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Princess Lila Builds A Tower by Anne Paradis

Princess Lila lives in a beautiful castle and has everything she could ever desire—well, almost. She yearns to venture beyond the forest, explore her country and meet people her own age. But the forest is off limits. Resourceful and ingenious, Princess Lila sets to work building a tower to catch a glimpse of the forbidden land. Thus begins a thrilling adventure: she becomes the manager of a vast construction project involving an impressive number of materials, obstacles and solutions. At last, with the help of the castle’s staff, she constructs a tower that extends above the trees. After the plucky princess takes matter into her own hands, will she find what she was looking for?

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story! Princess Lila is a curious, imaginative and bright young girl. She has everything! But she wants a bit more. I love that she does not cry or pout or complain. She asks her parents. And when they give her guidelines for what she is allowed to do, she followes them! She doesn’t just accept the fact that she can’t go into the forrest, and then just go on with her life…she figures out a way to get what she wants, and she works hard to get it!

The illustraitions were on point in this beautiful storybook. From Lila and her floor length hair and her vast cast of castle employees to the picturesque scenery, everything was perfect in my opinion. Lots of attention to detail. Lots of color. Lots of imagination.

The only thing that I question about this book  is the ending. To me, Lila just doesn’t seem the type of girl who would be satisfied with just watching her friends from a far. Maybe she’s not? I would love to see Lila figure out how to arrange a play date without going into the woods! I think she can do it! She’s a very bright girl!

This story is a bit longer, so I would suggest it to children who are closer to 5 in the 3-5 age range…or anyone who is younger and can sit still long enough ;).

This book Publishes May 16th, 2017 so look out for it! 

A big thanks to NetGalley, Chouette Publishing and CrackBoom! Books for allowing me to read this story early!

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The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo

“All my life I’ll think of you, I promise I will. I won’t ever forget you.”

Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African veld. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again, but the butterfly lion ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten.


At first glance this book looks just like something my teachers would make me read in middle school. That’s not to say I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it, I just most likely wouldn’t have chosen it for myself. That’s probably why I had put off reading it for so long. My friend had recommended it to me about 4 different times, and it’s a Heather’s Pick (Heather, CEO of Chapters Indigo, guarantees this book or your money back!) so I decided it was time to give it a shot.

I’m so glad I did. It’s definitely a Heathers Pick for a reason. This book was everything I expected it to be, and so much more. It was smart, well written and definitely had some wonderful life lessons woven throughout.

A lot of this story was surprisingly relatable.  I expect its because the author placed real life experiences throughout the story. There were some very surprising turn of events as well! And the ending definitely gave me chills. I actually said “wow” at the end.

Everyone should give this book a read! If you love animals, If you love adventures, if you love heartwarming tales of friendship, put this at the top of your list! Parents, borrow it from your kids! Adults with no children, go grab if for yourself! It’s a well paced novel with no lulls. I would definitely re-read this one! And will be recommending it to anyone who will listen! 😉

I gave this book a *9.5 / 10*

Check out this video of Michael Morpurgo reading from his book “The Butterfly Lion”. I watched this before I read the story myself, and his voice is what I heard in my head as I read.

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*

 

The Amulet Series by Kazu Kibuishi

After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids´ mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals.

Eventually, they enlist the help of a small mechanical rabbit named Miskit. Together with Miskit, they face the most terrifying monster of all, and Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves.


This post is about the whole series so far, but I have only put up the summary for book#1 because the others have spoilers!

I have been been hearing so much about this series for so long! I had never really thought much about it until I slowly introduced myself to the world of graphic novels!

On the back of book #1 there is a blurb from Jeff Smith, the creator of BONE. It says “Five – no, three pages into Amulet and you’ll be hooked.”. I quickly found this to be true as I stood in my local book store and read the first 3 pages. Hooked! I was hooked and immediately needed more!!

The only thing I regret about reading this series is that I read it too quickly!! I am done book #6- Escape From Lucien, and now I have to wait!!

Book 7 – Firelight comes out March 1st, 2016!! Waiting is hard!!!

All of the Amulet books are action packed adventures with unexpected turns of events!! You definitely don’t see a lot of the twists coming!!

The themes tend to be family, friendship, loyalty, trusting your instincts and believing in yourself! There is also a lot of picking yourself up after a fall and staying strong! Remembering what’s important!

With the growing popularity in graphic novels, I’m happy these books are out there! I know a lot of parents would rather their children read novels, but it is still reading! Especially for kids who don’t enjoy reading just yet. Also, they will be learning valuable lessons! There are some intricate plot lines and heavy concepts that your kids are going to grasp! While having fun doing it! I find that graphic novels are excellent for helping me out of my reading slumps!

Go ahead and devour Amulet! They won’t take long to read at all, but the stories and concepts will stay with you for quite a while!

If you’re not having fun,
You’re not reading the right books!