December 4, 2021

Book Review: Digger Does It All (Not Really!)

Book Title:
Digger Does It All (Not Really!)
Author: Brooke Vitale
Publisher: Little Genius Books
Publisher Date: October 19, 2021 (24 Pages, Board Books)
Genres: Children, Cooperation, Teamwork, Construction, Cars, Trucks, Vehicles
ISBN: 9781953344243
From bestselling author and editor Brooke Vitale and renowned illustrator Pat Corrigan (Toe Truck Joe), this the story of a boastful construction vehicle who thinks he can do it all.

“Here I am. Make way, make way!
Digger’s here to save the day!

“No job’s too big, no job’s too small,
for the best construction truck of all.”


Children of all ages will love the story of Digger, the construction vehicle who thinks he can lift like a crane, carry like a forklift, dump like a dump truck, and push like a bulldozer. But, when he tries to do everyone else’s jobs, he creates a crazy chaotic construction site! The simple rhyming text tells a silly story, while gently introducing the concept of cooperation, as well as the message that the best way to show up in the world is as yourself!
Declaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Little Genius Books and was under no obligation to write a positive or negative review of this book. It my honest review.
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Digger Does it all (Not Really) is an excellent book to teach children about cooperation and teamwork. This book focuses on Digger. Will he do it all? Digger learns that he can't do everything at the construction site, but he has his talents.

Will he learn that it is okay for others to do what is best for them? He does not need to boast about doing everything himself but be himself. Will his friends at the construction site show him or let him know that he should do what he is talented at. They can work together.

Children will love reading this book. They will also enjoy looking at the pictures. The age is three years old and higher, but I feel it could be two years and up. I have a cousin that will love this book, and he will be turning two soon.

I love how the binding and book are on thick boards; You turn the pages, and it is decent. The plot of the story is excellent for all children. They will learn what will happen if someone is boastful and tries to do everything. They will know it best to be themselves. The parent can teach their children if they so choose.
 
 
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December 3, 2021

Book Tour: The Christmas Blanket by Ed Damiano with Giveaway

Book Tile: The Christmas Blanket
Author: Ed Damiano
Genre: Children, Picture Books, Holiday, Christmas
Publisher: Mascot Books
Publisher date: December 4, 2018 (38 Pages, E-book)
ISBN: 9781955727402
What is the meaning of Christmas? That's what eight-year-old EJ wants to know. The other kids say it's about getting toys‚ but is it, really?

​One evening, EJ's mother takes him to the Rockefeller Center to see the lighting of the most magical tree in the world, and EJ meets someone who teaches him what Christmas is truly all about.
Content Rating: G
Disclaimer: I received this book free from IReadBookTours for an honest review and for a book tour
Want To Buy: Amazon | Author Website | Okiebees | Mascot Books
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Are you looking for a book that might help a child or children find the meaning of Christmas? The Christmas Blanket is a good one for children to read. The story starts with a boy named EJ who wants to see the Rockefeller tree.

The way this story signifies told is lovely. It is the view of the EJ. Does your child or children know the meaning of Christmas? The real meaning of Christmas? This book can help a child or children with this question.

The pictures are down wonderful. There is only one error I found in the ebook format, and that was that the sentence on pages 8 and 9 was on the wrong pages. Other than that, it was a pretty good read; This is why I put the rating at 4.5 Moons (stars). If you see a four-star rating, I could not put the rating at four and a half stars.

I loved the pictures. The hand-drawn images are beautiful; I enjoy looking and looking at the pictures. If I had a hard copy or print copy, I would love to reread it and hold it. I probably would read again yearly. It's a good one to do just that. Parents could make that a tradition of reading this book every year or near the holiday season.

I don't want to give away how the plot of the story and how the story ends. Parents and children will enjoy this book. It would be a great gift or even good to have on the bookshelves around the holiday season. You could even use this book in the advent calendar if you wanted to.


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Born in Newark, New Jersey, Damiano has a passion for creativity, and his stories always contain a positive message. He wrote The Christmas Blanket, which earned him a Mom’s Choice Award. In The Christmas Blanket, his character EJ realizes the true meaning of Christmas, which is not about getting presents, but about giving back to others.

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Nov 26 - Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Nov 26 - Kam's Place – book review
Nov 29 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review / giveaway
Nov 29 - Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway
Nov 29 - Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Nov 29 - Lisa's Reading – book review
Nov 29 - FUONLYKNEW - book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 30 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Nov 30 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Dec 1 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 1 - @jayme_reads - book review
Dec 2 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 2 - Character Madness and Musing – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 3 – @booking.with.janelle – book review
Dec 3 - Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway
Dec 7 – Cheryl's Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Dec 8 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway
Dec 9 – Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway
Dec 10 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
Dec 13 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 14 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Dec 15 – icefairy's Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Dec 16 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Dec 20 – ajbookreads – book spotlight
Dec 20 - Writer with Wanderlust - book review / giveaway
Dec 21 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 22 – I'm Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 23 – Bigreadersite – book review / giveaway
Dec 26 - @twilight_reader – book review
Dec 28 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review
Dec 29 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Dec 30 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
 
 
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December 1, 2021

Book Review: The Living Christmas Tree

Book Title:
The Living Christmas Tree
Author: Kristin Sponaugle
Publisher: Mascot Books
Publisher Date: September 7, 2021 (38 Pages, Hardcover)
Genres: Children, Fiction, Trees, Christmas, Winter, Holiday, Seasonal
ISBN: 9781645438229
During the day, the Miller family's Christmas tree stands tall in their living room, sparkling with lights and ornaments. Little does the family know that their Christmas tree is anything but ordinary. Each evening, the magic of Christmas brings their tree to life--much to the delight of Hannah and William Miller. Follow along as Hannah and William experience the magic of Christmas in a whole new way.
Declaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Author and Mascot Kids and was under no obligation to write a positive or negative review of this book. It my honest review.
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Are you looking for a sweet, adorable book about Christmas magic for your child or children? Maybe even your grandchild or grandkids? Well, I may have a book for your child or children called “The Living Christmas Tree” by Kristin Sponaugle.

This book is about two children and how the ornaments come to life at night around the holiday season. What will happen when Hannah finds out what is going on in the evening hours when the Christmas tree comes to life.

This tree seems to have the magic of Christmas; what fun will the ornaments do? Whatever happens when the family is asleep. What fun will the children have at night when the children come to visit; until the decorations are put away for next year.

The pictures are lovely. I love the plot about the Christmas ornaments that the family has put on the Christmas Tree. Is it possible there is the magic of Christmas as long as you believe? Whether your child or an adult. Children will love reading this book. Children will enjoy learning about the magic of Christmas in a different and new way. Parents will enjoy the book as well. It is excellent for the holiday season or reading during the holiday season.
 
 
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November 30, 2021

Monthly Wrap up: November 2021

 
November seem to have flew on by. I hope you enjoy for family and be thankful for what you have.I am sure everyone is getting ready for Christmas and finishing there Christmas shopping.  My recommendation page is still a work in progress but there are more books on the page, if you want purchase some of these lovely books. It looks better and cleaned up and organized. Check it out if you want to shop one of the books that been reviewed on my blog. I still need to still add some of the older book tour books and some of these newer books now as well and other older reviews to the list but I am working on it. How you doing with getting ready for holiday season?

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Books Read in November:
  1. Callie by Bill Tompson
  2. The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings by Mike Berenstain
  3. The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks by Mike Berenstain
  4. Robbie Robin by Theresa Perna
  5. The Christmas Blanket by Ed Damiano (Book Tour / 12/03/21)
  6. Bruce the Spruce: A New York City Fairytale About the True Meaning of Christmas Trees by A.A. Cristi
My books really fell in 2 different genres for this month. They are in 3 different media categories I believe as well. They will be shown below.

Books by Genre:
  1. Children - 5 Books
  2. Paranormal - 1 Book
Books by Media Categories:
  1. Hard Cover - 2 Books
  2. Paperback - 3 Books
  3. E-Book - 1 Book
I have read a total of 469 Pages, for the month of November. I am finally back to reading around what I think I can for a month.  The total for 2021 is 5,403 Pages and 0.00 Hours of Listening.

Books by Pages Total:
  1. Callie - 281 Pages
  2. The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings - 24 Pages
  3. The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks - 32 Pages
  4. Robbie Robin - 38 Pages
  5. The Christmas Blanket - 38 Pages
  6. Bruce the Spruce: A New York City Fairytale About the True Meaning of Christmas Trees - 56 Pages
Total Pages by Month:
  1. January - 371 Pages
  2. February - 90 Pages
  3. March - 1,344 Pages
  4. April - 534 Pages
  5. May - 522 Pages
  6. June - 412 Pages
  7. July - 466 Pages
  8. August - 427 Pages
  9. September - 656 Pages
  10. October - 114 Pages
  11. November - 469 Pages

Total books by Month:

  1. January - 12 Books
  2. February - 3 Books
  3. March - 6 Books
  4. April - 4 Books
  5. May - 11 Books
  6. June - 6 Books
  7. July - 5 Books
  8. August - 6 Books
  9. September - 10 Books
  10. October - 4 Books
  11. November - 6 Books
   
Favorite Book of the Month:
Bruce the Spruce has Christmas all wrong.
Thanks to his fancy decorations and adoring admirers, this artificial spruce tree doesn't just wear a star at Christmas, he is the star. But when his longtime family gets a new tree, Bruce is sent on a whirlwind adventure through New York City. From a party in Brooklyn, to a run-in with rats, to a high-speed garbage truck ride down 5th Avenue, Bruce the Spruce takes an unforgettable holiday journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas trees.
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Here is everything that been posted for the year. Some things have been will be posted later then when I read the book or reviewed it. Most cases this is when a book is on tour with me. The book review may be posted later or a month or so done the line. I will gladly mark these when I read the book so you know.


My Wrap Ups for the Year:

  1. January
  2. February
  3. March
  4. April
  5. May
  6. June
  7. July
  8. August
  9. September
  10. October
What are your Reading this Month?
 
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November 29, 2021

Book Haul #17: November 2021

 
November can be a busy month for some. This month I only received 2 books in the mail. I have been reading some seasonal books for this month so be on the look out for them. I hope all stay safe and healthy. Here are some amazing books that all arrived this month. I want to say Thank you to all of the authors and publishers and new one for all these lovely books that arrived this past month. They are on my TBR List to read. Some are New releases for next month.

Here are the books I received from two different publishers.Thank you to some authors as well. Thank you to those Book Tours as well. Most are review books. I want to say Thank you all. I bought a few of these books.
  • Popper Finds a New Home by Il Richie
  • Saving Mrs. Roosevelt by Candice Paterson
All are on my radar to read. I hope to read these books in next few months. This is my book haul for this month.What are you reading this or received this past month?
 
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November 28, 2021

Book Review: Bruce the Spruce: A New York City Fairytale About the True Meaning of Christmas Trees

Book Title:
Bruce the Spruce: A New York City Fairytale About the True Meaning of Christmas Trees
Author: A.A. Cristi
Publisher: Mascot Kids
Publisher Date: November 2, 2021 (56 Pages, Hardcover)
Genres: Children, Fiction, Trees, Christmas, Winter, Holiday, Seasonal
ISBN: 978-1645430698
Bruce the Spruce has Christmas all wrong.
Thanks to his fancy decorations and adoring admirers, this artificial spruce tree doesn't just wear a star at Christmas, he is the star. But when his longtime family gets a new tree, Bruce is sent on a whirlwind adventure through New York City. From a party in Brooklyn, to a run-in with rats, to a high-speed garbage truck ride down 5th Avenue, Bruce the Spruce takes an unforgettable holiday journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas trees.
Declaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Foreword Publishing  and Mascot Kids and was under no obligation to write a positive or negative review of this book. It my honest review.
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Are you looking for a book that may bring the meaning of Christmas home to children through the eyes of a Christmas Tree? Bruce the Spruce: A New York City Fairytale About the True Meaning of Christmas Trees is excellent. Children will learn about the true meaning of Christmas Trees.

We meet Bruce the Spruce, and he wants to be the attention of the crowds. Will he learn a lesson and what he did for this job to learn his lesson in gratitude? We follow him on his journey from when he was taken and put on to the street to where he ends up.

Children will learn about being grateful and what you cherish. Will Bruce understand what it means to be a Christmas Tree? I enjoyed how this book ended; Children and parents will love this book. The author did a fantastic job with the plot of this story. The pictures are well done. I just loved how Bruce reacted and showed his emotions.

This book is excellent to have on your bookshelves for the holiday season. This book should be read close to Christmas or leading up to Christmas. I show the meaning of Christmas to children and adults as well.
 
 
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November 22, 2021

Book Review: Robbie Robin

Book Title:
Robbie Robin
Author: Theresa Perna
Publisher: Mascot Kids
Publisher Date: November 2, 2021 (38 Pages, Hardcover)
Genres: Children, Fiction, Birds, Nature, Spring, Animals
Robbie Robin is the true story of three children who find a baby bird fallen from its nest and their journey to save its life. As the children learn how to nurture and protect the young bird, they must also learn how to say goodbye as Robbie grows and leaves the home the children have made for him. Both an emotional tale and a chronicle of scientific discovery, Robbie Robin reminds us that happiness and grief are shared, universal experiences that bind us all together, and that the connections formed in adolescence are sometimes the ones we remember the most.
Declaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Foreword Publishing  and Mascot Kids and was under no obligation to write a positive or negative review of this book. It my honest review.
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Robbie Robin teaches children and others about birds. A little about taking care of young birds. Your child or children will learn the life lessons that birds or some animals imply, letting go and living where they happened to exist.
This book follows that journey. However, most of the children in the book did not do much to care for the bird. It mainly was their mother. All family members learn what it is like to raise a baby bird. I know that a true story inspires this.

This book is really for children that can read. The print is a bit small for children. I would think this book means more geared more advanced readers. Otherwise, the book signifies achieved well. The pictures are well-drawn. I did enjoy the images. Images were great to look at, and they could somewhat tell the story.

What will the family do when it is time for Robbie to go? What will Robbie do? Does the mother seem to feel heartfelt when Robbie leaves the nest? This book does teach some tough lessons about wildlife and letting go.
 
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November 20, 2021

Book Review: The Berenstain Bears' Gives Thanks

Book Title:
The Berenstain Bears' Gives Thanks
Authors: Jan Berenstain, Mike Berenstain
Genres: Children, Christian, Religious, Picture books, Faith, Holiday, Thanksgiving
Series: The Berenstain Bears, Living Lights
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Publisher Date: July 13, 2009 (32 Pages, Paperback)
Age Group: 4-8 Years Olds
ISBN: 9780310712510
The Berenstain cubs act out the first Thanksgiving complete with costumes, props, and a full Thanksgiving feast. But will Sister Bear's pet turkey play the part of dinner? The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks teaches how God provided for the pilgrims and reminds children of God's many blessings.
Discliamer: I received an free copy though Zonderkids by request and though Harpercollins. My review is an honest review.
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The Berenstain Bears Gives Thanks is another excellent book to have for your child or children's bookshelves during the holiday season. Suppose you are looking for another good Thanksgiving book. This one is good.

This one somewhat brings in the fact of Sister's feelings about Thanksgiving dinner and a turkey. Have you had to distract a child from worrying and giving them something else to do? Well, this book shows that with Sister Bear and her worry about a turkey named Plymouth. Mama seems to come up with a suggestion that Sister can write a play about Thanksgiving or the Pilgrims Bears and their journey over to the new land. How we have our Thanksgiving feast and how it came about.

This book teaches several different life lessons and some meaningful things we should be thankful for. Children should be able to describe what Thanksgiving is at your house by their feelings or senses. What could they all be?

Some things children can do as they wait for the dinner on Thanksgiving occur act out or write a Thanksgiving story or what they think the Thanksgiving story is. You may be surprised what Thanksgiving means for them or your family.

Parents and grandparents might want to add this to your child's bookshelves, for they will want to read and reread it. It is terrific to read before the holiday.

 
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