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If I Had a Gryphon by Vikki Vansickle

Sam just got a hamster for a pet. But the hamster is kind of boring … he just eats and sleeps and gets his shavings wet. Inspired by her book of mythological creatures, Sam longs for a more exciting pet. But she soon realizes that taking care of these magical beasts might not be as wonderful as she thought. Sasquatches are messy, unicorns are shy, gryphons scare the dogs at the dogpark, and having a fire extinguisher handy at all times makes dragons seem like an awful lot of work. In the end, Sam realizes that her hamster is a pretty sweet and safe pet … or is he?


 

The one thing that I keep hearing about this book is that it will no doubt be the gateway book to kids reading Harry Potter. It is the perfect storybook for instilling a love for imaginative and creative ideas!

Who hasn’t dreamed of having some kind of mythical creature as a pet at one point of time or another? As a kid I always wanted a sea monster or a Pegasus. I am still waiting to come across a unicorn or dragon or fairy to make my secret BFF! I absolutely loved reading this book! I found myself imagining what life would really be like with these particular pets. There were even some creatures that I had not heard of, so I went ahead and looked those creatures up! I learned some things, and I know lots of kids out there are going to learn a lot from this book as well!

Not only will this story open the door to many other reading adventures, Β it teaches us all that its okay to dream for big things, but to appreciate what we have. Also, it gives us a little bit of an insight into how much responsibility having a pet can be! Plus it rhymes. What more could we ask for?

Thanks so much to Netgalley Β for letting me read this book early! Look for “If I Had A Gryphon” on shelves February 9th, 2016.

I gave this beautiful book a *10/10*Β and I will be recommending it to many, many people!

Professional Reader

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Some Day You Will Be Old Enough to Start Reading Fairy Tales Again – C.S. Lewis

I can totally relate to this C.S. Lewis quote! It seems that the older I get, the younger my reading taste becomes! I have only read a handful of books that were not considered teen or children books. Β I have loved teen books even before I was a teen, and they continue to be my go to choice. My favorite age group for books right now is ages 9-12 or middle grade. I have a special place in my heart for the age group 6-8 or early readers as well,…and that special place in my heart just seems to keep growing. Who can’t resist a great storybook? Reading a really great story out loud to a room full of children just gives me the best feeling in the world!

What it really comes down to is that I’m actually not embarrassed to tell people that I primarily read children and young adult books. I’m sad to say that I once was! Β I used to hate the looks that people gave me and the comments about immaturity and acting like a grown up.

The fact of the matter is I am proud to say that I know exactly what is inside that book that your son or daughter is reading. I consider myself pretty darn great at recommending books that you will love and get the most from! And I am proud to be a helping hand for a cause as important as literacy for our future generations!

Not to mention kids books are just fun πŸ˜‰

So, do what you love!

Everything else will fall in place πŸ˜‰

Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey

Pig is the greediest Pug in the world. He is ill-tempered, rude and unreasonable. When Pig the Pug is asked to share his toys, something unexpected happens. Hopefully Pig has learned a lesson!


Pig the pug is such a fun story! I had found this book by accident when someone had asked me to help them find a book on pug dogs. The cover illustration was so intriguing I just had to take a look inside!

This silly story of a pug named pig who just won’t share gives us plenty of opportunities to talk about right and wrong, nice and not so nice, and how to be a good friend! It really talks about sharing in a fun way!

Bonus points for the fact that it rhymes!! Books that rhyme are just so much fun to read to kids! And if they like to read books repeatedly, like the kids I read to do, it very quickly turns into a learning tool!

I give this book *8/10*

 

Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods – by Hal Johnson

 

Just for kids, twenty bone-chilling tales about the most dangerous fantastical beasts in American folklore. Meet the Snoligoster, who feeds on the shadows of its victims. The Hodag, like a spiny-backed bull-horned rhinoceros. The Hoop Snake, which can chase prey at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour and then, with one sting of its tail, cause it to turn purple, swell up, and die.

 
Illustrated throughout, including eight drawings printed with glow-in-the-dark ink, Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods is for every young reader who loves a good scare. The book was originally published in 1910 by William Thomas Cox and is now inspiringly retold by Hal Johnson, author of Immortal Lycanthropes. The creatures are all scales and claws, razor-sharp teeth and stealth, camouflage and single-minded nastiness. Straight out of the era of Paul Bunyan, they speak to an earlier time in American history, when the woods were indeed dark and deep and filled with mystery. The tone is smart and quirky. The illustrations have a sinewy, retro field-guide look. Read them around a campfire, if you dare.


Guys! Guys!……there are glow in the dark pages all throughout this book! AND ON THE FRONT COVER!! The illustrations are creeptastic! Excellent job Tom Mead!

My favorite part of this book is that there are stories set in Canada!! yaay!! All of the stories are very well thought out. I often found myself thinking “how on earth did the author think of that?!”. These very detailed stories sometimes describe bits and pieces of the narrators appearance. You really have to stretch your imagination to try to put together all of the descriptions and picture him.

When I had first purchased this book I found it in the 6-8 early readers age group. I realized that they had moved the book to the 9-12 age group later on. Great move. There was some death and some gruesome injuries in these stories. Fantastic, shiver inducing, goosebump giving stories! Not only that, but the language seemed advanced for a 6-8 age group. It really does suit the 9-12 age group much better.

An excellent book!! Just creepy enough in my opinion! So creative and imaginative!

I give this one *9/10*

Hug Machine by Scott Campbell

 

Who have YOU hugged today? Open your arms to this delightfully tender, goofy, and sweet tale.

Watch out world, here he comes! The Hug Machine!

Whether you are big, or small, or square, or long, or spikey, or soft, no one can resist his unbelievable hugs! HUG ACCOMPLISHED!

This endearing story encourages a warm, caring, and buoyantly affectionate approach to life. Everyone deserves a hugβ€”and this book! – See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.ca/Hug-Machine/Scott-Campbell/9781442459359#sthash.NH8itz76.dpuf


 

 

So this is my first review of a 3-5 age group storybook! And I’m excited for it to be Hug Machine! This book is absolutely adorable!! It really does make you want to go out and hug everyone!

Slightly quirky, 100% sweet, I think it really teaches us to be nice to everyone. Giving that little bit extra could mean the world to someone small..or spikey…or that inanimate object we sometimes take for granted. Lol!

This is a wonderfully fun feel good story that I would recommend to everyone! Check it out! I dare you not to smile…Hug accomplished! πŸ™‚