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25.10.14

The Three Little Pigs - Slide and See Fairy Tales @parragonbooks

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Classic books always make the best gifts ...  Especially when it comes to kids books!  I am not sure if I ever mentioned it or not, but when my best friend threw a baby shower for me, she requested that everyone bring a childrens book instead of a card, that way we could start stocking up a library for Broxton!  I think that is the neatest thing!  You know, so many cards are around $5, so to spend the same amount and just write a note in the book or on the back of the book was awesome!
We were recently sent a classic from childhood that I think everyone knows!  The Three Little Pigs, but this has a twist to it... it is a hard cover (padded) book for little hands to hold, but it has slide out images to tell the story.  
I will be the first to admit that I did not really understand in the beginning, I read the page, then pulled the slide out tab, so when I turned to read the next page, it did not make sense to me.  (Then, I read the back of the book where it says " when you see the matching picture, slide and see. Totally makes sense now!)  Broxton has heard this a million times before, but the cute illustration and slide out tabs made it a great book for me to read to him today!  

24.10.14

Star Wars - The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight @DisneyReads #MakingMyList

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Calling all Star Wars fans!   Calling all Star Wars fans!   I have a great gift for you!   We were sent an awesome book for review and this is going to be a main gift for Broxton this holiday season!  I know he will love it and since it is Star Wars, his brothers and dad will love reading it to him!  

The book?  Star Wars - The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight.  It is a hard covered book that is filled with page after page of illustrations and text.  Some images are full page, some just take up a small section, but all are amazing!  At 64 pages, this is a must have for all!   

Book Synopsis: 
The classic tale of good versus evil set in a galaxy far, far away quickly became a cultural phenomenon during its time, inspiring a generation of story lovers and storytellers.  Now, the original trilogy of Star Wars shines anew in this remarkable picture book, which pairs the iconic paintings of Ralph McQuarrie the legendary concept artist behind A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi with text by acclaimed New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi.
Collected in a picture book for the first time, McQuarrie’s concept paintings and sketches combined with DiTerlizzi’s expertly distilled retelling of Luke Skywalker’s journey from farm boy on Tatooine to Jedi Knight is a winning combination that will captivate Star Wars fans old and new and delight generations of readers to come.
I know that I will enjoy reading this with him, as I still really have NO CLUE about Star Wars, other than what he tells me... I know, I know... I really need to watch the movies... But this will have both of our attention!  He will love it for the illustrations and the story inside it... I will love it for the story, but also for the bonding time! Seems like a win - win for both of us!  Make kids of all ages excited with this!  
If you are a fan of Star Wars, make sure you check out my reviews of the Star Wars Rebels books that Disney just released too!  

23.10.14

Say No to Bullying - The Principal Gang

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Did you know that October was National Bullying Prevention Month?  At the beginning of the month, they had a "STOMP OUT BULLYING" day at Broxton's school.  Everyone was asked to wear blue shirts as a sign they were against bullying. I thought it was pretty awesome!  Being that bullying is something I am strongly against, I was glad to get 2 books that encourage people not to be bullies.  They are "The Principal Gang" books and follow Bli the Fly and Danny the Wizard Lizard.
Image - Amazon
The first book has us meeting Bli the Fly and her friend Danny the Wizard Lizard. There is a problem though... Bli likes hanging out with Danny, but since he is a lizard, Bli's mom doesn't want them to be friends.  She points out that lizards eat fly's and should not be trusted.  Bli wants to have her moms permission for her friendship, so Danny sets out to prove to Mrs. Fly that he is a good friend and would not harm Bli.  They end up going to the movies, so that Danny can earn Mrs. Fly's trust in being friends with Bli.  You will have to read the book to see what happens, but in the end, everyone learns a very valuable lesson.  
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The second book in the series has Danny the Wizard Lizard and Bli the Fly headed to New York City!  They were chosen to head to the Big Apple to present an idea they have... a "No Bullies Allowed" club.  They have been working on this idea at school and now have the chance to show it to the anti-bullying conference.  Do you think they can recruit new members at the conference?  Would you like to join the club and share it with your friends?

Both of these books come as hard back books with great colorful illustrations.  The end of the book has a couple questions (from the characters) about what was just read in the book.  There is also a page with information for parents.  I think these are great books to open up the door to communication with your children about any times they have been bullied or been the bully.  

Make sure you follow The Principal Gang on Facebook!  

World of Reading #starwarsrebels @DisneyReads

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Star Wars Rebels books are out now from Disney Publishing... but it gets better!  They even have a couple books from the "World of Reading" series, so today I get to share with you a Level 1 book and a Level 2 book.  Each of the books feature the characters from Disney's latest, Star Wars Rebels.  I reviewed 2 books yesterday, so make sure you check them out too!  


Level 1 book -  Star Wars Rebels - Zeb to the Rescue.  This is a book that lets us get to meet Zeb.  He is a Rebel and loves to fight. The words in this book are simple and being that it is a level 1 book, it has word repetition to work on them learning to read.  


Level 2 brings us Star Wars Rebels - Ezra and the Pilot .  I really like Ezra (maybe those bright blue eyes grab my attention, or maybe because he is just a kid..) In this book, we see Ezra go to save a pilot from a TIE fighter.  He doesn't like the Empire and he doesn't care for the pilot, but he still tried to help and was not pleased with the pilot for not thanking him...   Read the book to see what he does!

Another great book to add to the holiday list.  It would be great under the tree or as part of a countdown to Christmas with books!  

22.10.14

Star Wars Rebels Books NOW Available @DisneyReads #MakingMyList

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Are you familiar with Star Wars Rebels?  It is the latest from Disney and Broxton is totally into it.  We were lucky enough to go see an advance screening of the Disney movie of it... then we had to watch it when it was released on Disney Channel (several times, I do have to say!)  So, when Broxton's class headed into the book fair the other day, I knew he was going to freak when he saw that they have Star Wars Rebels books now!  
Yep, he sure did (as did the other kids as he showed it to them)  and I had to tell him to put them back... Little does he know that this mama right here already has him stocked and ready come Christmas time!  
Now- let me tell you about the new release books from Disney Publishing!  

First, we have Star Wars Rebels - Ezra's Gamble.  This is a chapter book that we will be reading soon enough.  I secretly wanted to go ahead and read it myself, but I just have not had the time to do so when he wasn't here with me.  It includes 10 Chapters such as Ezra's New Job and even Gladiator Night.  They all sound interesting and I know he will love them.  With 154 pages, this is a must have this holiday!   


The next book?  Star Wars Rebels - Ezra's Wookiee Rescue  I am thinking about giving this one to him now, just because I know how excited he was when he saw all of them at the book fair... and since it comes with a read along cd, I think he would enjoy this when we are in the car running errands.  Not to mention since it has sound effects, I think it might make the drive more enjoyable!   This particular book is based on part of the Disney movie we already saw, so I love this story already!  I mean, look at the little Wookiee!  

Do you give books for gifts?  If so - these should be on your list if you have a Star Wars fan!  

21.10.14

Lift the Flap Fun inside the book And Two Boys Booed

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I am not normally a lift the flap fan... I guess because I am always so worried about the flaps getting folded or torn... but in the latest book we were sent for review, And Two Boys Booed , I though the lift the flaps were fitting for the story!  
In the beginning, I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this book, since obviously "two boys booed" lets you know that there is bullying of some sort going on... but I did want to read it to discuss what TO do and what NOT TO do with Broxton...
We started out the book "On the morning of the talent show, I was ready to sing my song"  and it has the flap with the kid under the blanket it bed, and then you flip it to him flipping the covers and in his PJ's ready to start the day.  
Then, the book really starts... each page (in the beginning) is just one or two sentences... but then once the character is at school and in the talent show, the book starts repeating all the sentences we have already read... ( I thought this was awesome for a little one just learning to read- you know, all of the repetition)
So - the talent show starts and we see the four kids in front of him, learn of their talent and see the class watching the show...      By the time all the kids in front of him have shown their talent, it is his turn...    He is so nervous he doesn't even know what to do!!!!!  
What happens now????
You need to read and find out!  
But, let me tell you this... You will actually love the way it ends!  
Super cute!
This would be a great book to donate to your kids classroom library.. or even to add to your library at home!   FYI- as a side note, this book is by the same author that brought us "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day."  

See Darth Vader as a Daddy! #MakingMyList

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If your house is anything at all like our house, Star Wars is the "cool" thing right now.  I still am not sure when or how it started, but if it is Star Wars, you know my husband and son love it. (Remember, he has Darth Vader shoes and we have several photographs with Darth Vader, Storm Troopers and other Star Wars characters! Don't even get me started on the Lego aspect or all the cartoons we have on the DVR.)
Anyways, on one of my many facebook visits, I noticed something about a kids book titled Goodnight Darth Vader and of course, that grabbed my attention!  I was lucky enough to get to review them and to say they have been a hit at bedtime is an understatement.  We were sent two books and I am telling you now, Darth Vader fans will for sure want this on their Christmas list this year!  

Image - Chronicle Books
Up first, Goodnight Darth Vader .  This book is a hard cover book with colorful illustrations throughout.   It starts with "Episode Eight P.M.: Bedtime"
Then, as each page turns we see Darth Vader trying to get Luke and Leia to bed... but of course they have other ideas... They want a bedtime story!  (Sound familiar?)  We see all of the Star Wars characters getting ready for bed...  The Droids, Jar Jar, Darth Maul, Yoda and more...    Each page brings delight to seeing what they all do to get ready for bed ... and hopefully gets your reader ready for bed as well!   We really enjoyed this and thought it was a really cute book!  
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My personal favorite of the two?  Darth Vader and Son.  In this book, we start with "Episode Three and a half."  The very first page of the book opens to showing Darth Vader trying to teach Luke how to play baseball... With a light saber as his baseball bat!  I thought that was hilarious and if that was the opening image, I could only imagine what each page would hold!   This is a must have for any father - son duo that are also big Star Wars fans!
Each page brings along another cartoon illustration of Darth Vader and Luke with the many father - son moments that most dads can totally relate too.. with the whole aspect of Darth Vader being who he is...  (Just think of using the force to pour cereal... or think of Luke pouting when Leia messed with his toys and he says " I don't want a sister.")
Each page is sure to have you laughing... I know it had us cracking up and I really have NO Star Wars knowledge...     To be honest, after reading Darth Vader and Son, I am really wanting to get the Darth Vader and Daughter book just to see what all goes on in there!  

Seriously, if you have Star Wars fans in the family... Young or old...  You will be known as a great gift giver if you have these books waiting on Christmas morning!  I know we have all enjoyed them in this house and have already read them on numerous occasions!   
 
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