by Laura Ellen Anderson
If you are looking for an entertaining upper elementary school book series about a family of vampires living in Nocturnia then look no further than Amelia Fang. Amelia’s town of Nocturnia has some unusual neighbors from a yeti to a grim reaper Amelia’s age. This book series is fun to read not matter what the season but I think it is perfect reading for fall and Halloween season. There are a few things I would like to point out: There is some bullying and at times the parents seem more involved in their own life and pleasing others then helping out their daughter Amelia. There are some creatures that are called names but in the end they are accepted for who they are. If you have any concerns like any book read it before handing it to your reader. If your reader loved the Isadora Moon books and have gotten older than they will really enjoy Amelia Fang. Would I recommend this series to others? Yes and I wish this series was around when my girls were the age group for this series.
Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball: Meet Amelia Fang.
She loves playing Goblin Tag, and cuddling her pet pumpkin, Squashy. She hates going to her mum and dad’s boring Barbaric Ball. Oh, and one more thing – Amelia is a vampire.
When the spoilt prince of Nocturnia captures Squashy, Amelia must plan a daring rescue. But things in the Kingdom of the Dark may not be all they seem…
Join Amelia on her first abominable adventure. She won’t bite!
Amelia Fang and the Unicorns of Glitteropolis: Amelia Fang is the biggest hearted vampiress you’ll ever meet. In this adventure, she and her friends Florence the yeti (DON’T CALL HER BEAST), Grimaldi the Death and Prince Tangine (reformed spoiled sprout), along with her pet pumpkin Squashy, must brave the journey to the terrifying Kingdom of the Light to try to find Tangine’s missing mother, Queen Fairyweather.
But with unicorns, fairies and angel-kittens lurking around every corner, who can they trust? And will they finally uncover the real villain keeping the kingdoms of Light and Dark as mortal enemies?
Join Amelia on her latest adventure. She won’t bite!
Thank you Delcorte Books for Young Readers and Random House for sending me the Amelia Fang books. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.
by Courtney Sheinmel and Bianca Turetsky
illustrated by Stevie Lewis
The Magic On the Map series is new series with just 2 books out at this time. It follows twins Finn and Molly Parker. Their dad bought a RV camper but not just any plain old RV this is a magical RV. While their parents are sleeping on the first night they go to check it out more. The camper has a cool PET system and they go on an adventure. This could be classified as a USA geography book series and many say it’s a younger not as magical Magic Treehouse. I think I’d be okay with that description. While you learn a lot of neat facts about the state the twins are transported to that is about it. The illustrations look like pencil sketches and there is no color so shades of blackish brown. I think this would be a hit with young readers who like geography. Overall I don’t know if they will be popular at my school library but we will see. I think this is a good fit for younger elementary readers ranging from 1st through 3rd grade.
Magic on the Map: Let’s Mooove! On the last day of second grade, twins Spencer and Maggie Parker come home from school to find a camper van in their driveway. And not just any camper; a magic camper that can transport them to every state in the continental US. This is perfect for Maggie, who loves geography and is a star student, and for Spencer, who’s been failing his geography quizzes and could use the real life extra credit.
Together, the twins travel to a surprising new place–the rolling fields of Colorado! There they get suited up in cowboy gear, eat a hearty breakfast in the Mess Hall, and join a cattle drive. But when the group takes a moment to rest, the ranch’s prized cow, Snowflake, is stolen by a band of rogue cowboys. The twins must discover how to work together in order to save Snowflake, and find their way home again.
Magic on the Map: The Show Must Go On After returning home from a cattle drive in the rolling fields of Colorado, twins Spencer and Maggie Parker think they must have been dreaming. The camper that showed up in their driveway on the last day of second grade couldn’t possibly be magic. There’s no way a camper can transport them to every state in the continental US… or is there?
Needing to know if it was all in their head, the twins sneak out to test the camper’s abilities, and end up in the middle of Times Square in New York City! There they run into super-star Hallie Hampton, who needs their help on a scavenger hunt around the city. If the twins can help Hallie complete the hunt before curtain call, she’ll give them two tickets to her debut on Broadway. But the hunt might not be the only thing the twins need to do to help Hallie and find their way home again.
Thank you Random House for sending me the first 2 Magic On the Map books. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free books.
by John Grisham
It’s been a while since I’ve read a Theodore Boone book and I think I’ve read them all but there might be a few I haven’t. Theodore Boone is a kid lawyer not a real lawyer but one in training and one that is learning the ropes in the trenches. and a really great series for middle school. Some of the topics are a bit more heavy so use your best judgement if your kid is upper elementary. My girls read the series while they were 5th grade and up I believe but it might have been 4th grade. What I love about this series is that the books can be read in order but also you can just grab a book and be fine. The reader doesn’t have to read them in order if their library doesn’t have all the books or if some are checked out. In all this is book 7 so this would be a great series to tackle this summer. I love the fact that the character’s are all written like the age they are. The writing is one that catches the reader right away. Theodore Boone might just strike an interest in the judicial system and becoming a lawyer. I know my now 7th grader really thought long and hard about being a lawyer and I’m sure these books help strike that interest (in the end forensics won). The Accomplice was good maybe not my favorite. I didn’t really like the holding up a convenience store with a fake gun after drinking. I know I know that can and does really happen but just so many kids and guns in the news. Would I recommend this to my nephews? Absolutely to two of them and Possibly to the other one ( he is more into graphic novels). I know I have and will always recommend this series whether or not I love each one in the series.
About the book: Theodore Boone is back on the case in an all-new adventure! Bestselling author John Grisham delivers a page-turning legal thriller for a new generation of readers.
Theo has been worried about his good friend Woody Lambert. Woody is struggling at school and making bad choices. But when Woody is arrested—an unwitting accomplice to armed robbery—Theo knows he is innocent. Racing the clock while Woody sits in jail, Theo will do everything in his power to help his friend and save Woody from an unforgiving system where justice is not equal for all.
Brimming with the intrigue and suspense that made John Grisham a #1 international bestseller and undisputed master of the modern legal thriller, Theodore Boone’s trials and triumphs will keep readers hooked until the very last page.
My middle school age kid and I love watching this good legal drama. Have you heard of it Proven Innocent? I does have some very tough subjects and some adult scenes but overall it a great show and I love that it sheds light on the wrongfully convicted and the background of being a lawyer isn’t all dressing nice and going into court to argue your case. There is a lot of gathering the information, facts and digging through law books to find cases that match yours for the ruling you want.
Proven Innocent is on Hulu as well as Fox. If you are looking for a great show that will open up some conversations check out Proven Innocent. It is rated TV14 so use your best judgement on if you feel it is appropriate for your family.
A legal drama that follows an underdog criminal defense firm led by a fierce and uncompromising lawyer who was wrongfully convicted in a sensational murder case that made her an infamous media obsession.
I tried to find a few other lawyer based shows but couldn’t find any I felt comfortable having my middle school kid watch.
Thank you Dutton Books for Young Readers for allowing me to read Theodore Boone The Accomplice. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.
by Erica S Perl
Arnold and Louise is a cute new series hitting bookshelf this month. They are fairly easy to read chapters that are short and perfect for an independent reader. There might be a few words they will need help on but this series will fun for them to read. The stories are also short enough that they would be a fun read aloud for story time or bedtime. Right now there are 2 books in the series The Great Louweezie and Lost and Found. I hope there are more coming because they are such cute stories. They remind me of the Frog and Toad series I read when I was little. There are lessons to be learned in each book with forgiveness in the end. I know the kids at the elementary school will enjoy seeing these for check out at the school library. I think they might be some hot ticket books that don’t stay on the shelves for long.
Arnold is a sweet big bear who likes naps, his marbles and his best friend Louise. He has lots of fun times and adventures with Louise.
Louise is a cute spunky chipmunk. She can be loud and you just never know what’s going to happen next when your hanging out with her.
I can’t wait to read more books from this adorable book series. I know if these had been around when my girls were beginning to read we would have bought them all and had the stories memorized from reading them so much!
The Great Louweezie : Arnold is a large black bear. His best friend, Louise, is a small chipmunk. But one day, Louise insists she is NOT Louise–she’s the Great Louweezie, and she can predict the future! But when the Great Louweezie’s demands begin to test Arnold’s patience, the game feels much less fun. What will happen if friendship isn’t in their future?
Lost and Found : When Louise borrows Arnold’s newly found treasure, he’s sure he’ll never see it again. After all, she loses just about everything he lends her. Louise swears she hasn’t lost it, but to get it back, she sends Arnold on a treasure hunt of her own–or is it a wild goose chase?
Thank you so much Random House for Young Readers and Penguin Workshop for sending me copies of The Great Louweezie and Lost and Found. All opinions are my own and not influenced by the free books.
by Sophie Kinsella
illustrated by Marta Kissi
Publication Date: January 29th 2019
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I loved the first book in this cute series Fairy Mom and Me so I was happy to see the next one Fairy In Waiting had arrived. The book is pure magic, it has funny stories, great friends, family fun, and magic. This book had 4 fairy spell stories which read like short stories. This book had a meet fairy mom and me introduction so if you haven’t read the first book that is okay you can know exactly what is going on. All for fairy spell stories were cute but I had a few favorites.
Fairy Spell #1 Monkeridoo! – was cute and funny had lots of animal antics and is sure to make kids laugh
Fairy Spell #2 Stoperidoo! – has a magic wardrobe so this was a favorite because who doesn’t love a magic wardrobe. However this did have a burglar in the house at night so that might scare a younger reader / listener. The author did a great job at making it not scary but for sensitive ones you might want to save this one for another time ( or at least not right at bedtime)
Fairy Spell #3 Sprinkleridoo! – super cute family vacation where they meet another fairy family! There is lots of fun family time and maybe even some ice cream magic.
Fairy Spell #4: Flyeridoo! – Ella has her birthday party and things get a little out of hand when 3 fairies work their magic. A funny story full of a mountain sized cake and flying party guest.
At the end of the book the author includes some fun activities the reader can do by themselves or with family. This series is just so sweet and cute and perfect for any reader / listener who likes fairies and magic in their stories.
About the book: Ella Brook is used to being a Fairy-in-Waiting. It means that one day she will become a fairy with her own sparkly wings and Computawand just like her mom.
But sometimes Ella doesn’t want to have to wait any longer. After all, she helps her mom remember magic codes all the time! If only there was a spell for growing up faster.
Will Ella prove that she’s ready to become a fairy? Or will she learn that she doesn’t need real magic to save the day?
Thank you Random House Kids and Sophie Kinsella for sending me a copy of Fairy In Waiting. All thoughts and opinions are mine and not influenced by the free book.
written and illustrated by Harriet Muncaster
Half Fairy – Half Vampire – Total Ballerina
Isadora Moon is just like any other elementary student except her mom is a fairy and her dad is a vampire and she has wings! She has a favorite stuffed animal she takes with her everywhere called Pink Rabbit. When I was little I had a little grey cat I called Mousie – don’t ask I was 2 when I named it 🙂 Isadora is in school and they are getting ready to go on a field trip to the ballet! Isadora adores the ballet, even performs daily ballet recitals for her family starting her and Pink Rabbit. Her dream is to be as good as Tatiana Tutu, she can’t believe her lucky stars that she gets to see her perform in Alice in Wonderland the ballet. The field trip doesn’t go off smoothly there are some bumps in the road. They arrive at the ballet only to lose Pink Rabbit. Isadora and her mom go looking for Pink Rabbit. Isadora finds the bunny but also runs in none other than Tatiana Tutu and she is injured. The ballet will not go on unless they find a ballerina who can play the role of white rabbit. What about Pink Rabbit? Pink Rabbit saves the day and Isadora gets a special surprise for her being such a great listener and willing to stop and help someone in need.
Isadora Moon Goes to the Ballet is a great fast reading chapter book perfect for beginning readers or listener’s who are ready for longer stories. This series would be such a cute one for little girls from Pre-K to 3rd grade. The story line is sweet and shows great relations with family and friends. They are all accepting of Isadora even though she isn’t like them she is half fairy half vampire. The illustrations are black and white with shades of grey and pop’s of the color pink. Isadora Moon would be a great series to read aloud with your little bookworm. If you could find a pink rabbit that would make a wonderful addition to a gift of this adorable book series.
About the Book: Isadora Moon is special because she is different. But just like her other classmates, Isadora loves the ballet.
That’s why Isadora can’t wait for a field trip with her class to see the performance of Alice in Wonderland. Everything is totally normal. And then the curtain rises and Isadora’s special best friend, Pink Rabbit, is not in his seat. . .
Great Gift Idea for birthday or holiday or just because: Isadora Moon series and a pink rabbit stuffed animal
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Isadora Moon books
Pink Rabbit (this one would work)
Thank you so much Random House for sending me Isadora Moon goes to the Ballet. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.
originated by Roger Hargreaves
written and illustrated by Adam Hargreaves
I have to say I’ve never actually read or even looked at a Mr Men or Little Miss book. I guess when my bookworms were little they never grabbed copies from the library. I don’t remember having them in my Pre-K classroom but I might have that was a very very long time ago. I am a huge Doctor Who fan – well I’m a big David Tennant and Matt Smith as the Doctor fan. I started watching when the 9th Doctor came on and while he was OK I was happy when he made the switch. Anyway back to these cute books.
I was sent Dr First – Dr Fourth – Dr Eleventh and Dr Twelfth. I really wish they had a Dr Tenth but oh well maybe it will be in the works. These books are made for Dr Who fans from older readers to adult. While they are picture books I’m not sure they would hold the younger picture book readers and listeners attention. I really love the Dr Eleventh book the most. The author really captured Matt Smith’s characters personality and I could hear his voice and River Songs as I was reading. We have this on display with our adipose, Tenth and Eleventh doctors wands and the Tardis. While I read the First, Fourth and Twelfth there wasn’t the connection of watching and loving them for me. I still enjoyed the books but missed that connection to the story. We kept the Dr Eleventh book and passed on the other 3 to a big Dr Who fan we know. 🙂 They were really happy and loved them very much.
If you know of a big Dr Who fan that has loved them through all the long years these little books would be perfect for them. They would really enjoy them and they would be cute in a Dr Who display.
Thank you so much BBC and Penguin Young Readers for sending us these 4 Dr Who books. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.