried to communicate with the dead. Saunders needs the coffin sealed with silver to prevent any supernatural trouble. All goes well—until George’s curiosity attracts a horrible phantom. 

Back home at Portland Row, Lockwood accuses George of making too many careless mistakes. Lucy is distracted by urgent whispers coming from the skull in the ghost jar. Then the team is summoned to DEPRAC headquarters. Kipps is there too, much to Lockwood’s annoyance. Bickerstaff’s coffin was raided and a strange glass object buried with the corpse has vanished. Inspector Barnes believes the relic to be highly dangerous, and he wants it found. 

The author of the blockbuster Bartimaeus series delivers another amusing, chilling, and ingeniously plotted entry in the critically acclaimed Lockwood & Co. series.


By Jonathan Stroud
Release: September 15th, 2015

Anthony's dark secret is revealed, Lucy resents a new employee, and the ghost jar continues to mutter in the third book in the series that Kirkus called "rousing adventures for young tomb robbers."

As a massive outbreak of supernatural Visitors baffles Scotland Yard and causes protests throughout London, Lockwood & Co. continue to demonstrate their effectiveness in exterminating spirits. Anthony Lockwood is dashing, George insightful, and Lucy dynamic, while the skull in the jar utters sardonic advice from the sidelines. There is a new spirit of openness in the team now that Lockwood has shared some of his childhood secrets, and Lucy is feeling more and more as if her true home is at Portland Row. It comes as a great shock, then, when Lockwood and George introduce her to an annoyingly perky and hyper-efficient new assistant, Holly Munro.

Meanwhile, there are reports of many new hauntings, including a house where bloody footprints are appearing, and a department store full of strange sounds and shadowy figures. But ghosts seem to be the least of Lockwood & Co.'s concerns when assassins attack during a carnival in the center of the city. Can the team get past their personal issues to save the day on all fronts, or will bad feelings attract yet more trouble?

Danger abounds, tensions escalate, and new loyalties form in this third delightfully terrifying adventure in the critically acclaimed Lockwood & Co. series.


By Jonathan Stroud
Release: September 13th, 2016

A terrible crime forces Lockwood to turn to Lucy for help, setting them on the trail of dark secrets at the heart of London society. Both professionally and personally, their investigation stirs up forces they may not be able to control. . . .
After leaving Lockwood & Co. at the end of The Hollow Boy, Lucy is a freelance operative, hiring herself out to agencies that value her ever-improving skills. One day she is pleasantly surprised by a visit from Lockwood, who tells her he needs a good Listener for a tough assignment. Penelope Fittes, the leader of the giant Fittes Agency wants them--and only them--to locate and remove the Source for the legendary Brixton Cannibal. They succeed in their very dangerous task, but tensions remain high between Lucy and the other agents. Even the skull in the jar talks to her like a jilted lover. What will it take to reunite the team? Black marketeers, an informant ghost, a Spirit Cape that transports the wearer, and mysteries involving Steve Rotwell and Penelope Fittes just may do the trick. But, in a shocking cliffhanger ending, the team learns that someone has been manipulating them all along. . . . 


Jonathan Stroud ( is the author of three previous books in the Lockwood & Co. series as well as the New York Times best-selling Bartimaeus books, and the stand-alone titles Heroes of the Valley, The Leap, The Last Siege, and Buried Fire. He lives in England with his wife and three children.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

IRON MAN: THE GAUNTLET by Eoin Colfer / Blog Tour: Book Review / Giveaway

Welcome to the first stop in the IRON MAN: THE GAUNTLET, blog tour! I am so thrilled to celebrate Eoin Colfer's upcoming release. Today's stop features my review and a giveaway! Trust me, if you're a fan of IRON MAN, you'll want to pick up this book. 


By: Eoin Colfer
Published by: Marvel Press
To Released on: 10/25/16
Ages: 8 & up
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Rating: 4.5 stars - We Really Enjoyed It!
*I received an arc of this book from the publisher at BEA, in exchange for my honest review 

Tony Stark is known throughout the world as many things: billionaire, inventor, Avenger. But mainly for being the Invincible Iron Man.

Just when Tony is about to add his pizzazz to an international eco-summit in Ireland, someone close to him forces him to question his role in making the world a more dangerous place with his high-tech weaponry. But Stark doesn't have much time to reflect before an old enemy presents him with an even greater challenge: the assassination of all the eco-ministers, and Iron Man himself. Just how invincible Iron Man is when he is stripped of everything remains to be seen in this breathless adventure by the bestselling author of Artemis Fowl.

Marvel fans of all ages will love reading Eoin Colfer's THE GAUNTLET. Written true to the iconic Iron Man, Colfer effortlessly brings the snark, the ego, and the brains of Tony Stark to life within the pages of his new middle grade book. 

There's no shortage of danger, action, snark, or trouble for that matter, in this book. What fans love about Marvel's Iron Man, spring to life within the pages of this book. It is incredibly easy to mentally picture everything that is going on, while reading the book. It's like reading an Iron Man movie in book form. 

I really enjoyed the over all story arc for this book. Readers will see Tony Stark's struggle to be accepted by his father as a young boy, to the man he becomes, what drove me to become Iron Man, to seeing him fix the errors of his thinking, and his creations.
I've always been a fan of Iron Man, (though I may like Captain America a little bit more in the movies), and I really loved the Iron Man I got to know in this book. 

While this book is about the fan favorite Iron Man character, this story is a whole new story for young Marvel fans to enjoy! This is a fantastic book for Marvel fans of ALL ages to enjoy. I don't think anyone could have written this book better than Eoin Colfer. I'm hoping we'll get more Iron Man books from Colfer! This one is definitely worth picking up!


Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) was born in Wexford on the South-East coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four brothers were brought up by his father and mother, who were both educators.

He received his degree from Dublin University and began teaching primary school in Wexford. He has lived and worked all over the world, including Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. After the publication of the Artemis Fowl novels, Eoin retired from teaching and now writes full time. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

WATER IS WATER: A Book About The Water Cycle by Miranda Paul / Book Review

By: Miranda Paul
Illustrated by: Jason Chin
Published by: Roaring Book Press
Released on: 5/26/15
Ages: All 
Purchase from: Amazon | B&N
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Rating: 5 Owlets
Source: ARC received from publisher in exchange for my honest review 

Drip. Sip. Pour me a cup. Water is water heats up.
Whirl. Swirl. Watch it curl by. Steam is steam cools high.

This spare, poetic picture book follows a group of kids as they move through all the different phases of the water cycle. From rain to fog to snow to mist, talented author Miranda Paul and the always remarkable Jason Chin (Redwoods, Coral Reefs, Island, Gravity) combine to create a beautiful and informative journey in this innovative nonfiction picture book that will leave you thirsty for more.

A poetic, and beautifully illustrated picture book that follows two siblings through out the year as they enjoy all the fun and various phases of the water cycle. From splashing in puddles, to playing in the snow, to planting a garden in the mud, to watching the clouds, this book covers all the basics of the cycle of water, and does so in a charming way. 

This is story details all the ways water and it's cycle are enjoyed through out the year, and during each season. Simple words, and vivid imaginary are found on each page of this book. Much of the magic of being a child, and playing outdoors is beautifully captured in the book's illustrations. From running off the end of docks to jump into the river, or running through sprinkles, to jumping into puddles, or laying on my back watching the clouds go by. It was incredibly easy to reminisce about the water fun I had during my childhood.

WATER IS WATER is one of our favorite picture books! From the writing to the illustrations, we loved everything about this book. I highly recommend this book! It's a great book to have in any personal library as well as school / classroom library. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

THE SECRET HORSES OF BRIAR HILL by Megan Shepherd / Book Review

By: Megan Shepherd
Published by: Delacorte Press
Released on: October 11th, 2016
Purchase from: Amazon | B&N
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Rating: 5 stars - I LOVED It
*I received an arc from the publisher in exchange for my honest review

There are winged horses that live in the mirrors of Briar Hill hospital. In the mirrors that line its grand hallways, which once belonged to a princess. In those that reflect the elegant rooms, now filled with sick children. It is her secret.

One morning, when Emmaline climbs over the wall of the hospital’s abandoned gardens, she discovers something incredible: a white horse with broken wings has left the mirror-world and entered her own.

Tucked into the garden’s once-gleaming sundial, Emmaline finds a letter from the Horse Lord. He is hiding the wounded white horse, named Foxfire, from a dark and sinister force—a Black Horse who hunts by colorless moonlight. If Emmaline is to keep the Black Horse from finding her new friend, she must collect colorful objects with which to blind him. But where can Emmaline find color when her world is filled with gray?

A beautiful, haunting story that stays with you long after you read it. The Secret Horses of Briar Hill is a magical, heartfelt story that effortlessly pulls readers in, and makes you wish you could stay longer when the story is over. I loved this book! I devoured it in one sitting.

Megan Shepherd's middle grade debut is mesmerizing! I loved the way she wove WWII history, and fantasy together, to create a story that will mean something different to each reader. There's so much wrapped into each of the characters in this story, along with the historical references of what has brought them together. This is book about believing in the impossible, friendship, hope, surviving and so much more. It was all the book feelings I look for in a well written MG book. I LOVED it!

Normally I'm not one to compare books, but I couldn't help but be reminded of two childhood favorites with a similar feel to them, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, and The Secret Garden. There's something magical about the way each of these stories are told. No matter the reader's age, they connect us to the story in some way. They make us feel. They make us believe in the impossible, and take us on a journey. They allow us to reminiscence, and remind of us of what first made us start reading. 

Another thing I enjoyed about this book is that it's one readers of a variety of different ages will enjoy for different reasons. It's written that way for a reason. There's an open endedness with the story that allows each reader to interpret it their own unique way. I love the way Shepherd explains why she wrote it like that at the end of her book. It's brilliant!

With it's mix of history, and fantasy, this is a book I couldn't help falling in love with. Shepherd's vivid imagery, beautiful storytelling, detailed setting and lively characters create something truly unique in a MG book. Megan Shepherd has definitely found her niche with middle grade. I think this book is one both her YA audience, and her MG readers will enjoy. I would definitely recommend picking this book up! Plus, look at that stunning cover! It just beckons you to pick it up and read it. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

A TEENY TINY HALLOWEEN by Lauren L. Wohl / Book Review

By: Lauren L. Wohl
Illustrated by: Henry Cole
Published by: Persnickety Press
Released on: September 13th, 2016
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Rating: 3 Stars - It's A Good Read
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review

It happens every fall. The leaves from the tall trees that surround her house drift down until the teeny tiny woman’s teeny tiny house is buried completely. Inside it’s dark and a teeny tiny bit scary, but the resourceful woman has a plan and a few surprises up her teeny tiny sleeve.

Written to be shared through read-aloud or story-telling, the type face indicates where the teller should be whispering and when suddenly s/he should shout – surprising the listeners, even causing them to jump, which puts this book in the realm of jump-tales, so popular at spooky-story times like Halloween and around the campfire on summer evenings. Short enough for even young children to remember after reading or hearing the story a few times, the book encourages children themselves to tell the tale themselves, making a family tradition.

Former Disney Publishing executive, Lauren L. Wohl, tells an all-new story starring a favorite character from folklore with an autumnal chill and a special treat that brings the book to a perfect-for-Halloween ending. Children will want to return to the teeny tiny house again and again to enjoy Henry Cole’s illustrations that capture the mood and the humor of the tale.

Sure to be a perennial holiday favorite, like The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything," a book that makes the bestseller list every single Halloween!

Another great book to add to your Fall picture book list.  With the Autumn chill in the air, this delightful story is just right for picking up to get into the Halloween spirit. In the middle of a big forest, sits a small house with a teeny tiny women, who lives inside. When the season changes to Fall, and the leaves begin to fall, the women's house is buried in leaves. With no way out of her house, this clever women knows the best way to lure help to her house. And that may involve a treat.....

Great for young readers, this book features simple illustrations created in fall colors that are perfect for capturing young reader's attentions. With it's simple wording, this book is sure to hold even the shortest of attention spans. The child minded spooky mystery is just perfect for kids. It's not scary, but it's just enough to keep readers invested in the story to find out what happens.

With a similar feel to The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, I think this book would make a great addition to any Halloween picture book reading list. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

BELLA'S FALL COAT by Lynn Plourde / Book Review

By: Lynn Plourde
Illustrated by: Susan Gal
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Released on: September 6th, 2016
Purchase from: Amazon | B&N
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Ages: All 
Rating: 5 Owlets - We Loved It! 
Source: Book received from the publisher in exchange for my honest review

Bella loves the sights and sounds of fall--the crinkle-crackle of fallen leaves, the crunch of crisp, red apples, the honking and flapping of migrating geese. She wants the season to last forever. She also wants her fall coat--the one her Grams made especially for her--to last forever. But the coat is worn-out and too small. . . . With a snip and a whir, Grams makes sure Bella will be warm when the first snowflakes fall. And Bella finds a perfect use for her old favorite coat--on the first snowman of the season. Adorned with beautiful fall oranges, reds, and yellows, and sprinkled with fun sound words, this read-aloud will help families celebrate both fall and winter. 

A heart felt story that will warm you up on a cool Fall day. Richly illustrated with Fall colors, this book captures the many things I love about Fall, and loved about it when I was a kid. From the changing colors of the leaves, to the cool outside air, to the fun of running, and jumping into a pile of leaves. This book is an ode to past childhoods, as well as the special bond a grandchild can have with their Grandmother.

Bella loves to be on the go. She loves being outside, and she loves to explore. There's one thing she loves more than all these things, and that's the special coat her Grandmother made her when she was really little. She's growing, and the coat doesn't fit as snuggly anymore. She doesn't mind. She loves her coat anywhere, because her Grandma made it. She refuses to part with it. As Fall continues, and the days grow closer to Winter, Bella's coat starts to unravel. 

With the winter season approaching, Bella's Grandma surprises her with a brand new coat. Made with the same love, and care of her previous coat, Bella loves it. She has a wonderful idea of what to do with her old coat. This picture book beautifully captures the joys of childhood, and the changes that come with it, mirrored the the change in seasons. A wonderful story with equally wonderful illustrations, this is a book I'd recommend picking up. 

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 ~