Be Quiet! By Ryan T. Higgins

IMG_20180110_151644_450.jpgRupert the mouse wants to create his own wordless book but everyone keeps talking over his illustrations. This picture book is funny, clever and you get to learn big words like onomatopoeia. Read this book if you want a little humor and art in your life. This book is great if you read it out loud with others. (4 of 5 stars)

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The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler

IMG_20180111_090239_900.jpg“The Forbidden Library” by Django Wexler is the first book in a thrilling middle grade series. Alice is a 12 year old who always loved reading. After witnessing a strange scene between her father and a fairy in her kitchen Alice’s is turned upside and suddenly being a “reader” takes on a whole new meaning.

This book is exciting and does contain some mild violence. Magic is everywhere and there is a there are a couple of talking cats. Read this book (and series) if you like Harry Potter, cats, books about books or libraries, fantastic beasts or adventure quests. (4 of 5 stars)SELRES_ed654b10-65d7-4375-9bed-a0607427329dSELRES_ed654b10-65d7-4375-9bed-a0607427329d

New Shoes by Sara Varon

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New Shoes by Sara Varon is a fantastic book that explores the ideas of fair trade, business ethics and creative footwear. It also give a little insight into the different types of animals who live in the jungle. New Shoes not only teaches but also inspires the reader to take an adventure and try something new. It is sweet and insightful. This graphic novel will be interesting to a wide range of readers from Children to Adults. (4 of 5 stars)

As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti

As You WishAs You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the small desert town, Madison Nevada everything seems normal, even boring on the surface. Tourists are never encouraged to stay longer than the time it takes to fill up their gas tanks. If outsiders stay longer, the residents of Madison risk their dark secret coming out. You see, every person born in Madison gets one chance to dramatically change their lives forever on their 18th birthday, with a single wish.

Eldon Wilkes will have his chance in less than a month and he has no idea what to wish for because he already lost everything and everyone that was important to him, and no magic wish will bring any of it back. As the clock ticks down to his wish day, Eldon has to decide not only what to wish for, but whether or not he is willing to expose the entire town of Madison to the outsiders they have protected themselves against for decades.

I really enjoyed this book. It presents the reader with some very deep philosophical questions. For example, what really is the meaning of life? How much is it really worth being able to choose anything you want? The book presents it’s deep thinking with sarcasm and humor. Our protagonist Eldon is constantly told by everyone around him that he is arrogant and self-centered. He is on the surface, but in the end, he is just a teenager struggling to find meaning and prepare himself for adulthood which is conveniently marked by wish on his eighteenth birthday.

This book crams so much teenage angst in it that any reader will connect with the story at some point. Although, I would never call this book a thriller it does have a fast-paced ending that was a bit of a surprise. I highly recommend this book to any YA reader.

Note: I was given this book by the publisher for review, in no way did that affect my opinions.

New York City Monsters by Anne Paradis

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Monsters in New York City!? Yep, and they just happen to like all the same destinations as us humans. This book is a great travel guide for kids. It makes New York City interesting and fun. Great illustrations and pretty well hidden monsters. Not to mention it is an interactive book that helps kids be more perceptive as they try to find all the monsters.

Note: I was given this book by the publisher. In no way does that affect my opinions.

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How to Catch a Monster by Adam Wallace

How to Catch a MonsterHow to Catch a Monster by Adam Wallace

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What’s a kid to do when they have just landed the role of Ninja Warrior in their school play? Why catch the monster who lives in their closet of course. In this delightful picture book a little boy uses all his Ninja tricks to catch the monster who lives in his closet. It is a fiercely fun battle between boy and monster. When the monster is finally caught the boy learns surprising details about the monster.

This book has a wonderful rhythm that makes it really fun to read out loud. The illustrations are imaginative and fun. This is a perfect book for story times and by the end everyone will be giggling and wondering how the monster in their closet says hello.

Note: I was given this book by the publisher to review. In no way did that affect my opinions.
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Stinky Spike the Pirate Dog by Peter Meisel

Stinky Spike the Pirate DogStinky Spike the Pirate Dog by Peter Meisel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Spike has the best sniffer in the seven seas and it takes him all the way from the dock yard to a real treasure hunting pirate ship. In order to get home he agrees to help Captain Fishbeard and his crew find treasure. While they don’t always agree on what counts as treasure many interesting and smelly things are found.

I absolutely adored this book. It is a fun little chapter book with detailed full color illustrations. The characters are wonderfully written and have the best names. It kept me laughing and I am sure it will keep kids who are just starting to transition from picture books to chapter book entertained as well.

On a side note, I think I have met Stinky Spike when I lived on a sailboat for a year. He was sweet, loved to sniff things, was very good at scaring birds away from the boats, and was of course smelly.

Note: The publisher gave me this book to review. In no way did that affect my opinions.

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