The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce

 

Morris Lessmore loved words.
He loved stories.
He loved books.
But every story has its upsets.
Everything in Morris Lessmore’s life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds.
But the power of story will save the day.
Stunningly brought to life by William Joyce, one of the preeminent creators in children’s literature, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a modern masterpiece, showing that in today’s world of traditional books, eBooks, and apps, it’s story that we truly celebrate—and this story, no matter how you tell it, begs to be read again and again.


 

This was such a magical read. This story, like so many others, was recommended to me by a friend, and it has been one of my favorites ever since.

Although it is a 3-5 storybook, I have recommended it to the 6-8 age group as well. It’s fun and has enough words to keep a beginner reader interested. I find that anyone who enjoys reading and/or pixar movies tends to enjoy this read as well. It’s got a very pixar- like feel to it.

This story shows just how much books can light up someone’s life and color their world! The right story can make all the difference!

The video version of the book was awarded an Oscar for best animated short film at the 84th Academy awards!

Everyone should check out each version! They are both amazing!!

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore: http://youtu.be/VljJIQuPDSE

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The Yeti Files – Meet the Big feet by Kevin Sherry

Blizz Richards is a great guy, a caring boss, and a loyal friend. Oh, yeah…he’s also a yeti! He’s made it his life’s mission to study cryptids like him, hidden animals who have taken a powerful oath to never be seen by the outside world.

So when a photo of Cousin Brian becomes a media sensation, Brian can’t handle the guilt and disappears. But it’s time for the annual Bigfoot family reunion, and it won’t be the same without him. Luckily, Blizz and his devoted team are on the case. Can they find their furry friend before their secret gets out for good?

 

This easy to read book with illustrations on each and every page is great for those beginner readers who need a little more motivation. I never knew there were so many types of bigfeet! And if you’re in it for the yeties, you’ll get a surprise with the very large cast of characters from goblin to elf to genius dogs who are very un-appreciated. And this crazy fun story is set in Canada!! YaY!!

The text is big and bold, the illustrations are hilarious, and with the chapter book/comic book/graphic novel style, there is tons to look at on each page! Short attention spans will be satisfied!

Lessons to be learned are… the value of friendship, we all make mistakes, don’t take anyone for granted, and more!

This story is set to be a series, and I for one cant wait to see these characters in action again! A fantastically fun read!!

Have You Passed it On? #PBPiO

What a wonderful idea! What is your favorite picture book? Will you pass it on?

Michelle Eastman Books

November is Picture Book Month, and I am celebrating the power of the picture book by starting an initiative called, Picture Book Pass it On (#PBPiO)

I am Passing it On to @MulberryAndy

I hope you will accept the 3 calls to action:

#1 Post a “shout-out” to celebrate your favorite picture book.  It can be anything from posting a selfie of you and your fave picture book kickin’ it, to tweeting a line from one of your favorite characters or scenes, or post a picture or video of you reading a favorite picture book with a child, pet, or loved one.   Or blog about a favorite picture book memory from your childhood.

#2 Pledge to donate a copy of your favorite picture book to a local children’s charity or cause (battered women’s shelter, prison waiting room where children wait to visit an incarcerated parent, a struggling school, etc.)

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Walking Home by Eric Walters

Thirteen-year-old Muchoki, his younger sister, Jata, and mother can hardly believe what has become of their lives. Only weeks ago they lived with their family in a quiet Kenyan village, but sudden political violence has destroyed their home and forced them to flee for their lives. Now they live in a tent in an overcrowded refugee camp. Driven by further tragedy they are forced to undertake what seems like an impossible quest: to walk over a hundred miles across Kenya in search of their last remaining family. Even the longest of journeys must begin with just one step – and a bit of hope.


 

I’ve been wanting to read an Eric Walters novel for a long time, and I’m happy it was Walking Home. Not only was it completely different from what I’ve read  before, but Penguin Random House Canada is donating $1.30 to the Creation of Hope for every copy sold in Canadian bookstores! YaY!

This book was hard for me to get into, and that is probably  because it is very different from anything that I’ve read  before.  I also thought that the beginning dragged a bit.  For a book called Walking home, they spent a huge portion of the book at the refugee camp. The walking part took a while to get to. But, oh man, when it got underway I just couldn’t stop talking about it. Trying to imagine myself in the situations the characters were in was tough and scary at times, and very, very humbling. There were a couple of instances that seemed unbelievable, but never impossible.  More like, ” I cant believe that just happened! but it totally could, and I don’t even know what I would do!”

And guys,…the ending…..oh my god. I’m trying to tell you about it without spoiling you. I’m not saying it was happy, or sad, or gratifying, or dissapointing….i’ll just tell you it’s so great! Nice work Eric Walters! Loved it!

I didn’t even get to the cool part. Throughout the book, there are symbols in the margins for things like video clip, picture, map, authors note, etc. When you find one of these symbols, which is surprisingly often, you can go to the website http://www.ericwalterswalkinghome.com and follow along with the digital companion! Real life pics and videos and notes on the journey.

I have to admit. I didn’t follow along very well. I read everywhere I go, and some places don’t have wi-fi. But you can go back later and check out the website after you read the book. Either way, I recommend you check out the website. It is very cool and super informative and really helps you understand the severity of different situations in the book.

This book was a wonderful eye opener and a great change of pace.There were so many wonderfully sweet moments filled with charity and good will and faith and hope.

Everyone should check out this book!! Keep Walking Home! (which is how he signs this book!)

Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers

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A flagship publication, gloriously bringing the alphabet to life in irresistible Oliver Jeffers style!
The letters of our alphabet work tirelessly to make words that in turn make stories, but what if there was a story FOR each of the letters instead? Turn the pages of this exquisite book to find out…
Here you will discover twenty-six short stories introducing a host of new characters (plus the occasional familiar face). From Edmund the astronaut with his awkward fear of heights, via the dynamic new investigative duo of the Owl and the Octopus, through to the Zeppelin that just might get Edmund a little bit closer to where he needs to be, this book is packed with funny, thrilling, perilous and above all entertaining tales inspired by every letter in the alphabet.
An adventure to follow from A to Z, or a treasure trove to dip in and out of, Once Upon an Alphabet is a work of exhilarating originality from artist Oliver Jeffers, the creator of much-loved modern classics such as Lost and Found and The Incredible Book Eating Boy.


 

Now the first thing you’re going to want to do is flip to the first letter in your name and find out what your story is. Mine was L. I was not disappointed.

The first story I read was my letter, and then I flipped to the letters of all of my loved ones, so my first reading was all over the place and wonderful! The second time I picked up this book I read it from cover to cover.

The second time around I was able to see how the stories fit together! Characters from one letter showed up in other letters, characters from the authors other books made appearances, and some details from the illustrations ended up in multiple stories! All very well put together! Also, each letter has multiple things associated with their letter on their pages…so it’s kind of fun to see how many you can find!

Any way you choose to read this book I can pretty much guarantee you’re going to find something you love, if not the whole book!

The Notebook of Doom – The Rise of the Balloon Goons by Troy Cummings

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Warning! This notebook is filled with monsters.

Alexander Bopp has just moved to Stermont and already he thinks it is one creepy town. First, he finds a notebook filled with monster drawings. Then he starts seeing balloon goons – those arm-waving balloon guys – all over town. Are they after him? And what’s really in that notebook?

Alexander is about to find out!


 

I didn’t know what to expect from this book. When I picked it up from my bookstore, all I knew was it was popular with 6-8 year olds who were just starting chapter books, so I thought I’d give it a go.

Think you have it rough? Poor Alexander Bopp just can’t catch a break on his first day of school in a new town. The day just keeps getting weirder and weirder!

This book is about not so scary things, like wacky wavy balloon guys, turning out to be scary! finding the courage to do what’s right and finding friends in unlikely people, like the school bully. Nothing is what it seems!

I can tell you that if your child likes goofy, silly, kind of creepy adventure mysteries, they will enjoy the Notebook of Doom! At the end of the first book, some of my questions still aren’t answered, the mystery continues, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

A great beginner chapter book!

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