Sunday, July 29, 2018

#TheTruthAboutDinosaurs #NetGalley

Title: The Truth About Dinosaurs
Author: Guido van Genechten
Pub Day: August 11, 2018!
Score: 5/5
Recommend? Yes!

Downloaded from Netgalley thanks to publisher in exchange for an honest review. 


Have you ever heard of the Gallus gallus domesticus? It’s a big word for a chicken . . . I mean, a dinosaur. Yep, and this ordinary chicken—sorry, this dinosaur—knows everything about other dinosaurs. That’s what he’s about to prove to you. A funny guided tour throughout the world of dinosaurs. For curious people from 4 up to 250 million years old.

Review: This is adorable. It's set up as the chicken's family scrap/picture book. It is a blend of fiction with the family scrap book with actual information at the bottom.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

#Joy #NetGalley by Corrinne Averiss

Title: Joy
Author: Corrinne Averiss
Illustrator: Isabelle Follath
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens

Publish Day: July 19,2018!

Rating: 5/5


Fern’s Nanna has not been herself of late. And when Mom remarks that all the joy seems to have gone out of her life, Fern decides to fetch the joy back. With her catching-kit at the ready, she goes to the park and finds joy in all sorts of unusual places. Whooooshh!

But Fern soon realises that joy doesn’t fit in a bag, or a box, or a can! How will she manage to bring some back to Nanna? Emotional, funny, and uplifting, this beautiful picture book has a strong message about empathy and maintaining loving relationships with our grandparents. Guaranteed to bring a bit of joy into every reader’s life, this story is a pure delight.


Downloaded through Netgalley thanks to the publisher free in exchange of an honest review! 

Fern realizes that something is going on with her Nanna and plans on remedying it. Great book to help with emotions and noticing differences in others. The illustrations are engaging and interesting for me. I liked the use of the illustrations to convey the emotions going on with the little girl. This is a definite recommendation from me.

Image is from an eARC that may not be what it looks like when published. Wording may differ, too, but wanted to show more of the art from it.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

#NationalParksOfTheUsa #NetGalley

Title: National Parks of the USA
Author: Kate Siber
Illustrator: Chris Turnham

Rating: 5/5

Publish Day: July 3, 2018

Access: downloaded through Netgalley for free in exchange for honest review.

Discover the beauty and diversity of America's great outdoors in this tour of its most iconic national parks. Explore Florida's river-laced Everglades, travel down the white water rapids of the Grand Canyon, trek across the deserts of Death Valley and scale the soaring summits of the Rocky Mountains with this book that brings you up close to nature's greatest adventures. Packed with maps and fascinating facts about the flora and fauna unique to each park, this fully-illustrated coast-to-coast journey documents the nation’s most magnificent and sacred places—and shows why they should be preserved for future generations to enjoy.

 Parks include: Acadia, Badlands, Big Bend, Biscayne, Bryce Canyon, Channel Islands, Death Valley, Denali, Everglades, Glacier, Glacier Bay, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky, Mountains, Hawaii volcanoes, Isle Royal, Mesa Verde, Olympic, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, Virgin Islands, Yellowstone and Yosemite.


A great offline Wikipedia pages about each state park with an artistic twist. The illustrations are engaging and fun to look at. The cursive may be hard for students who aren't accustomed to reading / writing in cursive. But it's done well enough that kids should be able to puzzle out what is being said.

This offline Wikipedia pages are styled in a scrap book fashion. Each state park is introduced with a vignette that is colorful and appealing for readers. Usually I prefer books for kids with actual photography but this can slide through as it's super adorable.

Recommend? Yes - definitely good for a classroom setting, road tripping or just for a gift.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

#TheHockeySaint #HowardShapiro

The Hockey Saint by Howard Shapiro

Twenty-one year old Jeremiah Jacobson is the world's best hockey player, but he wasn't prepared for the frenzy and scrutiny that came with that title. Tom Leonard is an average college sophomore... just a guy trying to find his place in the world as he sorts through issues that are both very real and seemingly insurmountable.

 Through a chance meeting, these two strike up an unlikely friendship.

Their bond is tested when Tom discovers that his idol isn't as perfect up close as he seems from afar.

With Jeremiah living a little too much in the moment and with his past catching up to him, will Tom be able to help him before it's too late? From the author of the critically acclaimed "The Stereotypical Freaks", comes its sequel, "The Hockey Saint" a graphic novel about friendship, fame, and what we sacrifice for ambition and success.

Quick Review:

But these are great for kids who may not like reading or kids who enjoy real-life comics. Would recommend! Downloaded from Netgalley (auto-approved for this publisher on there). This has been out since 2014 so can purchase now. Yay!

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Monday, July 9, 2018

#HarrietTubman #NetGalley Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Title: Harriet Tubman
Author: Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Illustrator:  Pili Aguado
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens / Quarto
Publish date:  June 5, 2018 --- soon!
Downloaded from: Netgalley

Description:New in the Little People, Big Dreams series, discover the incredible life of Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad conductor who 'never lost a single passenger' in this true story of her life. Little Harriet was born into slavery in Maryland and laboured in the fields from the age of 12. But as an adult, she escaped, freeing herself before returning back to lead hundreds of enslaved African Americans to freedom with great bravery and courage. Harriet sacrificed so much of her life for others, eventually working for the army in the Civil War and then promoting women's voting rights until she retired in Auburn, New York. With stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, this empowering series celebrates the important life stories of wonderful women of the world. From designers and artists to scientists, all of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream. These books make the lives of these role models accessible for children, providing a powerful message to inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world!


Cute easy to read informative. Attractive/appealing as they describe 'quirky' illustrations. This is how you keep history.

Recommend: Yes, especially, if you're teaching this subject in a class or to kids. Or, just want to enjoy the illustrations.