Wednesday, May 30, 2018

#MMBBR #FirstLine #WildWildWeasel by @WoWeasel via #partner @spitballstudio #SoCalPublicRelations


REVIEW:

#FirstLine ~ I love my pet weasel. 

This book is adorable. I adored the devotion the boy had for his weasel and all the love that the weasel brings to his life. He cherishes his wild ,wild weasel and wants everyone to appreciate all its special gifts. This book is beautifully illustrated, but also a delightful and fun story that kids and adults will love. I cannot wait to make a lesson plan around this book! I HIGHLY recommend this book.

ABOUT THE BOOK: The weasel and boy are back! Space travel was a breeze compared to their latest challenge: obedience school. But can a weasel be trained? Find out what happens when wild animals go to school, just like kids. Wild Wild Weasel is a follow-up to Once Upon a Weasel and the second book in the World of the Weasel series.

Themes and topics include:
• An animal’s nature
• Creativity and resourcefulness
• Libraries, reading, and writing
• Making friends



Sunday, May 27, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine via @Mike_Mullin via #partner @TanglewoodPub




My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ Twenty-five minutes from now a plane will crash.

This book is FANTASTIC...I cannot wait for my boys to read it. I was completely engaged. It was one of those reads that caused to me take pause and escape into the thrill of the story. It has characters that were believable the daring. I love that you have to think when reading this book. It is not written in a way that demeans what kids know and can handle. You can keep track of details and are still able to get lost within the pages. What an intense, wild ride. Kids will adore it, as did I.



Saturday, May 26, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #Insomniatic by #ValerieFox via #partner #PSBooks and #PoeticBlogTours


Insomniatic by Valerie Fox, published by PS Books in October 2017.
Insomniatic is the newest poetry chapbook from Valerie Fox, author of The Roschach Factory and The Glass Book. These poems haunt and question, dream and wander, asking the reader to question what is a dream state and what does it mean to be awake.
“Insomniatic” (poems) asks the question: Who are we when we dream?
ValerieFoxPhoto copyAbout the Poet:
Valerie Fox’s books of poetry include The Rorschach Factory (2006, Straw Gate Books) and The Glass Book (2010, Texture Press). She co-wrote Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poetswith Lynn Levin. Bundles of Letters Including A, V and Epsilon (2011, Texture Press) is a collaborative book with Arlene Ang. “Scarecrow Lists of Failures and Grocery Items” (a collaboration with Ang) may be found here, at Thrush.
Her work has appeared in many journals, including Thrush, Painted Bride Quarterly, Hanging Loose, Apiary, West Branch, Sentence, and Qarrtsiluni. Originally from central Pennsylvania, she has traveled and lived throughout the world, and has taught writing and literature at numerous universities including Sophia University (in Tokyo) and currently at Drexel University (in Philadelphia).


REVIEW: With grit and honesty Insomniatic is a great collection of thought provoking and beautifully composed thoughts and poems from a talented writer. You will be left questioning and pondering because this chapbook packs a punch. The book is small but the impact will be grand.
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April 27: The Soapy Violinist (Review)

April 30: Diary of an Eccentric (Guest Post)
May 4: Mia Sutton (Review)
May 7: Wall-to-Wall Books (Review)
May 15: Readaholic Zone (Review)
May 17: Impressions in Ink (Review)
May 24: True Book Addict (Review)

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#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #BarbedWireHeart by @sharpegirl via #partner #GrandCentralPublishing @AmazonPub


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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ I'm eight years old the first time I watch my daddy kill a man.
This book is super good. I am surprised that I have not seen it online more or on other book lists. It was plotted really well, had great dialogue and was original and engaging. I adored the main character and was right along side as the story unfolded. It was an intense thriller that left me satisfied. I think any reader will fully embrace this debut novel and will realize, like me, that Sharpe is a writer to watch.


Friday, May 25, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #FlyingatNight by @rlbrownbooks via #partner @BerkleyPub @penguinrandom


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ You would think that a woman named after a plane, the daughter of the briefly famous emergency-landing pilot "the Silver Eagle," would feel at home in the sky.

A beautifully told story wrapped in love. Piper is not perfect, far from it, but she is real and honest. This book has topics that will resonate with nearly every reader...love, marriage, life and parenting. It is quite wonderful that the reader will want nothing but the best for the characters within the book. Flying at Night will not disappoint and is a perfect book for summer reading.


#MMBBR #Review #AdventuresinScience #TheHumanBody by @courtacampora via #partner @SilverDolphin


This interactive adventure is a perfect primer for learning about the human body!

Which part of the brain is in charge of creativity? What is the smallest human muscle? Take a trip inside the human body and discover the amazing systems that allow us to move, breathe, and speak. After reading about everything from the digestive tract to the cornea, kids can assemble their own plastic skeleton and view the systems of the body in a layered cardstock model. With 20 fact cards, 2 sticker sheets, and a double-sided poster, this interactive kit is a perfect primer for learning about how the human body works.

Includes:

*40-page fact book
*1 plastic model skeleton (13 pieces)
*Layered cardstock model
*2 sticker sheets
*1 double-sided poster


My son loved creating this human skeleton. It was a great way for us to spent time together and to learn about the human body. This was one of those creative projects that was both super fun and very educational. With summer coming I am always looking for things to keep my kids engaged and learning over those long summer month. This is one of those project based educational projects that can be used multiple times in multiple ways. I love that there are so many components to this project. You get 40-page fact book, 1 plastic model skeleton (13 pieces), Layered cardstock model, 2 sticker sheets
and 1 double-sided poster, so the fun has really only begun because we will be doing a lot with this over the summer. This is a must have learning experience for kids of all ages!





#MMBBR #Review #IReallyDidntThinkThisThrough by @bethevansart via #partner @Morrow_PB

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is so good...honest, raw and brave. I adored it from the first sentence. Within this book was so much more than advice and vulnerability, there are illustrations (adorable illustrations), humor and experiences we can all relate to. I know that this will be one of those rare books that I will read more than once because there is so much to absorb, learn and appreciate within this book. I cannot recommend this book enough. It is just beyond AMAZING! You will be in awe of Evans story and ability to share her struggles and will relate and find ways to navigate this cray thing we call life!


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #BeachBliss by @JoanneDeMaio

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ Beyond the dune grass, Long Island Sound sparkles beneath the summer sunshine.
I love that there continues to be depth in the novels that DeMaio writes, which makes opening a new book by her so much fun. Life is sad...there is loss, heartache and hurt feelings. These are universal themes, that make a reader get the feels. In BEACH BLUES, you will definitely get the feels. DeMaio writes characters that are flawed, struggling and real. That makes her books so readable. I was transported in this book and became very attached to the characters...some that were known to me and others that were new. I adored every moment and cannot wait for more books by this very talented and gifted writer! 5 stars


#MMBBR #FirstLine #TheSacrificeofSunshineGirl by @hauntedsunshine via #partner @HachetteUS

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ She was supposed to die today.
This book was pretty darn awesome. I was totally immersed in this original and mind blowing story. I never knew what was around the corner. The story was fantastically indulgent and I loved every minute of it. I am actually sad how quickly I read this book because it is now done. I now need to read this series from the start because I cannot get enough of it! I HIGHLY recommend it.

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine Love & War by via @MelissadelaCruz #partner @penguinrandom @PenguinTeen





My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ Forget Paris.

This book is fantastic. It was one of those books that I was not sure what to expect and adored it cover to cover. I loved that there was history mixed into the story in such a way that makes history come alive. The love story is so compelling and the book was nearly impossible to put down. I love that is challenges the reader because you are feeling everything with the characters, you are on the journey with them. A delight and the best type of book for book clubs and summer!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #TroubleTheWater by @jbfriedland via #partner @GoSparkPress


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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ Douglas urged his horse onward at a feverish pace, gripped by panic that his wife might have been taken, or his daughter.

A powerful novel with some heavy themes, but those themes were balanced with the richness of the characters and the brilliant story. I loved that there was more than one perspective shared in this book because it gave me a deeper understanding of the story and the characters within it. It was one of those stories that I really enjoyed and was impressed by the level of historical details. A must read for lovers of richly written historical fiction.




#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #BeachHouseReunion by @maryalicemonroe via #partner @GalleryBooks

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ All roads lead home.

Nothing says summer like a great book from Mary Alice Monroe. Beach House Reunion is such a delight. I love this entire series. There is something for everyone in this book and in the series. You get a wonderful setting, a great story and characters that you cannot help but adore. There are truths about life in this story. Truths that readers will relate to, truths that they will connect with and truth that will move the reader throughout. This story captures good and bad as well as struggles and successes in perfect unison. Mary Alice Monroe can take bittersweet moments and provide the reader with hope and healing through her brilliant storytelling. A must read for summer!



Tuesday, May 15, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #HowFarShesCome by #HollyBrown via #partner @Morrow_PB


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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ Prologue: They're watching me, I know that.

This book was good. I was so engrossed because it was one of those books that hits a cord because the topic is at the forefront of people's minds, but it is also a story that is timeless in the struggles presented. This book has heavy topics and is one that takes a ripped from the headlines story and adds a few twists and turns. It was well plotted and was one that book clubs will enjoy because there is a lot to talk about. A great book for the warm summer nights ahead.


Sunday, May 13, 2018

#MMBBR #Reviews #Mothers #MothersDay @ABRAMSbooks #MamasBelly by #KateHosford #MyMomIsMagical by #SabrinaMoyle #TheBestMother by @csurrisi


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great story that really highlights the truths about pregnancy in a way that kids can understand. When a new baby comes into the house there is going to be some anxiety, for both the parents and the sibling. Mom will also have some struggles that are perfectly explained in this beautiful story. There is no easy way to explain the changes that will occur within the home and to Mama, so books are a great tool in doing just that. This book showcases all the ways a baby enhances the family and ensures the sibling that is certainly enough love to go around. A darling story with a sing song tone and illustration that are just gorgeous.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is quite amazing! I loved it so much...bright, beautiful celebration of Mom's. There is nothing better than a book that showcases all the ways that Mom's strive to be everything they can to their children. It is so wonderful and the illustrations are amazing! A must have for ALL Moms.

I cannot wait to use this book in my classes next year for Mother's Day. It is perfect. Also a great gift for any Mom's birthday!

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The Best Mother by C.M. Surrisi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a darling story about a little girl who thinks she wants to a new Mama, but finds out that she already has the best Mom in the world...the kind of Mom who bangs drums, fixes boo-boo's and builds a snowman with her. A beautifully illustrated story that makes a great Mother's Day gift or an anytime gift for a Mom. Being a mother is not perfect, it can be hard, but at the end of each day we all do our best and our hope is that your kids understand that too. So wonderful, a gift for all who read it.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #NotesfromaPublicTypewriter @oliveruberti via @GrandCentralPub #GrandCentralPublishing @LiteratiBkstore


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is amazing. I love all the inspiration. Everything within in this book is sheer honesty, humor and deep thoughts. I loved that there was so much wisdom and tidbits from inside the minds of those that sat down in front of that typewriter to type. The idea for this book was nothing short of genius. There is something for everyone in this book. I know in my heart that each reader will become deeply connected to the words in this book. We are all human and felt everything shared within the pages. This book highlights all the ways that we are the same, struggling the same, celebrating the same, loving the same, grieving the same...living the same life because we are all more similar than we like to admit. A must for any lover of great books. This also will make a GREAT gift.


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #APieceOfTheWorld by @bakerkline via #partner @Morrow_PB


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ Prologue : Later he told me he'd been afraid to show me the painting.

Kline is a marvel when it comes to historical fiction. You can tell when reading her beautiful stories that they are well researched, plotted and paced. You are brought into the past and able to live through a bit of history with characters that are meaningful and a setting that is unforgettable. A Piece of the World is stunning and captures more than just history, but also those who lived it. With an authentic truth and powerful story line, this book is another stunner. A must read for those that love historical fiction and great for book clubs.



Tuesday, May 8, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #ILikedMyLIfe by @AbbyFabiaschi via @StMartinsPress

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
#FirstLine One for me, please, Miss.
This book was quite the read. It was a multilayered story that kept me guessing until the end. I was instantly drawn into the story and the beautiful writing. I found that there was a nice blend of setting, characters and story that keep me fully engaged throughout. I am excited that this book was optioned for a film because I would love to see this book play out on the big screen. This is a MUST read for the summer and perfect for any book club!


#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #TheWayOfBeauty by @camilledimaio #LakeUnionPublishing @LUAuthors @AmazonPub





My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#FirstLine The stone birds stood at attention, as they had for more than fifty years.

Wow, this book is something else. A story that spans generations and has so many characters, all of which are each compelling in their own ways, is quite a treat. Di Maio is a force in historical fiction and takes history and makes it very personal to the reader, regardless of the readers previous knowledge of the story manner. She is able to flesh out the characters, fills in the story while weaving in the historical information. It is quite impressive. A great read and one that historical fiction readers will devour, most likely in a few sittings because you will not want to put it down.



#MMBBR #Review #FoodSanity by #DavidRossFriedman via #BasicHealthPublications


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this book and I am referencing it all the time. I want to continue on the path of health and wellness. It is hard when the media and the food industry seems to drive the message. Being able to cut thorough all the myths and lies and to be able to make well informed decisions about my health is liberating. I highly recommend this book if you want a well researched look at dieting and nutrition,


Monday, May 7, 2018

#MMBBR #BlogTourHost #GIVEAWAY #HowtoTricktheToothFairy by @ErinDRussell and @JenHansenRolli via #Aladdin





Welcome to Day #1 of the How to Trick the Tooth Fairy Blog Tour!


To celebrate the release of How to Trick the Tooth Fairy by Erin Danielle Russell and illustrated by Jennifer Hansen Rolli on May 1st, blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Erin, as well as 5 chances to win a copy of How to Trick the Tooth Fairy!


Tooth Fairy Memories and Magic
by Erin Danielle Russell

As a kid, I was a big fan of the Tooth Fairy because she was a girl like me.  Santa Claus was great, of course, but to me, nothing was cooler than fairy wings and a magic wand.  I wanted to meet the Tooth Fairy and become BFFs with her in hopes that she might let me borrow her magic wand sometime!  I thought, how cool would it be if I could do magic too?  



When I was seven, I lost a tooth and made a plan to befriend the Tooth Fairy.  I wrote her a letter and set it on my nightstand, and taped a note to my dollhouse letting her know she could take a break there and hang out with my dolls before returning to her teeth collecting duties.  Then, I placed my tooth under my pillow, hoped for the best, and went to sleep.  Hey!  Maybe she’d leave me extra money for being so thoughtful!



The next day, I awoke to a big surprise!  The Tooth Fairy had left a trail of glittery fairy dust all over my bedroom!  SQUEEE!!  She’d made her presence known in a big, sparkly way, so it must’ve been a sign she wanted to be my friend too!  I couldn’t believe my luck! 



While I didn’t get the chance to try out the Tooth Fairy’s magic wand, I did try out her fairy dust, aka glitter.  I picked up some glitter on the floor and ate it, hoping it was magical and would make me magical too.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t.  I figured the magic had worn off after the Tooth Fairy had left, which meant only one thing—I had to lose another tooth fast to make her come back, and eat more while she was still there!  My parents had to explain to me later that that isn’t how magic works.  No more glitter for me!



Admittedly, I was a weird kid with weird ideas on how to get magic powers like the Tooth Fairy.  As an adult, I’d NEVER condone eating glitter, but I do condone embracing your imagination.  Your weird ideas may inspire you to write a book one day!




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Blog Tour Schedule:



May 7th — Mrs. MommyBooknerd
May 8th — Books My KidsRead
May 9th — Chat withVera
May 11th — WordSpelunking











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From the coauthor of Dork Diaries comes a witty and engaging picture book about a prankster who wants to pull off the best prank of all—pranking the Tooth Fairy!

Kaylee loves pulling pranks: from dropping water balloons on passers by to even tricking Santa Claus, she’s a prize-winning prankster!

But is she the Princess of Pranks? No! That title is held by none other than the Tooth Fairy. But when Kaylee loses a tooth and the Tooth Fairy goes about her usual tooth-taking business, Kaylee pranks her with a fake frog. As Kaylee and the Tooth Fairy try to out-prank one another, things get way out of hand, until the two finally see eye and eye and decide to share the crown!






About the Author: Erin Danielle Russell has been writing stories since she learned how to spell. When she grew up, she became coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series with her mom, Rachel Renee Russell. She currently lives in Virginia with her husband, Jacob, and her spunky teddy bear, Stanley. When Erin’s not writing or daydreaming, she likes to cook, travel, play video games, and watch cartoons.





About the Illustrator: Jennifer Hansen Rolli grew up with lots of siblings who were waiting around corners with a trick or two up their sleeves. Today she lives with her own pranking family in Newtown, Pennsylvania (which is really a very old town). She is the author/illustrator of the picture books Just One More and Claudia and Moth. You can find more of her work at jenniferhansenrolli.com.







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One (1) winner will receive a copy of How to Trick the Tooth Fairy (US/Canada only)




#MMBBR #Review #AtlasofImaginaryPlaces by #MiaCassany & #AnadeLima via #PrestelJunior



This dreamy, gorgeously detailed picture book leads children on a journey to impossible but wonderfully imagined places.


Upside-down mountains, volcanoes that spew bubble gum, a gentle humpback whale keeping an entire city afloat. These and other wonderful worlds may not exist on Earth, but elsewhere--who knows? Each spread of this captivating book invites readers on a fantastic voyage. Ana de Lima's whimsical, softly colored illustrations are filled with surprising details that reward close examination, while Mia Cassany's soothing narrator is a nameless fellow traveler. A jungle where the animals exchange stripes, spots, and markings each time they sneeze, an archipelago made up of dessert-shaped islands, and a lighthouse so tall you can draw a new galaxy with your finger are just some of the wild places to visit. Perfect for before-bed reading, or daytime dreaming, this stunningly illustrated book will delight young readers and encourage them to conjure their own imaginary places.



A beautifully told story that will capture the imagination of any reader. With the awe inspiring illustrations that take the reader visually into the wonderfully written story. I love that this book can be a home library staple or the book within the school where so many lesson plans can be created to accompany it. Kids can draw their own place within this imaginary world and write a story for it. You can have the kids look at the pictures and write what they think happens within each of the places. You could just read a bit of the story without showing them the pictures and see what they come up with. There are endless applications within the school setting for this book. Which really excites me. When it comes to reading it at home, anytime is a good time to read this book. I plan to use the above ideas for home learning over the summer with my two boys. I am super excited to see what they come up with!!! I highly recommend this book and really love all the ways it can be used to inspire both writing and artist expression.

Friday, May 4, 2018

#MMBBR #TheHighTideClub by @mkayandrews via @StMartinsPress


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

FANTASTIC. This book was a tad different than the other books by Mary Kay Andrews but that is great because it was amazing. I loved that there was a mystery element. It added another dimension to the already well plotted story. There is also dynamic dialogue and characters that you want to read about. I just adored this book. It is a must read book for the summer.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #YogaFrog by @noracwrites and @markAchambers via @RP_Kids


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is so AWESOME. I love yoga and cannot wait to introduce it to the kids in my classes this summer. I know that they will love it too. There is something that is quite freeing and lovely about doing yoga with kids. Teaching them this practice could create lifelong habit of healthy living. Yoga is great because it can be done anywhere and it doable for all fitness levels. The illustrations are just too sweet. I love this yoga frog so much!!! I also love that there are easy to follow instructions on each page. It makes it simple for kids and adults alike to feel successful doing yoga together. This book is a full flow from start to finish. A great way to start or end the day! A must for all home libraries and schools too!


#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #TheBattleOfJunkMountain by #laurenabbeyreenber via @RP_Kids

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ I didn't expect my summer sister to ditch me the first minute of vacation.

AMAZING. This book is packed with so many good things that will make a middle school reader (and adults) turning the pages. The setting is great, the plot moves along at a great pace, the story is original and has characters that readers with both relate to and connect with. There is something very moving about a well done coming of age story that leaves a mark on the reader. It moves the reader and allows them to live many lives through the pages of the book. A must read for all this summer!


#MMBBR #Review #LucyAndChestersAmazingAdventures by @gbrianbenson


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is a delight and so sweet. This story makes a cute story that kids will want to read over and over again, especially at night. It is a story that takes the readers on a grand adventure across the globe. I adored the illustrations. They are so beautiful and bright and add so much to the wonderful story.


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #TheFinalSix @TimelessAlex via @harperteen


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ A funny thing happens when you have nothing left to live for.

This book is a page turner! I am totally into the YA Science Fiction and this book is just stunning. I adored it. It was original, thought provoking and fascinating. I loved that it was action packed and there were plenty of twists and turns that took me by surprise. I was right there in the book. I highly recommend this book to lovers of YA and those that love a story that keeps you up way past your bedtime or a book you devour in just one sitting. I cannot wait to see how this is adapted to the big screen, as it has been optioned by Sony Pictures. This book is not to be passed up!!!



#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #806 by #CynthiaWeil via @TanglewoodPub


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~
My Mom, Kim, looks a lot like Reese Witherspoon, if Reese wore a Burger Boy manager's uniform.

This book is quite original and such fun. It was a light approach to a heavier topic. It was a quick read that kept me turning pages. I loved that these three siblings took to the road to find their Dad, making memories, creating shenanigans and having a crazy and outrageous adventure. It is a great book for younger readers looking for an out of the box, entertaining and one of a kind read.



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