Fairy Unicorn Wishes

Fairy Mom and Me book 3

by Sophie Kinsella

illustrated by Marta Kissi

 

Fairy Mom and Me is such a cute chapter book series. Each book includes 4 spell stories as well as fun activities in the back of the book. This series is perfect for Preschool to Younger elementary that are starting to read chapter books independently or would make fun read alouds at bedtime. Fairy Unicorn Wishes is book 3 in the series and it is just as cute as the previous books before it: Fairy Mom and Me and Fairy in Waiting.  Each book starts with a Meet Fairy Mom and Me so you don’t have to read them in order. You can grab any book and start reading. I love that they include that introduction each time. The illustrations are in black and white and through out the book.  This series would be a great gift for a birthday, holiday or would make for a really fun summer reading basket with some fun fairy items as well. I know my youngest loved making fairy gardens!

Spell 1: UPERIDOO – The Day We Flew To School: This one has Ella needing to get to school before everyone else especially her next door neighbor who is not her friend. It is Be On Time Day at school ( they must have a lot of kids late that they made it a special day with a sticker reward). Ella wants to be first so she can get the extra special extra glittery sticker. However her mom is a bit scattered and none of the spells work they way they should. They are running late and Ella is very upset so mom decides to use magic. Long story short it is a mess and they are way of course. Eventually Ella makes and is first so she gets the sticker. This one I didn’t enjoy as much because they cheated they used magic to get to school before anyone else. Cheating is never good and I don’t know I’m probably making to much out of it but she didn’t deserve the sticker in my mind.

Spell 2: SPAGHETTERIDOO – The Great Pasta Playdate: This one has Ella having an afternoon playdate with her 2 best friends from school. They want spaghetti but the mom picked up something different at the store to serve. In comes the magic, mom tries to just poof in spaghetti but it takes over the whole kitchen. The friends are almost arriving and they got to get the spaghetti out of the house or the friends might think what mean Louise said about her house being weird is true. By good old fashioned non magic team work they get the spaghetti out of the house and the playdate goes just fine. I liked this one it was cute and I like that it showed teamwork at getting  a job done.

Spell 3: TWIRLIDOO – Sheep Don’t Dance, Do They? : Ella learns 2 things in this chapter, first fairies should never do magic when there is a rainbow it makes it go extreme and wacky. Second thing she learned is she was finally going ot take dance! She wants to twirl like all ballerina’s but she isn’t good at first. Ella, her mom, brother and aunt go on a picnic near a farm and the aunt uses a spell to twirl like a ballerina for Ella. There is a rainbow and soon all the farm animals are ballerina’s as well. A little rainbow magic lands on Ella’s ballet shoes she brought and next class period she is an amazing twirler till the magic wears off. Long story short practice might not be fun but it’s the only way you can always twirl good!

Spell 4: GLITCHIDOO – A Unicorn in the Kitchen: Ella’s mom buys a new app for her fairy wand, it reads minds so you don’t have to say spells anymore. Problem is Ella is the one who read the instructions so it’s reading Ella’s mind not her moms. So everything Ella thinks about is what appears before their eyes and what little girl or boy doesn’t want a unicorn. Then the app transfers to baby Ollie and a dinosaur appears. They get the app out of the wand and send it back and learn that it was using bad magic so fairies could be lazy and not have to work for want they want. Good magic might take time to learn but in the long run it’s the best way to go!

About the book: Ella’s one wish is to become a fairy like her mom. She dreams of the day she will have her sparkly crown and Computwand. Ella even imagines what her first spell would be: a glittery unicorn of her very own.

But Ella knows that spells are often harder than they look, even with the special fairy apps available…and being a fairy in waiting is not all rainbows and butterflies.

Will Ella learn more magic to help her become a fairy someday? Or will she learn she doesn’t need to be a fairy yet for all her wishes to come true?

Thank you Delcorte Press Books for Young Readners for sending me a copy of Fairy Mom and Me #3 Fairy Unicorn Wishes. All thoughts and opinions are mine and not influenced by the free book.

Diana Princess of the Amazons

by Shannon and Dean Hale

illustrated by Victoria Ying

 

I love mythology, taken as many classes as my college would allow me to take so I was really suprised how much mythology is in Diana Princess of the Amazons! I guess I shouldn’t have been if I had seen the Wonder Woman movie but it’s next on my list of movies to watch now. This graphic novel has chapters and reads just like a book. The illustrations are bright and vibrant. You learn so much about Diana before she becomes Wonder Woman. It was fun to see this super hero as a child. Her life is like most kids playing outside, playing ball games, going to school. Except she lives in Themyscira, and her mom is a Goddess.  It’s a lonley life being the only kid. Everyone is full grown on the island and doesn’t age,  so Diana creates a friend out of clay ( or so she thinks). However she is tricked and her “friend” gets her into a lot of mischief and does thinks she wouldn’t normally do. In Diana Princess of the Amazons you will be introduced to many people and locations in greek mythology like Tartarus and Circe. I really enjoyed this graphic novel and would love more as Diana grows up and becomes Wonder Woman.

About the book: Eleven-year-old Diana leads an idyllic life on the island of Themyscira. Cut off from the rest of the world, she’s beginning to feel more and more isolated. Though she has a loving mother and many “aunties,” she is an only child. THE only child child on the island, in fact.

After an escapade goes wrong, Diana gets in trouble for not living up to the Amazonian standard. She just can’t seem to measure up no matter what she does. Every other person on the island is an adult proficient in their trade and mighty in body, while she is gangly, sometimes clumsy, and not particularly good at anything. She’s not Wonder Woman … yet. What Diana needs is a friend; someone her own age whom she can talk to. But when she decides to take matters into her own hands, she may just make a monster instead of a friend.

Thank you so very much Netgalley and DC Comics for allowing me to read Diana Princess of the Amazons. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free graphic novel.

Read To Your Toddler Every Day

by Lucy Brownridge

illustrated by Chloe Giordano

On Sale March 2, 2020

 

Classic folk tales, fairytales and fables are complied into one collection with pretty hand sewn illustrations. This collection will introduce your toddler, preschool or even elementary child to tales from around the world. They are fast little tales some coming in at 1 page while other’s are several pages long. They are great to be read at bedtime or anytime really. There are some many “lessons” learned in the tales and many will become favorites I’m sure. Some of my favorites: The Scruffy Duckling ( we know this one as The Ugly Duckling, I think I like Scruffy better) , The Magic  Pear Tree, The Mice and The Elephants, Snowflake, The Snow Child ( I wonder if the adult book The Snow Child is based off of this? If so I might need to read it asap!) to name a few…

This book would be a wonderful baby shower or first birthday gift, and as the book says we should read to our toddlers ( babies, preschoolers and children) every day!

About the book: Every tale is the perfect length to read aloud to your toddler before bedtime and carries a message of empathy, friendship and care for the world around us. Bond with your toddler and help them grow as you read to them these timeless stories

Thank you Netgalley and Frances Lincoln Children’s Books for allowing me to read Read To Your Toddler Every Day. All thoughts and opinions are mine and not influenced by the free book.

Astrid Lindgren

Little People, Big Dreams series

by Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara

illustrated by Linzie Hunter

 

I loved Pippi Longstocking when I was younger, it’s still one of my favorite children’s classics. So I was excited to learn about what the author was like as a child. The Little People Big Dreams series is such a great series to read to children. They are non fiction biographies but presented in a fun and entertaining way. I really think they could make kids fall in love with non fiction books and explore more into this sometimes unread genre.

Astrid was a born reader, once she discovered books she learned to read and  couldn’t get enough books, she read everything she could get her hands on. She was also quite the rebel for that era, she cut her hair short, got a job at 19 at the newspaper and was a single mom. She got married and had a second child. Astrid still had a wonderful vivid imagination and created wonderful stories for her kids. Karin invented the Pippi Longstocking name and Astrid’s creative mind made the character come to life. She wrote many tales about Pippi and her adventures and worked on teh screenplay once it became a movie. Astrid Lindgren is loved by many and I still to this day love Pippi and her wise, wild heart!

About the book: Little Astrid grew up on an old farm in Sweden. Her childhood was very happy, so happy that she never wanted to grow up. When she was four, her friend Edit read Astrid her first story. Suddenly, the entire place was filled with giants, witches, and fairies. They all came out from a magic object call a book. Astrid did her best to learn how to read, and once she started, she couldn’t stop! Soon, there were no books left to borrow from the library and her friends. Learn how Astrid turned her love of books and telling stories into a career as a world-renowned author

Thank you Netgalley and Francis Lincoln Children’s Books for allowing me to read Astrid Lindgren. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

The Girl Who Spoke To The Moon

A Story About Friendship and Loving Our Earth

by Land Wilson

illustrated by Sue Cornelison

 

This picture book’s illustrations are so beautiful! They remind me of soft chalk pastels and I love that art medium. I want to frame them all, but sadly it was a ebook copy I have and I’d never rip of a book. So I will buy a copy my own and treasure the pictures. The story is sweet and I love the message about loving our earth. We need to take better care of it and this book does a great job at getting the message across with out being preachy. Kids today are very aware and want to take care of the earth so maybe the message is more of us the reader. This book would be a great book to read for Earth day storytime.  It includes information on the types pollution that we are experiencing as well as some great ideas to clean up the Earth and even the youngest listener’s can do as well. I’m glad I got to read it and enjoyed it so much. I know I’ve said it many times but picture books are just so magical. If you have the right writer and illustrator team it really brings the book to life and this duo did an amazing job!

About the book: A sweet bedtime story that will inspire children to protect the Earth and encourage others to do the same. When Sofia dreams of visiting the Moon one night, she discovers people are hurting the Earth! With the Moon as her guide, Sofia learns how we can work together to make Earth feel better.

Thank you Netgalley, Little Pickle Press and Sourcebooks Jabberwocky for allowing me to read a copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

Love Hate Thing

by Whitney D. Grandison

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About the book: When they’re stuck under one roof, the house may not be big enough for their hate…or their love

When Tyson Trice finds himself tossed into the affluent coastal community of Pacific Hills, he’s ready for the questions, the stares, and the total feeling of not belonging in the posh suburb. Not that he cares. After recovering from being shot and surviving the mean streets of Lindenwood, he doesn’t care about anyone or anything. He doesn’t even care how the rest of his life will play out.

In Pacific Hills, image is everything. Something that, as the resident golden girl, Nandy Smith knows all too well. She’s spent most of her life building the pristine image that it takes to fit in. After learning that her parents are taking in a former childhood friend, Nandy fears her summer plans, as well as her reputation, will go up in flames. It’s the start of summer vacation and the last thing Nandy needs is some juvenile delinquent from the ’Wood crashing into her world.

Stuck together in close quarters, Trice and Nandy are in for some long summer nights. Only, with the ever-present pull back to the Lindenwood streets, it’ll be a wonder if Trice makes it through this summer at all.

About the author: Whitney D. Grandison was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, where she currently resides. A lover of stories since she first picked up a book, it’s no surprise she’s taken to writing her own. Some of her works can be found on Wattpad, one of the largest online story sharing platforms, where she has acquired over 30,000 followers and an audience of over fifteen million dedicated readers.

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Thank you Netgalley and Inkyard Press for allowing me to read a copy of A LOVE HATE THING. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

 

Cub

by Cynthia Copeland

 

 

Twelve year old Cindy has discovered a knack for writing. She gets the chance to shadow a female reporter for the local paper. Being the 70’s female reporters are few and far between. So not only does she get a lesson in how to follow and lead, but also how to navigate a male dominanted workforce. Watergate is about to hit the papers and so she is in the thick of it all. Cindy learns the pen is mightier than the sword and how words can topple even the bestest leader. Cindy is trying to carve her place in 7th grade and find her own leads and voice. While also dealing with first crushes, friendships that are changing and bullies. CUB is the perfect introduction to non fiction. Cute graphics and a relatable memior makes CUB a great pick for kids (and adults).

 

About the book: Twelve-year-old Cindy has just dipped a toe into seventh-grade drama—with its complicated friendships, bullies, and cute boys—when she earns an internship as a cub reporter at a local newspaper in the early 1970s. A (rare) young female reporter takes Cindy under her wing, and Cindy soon learns not only how to write a lede, but also how to respectfully question authority, how to assert herself in a world run by men, and—as the Watergate scandal unfolds—how brave reporting and writing can topple a corrupt world leader. Searching for her own scoops, Cindy doesn’t always get it right, on paper or in real life. But whether she’s writing features about ghost hunters, falling off her bicycle and into her first crush, or navigating shifting friendships, Cindy grows wiser and more confident through every awkward and hilarious mistake.

Thank you so much Algonquin Young Readers for a copy of the graphic novel CUB. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free graphic novel.