Review | Piper Green and the Fairy Tree by Ellen Potter

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Format: Paperback, 112 Pages
Published: Aug 4th 2015
Genre: Youth 6-8
ISBN:9780553499247
Age Range:7+
Rating: 3/5
There are three things you should know about Piper Green:
1. She always says what’s on her mind (even when she probably shouldn’t).
2. She rides a lobster boat to school.
3. There is a Fairy Tree in her front yard.

Life on an island in Maine is always interesting. But when a new teacher starts at Piper’s school—and doesn’t appreciate the special, um, accessory that Piper has decided to wear—there may be trouble on the horizon. Then Piper discovers the Fairy Tree in her front yard. Is the Fairy Tree really magic? And can it fix Piper’s problems?

Piper is a cute and spunky girl that has two brothers and great parents. She lives on an island, and has to take a lobster boat to school. One day, she decides not to go to school (she doesn’t like her new teacher) and she discovers the Fairy Tree!
Piper has such great character and the plot is simple, but not boring. This book would be great to read aloud with your family or in a classroom.

Review | Alligator Baby – Robert Munsch

Alligator Baby

Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Published: April 1st 2002
Genre: Humour
ISBN: 9780439388498
Age Range: 3+
Rating: 5/5
Kristen’s parents just can’t seem to do anything right. First they have their baby at the zoo, not in a hospital. Then, they accidentally bring home an baby alligator instead! After it bites everyone on the nose, they return to the zoo and come back with a baby seal! Kristen sees that she will have to solve this problem herself. She bikes to the zoo and finds their baby with . . . a gorilla mommy. When the baby bites the gorilla on the nose, Kristen sees her chance–and takes home her new baby brother!
This story is wonderful for any parent who is bringing home a baby, or to read to any child that has a sibling. It is full of Robert Munsch’s quirky humour and is bound to have all the children laughing.
Alligator baby is meant to be a fun and silly story about parents who are so overwhelmed by a new baby that they end up bringing home animals instead of their child. In true Munsch form, the child saves the day!
The pictures in this book are fun and colourful allowing the children to relax and enjoy the story instead of thinking it might be real (and scary). Children who have a basic understanding about animals will get more pleasure from this story than others, but it will open up for talks about animal habits and habitats. “Why might it be difficult to live with a seal in your house all the time?”
Another Munsch classic.

Taste of Tuesday | Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater

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Pip is a girl who can talk to magical creatures. Her aunt is a vet for magical creatures. And her new friend Tomas is allergic to most magical creatures. When things go amok—and they often go amok—Pip consults Jeffrey Higgleston’s Guide to Magical Creatures, a reference work that Pip finds herself constantly amending. Because dealing with magical creatures like unicorns, griffins, and fuzzles doesn’t just require book knowledge—it requires hands-on experience and thinking on your feet. For example, when fuzzles (which have an awful habit of bursting into flame when they’re agitated) invade your town, it’s not enough to know what the fuzzles are—Pip and Tomas also must trace the fuzzles’ agitation to its source, and in doing so, save the whole town.

This book has everything a girl could ever want:

1. Magic

2. Cute animals

3. Cute magic animals

4. Funny kids

5. Maggie Steifvater

I would love to add Jackson Pearce to the list but I have never read any of her books. This will be my first but hopefully not my last! I am sorry to say that this book doesn’t get released until April 28th though! I’m a terrible person teasing you all with this so early. I can’t wait to read it though, so I thought I would get you all excited along with me! 🙂

Review | Mortimer by Robert Munsch

Mortimer

Format: Paperback, 24 pages
Published: February 1st 1985
Genre: Fiction, Humour
ISBN: 9780920303115
Age Range: 2+
Rating: 5/5
It’s Mortimer’s bedtime, but he would much rather sing his rowdy song. Mom, Dad and even the police can’t get him to quiet down, until they become so distracted by each otherthat Mortimer drifts off to sleep.
Mortimer is like any child, he doesn’t like to go to bed! What does a child do when they don’t want to go to bed? They do ANYTHING but go to bed!
I feel like I really relate to this story, even as an adult. You know, when you are laying in bed just staring at the ceiling, thinking about all the things that you didn’t get finished today? Maybe from now on I will just sing Mortimer’s song.
I love this book because it is fun, you can sing and dance along with it. I love this book because EVERY child relates to not wanting to go to bed and EVERY parent knows how it feels to constantly be trying to convince your child to do something, whether it be going to sleep, or being quiet, likely both.
MORTIMER BE QUIET!!!!

Review | I Love You Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt

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A vividly illustrated bedtime story that shows how the unconditional love of a mother can be tested through the relentless questions of her little boy.

“But Mama, but Mama, what if I were a super smelly skunk, and I smelled so bad that my name was Stinky Face?”

Mothers love their children and this unconditional love is truly tested in I LOVE YOU, STINKY FACE. Lisa McCourt and Cyd Moore beautifully weave a reassuring tale of the love and affection of a parent. The imaginative son turns himself into a meat-eating dinosaur, a swamp creature and much, much more before being satisfied with the fact that no matter how stinky he is or how slimy of a creature he could possibly be, he is loved and nothing will change that.

Have you ever wondered about the unconditional love that a parent has for their children? If you are ever like me, you cringe a little when you see a child with a runny nose and the snot is running down their faces. I always look at their mothers who are so unphased by it that they could almost lick the snot right off of their faces and it not bother them, even a little.

This book describes that emotion, without being gross or creepy (like I’ll Love You Forever). In this board book, the child asks his mother if he were scary, stinky or even a bit sticky, that their mother would always love them. It only takes a few minutes to read, and even less time for it to warm your heart.

** There are more books to the Stinky Face series, I have not read them all but have enjoyed the few that I have read **

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Jumpstart | Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – JK Rowling

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Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He’s never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry’s room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in ten years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him… if Harry can survive the encounter.


 

Okay, so I’m cheating a little bit. Taking a Throwback Thursday post and then using it again for Jumpstart. But, with good reason! This book was a huge part of my early teen years, and to this day I still adore it. Its the first glimpse into Harrys mostly lackluster life with the Dursley’s prior to his letter arriving.

As the story continues, Harry learns so much about himself and his family. I found one of the best parts of the book to be when he uses the Mirror of Erised to see how his life would have been, had his parents ultimately not been killed by Voldemort.

This book started my obsession with YA, which continues today (as you can tell lol). It was one of the books that allowed me to expand my imagination, and follow alongside characters that I’d fallen in love with. It gave me the chance to grow with them, experience their triumphs and tragedies, as I did through my own life.

Jumpstart | The Paperbag Princess – Robert Munsch

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I adore this story so much. Princess Elizabeth plans on marrying Prince Ronald, who is practically perfect. However, a dragon arrives who destroys her kingdom, kidnaps Ronald, and burns all her clothes (rendering her naked) so that she has no choice but to wear a paper bag. Elizabeth follows the dragon and Ronald, and seeking to rescue her fiancé, challenges the dragon to burn forests with fire and to fly around the world. The dragon completes the tasks but after flying around the world a second time becomes tired and falls asleep. Elizabeth rescues Ronald, who is ungrateful and tells her to return when she looks more like a princess. Elizabeth calls Ronald out for his ungratefulness and goes dancing off into the sunset.

How can you not love a child heroine who fights her own battles, slays a dragon using logic and wit, and at the end of the day, doesn’t have to marry a prince? Elizabeth was a role model of mine growing up because she truly showcased that young girls don’t need to be attached to a man in order to succeed in life. The dialogue is engaging and fun for all ages, and makes a perfect classic story for children.