Tuesday, December 8, 2015

#MMBBR HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: Children's Book Round-Up @ThunderBayPress @FSBAssociates @NGKids








Coinciding with the new Rick Riordan Magnus Chase series and the Marvel Age of Ultron DVD, featuring Thor, comes a new look at Asgard and the timeless tales of ancient Scandinavia. 
Classic stories and dazzling illustrations of gods, goddesses, heroes and monsters come to life in a stunning tableau of Norse myths, including those of the thunder god Thor, the one-eyed god and Allfather Odin, and the trickster god Loki. The lyrical storytelling of award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli dramatizes the timeless tales of ancient Scandinavia. This book is the third in the trilogy that includes the popular National Geographic Treasury of Greek Mythology and National Geographic Treasury of Egyptian Mythology.

MY REVIEW:
My son is going to go bananas when I give him this book for Christmas!  He loves mythology and this is the book to have for that topic!  All his favorite heroes are in this book with the historical connection to the comics of now! I love that the book lists the cast of characters, maps and has an index, so he can search things that interest him and he can read bits at a time!  This is an amazing book and I am so excited to read the first two books in the series!  5 stars



The concept is simple. Got a question? Well now you have an answer! 1,111 of them, in fact. Want to know why your snot is yellow? Flip to the human body chapter. What's on the inside of a turtle shell? The animal section's got you covered. What's in the deepest part of the ocean? Why doesn't Earth just float off into space? Check, check, and check. With hundreds of topics ranging from silly to serious, we've got the expert information you need in a fun and entertaining format that will keep kids digging for answers. Answers include all kinds of fascinating extra info like top ten lists, weird-but-true facts, explorer profiles, and cool activities. Now, go stump your parents!

MY REVIEW:
Why are deserts hot and dry?  Why does the Earth have a moon?  What are black holes?  All the answers to these questions and hundreds more are contained in this AMAZING book that is a must for all children that are curious and want to know the answers to WHY???  My kids are going to love this book and I am sure that I will get quizzed on many of the questions inside this book!  It will be awesome to learn about all these things along side my children.  This will also be another memorable gift for the kids for Christmas!  5 stars


When words in verse are paired with the awesomeness of nature, something magical happens! Beloved former U.S. Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis curates an exuberant poetic celebration of the natural world in this stellar collection of nature poems. From trickling streams to deafening thrunderstorms to soaring mountains, discover majestic photography perfectly paired with contemporary (such as Billy Collins), classics (such as Robert Frost), and never-before-published works.

MY REVIEW:
Any child that has any interest in poetry and appreciates the beauty of nature needs this book!  It book has both breathtaking photos and the poems are just stunning!  I don't think that I can truly capture the absolute beauty that is in this book!  The photos...seriously...I can get lost inside them and the poems that accompany them take you even further into the beauty and splendor of nature!  5 stars!!




The natural world experts at National Geographic present the ultimate reference book on reptiles, design just for kids. Crawling with fascinating facts, lively text, and tons of cool, colorful, images of the weirdest and wackiest reptiles on planet Earth, it is sure to be their coveted, #1 reference.

Snakey, slimey, scaley, and sensational! Welcome to the amazing world of the most popular reptiles on Earth. With colorful photographs and fun facts, this easy-to-use encyclopedia profiles snakes, lizards, amphibians, turtles and tortoises, crocodilians, and tuatara. Profiles are accompanied by Did You Know? details and fast facts including scientific name, size, diet, and habitat.

MY REVIEW:
OMG, yikes!!!  I am glad my kids like creepy crawly things, because they will love this book!  The pictures of the reptile pals are completely jumping off the page....vivid detail and clear and concise information all all sorts of reptile friends...snakes, lizards, turtles and tortoises, crocodiles and MORE!!!  I cannot wait for my kids to read and discover this book!  They will be hooked by the first page that features an introduction to reptiles! 5 stars


Get ready for even more zany weird-but-true fun with 1,000 all-new wacky facts, photos, and too-strange-to-believe stories in the newest book in the wildly popular series. It's the ultimate in weird-but-true awesomeness!  

National Geographic has packed 1,000 more ALL-NEW wild and wacky facts and photos into Ultimate Weird But True 3, making this the perfect gift for fact-loving tweens everywhere.

MY REVIEW:
This book is one of the BEST I have seen!  It is awesome how it is laid out!!!  It is like a vision sensation!  There is so much to look at and read!  I am sure that you could read this over and over and over and learn something new!  Here is a fun tidbit:  It is illegal for travelers to take more than $5 in pennies out of the United States and you can ride a ferris wheel underground in Romania!  Learn about so much awesome and wacky facts in this book!  It is jam packed with things that I find fun, interesting and oh so strange! My kids are going to love this book so much too!!  5 stars



Although it's not the "great American novel" written atop his doghouse, this book is pure Snoopy. The heart of the long-running, beloved comic strip Peanuts, Snoopy is an instantly recognizable character around the world. The pages in this comprehensive volume cover Snoopy's inspiration, first appearances, and his evolution into the lovable character from the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm we're familiar with today. Get the scoop on his relationships with his best friend, Woodstock, Charlie Brown, and the rest of the gang. Snoopy fans will treasure the collection of removable memorabilia and fun illustrations from the Schulz museum while enjoying the extensive knowledge of Nat Gertler, an expert on the subject of Peanuts. Fling yourself into this book and join in the happy dance!

MY REVIEW:
I am in LOVE with Snoopy and the whole Peanuts gang! This is THE BOOK to have for any fan of Snoopy.  It has everything you want to know about Snoopy!  I am still working my way thorough this book and savoring every word about the fun loving and adventurous beagle that I grew up loving and still love as an adult!  5 stars



Using one of the most famous works in classical music—Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony—here is the perfect way to introduce a young child to the world of classical music. This charming and interactive picture book with its panel of 19 sound buttons is like a ticket to a concert hall, taking readers on a journey from the exciting first moment when the musicians begin tuning up to the end of the first movement (attention newcomers: don’t clap yet!). At each step of the way, readers learn the basics of classical music and the orchestra: What is a conductor? What is a symphony? Who was Beethoven? The different aspects of music: melody, harmony, tempo, theme. And the families of instruments—strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion.

But the best part is that every critical idea is illustrated in gorgeous sound. The sound panel allows readers to hear the different parts of the symphony and voices of the music—the famous beginning of the Fifth, what a clarinet sounds like, the difference between a violin and a viola, what a melody is, and what harmony is. Kids will want to match their voices to the A note that tunes the orchestra, dance to the rhythmic passages—and, of course, sing along to da-da-da-daah!

MY REVIEW:
This book is perfect and landed on my door at the right time, as I had just been at the symphony and my son was asking a lot of questions about that the symphony was and what instruments are included in it!  This book is so cool and I cannot wait to share it with him!!!  It has buttons to press that make the sounds of each instrument!  Plus a great story that goes with it!  This will be a hit under the tree this year!  5 stars! 




From the co-author of How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids, the book that started a conversation about the importance of positive interactions in schools and homes around the world, comes a timeless story about how to be healthy and create energy in our daily lives. Through a series of brief adventures, Poppy and Simon discover what it takes to recharge themselves and bring an entire village back to life. Based on the research and concepts in Eat Move Sleep, Tom Rath's latest New York Times bestseller,The Rechargeables is about the way small choices have a profound impact on the quality of each day.

MY REVIEW: 
What a fun book about being active, healthy and fun!  My little guy is a power house of activity, eats great and loves to take care of himself! He will LOVE this book and the adventure the characters goes through!  He will devour this book and will love to spread its healthy message!  5 stars!



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