Sci-Fi & Scary Kids Version: May 27th


From the Disappearing Moon to Explaining Multiple Sclerosis to Kids



Tovi the Penguin

Synopsis: Tovi and his friends are enjoying a lovely summer evening when something strange happens. Suddenly the moon disappears. Will it come back? Let’s find out …

Tovi books are designed in a simple animated way to give young readers the impression of watching a short film where Tovi and his friends play out their adventures.

Review: The illustrations are simple but eye-catching, and will definitely get your beginning reader’s attention. The story, for what it is, is kind of cute and fun.

Rating: 4 out of 5


Kids Want to Know About Mysterious Places

Synopsis: Discover facts and opinions about some of the most mysterious places in the world. Did you know that actors making the movie “Gettysburg” in 2003 had an incredible ghostly experience? Did you know that the Bigelow Ranch in Utah has been the scene of reported crop circles, UFO landings and ghosts?

Kids will learn what is known and not known about many mysterious places. Are these places really where strange happenings occur? Kids can make their own minds up about them.

Review: I was a bit bothered by the fact that the author didn’t bother to address some of the known LOGICAL explanations for things (like how the Nazca lines were made.) Instead he ventured into Woo territory. It’s okay, on one hand, because it makes kids think, but we shouldn’t just delude them. Offer the serious with the stupid. Also, some basic errors a proofreader would have caught. Still, intentions are good.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The Honk of ZagonkSynopsis
Each year there are ancient dragon games to crown the winner of the Cup of Flames. The young dragons all show off their new found flame, hoping the cup will dawn their name.

The year of Zagonk is remembered above them all. It is forever whispered in dragon hall. It was because instead of a flame he honked at his dragon game. Not something a dragon was known to do but away his honk flew. That was also the year the Frost Giant caused all the dragons fear.

Review: It tried too hard. The rhymes were bothersome at times, the wording never flowed easily, and the story is disjointed. The illustrations were cute, though, and the moral of the story was a good one.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Dinosaurs AmazingSynopsis: This book depicts the wonder of the world of Dinosaurs in all its glory. Children are given a well-rounded understanding of this fascinating creature: its anatomy, feeding habits and behavior.

Review: Sharp, eye-catching pictures, simple explanations of dinosaurs, habitats, etc, that are perfect for the first or second grader interested in dinosaurs. Definitely worth letting your kiddo check out.

Rating: 4 out of 5




My MomSynopsis: Gail explains Multiple Sclerosis using terms kids can understand. Gail’s story promotes family involvement in every day activities, and reinforces maintaining a positive attitude no matter the circumstances.

Review: Using animals in place of people keeps the children’s attention, and at the same time lessons the scary impact that learning about multiple sclerosis can have on the children. The disease is well explained. My only problem with this book is that the font isn’t the best choice. It’s tiny and easy to overlook, and will give parents with trouble seeing a hard time reading it to their kids.

Rating: 4 out of 5