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Bink and Gollie (Junior Library Guild Selection (Candlewick Press))Check out the weekly feature on my new blog, from my son Timmy.  

This week he’s reviewing Bink and Gollie and giving away a Bink and Gollie watch!!

Check it out HERE!

THE WORLD NEEDS YOUR KID review

The World Needs Your Kid: Raising Children Who Care and ContributeTHE WORLD NEEDS YOUR KID: Raising Children Who Care and Contribute
by Craig Kielburger, Marc Kielburger, and Shelley Page
Publication Date: September 7, 2010
Published by: Me to We Books and Greystone Books
$19.95 | Trade Paperback Original | ISBN: 978-1-55365-505-3 | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 304 pp. | full color throughout

About FREE THE CHILDREN and ME TO WE
Founded in 1995 by then 12-year-old Craig Kielburger, Free The Children is the world’s leading youth-driven charity, inspiring an entire generation to stand up and make their voices heard. The organization has worked in more than 45 countries, providing education, health care, clean water, and alternative income programs. Through its unique Adopt a Village development model, Free The Children has built more than 650 schools in developing countries and has established more than 30,000 alternative income projects.
Brothers Craig and Marc also co-founded Me to We, a social enterprise that encourages ethical living and social responsibility, while also helping Free The Children achieve financial sustainability. Fifty percent of Me to We’s profits are donated to Free The Children, while the other half are reinvested to grow the social enterprise. Me to We includes carbon-neutral international volunteer travel programs, leadership camps, a publishing house, a music label, and the largest organic made-in-Canada clothing line.

About the BUY A BOOK, GIVE A BOOK Campaign
Me to We Books’ Buy a Book, Give a Book promise ensures that for every Me to We book purchased, a notebook or textbook will be given to a child in a developing country. It’s that simple. Learn more at: www.metowe.com/shop/buygive/.

101 Short and Hilarious Jokes for Kids eBook review and giveaway

by Scott Allen and illustrated by Michelle Dimuzio. The eBook sells for $2.99. These are funny jokes that kids will enjoy – puns, riddles, and jokes – with delightful illustrations.

This is a very cute little joke book.  The jokes are, obviously, childish and simple.  But they are perfect for kids.  I loved the fact that its an eBook so I now have it on my cell phone, which is handy as something to keep the kids busy in the car or while we’re waiting for someone at a soccer of basketball practice.

My favorite part of joke books is the smiles and giggles they produce!  The added benefit of the fact that it has them reading, is totally a bonus!

The boys LOVED this book!

Win one of THREE copies of this super cute eBook!

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1. Anonymous said…
My adorable, young nephew is hilarious, and he would really enjoy this book. It would give him “new material”.
October 18, 2010 12:31 PM
2. amber01sw said…
my little girl would love this she loves to tell jokes and then later on my little boy would use it 
October 20, 2010 7:23 AM  

9. Karen said…
My 5 year old loves telling Knock-Knock jokes..he’s hilarious with them but needs new material! He’d love this book!
October 28, 2010 10:56 AM
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Disclosure:  The product(s) featured in this review was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of my family and/or self. Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

The Pesky Peanut: A True Story book review

The Pesky Peanut: A True Story

 Product Description (From Amazon.com)

This small picture book for children carries a big message about food allergies. According to the CDC, food allergies affect over 10 million Americans, and almost 4% of America’s children. As the CDC says, “At present, there is no cure for food allergies. The best method for managing food allergies is prevention by way of strict avoidance of any food that triggers a reaction.” With hundreds of deaths and thousands of hospitalizations every year, there is clearly a need for increased efforts at prevention. But how DO you teach children about food allergies, whether their own or those of people around them? This charming little picture book is the answer. It teaches an important lesson about food allergies by telling the story of Kelly and the pesky peanut. Kelly’s family discovered he was allergic to peanuts at his first birthday party, when his birthday cake caused an allergic reaction requiring a visit from the paramedics. From that moment on, Kelly’s parents were careful to make sure Kelly never came into contact with peanuts in any form. Extremely, extra, very, very, super-dooper careful. But as the story of “The Pesky Peanut” shows, shows, sometimes careful parents aren’t enough. The CDC’s call for prevention is a first step. But effective prevention requires education and understanding. This illustrated story is an effective tool to help fill that gap, and make sure children understand food allergies. While dealing specifically with the peanut, the story is applicable to any allergy. It takes a mysterious, scary subject and makes it easy to understand.

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Natalie Tinti, Sewing a Friendship

Natalie Tinti is a very special ten year old. This fifth grader at Vintage Hills Elementary School in San Diego has just finished writing and illustrating her second book and is now collaborating on the production of a third.
Her Sewing a Friendship series focuses on helping kids who are lonely and unhappy and don’t know how to make friends.
Her award winning illustrations show amazing characters and tell phenomenal stories that contain a special message – that friendships are created when you have the courage to include others in the important parts of your life.
Her stories chronicle the adventures and challenges of a group of seven year old friends. Their goal is to use their imagination, talents, and the powers of nature to overcome the mysterious challenges they face.

Available at Amazon and other bookstores online. 
Sewing a Friendship 1
88 pages, ISBN 978-0-9842625-1-9
The four best friends, who are seven-year-old girls, are super excited about the start of summer! Their adventure begins with getting out of school and talking about a pink sleepover. But things do not run smoothly when nine-year-old Kiki, the rival girl, gets in the way by uninviting the girls to a famous fashion show. When she mentioned, “But of course you’re not invited. What a shame! Ha,” the girls dash to Sokron’s house to talk of how they could be in the fashion show also. “We can use newspapers, leaves, flowers, floppy toys, dog hair, candy wraps, super glue, peanut butter, and gel,…” excitedly pasted Jonsy, as she started to list ideas. Everything seemed as though it would work out, except one little thing: an invitation stated that every team must have five people and their model should be at least nine years old.
Sewing a Friendship 2
180 pages, ISBN 978-0-9842625-3-3

Do you believe that kids can do remarkable things when they set their minds to it? With a little of mystery and humor, Grandma, spy-dog, and Feng Shui five best friends sure do, in the story, Sewing a Friendship 2. “Agent 55: We’re all done for!” whispered the spy-dog, Dogon, to his Master, Babushka, after he delivered secret agent notes to the four best friends of Nina, who was injured. Trying to help Nina with her injury, the girls started to look for ways to help her feel better: “Umm…clean her room? Play Monopoly or Scramble? Read a scary book? Dance? No, wait, I got it!! Let’s make up a story!” one of Nina’s friends exclaimed. And the girls created their imagination stories full of fun and excitement with different characters, unique talents, and powers of elements to help heal Nina, but little do they know something is missing in order to fully heal her.


I am blown away by the talent Natalie has.  The stories are well written for her age and I love the details.  But the illustrations are AMAZING.  The colors are fun and the drawings are so detailed.  Natalie clearly has a great attention to detail as she has better character development as a fifth grader than I’ve seen in many books written by adults.

But for me the BEST part of these books is the power they have to prove to my own kids that if you have a dream and you are dedicated to working hard for it, there is a way to do it regardless of your age, where you come from etc.  I can’t even imagine how overwhelmingly proud of Natalie her parents must be.  Show your support to an amazing young author and possibly inspire a child you know by picking up one of Natalie’s books. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

OOK and GLUK book review and giveaway

 
OOK and GLUK Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future From the creators of Captain Underpants!
About the Book
In this all-new graphic novel, George Beard and Harold Hutchins present the sensational saga of two silly caveboys named Ook and Gluk. Ook and Gluk have a pretty awesome life growing up together in Caveland, Ohio, in 500,001 BC—even though they’re always getting in trouble with their nasty leader, Big Chief Goppernopper. But Ook and Gluk’s idyllic life takes a turn for the terrible when an evil corporation from the future invades their quiet, prehistoric town. When Ook, Gluk, and their little dinosaur pal, Lily, are pulled through a time portal to the year 2222 AD, they discover that the world of the future is even worse than the devastated one they came from. Fortunately, they find a friend in Master Wong, a martial arts instructor who trains them in the ways of kung fu, so that they may one day return home and make things right again. And, like the other Captain Underpants books, The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future features the world’s cheesiest animation technology, “Flip-O-Rama,” in every chapter.

Another GREAT book from the creators of Captain Underpants!  My boys love the CU books and LOVED OOK and GLUK.  Timmy also loved correcting my pronunciation of the title.  Punk! 🙂

If you aren’t familiar with the Captain Underpants, as the name might imply, these aren’t in depth educational reads by any means.  But they ARE funny, easy to read stories that will get your kids reading, and in our house, that’s what matters most.  With extras like the “Flip-O-Rama,” my boys are in heaven with these books.  Because of the heavy illustration content, they don’t make for the best read aloud books but when the boys take this book to bed with them, they will read it until they are made to put it away.  If you have a reluctant reader, OOK and GLUK may be just the heroes you’re looking for.  With funny stories and quick reading pages, they are perfect for any independent reader.

About the Author

Dav Pilkey has written and illustrated numerous popular, award-winning books for children, including the Captain Underpants and Dumb Bunnies series; Dog Breath, winner of the California Young Reader Medal; and The Paperboy, a Caldecott Honor Book. He lives with his wife in the Pacific Northwest. Visit him online at www.pilkey.com
You can have lots of OOK and GLUK fun online here.

Win one of FIVE copies of OOK and GLUK here!
Five (5) winners will receive:
  • Copy of THE ADVENTURES OF OOK and GLUK!
Giveaway Rules
Required Entry: Visit OOK and GLUK online. and come back and leave a comment sharing something interesting you found or a game/feature you think your kids would love.

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**Winner will be added to this post when selected**

17. Jaime said…
like on facebook Jaime P 
October 22, 2010 10:52 PM
8. amber01sw said…
i get ur emails #2
October 20, 2010 7:20 AM
21. Kerri said…
My daughter is a yellow belt and I think she would enjoy the Kick-o-rama feature on the website.
October 23, 2010 11:09 PM
3. melanie said…
my kids would like learning to draw ook and gluk!
October 15, 2010 10:32 AM
22. Megryansmom said…
I think TOF would love to draw Ook and Gluk!
October 27, 2010 9:21 AM
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Ten Hats: A Counting Book book review

By Carolyn Mott Ford
Illustrated by Jack Gordon
List $15.95
32 pages 8.5 in. by 8.5 in.
ISBN-10: 0979160626 ISBN-13: 978-0979160622
Ten Hats written by Carolyn Mott Ford and illustrated by Jack Gordon is a delightful and beautifully illustrated book that counts down through the various ‘hats’ people wear in their professions.
Counting backwards from ten, the first page shows ten hats on a coat rack. Each page shows different kinds of hats worn by amusing animal characters doing different jobs.
he story ends with the hat worn by a young graduate, a darling young bunny, who smiles and exclaims “you can be anything you want to be!”
The repetition is fun and seeing who wears the next hat turns the book into a positive, educational career-contemplation experience that offers something truly worthwhile far more than just counting.
Ten Hats shows children that they have choices in life. Read this book aloud to children and they will enjoy guessing who might be wearing the hats.
What People Are Saying – Amazon Reviewers:
  • In the world of counting books “Ten Hats” stands out like a giraffe in a herd of zebras.
  • If the “Ten Hats” animals could vote, they’d all give this wonderful counting book a unanimous “Two paws up!”

Show Off book review

Show Off: How to Do Absolutely Everything. One Step at a Time.Show Off – How to Do Absolutely Everything. One Step at a Time.

Written by Sarah Hines Stephens, Illustrated by Bethany Mann
How many cool things can YOU do? The answer will amaze you — and the secrets are all in this witty and nearly wordless book.
This book is an absolute favorite of the boys.  They think it’s the greatest thing.  There is a ton of great fun stuff, and some even educational.  I would definitely recommend it!  But I will warn you that there are a few things in there that may lead to some problems if your children actually attempt them.  The book includes some ways of boobie trapping different rooms in the house.  For example, how to turn the water from a faucet different colors.  Of course, I know a couple bloggers who’s kids did this, without as fastr as I know any book to inspire them, and that inspires another bloggers kids to try it also!
So, just know, I warned you.  If your child fills his a closet with marbles, I am NOT responsible. I’d just suggest reading the book with them and reminding of the impending doom that may be fall them if they try SOME of the things in this book.  For now, my boys know better than to try some of this but they still find it hilarious to talk about.  And the book is still full of stuff they absolutely CAN do!  A great tool in the fight against boredom!

Tuck Me In! book review and Giveaway CLOSED

Tuck Me In!Tuck Me In!
By Dean Hacohen and Sherry Scharschmidt
Who needs to be tucked in? Turn each page until all baby animals–and little readers–are cozy and ready for sleep in this bedtime ritual.

Sept. 2010 ~ Hardcover ~ ISBN 9780763647285 ~ Ages 1.5-4

This book was a HUGE hit with my 2 year old.  He was not feeling well one day this past weekend and we spent most of the day snuggled in bed just trying to keep him happy.  At one point I pulled this book out and he LOVED it.  We had to read it 6 times before he’d let me put it down. With a very simple repetition he was able to “read” it after the first time through and loved tucking in each animal.  This is the perfect bedtime story that your child will want to read again and again!!

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**Winner**

37. sweetpea08 said…
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Disclosure:  The product(s) featured in this review was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of my family and/or self. Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

Baby Baby Baby book review

Baby Baby Baby!new children’s book coming out this fall, Baby Baby Baby (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky; ISBN: 978-1-4022-4414-8; Board Book $7.99; October 2010).

Author and illustrator Marilyn Janovitz has created an evenly flowing rhyme that offers a giggly and bouncy story that’s perfect for babies and their families. In this adorable board book, little baby does various activities with each member of the family, including Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, Kitty, and Puppy.
Bitsy bouncy baby
On a bumpity lap
Mommy’s baby likes to
Clap Clap Clap

Children, from newborns to 5 years old, will enjoy the interactive elements that encourages participation with the reader through such actions as clapping, hugging, kissing, and more before bedtime. Entertaining and lively text coupled with engaging art makes this a wonderful bedtime story that children w