Audio Book Reviews, Middle Grade

Fortunately, The Milk – Audio Book Review

By Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by: Skottie Young
Narrated by Neil Gaiman
Published on: September 30, 2014

What a completely unexpected treat. Well, it’s Neil Gaiman so it is not completely unexpected. But – oh my goodness – this book is crazy fun with one long oddball story about what took a father so long to get the milk for that morning’s cereal.

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Middle Grade

Malamander – Audio Book Review

The Legends of Eerie-on-Sea Book One by Thomas Taylor
Published on: September 10, 2019

Filled with interesting characters and set in a town where folklore comes to life, Malamander is the perfect choice when you need a middle grade fantasy book that is different than wizards and magic.

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Middle Grade

Beaverman: Attack of the Disco Lobsters – Book Review

by Stuart Jensen
Published on: May 21, 2019

This title is crazy. But this middle grade sci fi adventure was so much fun to read. A lot of pure imagination went into this story and there were several times I could picture the author asking himself something like “exactly why can’t lobsters like Disco? I liked Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive’ – why wouldn’t they like it too?” He probably didn’t think that, but still.

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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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