Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! With the close of 2012, I wanted to take a moment and say Thank you to everyone who's supported, visited, and stopped by Mundie Kids through out this past year. I truly appreciate all your support. This has definitely been a crazy, busy year, and with the new year I'm looking forward to be a little more dedicated to Mundie Kids this new year, than I was able to this last year. I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year! Here's to an amazing 2013!

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2012 Mundie Kids Favorites: Picture Books / Middle Grade Books

Happy Holidays! I hope you have had a great holiday season so far. With the close of another year, comes another favorites list, and 2012 proved to be an awesome year for books. I'm extremely excited to see all the releases that 2013 has in store. There were a lot of fabulous children book releases this year that I had the chance to read, and sadly quite a few I didn't have the time to yet read. With the end of another year comes my list of my top 10 favorite books I featured this year on Mundie Kids.

Here are my top 10 favorite MG books from 2012:

  1. Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
  2. The Unwanteds: Island of Silence by Lisa McMann
  3. The False Prince by Jennifer A Nielsen
  4. The Humming Room by Ellen Potter
  5. The Heroes Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
  6. Underwild Wood by Colin Meloy
  7. Winterling by Sarah Prineas
  8. The Book of Wonders  by Jasmine Richards
  9. The Princess Academy: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale
  10. The End of Infinity by Matt Myklusch
  11. Infinity Ring: A Mutiny in Time by James Dashner
  12. Beyonders: Seeds of Rebellion by Brandon Mull
Here are my top ten favorite picture books from 2012:

What were some of your favorite children's and MG books to read this year?

Book Review: A Bad Kitty Christmas

Written and Illustrated by: Nick Bruel
Publisher: Roaring Book Press
Release Date: September 13, 2011
Series: Bad Kitty
Ages: 4 and up
Source: Purchased
Buy: Barnes and Noble | IndieBound | amazon

Rating: 5 stars - I loved it!

Synopsis: "Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the city, not a creature was stirring...Except for BAD KITTY."

A greedy Bad Kitty didn't get all the presents she wanted for Christmas, but after she goes on a Christmas caper across town and through multiple alphabets, she makes a new friend, finds an old friend, and learns the true meaning of Christmas. Or not. Nick Bruel's first picture book about Bad Kitty since the uproarious Poor Puppy in 2007 is full of rhyming mayhem... and Christmas cheer.

My youngest daughter adores all of the Bad Kitty chapter books and when I saw that this picture book was out just in time for Christmas, I just had to add it to her stocking.

I was prepared for the usual Bad Kitty mayhem and mischief, but I wasn't prepared for the level of melancholy. Trust me, it's beautifully presented. Because the holidays are not all about the gifts, wrapping and pretty lights on trees, they're about friends and family. Nick gets that point across to the littlest readers as well as the adults who may be reading or in my case having the book read to them.

This story will now be a holiday favorite. Thanks Nick for allowing me to discuss with my daughter what's really important around holiday time. And yes, there's a gorgeous ending. Pick it up at your favorite bookstore. I see that some e-tailers have it on sale now.
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 ~