Tuesday, October 25, 2016

GRACIE MEETS A GHOST by Keiko Sena / Book Review

By: Keiko Sena
Published by: Museyon
Released on: October 1st, 2016
Series: A Gracie Wears Glasses Book
Ages: 3 & up
Purchase from: Amazon 
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Rating: 4 Owlets 
A copy of this book was received from the publisher in exchange for my honest review

Gracie hasn’t been able to see very well recently, so she decides to get some glasses. But, after playing on the mountain one day, she realizes that night that her glasses are missing. She heads straight out to look for them on the mountain–where a bored ghost is hiding in the darkness, waiting for someone to scare. Although Ghost tries to scare her, Gracie doesn't react by being frightened, not even little–because she can't see Ghost well enough to be scared without her glasses! Ghost really wants to see Gracie scared, so he helps in her search all night long and finally finds her glasses. But what happens when Gracie puts them on...

A cute, non-scary ghost story for kids. After spending the day in the mountains with her friends, Gracie realizes she lost her glasses. When she tries to go look for them, it's night and she can't see very well. With a little help from a ghost, who Gracie doesn't realize is a ghost, she finds her glasses. The simple illustrations, bright colors, and interesting story make this a book that is great for young kids. I love that Gracie has glasses. It's not too often a children's book features a character with glasses. Being someone who has glasses, I think Gracie will be a character that young kids will glasses will be able to easily identify with. 

The Stumps of Flattop Hill by: Kenneth Kit Lamug / Book Review

By: Kenneth Kit Lamug
Published by: One Peace Books
Released on: May 1st, 2016
Purchase from: Amazon | B&N
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Rating: 3.5 Owlets - It's A Goodread
A copy of this book was provided by the author, in exchange for my honest review

They dared Florence to enter the haunted house on top of the hill. She is frightened, but Florence musters the courage to go inside. As she makes her way up to the top she finds many ghastly things along the way. Will she make it back out or be turned into a stump forever? The Stumps of Flattop Hill is a macabre tale of a little girl who enters the town s legendary haunted house in the face of fear. A dark tale for children in the tradition of the Brother s Grimm, it calls to mind the provocative illustration style of Edward Gorey. Scary and entertaining, this book challenges the idea of what children s books can be.

A haunting and, entertaining story. This book has both a Brother's Grimm, and Tim Burton vibe to it. It's an all around fun, scary read that's great for older children. One of the things that makes this appealing is the rhyming, easy to read text, and the illustrations. I loved the illustrations, and the hidden messages within some of the pages. This is a book who's story I can see being read around a camp fire to scare kids. It's also makes a great story to read at Halloween!

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 ~