Thursday, March 26, 2015

HERE COMES THE EASTER CAT by Deborah Underwood; Book Review

By: Deborah Underwood
Illustrated by: Claudia Rueda
Published by: Dial Books for Young Readers
Released on: 1/28/14
Ages: 3 & up
Source: Purchased book
Rating: 5 Owlets - I Loved It!
Purchase from: Amazon | B&N
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When Cat tries to replace the Easter Bunny, he soon learns that the job is much harder than he expected-and does not allow time for naps.

A cat with flair to spare, an Easter Bunny with a job to do, and a hilarious break from sticky-sweet Easter fare for fans of Patrick McDonnell and the Pigeon books by Mo Willems.

Why should the Easter Bunny get all the love? That's what Cat would like to know. So he decides to take over: He dons his sparkly suit, jumps on his Harley, and roars off into the night. But it turns out delivering Easter eggs is hard work. And it doesn't leave much time for naps (of which Cat has taken five--no, seven). So when a pooped-out Easter Bunny shows up, and with a treat for Cat, what will Cat do? His surprise solution will be stylish, smart, and even--yes--kind.

If you loved Here Comes Santa Cat, wait till you read Here Comes The Easter Cat! 

Who doesn't love the Easter Bunny? Cat doesn't. He's not too happy about there being an Easter Bunny. What about an Easter Cat? I mean, Cat does have a good point. Why not an Easter Cat? It's not that I don't love the Easter Bunny, because I do. But, Easter Cat has a ring to it. Sort of. Okay, maybe Easter Cat doesn't sound nearly as cute as saying the Easter Bunny. Not that Cat isn't cute, because Cat is.

 Cat doesn't realize that there is a lot of work that goes into being the Easter Bunny. The Easter Bunny is extremely busy. There's a lot that goes into what he does. For example, Cat likes to take naps. A lot of naps. As he finds out, the Easter Bunny is very busy delivering eggs and goodies to kids that he doesn't have time for naps. That doesn't really work out for Cat, since he takes 7 naps a day. The Easter Bunny is really fast. Faster than Cat. Though Cat may not be the Easter Bunny, he does proves that he can be just as clever as the Easter Bunny, and helps him out. Maybe Cat could be the Easter Cat after all....

I loved it. With adorable illustrations, simplistic wording, and humor readers of all ages can get, this is one book I highly recommend picking up. I thought Here Comes Santa Cat was cute, but this book might be just as cute, if not cuter. I know, that's hard to believe. After all, the story is about one adorable Cat. How can you say no to that? Trust me, he's worth picking up this must read. You don't need to be a cat person to fall in love with this Cat. Trust me, he'll win you over with this antics. 

I think Here Comes the Easter Cat makes the perfect gift for the Easter Bunny to include in a child's Easter Basket. After all, books are better than chocolate bunnies. I think Cat would agree with me. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

An Interview with TWERP and FINDING THE WORM author Mark Goldblatt

Hello and welcome today's Mundie Kids spotlight. Today I'm thrilled to have FINDING THE
WORM author Mark Goldblatt on the blog to talk about his newest release. Before I share my interview with Mark, here is a little bit about the book. 

By: Mark Goldblatt
Published by: Random House Kids
Released on: 2/10/15
Ages: 9-12 years old
Grade Level: 4th - 7th
Series: Sequel to Twerp
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The New York Post praised Twerp as “reminiscent of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Finding the Worm is a sequel that stands on its own--an unforgettable coming-of-age story about life, loss, and friendship. Perfect for fans of The Sandlot and readers who love books by Jennifer L. Holm, Andrew Clements, and Rebecca Stead.

It’s not a test unless you can fail. . . .

Trouble always seems to find thirteen-year-old Julian Twerski. First it was a bullying incident, and now he’s been accused of vandalizing a painting. The principal doesn’t want to suspend him again, so instead, he asks Julian to write a 200-word essay on good citizenship. Julian writes 200 no’s instead, and so begins an epic struggle between Julian and his principal.

Being falsely accused is bad enough, but outside of school, Julian’s dealing with even bigger issues. His friend Quentin has been really sick. How can life be fair when the nicest guy in your group has cancer? Julian’s faith and friendships are put to the test . . . and the stakes have never been higher.
  • TWERP was a Summer Top Ten Kids' Indie Next List Pick and a Junior Library Guild Selection. 
  • "Mark Goldblatt is an amazingly wonderful writer." --Chris Grabenstein, New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
  • "A vivid, absorbing story about one boy's misadventure, heartache, and hope for himself." --Rebecca Stead, Newbery Award-winning author of When You Reach Me

Finding the Worm Interview

 Finding the Worm is a follow up to your highly acclaimed middle grade novel Twerp. How much have the characters grown from book to book?
 Six months have passed. The characters have graduated from sixth grade into seventh—from elementary school into junior high school (as the two were divided in the late sixties).
 One of the main themes of Twerp was bullying. What is one of the driving themes behind Finding the Worm? How did you pick it, and why?
 Despite how it’s been taught in schools, I’ve never thought of Twerp as a novel about bullying. Don’t get me wrong. If it provokes discussions of bullying, that’s all to the good. But that wasn’t my intention when I was writing it. I’ve always seen it as a novel about the moment when a boy’s conscience awakens—when he goes from thinking he did something wrong because he got punished to knowing he did something wrong because he feels the wrongness of what he did. It just so happens that the thing he did was to hurt another boy. Twerp is his journey from confusion and regret to empathy and conscience.
 Finding the Worm is a novel first and foremost about justice, about why bad things happen to good people. (Which, of course, is the great challenge to conscience once it awakens.) It’s also a novel about letting go of childish things—including, most obviously, the belief that the world will always be a fair place. Julian, the narrator of both books, is now on the cusp of his bar mitzvah, the moment in a Jewish boy’s life where he passes symbolically from childhood to adulthood. His outlook is changing, his perspective is broadening, and his feelings about his friends are evolving—as are his feelings about girls. Julian has his first taste of love in Finding the Worm.
Both Twerp and Finding the Worm are inspired by your childhood in 1960s Queens. Why do you think kids today can relate to these stories, despite the generational differences?
 I’ve always believed in an underlying commonality of human experience. That’s the reason art and literature survive from generation to generation. As a practical matter, I’m too far removed from the particulars of growing up in the 21st century to write a credible novel about it. Helicopter parents. Cell phones. Social media. It really is a sea change. (As a thought experiment, imagine magically dropping a Beyonce video into 1969…think of the effect on the collective puberty of an entire generation!) However, certain experiences of youth remain universal—not only love and loss, but loyalty, insecurity, restlessness, adventure, disillusionment, etc. If you recreate the life of an adolescent accurately, regardless of the era in which he lives, anyone who is, or has ever been, an adolescent should be able to connect with it. That’s the theory anyway.
 You have several adult characters that have key roles in this story, including Miss Medina and Principal Salvatore. Can you tell us a little more about these characters, and how they fit into Julian’s world? How do their actions contribute to the overall themes in the book?
 When I write books for young readers, they really are books about kids. The crucial relationships are between the kids. You certainly want the adult characters to feel authentic; you don’t want them to sound like the trumpet-voices in a Charlie Brown cartoon. But the adults’ lives, at least in my books, are fixed reference points, like islands in the stream. The kids’ lives are the stream. They flow over, under and around the adults’ lives.
 The three main adult characters in Finding the Worm are a guidance counselor, a school principal and a rabbi. I guess, if you want to put a literary—and slightly pretentious—spin on it, they represent sympathy, authority and wisdom. Julian is struggling with all three in the course of the book.
 One of the characters in the book, Quentin, is diagnosed with cancer, and Julian and his friend have to struggle with their friend’s illness. Why did you decide to include this aspect? What challenges did you face when writing about it?
 One of the guys from the block was diagnosed with cancer around that same age. I think I’ll just leave it at that. 
Do you agree with Julian when he says bad things make for good stories? If so, why do you think that is?
 Characters certainly have to be challenged, or else there is no story—good or bad.
  There is a love triangle in Finding the Worm between Julian and two of his closest friends. Do you think that romantic relationships are an important part of growing up? How do romantic feelings in adolescence effect friendships, and why do you think those effects are significant?
 It’s an interesting question. I’ve always thought of the moment a boy experiences his first love as the moment his life moves from checkers to chess. Checkers is straightforward; there are only a few rules, and the pieces all work the same way. Chess is far more complicated and thus far more unpredictable. That metaphor may tell you more about my life in particular than about boys’ lives in general, but there it is.
 Your bio says that you are a lot like the book’s protagonist Julian. In what ways are you different, and why did you decide to make those changes to his character?
 If I’m not mistaken, the bio says I’m a lot like Julian only not as interesting. I think that needs to be highlighted. If you polled the kids I grew up with—leaving aside the guys from the block—I’m sure most of them would barely remember me. If they did, they’d probably say something like, “Oh yeah, wasn’t he that kid who ran really fast?” That would be about it. I tried to flesh out Julian a bit more. I wanted him to have that third dimension that I lack in real life.


MARK GOLDBLATT is a lot like Julian Twerski, only not as interesting. He’s a widely published columnist, a novelist, and a professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Twerp is his first book for younger readers. He lives in New York City. Visit him online at


It's not like I meant for him to get hurt. . . .

Julian Twerski isn't a bully. He's just made a big mistake. So when he returns to school after a weeklong suspension, his English teacher offers him a deal: if he keeps a journal and writes about the terrible incident that got him and his friends suspended, he can get out of writing a report on Shakespeare. Julian jumps at the chance. And so begins his account of life in sixth grade--blowing up homemade fireworks, writing a love letter for his best friend (with disastrous results), and worrying whether he's still the fastest kid in school. Lurking in the background, though, is the one story he can't bring himself to tell, the one story his teacher most wants to hear.

Inspired by Mark Goldblatt's own childhood growing up in 1960s Queens, Twerp shines with humor and heart. This remarkably powerful story will have readers laughing and crying right along with these flawed but unforgettable characters.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ten Books I'd Like To Revisit From My Pre-Teen Years

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly future I post on Mundie Moms. Each Tuesday you can find a book related post that goes along with that week's book related topic to write about. Today's topic is one I wanted to share here, as it's 10 Books I'd Like to Revisit From Childhood

I grew up with a love of reading, and felt like I could never have enough books to satisfy my wanting to read. Back in those days, I didn't grow up having a kidlit section, or a middle grade or young adult section. My middle school library had The Babysitter's Club, Little House on the Prairie, Choose Your Own Adventure Book, American Girl Doll (which was just coming out), Sweet Valley High, Goosebumps, and Stephen King books all lumped together. Of course we had more books than just those, but those are the ones that stand out the most to me. 

Today's list feature books from my pre-teen years that I loved reading. These are the first books that popped into my head, and are in no order. I read there's any where from 3rd-6th grade. 

  1. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White - This was one of my all time favorite children's books. 
  2. The Babysitters Club (series) by Ann Martin -  This series was HUGE when I was in elementary school. I still have a couple of my books.
  3. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis - I read this book in third grade, and I have loved it ever since. 
  4. Sweet Valley High (series) by Francine Pascals - This was another huge series that everyone read.
  5. The Little House on The Prairie (series) by Laura Ingalls Wilder - This is another series everyone loved reading.
  6. The BFG by Roald Dahl - Roald Dahl books were a huge part of growing up years.
  7. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary - This was another very popular book when I was growing up.
  8. The Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene - I swear this is a timeless classic.
  9. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen - He was one of the first authors I got to meet when I was in middle school. I still have my signed Hatchet book.
  10. The Indian In the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks  - This was mandatory reading book, and one I hated because it was mandatory, but I secretly enjoyed reading it. lol 
  11. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton - I can't make a list and not included this book. I don't think I need to say anything about this book. We read it in class, and then watched the movie *sigh* 
These were the books that stood out the most to me from my pre-teen reading days. I could easily add more books to this list. I have always enjoyed reading. Despite not having as big of a selection of books growing that read readily available now days, the books I enjoyed reading the helped fuel my love of reading. What are some of your favorite childhood-pre-teen reading reads?

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Maze Runner / The Scorch Trials by James Dashner, The Collector's Edition!

Are you a fan of James Dashner's The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials? We are too! Check out the exciting news from Random House about the upcoming release of The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trails: Collector's Edition! Not only will the Collector's Edition feature both books, it will also include exclusive content. 

Here's what Random House had to say about the book's upcoming release: 

April 14th marks the publication date of THE MAZE RUNNER AND THE SCORCH TRIALS: THE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, by #1 New York Times bestselling author James Dashner. The collector’s edition is perfect for both Dashner fans, and new readers, and includes both novels, as well as exclusive content that has never before been in print. The volume includes “The Maze Runner Files”, which was originally published as an eBook short. Now accessible to all readers, “The Maze Runner Files” features top-secret information, overheard conversations, emails between WICKED employees, memos meant to be destroyed after reading, and a selection of the Gladers’ suppressed memories, all of which help fans unlock some of the mysteries behind the Maze, the Gladers, and the people who put them there. This edition also includes an exclusive fan sticker.

THE MAZE RUNNER AND THE SCORCH TRIALS: THE COLLECTOR’S EDITION will keep fans eager for the film adaptation of The Scorch Trials (coming September 18th) and will give them additional info to immerse themselves into the world of WICKED, the life of the Gladers, the scorch, and more.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Disney's CINDERELLA Movie; Movie Review

Disney has done it again! They've created a movie that children and movie goers of all ages can fall in love with. Not only will fans fall in love with this version of Cinderella, they will love the movie's over all message, HAVE COURAGE AND BE KIND! It's a powerful message that all who see the movie can apply it to their own lives. It's one that Cinderella herself is a prime of example of. 

The Cinderella in this movie had a charming, wonderful childhood with two loving parents, and a childhood home that was full of love, and happiness. As we all know, sadly her mother dies when she is young. When she is older, her father remarries. It's upon one of his travels that he takes ill and dies. It's not until then does Cinderella see just how horrible her step mother really is. Much like their mother, her step sisters are mean and cruel to her as well. But, no matter how horribly they treated her, Cinderella always treated them kindly. On her mother's death bed, her told her daughter this important message: 

No matter what she had to endure, Cinderella endures it with courage and kindness. Even when it was hard for her to do, Cinderella was kind to those who may not have deserved. On the flip side of seeing how nice Cinderella treated everyone, whether they were nice to her or not, we see how jealousy, envy, and hurt can eat away at someone and turn them into a cruel, mean person. Which is exactly what Cinderella's stepmother was. One of the best moments in the book was when Cinderella turned to her step mother and sisters, and said she forgave them, before leaving her house with the King. 

I loved that my young daughter was able to see the way Cinderella chose to treat everyone around her. She was so kind to everyone, no matter how people treated her, even when it was hard to be kind. Being an adult, it was a great reminder for me. Another message we talked about on our way home was one that takes place near the end of the movie, and it's when the Prince and Cinderella tell each other that they accept one another as they are. I LOVED that! I love that my daughter said that was one of her favorite moments in the movie was when they said that. Along with having courage, and being kindness, acceptance of a person for they are, is such an important lesson to learn and apply in life. 

Movie wise, this cast was fantastic! I don't think Disney could have had a more perfect cast for this movie. The movie is a squeaky clean, wholesome, and a down right well done movie. It's one that leaves you with feel good feeling, and has you walking out of the theater with a huge grin on your face. There are so many important messages within this movie that young children, as well as movie goers of all ages, can take away from this movie. I wish I could have written down. This movie had it all. Great script writing, great acting, and great movie magic. I don't think they could have done any better.

If you're wondering whether or not you want to go see this movie, I highly recommend it! While I had the cutest looking Cinderella seated next to me in the movie theater (my daughter dressed up in her favorite Disney Princess costume, which is Cinderella), this movie's Cinderella proved to be the best role model and example of being kind and having courage. Thank you Disney for proving such a great movie for my daughter and I to enjoy together. This is one movie I can't wait to be out on DVD.

One of my favorite quotes from the movie is this:

As Cinderella's Fairy Godmother says, "See the world not as it is, but as it could be." 

Friday, March 20, 2015

It's The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day! #VHCday @PenguinKids

Happy Spring!! Today is the First Day of Spring! 
To celebrate, Penguin Kids has declared today The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day! 

Be sure to follow Penguin Kids on Twitter, for your chance to win a copy of the book. Join the fun in celebrating the first day of spring, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar via #VHCday & #veryhungrycaterpillar  They've also got a giveaway happening via Pinterest.

*All images are from Penguin Kids

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Public School Superhero by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts; Spotlight & Enter To Win! #PublicSchoolSuperhero

Hello and welcome to today's MG spotlight. I'm thrilled to feature PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPERHERO, written by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, and illustrated by Cory Thomas. Public School Superhero released this past Monday, March 16th, and is a book James Patterson fans will enjoy. Along with today's spotlight, I've got an exclusive sneak peak into the book, along with a giveaway. First, here's a little bit about the book.


In this story about a good kid with a great imagination struggling in a less-than-ideal world, James Patterson brings his bestselling "Middle School"-style humor and sensibility to an urban setting.

Kenny Wright is a kid with a secret identity. In his mind, he's Stainlezz Steel, super-powered defender of the weak. In reality, he's a chess club devotee known as a "Grandma's Boy," a label that makes him an easy target for bullies. Kenny wants to bring a little more Steel to the real world, but the question is: can he recognize his own true strength before peer pressure forces him to make the worst choice of his life?

James Patterson's newest illustrated novel is a genuinely funny yet poignant look at middle school in a challenging urban setting, where a kid's life can depend on the everyday decisions he makes.



 Photo credit: David Burnett

James Patterson was selected by readers across America as the Children's Choice Book Awards Author of the Year in 2010. He is the internationally bestselling author of the highly praised Middle School books, I FunnyConfessions of a Murder Suspect, and the Maximum RideWitch & WizardDaniel X, and Alex Cross series. His books have sold over 275 million copies worldwide, making him one of the bestselling authors of all time.

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Make it through middle school with James Patterson! Enter for a chance to win copies of:
·         Public School Superhero
·         I Funny
·         Treasure Hunters
·         House of Robots

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In 2015, James Patterson will donate 100,000 copies of PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPERHERO to some of the most neglected and underfunded schools in America, and he will launch a major campaign to support school libraries. In 2014, in addition to giving a copy of one of his middle grade books to every sixth grader in the New York City and Chicago public school systems, Patterson gave $1,000,000 to independent bookstores with children’s sections.  

When James Patterson meets with underprivileged kids at schools in some of the country’s poorest neighborhoods, they often ask him, “Why can’t we be heroes in any books?”  To answer that question and to bring more books into more kids’ lives, James Patterson is donating 100,000 copies of his new book for young readers, Public School Superhero, to some of the most under-resourced schools and youth programs in the country.  He was moved to make this donation after recognizing a large and underserved community of children who don’t see themselves portrayed in dynamic, entertaining stories often enough. 

These same kids also inspired Public School Superhero, by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, with illustrations by Cory Thomas, a book about an African American sixth-grade chess devotee named Kenny Wright who lives in an inner city. It’s a story brimming with wit, action, and heart, one all kids are bound to find relatable and entertaining.

The books will be distributed through First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books for kids in need. First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 125 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families in the United States and Canada. By making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education. For more information visit or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

SEABORNE: The Lost Prince by Matt Myklusch; Waiting To Read

By: Matt Myklusch
Published by: Egmont USA
To Be Released on: April 14th, 2015
Series: Seaborne #1
Pre-Order from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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Middle-grade adventure readers will love this fresh take on classic pirate tropes. Fans of Percy Jackson and The Chronicles of Egg will enjoy Dean Seaborne's adventures on the sea. 

Dean Seaborne is thrown off his ship by the Pirate King and given one last chance to redeem himself before he meets Davy Jones's locker. He has to spy on the Pirate King's biggest rival, Gentleman Jack Harper, and find the treasure hidden on the mysterious island of Zenhala. 

Once on Zenhala, Dean finds that the inhabitants of the island think he is the lost prince who went missing 13 year ago. In order to fulfill his mission for the Pirate King, Dean undergoes intense and fantastical trials to prove he is the lost prince. But the longer Dean stays on the island, the more he questions his mission.

I am a huge fan of Matt Myklusch. His Jack Blank series is one of my all time favorite MG series. If you've not yet read, I highly recommend that you do. I'm so thrilled he has a new book coming out this year, THE LOST PRINCE. This is the first book in his SEABORNE series. It sounds like a  fantastic read. I'm looking forward to not only featuring this book on Mundie Kids in the coming weeks, but Matt will also be stopping by to visit w/ me about his book. Stay tuned for more details about my The Lost Prince feature. Add this book to your MG TBR shelves. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day

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I hope you all have an extra lucky day today. 
If you're looking for a some great St. Patrick's Day books for kids, check out my list here.

Monday, March 16, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Books For Kids

Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day! To celebrate the day I put a list of some St. Patrick Day books for kids. Some of these we've read, and some we haven't, though they look like good reads. Check out the list below, and let me know, what are some your favorite St. Patrick Day books for kids. I linked each book back to Barnes & Noble, though I imagine you can find these books off Amazon as well or other favorite online/book retailers. I did Barnes & Noble, as they had a bigger selection of St. Patrick's Day books. 

By: Patricia A. Pingry
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This is a great book I bought when my kids were younger, than tells the story of St. Patrick, and a brief history behind the St. Patrick day celebrations, as well as the story behind the Leprechaun tradition. We have always enjoyed this book, though if you're a household who believes in Leprechauns, skip over the page that mentions that Leprechauns aren't real.

By: Janet Nolan
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A family retells the story of the shillelagh that was whittled from a tree. During the Irish potato famine, Fergus and his family left for America. But first Fergus cut a branch from a blackthorn tree to take a piece of Ireland with him.
On his way from Ireland to America to escape the potato famine, young Fergus carves a shillelagh from his favorite blackthorn tree, and each St. Patrick's Day for generations, his story is retold by one of his descendants.
By: Beverly Vidrine
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This beautifully illustrated storybook dictionary explains 26 Irish traditions.
For each letter of the alphabet, presents and defines a word relating to Saint Patrick or to the holiday that celebrates him. 

By: Anne Rockwell
Purchase from Barnes & Noble

On St. Patrick's Day, come dance a jig with the students in the classroom ALA Booklist calls "a lively place."
Today in Mrs. Madoff's class we all wore something green to school. Kate played the fiddle and we danced to Irish music. Then we learned about St. Patrick and many Irish tales and traditions. Now we know why there are no snakes in Ireland. Not every-one in school is all Irish like me, but we all can celebrate St. Patrick's Day together!
By: Joan Holub
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It's Saint Patrick's Day, and time to join in the celebration. Children can lift the flaps for interactive fun as they see the children in this book make holiday crafts, taste traditional Irish food, perform a play about Saint Patrick, and even march in a Saint Patrick's Day parade. As an added bonus, they can search for the hidden leprechaun on each spread. A great way for young readers to learn about and enjoy the holiday.
While a group of children celebrates Saint Patrick's Day, the reader is invited to lift paper flaps and search for a hidden leprechaun.

By: H.A. Rey
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Today is George’s lucky day—St. Patrick’s Day is here! George loves a celebration, and St. Patrick’s Day means plenty o’ music, dancing, and feasting fun! He dresses up in his festive finest, looks for leprechauns, and learns some Irish dance steps. But can George make it to the parade without causing any trouble? See if his lucky four leaf clover will come through . Jaunty poems make for a fun, read-aloud celebration! A fine holiday gift for fans of Curious George.
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Thursday, March 12, 2015

THE DOLDRUMS by Nicholas Gannon, Waiting To Read

By: Nicholas Gannon
Published by: Greenwillow Books
To Be Released on: 9/29/15
Ages: 8-12 years old
Pre-Order from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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Archer B. Helmsley has grown up in a house full of oddities and treasures collected by his grandparents, the famous explorers. He knows every nook and cranny. He knows them all too well. After all, ever since his grandparents went missing on an iceberg, his mother barely lets him leave the house.

Archer B. Helmsley longs for adventure. Grand adventures, with parachutes and exotic sunsets and interesting characters. But how can he have an adventure when he can't leave his house?

It helps that he has friends like Adélaïde L. Belmont, who must have had many adventures since she ended up with a wooden leg. (Perhaps a crocodile ate it. Perhaps not.) And Oliver Glub. Oliver will worry about all the details (so that Archer doesn't have to).

And so Archer, Adélaïde, and Oliver make a plan. A plan to get out of the house, out of their town entirely. It's a good plan.

Well, it's not bad, anyway.

But nothing goes quite as they expect.

You guys, I am so excited about this book's upcoming release. I pre-ordered it today after seeing some tweets about it from one of the associates at Harper Collins, Heather D. Check out the beautiful artwork below: 
 Not only is the artwork adorable, the story itself sounds like a fabulous one. I can not wait to read it this fall when it's out. *Goes back to staring at the artwork*. What kid lit books are you wanting to be released this year?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Magisterium: The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare; New UK Cover

Check it out! Cassandra Clare shared the newly redesigned paper cover for the UK edition of Magisterium: The Iron Trail today via her Tumblr. Here's what she said about it:

The Magisterium UK paperback! The hardback matched the US cover but for the paperback they’re going for a slightly different, more cool/fantasy look. The alchemical symbol for fire, water, earth, air and chaos is still visible in the hilt of the sword. I’m looking forward to seeing their Copper Gauntlet design!

What do you think? I'm loving this cover, and I think I need to purchase this edition. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

365 Days of Wonder: Words of Wisdom for Every Day by R.J. Palacio; Book Review

By: R.J. Palacio
Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Released on: August 26th, 2014
Source: Purchased 
Rating: 5 Owlets - I LOVE IT!
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In the #1 New York Times bestselling novel Wonder, readers were introduced to memorable English teacher Mr. Browne and his love of precepts. Simply put, precepts are principles to live by, and Mr. Browne has compiled 365 of them—one for each day of the year—drawn from popular songs to children’s books to inscriptions on Egyptian tombstones to fortune cookies. His selections celebrate kindness, hopefulness, the goodness of human beings, the strength of people’s hearts, and the power of people’s wills. Interspersed with the precepts are letters and emails from characters who appeared in Wonder. Readers hear from Summer, Jack, Charlotte, Julian, and Amos.
There’s something for everyone here, with words of wisdom from such noteworthy people as Anne Frank, Martin Luther King Jr., Confucius, Goethe, Sappho—and over 100 readers of Wonder who sent R. J. Palacio their own precepts.

Apparently I have been living under a rock, and did not realize this book was out until last week. Last week I was traveling back to the states from Spain, and had a lay over in Madrid. While there I visited a book store at the airport, and immediately picked this book up. I love sayings, and I love books full of sayings. This book has become one of my favorites. 

This book is one that is full of inspirational and uplifting sayings from various historical figures, as well as shared letters and emails from the author. This is a book that can be easily be read in one sitting, or if you're on 9 hour plane right like I was, it can quickly be devoured then. Most importantly, this is a book written to give inspiration to and uplift it's reader each day of the year. Each quoted page has date featuring the month and the day of the month, so that readers can easily find the day's quote. 

The thing I love about this book, is that it's a book for kids, tweens, teens and adults. There is something for everyone in this book. It's one I highly recommend picking up, if you haven't already. 

*I linked to the US edition of the book, though the edition I have and read is the UK edition, which is published by Corgi. 

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 ~