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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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My Grandma’s a Ninja by Todd Tarpley

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When Ethan’s grandma suggests they take a zip line to school, Ethan realizes that his grandma is a little different. In fact, she’s a ninja! Ethan is soon the hit of the school when his grandma drops from the ceiling at show-and-tell, and teaches the kids karate moves and how to do backflips in slow motion. But when his grandma deflates his team’s soccer ball, everyone is upset—including Ethan. Why can’t he just have a regular grandma? But when Ethan tries out his new karate moves during the championship game . . . he’s happy that his grandma isn’t ordinary.

 

What a fun story! My Grandma’s A Ninja doesn’t come out till March 1st 2015, so keep your eyes open for it!

This story has a very relatable message for kids! Sometimes we just can’t control the way others act, and sometimes the ones we love embarrass us, but we love them for who they are and we’d miss them if they weren’t around. I feel like I’m making this book sound much more serious than it is…it’s actually very imaginative and silly! I found myself imagining my family members as ninjas and thinking…”I wish I could bring a ninja to work with me!”. Wouldn’t that make for an interesting day!

I loved this story and I can’t wait for the next one by Todd Tarpley to come out……and THIS one hasn’t even been released yet!

* I gave this book a 9/10 *

Samurai Jack Volume 3: Quest for the Broken Blade by Andy Suriano

After the Threads of Time failed to return Jack back to the past, he searches for a new way to return to his rightful era.

But will Jack be willing to risk his magical blade in order to open a new portal to the past?


First off, this book isn’t released yet.  The release date is set for March 31st, 2015.

I must admit, while I have heard of Samurai Jack, I didn’t really know that much about him at all. I didn’t know that this graphic novel would include robots and aliens for instance. It took me a couple of pages to catch up, but once I did I was flying!

This story has lots of action, suspense, humor, and some really excellent life lessons about being stronger than you think you are and doing the right thing! The flashbacks were well timed and easy to follow. You really feel like you know the character that much more from having these glimpses into their pasts!

I can’t wait to hear more about Samurai Jack! Not only will I be getting volumes 1 and 2 to catch up, but I’ll be looking forward to volume 4 as well!

* I rate this book 8/10*