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EARLY CHAPTER BOOK REVIEW: The Princess in Black and the Prince in Pink by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

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  THE PRINCESS IN BLACK AND THE PRINCE IN PINK The Princess in Black #10 by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham Candlewick Press, 2023 ISBN: 978-1-5362-0978-5 Source: purchased Ages 7-10 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover provided by publisher through Goodreads.com. REVIEW The Princess in Black teams up with a new friend when she runs into a problem that her superhero self can't solve. Princess Magnolia arrives at the Flower Festival ready to set up for the upcoming ball.  But a visit from an angry emu leaves her decorations in tatters.  A knight forces the emu out but the damage has been done. Luckily, the Prince in Pink shows up to help Princess Magnolia get ready for the ball in time.  And all the royals come together with their various alter egos to face the emu and her ostrich cohorts when they show up at the ball. When a series gets to the tenth book it can be difficult to find new and fresh stories to tell, but the Hales keep finding gr

PICTURE BOOK REVIEW: We Are One by Jackie Azua Kramer & Raissa Figueroa & Nina Mata

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WE ARE ONE by Jackie Azúa Kramer illustrated by Raissa Figueroa & Nina Mata Two Lions, 2023 ISBN: 978-1542016940 Source: publisher through Blue Slip Media for review Ages 6-10 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & other materials provided by Blue Slip Media. ABOUT THE AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATORS Jackie Azúa Kramer is the author of many books, including The Boy and the Gorilla, illustrated by Cindy Derby; I Wish You Knew, illustrated by Magdalena Mora; and The Green Umbrella, illustrated by Maral Sassouni. Her books have been named a Best of the Best Book by the Chicago Public Library and to Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year list. Jackie lives with her family in New York. Visit her at www.jackieazuakramer.com . Instagram: @jackie_azua_kramer Twitter: @JackieKramer422 Niña Mata has illustrated many children’s books, including New York Times bestsellers She’s Got This by Laurie Hernandez and I Promise by LeBron James, and the Ty’

#MMGM: A Work in Progress by Jarrett Lerner

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A WORK IN PROGRESS by Jarrett Lerner Aladdin, 2023 ISBN: 978-1-6659-0515-2 Source: ARC from publisher/purchased copy Ages 9-12 Middle grade realistic fiction/novel-in-verse All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover provided by publisher through Goodreads.com. REVIEW The unkind words of another kid during elementary school sends Will into a tailspin when he begins to believe them.  Being called 'fat' leads Will down a road of self-reproach bordering on self-hatred that culminates in the loss of friends, confidence, and into disordered eating. The heart-breaking book focuses on Will as he struggles with not only his weight but even more with the way he sees himself.  The free-verse conveys Will's thoughts so clearly and emotionally that I found myself in tears more than once. I wanted to leap into the book and give Will a hug while reassuring him that his weight has nothing to do with his value. Thankfully, Will meets someone who nudges him toward healthier thinkin

PICTURE BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Turkey's Sandtastic Beach Day by Wendi Silvano & Lee Harper

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TURKEY'S SANDTASTIC BEACH DAY by Wendi Silvano, illustrated by Lee Harper Two Lions, 2023 ISBN: 978-1662508356 Source: Blue Slip Media Ages 4-8 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book illustrations, author blurbs, and other materials provided by Blue Slip Media. ABOUT THE AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR Wendi Silvano was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has lived in Oregon, Colorado, and Peru. The author of the Turkey Trouble series, she has a BA in early childhood education and taught preschool and elementary school for eleven years. She is the mother of five children and the owner of an assortment of odd pets that are not nearly as clever as Turkey. She now writes from her home in Colorado, where she enjoys hiking, reading, and playing the piano. Visit her online at wendisilvano.com . Lee Harper is the author-illustrator of the books Coyote, The Emperor’s Cool Clothes, and Snow! Snow! Snow! In addition to the Turkey Trouble series, Lee is also the illustrator of Looking for the Eas

WORLD's WORST TIME MACHINE BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome to the World’s Worst Time Machine Blog Tour & Giveaway! Guest Post by Dustin Brady I am delighted to welcome Dustin Brady to talk about his latest book for kids, World’s Worst Time Machine ! About the Book: From best-selling author, Dustin Brady, comes a new illustrated novel series perfect for fans who love funny, unexpected adventures and wacky plot twists. For kids, life can be boring, but Liam and Elsa know how to create their own fun — or so they think. After finding a $3 time machine at a garage sale, Liam uses the machine to summon Thomas Edison for help with his book report. It's not until the time machine sends a different Thomas Edison from the 1930s that chaos ensues. World's Worst Time Machine is the newest series from best-selling children's book author of the Trapped in a Video Game series, Dustin Brady. Using his signature style, Brady's laugh-out-loud sense of humor and daring adventure will keep even the most reluctant reader w

#MMGM : Review of CHILDREN OF THE BLACK GLASS & Interview with author ANTHONY PECKHAM!

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CHILDREN OF THE BLACK GLASS by Anthony Peckham Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Book, 2023 ISBN: 978-1-6659-1313-3 Ages 12-14 Middle grade dystopian fantasy All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover provided by publisher through Goodreads.com. Interview arranged through the publisher. REVIEW Brother and sister, Wren and Tell, descend from their mountain home in an effort to save their father's life. After cutting a magnificent piece of black glass from the village mine, the children's father ends up blinded. According to village custom he will be abandoned to die on the local glacier unless a cure can be found to help him heal.  Unwilling to be forced to live with other villages, Tell determines to take the black glass belonging to his father and try to sell it for a cure for his father and enough supplies to last them through the winter.  After his sister, Wren sneakily joins him, the two children and their stubborn mule, Rumble leave the mountain.   But neither Wren nor Tel

WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: Border Crossings by Sneed B. Collard III & Howard Gray

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BORDER CROSSINGS by Sneed B. Collard III, illustrated by Howard Gray Charlesbridge, 2023 ISBN: 978-1-62354-238-2 Source: publisher for review Ages 6-10 Picture book nonfiction All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover provided by publisher through Goodreads.com. REVIEW A young male ocelot is deprived of the chance to find a new territory and a mate by a wall built along a human created border. Whatever one's politics or beliefs about such walls, the impact goes far beyond the people it's intended to stop. In this picture book, Collard and Gray highlight the ecosystems that cross the border and some of the animals that live in the area.  Some parts of the border aren't shut off yet and the story follows a young female ocelot who does manage to cross the border to find a new territory and mate. The effects of the wall on the environment are highlighted but the focus is on the remarkable animals and ecosystems that existed long before any border. Back matter include