Books for Kids: Sports Illustrated Kids Big Book of Who: ALL-STARS

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own honest, personal feedback.



Sports Illustrated Kids Big Book of Who: ALL-STARS ($17.95, Ages 8 and up) features facts on and statistics for more than 100 of the world’s best athletes that every young sports fan wants to learn more about, including LeBron James, Derek Jeter, and Shaun White. The third title in the Sports Illustrated Kids Big Book Of series, Big Book of Who: ALL–STARS recounts the amazing achievements of these all-star athletes in a broad array of sports, including baseball, basketball, football, golf, hockey, racing, soccer, tennis, as well as Olympic and extreme sports. Readers will find statistics about all-stars and sports legends from Missy Franklin to Larry Bird, and Pelé to Cal Ripken, Jr. along with many, many more.


I’m pretty sure my 11 yr old would read the phone book if it was published by Sports Illustrated, but he wouldn’t learn a ton more sports related info that way.  The boys loves all things sports including stats and stories or all kinds so he is eating this book up.  But even the less enthusiastic sports fan can’t help but be inspired by these stories of the best of the best.  To me, that’s the best part of sports, the hard work and dedication paying off!  I think this is an easy enough read (less a few of the athletes names) for the suggested age and am sure any die hard fan would enjoy it.

Books for Kids: TIME For Kids Robots

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TIME For Kids Robots ($16.95, Ages 8 and up) will take kids around the world, across the universe, and straight into the future of the world of robots! This book is the first in an exciting new series from TIME For Kids with 96 pages filled with colorful photos and interesting facts, like how robots are being used to help firefighters and how robots can explore where humans can’t go, like the depths of the sea and inside tornadoes and hurricanes!


They aren’t kidding when they say 8 AND UP, because I’m pretty sure I’m learning just as much from the snippets that my son (10 yrs old) shares with me from this book as he is.  This is totally up his robot loving, creation building ally and he is in heaven.  I’m particularly in love with this selection as it helps us fill that non-fiction need that teachers keep asking him to read more often.  Even though he already reads hugely above grade level, he usually sticks with fiction but this is definitely holding his interest.

Books for Kids: TIME For Kids X–Why-Z Animals

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TIME For Kids X–Why-Z Animals ($14.95, Ages 4 to 6) answers all the questions inquisitive young minds might ask about animals. The second TIME For Kids’ X–Why-Z title in the highly successful new series, X-Why-Z Animals provides more than 200 facts in 96 full-color pages with stunning photos and images. Each chapter covers a different family of animals: mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, arachnids, sea animals, birds and dinosaurs, and asks questions like, Why do squirrels bury nuts? Why don’t snakes have ears? Why do dolphins make clicking sounds?

Why? It’s the question parents most dread.  But x-Why-Z makes WHY, fun again with answers to tons of animal related questions.  My six year old ate this book up as he loves animals.  He was able to read it himself with minimal help but just as it’s always more fun to ask WHY to someone else, he preferred sharing this book either by having me read it to him or reading it to some of our younger friends.  With tons of great photos and small readable chunks of info this is a great book for the suggested age range.


By Dav Pilkey

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Captain Underpants Mobile App
Calling all fans of the Captain! Get ready for all the action, thrills and “laffs” you’ve come to know and love in the Captain Underpants books with The Adventures of Captain Underpants App!  Experience the book like never before, for the first time in FULL COLOR!
Join George, Harold, and the Captain to defeat Dr. Diaper and save the world!  The Washington Post online raves: “If you have grade school kids in the house, you may never see your tablet again.” ­
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About the Book
A world without UNDERPANTS?!!!
When we last saw our heroes, George and Harold, they had been turned into evil zombie nerds doomed to roam a devastated, postapocalyptic planet for all eternity. But why, you might ask, didn’t the amazing Captain Underpants save the boys from this frightening fate? Because Tippy Tinkletrousers and his time-traveling hijinks prevented George and Harold from creating Captain Underpants in the first place! Now, having changed the course of human history forever, they’ll have to figure out a way to CHANGE IT BACK.
Could this be the end for Captain Underpants?!!
For fans ages 7 and up.
About the Author
Dav Pilkey created his first stories as comic books while he was in elementary school. Since then, in addition to the Captain Underpants series, his Scholastic books include numerous popular, award-winning books for children, such as Dog Breath, winner of the California Young Reader Medal; The Paperboy, a Caldecott Honor Book; The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, which debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list; and the Dumb Bunnies series. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling The Adventures of Ook & Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future.

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Give the Gift of Grace (Saving Grace by J.M. Hill)

Every girl could use a little more romance in her life, so why not check out Saving Grace.  This fun read will have you totally invested in the characters in no time.   I have to admit, I read  50 Shades and totally loved it, though it’s honestly not well written. It’d been years since I really made time to read (aside from online/blogs).   I still haven’t finished the series, mostly because I have seem to have book adhd and a friend who keeps recommending other books to read and I keep starting them instead because they have all honestly been better written and Saving Grace in no exception.  It IS however an exception in one way.  Saving Grace is totally clean!  It’s a romance story you can shared with anyone because there is nothing embarrassing.  It’d make a great gift for teens to grandmas and everyone in between.    

Book Description From

Grace Burke doesn’t need a thing. She enjoys her quiet life in Fall Rivers, Colorado—running a bookstore and coffee shop with her cousin, Kate. The two have a successful business, a small circle of friends, and each other. What more could she want?
When the Anderson brothers move into the house across the street, it doesn’t take long for her to realize exactly what she’s been missing. At first sight, the youngest brother, Michael, captures Grace’s heart, and her quiet life is disrupted. Then it turns upside down.
Grace isn’t the only one with eyes for Michael. Nina Sandler, one of Michael’s clients, threatens to come between them. When Nina can’t get Michael’s attention, she focuses on Grace—in a very dangerous way.
But love is never easy and if the best things in life are worth fighting for, then Grace must find the courage to fight. Not just for love and happiness but for her very life. 

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Ghost Buddy books from Henry Winkler

As the mom of two advanced readers, its not always easy to find good books that my boys enjoy that are both content and reading level appropriate.  While my boys (entering third and fourth grade) both read at above an 8th grade level, I don’t expect them to be reading at that level all the time, but reading books designed for first graders on a regular basis doesn’t make sense to me either. So I try to keep lots of new things that they will read willingly available.  On any given week they might read anything from Junie B Jones (much under their level) to Harry Potter (more appropriate reading level wise).  But typically as long as they are READING, I’m happy.  Sometimes they are reading mindless junk…and I bite my tongue, cuz they’re still reading!  But I’m always super excited to find something that they really enjoy reading that has some value to it as well.  The Ghost Buddy books seem to fit that very well.  And its a total added bonus that they are coauthored by Henry Winkler!! (hehe) 

I think these books would be great for both boys and girls because they deal with struggles of all kids.  But my boys definitely identify with Billy Brocolli which keeps them engaged in a story that is actually full of good moral lessons.  It’s just too fun for them to even notice!  My four year old has been following along too as we read the books and I don’t think the content is inappropriate for him at all.  Learning about the friendly ‘ghost buddy’ Hoover, might even help younger kids deal with fears of things in the closet etc.

Check out Ghost Buddy: Zero to Hero or the brand new Ghost Buddy: Mind if I Read Your Mind today for a fun new read.

A hilarious new series from Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver, authors of the bestselling HANK ZIPZER books!

Billy Broccoli is new to the neighborhood, and wants cool friends and a spot on the baseball team more than anything. But the one thing he never wanted is his own personal ghost. So imagine his surprise when he ends up sharing a room with Hoover Porterhouse, a funny ghost with a whole lot of attitude.

When an obnoxious school bully sets out to demolish Billy, the Hoove comes up with a plan for revenge. It’s all in the Hoove’s Rule Number Forty-Two: Stay cool. And like it or not, Billy and the Hoove have to stick together if Billy ever wants to get in style, get even, and conquer the school.

Billy and Hoover are back in the hilarious new series from bestselling authors Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver!

It’s time for Moorepark Middle School’s annual Speak Out Challenge, and Billy Broccoli thinks he’s got it made. With his best friend Hoover Porterhouse-the ghost with the most-by his side, Billy’s got the competition in the bag. Who wouldn’t vote for a demonstration on mind reading?

But when Billy lands a spot on the seventh grade team, he starts spending more time with his new teammates than he does with Hoover. And the Hoove plays second fiddle to no one! If Billy’s not careful, his secret weapon might just vanish into thin air, leaving Billy to pick up the pieces of a demonstration day disaster!

Disclosure: Our family received complimentary copies of these books for review purposes.

Sweet Farts Book Review


Someone has been farting up a storm at school and everyone thinks Keith Emerson is to blame. Unfortunately for Keith, it has earned him the nickname “S.B.D.” (silent but deadly). To make matters worse, Keith’s dad is a self-proclaimed “Fart Machine” who really stinks it up at home. With the science fair quickly approaching, Keith decides he has had enough. He comes up with a science fair project idea to turn the foul smell of human gas into something sweet smelling. The idea lands him in the principal’s office, and in big trouble with his mom. With the help of his little sister Emma, his dad, his crazy grandma, and Benjamin Franklin (great American scientist), Keith will attempt to make the greatest scientific discovery of all time, the cure for the common fart.

Author bio for Raymond Bean:
Born in Queens, NY, Bean is a fourth grade teachers, in addition to being the author of the wildly funny middle grade book three-book series, Sweet Farts. The first two books in the series are consistently in Amazon’s top 100 books for children. The third book, Blown Away, comes out April 3, 2012. Foreign editions of his books have been released in Germany and Korea. Editions for Italy, Brazil, and Turkey will be released soon. He writes for kids who claim they don’t like reading. 
Praise for Sweet Farts:
“Narrator Nick Podehl does a superb job of bringing this production to life, creating unique and entertaining voices. This humorous, albeit somewhat crude story, will appeal to reluctant readers and fans of the popular Captain Underpants series who are looking for something both silly and fun.”
School Library Journal
In Sweet Farts, 10-year-old Keith Emerson invented a much-heralded product that took the smell out of intestinal gas for his school science project. In much of this sequel, though, Keith is discontented. He can’t come up with anything to match his earlier invention; his little sister refuses to eat anything but candy; and he is nervous about an upcoming television interview…Additional comic scenes, though, add needed variety to the gas-centric humor, which will delight its target audience. Grades 3-5.—Booklist 

My Thoughts:
We just finished the first book and started on the second this week.  Even though my older boys have reading levels probably higher than my own, I still read out loud every night.  I read  few chapters each night and everyone in the family enjoyed it.  If you’re like the main characters mom and don’t even like the word ‘Fart,’ maybe it won’t be for you.  There is a good amount of potty related humor but if you’re ok with that, I think this book is really for all ages.  My 4 year old listened and giggled along with the older two (8 & 9 years old).  And as a mom the book held many fabulous lessons from dealing with pressure at school to the amazing ability kids have to make a difference in our world.  It also covers basic scientific method in such a way that you don’t even realize you’re getting a bit of a science lesson as you go.  But over all its a fun, inspiring read.  It doesn’t have illustrations but with a decent sized font and manageable chapters I think its a reasonable read for a strong second or third grade reader without any problems.  Or, do what we did and read it together!!

We received complimentary copies of the series to facilitate our review.

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Book Summary:

Willa’s secret plan seems all too simple.
Take from the rich kids at valley prep and give to the poor ones.
Yet Willa’s turn as Robin Hood at her new high school is anything but. Bilking her “friends”—known to everyone as the Glitterati—without them suspecting a thing is far from easy. Learning how to break into lockers and Beemers is as hard as she’d thought it would be. Delivering care packages to the scholarship girls, who are bullied just for being different, is more fun than she’d expected.
The complication Willa didn’t expect, though, is Aidan Murphy, VP’s most notorious ace-degenerate. His mere existence is distracting Willa from what matters most to her—evening the social playing field between the haves and have-nots. There’s no time for flirting, especially with conceited trust-funders like Aidan. But when the cops start investigating the string of thefts at Valley Prep and the Glitterati begin to seek revenge, could Aidan wind up being the person that Willa trusts most?
Elisa Ludwig’s Pretty Crooked is the first book in an adventurous teen caper series filled with mystery, humor, and heart.

Praise for Pretty Crooked:

“This should be an easy sell to fans of Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars books.”
“This debut keeps readers zooming along as a formerly poor girl plays Robin Hood when she strikes it rich…. A solid debut.”

About the Author:
My debut young adult novel PRETTY CROOKED (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins) was released in March 2012. Even though I had to extensively research pickpocketing techniques, I am a law-abiding citizen. I live in Philadelphia with my husband Jesse. I’m a proud member of The Apocalypsies, a group of children’s book authors debuting in 2012.

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