Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Oh Baby! Book Blast

Diary of a Real Payne Oh Baby by Annie Tipton

Title: Oh Baby! (Diary of a Real Payne, Book 3) | Author: Annie Tipton | Publication Date: September 1, 2014 | Publisher: Barbour Books | Pages: 195 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12


Summary: In this final fabulous release in the Diary of a Real Payne series you’ll find yourself ROTFL with EJ’s hilarious adventures with a new little Payne. The Payne family has just adopted a roly-poly package of pudge with bright eyes and a sparkling smile. In true sisterly fashion, EJ can’t wait to teach baby Faith how to be amazing at everything (just like her big sis!). But when EJ learns that she’s losing her role as flower girl to the adorable newcomer in an upcoming wedding, it’s almost more than she can handle. In classic EJ form, she dreams up even more fantastic adventures for herself—promising colossal fun as you become part of her daydreams in Oh Baby!


Purchase

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You can purchase the first two books in the series through Amazon by clicking the book covers below.

Diary of a Real Payne Book 1 True Story by Annie TiptonChurch Camp Chaos Diary of a Real Payne by Annie Tipton



The Buzz About Books 1 & 2

Book 1: "I am 7 years old, and I loved this book because of EJ's imagination and how it focused on the real meaning of Christmas. The book made me laugh, and I especially liked the part when EJ used the shopping cart to pretend to be a race car driver. She thought her mom's scarf was a yellow flag, and she stopped just before she crashed into the display of glue bottles. I liked EJ's character, and I read the book in about 5 days. When we had "Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character Day" at school, I dressed up like EJ Payne. I can't wait for the second book in this series!" ~ Emily E., Amazon
Book 1: "My 9-year-old foster daughter loved the book! She related well to EJ and her spunky personality and humorous outlook on life and what it hands you. Great lessons for her to learn, as well as entertaining. She read it in a matter of days and even chose reading it over playing Nintendo, which is a huge endorsement! I also enjoyed it and found it a fun and comforting read for this 40-something adult. Great job. We're really looking forward to Book 2 of EJ's adventures at camp! Thanks, Annie!" ~ Lfierbaugh, Amazon
Book 2: "Church Camp Chaos is a delightfully funny look into the highly imaginative workings of a tween girl, EJ Payne. The book cleverly uses a combination of diary entries, narration, and hilarious passages peeking into EJ's daydreams. The story is originally clever and, at times, very poignant. I thoroughly enjoyed this fantastic book and I highly recommend this series to young girls in particular between the ages of 8 and 12 who also love Clementine, Judy Moody, and Ramona Quimby." ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
Book 2: "Curly, my 8-year-old bookworm, loved this book. The day it arrived in the mail I let her look through it. By that evening she brought the book to me to thank me and tell me she was finished. She read the entire book in one day and I don't think she ever put it down! She enjoyed EJ's adventures and the fun times she had at church camp. She told me the book was "funny." I appreciated the way the book treated family relationships and showed a loving family who works together and endures different situations together. EJ and her brother don't always get along but their parents encourage them to be kind and EJ grows to appreciate her brother and even his slightly obnoxious attempts at humor. I enjoyed the life lessons that EJ learned about trust, faith, and friendship and am glad that I can find books for my daughter to read that are humorous and fun while still promoting good values." ~ 5 Star Review, Lextin Academy, Amazon

About the Author

Annie Tipton Author

Award-winning author Annie Tipton made up her first story at the ripe old age of two when she asked her mom to write it down for her. (Hey, she was just two—she didn’t know how to make letters yet!) Since then she has read and written many words as a student, newspaper reporter, author, and editor. A native of Wooster, Ohio, Tipton received a bachelor’s degree in Communications at Milligan College in Northeast Tennessee. She currently resides in New Philadelphia, Ohio.

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Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I'll tell it fast and true to get it gone, right now, while darkness deepens over the icy North and the bitter stars shine down.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Review: Excavate! Dinosaurs Paper Toy Paleontology by Jon Tennant


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
The ultimate gift for dinosaur-loving kids ages 7 and up! With fun text and colorful illustrations, paleontologist Jon Tennant explains the anatomy, habitat, and diet of 12 dinosaurs from the Cretaceous, Jurassic, and Triassic eras and then provides pop-out pieces of their skeletons for kids to assemble into stand-up paper models. However, the pieces are mixed up! Before the puzzles can be completed, kids must apply their new knowledge about the dinosaurs to figure out which pieces go together. Kids will love the challenge of sorting out which bones belong to which dinosaur -- just like real paleontologists do!
MY TAKE:
This may not be the best dinosaur book I've ever read, but it's definitely the most fun.

In Excavate! Dinosaurs Paper Toy Paleontology, readers learn more about dinosaurs from the different periods of the mesozoic era. The book features a number of dinosaurs and includes facts about their scientific name, where they were found, and what kind of fossils and bones (complete or incomplete skeletons) were found. The second half of the book features the dinosaur parts that the readers need to assemble to form complete dinosaurs.

Given the amount of space allotted for each dinosaur, the book was able to provide the most important facts about each featured dinosaur. I liked that the place where they were found, as well as what kind of fossils were found were also included, since it helps me get a sense of what kind of climate they lived in, as well as how accurate the complete model probably is. Obviously, with an incomplete skeleton, there's probably some level of inference that was used to figure out the missing pieces, which may or may not be correct.

The paper toy parts at the end had rocks and shells, making it seem more like an actual dig site. It was also arranged from most recent to least recent, like what you would expect when you go through layers of earth. There are also clues included for some of the parts.

Since I received an e-ARC, I don't know how easy it actually is to pop out the parts and assemble the pieces. It does look like fun, though, so even if it takes a little effort, it should be worth it.

Thanks to NetGalley and Storey Publishing, LLC for the e-ARC. Publication date of Excavate! Dinosaurs Paper Toy Paleontology is on October 1, 2014.

THE GOOD:

  1. It is able to include a lot of facts, given the limited space.
  2. It works as a reference book and an activity book.
  3. The parts are arranged much like you would find at an actual dig site.

THE BAD:

  1. The layout, colors and font choice could have been a little bit better.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
Reconstructing a complete dinosaur is like doing a 3D puzzle - without a picture.
READ IT IF:

  1. Your child likes dinosaurs.
  2. You're looking for an activity book for your child.
  3. Your child is interested in becoming a paleontologist.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

In My Mailbox


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

FROM NETGALLEY:



Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness: One-Minute Tips for Decluttering and Refreshing Your Home and Your Life by 
Donna Smallin
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Review: HADES SPEAKS! A Guide to the Underworld by the Greek God of the Dead by Vicky Alvear Shecter


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
Hades, god of the dead, welcomes readers on a dangerous tour o his underworld kingdom, filled with monsters, furies, giants, and vampire demons. Along the way, he reeals ancient death rites and sinister curses, tells hair-raising stories, and cracks jokes to die for. With his witty voice an dghoulish sense of humor, Hades is the perfect guide throught his fresh and imaginative work of nonfiction that reads like a novel. Includes a glossary, bibliography, and index.
MY TAKE:
After reading the Percy Jackson books, I became more interested in Greek mythology.

In HADES SPEAKS! A Guide to the Underworld by the Greek God of the Dead, readers are taken on a tour of the underworld by Hades. Along the way, he tells the reader stories about various gods, goddesses, heroes, mortals and creatures. Persephone also narrates a few pages worth of stories.

I liked the idea of Hades leading the reader on a guided tour of his realm. This way, readers can learn a lot about mythology and there's a semblance of order of the materials. However, aside from that, there's no real plot here. Of course, creating a plot would have been a challenge for this kind of book, so maybe it was for the best.

Hades tries to be humorous and he asks questions of the reader and replies as if you answered him. I wasn't familiar with some of the stories included in the book, which is great because I learned a lot of new things. For example, I didn't know that there was a Greek myth about the origin of mint.

The last part of the book contains a glossary and a guide to ancient gods and heroes, which you can refer to whenever you need to remember which one a particular god or hero was.

The only thing I wasn't fond of was the illustration style. I found the drawings a tad too creepy for my taste. It fits the story, but it won't be everyone's cup of tea.

Thanks to NetGalley and Boyds Mill Press for the e-ARC. Publication date of HADES SPEAKS! A Guide to the Underworld by the Greek God of the Dead is on September 1, 2014.

THE GOOD:

  1. You'll learn a lot of new things.
  2. The stories have a structure.
  3. The stories are well-researched. 

THE BAD:

  1. The illustrations may be too creepy for some kids. 

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
So now I have a screech owl for a gardener. Yeah, thanks, Persephone. 
READ IT IF:

  1. You want to know more Greek myths.
  2. You like stories that have something new.
  3. You like the Percy Jackson books. 

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Review: Awesome Stories of Generosity in Sports by Brad Herzog


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
About the book:
This collection of amazing true stories highlights generosity in sports. Readers will meet athletes including baseball player Roberto Clemente, who died while bringing aid to Nicaragua following a devastating earthquake. Kids will see generosity in action through the work of Mobolaji Akiode, a former college basketball player in the United States who went on to form basketball camps for girls in her home nation of Nigeria. These twenty tales will inspire young readers and show the importance of generosity.
About the series:
Encourage enthusiasm for reading and inspire positive character development with these powerful stories that highlight character building in sports. The Count on Me: Sports series is a collection of dramatic tales of character in action, bringing together exciting sports history, real-life examples of sports and character building, and lively storytelling. Each book features 20 true stories of athletic challenge, triumph, and sometimes heartbreak—all illustrating and illuminating a positive character trait. Focusing on qualities such as sportsmanship and perseverance, the books explore a wide variety of sports, with historical and contemporary episodes featuring male and female athletes from all around the world. The Count on Me: Sports series demonstrates that character is best defined by the people who display it.
About the author:
Brad Herzog is the author of more than 30 books for children, including more than two dozen sports books. He has also published three travel memoirs and a fourth book for adults, The Sports 100, which ranks and profiles the 100 most important people in U.S. sports history. For his freelance magazine writing (including for Sports Illustrated and Sports Illustrated for Kids), Brad has won three gold medals from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Brad travels all over the country visiting schools as a guest author. He lives on California’s Monterey Peninsula with his wife and two sons.

MY TAKE:
This book was as inspiring as you would expect it to be.

In Awesome Stories of Generosity in Sports, readers are told the tales of generosity of various athletes and teams. Each story includes the sport of the person or team, the year, and the place where the act of generosity took place.

The book is easy to read, as you would expect of a book aimed at a younger audience, and I breezed right through it. The stories were well-written and I wasn't bored even once. All of the stories were inspiring, though some were more inspiring than the others. My favorite story was the first one, about Jeremy Bloom's Wish of a Lifetime. It sounded like a wonderful organization, kind of like a Make-A-Wish foundation for old people. It certainly got me thinking about helping out that organization and others in some way.

I thought the addition of the index at the end was a little strange, but if you're looking for a particular athlete, organization, or sport, it will probably come in handy.

Thanks to NetGalley and Free Spirit Publishing for the e-ARC.

THE GOOD:

  1. All the stories are inspiring.
  2. The stories are interesting.
  3. You'll learn about some amazing athletes. 

THE BAD:

  1. It would be nicer if the pictures were in full color. 

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
After all, Arthur Ashe's tennis talents gave him the chance to help many other. But the man who taught Ashe to play the game? That man was named Ronald Charity.
READ IT IF:

  1. Your child is an athlete.
  2. You want your child to be inspired to do good.
  3. Your child likes reading happy stories. 

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: Babysitter's Backpack by Melissa Higgins


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
Do you want to get started as a babysitter and be successful with kids and their parents? Everything you need to know is right here! You'll learn about basic childcare skills, staying safe while babysitting, and starting your own babysitting business. Also find out how to communicate with and be professional around parents, plan fun and safe activities for children of all ages, find where to go for first aid and CPR training, and market yourself as a great babysitter. Get the facts and skills you need to become a confident and responsible babysitter!
MY TAKE:
If your child has ever thought about babysitting, this is a good resource to have.

In Babysitter's Backpack, potential babysitters are briefed on the things they must know and consider before becoming babysitters or taking on the job. Aside from personality traits and childcare skills that they should have, it also includes tips on managing your schedule and money.

Obviously, being a great babysitter comes with experience and reading up on different subjects that you might need to know (like the best activities for children, etc.). However, for a book for beginner babysitter's, this is probably the most thorough book out there that speaks in a language that pre-teens and teens can understand and follow.

The thing I liked most about this book was the emphasis on safety. That is, taking basic CPR and first aid courses and such, as well as not taking on jobs that you're not sure you can handle. The tips on the things you should ask before the parents leave was pretty smart too. Some of the things that were mentioned were stuff that parents might forget when they're in a hurry, but are still pretty important to know. If a teen offered to babysit my son and he/she followed the different things mentioned in the book, I'd be pretty impressed and would probably hire him/her.

Some of the other things included in the book are: sleep safety tips, feeding tips for infants and toddlers, babysitter's checklist, sample schedule, marketing your babysitting business, different activities for the kids, and the importance of work-life balance.

Thanks to NetGalley and Capstone Young Readers for the e-ARC. Publication date of Babysitter's Backpack is on September 1, 2014.

THE GOOD:

  1. It covers the most important things.
  2. There are plenty of helpful tips.
  3. It emphasizes the importance of safety. 

THE BAD:

  1. It would be even better if there were blank templates or a resource website that babysitters can access and print templates from. 

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
When you impress parents with your child care skills and professionalism, they are more likely to recommend you to others.
READ IT IF:

  1. Your child wants to be a babysitter.
  2. Your child wants to be a better babysitter.
  3. Your child is thinking about starting a small business. 

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