Brief book review: Benji and the Giant Kite

New from best-selling author Alan C. Fox and illustrator Eefje Kuijl:

Benji and the Giant Kite

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Disclosure: I received this book free for review; opinions are my own.

Brief book review: All Fish Faces by Tam Warner Minton

Fish fans of all ages will surely be delighted to find this colorful collection under their Christmas tree this holiday season. Or in their hands during any season.

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You'll find ALL FISH FACES by Tam Warner Minton (affiliate link) on Amazon plus other places great books are sold.

Disclosure: I received this book free for review; opinions are my own.

Two hot picture books for kids from popular hit songs for adults (Brief book review)

Everything old is made new again. Sometimes such creations stink (nearly every remade movie), sometimes they soar.

The following two fantastic new picture books for kiddos based on popular songs for grownups belong firmly and forever in the latter category. (They make great holiday gifts, too.)

FOOTLOOSE by Kenny Loggins, illustrated by Tim Bowers (Music & Lyrics by Kenny Loggins and Dean Pitchford)

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Heat-beater books for readers of all ages, from Candlewick Press

As sweltering summer temps currently scorch much of the United States, many folks — from babes to boomers and beyond — have staked out spots in the shade or indoors in front of the air conditioner (or fan, for poor souls like myself with no A/C) to while away the hours.

Candlewick Press offers a cool collection of compelling and creative books for readers of all ages to help beat the heat — and boredom — of these hottest days of summer.

Here are some of my recent favorites, courtesy Candlewick:

shaun the sheep 

Shaun the Sheep: Pranks A Lot! Tales from Mossy Bottom Farm by Martin Howard, illustrated by Andy Janes  ($4.99 paperback, ages 5-8) Shaun the Sheep gives Blitzer the Sheepdog a mustache, and Blitzer reciprocates the prank by painting Shaun pink. But the gags and giggles really get...

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Gifts kids will open again and again: Books to entertain and educate (7 brief book reviews)

On the lookout for holiday gifts for youngsters? You can't go wrong with these interesting, informative, colorful, and downright delightful options for kids of various ages!

my little book of animals


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7 stages of scary: Spooky tales for tots to teens

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Contrary as it may seem considering their concern about monsters under their beds and boogeymen in their closets, kids like to be scared. Proof of that lies in their endless appetite for books about things that go Boo! and bump in the night.

All kids. Of all ages. (And even some grown ups, too. You know...

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Brief book reviews: 7 super school-time stories

School is the focus for one and all once fall is in the air, even when it comes to reading for leisure not learning.

Candlewick Press offers the following seven super school-time stories for students of various ages to enjoy—once their homework is done, of course.

Mouse's first night at moonlight school


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