Apr 15, 2014

The Geography of You and Me

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith follows Lucy and Owen who meet after a power outage in New York City leaves them stuck in an elevator.  They both move away from New York but can not forget about the night they spent together and communicate in e-mails and postcards.

I liked this book, the story was sweet and romantic.  The author did a great job of intertwining the two stories that were only a bit related and took place on different sides of the world.  I read the book quickly and remained entertained throughout.

Appropriateness:  There is no adult content in this book and the romance is sweet.  I would recommend it to readers 12+ (and it is fully appropriate for younger readers).

Review copy provided by Amazon Vine

Apr 10, 2014

Mind Benders

Mind Benders published by DK is a fantastic activity book filled with pages of mind benders along with activities and how they trick our minds.

I bought this book for my daughter to read while on a very long road trip.  She adored it and it kept her busy for hours figuring out how everything worked.  It was a perfect car book.

I recommend this book for readers 7 and up.  It's a great gift book for older kids.

Apr 5, 2014

Taste Test

Taste Test by Kelly Fiore follows Nora the small town daughter of a BBQ restaurant as she becomes a contestant in the high school cooking reality show Taste Test.  The competition isn't the only challenge in Nora's life.  She also has to deal with the cocky and wealthy son of a famous chef that's her biggest competition on the show and possibly for her heart and she also has to solve the mystery of who has been sabotaging the competition by causing major accidents in the kitchen.

I loved this book, it has everything that a young teen wants in a romance.  It's got a bit of mystery, a romance that burns slowly and a confident heroine who works hard so that she can accomplish her goals.  The cooking segments were fun to read and sounded delicious and the reality TV portion although not super realistic added to the fun of the book.

Appropriateness:  There's no adult content in this book.  The mystery involves contestants being harmed but there's nothing violent or scary.  The romance is sweet and fun and consists of nothing more than kissing (if your kid can get past the cover then they'll be fine with the romance).  I would recommend this book to readers 11-15

Apr 4, 2014

Don't Stick Sticks Up Your Nose! Don't Stuff Stuff In Your Ears!

Don't Stick Sticks Up Your Nose!  Don't Stuff Stuff In Your Ears by Dr. Jerald Altman is a great book to read to young children.

The book rhymes and has a fun repetitive section which kids would enjoy repeating together and reenforces the lesson to not put things in your nose, ears and mouth.  It's a great book for toddlers and young pre-schoolers.

Review copy provided by the publisher.

Apr 2, 2014

The Farmer in the Dell

The Farmer in the Dell illustrated by John O'Brien is a terrific illustrated version of the classic children's song The Farmer in the Dell.  The book is nicely illustrated and easy to sing along to.

I recommend this book for kids from 3-7

Mar 30, 2014

The Marvelous Toy

The Marvelous Toy by Tom Paxton and Illustrated by Steve Cox is a picture book that illustrates the fantastic old folk song to a new young audience.  My students loved this book and were able to sing a long with the chorus on the first read through.

I recommend this book for kids 4-8

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