January 10, 2021

Book Review: Great and Small Easter (A Flap Book)

Book Title:
Great and Small Easter (A Flap Book)
Author: B&H Editorial Staff
Genres: Children, Picture Books, Animals, Christian,
Publisher: B&H Publishing
Publisher Date: February 2, 2021 (12 Pages, E-book)
Age Group: 0-4 year olds
ISBN: 9781087730141
Celebrate Easter with great and small friends!

Join these adorable animal pairs in a board book that’s meant for little hands to hold and explore. Each spread features a large animal and his little friend—hiding under the flap—who are enjoying all the wonders of Easter time together. Discover different animal sounds under each flap to make the reading even more fun!
 
Six pairs of great-and-small friends, six chunky flaps to lift and discover, and six ways to enjoy the arrival of Easter together!
Discliamer: I received a free copy of this book though B&H Blogger for an honest review and Netgalley. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Looking forward to the spring. Well, this book I found is just right. It is called Great and Small Easter. It is a good one to have on your little ones' bookshelves. It is a flap book. Which is good for the little one to open the flap.

You and your child can open the flaps and learn new animal sounds. I am rating this book 4.5 only because I got it in the format of a digital and not the board book. I could not open the flaps like in a physical copy. This one should be only in a physical copy and not a digital copy. Other than that this book is good.

The pictures are done well. The picture is pretty to look at. The rhyming is sweet. The animals that are shown tell about a new spring and holiday is about. It is not too complicated. If I had received his book in the physical copy I would have reviewed it and then sent it to my little cousin who would be enjoying them.

I do enjoy these little flap books. They can be enjoyed by all and little ones throughout the year. Any child or children would enjoy opening the flaps and learn different animal sounds or sounds that deal with the spring-like weather.



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January 6, 2021

Book Review: SnoozaPalooza

Book Title: Snoozapalooza
Author: Kimberlee Gard
Genres: Children, Picture Books, Counting, Winter, Seasonal, Educational
Publisher: Familius
Publisher Date: September 16, 2020 (32 Pages, Hardcover)
Age Group: 5-8 year olds
ISBN: 9781641702553

A cold wind blows, and snow starts to fall,
Mouse hides in a den that’s cozy and small.
Snuggling into a wee-sized heap,
ONE begins snoring and drifts off to sleep.

Count to ten with these cuddly forest creatures as they settle down and hibernate for the winter. Friends of all sizes, from bear to mouse, pile together in one furry heap to endure the snowy season. With adorable illustrations and rhyming verse, Snoozapalooza will warm even the deepest chill.

They doze and they dream, tucked out of sight,
A snoozapalooza all day and all night.
Discliamer: I received a copy though a request I made with the publisher and for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Looking for a book that will help your child or children to count. Snoozapalooza cutely does this. It will teach your children how to count in a fun and enjoyable way. Snoozapalooza is a wonderful book and it's another one to add to your bookshelves.

I enjoyed the way the animals are different which seems to come rolling in and falling asleep. It shows you the kind of animals that may hibernate during this season. The rhyming is cute. I enjoyed the way the rhyming went and how they all fast sleep.

The pictures are done well. They are colorful and enjoyable to look at. Your child will look at the picture and just like that. The counting or the number is big enough to read. The way the book adds another animal to the pile each time is wonderful. Your child or children will be delighted in trying to see where the animals are when a new one is added to the pile.

Children will want to reread this book more than once and will be delighted to learn at the same time. It is easy to read or at least. Parents can help their children read this book. Children could read the number that is being shown. Parents could make this fun game for your child or children to count the animals in the pile. What a fun way to spend your time with your child. This book is good for bedtime reading as well.


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January 5, 2021

Book Review: A Winter Walk in the City by Cathy Goldberg Fisherman

Book Title:
A Winter Walk in the City
Author: Cathy Goldberg Fisherman
Genres: Children, Picture Books, Counting, Holidays, Seasonal, Educational
Publisher: Familius
Publisher Date: November 10, 2020 (20 Pages, Board Book)
Age Group: 0-5 year olds
ISBN: 9781641702904
Winter walk in the city.
What do I see?
One glowing menorah.
Two bells on a tree.


Take a walk through the city in winter and experience the sights, sounds, colors, and smells of the multitude of different holidays we celebrate this season. From Hanukkah and Christmas to Mawlid al-Nabi and Chinese New Year, everyone has a reason to celebrate. With simple rhymes, a counting pattern, and stunning papercraft art reminiscent of Ezra Jack Keats, this diverse board book is the perfect introduction to the cultural melting pot that makes the city so special.
Discliamer: I received a copy though a request I made with the publisher and for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Are you having a hard time finding a good book for your young child? One that will help teach him or her and also with you. I got a book for you. A Winter Walk in the City is worth your time to read to your child or children. It can be read to him or her from when he or she is born to the age of five.

It is a book that will help your child or children learn to count to ten. It also shows you want holidays differently. It got a counting pattern as you read. It also teaches about the different cultural holidays during the winter season.

The pictures are done beautifully. It was one I enjoyed with the bright colors and looking at the illustrations. I even learned a new word in this book. Never heard of it either. You and your child or children and learn together and read together with this book.

A parent or child can reread these books over the year. Read it during the season to learn about the different cultures and what makes living in a city so special. Children may learn about different holidays and their cultures. They will also learn to count to ten or at least try.


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January 4, 2021

Book Review: The Berenstain Bears Learn about Heaven

Book Title: The Berenstain Bears Learn about Heaven
Authors: Mike Berenstain
Genres: Children, Christian, Religious, Picture books, Faith
Series: The Berenstain Bears, Living Lights
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Publisher Date: January 12, 2021 (24 Pages, Paperback)
Age Group: 4-8 Years Olds
ISBN: 9780310764472
Young children are encouraged to ask big questions about heaven in this inspiring addition to the Berenstain Bears Living Lights™ series. As they read about Sister Bear and her curiosity about what heaven is, readers have the perfect opportunity to ask their own questions and discuss what heaven is, where it is, how you get there, and more.
Discliamer: I received an ARC copy though Zonderkids by request and though harpercollins. My review is an honest review.
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Some children might start thinking about what it's like after someone passes away. The Berenstain Bears Learn about Heaven can help your child or children learn about what Heaven is? It does it in a way that children can learn without having to make it too complicated.

I know adults might have this same question and do not know all the answers to them. This book talks about them as well. This one has geared children but who says we can not read it and make more sense of it. This book is done well with its illustrations.

Heaven can be different for everyone so there are no right or wrong answers. This one all starts with a few phrases that Lizzy says that makes Sister Bear start thinking. The way this book is done can help with asking questions about a big topic.

The pictures are wonderfully done. I was looking at the picture a bit more to just look at. There seem to be different explanations for what heaven looks like for each person that Sister Bear asks. This book is good for Sunday school teachers or even churches. Parents can have this on their bookshelves for children to read or to be read to about. If you are a Berenstain Bears fan, you will want this book in your library or bookshelves.




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January 3, 2021

Book Review: I Miss You Most by Cassie Hoyt

Book Title:
I Miss You Most
Author: Cassie Hoyt
Genres: Children, Picture Books, Imagination, Social Distancing, Love
Publisher: Tellwell Talent
Publisher Date: October 14, 2020 (28 Pages, Hardcover)
Age Group: 3-12 year olds
ISBN: 9780228836070
Love knows no distance. I Miss You Most helps children through the heartache of distance by showing them how to hold their loved ones near. Whether exploring the seas as pirates or twirling like ballerinas, imagination can bridge even the greatest distance. Because time with those you love is the most magical thing of all!
Discliamer: I received a review request though the publisher and Smith Publicity for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Were you looking for a book for your child last year to explain the different way life is for some time and still going on a bit for now with Covid? Well “I Miss You Most” by Cassie Hoyt has come to mind. I would have read this one earlier in the year if I received it earlier. That's okay I read it now. This book reminds me of the Covid 19 lockdowns and might be able to help children with the stress of distancing.

This book deals with the emotion of missing your loved ones that are far away. It is a good one all around. It might help the social distancing we have to deal with. It works for distance in a general manner rather than just a specific time.

The illustrations are beautiful. This book also deals with child imagination. It also shows that distance is not a faraway thing. You can call your distant relative as well to stay in contact. The rhyming in this book is just good. I do not all rhyme though. Think of all the things you can do when you see that loved one next time.

I love the way this book is done and can be used at any time. The plot can be used for any type of distance like a friend that lives far away or down the block. Good for bedtime reading as well. Parents will want this on their child's or children's bookshelves.



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December 31, 2020

Yearly Wrap up: 2020 Year

 

We been all waiting for 2020 to be over. It will be over tomorrow. Covid will not be gone and or have left. I hear it could still be more dangerous. I hope and pray 2021 will be better and safer. So let's see what I did for the whole 2020 year. Did I do better with the gender gap with more female vs Male? Did I do more of my favorite or did Mix it up this year. You can take a look at my graphs for this year. Along with my monthly wrap-ups. I will be using those wrap up for some stats for some graphs.

I was able to completely read 54 books this year. My goal was 30 books. That is 24 books over my goal. The Total of Pages read for the year 9,256 Pages, 13 Hours and 02 Mins.

Book Title Read In Order
  1. The Missing Planets
  2. Inanna Phantom
  3. I Go with God
  4. The Nutcracker Conspiracy
  5. The Gingerbread Train: Santa's Secret Gift
  6. Do You Like Trains
  7. The Way of the Brave
  8. The Lady Ghost
  9. What's So Wonderful About Webster?
  10. The Berenstain Bears' Nature Rescue
  11. Two Steps Forward
  12. A Reason For Living
  13. The Quiet/Crazy Easter Day
  14. The Crow's Call
  15. Little Words Matter Jumbo Coloring Book
  16. The Sleepwalking Vampire
  17. The Mysterious Music Box
  18. The Miner's Gold
  19. The Frights of Fiji
  20. A Curse of Mayhem
  21. Big and Little Activity Devotional
  22. I Hate, Hate, Hate This Time of Day!: A Cute Bedtime Story
  23. North! or Be Eaten
  24. When I Meet You
  25. GenTech: An American Story of Technology, Change and Who We Really Are
  26. The Green Dress
  27. Yoga at the Zoo
  28. Mindfulness at the Park
  29. Lucy and la Petite Nouvelle
  30. In the Cradle Lies
  31. Ghost Moon
  32. Think Big
  33. The Black Midnight
  34. Boy From Berlin
  35. The Lake and the Sweetheart
  36. One Boy's War
  37. The MockingBird's Song
  38. Candidate For Murder
  39. Beholden
  40. The Red Ribbon
  41. The Goose on the Roof
  42. Animals at the Office
  43. This is the Earth
  44. In the Nick of Time
  45. The Proctor Hall Horror
  46. What You Said To Me
  47. The Gold Digger
  48. What Bug Am I?
  49. The Naughty List
  50. The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving
  51. The Berenstain Bears, The Very First Christmas
  52. To Read or Not To Read
  53. The Christmas Swap
  54. The Berenstain Bears Go Christmas Caroling


The Shortest book of the year is "Yoga at the Zoo" by Tressa Ann Powers. My Longest book of the year is "Cndidate for Murder" by Lauren Carr. One was an audiobook. My average book length by Goodreads is 154.
 


This year Popular and least popular are some what strange by goodreads. My Most popular book is "North! or be Eaten" by Andrew Peterson which is a middle grade book or Young Adult book depending on on how you categories your books genres. My Least Popular book was "The Gingerbread Train: Santa Secret Gift" by Ann Tarpley Francesco. It a children book. It can be found in the holiday / seasonal categories.

I have read a total of 54 books and some are to the same authors. Looks to be about 48 authors give or take for all 54 books. Here are some charts to show you how many for each author the total for each one.
There are some of the top authors I read this month by number of books read.

My Top 3 Books read by author.
  1. Alba Anrango - 4 Books
  2. Mike Berenstain - 4 Books (adding two that we co wrote with his mother Jan Berenstain)
  3. Olivia Newsport - 3 Books

For my Genre of book i enjoyed this year seem to be "Literary Fiction" 21 books (35.2%). The next one is "Historical Fiction" with 9 books (20.4%), and then "Mystery" with 6 (14.8%).
My genres as I categories them are listed below. This is across all of my books read this year. Children is my top genre with a total of 21 books read. If you look above chart that would be be Literary Fiction. The next one is Historical (Historical Fiction) with 9 books read. Mystery is next with 6 books read this year. Christian and Fantasy were read by with 5 books and 4 books read this year. You can see where the numbers are 2 books are lower.


Those are my favorite to read by the way of fiction. Not in that order per say. I enjoy Children which falls in the Literary Fiction section in the above chart. Historical is the next best for me.

The authors gender for me this year was clear. I read more female authors then male. Female authors read this year is a total of 40 (74.1%), Male authors read this year was 9 (16.7%), Both  came to 3 books (5.6%) and NA came in at 2 books (3.7%). I did do this year though a pie chart to see what my percentage is more Female or Male? My key to this is using Female (F), Male (M), Combined (Both), I did not know (NA).




Almost but not quite there is my Series vs Standalone? How many books do you think you can read 23 Books in series and 22 Books that are considered Standalone. Series out wins Standalone this year. Those this year it seem almost even. How I did that is beyond me.
But how many of each for this year? I have not clue. How many did i start and not finish or got a book that put me to starting a new series. Well lets find out, By looking at the pie chart. Well it looks like I have

I wondered how many of my books came in what format? Were they E-books or Paperback or audio-book or another format. Well thanks me keeping track and Google Sheets for helping figure out the numbers to correct my spreadsheet for making the right format for each of my books for this year in 2020.


For This year of 2020, I have seem to have read more Paperbacks. I had a total of 5 different formats this year. E-Book, Paperback, Hardcover, Audio-Book and Board Book. My E-books came next after Paperback. Which you can tell by the pie chart.

Do you want to see what my Age Range was this year. Well I finally was able to get that tracked and this year I was able to get graph for my Age range.

Looks like my Top age range for 2020 is Adult with 20 Books with Children coming next with maybe 18 books total. Though the number could be different as this chart is by category of audience.

Tell me how do you track age range?


Here is my favorite books for this year. Here a list of all 12 of them. I have will show you off my top list by showing you that. Some are new releases this year and some were new authors to me this year. I want to thank all the authors and publisher for these lovely top 12 Book that were my favorite for this year.



Now for my reviews for this year. I have read 54 books. Most of the reviews are up for this year. I will show you my first review for 2020 that got posted on Goodreads. That is "The Missing Planets" by Hank MacKinney. I got this book as an E-book and being on the book Tour. I enjoyed it.


My favorite book that really enjoyed reading and I just loved it was "The Proctor Hall of Horror". It was one of my better reads. Do not get me wrong when I say that this is one of my favorites reads. It was on one of my top reads for 2020. If would suggest you read my review of "The Proctor Hall of Horror". The Naughty List is second, Boy from Berlin come third to that.

My Top 5 Favorite Reviews: 2020 Year

  1. The Proctor Hall of Horror (Paranormal)
  2. The Naughty List (Christian Fiction)
  3. Boy From Berlin (Historical, Book Tour)
  4. The Nutcracker Conspiracy  ( Mystery, Audiobook Tour)
  5. What You Said To Me

That book was my last review posted on Goodreads for 2019 even though it not stating that in my year of books. If you want to see the full review or get a copy of it though my blog please wait for the blog post to go live here in 2020.  Here is the one they are saying is my last review of the year



Here is my full list of blog post for the year of 2020. I hope you enjoy. Let Bring in 2021 with a blast. Happy New Year all. I hope You get more Book to enjoy in 2021.

Monthly Wrap up: December 2019
 
Want to read my Monthly Wrap up for 2020? Well just look below.

Monthly Wrap up:

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November

December 29, 2020

Monthly Wrap up: December 2020

December was rushed on in. It brought it in a White Christmas for the first time in a long time. What a perfect Christmas is was with a pandemic going on. I completed 6 books for the month. This is the same amount that complete January. How this happen I do not know. December seem busy month for book releases and holidays. Let hope the New year is a better one.

I have giveaways going on my blog. Check my sidebar on my blog under "Giveaways".

Books Read in December:

  1. The Naughty List by Tomas Conway
  2. The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving by Jan and Mike Berenstain
  3. The Berenstain Bears The Very First Christmas by Jan Berenstain
  4. To Read or Not To Read by Ink and Willow
  5. The Christmas Swap by Melody Carlson
  6. The Berenstain Bears Go Christmas Caroling by Mike Berenstain
My books really fell in 3 different genres for this month. They are in 1 different media categories I believe as well. They will be shown below.

Books by Genre:
  1. Other - 1 Book
  2. YA -  1 Book
  3. Romance -  1 Book
  4. Children - 3 Book
Books by Media Categories:
  1. Paperback - 6 Books
I have read a total of 867 Pages, for the month of November. I am finally back to reading around what I think I can for a month.  The total for 2020 is 9,256 Pages and 13.2 Hours of Listening.

Books by Pages Total:
  1. The Naughty List - 403 Pages
  2. The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving - 32 Pages
  3. The Berenstain Bears The Very First Christmas - 24 pages
  4. To Read or Not To Read - 208 Pages
  5. The Christmas Swap - 176 Pages
  6. The Berenstain Bears Go Christmas Caroling - 24 Pages
Total Pages by Month:
  1. January - 1,004 Pages
  2. February - 964 Pages
  3. March - 1,687 Pages
  4. April - 440 Pages
  5. May - 840 Pages
  6. June - 781 Pages
  7. July - 261 Pages
  8. August - 688 Pages
  9. September - 513 Pages, 13 Hours and 2 Mins
  10. October - 651 Pages
  11. November - 560 Pages
  12. December - 867 Pages

Total books by Month:

  1. January - 6 Books
  2. February - 5 Books
  3. March - 7 Books
  4. April - 4 Books
  5. May - 3 Books
  6. June - 5 Books
  7. July - 2 Books
  8. August - 4 Books
  9. September - 3 Books
  10. October  - 6 Books
  11. November - 3 Books
  12. December - 6 Books
   
Favorite Book of the Month:

My Review for The Naughty List
A modern take on our favorite Christmas traditions, The Naughty List will take you on a worldwide adventure to save the most popular holiday in the world.When Santa Claus does not show up for the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the North Pole is thrown into chaos. The elves were not made for this type of treachery, so they turn to the Naughty List. Starting with number one; a team of children are recruited to devise a plan to rescue Santa and save Christmas. They will utilize traditional Christmas magic and set sail for adventure and redemption.Follow these intrepid youngsters as they unite the world in their desperate attempt while proving that their naughty actions do not define their nature.
Want to buy: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Christian Books |

Book Haul of the Month:
Book Challenges:
- Goodreads Reading Challenge 54/30 Books (Completed June 28, 2020)
- Fiction Addiction's Monthly Wrap up
- Backlog of Reviews (0 Reviews) 2011 though 2018
Bloggers Commenting Back
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Giveaways:
None

Upcoming Reads / Releases

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
  11. November 
What are your Reading this December?


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