Book Review

Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-El

Not Your Typical Dragon book cover with a green dragon in bottom left corner blowing bubbles that rise across the book cover"He could feel a tingling inside his tummy. But when he opened his mouth, fire did not come out."

What would a dragon do if he could not breathe fire? That is the dilemma Crispin Blaze finds himself in when he discovers on his 7th birthday that he cannot breathe fire! This is quite unheard of, and after several failed attempts to learn how to breathe fire, Crispin decides that it would best for everyone if he ran away. However, With the help of Sir George, a knight, Crispin discovers that maybe being different isn't so bad after all!

Funny and heartwarming, Crispin's story will make you laugh and appreciate everything that makes you unique.

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Bridget, Kids World

Part-time Princess by Sarah Underwood

Part-time princess book cover, has young blonde princess with blue dress riding a green dragon"During the day, I am a regular girl....But at night, after Mom kisses me and tucks me in, I become a princess."

After a day filled with spelling tests and following the rules, a young girl becomes a princess. While there is plenty of pink to go around, this is not your typical princess picture book. Filled with bravery, compassion, and a sense of adventure, the young princess faces various emergencies from fire-breathing dragons to trolls crashing the ball. It is "princess to the rescue!" This self-empowered young girl takes charge of each situation saving the kingdom, "as usual." Too bad it was all a dream, or was it?

A great book to share between mom and daughter as the young girl's mom makes a queenly appearance in most escapades. Recommended for princess fans ranging from PreK to first grade.

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Celeste, Kids World

Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball by John Coy

Book cover Hoop Genius, profile of man with mustache, in background boys are playing basketball A young teacher, James Naismith, was forced to take over a gym class with students so out of control two teachers had already quit! When all other sports proved to be too rough and aggresive, Naismith created his own sport: basketball. A great example of perservance and learning from not only failure but past events. Second and Third graders might enjoy reading this nonfiction book on their own, but the ratio of words to pictures allows this book to serve as a great read-out-loud for a younger sports fan.

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Celeste, Kids World

Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst

Lulu and the BrontosaurusFor her birthday, spoiled Lulu wants a brontosaurus as a pet. When her parents refuse, she packs a suitcase and marches off to find one herself. She has to go through a snake, tiger, and bear, but she does find a brontosaurus. Unfortunately, the brontosaurus wants Lulu to be his pet! When he won't take no for an answer, Lulu must start using her brain (and her manners). With nicely paired illustrations, this funny and simple chapter book is perfect for second and third graders ready to transition out of the Easy Readers.

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Celeste, Kids World

 

The World Is Waiting For You by Barbara Kerley

The World Is Waiting For Your book cover, white cover with photograph of boy and girl running through the O in YouPaired with wonderful photos from National Geographic, the simple text encourages kids to use their curiosity, try new things, go to new places, and experience all life has to offer. An exceptionally beautiful picture book, perfect for sparking the imagination and a sense of adventure.

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Celeste, Kids World

Nightsong by Ari Berk

Nightsong Book Cover, bat flyingA young bat leaves his mother for the first time, and ventures out into an unknown dark world. As he learns to use his “song,” the world fills with color.  With truly lovely illustrations by Loren Long, this book is a great introduction to the bats’ echo “vision.” It also serves well as a warm simple story of a child gaining independence.

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Celeste, Kids World

 

The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Cover image of the book The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers featuring a gingerbread girl and animal crackersIn this sequel to The Gingerbread Girl , it is the Gingerbread Girl's birthday and she's in for a suprise! Her new friends, the animal crackers are bouncing off of the walls and no one can catch them. They put their trust in the wily fox who lives down by the river to help them get away from the Gingerbread Girl but does the fox really want to help them? This is a book that is fast paced with rhythmic writing and great illustrations. Perfect for reading out loud to children ages three to five.

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Tiffany, Kids World

Slide by Jill Hathaway

I thought that this book was extremely good. The book had a lot of mystery, romance, and drama. You can relate to her guy drama between her guy bestie Rollin and her love Zane. You felt like you could be in the book at many points of the story. Throughout the book, you tried to guess who was doing what and hoped that it wasn't the person that you thought it was.

If there was a sequel, I would definitely read it because I want to know what else happens.

I thought that her sliding into other people’s bodies was a good and a bad thing. The characters connect with the reader and the other characters well. You get to know who they are and how they connect at the end well. I’m glad I read the book. If you like mysteries, I would definitely recommend it.

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