Friday, July 13, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #BookTrailer #AHomeForLeo by @vin_vogel via #Partner @barbfisch & @blueslipper




Leo grew up in the sea. He has a family of sea lions he loves. He’s happy, but he has always known he was different. Then Leo’s suddenly reunited with his human parents, and he finds he loves them too. But he still feels like a fish out of water. Being from two worlds and having two families isn’t so easy. Leo has a lot to figure out…
Splashed with humor and grounded in heart, this brightly illustrated story explores ideas of family, home, and belonging in a way that’s as relatable as it is unique.



My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A super cute story that is easy to relate to for all young readers. We all have felt like a fish out of water at some point in our lives and this book is a great way to create dialogue with kids about that feeling of not quite fitting in anywhere. I simply loved the story and the illustrations. A delight from cover to cover!



Vin Vogel is the author-illustrator of The Thing About Yetis and Bedtime for Yeti and the illustrator of Bob and Joss Get Lost! and Bob and Joss Take a Hike! by Peter McCleery, Music Class Today by David Weinstone, and Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt, which won a Christopher Award. Vin grew up near the ocean and always wanted a sea lion as a pet. He also wanted to write a story about the idea of home and the feeling of being a fish out of water. When he heard about the sea lion population crisis in California, Vin knew this was the story he needed to write. After having lived for a time in New York City, Vin’s back in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he can be found with his two cats and his single-fin surfboards. Learn more about Vin at www.vinvogel.com.
Instagram: @vinvogel


Thursday, July 12, 2018

#MMBBR #Reviews @Lcraigsbooks #LindseyCraig

Farmyard BeatFarmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An adorable book that will have younger readers laughing in delight. It is so clever and fun. A book that brings the farm to life with a catchy beat! I cannot wait to use this book in my classes. Such a fun board book that is sure to become your child's favorite read-a-loud because it has a sing songy text. A great read.

In Our TreeIn Our Tree by Lindsey Craig
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Such a sweet peek-a-boo book and one that I adored. I know the kids in my classes are going to love it. They love guessing things, so this book will become a favorite for sure. I plan to use it on Fall, so I can make a cool art project to go with it. Love it!

Try! Try! Try!Try! Try! Try! by Lindsey Craig
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I cannot wait to use this book in my class. I think it will be fun to act it out and talk about trying new things and being brave. I know that my kids are going to have a blast bringing this book to life. Another hit from the very talented and gifted writer!

Oh So Quiet!Oh So Quiet! by Lindsey Craig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fun camping book that highlights the creatures that roam at night. It is a cute story that show how animals get curious about tents. I think when my kids were very young the bear may have caused them to be nervous in the woods at night, but older readers will find ti quite funny, especially when the skunk comes into the picture.

Silly Scientists Take a Peeky at the Solar System!Silly Scientists Take a Peeky at the Solar System! by Lindsey Craig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fun and bright introduction to the solar system. Kids will find this book to be educational, interesting and engaging. It is a well written easy to understand book about a complex topic. I know that many teachers would appreciate this book as an introduction to space and planets. I think the kiddo in my class will enjoy it with my space lesson plan.

Silly Scientists Take a Tiptoe with the Tadpoles!Silly Scientists Take a Tiptoe with the Tadpoles! by Lindsey Craig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A fun and bright introduction to the tadpoles. Kids will find this book to be educational, interesting and engaging. It is a well written easy to understand book about a complex topic. I know that many teachers would appreciate this book as an introduction to metamorphosis. I think the kiddo in my class will enjoy it with my frogs lesson plan.



*Visit Lindsey on her website: https://lindseycraigsbooks.com/

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #WhenWeFoundHome by @susanmallery via #partner @HarperCollins




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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ As Delaney Holbrook watched the man in the suit approached, she did her best to remind herself she'd given up on men in suits -- in fact all men and most suits, when it came to that.

A delightful read that kept me fully engaged the whole way through. I love that I can count on Mallery to write books that have dynamic characters that make me feel and great plots that make me think. I am always so satisfied when I finish one of her books. When We Found Home was one of my favorite books she has written so far. A great summer read!



#MMBBR #Review #WhoseBoat by @ToniBuzzeo and @tomfroese via #partner #AbramsBooks


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WHOSE BOAT? by author Toni Buzzeo, with the stylized art of Tom Froese, is an interactive and nonfiction ode to boats—a patrol boat, a tugboat, a car ferry, a lobster boat, a lifeboat, and a fireboat—with important parts properly labeled.

Smoke billows up.
Cool water flows.
Whose boat is that?
Do you know?
The answer to each inquiring refrain lies under a gatefold, engaging the reader in an informative guessing game. This lyrical and sturdy board book is perfect for curious and playful young readers, and a great addition to the previous books in the series, Whose Truck? and Whose Tools?, also published by Abrams Books.



My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A cute book, with great fold out pages, will keep the kids busy learning all about types of boats, their drivers and various uses for boats. A well made board board that will hold up to continued reads. It is also very brightly illustrated.



#MMBBR #Showcase #FirstLine #WillaoftheWood by @BeattyAuthor via #partner @DisneyHyperion

I hit the woods with Willa over my vacation. 
See the pictures below of our adventures in the forest.

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#FirstLine ~ Will crept through the darkened forest, following the faint scent of chimney smoke on the midnight air.

Escape into the story of a brave and unusual girl brimming with the ancient powers of the forest. From Robert Beatty, the author of the #1 New York Times best-selling Serafina books, comes a thrilling new series filled with the history, mystery, and magic of the Great Smoky Mountains. Kirkus Reviews described WILLA OF THE WOOD as "A moving, atmospheric journey of hope."










Sunday, July 1, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #TheCottagesOnSilverBeach by @raeannethayne via #parnter @HQNBooks



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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

#FirstLine~ Someone was trying to bust into the cottage next door.

A great read that was quite engaging. I loved the characters and the setting. I know when I read Thayne, I am going to read a book that keeps me engaged and makes me happy. Thayne is a safe, go-t0 author to read when you want to be guaranteed a great read. Her books invoke emotions and make one feel like anything is possible. They are perfect reads for anyone who wants to believe in miracles and see the good in the world!



Tuesday, June 26, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine @NetGalley #AllWeEverWanted by @emilygiffin #BallantineBooks @randomhouse ‏


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ It started out as a typical Saturday night.

I am still thinking about this book, as it brought up a lot of emotions for me. I thought that I was over something that happened in college and this book brought it all rushing back. In addition to that, as a mother to two sons, this book has left a lasting impression. I want to talk to everyone who read this book and to discuss it at length. This is one of Giffin's most thought provoking books to date. This is is the kind of book that makes a great book club read because there is so much to discuss. Did the reader agree with how the parents dealt with the situation. Who did the reader believe as the book slowly unfolded and the truths came to light? Where did the readers allegiances lie? How would the reader react when facing the unthinkable that is highlighted in this book? There are so many other ethical dilemmas and emotions in this book. This book may change you and will cause you to take pause! All We Ever Wanted is a hard to put down and super important read for all.



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