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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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They All Saw A Cat by Brendan Wenzel

The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws . . .

In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination, Brendan Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat, and how perspective shapes what we see. When you see a cat, what do you see?

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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.  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!  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 😉

So, do what you love!

Everything else will fall in place 😉

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*

 

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 *

The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak” on YouTube

This innovative and wildly funny read-aloud by award-winning humorist/actor B.J. Novak will turn any reader into a comedian.
You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here’s how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say . . .

BLORK. Or BLUURF.

Even if the words are a preposterous song about eating ants for breakfast, or just a list of astonishingly goofy sounds like BLAGGITY BLAGGITY and GLIBBITY GLOBBITY.

Cleverly irreverent and irresistibly silly, The Book with No Pictures is one that kids will beg to hear again and again. (And parents will be happy to oblige.)

Watching kids while this story is being read to them is one of the greatest experiences ever. One experience that tops that is actually reading this story to kids and being the cause of the laughter! This book is just so much fun! Who would have thought that a book with no pictures in it could be this entertaining?!?

Kids just love the idea that the grownups are being forced into saying these foolish things, and that there is no way out of it…because that is how books work.

I also think that this book without pictures shows kids that the chapter books that are on their way are not as boring or scary as they imagine 😉

I love this book, I love the idea of this book, and I love what this book does to people! Check out the video of the author B.J Novak reading his book to kids, and their infectious reaction!

The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak: http://youtu.be/cREyQJO9EPs