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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 β€” 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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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!!

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


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!

Eerie Elementary – The School is Alive! by Jack Chabert

To his dismay, Sam Graves is made hall monitor at his school, Eerie Elementary. He soon discovers that his school is alive and hungry for kids!! He is the only one who can save everyone! Can he be the hero everyone needs him to be?

A great read for anyone new to the world of chapter books! Each chapter is about 5 pages long and each page has an illustration. This Β story has adventure, mystery and friendship. With a cast of colorful characters, this plot it fast paced and full of surprising moments.