Rocket Says Look Up!

by Nathan Bryon

illustrated by Dapo Adeola

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Publication Day: June 25, 2019

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Rocket Says Look Up! is a sweet story about a big brother and little sister. Rocket is interested in all things space, knowing one day she will be just like her idol Mae Jamison. I think the characters were written very realistically. Jamal being a sterotypical teen in behaviors and actions – on the net, not really wanting to run errands for mom and hang with his little sister. Rocket enthusiastic and excited about up coming meteor shower that night, telling everyone and anyone who will listen. Even handing out flyers about it while with Jamal on an errand that day. I loved all the fun meteor facts that were sprinkled through out the book. Jamal comes through when his sister is sad about meteor shower and they have a great bonding moment. Rocket Says Look Up! is a great picture book – a fun story, educational science facts, bold bright illustrations, great characters and the perfect message: When you Dream – Dream Big!

About the book: Meet Rocket–a plucky aspiring astronaut intent on getting her community to LOOK UP! from what they’re doing and reach for the stars in this auspicious debut picture book. A comet will be visible tonight, and Rocket wants everyone to see it with her–even her big brother, Jamal, whose attention is usually trained on his phone or video games. Rocket’s enthusiasm brings neighbors and family together to witness a once-in-a-lifetime sighting. Perfect for fans of Ada Twist, Scientist and young science lovers excited about the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Look Up! will inspire readers of all ages to dream big as it models Rocket’s passion for science and infectious curiosity. Author Nathan Bryon, an actor and screenwriter, and Dapo Adeola, a community-minded freelance illustrator, bring their fresh talents, passion, and enthusiasm to the picture book medium.

Thank you Random House for Young Readers for sending me a copy of Rocket Says Look Up! All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.


Shred Girls

Lindsay’s Joyride

by Molly Hurford

illustrations by Violet Lemay


I simply loved Shred Girls Lindsay’s Joyride. It is a girl power book that is sure to capture the reader young and old. We follow Lindsay’s journey from being a shy girl that would love to be a superhero that defeats the super villain’s of the world. Her summer plans are turned upside down when her parents leave her with her older cousin for the whole summer. Phoebe has always fit what Lindsay pictured as a villain all mean and stuff. However Phoebe is not only cool but she is going to give Lindsay and all a summer to remember. Lindsay learns to “fly” in a way. She grows into a confident girl. She learns all there is to know about the world of BMX and becomes not only confident in her riding but learns with a lot of work and getting up every time you fall you just might learn to fly and follow your dreams. This book is great for upper elementary and even middle school. I’d say 4th and up would really love this book with strong girl characters , fun graphic novel like illustrations and a heartwarming coming of age story about family, friendship and working hard for what you want. I know the kids at my school will enjoy this one in the upcoming school year.

About the book: It’s time to ride and save the day!

Lindsay can’t wait to spend her summer break reading comics and watching superhero movies–until she finds out she’ll be moving in with her weird older cousin Phoebe instead. And Phoebe has big plans for Lindsay: a BMX class at her bike park with cool-girl Jen and perfectionist Ali.

Lindsay’s summer of learning awesome BMX tricks with new friends and a new bike turns out to be more epic than any comic book–and it’s all leading up to a jumping competition.

But some of the biker boys don’t think girls should be allowed to compete in BMX. Now it’s up to Lindsay, Jen, and Ali to win the competition and prove that anyone can be great at BMX

Thank you Random House Children’s  for sending me the book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

Rumple Buttercup

A Story of Bananas, Belonging, and Being Yourself

written and illustrated by Matthew Gray Guber


I loved this picture book! It is all about how we are all weird and we all need to embrace our weird and not judge other’s. This book is a sparse is written text and simple drawings and it makes it all work! You can read it aloud or to yourself in under 15 minutes no more than 30. It is 136 pages but it is a fast read and would be good for a classroom read aloud. It has a very important message that we should all embrace. Deep down we all want to belong and be accepted for who we are not what someone wants us to be. It is a picture book but really I feel it is for all ages from children to tweens/teens and adults.

Rumple Buttercup is a monster ( or so he thinks) it lives in the sewer but loves to see what all is going on around him, and loves to observe people. He hides for the most part and takes peeks with a disguise of a banana peel on top of his head. He’s lonely and wants to talk to someone so he uses trash to create Candy Corn Carl.  As the story progresses you really feel for Rumple and hope he gets to see the parade he has been looking forward to all year. However when he goes to get his banana peel from the trash it’s not there. He is sad he is going to miss it but then a boy ask through the storm drain if he is going to watch the parade. He finds out while he thought he was being sneaky he really wasn’t and everyone saw him. They all accept him and talk about their own weird (or as I like to call it quirks.) . We all have a quirk or two and it’s what makes us – US and unique. If we didn’t then we’d all be cookie cutter’s of each other and that would not be a fun place to be.

A fun fact you might recognize the name Matthew Gray Guber is on the very popular and very good show Criminal Minds. I LOVE that show so I was happy to see his creative side since I’ve been a fan of his acting/directing side for many years.

About the book: A charming and inspiring story about embracing your weird, written and illustrated by Criminal Minds actor/director, Matthew Gray Gubler.

Rumple Buttercup has five crooked teeth, three strands of hair, green skin, and his left foot is slightly bigger than his right.

He is weird.

Join him as he and Candy Corn Carl, his imaginary friend made of trash, learn the joy of individuality as well as the magic of belonging.

Thank you so very much Random House for Young Readers for sending me a copy of Rumple Buttercup. It has a spotlight spot on my bookshelf! All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

Operation Frog Effect

by Sarah Scheerger


Operation Frog Effect is told through a different format than most upper elementary books that I’ve read. This book is told entirely through journal entries, comic book strips, letters, poetry and scrip writing. Told through the eyes of eight classmates in Mrs Graham’s class we learn a lot about how each see’s things, how they are feeling and what they want in the word. They discover who they are and that do indeed have a voice and stand up for what is right. This isn’t just a book about a classroom pet it also tackles several social issues and handles them in a way a younger reader will understand and not be overwhelmed. I enjoyed every minute of this book and know it will be one that will be hard to keep on the shelves at the elementary school that I work at. I think it would be neat if she did a new one each year with a different class, different pet and set of students. If you have a reader that is a fan of Wonder, Diary of A Wimpy Kid, and Mr. Terupt to name a few than grab Operation Frog Effect. I think while this mainly is upper elementary some middle school readers would enjoy it as well. My first thought was the cover looked more elementary school. Then I started thinking about the diary books and they also have a younger looking cover and kids of all ages love them. So grab Operation Frog Effect it’s a great book that I think your kids might like.

About the book:

It’s us, Ms. Graham’s class. We didn’t mean to mess things up. But we did. We took things too far, and now Ms. Graham is in trouble–for something we did. We made a mistake. The question is, can we fix it? Ms. Graham taught us that we get to choose the kind of people we want to be and that a single act can create ripples. So get ready, world–we’re about to make some ripples.
Kayley, Kai, Henry, Aviva, Cecilia, Blake, Sharon, Emily (and Kermit, class frog)

Everyone makes mistakes. But what happens when your mistake hurts someone else? Told in eight perspectives–including one in graphic novel form, Operation Frog Effect celebrates standing up and standing together, and tells the unforgettable story of how eight very different kids take responsibility for their actions and unite for a cause they all believe in.

Thank you Random House Kids for sending me a copy of Operation Frog Effect. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

Arnold and Louise series

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.

There Are No Bears In This Bakery

written and illustrated by Julia Sarcone Roach

Publication Date: January 8th 2019

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I read The Bear Ate My Sandwich and it was so cute. I love her fun stories and bright vibrant illustrations. In There Are No Bears In This Bakery you follow a cat as he investigates the source of a loud noise at his bakery. He assumes it’s a mouse or two. To his surprise he finds a cute hungry baby bear, so Muffin helps baby bear out by giving him some yummy baked goods to curb that growling stomach. Problem is where there is a baby bear there is a momma bear…

This story is cute and sure to tickle the youngest listener to older listener. Loved how she made the colors of the illustrations really put the emotions into the illustrations. When Muffin was scared the colors in the  illustrations are dark, happy feelings lighter colors in the illustrations. This would be a fun book for storytime, and great for a book to craft activity at home – making some muffins, cookies etc…

About the book: A tough gumshoe of a cat–the name’s Muffin–protects his territory: The Little Bear Bakery. But there are no bears here. Not on Muffin’s watch.

One night, Muffin hears a suspicious noise. Mouse? Raccoon? Bat? Nope, not the usual suspects. But Muffin hears . . . growling. Could it be? Yup. A bear. Just a cub. Whose stomach is definitely growling. Muffin’s got this case solved–clearly this bear needs some donuts.

In this wonderfully noir-tinged tale, Julia Sarcone-Roach gives us another funny story of a hungry bear in the wrong place at the right time. This tale is sly and sweet, with sprinkles on top.

Thank you Alfred A Knopf and Random House Kids for sending me a copy of There Are No Bears In This Bakery. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

Fairy In Waiting

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.