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by Ammi-Joan Paquette, Christa Unzner (Illustrator)

Published May 12th 2009 by Tanglewood Press (first published April 15th 2007)

Summary:

Children learn to spot the tell-tale signs of fairies in residence in this delightful mix of photos and illustrations. Then children can take their tracking skills outside to discover the magic in their own backyard and celebrate nature. Full color.

Review:

The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies is a cute book that encourages children to pay attention to their surroundings, enjoy the beauty of nature, and believe in the unbelievable, Fairy’s.

Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies is lighthearted, funny, and very colorful.  It is one of the most beautifully illustrated books I have ever seen.  The images look to be a mixture of actual photographs with drawings of fairy’s superimposed over top.  It is not cheesy looking at all;  it has an almost magical look and feel to it.

.Every page is full of pictures and there are many ideas to keep you kid interested in this book as you read, how many fairy’s are on each page?  How many fairy’s are doing a particular activity?  Point out different colors, ect…

This book is perfect for a little girl, but some boys may enjoy the magic of it as well.  This is a children’s book.

I received this book as an ARC. I do not get paid to review books, I do so in order to assist parents and teachers in recommending appropriate books to your kids.

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Gift

 

 

by Andrea J. Buchana

Expected publication: March 27th 2012 by Open Road Media

Summary:

High school sophomore Daisy Jones is just trying to get by unnoticed. It doesn’t help that she’s the new girl at school, lives in a trailer park, and doesn’t even own a cell phone. But there’s a good reason for all that: Daisy has a secret, unpredictable power-one only her best friend, Danielle, knows about. Despite her “gift” (or is it a curse?), Daisy’s doing a good job of fitting in-and a cute senior named Kevin even seems interested in her! But when Daisy tries to help Vivi, a mysterious classmate in a crisis, she soon discovers that her new friend has a secret of her own. Now Daisy and her friends must deal with chilling dreams and messages from the beyond. Can Daisy channel the power she’s always tried to hide-before it’s too late?

Extra features include:
A short graphic novel illustrated by Alexis Seabrook, telling Vivi’s story
Danielle’s journal, revealing her deepest thoughts

Review:

This story is mainly about a girl named Daisy who has an extraordinary power, she is electric.  She can mess with any electrical device; and has to practice yoga and meditation in order to be able to control her ability.

This story has 4 main characters, 3 girls and a boy, Daisy, Danielle, Vivi, and Kevin.   Each of the characters has an important role to play.  Daisy is electric, Vivi can talk to a ghost, Kevin is Daisy’s Boyfriend, he is good at research, and has a form of epilepsy that plays into the story, and Danielle is Daisy’s best friend, who feels a bit left out of the group, though she does have the same dreams as Daisy.

Well I don’t want to give the story away, but it was quite good.  It started out really slow, and I kept thinking, how is this all going to work together.  There is the new kid, Kevin, who has a history of being in a metal institute.  Danielle and Daisy who believe they are reincarnated and are both having the same dreams from another life.   And Vivi, who communicates with a ghost, but she can communicate with him better if Daisy is around, since Daisy’s electricity helps him to channel.

The story picks up about 1/3 of the way in and the pieces start to come together, but the ending is a twist, one I never saw coming.

I would recommend this book for 6th grade- adult.  The characters are in high school, but the reading level is not super difficult.  This book would be enjoyable for both a girl and a boy since there is both a lot of action and mystery, but also a bit of romance for the girls.

This book has no swearing, sex, or compromising circumstances.  As a teacher of parent, there should not be a problem recommending this book for your kids to read.

I received this book as an ARC.  I do not get paid to review books, I do so in order to assist parents and teachers in recommending appropriate books to your kids.

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Candlewax

 

 

by C. Bailey Sim

Expected publication: April 3rd 2012 by Terabyte Press 

Summary:

A medieval masterpiece of adventure, romance and horror, younger readers of Paolini and Cashore will gobble up this award-winning debut.

An Ancient Prophecy. A Powerful Relic. An Insatiable Evil. When all three converge, the fate of every living thing will be in peril.

All her life Catherine had hoped to see a fairrier cat. No book, no scroll provided to her by her tutors had ever mentioned this legend, much to her frustration, and now-at the worse possible time-she was getting her wish. Only, in her wish the cat wasn’t about to kill her.

A 732-year-old fairrier cat the size of a horse has killed his fair share of hunters. Driven to the brink of extinction for the supernatural powers of his coat, is he indeed the last of his kind?

Sheltered, 16-year-old Catherine is about to find out. Unwitting heir to the Ancient Onyxes, she flees an arranged marriage only to stumble upon the cat’s secrets, the force of the ancient relic she wears, and the dangerous mission they must undertake.

Hidden under a desert that was once a fertile land, millions of predators are waiting to feast again. Catherine must discover the secret of the Ancient Onyxes and stop the creatures known as trodliks before they consume everything in their path. A whispered prophecy becomes her only guide and a rejected suitor just might be the one warrior she desperately needs.

For readers ages 12 and up.

Review:

I received Candlewax as an ARC. I am not always into fantasy novels, but the premise sounded good, so I thought I would give it a try. I am soooo glad I did because this is one of the best books I have read. It has good guys, bad guys, a really bad guy, traitors, soldiers, kings, princesses, and magical beasts. Oh and can’t forget the castles. It was beautifully written with chapters that split the story up quite nicely. It is easy to follow, even though there is a lot going on in the story.

There is a lot of adventure surrounding a princess whose destiny, which given to her through a prophesy, is to save her country and the surrounding countries in her realm. Unlike most stories with princesses, Catherine is actually a strong female character. Yes there is a very handsome king she is betrothed to, and yes he is sometimes her “Knight in Shining Armor,” but even though she gets into quite a few precarious situations, for the most part, she saves herself.

This is the first book in a series, but this story does have an ending. There is a bit of a cliff hanger that will be the tie in for the next book, which I am quite eager to read.

I highly recommend this book for kids in 4th grade through adults, depending on their reading level and comprehension. This is not a difficult book but there are strange words (created for this story) that could be difficult if the reader did not know how to sound out a word. This book would be good for a boy or a girl; it would be good for a girl because of the strong female character, and the bit of romance aspect. It would be good for boys because of the kings, knights, beasts, and the fighting/adventure aspect. There is absolutely no sex or even references to sex in this book, even though there is a bit of romance, which makes this one of the best books I have read in a while for kids. This book would also be good to read to your kids, a chapter at a time as a bedtime story, a la “the princess bride” style- (if you’ve ever read that book or seen the movie- you’d know what I mean).

I am not paid to review books, I do this to help you, especially parents, find books that are appropriate for your kids to read.

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Ordinary Magic

 

 

by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway

Expected publication: May 8th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA

Summary:

In Abby’s world, magic isn’t anything special: it’s a part of everyday life. So when Abby learns that she has zero magical abilities, she’s branded an “Ord”—ordinary, bad luck, and quite possibly a danger to society. The outlook for kids like Abby isn’t bright. Many are cast out by their families, while others are sold to treasure hunters (ordinary kids are impervious to spells and enchantments). Luckily for Abby, her family enrolls her in a school that teaches ordinary kids how to get around in a magical world. But with treasure-hunting kidnappers and carnivorous goblins lurking around every corner, Abby’s biggest problem may not be learning how to be ordinary—it’s whether or not she’s going to survive the school year!

Review:

** spoiler alert ** This book is a Middle Grades fantasy/paranormal book. It takes place in an alternate reality where “normal” people are magical and the freaks are “ords,” or people who can’t do magic. It is along the same lines as Harry Potter- except the school for special kids is the schools for “ords.” The students we follow in this book are in their first year of school and the story is written with readers of the same age in mind with regard to reading level/difficulty of the book.

There are a four main kid character who are best friends and there are the teachers, some of whom are ords and some who are magical. There are magical beasts, such as Minotaurs that are good and creatures like red caps that are bad. All these characters are an important part of the story.

The main “adventure” in this novel surrounds the fact that Adventurers, people who take on quests to get magical items usually as a paid job, use ords as the tool to get through the magical obstacles and traps they find protecting said magical object. They use ords because magic does not work on an ord and they can just walk through the traps- most of the time.

Now in this country the selling and buying of ords is illegal, as per the rule of King Steven. So instead of trying to buy ords, which many still try to do but without as much success, two Adventurers, Mike and Trixie, decide to steal one. Unfortunately for them, they steal Abby who is still loved by her parents and siblings even though she is an ord. This leads to many an adventure in the book.

I don’t want to spoil the story, since it is totally amazing, but it is both happy and sad. Sad because it is a cliff hanger and I want to read more of this story right now. Suffice to say I will be getting the next installment as soon as it comes out.

I would recommend this book to middle school kids- around 5th or 6th grade depending on their reading level, but also to adults who are fans of the Harry Potter novels and are jonesing for another special school/magic series to follow.

I read this as an ARC through NetGalley. I am not paid to give books positive reviews, this is just my honest opinion.

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by Thomas Nelson

Summary:

Adorable Precious Moments® art tells the story of Easter.

This case-bound padded board book from the Precious Moments brand makes it easy to share the story of Jesus with little children while teaching them about God’s love for them. Little ones will love the soft inviting illustrations of Precious Moments. Scriptures are from the International Children’s Bible,® the first translation created especially for children. Large, readable type encourages children to read along with their parents the story of Easter and the true meaning of this important holiday.

Precious Moments is an evergreen brand with more than 14.5 million books and Bibles sold. Precious Moments products are available in books, stationery, bedding, collectibles, figurines, and more.

Review:

My Easter Bible Storybook is your typical Precious Moments book, and that is not a bad thing. My first bible was a Precious Moments bible and I still have it today, though I have out grown it and now use an adult bible. Precious Moments are beautiful. The pictures are always so colorful and calming. The artist knows how to draw emotion in a way that is not scary, even when the picture is of a sad child. The poems are quite nice, except there is one that has a bit of a racist line, pointing out Jesus loves all children by describing them by colors; red, black, white, yellow people. If this is being read to a young child, it probably isn’t that bad but just so you are aware.

The book has pages of just pictures, pages with poems, and pages with pictures and simplified bible verses. It does not seem to have a slant in any denominational direction. I would buy this book for a child as a perfect Easter gift. It would also make a good children’s book for your child to read in church, if they are young but still able to read. This book would be good to read as bedtime stories by chapter. Children from pre-k though probably 9 years old would enjoy this book, as would those of us that just love Precious Moments things.

I received this book as an ARC, but I am not paid to review it. I review books so that you have a better understanding of what to read to your child, or what your child is reading.

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By: Liz Curtis Higgs

Summary:

The Parable of the Lily begins with a mysterious gift on a gray wintry day and ends one Spring morning with a joyous discovery.

The gentle Farmer from The Pumpkin Patch Parable lovingly helps His young daughter, Maggie, understand the power of grace and forgiveness and the true meaning of Easter.

Review:

The Parable of the Lily is a wonderful children’s book. It would be perfect to read to children on Easter evening before bed. It would also be a great story to read at a children’s chapel, the priest or pastor could follow it up with a little sermon, or in Sunday school. I love a Christian children’s book, there are not that many good ones out there. This book is also nice because it has appropriate bible verses on the bottom of the pages.

The book has beautiful pictures that will keep any child’s attention. There are many things you can point out in the pictures to make the story come alive to kids you are reading it to. It would be appropriate for pre-school- probably 3rd or 4th grade. It really depends on the child. Even though younger children may not get the deeper meaning, you could still ask them something like, was there ever a time you received a gift that you were not happy with? What did you do with it? How do you think it made the person who gave it to you feel that you did not like their gift?

I received this book as an ARC. I am not paid to review books, I do so to help parents and other adults get an idea of would be a good book for their child.

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My Dog, My Cat

 

 

By: Ashlee Fletcher

Summary:

In this bright new picture book, the author describes all the differences between her dog and cat, who don’t always get along. Her dog barks; her cat meows. Her dog likes steak; her cat likes tuna. Her dog’s tongue is wet; her cat’s tongue is rough. But the story ends on a delightfully sweet note when the author also tells us what her dog and cat have in common – a love of pizza and a love of their owner. The strong lines and fresh colors will make this book an appealing read as children learn about normal behaviors for the two most popular pets, and that even the most different of creatures can find things in common.

Review:

My dog, My cat was a very cute children’s book. I read it to my nephew (who is 3 ½) who has a dog and a cat and he loved it. He actually made me read it to him a couple more times, laughing every time. The pictures are quite cute. They are vibrant and colorful. Kids who have pets will easily be able to relate to the images and sentences in the story. The drawings also allow the reader to make sound effects and “act” out parts of the story, making kids laugh at your silly antics.

I would recommend this book for any child probably under 4, but the words are simple and could be used to help your child learn to read. If your child did not have any pets, you could use this book to teach them about some of the silly things cats and dogs do.

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