Tuesday, April 26, 2016

OLLIE'S ODYSSEY by William Joyce / Book Review


By: William Joyce
Published by: Atheneum (Simon & Schuster)
Released on: April 12th, 2016
Ages: 7-12 years old
Rating: 4 Owlets - We Enjoyed It! 
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* I received a copy of this book to review, in exchange for my honest review

From the creator of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore and The Guardians of Childhood comes an grand adventure of valor, friendship, and a look into the mysterious world of favorite toys.

In the secret realm of toys, there are many mysteries.

There is the Code of the Toys, which is as ancient as childhood.

There’s also the magic of becoming a child’s favorite, the highest honor in the Toy World.

Made by hand by Billy’s mother, Ollie is a special toy, “a toy who will matter.” He becomes Billy’s best friend, confidant, pal, and yes, Billy’s “favorite.”

But there are villains in the Toy World, and Zozo, the clown king, is the most feared. He and his toy henchman (the Creeps) have sworn to steal and imprison favorite toys until they forget their children and become forever lost.

When Ollie is toynapped, Billy must rescue his beloved favorite from Zozo’s subterranean lair in the old Carnival Place, past the park, through the woods, and into the night.

Never has a journey of ten blocks been more epic. 

This is a story about Billie, a boy who loves his special, ratted old toy. It's also a story about Ollie, a ratted old, special toy who loves his boy. Ollie has always been there for Billie to comfort him, and has joined him on every grand adventure he's ever been on. Soon, Billie and Ollie won't have as many adventures together. Billie is growing up, and soon Ollie won't be his constant companion. When Ollie goes missing one night, Billie stops at nothing to rescue his beloved toy. 

I love the way Joyce captures that innocence of childhood. He captures the wonder, the magic, adventure, and all the fun childhood is. At the same time, he doesn't shy away from the things that taint it. This adventure is one about growing up, and never forgetting, as much as it is about good, vs evil. True to Joyce's style, this is a story about friendship and a grand adventure. It's about bravery, and courage. It's also a story about remembering the forgotten parts of childhood, and the things that make it special.


An epic adventure! Joyce has a way of creating stories that capture his reader's heart, imagination, and attention. With vivid imaginary, and characters we loved reading about, this was a story my daughter and I enjoyed reading together. It's written so that both children and parents alike can enjoy it, and each for different reasons. It's a story that made me want to cherish my children's childhood even more so, and had me longing for the one I long ago left behind.


Ollie's Odyssey is a story about the innocence of childhood, growing up, being courageous, and always remembering. Reminiscent of childhood stories like Peter Pan, The Velveteen Rabbit, and The Little Prince, this is a story that will resonate with adults and children alike. Like Billie, no matter how old we get, and how far away our childhood may seem, there's always a part of it that will always be remembered. It might be a faint memory, but it's a memory all the same. 


Favorite Quote: "It didn't matter if something was pretend or read; if it was remembered, then it was true. If it was remembered, then it didn't go away."


Monday, April 25, 2016

Celebrate #WorldPenguinDay With These 9 Books From Harper Collins

It's World Penguin Day! 


Harper Collins Children's Books has a great list of books to celebrate today's World Penguin Awareness Day! Check out the list below:



Happy Penguin Awareness Day to one of our favorite furry animals! Be sure to head over to here to find out more about each book featured above. 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

OUR GREAT BIG BACKYARD by Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager #TweetsForTrees


From Harper Collins Children's books (see their post here), celebrate Earth Day and the upcoming publication of Our Great Big Backyard by Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager and 100 years of the National Park Service, we’re encouraging you to join us and tweet for trees! 

Share why you are looking forward to reading Our Great Big Backyard, your favorite thing about our national parks, or why you love the outdoors using #tweetsfortrees. For every tweet and retweet between today, Earth Day, and April 29, Arbor Day, HarperCollins will work with the National Park Service to plant a tree 
in parks that need them.* 

Preorder your copy of the book here

Promotion Details

  • Share anything related to Our Great Big Backyard, national parks, or the outdoors on Twitter!
  • Don’t forget to use #tweetsfortrees so we can track your participation.
  • HarperCollins will make a donation of $1,000 to the National Park Foundation to plant up to 1,000 trees, regardless of how many tweets are received.
  • This promotion runs from 4/22/16–4/29/16, so act now!
  • Tweet as many times as you like—and retweets count, too!
  • Follow @HarperChildrens to stay updated with all things Our Great Big Backyard and upcoming appearances by Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager.
To learn more about the National Park Service, click here!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Happy Earth Day! #EarthDay


Happy Earth Day! 
Check out this great list of books and activities that Harper Collins put together that helps children celebrate Earth Day, here.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Nocturnals: The Mysterious Abductions by Tracey Hecht / Blog Tour: Guest Post



Hello and welcome to today's blog tour for The Nocturnals: The Mysterious Abductions by Tracey Hecht, hosted by Fabled Films Press. Today's post features a guest post from Tracey, and introduces readers to Tobin, one of her book's main characters. First, here's a little bit about The Nocturnals, which released earlier this week. 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Written By: Tracey Hecht

Illustrated by: Kate Liebman
Published by: Fabled Films Press
Released on: April 19th, 2016
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The Nocturnals features three unlikely friends: Dawn, a serious fox, Tobin, a sweet pangolin and Bismark, the loud mouthed, pint sized sugar glider. The stories all play out in their nighttime world with teamwork, friendship and humor in every adventure.

In The Mysterious Abductions, the animals form a brigade of the night after a random encounter with a blood-thirsty snake, and just in time because something is threatening their night realm. Animals are disappearing without a trace. Together with the help of a wombat, a band of coyotes and many others, Dawn, Tobin and Bismark journey to the depths of the earth in a wacky, high stakes game that will determine all of their survival.


Praise From The Book


"The characters are delightful and the nighttime landscape is captivating. It was just as I expected—because the best stories always take place in the dark!R.L. Stine, author of Goosebumps 


GUEST POST: MEET TOBIN


Tobin is a sweet, bumbling pangolin with a big appetite and a bigger heart. His short-legged, anteater-like body is covered in a tough layer of scales that fit together like the petals of an artichoke. When scared, which happens rather often, he releases a defensive odor from the scent glands on his rear end. His unconditional love for Bismark and Dawn is always enough to override his fear of the unknown, and he is fiercely loyal to his friends and the mission of helping others.

Here are some interesting facts Tracey learned about real pangolins while researching Tobin:

*P angolins are the scaly anteaters of the night.  Their scales are keratin covered giving them the appearance of animals with smooth plated armor.  They look like live-action-artichokes, their 'finger-nail' like scales hinging with movement as they trundle through the night.  
("Mammals." Animal Encyclopedia: 2,500 Animals with Photos, Maps, and More! Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2012. 47. Print.)

* These scaly creatures are surprisingly fast runners and swimmers. 

* Pangolins live primarily in deep burrows which they dig up to 10 feet below ground.  Some pangolin like to live in hollowed out trees. 

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Visit the Nocturnals via their Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads accounts. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Tracey Hecht, founder of Fabled Films, is a writer and entrepreneur who has written, directed and produced for film. Tracey has launched several start-ups including DoughNet, an online company promoting savings and social responsibility for kids. Fabled Films brings together her passions and interests: writing, creativity, teamwork, and entrepreneurship. When she isn’t writing and managing a business, she can be found hiking, reading or spending time with her family. Tracey currently splits her time between New York City and Oquossoc, Maine with her husband, four children and three pets—none of which are a sugar glider.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR



Kate Liebman is an artist who lives and works in New York City. She graduated from Yale University, contributes to the Brooklyn Rail, and has shown her work at multiple galleries. She grew up in Santa Monica,  California. This is her first children's book.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

EXPLORERS OF THE WILD by Cale Atkinson / Book Review



Written and Illustrated by: Cale Atkinson
Published by: Disney Hyperion
To Be Released on: April 26th, 2016
Ages: 3-5 
Rating: 5 Owlets - It's A Must Have!
Pre-Order from: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository
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* I received a copy of this book from the publisher to review, in exchange for my honest review

Boy and Bear both love to explore the outdoors. There are so many neat things to see, and so many strange things to find. These explorers are prepared for anything . . . except each other!

When Bear and Boy meet in the woods, they're scared at first. Really scared. But soon these kings of the wild realize that no mountain is too big to conquer if you have a friend to climb it by your side.


Perfect for young explorers who love stories about out door adventures and friendship. With it's frame worthy illustrations, and unforgettable story, EXPLORERS OF THE WILD is a book that captures the heart of being an explorer, and making new friends. 


What happens when a young boy, and a bear cub cross paths while exploring the same woods? An unlikely friendship that leads them to finding new discoveries and trying new things. I loved the way the story is told. While this may be a story about exploring, at it's heart is a story about friendship and over coming fear. 


EXPLORES OF THE WILD is hands down one of my favorite children's books I've read. Not only is the story one that will easily capture the attention of young readers, it's one that visually comes to life with vibrant illustrations that Cale Atkinson's books are known for. This is definitely a must have for explorers of all ages. It's the perfect book to read at story time, or bedtime. 


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

GOOD NIGHT OWL by Greg Pizzoli / Book Review


Written & Illustrated By: Greg Pizzoli
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Released on: April 19th, 2016 - TODAY
Purchase from: Amazon | B&N
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*I received an arc from the publisher to review, in exchange for my honest review

Owl is ready for bed. But as soon as he settles in, he hears a strange noise. He'll never get to sleep unless he can figure out what's going on! He looks everywhere-in his cupboard, underneath the floorboards-even in his walls. But while he's busy tearing his house apart, he doesn't notice one tiny, squeaky, mouse-shaped detail. . . . Will Owl ever get a good night's sleep?


A fun bedtime story! What's an owl to do, when every time he says good night to himself, and nestles down in bed, he hears a squeak? Searching high and low, and all through out his house, Owl can not figure out where that sound is coming from. If Owl wants a good night sleep, he has to find that noise. GOOD NIGHT OWL is a fun read that is sure to bring on a fit giggles, as readers watch Owl search tirelessly for the source of the squeak that's keeping him up. Hidden on each page is the mouse, who's squeak is keeping Owl up. Simple, warm colored illustrations set the perfect mood for this bedtime story.  

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Happy 100th Birthday Beverly Cleary

Happy 100th Birthday to one of the most influential children's authors, Beverly Cleary! 


What an amazing women! Growing up she was not only someone many of us thought was amazing (because we were from her home state), she was one of the most popular children's authors! We loved her books. I still do. Some of her books still grace my bookshelves now. While her books may not be required elementary school reading like they were back when we were growing up, I love that her books still exists. Along side one of my all time favorite childhood books, Charlotte's Web, was some of the Ramona Quimby books. I still have some of these books today for my kids. Thank you Ms. Cleary for all the wonderful stories you have shared with us, and the characters who meant something to us! Here's to celebrating another 100 years of unforgettable characters, stories, and children's books. 


Check out the collection of children's books Beverly Cleary has written, here.

Monday, April 11, 2016

THE KID IN THE RED JACKET by Barbara Park / Book Review


Today I'm thrilled to share another book review, written by our second grade guest reviewer, Gavin G. Today Gavin shares his thoughts on one of Barbara Park's classics, The Kid In The Red Jacket.

ABOUT THE BOOK

By: Barbara Park
Published by: Random House Children's Books 
Released on: 8/28/88
Ages: 8-12 years old  
Purchase from: Scholastic | Amazon | B&N
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The kids in Howard's new town act as if he's totally invisible, except for his six-year-old neighbor, Molly Vera Thompson. True, Howard could use a friend, but an annoying little girl who talks nonstop and looks like a miniature Bozo isn't exactly what he had in mind! Of course, when you're really lonely, you'll be friends with anyone.


GUEST REVIEW

Howard is moving to Massachusetts and is scared he will not make any friends. I like the author's writing style because it is funny, a little sad and as some fun names. As I read when Howard get invited to a football game, it made feel excited, because Howard was making some new friends. Like when Molly called Howard, Howard Jeeper, instead of Howard Jeeter. I like it because it is funny and I almost laughed out loud.


Something that surprised me was when Howard started liking Molly, because he did not like for her a long time. I think the genre of this book is realistic fiction, because it could have happened, but did not. I think the author wrote this book to teach that even though you might be older, you can be friends with anyone. 


* Guest review written by: Gavin G., 2nd grade

Friday, April 8, 2016

THE ALMOST TERRIBLE PLAYDATE by Richard Torrey / Book Trailer Reveal


Hello and welcome to today's book trailer reveal for Richard Torrey's THE ALMOST TERRIBLE PLAYDATE! Being moms, we can totally relate to the theme of this book! In fact, we may have witnessed a playdate or two similar to this one... This book sounds like a must read. After seeing this book trailer, I'm definitely going to be picking up this book soon! 

Check out this adorable book trailer!




Per Random House Children's Books: Ideal for any parent or caregiver who's ever said the words "Why can't you both JUST GET ALONG??!", here is the story of two young children with VERY different ideas of what they want to play. In a humorous mock-epic battle staged with crayon illustrations of each child's increasingly elaborate ideas of what they want to play, Richard Torrey taps into the volatile emotions of childhood that every parent and child will recognize with a smile.

ABOUT THE BOOK

By: Richard Torrey
Published By: Random House Children's Book
Released on: February 16th, 2016
Purchase from: Random HouseAmazon | B&N
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Here is the story of two young children with VERY different ideas of what they want to play. What starts with an innocent question (“What do you want to play?”) soon veers hilariously toward chaos, as two children engage in the age-old struggle of princesses, ponies, and ballet vs. dinosaurs, dragons, and race cars. Which child will win? Or will both find a way to play nicely together?


I'm looking forward to reading this book soon!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Dig In! By Cindy Jenson-Elliot / Book Review




By: Cindy Jenson-Elliott
Illustrated by: Mary Peterson
Published by: Beach Lane Books (Simon Kids)
Released On: March 1st, 2016
Purchase from: Amazon
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* I received a copy of this book to review from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review

Dig in to this vibrant picture book that celebrates all the surprises found down in the dirt!

I dig in the dirt...and find a seed.
Seed waits.
I dig in the dirt...and find a spider.
Spider runs.

Explore all of the creepy, crawly, dirty, muddy, green, and growing things that can be found outside in the garden. From pill bugs to worms to leafy green sprouts, young readers will love discovering the muddy garden habitat within the pages of this book—and outside in their own backyards!


Explore the fun of the outdoors, and digging in the dirt, with this cute picture book. Dig In! is a great book for kids who love getting their hands dirty, and exploring the outdoors. Young readers will love discovering what they can find when they dig in and play in the dirt. With cute illustrations, and an easy to read story, readers will find a worm, a seed, a rock, a potato bugs (pill bugs), and more. DigIn! and discover the fun adventure of the outdoors with this adorable picture book! You never know what you will find until you Dig In!

With simple, easy to follow words, and simple, bright illustrations, this story is great for children with both short or long attention spans. Dig In! is perfect for reading out loud, story time, preschool and kindergarten lessons on gardens, and/or outdoors. Being that April is National Garden Monthit's also a great time to pick up your copy of Dig In!


Friday, April 1, 2016

The Illustrated Edition of “Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets” Gets a COVER!



It's finally here! The cover for the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets has been revealed!! I love this cover! The book won't be released until October 4th, 2016, but BuzzFeed has an early sneak peak for fans! Check out this artwork found inside the book of the Phoenix. 


I love that both Bloomsbury and Scholastic have teamed up to publish an illustrated edition for each of the Harry Potter books. Each book will feature the artwork of Jim Kay. Here's the cover of the first illustrated edition of Harry Potter (it's a must have!):


Be sure to pre-order your copy of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets now! If you haven't already, pick up your copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

THE CLASSY CROOKS CLUB by Alison Cherry / Blog Tour: Author Interview


Hello and welcome to the next stop in THE CLASSY CROOKS CLUB blog tour. Today I'm so thrilled to have author Alison Cherry on the blog to talk about her new release! First, here's a little bit about this fantastic middle grade read! 

ABOUT THE BOOK 
By: Alison Cherry
Published by: Aladdin
Released on: March 29th, 2015
Purchase from: Amazon | B&N
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Twelve-year-old AJ dreads spending an entire month living with her strict Grandma Jo. Not only does her grandmother dictate how she walks, what she eats, and which rooms she can enter, she fills all AJ's free time with boring sewing lessons. Grandma Jo wants nothing more than to transform her adventurous, fun-loving granddaughter into a prim and proper lady.

But AJ’s dull summer takes a sharp turn when she discovers that her grandmother's "bridge group" is actually a heist club. When Grandma Jo offers to let AJ learn lock-picking instead of embroidery in exchange for help with a few capers, AJ is happy to join her grandmother's madcap band of thieves, who claim to steal only for ethical reasons. But even the most respectable ladies can hide truly surprising secrets, and AJ finds she must decide for herself what it means to be one of the good guys.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW



* How would you describe your book in 5 words or less?

HOLY CRAP! GRANDMA'S A THIEF!

* Which character did you have the most fun getting to know? Who surprised you the most? 

My favorite character is Grandma Jo's friend Cookie, who dresses entirely in red, has been married five times, uses her oven as a shoe rack, and describes her profession as "muse." Writing her dialogue was the most fun part of the whole process, and it came very easily to me! (Maybe that's what I'll be like when I'm old? Let's hope.) AJ's archenemy Brianna was the character who surprised me the most; she started out as a pretty stereotypical mean girl, but she turned out to have significantly more depth than I expected.

* What's something you admire about your main character, AJ? 

AJ probably wouldn't agree with me about this, but I think she's incredibly brave. It takes a lot of courage to stand up for what you think is right, even when it means you might lose the respect of the people around you. (For that matter, it takes a lot of courage to break into someone's house and steal a taxidermy bear.) AJ's also able to stay cool under pressure in ways I'm not sure I ever could.

* I love your book's cover! What were your first thoughts when you saw it?

I am completely in love with it, too! It hasn't changed at all from the initial sketches my publisher showed me; my reaction was basically "OMGGGGG YES YES YES, THAT PLEASE." Angela Li, the illustrator, designed the cover of my next middle grade book as well, and it's equally fabulous!

* Will fans get to read more stories about AJ? 

I don't think so; I like to wrap my stories up and move on to something else. But you never know—maybe she'll pop back up somewhere!

* What advice would you give to young aspiring authors?

In the words of Maureen Johnson, don't be afraid to suck! Your first draft will probably be terrible, and that's totally fine. Every book you've ever read and loved started out as a terrible first draft. Push on through to the end; you can worry about making it great later! That's what revisions are for, and you can't fix words that don't exist.
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Thank you Alison for stopping by Mundie Kids today! Be sure to stop back by later today to read my review for THE CLASSY CROOKS CLUB!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

SUMMERLOST by Ally Condie / Release Day Blitz & Giveaway


SUMMERLOST, a new middle grade book by Ally Condie, is out today! Fans are already praising this new book, and it's one I feel may be Condie's best work yet! I'm thrilled to be apart of today's release day blitz, which includes an exclusive letter from Ally, as well as a giveaway, and don't forget to get a sneak peak inside Summerlost, by reading an excerpt below!


A Letter from Ally Condie

Dear Readers,

I think most of us have had our hearts broken. Sometimes we can see it coming, and sometimes it comes down with the unexpected force of a sudden gale of wind or a rising of waters that we thought were still and safe. Loss is universal to human experience, but the way we each feel and recover is one of the most personal things we do.


In Summerlost, Cedar is dealing with the loss of her father and younger brother. And my intent was to show how hard their deaths are for her. But this is also a book about the healing power of friendship. Most of us have been broken-hearted; I hope that most of us have also discovered the miracle of friendships that were just what we needed. Cedar and Leo’s friendship is based on someone I met when I was twelve. Like Leo, my friend was fun and liked to enlist me in crazy adventures (although we never gave a secret guided tour of our town the way they do in Summerlost). And, like Leo, he thought I was wonderful and of worth at a time when I needed it most. 


SUMMERLOST is my attempt to pay tribute both to the pain we feel and the friendships that save us. Thank you so much for supporting this book, and for your willingness to give Cedar’s story a try. I hope it makes you think of a wonderful friend of your own, whether that is someone you met in the pages of a favorite book or outside, in the world where it is often hard and beautiful to live.


Best wishes and happy reading always,
Ally Condie

ABOUT THE BOOK
By: Ally Condie
Published by: Penguin Random House
Released on: March 29th, 2016
Purchase from: Penguin Random House | Amazon | B&N | IndieBound
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It's the first real summer since the devastating accident that killed Cedar's father and younger brother, Ben. But now Cedar and what’s left of her family are returning to the town of Iron Creek for the summer. They’re just settling into their new house when a boy named Leo, dressed in costume, rides by on his bike. Intrigued, Cedar follows him to the renowned Summerlost theatre festival. Soon, she not only has a new friend in Leo and a job working concessions at the festival, she finds herself surrounded by mystery. The mystery of the tragic, too-short life of the Hollywood actress who haunts the halls of Summerlost. And the mystery of the strange gifts that keep appearing for Cedar. 

Infused with emotion and rich with understanding, Summerlost is the touching middle grade debut from Ally Condie, the international bestselling author of the Matched series, that highlights the strength of family and personal resilience in the face of tragedy.


READ AN EXCERPT
Link: http://issuu.com/penguinteen/docs/summerlost_p1-19?e=0/34476640




PRIASE FOR THE BOOK:

A Spring 2016 Kids' Indie Next List Top 10 Pick!

Named one of Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Children’s and YA Books of Spring 2016


“Condie (Matched) strikes a deep emotional chord with this coming-of-age story.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review


“Multiple, seemingly random details, including a family of turkey vultures that now roost outside Cedar’s window, an absurd soap opera narrative of a woman buried alive, and Leo’s quest for a trip with his father, coalesce into metaphors that help Cedar make sense of her grief and the life she now has to look forward to. Thoughtful, poetic chapter endings guide readers new to psychological depth toward meaningful connections between plot events and thematic reflections.” – BCCB 


“A moving tale of friendship and loss. I loved these characters—I wish we could have been friends when I was a kid.” –Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven and Five Kingdoms series


“Ally Condie’s first middle grade book might also be my favorite out of ALL her books to date. Summerlost is a story packed with nostalgia, heart, and gorgeous prose.” – The Novel Novice


“A nuanced portrait of grief deeply grounded in the middle-school mind-set.” – Booklist 


“Honest, lovely, and sad.” – Kirkus Reviews


“A sweet, heartfelt story.” – School Library Journal 


“Achingly good.” – Summer Laurie, Books Inc.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter!

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Wishing all our readers who celebrate, a Happy Easter!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Ordinary People Change the World: I AM LUCILLE BALL by Brad Meltzer / Book Review #OrdinaryPeopleChangeTheWorld


By: Brad Meltzer
Illustrated by: Christopher Eliopoulos
Published by: Dial Books for Young Readers
Released on: January 1st, 2014 
Purchase from: The Author | The Publisher Amazon | B&N
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Rating: 5 Owlets - I Loved It

Introduce kids the creator and star of I Love Lucy with this illustrated biography of Lucille Ball, perfect for kids between five and eight years old.

"Kids always search for heroes, so we might as well have a say in it," Brad Meltzer realized, and so he envisioned this friendly, fun approach to biography for kids. Each book tells the story of one of America's icons in a vivacious, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers, those who aren't quite ready for the Who Was biography series. Each book focuses on a particular character trait that made that role model heroic. For example, Lucille Ball could make any situation funny. By making people around the world laugh, she proved that humor can take on anything.

*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review

Back in the day when I was a kid, I remember watching Lucille Ball on tv. I was mesmerized by this women who seemed larger than life. She was hilarious, and went against the norm of what seemed to excepted of her. I loved that. I admired that she was who she was, and she didn't apologize for that. 

What I didn't realize about Lucille, until reading this book, was the stern upbringing she had, and that she really did go against the norm. She was made fun of, and she was different, but she didn't let that effect her. She had a dream, and she didn't let anything stand in the way of that. She also had a talent, and that was using humor to make other people feel better. Her talent is what lead her to do some incredible things. 

Another thing I didn't know until reading this book, is that Lucille and her husband, who stared along side her in their famous, I LOVE LUCY show, also started a studio together called Desilu, which produced shows like Star Trek and Mission: Impossible. It's amazing to think of all the incredible things Lucy did, like become the first women to run a major Hollywood studio. I also didn't know that Lucille was nominated for an Emmy Award 13 times, and won four times. 

There's a lot to be said for how incredible Lucille was and the path she paved for women. Not just in Hollywood, but every where. She didn't let what other people said she should do, or shouldn't do, or what they allowed her to do, or not do, stand in the way of the person she was, and what she wanted to do. She was who she was, and she embraced that. By doing so, she proved what an incredibly strong women she was. She never apologized for who she was. She also worked hard, and never gave up. I admire that about her. If you haven't yet watched an episode of I LOVE LUCY, I highly recommend that you do, but first, go pick up this book!

Like every book in this fabulous series, at the end of the story is a quote, along with pictures, and facts about this incredible person! This is another fantastic book to pick up and add to your personal, classroom or public library.


Ordinary People Change The World is a fantastic series for kids. Let me rephrase that, it's great for adults as well. I've enjoyed reading these books along side my children. I was thrilled to have the chance to spotlight the entire series though out the month of February, here on Mundie Kids. Check out my reviews for other books in the Ordinary People Change The World series, here. This is such a great series to pick up! You can't go wrong with reading any of these books. 

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 ~