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The Frizz by Jasmine Fogwell

The Frizz by Jasmine FogwellThe Frizz by Jasmine Fogwell, Amy Martin
Published by Jasmine Fogwell on July 3, 2018
ISBN: 0995265003
Genres: Children's Fiction
Pages: 34
Source: the author
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three-half-stars

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Synopsis

Jeannie Avery Gibbins has frizzy hair and a wild imagination. Every day her mother has to help tame the frizz to get her ready for school. But each morning, when Jeannie sees her hair in the mirror, she gets an idea. Today, she doesn't see frizzy hair, instead she sees a lion's mane. What do you think Jeannie's hair will turn into tomorrow?

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My Thoughts on The Frizz:

My first thought on the children’s book The Frizz, was “a kid’s book featuring a girl with frizzy hair? Count me in!” As a girl with frizzy, unruly hair, who grew up to be a woman with frizzy hair, I was instantly on board and excited for this story.

Every morning, Jeannie wakes up and looks in the mirror. And every morning she sees her frizzy hair and has an idea of what to do with it! So every morning, after Jeannie has transformed herself into whatever her imagination has made her that day (a lion, a rockstar, a mop?!?!?), her mom has to get that frizz tamed! This reminded me a lot of when I was younger and my dad had to fix mine and my sister’s hair and… well, it’s amazing either of us still has hair left!

The story itself is really cute and funny. I think it’d be great for a little girl with frizzy hair.

I wasn’t a big fan of the ending, but it wasn’t horrible. I think I was just expecting something different.

Overall, The Frizz is a cute, fun children’s book. What do you think? Have you read The Frizz or can you relate to the torture of having your frizzy hair “tamed” before school as a kid? Leave me a comment below!

three-half-stars
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Danny and the DreamWeaver by Mark Poe

Danny and the DreamWeaver by Mark PoeDanny and the Dreamweaver by Mark Poe
Published by DV Books on July 16, 2016
ISBN: 0997680733
Pages: 104
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Synopsis

Danny is a grumpy video-game junky. He daydreams in school and has a long-standing rivalry with his neighbor.

Yet Danny soon finds himself ensnared in a bizarre dream. Controlling his dream is Nostrildamus, an odd-looking creature with a huge nose and no eyes, yet can oddly see into the future.

Taken on a time-traveling hunt to solve an art-related mystery, Danny meets strange looking artists, like Hippopotamus Bosch and Michelanjello, while Nostrildamus tries to impart subtle pearls of wisdom.

Yet, what does it all mean? And what effect, if any, will all this have on Danny?

Find out in "Danny and the DreamWeaver," an imaginative adventure of criminal intrigue, time travel, and art history, infused into a bizarre dream that will have you scratching your head and smiling, until the end!

My review:

If I had to sum up this book in one word, it’d be HILARIOUS! I had SO much fun reading this!!!

From the very first page of Danny and the DreamWeaver, I was smiling and laughing. It’s filled with a lot of sass and humor but is actually educational at the same time.

The characters featured are so fun to read about and I was actually a little upset to see them go at the end. My favorite was a scene between Nostrildamus and a cardinal at the Vatican that had me laughing so hard I had to stop reading for a bit and come back to the book when I could pick it back up without busting out laughing again.

Even though the beginning pulled me in, it also had some faults… Danny rushes home to play games on his XBox 360 and PlayStation that I think are only available on the XBox One and PS 4 consoles. That probably only threw me off because I’m a bit of a video game junky, so I notice that kinda thing. Others probably wouldn’t.

My other issue is a pet peeve of mine in many, many stories… a character described himself for absolutely no reason! Again, this might not bother anyone else but it’s a pet peeve of mine. In this instance, Nostrildamus describes his appearance to Danny while Danny is standing right in front of him.

I think middle-grade students will enjoy this book and get a kick out of the puns. I also really liked the short bios at the end of all the famous characters.

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The Seeker's Stone (DNA in the Deep #1) by Kelly S. Epperson

42203484Title:  The Seeker’s Stone
Author: Kelly S. Epperson
Publication Date: October 2018
Genre(s): Science Fiction Chapter book for kids 7-13
Length: 66 pages

Description:

Staring down the ladder into the rock’s dark interior, Emily and John wonder what they’re getting themselves into…
An hour ago, Emily and her brother John found themselves stuck with summer science camp instead of summer fun. Now, they’ve discovered the mysterious Seeker’s Stone, an intelligent ship that calls herself Catie.
When Catie transports them to the world of cells and DNA, they plunge into more adventure than any of them bargained for. Menacing enzymes, ferocious viruses, and monstrous predators lurk among the wonders of DNA, cells, and life beneath the waves. Can three friends find the strength, wits, courage, and teamwork to survive and escape the monsters of the deep, or will they become another link in the food chain?

My review:

The Seeker’s Stone is a humorous book that is both fun to read and educational. It begins with two siblings, Emily and John, basically begging their dad not to make them go to science camp. But their dad had won Emily and John’s spots at the camp through a contest and he insists they will have a great time. (Not to give away the ending, but something I found really funny was that by the end they’re calling home basically begging to be allowed to stay!)
Shortly after Emily and John’s father drives away from the camp, Emily and John (mostly John) make a wonderful discovery – The Seeker’s Stone!
My kids loved The Magic Tree House series and also The Magic Schoolbus television show. The Seeker’s Stone is very similar to those, so pretty much if you like that type of entertainment, you’re more than likely going to enjoy this book. There’s a lot of learning that could happen through this series, but it’s not presented in a “teachy” way, which I liked. Overall, the book has a really upbeat, funny, and even sarcastic vibe to it.
There’s a twist at the end of the book that actually shocked me a bit, which was good, but the ending seemed a little far-fetched and sort of Disney cartoonish to me… Then again, it’s a kids’ book so that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s just that reading it as an adult, it took me out of the story.
So my overall impression of The Seeker’s Stone is that it’s definitely worth picking up for fans of The Magic Tree House series.
My rating:  4.0/5.0

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The Lying King by Alex Beard – BOOK REVIEW

Title: The Lying King
Author: Alex Beard
Publication Date & Publisher: September 4th 2018 by Greenleaf Book Group Press
Genre(s): Children’s, Humor
Length:  54 pages
ISBN: 13:978-1-62634-528-7
My Rating: 5.0/5.0

Description (from Goodreads):

Can warthogs fly? Do tigers eat broccoli?
For answers, follow along as Warthog lies his way to the throne in this timeless, yet most timely, Tale from the Watering Hole.
Will the Truth catch up with the king?
​Find out as Alex Beard’s whimsical animals come to life to illuminate real world truths for children of all ages. With a nod to Aesop and Kipling, this funny and pointed parable has lessons for everyone, from the playground to the boardroom and beyond!

My review:

The Lying King is incredibly timely given the current political climate in the U.S.A. It reminds me of Dr. Seuss in that it has an obvious “hidden” statement. As Seuss wrote Yertle the Turtle King with Hitler in mind, I’m sure that author Alex Beard had the problem of lying as an acceptable practice in our current society in mind, when he wrote The Lying King.
I often wonder what the effect the current situation both here and around the world is going to have on our children. They are growing up in an environment where you cannot click on the television, read an article on the internet, or watch the news without seeing someone getting ahead, profiting both monetarily and politically, by spouting obvious lies. I love that Beard wrote a book like this that unequivocally tells our children that Lying is NOT okay! It is NOT acceptable! And it’s certainly NOT a way to become king!
As Beard says in The Lying King:

‘Cause that’s in the end how it always goes down…
The king who tells lies loses his crown.

The illustrations in The Lying King are fun and I enjoyed them just as much as the story! I’m sure I’ll be reading this one for many years to come…
I definitely recommend this book for anyone, not just children.

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When God Made Light – a Review

36962355Title: When God Made Light
Author: Matthew Paul Turner
Publication Date & Publisher: February 13, 2018, Waterbrook
Genre(s): Children’s, Christian
Length: 48 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60142-920-9
My Rating: 5.0/5.0

Description (from Goodreads):

From the author and illustrator of the best-selling When God Made You comes a new illuminating message about God’s design affirming young readers.
‘Let there be light!’ that’s what God said. And light began shining and then started to spread.” Wild and creative illustrations from top children’s illustrator David Catrow pair with Matthew Paul Turner’s lyrical verse in this message of a God-made light that cuts through darkness to bring vision and hope to all young readers. This light radiates, chasing away the shadows, providing the wonder and fun of stargazing or firefly chasing. Most important, this light appears in each child–an inner God-given spark that grows and will be used to change the world.

My review: 

Last year, I reviewed the amazing children’s book by Matthew Paul Turner, When God Made You. At that time, the only children in my home were well into their teen years so I didn’t have any young children to read my favorite children’s books to…
So imagine how excited I was when Turner’s newest children’s book, When God Made Light, was published earlier this year, and I had three young foster children to read it too!
As excited as I was, the bar was set pretty high. I had compared Turner’s writing in When God Made You to Dr. Seuss… and Dr. Seuss is one of the very few children’s book authors that I can not only read over and over again, but that I know, no matter which of their books I pick up, I’m going to love it. To be honest… I loved When God Made You so much that I wasn’t all that sure Turner would be able to pull it off again with his following books…
BUT HE DID!!!
My two-year-old foster daughter preferred When God Made You over every other children’s book we have…until we bought When God Made Light. Now, before nap time and bedtime the answer to “What story do you want mama to read?” is always “God Light.”
And after months of reading this story twice a day, everyday… I’m still not sick of it! I actually still enjoying reading it to her!
The story is uplifting and joyful to the point that I continue to find myself occasionally tearing up while reading it, thinking of just how precious the little people are that God has entrusted me to care for.

Now, when God made light,
God made all different kinds.
Some sparkles, some flares, but all light shines.

I love the way Turner points out in such a hopeful way that God made light for so many different things… the sun, the moon, the stars, the light inside of us – they all have a purpose and a use.

Shimmer and shine,
be a beacon so bright,
’cause when God made you, child, God made light.

The illustrator from When God Made You also did the pictures for When God Made Light and they are just as beautiful! They feature the same girl from When God Made You, along with some cute animals and a baby.
Basically, there isn’t anything negative for me to say about this book!
So what do you think? Leave me a comment below!
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When God Made You – a review

When God Made You – a reviewWhen God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner, David Catrow
Published by Waterbrook Press on February 28, 2017
ISBN: 1601429185
Pages: 48
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Synopsis

YOU, you... God thinks about you.God was thinking of you long before your debut.

From early on, children are looking to discover their place in the world and longing to understand how their personalities, traits, and talents fit in. The assurance that they are deeply loved and a unique creation in our big universe is certain to help them spread their wings and fly.

Through playful, charming rhyme and vivid, fantastical illustrations, When God Made You inspires young readers to learn about their own special gifts and how they fit into God's divine plan as they grow, explore, and begin to create for themselves.

'Cause when God made YOU, somehow God knewThat the world needed someone exactly like you!

Now that my girls are older, I rarely get the opportunity to read children’s books.
Okay, that’s a lie…

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On occasion (aka not so occasionally), you can find me sitting in my library/sewing/writing/soon-to-be-bed room reading Dr. Seuss — out loud.  (Not sure what it says about me that there’s a room in my house with an identity crisis) (Also, in case you weren’t aware…  out loud is the ONLY acceptable way to read a Dr. Seuss book!)
Since my girls are now 17 and 12, there aren’t many children’s books that I’m even willing to read, let alone take the time to re-read over and over again.  (Other than Seuss, obviously.)
For a book to achieve such an honor in my currently WAY overloaded schedule, it has got to be phenomenal.  To be honest, I would have told you such a book did not exist.
Turns out, I was wrong (again). Continue reading “When God Made You – a review”