Middle Grade

The Heath Cousins and the Kingsgate Bridge – Book Review

Book 2 in the Heath Cousins Series by Eileen Hobbs
Published on: March 3, 2019

My middle-grade age nephew and I read and reviewed this book together. We had recently reviewed book 1 in the series, The Heath Cousins and the Moonstone Cave, which he enjoyed. After finishing this 2nd book in the series, I asked him if he liked it and with a big smile on his face said “Yes.”

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Picture Books

[ARC Review] Don’t Drink the Pink – Picture Book Review

by B.C.R. Fegan
Illustrated by: Lenny Wen

Birthday’s are a special time for Madeline in Don’t Drink the Pink.  Each year that she grows older her grandfather gives her a choice of magical potions. There’s red ones, and blue ones, and yellow ones and more.  But the one color she can’t pick is pink. 

Each birthday when she selects a potion and drinks something magical occurs.  With red one she breathes fire, with yellow she has super speed.  It’s a cute rhyming book with fun pictures that even includes extra things occurring in the background, such as her parents putting our fires on her first birthday.  She has a lot of fun on these birthdays and looks forward to them every year.

One year he’s not there to give her a potion.  It’s a sad moment in the book and reminds us that the ones we love will not always be with us, but in this story he’s left her one more potion to drink.  The last potion I wasn’t 100% sure what was occurring although maybe it is meant to be open to our interpretation, either way it was a nice ending.

Thank you to Netgalley and TaleBlade for ARC and opportunity to provide an honest opinion.

Rating:  4.5 stars

Picture Books

It Came From Under the High Chair – Salió De Debajo De La Silla Para Comer – Book Review

Mini Mysteries for Minors Book 5 by Karl Beckstrand
Illustrated by Jeremy Higginbotham
A Mystery (In English and Spanish)
Published on:  July 20, 2019

A bilingual picture book where the story of what happens to the food a toddler throws on the floor is told in both English and Spanish.

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Middle Grade

The Heath Cousins and the Moonstone Cave

The Heath Cousins Book 2 by Eileen Hobbs
Published on: October 31, 2017

At only 65 pages, The Heath Cousins and the Moonstone Cave is a short, but sweet middle grade story that explores difficult topics such as grief and mourning gracefully, while adding a bit of adventure too.  My 11-year old nephew read this book too and I am including his review and thoughts here at the end.

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Middle Grade

[ARC Review] Knighthood for Beginners – MMGM

by Elys Dolan
Published on:  July 2, 2019
5-stars

Knighthood

Knighthood for Beginners is the adorable (and silly) tale of a dragon named Dave who was terrible at being a dragon. He was terrible at hoarding gold, terrible at eating villages, terrible at knitting, and had stage fright when trying to give riddles out. However, he was good at reading books and after failing the dragon test, he picked up the book ‘Knighthood for Beginners’ and immediately knew what he wanted to do with his life.

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Picture Books

Argyle Fox

by Marie Letourneau
Published on:  March 14, 2017
4-stars-1

Argyle Fox

Argyle Fox by Marie Letourneau is a story of a young fox who wants to play outside on a windy day. Over and over and over again he tries to find different ways to play, but the wind keeps winning and Argyle’s playtime keeps getting interrupted and disturbed, forcing him to find ‘yet another’ way to play outside. He finally gets frustrated enough that decides to quit playing outside on windy days forever. However, with a gentle push from his mother he thinks up a way that he can play outside ‘with’ the wind.

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Middle Grade

The Map to Everywhere

The Map to Everywhere #1 by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis
Published on:  November 4, 2014
5-stars

Map to Everywhere

My nephew recommended this book. He liked it so much that he found my Fire tablet and proceeded to mark the entire series with 5 stars on GoodReads, even though I hadn’t read any of them yet. So, now that I’ve finished listening to it on audio, which was excellent, and with each character having his or her own voice. I am interviewing my nephew for his review.

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