Tuesday, April 28, 2015

OMEGA CITY by Diana Peterfreund; Middle Grade Spotlight

Out TODAY, Diana Peterfeund’s first book, a thrilling adventure story for readers eight and up, is, perfect for people who like their books with a side of rocketships and hidden treasure. Find out what secrets are hidden beneath the Maryland countryside in…...

About Omega City

Gillian Seagret doesn’t listen to people who say her father’s a crackpot. His conspiracy theories about the lost technology of Cold War-era rocket scientist Dr. Aloysius Underberg may have cost him his job and forced the family to move to a cottage in the sticks, but Gillian knows he’s right, and plans to prove it.
When she discovers a missing page from Dr. Unerberg’s diary in her father’s mess of an office, she thinks she’s found a big piece of the puzzle–a space-themed riddle promising to lead to Dr. Underberg’s greatest invention. Enlisting the help of her skeptical younger brother, Eric, her best friend, Savannah, and Howard, their NASA-obsessed schoolmate, Gillian sets off into the ruins of a vast doomsday bunker, deep within the earth. 
But they aren’t alone inside its dark and flooded halls. Now Gillian and her friends must race to explore OMEGA CITY and find the answers they need. For while Gillian wants to save her dad’s reputation by bringing Dr. Underberg’s secrets to light, there are others who will stop at nothing to make sure they stay buried…forever. 

Purchase the book from: IndieBound | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple iBooks 

Add it to GoodReads 


  • “With seamless writing, a thrilling plot, lots of engaging science puzzles, and remarkable characterization, Peterfreund's exciting tale keeps the adventure solidly in the foreground. Young readers looking for a page turning quest should get into this planned series on the ground floor." — Booklist *Starred* Review 

    "Peterfreund's focus on character development is complemented by the equal attention she gives to the vast underground city itself. Gillian’s instincts to protect her friends and clear her historian father’s tarnished name are admirable, but Peterfreund gives every character the opportunity to grow, revealing themselves for who they really are."— Publishers Weekly

    “With nonstop action, sly humor, and nothing short of the end of the world at stake, Omega City is the alpha book in a new series that mashes up mystery, scifi, and action/adventure into a thrilling novel you’ll want to devour in one sitting. I did, and I can’t wait to read what comes next!” — Peter Lerangis, New York Times Bestselling author of the Seven Wonders series

    “Peterfreund’s boundless imagination takes on a new and exciting adventure!” – Jessica Day George, New York Times Bestselling author of Tuesdays at the Castle”

    “Diana Peterfreund takes us to an underground city that’s utterly mind-blowing, yet disturbingly possible. A knockout of a story that will have readers cheering straight through to the final, shocking, twist.” — #1 New York Times bestselling author Gordon Korman


Diana Peterfreund has published ten novels for adults, teens, and kids, including the four-book Secret Society Girl series (Bantam Dell), the “killer unicorn novels” Rampantand Ascendant (Harper Teen), For Darkness Shows the Stars (a post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen’sPersuasion), and Across a Star-Swept Sea (inspired by the classic series The Scarlet Pimpernel). Her newest novel, OMEGA CITY, is a contemporary adventure novel for younger readers set in a secret bunker city somewhere under modern Maryland.

Her works have been named to the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age list, the Capitol Choices (metro DC-area) reading list, and the Texas Lonestar List, as well as having been named to Amazon’s Best Books of the Year. In addition, she’s written several critically acclaimed short stories and a variety of non-fiction essays about  popular children’s literature.  Diana lives outside Washington D.C., with her family.

Find Diana: Website    Facebook     Twitter

Monday, April 27, 2015

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: The TLA Edition

Happy Marvelous Middle Grade Monday! I had meant to post this back on Wednesday as part of my Waiting To Be Read Wednesday feature, but life happened this last week, and like a few other posts, this one sat in draft mode. I felt like today was the perfect day to feature some 30+ books I feel like readers need to have on their radars. These are books, and arcs I received two weeks ago from TLA (Texas Library Association).

I AM SO EXCITED about these upcoming releases! I can't even imagine what it would have been like to have a fraction of the amount of middle grade and children's picture books now days, back when I was a kid. Check out all the exciting upcoming releases. I broke down the books by publisher to make it easier. Each of the links goes back to Goodreads, which will make it easier for you to add it to your TBR list. Trust me, many of these books are ones you'll want to read. I'm looking forward to featuring each of these books below, on Mundie Kids in the coming days, weeks and months.

Disney Hyperion
Chronicle Books
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books
  • Night of Fire by Ronald Kidd


Along with this adorable tote bag, which I gave to my daughter, I also received the following books / ARCS from publishers on the last day of TLA:
Purchased (signed)
I'm looking forward to sharing my reviews and featuring spotlights on all of these titles in the coming days, weeks and months. Happy Reading!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

THE ISLE OF THE LOST: A DESCENDANTS NOVEL by Melissa de la Cruz; GIVEAWAY! #DisneyDescendants

I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to feature Melissa de la Cruz's upcoming release, The Isle of the Lost! This is one of this year's must reads for me. Why you ask? Well for starters, it's written by Melissa de la Cruz, it's from Disney, and Isle of the Lost is the spell-binding prequel to Disney Descendants, A Disney Channel Original Movie Event this summer!

About the Book
Evil tree. Bad Apple?

Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon to the Isle of the Lost--a dark and dreary place protected by a force field that makes it impossible for them to leave. Stripped of their magical powers, the villains now live in total isolation, forgotten by the world.

Mal learns from her mother, Maleficent, that the key to true darkness, the Dragon's Eye, is located inside her scepter in the forbidden fortress on the far side of the island. The eye is cursed, and whoever retrieves it will be knocked into a deep sleep for a thousand years. But Mal has a plan to capture it. She'll just need a little help from her "friends." In their quest for the Dragon's Eye, these four kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain't so bad.

Isle of the Lost is the spell-binding prequel to Disney Descendants, A Disney Channel Original Movie Event this summer!

by Melissa de la Cruz
In stores May 5th


Melissa de la Cruz is the author of many best-selling novels, including all the books in the Blue Bloods series: Blue Bloods, Masquerade, Revelations, The Van Alen Legacy, Keys to the Repository, Misguided Angel, Bloody Valentine, Lost in Time, and Gates of Paradise. She lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband and daughter.

Learn more at the DisneyDescendants.com
Visit Melissa de La Cruz at her Official Site


One (1) winner from your site receives:
·         copy of The Isle of the Lost;
·         branded tank top, water bottle and temporary tattoos;
·         and a GadgetGrip smartphone home button sticker.

Giveaway open to US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by Disney Publishing.

Monday, April 20, 2015

What Pet Should I Get? By Dr. Seuss; Book News!

Dr. Seuss fans, have you heard the news? 
Random House Children’s Books increases first printing
for new Dr. Seuss book, WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? to 1 million copies. First printing rises due to response to announcement news

Per Random House:

New York, NY (April 20, 2015)—On the heels of the February news of a new Dr. Seuss picture book coming this summer, Random House Children’s Books (RHCB), in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, announced it will increase the first printing for WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? (by Dr. Seuss / On sale July 28, 2015 / Random House Books for Young Readers) from 500,000 to 1 million copies in order to meet the demand for the new book, shared today by Barbara Marcus, President & Publisher, RHCB.

On February 18, Random House Children’s Books announced the discovery of the original unpublished manuscript for WHAT PET SHOULD I GET?—news that was enthusiastically and widely embraced across the country. Yesterday officially marked the 100-day countdown to the publication of the first original new Dr. Seuss book since the publication of the last book of Dr. Seuss’s career, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! in 1990. 

The consumer response to the announcement of the discovery and forthcoming publication of WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? was immediate. In the first 24 hours following the news, there were 122.5 million impressions on Twitter, and in the 24 hours following, that number increased to over 200 million. Pre-order numbers began climbing instantly and continue to rise. 

“We were absolutely overjoyed to see the response to WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? from every corner of the book world—the bookselling community, media, educators, and readers nationwide,” says Marcus. “A new book by a publishing legend like Dr. Seuss is an extraordinary event, and we are delighted to announce an increased first printing to 1 million copies, to match the incredible support and pre-orders we are seeing. We know that readers everywhere are eager to see this new and exciting book.”

“It is an honor for us to carry on Ted’s legend with WHAT PET SHOULD I GET?— a story that we know will be treasured by the very youngest to the oldest of Dr. Seuss fans,” says Susan Brandt, President, Licensing and Marketing, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.  “Ted loved and had pets himself, as a young boy on up through adulthood, and that makes the wonderful excitement and buzz for this new book all the more special.”

Follow Dr. Seuss Books on Facebook (Facebook.com/DrSeussBooks) for the 100-day countdown campaign to the July 28 book release, featuring facts and artwork from each title in the Dr. Seuss canon, as well as exclusive art reveals from WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? Follow the conversation on Twitter via #whatpet.

(Inside art)

WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? captures the excitement of a classic childhood moment—choosing a pet—and features the brother and sister characters that Dr. Seuss drew in One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. Dr. Seuss’s former Art Director, Cathy Goldsmith, now VP & Associate Publishing Director, Random House Books for Young Readers, is overseeing the meticulous editorial and creative process of preparing WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? for publication. Goldsmith is the only publishing executive still at Random House to have worked directly with Ted Geisel during his lifetime, including spending time with him in La Jolla when he was finishing Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Listening Library will release an audio edition set of WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? (narrator to be announced), paired with One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish narrated by David Hyde Pierce, simultaneously with the hardcover.

By Dr. Seuss / On sale July 28, 2015 / Random House Books for Young Readers
Hardcover Picture Book: 978-0-553-52426-0

WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? (narrator to come) and 
ONE FISH TWO FISH RED FISH BLUE FISH (narrated by David Hyde Pierce)
On sale July 28, 2015 / Listening Library
Audio CD: 9780147522122, $9.99 / Audio Download: 9780147522139, $7.00

About Dr. Seuss
Theodor “Seuss” Geisel is quite simply one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. His long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s PoolIf I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys and a Peabody. Geisel wrote and illustrated 45 books during his lifetime, and his books have sold more than 650 million copies worldwide. Though Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading. For more information about Dr. Seuss and his works, visit Seussville.com.

About Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.
The primary focus of the Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. is to protect the integrity of the Dr. Seuss books while expanding beyond books into ancillary areas. This effort is a strategic part of the overall mission to nurture and safeguard the relationship consumers have with Dr. Seuss characters. Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) said he never wanted to license his characters to anyone who would “round out the edges.” That is one of the guiding philosophies of Dr. Seuss Enterprises. Audrey S. Geisel, the widow of Dr. Seuss, heads Dr. Seuss Enterprises as CEO.

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

About Listening Library
Since publishing its first audiobook in 1955, Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days, Listening Library has grown into one of the biggest names in the youth audio industry. Listening Library titles have earned more than 300 ALSC and YALSA Audiobook Awards, 14 Odyssey Awards, 17 Audie® Awards, and two Grammy® Awards with bestselling series like J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter, Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle. Our backlist also includes audio recordings of dozens of Newbery and Printz award-winning authors, including Kate DiCamillo and Christopher Paul Curtis. Listening Library is an imprint of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Vanishing Island by Barry Wolverton; Waiting to Read Wednesday

By: Barry Wolverton
Published by: Walden Pond Press
To Be Released on: 9/1/15
Series: The Chronicles of the Black Tulip
Ages: 8-12
Pre-Order from: Harper Collins | Amazon | B&N
Add it to Goodreads
An engrossing fantasy, a high-seas adventure, an alternate history epic—this is the richly imagined and gorgeously realized new book from acclaimed author Barry Wolverton, perfect for fans of John Stephens's the Books of Beginning series.
It's 1599, the Age of Discovery in Europe. But for Bren Owen, growing up in the small town of Map on the coast of Britannia has meant anything but adventure. Enticed by the tales sailors have brought through Map's port, and inspired by the arcane maps his father creates as a cartographer for the cruel and charismatic map mogul named Rand McNally, Bren is convinced that fame and fortune await him elsewhere.
That's when Bren meets a dying sailor, who gives him a strange gift that hides a hidden message. Cracking the code could lead Bren to a fabled lost treasure that could change his life forever, and that of his widowed father. Before long, Bren is in greater danger than he ever imagined and will need the help of an unusual friend named Mouse to survive.
In an attempt to feature upcoming children's books / middle grade books, I've decided to feature an upcoming release each week here on Mundie Kids. This week's Waiting To Read book is Barry Wolverton's The Vanishing Island. 

I'm really looking forward to this book being released this coming fall. The cover is awesome, and the story sounds like a fantastic one. I'm looking forward to featuring this book on Mundie Kids closer to it's release date. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Water and the Wild by K.E. Ormsbee; Signed Book Giveaway!

Author K.E. stopped by Mundie Moms this morning to talk about her new MG release, THE WATER AND THE WILD. This sounds like a fabulous MG read, and it's a book I'm looking forward to featuring shortly here on Mundie Kids. You can check out her guest post here. Along with her stop, I'm also hosting a signed giveaway with her book. Find out a little bit about her book below, and enter for your chance to win!


By K. E. Ormsbee
Released on: April 14th, 2015 - TODAY
Ages 8-12
Purchase the book from: Amazon | B&N 
Add it to  Goodreads

A green apple tree grows in the heart of Thirsby Square, and tangled up in its magical roots is the story of Lottie Fiske. For as long as Lottie can remember, the only people who seem to care about her are her best friend, Eliot, and the mysterious letter writer who sends her birthday gifts. But now strange things are happening on the island Lottie calls home, and Eliot's getting sicker, with a disease the doctors have given up trying to cure. Lottie is helpless, useless, powerless—until a door opens in the apple tree. Follow Lottie down through the roots to another world in pursuit of the impossible: a cure for the incurable, a use for the useless, and protection against the pain of loss.

About K. E. Ormsbee

I was born and raised in the Bluegrass State. Then I went off and lived in places across the pond, like England and Spain, where I pretended I was a French ingénue. Just kidding! That only happened once. I also lived in some hotter nooks of the USA, like Birmingham, AL and Austin, TX. Now I'm back in Lexington, KY, where there is a Proper Autumn.

In my wild, early years, I taught English as a Foreign Language, interned with a film society, and did a lot of irresponsible road tripping. My crowning achievement is that the back of my head was in an iPhone commercial, and people actually paid me money for it.

Nowadays, I teach piano lessons, play in a band you've never heard of, and run races that I never win. I likes clothes from the 60s, music from the 70s, and movies from the 80s. I still satiate my bone-deep wanderlust whenever I can. 

Visit K.E. via her Website | Twitter | Facebook

Thank you to Chronicle Books, I've got a SIGNED copy of The Water and the Wild to giveaway! This giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada. To enter, please fill out the form below:

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Monday, April 6, 2015

A Great Summer Reading List from Harper Collins Childrens

(Image found via Google)

Spring has only just begun, but it's never too early to start planning for summer reading. Check out some of Harper Collins's titles that would be perfect of your child's summer reading list (this list is from Harper Collins):


Masterminds by Gordon Korman
9780062299963 – $16.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 2/3/2015
A thrilling new high-concept middle grade series from bestselling author Gordon Korman, about a group of kids who discover they were cloned from the DNA of some of the greatest criminal masterminds in history for a sociological experiment.

Shivers!: The Pirate Who’s Afraid of Everything by Connor White and Annabeth Bondor-Stone          
9780062313874 – $12.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 2/24/2015
Meet Shivers, the scaredy-est pirate to ever sail the Seven Seas. Along with his best friend Margo and his loyal fishmate (yes, you read that correctly) Albee, Shivers battles a giant squid, discovers hidden treasures, and gets pooped on by a pigeon in order to save his parents from the clutches of evil.

The Keepers: The Box and the Dragonfly by Ted Sanders
9780062275820 – $16.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 3/3/2015
A middle grade fantasy series about Horace F. Andrews, a quiet boy who discovers he possesses a power that can change worlds, and his friend Chloe, who can walk through walls with the help of a dragonfly pendant. The duo becomes entangled in a secret and ancient war that puts life as they know it at stake.

The Forget-Me-Not Summer by Leila Howland
9780062318695 – $16.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 5/5/2015
A winning middle grade story about three sisters who spend a quintessential summer on Cape Cod, filled with exciting adventures that change them all for the best.

Platypus Police Squad: Last Panda Standing by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
9780062071682 – $12.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 5/5/2015
The third installment in kid lit star, Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s heavily illustrated monotreme police procedural, PLATYPUS POLICE SQUAD.

Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream by Tom Watson
9780062278074 – $12.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 5/19/2015
It’s never been so hot—and the doges have never been so hungry. The temperature is rising and Stick Dog and his pals are feeling the heat! I scream, you scream, Stick Dog screams for ice cream!

For more summer middle grade reads, check out—

·         Nancy Clancy, Star of Stage and Screen by Jane O’Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser (On Sale 2/3/2015)
·         The Luck Uglies #2: Fork-Tongue Charmers by Paul Durham (On Sale 3/17/2015)
·         Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly (On Sale 3/24/2015)
·         Stolen Magic by Gail Carson Levine (On Sale 4/21/2015)
·         Anyone but Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp (On Sale 4/21/2015)
·         Picture Perfect #3: Best Frenemies by Cari Simmons and Claire Zulkey (On Sale 4/21/2015)
·         Fart Squad by Seamus Pilger, illustrated by Stephen Gilpin (On Sale 4/21/2015)
·         Twintuition: Double Vision by Tia and Tamera Mowry (On Sale 4/21/2015)
·         Big Nate Fun Blaster by Lincoln Peirce (On Sale 5/5/2015)
·         Big Nate on a Roll by Lincoln Peirce (On Sale 5/5/2015)
·         Alien in My Pocket #5: Ohm vs. Amp by Nate Ball (On Sale 5/19/2015)


Aqualicious written and illustrated by Victoria Kann
9780062330161 – $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 3/3/2015
Pinkalicious is back with a new adventure—and a new color! A day at the beach becomes an AQUALICIOUS adventure when Pinkalicious meets a merminnie mermaid at the seashore.

Charlie Plays Ball written by Ree Drummond, illustrated by Diane deGroat
9780062297525 – $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 3/24/2015
There’s nothing that makes Charlie’s soul rejoice more than naps and bacon, but when he’s not sleeping or eating, he’s there to save the day-*yawn*-after he takes another nap. Charlie is back in the fifth book in the series! Back-matter includes a delicious new recipe from the Pioneer Woman herself.

Chu’s Day at the Beach written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Adam Rex
9780062223999 – $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 4/7/2015
In the third picture book about everyone’s favorite sneezing panda Chu, the adorable little panda with the great big sneeze spends the day at the beach with his family.

Florabelle written by Sasha Quinton, illustrated by Brigette Barrager
9780062291820 – $15.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 4/21/2015
Meet Florabelle, a little girl with a BIG imagination! Florabelle just can’t seem to pay attention, and although her family can be a bit serious at times, she knows that life is always more fun when you use your imagination.

Splat the Cat: I Scream for Ice Cream written and illustrated by Rob Scotton
9780062294197 – $16.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 4/21/2015
Beginning readers will learn the “-eam” word family while Splat, one of this age group’s best-loved characters, gets the sweet treat of his dreams!

In the Waves written by Lennon and Maisy Stella, illustrated by Steve Bjorkman
9780062359391 – $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 4/28/2015
Join Lennon and Maisy Stella, stars of the hit show Nashville, in their first-ever picture book adventure based on their first-ever original song! It’s the perfect day for fun in the sun. With boogie boards in tow and homemade lemonade in hand, they are ready to splash the day away. It’s a story to spark the imagination, and with a sweet surprise ending, this book is sure to bring sunshine into every home!

Touch the Brightest Star written and illustrated by Christie Matheson
9780062274472 – $15.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 5/26/2015
A companion to the popular TAP THE MAGIC TREE. Christie Matheson again shows us the true interactivity of turning a page—and this time, the magic is in the gorgeous nighttime sky, complete with sunsets, fireflies, stars, comets, and more!

For more summer picture book reads, check out—

·         My Bike written and illustrated by Byron Barton (On Sale 4/14/2015)
·         Amelia Bedelia Is for the Birds by Herman Parish, illustrated by Lynne Avril (On Sale 4/21/2015)
·         Gwendolyn Grace by Katherine Hannigan  (On Sale 4/21/2015)
·         Biscuit Goes Camping by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illustrated by Pat Schories (On Sale 4/28/2015)
·         Pinkalicious and the Pink Parakeet by Victoria Kann (On Sale 5/12/2015)
·         What This Story Needs Is a Pig in a Wig by Emma J. Virjan (On Sale 5/12/2015)

Visit HarperCollins.com/Childrens to find out more about these titles. 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter!
We hope you all have a lovely Easter Sunday. 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Disney Jr Easter Books For Kids; Doc McStuffins: Bunny in a Basket / Minnie's Easter Bonnet Parade

Are you looking for a couple last minute things for Easter baskets? Books make the perfect Easter Basket fillers. Disney Jr has two brand new books out that Disney Jr fans will love seeing in their Easter baskets.

By: Sheila Sweeny Higginson
Published: Disney Press
Released on: January 6th, 2015
Series: Doc McStuffins
Ages: 3-5
Source: book from the publisher to review
Rating: 4 Owlets - We Enjoyed It
Purchase from: Disney Books | Amazon | B&N
Add it to Goodreads

Happy Easter, Doc! Join Doc and the gang, as they celebrate Easter with an exciting egg hunt, egg decorating, and other Spring-tastic activities with their friend, Pickles the bunny, in this egg-shaped board book complete with foil eggs and over 25 flaps!

It's the day of the big Easter egg hunt. Doc and all her friends are ready to find Easter eggs. Before the hunt starts, Doc realizes her friend Alma is sad. She learns that Alma's toy bunny Pickles is missing. As Doc sets out to to find Pickles the Easter egg hunt begins. Young readers will enjoy lifting the flaps on each page to see if they find Pickles or Easter eggs.

This is a cute, lift the flap board book. Doc McStuffins fans will enjoy following Doc on her search to find her friend's toy during the big Easter egg hunt.

Published: Disney Press
Released on: January 6th, 2015
Series: Doc McStuffins
Ages: 6-8
Source: book from the publisher to review
Rating: 3 Owlets - It's A Good Read
Purchase it from: Disney Books | Amazon | B&N
Add it to Goodreads

In this adorable tale, Minnie and the rest of the Bow-Tique gang orchestrate an Easter parade that shows off some of Minnie's most outrageous and spectacular bows yet! Hats off to Easter! Once you've finished reading, download the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Paint & Play app!

Fans of Minnie and Daisy's short cartoon on Disney Jr will enjoy this book.

The Easter Bonnet Parade is tomorrow. Minnie and Daisy create a beautiful hat for their friend Clarabelle. The next morning, before the parade starts, they've discovered that someone taken the hat. Now itt's up to Minnie and Daisy to what they can to create a new one for Clarabelle, before she arrives.

This book also comes with a free download for a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Paint and Play app for your iPhone & iPad.

Friday, April 3, 2015

The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare; Read A Snippet

Fans of Cassandra Clare and Holly Black's Magisterium Series were treated to a snippet from the second book in the series, The Copper Gauntlet. Cassandra Clare shared the teaser yesterday on her Tumblr page. If you're not familiar with their middle grade series, the first book The Iron Trial released last year. The Copper Gauntlet will be released later this summer.
Hey miz Clare!!!! I love your books! Seriously, they mean a lot to me. So…I was wondering Since you put out quite a few dark artifices snippets maybe you could put out some copper gauntlet ones??? Maybe. You know if you had some lying around and Miz black doesn’t mind. Just a thought Have a lovely afternoon! Your books are my moon and stars — venus-backpack
Miz Black doesn’t mind! From The Copper Gauntlet:
Call’s head hurt.
"I don’t want anything bad to happen to Aaron," Call said. That was the one thing he was sure about. "I never did."
Aaron looked miserable. “Well, we’re not going to get anywhere tonight,” he said. “It’s late and we’re all tired. Maybe if we sleep for a couple of hours, we can figure something out in the morning.”
They looked at the two beds. Each was about big enough for one adult or two kids.
"I call that one," said Jasper. He pointed at Tamara and Call. "And I call Aaron, because you’re creepy and you’re a girl."
"I can sleep on the floor," Aaron offered, looking at the expression on Tamara’s face.
"That doesn’t help anyone but Jasper," said Tamara crossly, and got onto the leftmost bed. "It’s fine, Call; we’ll just sleep on top of the covers. Don’t worry about it."
Call thought that maybe he should offer to sleep on the floor like Aaron had, but he didn’t want to. His leg already hurt and, besides, he knew for a fact that there were sometimes rats hiding in the barn.
"Okay," he said, climbing in gingerly beside her.
It was weird.
In the other bed, Jasper and Aaron were trying to share a single pillow. There was a muffled cry as someone was punched. Call pushed the pillow on his bed over to Tamara, and laid his head down on his crooked arm.
He closed his eyes, but sleep didn’t come. It was uncomfortable trying to keep to one side of the bed, making sure that even his toes didn’t stray over to Tamara’s side. It didn’t help that he kept seeing the words in the letters Master Joseph had written, painted on the backs of his eyelids.
He opened his eyes. Tamara was looking at him from a few inches away, her eyes big and dark.  ”Why are you so important?” she whispered. 
He felt the warm gust of her breath on his cheek.
"Important?" he echoed. Jasper had started to snore.
"All those letters," she said. "From Master Joseph. I thought they’d be about Aaron. He’s the Makar. But they were all about you. Call is the most important thing.”
"I mean …I guess because he’s my dad," Call said, floundering. "So I’d be important to him."
"It didn’t sound like that kind of important," Tamara said softly. "Call, you know, you can tell us anything, right?"
Call wasn’t sure how to answer her. He was still trying to decide when Havoc began to howl.

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 ~