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Monster Itch #1 Ghost Attack by David Lubar

 

This was one monster of an itch…

When Alex and his cousin Sarah are visiting their grandparents, Alex gets terrible red, itchy hives. Yikes! He’s allergic to a ghost! Even worse, the ghost won’t leave him alone – he wants Alex and Sarah’s help. Can they solve the ghost’s mystery and get rid of Alex’s awful rash before it ruins everything?

I really enjoyed this one! Alex and his cousin Sarah are very relatable, very likable characters! Also, there are so many kids that are affected by allergies of some sort to some degree, so it’s nice to see a  character these kids can relate to.

The story moved along at a nice pace. While reading, you get a good sense of all of the characters, and also the very cool little town that the story takes place in.

This story is full of humor, adventure, and wonderful lessons to reflect on! If you are a fan of the supernatural or a good mystery, give this story a try! I’m already itching for the second in the series, “Vampire Trouble” (Sept 12th, 2017).

This book doesn’t come out until June 27th, so keep an eye out for it!

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Dragon Masters – Rise of the Earth Dragons by Tracy West

In the first book in this fully-illustrated series, 8-year old Drake is snatched up by King Roland’s soldier and taken to the castle. He is to be trained as a Dragon Master. At the castle, he is joined by three other young Dragon Masters-in-training: Ana, Rori, and Bo. The Dragon Masters must learn how to connect with and train their dragons — and they must also uncover their dragons’ special powers. Does Drake have what it takes to be a Dragon Master? What is his dragon’s special power?


This book was a special treat. I originally picked it up because it is a branches book! I loved the others so much I had no doubt this one would be great. Dragons and magic are also very popular right now, so I wanted to see what the dragon books in this 6-8 age range were like.

Like other Branches books, Dragon Masters has nice big print, a compelling illustration on each page, and loveable relatable characters. Just what readers who are new to chapter books want! The plot is interesting, intriguing and very imaginative. It leaves you wanting more!

You’ll learn lessons about friendship and confidence without even knowing it! I can’t wait to read #2!

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The Flying Beaver Brothers and The Evil Penguin Plan by Maxwell Eaton III

BROTHERS ACE AND BUB have the perfect life on Beaver Island. But when a group of evil penguins schemes to convert the island into a polar-themed resort, their entire way of life is threatened. Suddenly Ace and Bub are the only thing standing between their beloved island and an eco-disaster. Do they have what it takes to save the day?

I loved this story! It felt very Canadian! The fun never stops in this one! The humor is sarcastic and quick witted. The story line is fast paced and action packed! And the plot is crazy, unbelievable and so much fun!

I can’t wait to see what Ace and Bub are up to next!

I gave this book a *9/10*

Make sure to check out The Flying Beaver Brothers and The Evil Penguin Plan! It’s a quick, snappy read that’s sure to make you laugh out loud!

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Princess Pink And The Land Of Fake – Believe ( #1 Moldylocks and the Three Beards) by Noah Z. Jones

In the Land of Fake Believe, Princess meets a strange girl named Moldylocks. When Princess’s stomach grumbles, Moldylocks takes her to the home of the Three Beards. The girls sit in the Beards’ chairs, eat their chili, and jump on their beds. The Three Beards are not happy when they get home–and they are very, very hungry! Will Moldylocks and Princess go into the chili pot?


Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a sucker for a good fairytale re telling,…and this story was no exception!! What an amazing story for a newcomer to chapter books!

The illustrations are fun and colorful, the plot was quick paced and engaging, and parts of it read like a comic strip.

Does your princess shy away from pink? Do you have a little one who is bored with the classic fairy tales? Or do they just love to laugh out loud to ridiculous plot twists and silly subsitutions. You need to check out this book!!

* I gave this book a 9/10*

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I love it so much I already have #2!!

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The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale and LeUyen Pham

Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when . . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret —she’s also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! Can the princess sneak away, transform into her alter ego, and defeat the monster before the nosy duchess discovers her secret? From award-winning writing team of Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham, here is the first in a humorous and action-packed chapter book series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black.

Who says princesses don’t wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black!


I love love love this story!!! I love the idea of a monster fighting princess in black, who slips back into her pink dress and glass slippers once she has saved the day! Why can’t we do both, right ladies?

The characters are loveable, even nosy duchess Wigtower and the big blue monster! The illustrations are magical! They sort of remind me of old Saturday morning cartoons( big complement from me..lol)! The storyline was engaging and I found myself immediately going online to find out if #2 comes out anytime soon(I didn’t find any dates just yet! I definitely want to hear more about the princess in black and maybe the goat avenger too!

This story was a very short read, perfect for anyone beginning chapter books. There is action, intrigue, and lots of laughs!

*I give it a 9/10*

Try it out and tell me what you think!!

Posted in 6-8, page to screen

Diary of a Wimpy Kid #1 by Jeff Kinney

It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.

In book one of this debut series, Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowley’s star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend’s newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion.


When I first told one of my friends that I was jumping on the Wimpy Kid wagon, I got the most unexpected response. They said ” I hate Wimpy Kid! He is such a jerk! “.

I honestly didn’t know what to think. This friend generally loves most books, and is, from my experiences, a very reliable source of information on the feel for most books. I had suddenly lost some of that excitement I felt for the series.

I knew it would be fine the first time I laughed out loud. Greg, the main character, is a huge jerk! But he handles real middle school problems in the most ridiculous ways. And he just can’t catch a break! Everything that could go wrong, does. Karma maybe?

If you’re worried about your kids picking up Gregs bad behavior, I would suggest asking your kids to talk about the book with you. Not only will you get a laugh, but you’ll have a chance to ask if they think Gregs actions were right or wrong. This book could be a great learning tool for behaviors!

I now understand the hype. This easy to read, crazy funny, very relatable story is popular for a reason! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

Try out The Diary of a Wimpy Kid! Give Jeff Kinney a shot! He was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the world for a reason!


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