Showing posts from September, 2015

PICTURE BOOK REVIEW: The Perfect Percival Priggs by Julie-Anne Graham

THE PERFECT PERCIVAL PRIGGS by Julie-Anne Graham Running Press Kids, 2015 ISBN: 978-0-7624-5506-5 Ages 4-8 Source: publisher for review All opinions expressed are solely my own.

Percival Priggs seems to be the perfect child. His parents are perfect, his grandparents are perfect, and even his pets are perfect. Percy’s shelf is packed with gleaming trophies. But with all the practice and preparation needed for his competitions, Percy never has a free moment.

Percy worries that his parents will not love him if he does not smile his prize-winning smile and perform perfectly in every competition. But after his rocket experiment turns into an imperfect mess, Mr. and Mrs. Priggs reveal their own funny imperfections and show Percy they are proud of him exactly as he is.

The message of reassurance and acceptance in THE PERFECT PERCIVAL PRIGGS is timely in our age of helicopter parenting, overscheduling, and increased testing standards for young children. But it is debut author…



FANTASTIC FRIDAY: Fires of Invention by J. Scott Savage

FIRES OF INVENTION Mysteries of Cove #1 by J. Scott Savage Shadow Mountain, 2015 ISBN: 978-1-62972-092-0 Middle Grade Fantasy/Spec Fic Source: ARC from publisher for review All opinions expressed are solely my own.

Trenton Colman is exceptionally creative with a knack for all things mechanical. But his talents are viewed with suspicion in Cove, a steam-powered city built inside a mountain. In Cove, creativity is a crime and "invention" is a curse word.

Kallista Babbage is a repair technician and daughter of the notorious Leo Babbage, who died in an explosion—an event the leaders of Cove point to as an example of the danger of creativity.

Working together, Trenton and Kallista learn that Leo Babbage was developing a secret project before he perished. Following clues he left behind, they begin to assemble a strange machine that is unlike anything they've ever seen before. They soon discover that what they are building may threaten every truth their city is founded o…

MMGM: Westly: A Spider's Tale by Bryan Beus

WESTLY A Spider's Tale written and illustrated by Bryan Beus Shadow Mountain, 2015 ISBN: 978-1-62972-068-5 Ages 8-12 Source: publisher for review All opinions expressed are solely my own.

When Westly emerges from his cocoon, not as a beautiful butterfly, but as a spider, he is rejected by the butterfly kingdom and undertakes a journey to discover who he really is. But not even the dirt eaters can offer him answers. Not the dragonfly, the centipede, the moth, or even Zug Zug, the fly. None have ever seen an eight-legged creature who can spin webs. However, Westly's new friend the Raven has offered to help. If only the Raven could get inside the glass menagerie where Westly and the other bugs live. Yes, yes, the Raven is sure he could change everything. But sometimes things don't turn out the way we plan.

Delightfully illustrated by the author, Westly: A Spider's Tale is a story about discovering one's true potential, learning that being different is not a bad …

CYBILS 2015: I'm a judge again! New Category!

2015 Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction Judges
Round 1 Charlotte Taylor
Charlotte’s Library Brenda Tjaden
Log Cabin Library Melissa Fox
Book Nut Kristen Harvey
The Book Monsters Stephanie Whalen
Views from the Tesseract Annamaria Anderson
Books Together Katy Kramp
alibrarymama Round 2

MIDDLE GRADE REVIEW w/ GIVEAWAY: The Secret Mission of William Tuck by Eric Pierpoint

The Secret Mission of William Tuck Eric Pierpoint September 1, 2015; ISBN 9781402281747
Book Information: Title: The Secret Mission of William Tuck Author: Eric Pierpoint Release Date: September 1, 2015 Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
William Tuck is set on justice. For his brother killed by British soldiers, for his friend Rebecca’s father held prisoner by the redcoats, and for the countless other rebel Americans struggling beneath the crushing weight of British rule.
The whispered words of a dying soldier and a mysterious watch give William all the ammunition he needs: a secret message for the leader of the rebel army. Rebecca disguises herself as a boy, and she and William join the American troops. They embark on an epic journey that pulls them into a secret network of spies, pits them against dangerous gunmen, and leads them on a quest to find General George Washington himself.
Can William and Rebecca determine friend from foe long enough to deliver a message that m…

WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: Young Explorers 50 States by Smithsonian

SMITHSONIAN YOUNG EXPLORERS: 50 STATES Fact Book & Floor Puzzle Silver Dolphin Books, 2015 ISBN13: 9781626861442 Ages 8 and up Source: publisher for review All opinions expressed are solely my own.

Which state flag was designed by a thirteen-year-old?
Which state lets you keep any gems you find while mining at the Crater of Diamonds State Park?
And which state is home to the second most-visited house in America?

Journey across the country with the Smithsonian and learn all about what makes our nation so great with Smithsonian Young Explorers: 50 States. This alphabetically arranged compendium of state trivia contains information on state birds, animals, and flowers, famous state residents, and a gaggle of fun facts. Once kids 6 and up have become experts on Alabama through Wyoming, they can have more fun assembling the included 130-piece puzzle of the United States. The adorably illustrated puzzle and map gives kids extra opportunities to learn about the 50 states a…