We’ve Finished! – Reading Darker Books With a Younger Child (pt 2)

This is the follow-up to my post Reading Darker Books with a Younger Child . Please read it first if you haven’t already.

Reading Darker Books with a Younger Child (pt 2)

Well, we finished reading The Archived.

My final opinion: I still don’t regret reading it with her.

Yes, there was a few brutal fights, and yes, some of it was over her head. It was a bit more graphic at the end, and some things required me to simplify them for her. The only thing I really verbally edited, though, was some of the passionate kissing. Those got changed to long hugs. It probably says something about my head that I had no problem reading to her about a guy getting cut with a knife, but edited out the (semi-intense) smooching.

I’m happy to report she stayed engaged clear through the end, and there have been no nightmares.

We actually finished it on a Sunday afternoon. We had just a few chapters left, so we decided to try to plow through them so we could return the book on our weekly library trip. I had to convince her though, because she didn’t want to return the book. “It’s a good bedtime story! It makes me tired!” was the response.

When I asked her what she would rate it, she told me this: “I’d give it 5 stars, except for [redacted to not spoil], ’cause he’s a jerk.”

So how did she handle everything?

Quite well, actually. She asked for explanations on some of the terms during fights. (Like getting “pinned down”. She thought that meant someone had put a pen/pin through the other person.) She had a little trouble grasping why Histories don’t bleed, but was good once she figured it out. A little too good, actually, as every time a fight happened, she would say something like “It’s okay. They are like ghosts so they can’t really get hurt.” She needed a little bit of prompting to put certain pieces together. However, watching her face when those pieces clicked was awesome.

“Oh, mommy! [Redacted] is the bad guy! He’s the bad guy ’cause [….] and I think that one of …” and when it was revealed that was the person, she was so proud of herself. You could practically see her bony little chest puff out. She then proceeded to interject her opinion every five minutes for the rest of the book. That caused me to have this weird mix of proud and annoyed at the same time. But, because I don’t want to stop her from forming opinions and verbalizing them freely, I would hear her out and then say something like “Okay, well, let’s read on and see if you were right.”

Not a one-off, but not an always either.

The funny thing is that when we returned the book to the library, her reading choice was not what I would have expected at all. Quite frankly, I’d expected her to pick out something like Junie B. Jones for me to read to her. You know, take a break from the big serious books. HAH! Miss L brought home this book instead:

Wonder - for Love to Read

 Goodreads Synopsis: I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

So, as you can see from the synopsis, this isn’t exactly light and fluffy material.  So, I will read it to her, but I’ not going to force the issues with these books. In fact, I’m going to make it clear to her that mommy doesn’t expect that we need to read these kind of books all the time. It’s perfectly okay to have the ‘grown up books’ only once in a while instead. Just to make sure.

The journey reading The Archived was an interesting one. Reading this book gave us several days of fun reading together, and also lots of time for discussion. Yes, the way I read it, the length of it, and all that contributed to relaxing her and making her tired for bed. That’s not a bad thing. She was still listening, even as her eyes were drooping. Still asking questions as she cuddled up against my side. She remembered enough of what was going on to try to argue with me.

Love to Read

So, yeah, it’s a challenge to read a darker book to a younger child, but it can be worth it. It was a positive experience. Remember, ‘darker’ doesn’t always equal ‘bad’. But I’ll also close with this: I’m not advocating that we read these books to young children in general. Your child may not be ready to read a book like this, and that’s okay. Every kid is different. What your child reads isn’t nearly as important as your child’s love to read.

Let them love it. Everything will grow and go from there.

GrowandGo (1) - Love to Read

Top Ten Tips To Help Kids Love To Read

I was in the process of starting this article late on a girls’ night, with Miss L chilling beside me on the couch. I hadn’t gotten far at all before I had an inquisitive seven-year-old reading over my shoulder. It was seconds later that she started giving her own input. So, I decided to include Miss L’s tips in the article. After all, what better person to get tips to help kids love to read than right from a mini-bookworm herself?

Our Top Ten Tips To Help Kids Love To Read

  1. Close the book at a pivotal point, and ask your child what they think is going to happen next. Give your own opinions and encourage them to share yours. Maybe say something silly to get them laughing about the possibilities. Then, when you start reading again, express surprise over what actually happened (if you were wrong). They love to get their brains engaged.Miss L reading a book on my paperwhite - help kids love to read
  2. Miss L says: It’s really funny when we see things in real life that we read about in books. Make sure you point them out to us, or let us point them out to you! I liked finding Olaf stickers after we read a book about Olaf! It was like OH MY GOD! IT’S OLAF, MOMMY!
  3. Do not be afraid to make a fool of yourself reading. Put on atrocious foreign accents. Swoon dramatically. Make faces. Make it more than just words on a page. Kids don’t judge you on your acting ability, they just enjoy the show you put on.
  4. Miss L says: Start with funny books! ‘Cause your child might enjoy funny books at first more, and as they get older, they can move on to scarier books and books with no pictures.Miss L laughing at a book on her lap - help kids love to read
  5. It’s tempting to choose a book that pushes your child’s reading ability, or is just a little more interesting to you, but don’t let that be the primary reason you choose a certain book for reading time. Enjoyment factor is key here. You can push the envelope a little bit with what you choose, but you don’t want to bore the kid when they’re listening to you because it’s over their head.
  6. Miss L says: Don’t make us read books we’re not interested in. If we don’t like a book, let us switch to another book.
  7. A pic of the Upside Down Magic audiobook - help kids love to readYes, theoretically thirty minutes of reading time a night or so is optimal, but no matter how much they like reading, sometimes they’re just not in the mood for reading. Don’t stress it, don’t force themselves to sit still and listen when they’re bouncing off the walls and you’re snapping at them. Just acknowledge they’re not in the right mood, and leave it be. Alternately, if they’re really involved in the story, don’t stop at thirty minutes just because that’s the time you set. If there’s nothing pressing, read an extra ten, fifteen, or more.
  8. Miss L says: If we like the first book in a series, look for the second book for us, and if we like that one, look for the third one! We like series. My favorite series is House of Robots!
  9. Audio books are awesome for adults AND kids. Don’t forget to explore that idea with your child. They may absolutely love it – but don’t forget that they still crave reading time with you, too! Nothing is as good at reading as Mommy/Daddy.An adult and child sharing reading time in the library - help kids love to read
  10. Miss L: Libraries are fun! There are tons of books to pick from, and educational games on the computers. Take us to the library at least once a week because we really like them.  We also like to bring meet friends there, too!



Help Kids Love To Read – BONUS Tips!

We couldn’t stop at just 10, so here are a few bonus tips!

A small girl reading in a bookstore - help kids love to readBONUS 1: Don’t steer kids away from something just because you don’t like it. For example: I cannot stand comic books.Small child writing a review - help kids love to read
Reading them literally gives me a headache. Miss L loves them. I make it clear Mommy doesn’t want to read them with her, but she’s free to read them on her own or with daddy, because it’s okay if we like different things.

BONUS 2:  Miss L says: Just ask us politely if we want to read a book with you! It’s nice to get asked!

BONUS 3: Run a blog? Even if you never actually post them, let kids write up their own reviews of their books. It not only helps with their writing skills, but also makes them feel important and encourages the reading bug.


This is meant to be a basic overview. For an in-depth article on this, click here to read the Circle Time guest post by Andy Mulberry: How to Hook the Reluctant Reader . She did a fantastic job!

What about do you? Do you have any tips to help kids love to read?


Review of House of Robots: Robots Go Wild

In book two of the House of Robots series, it’s ‘bot brains versus ‘bot brawn in an all-out war!

Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez and his ‘bro-bot’ E are making new friends every day as E works as his bedridden sister Maddie’s school proxy. But disaster strikes when E malfunctions just in time to be upstaged by the super-cool new robot on the block – and loses his ability to help Maddie. Now it’s up to Sammy to figure out what’s wrong with E and save his family!

Book Cover for Robots Go Wild! On the Robots Go Wild Review on Sci-Fi and Scary

Robots Go Wild Review

Robots go Wild is the perfect continuation to the House of Robots series. Patterson and Grabenstein do a great job giving us a very human set of characters, even if half of them have motherboards instead of brains. Both my child and I were able to sink into the story, rooting for E and sneering at SS-10K. And then there’s Maddie. Even though she has little on-page time, this book is really all about Maddie, and the fight to give her something approximating a typical school-kid existence.

 I absolutely loved the various chances that Robots Go Wild gave me to discuss deeper issues with the mini-reviewer in a relatable way. As I’ve talked about before, she is battling an illness that gives her the ability to relate to Maddie. Some of her fears and questions get brought up during these books as they happen to Maddie, and give us a chance to reassure her without supposedly talking about her. All the robots, even Drone Malone, got a bit more than introductory page-time in this book. The ending had us both on edge and then whooping. It was an epic, last-minute ending, and E is probably the absolute coolest robot in existence.

This is definitely a book you need to pick up – though if you haven’t read the first one yet – I would definitely start with that one. It’s a highly entertaining book for children and adults to enjoy with a positive message.

If, for some reason, you wish to avoid spoilers, consider this the end of the review and just scroll down to the very bottom where you see the Coin Rating to find the technical details.

Spoiler Warning for the rest of the Review of Robots Go Wild

Everything goes wrong in this book, and it seems like the House of Robots might become the House of Nots. The parents are on the edge of giving up, the robots are going crazy, and Sammy is desperately trying to hold everything together. He can’t do it, though, not alone, and it ends up being Maddie who saves the day in the end with a very on-point speech. When I was reading her little speech about how she wants to give up, but can’t because what if she gives up too soon and some doctor would have been able to save her, I choked up. Where Sammy has a lot of typical kid problems and is relatable on that level, Maddie is an entirely different ball of fish that kids with serious illnesses will identify with.

Sammy, though, shouldn’t be overlooked for his own unique angle. He’s the brother of sibling with a serious illness, and that knowledge – how sick Maddie is – has permeated most aspects of his life. I mean, it’s the whole reason the house is a House of Robots. Its all to keep Maddie safe. And Sammy loves Maddie. He made that clear in the first book, and it continues to shine through here. He wants his sister to have the best chance at life she can, and he’ll do anything to make sure that happens. Even when E is going crazy – yes, he’s sad because he misses E – he’s ultimately upset and determined to fix things because E is the only way Maddie gets to go to school and he knows how it important it is to her.

This is a great book with a plot that gets under your skin in a good way. You have to love it. Plus there’s the whole robotic football tournament. We got this book from the library, but we will be buying it for the Sci-Fi & Scary household.

5 Star Rated Robots Go Wild Review

Buy House of Robots: Robots go Wild now on Amazon


Title: Robots Go Wild | Series: House of Robots | Authors: James Patterson (site), Chris Grabenstein (site) | Illustrator: Juliana Neufeld (site) | Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (site) | Pub. Date: 2015-11-23 | Pages: 336 | ISBN13: 9780316284790| Genre: Children’s Fiction | Language: English | Triggers: Hospitalization Episode – Chronically Ill Kid. Rating: 5 out of 5 | Date Read: 2016-4-20 | Source: Library



“How to Hook the Reluctant Reader” by Andy Mulberry

Andy Mulberry is a independent author who wrote a book (Skycastle, the Demon, and Me) that I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing. She agreed to be a participant in my Guest Posts, and I am delighted with the high quality content she delivered! Thank you, Andy, for participating!


by Andy Mulberry

How to hook the reluctant reader? Well, if you have kids, chances are you’d like them to be avid readers. Because books are good; books make you smarter and brighter, which means better school grades! Right? You might have other reasons too, but unless one of the reasons is, ‘books are fun!’ then I regret to say your kid, your reader, probably won’t care.

If you have a reluctant reader at home who’s supremely unimpressed by books, it’s because he thinks books are not worth the effort, books are boring.

Convince your reluctant reader that reading is fun and the reluctance to pick up a book disappears. Groundbreaking, I know. Also, easier said than done.

Just like the best novels show and not tell a story, we should strive to show and not tell young readers that books are fun. How? Make books a part of your everyday life.

If your reluctant reader has questions about anything, go and find a book in the library that will answer his question. What I’m suggesting is, stop using the internet. Instead, look for answers in books—together with your reader.

No quick solutions—Raising readers is not a sprint, it’s a marathon.

Cause the best way to turn a reluctant reader into an eager one is to lead by example. If your reluctant reader sees you immersed in a book, he will eventually want to know why? Kids imitate the world around them. If they don’t see you read, guess what? Exactly.

Try those activities with your reluctant reader to immerse him into the reading experience:

  • Read the first chapter of a new book together and then take a stab at guessing what might happen next. Let your reluctant reader read on independently to find out who guessed right.
  • Judge a book by its cover—we all do it, it’s fun. Questions to ask: “Look at the cover, what do you think the story might be?” If you have a reluctant reader at home who loves to draw, well, let him draw a new cover.
  • Read the book’s blurb together, ask what they like or dislike about it.
  • An ‘evil trick’ worth trying… The forbidden book. “Oh, this book? Maybe you shouldn’t read that. It’s too scary/too gross/too naughty/too something.” Leave the book on the kitchen table and your reluctant reader will be sure to sneak a peek
  • For those days you can’t make the trip to the library… If you own a Kindle or a similar device: It doesn’t matter if it’s a ‘real’ book or an ‘eBook’…libraries carry both, and checking out eBooks from Overdrive.com is easy and free.

So, what are the best kind of books for reluctant readers?

Well, I raised a boy, and more boys than girls tend to be reluctant readers, so the below two books are what I’d call ‘books for boys,’ but I dare say girls will enjoy them just as much. It’s no secret, boys like gross humor. They also like mysterious stories. And because we want to lead by example, there’s a reading suggestion for grown-ups too.


Hey, it’s based on a true story!

The Day My Butt Went Psycho by Andy Griffiths

A story that you and your butt will never forget! Join Zack on his epic journey across the Great Windy Desert and through the Brown Forest, to reclaim his runaway butt. Zack Freeman is ready to tell his story…the story of a brave young boy and his crazy runaway butt. The story of a crack butt-fighting unit called the B-team, a legendary Butt Hunter’s formidable daghter, and some of the ugliest and meanest butts ever to roam the face of the Earth. A story of endurance that takes Zack on an epic journey across the Great Windy Desert, through the Brown Forest, and over the Sea of Butts before descending into the heart of an explosive buttcano to confront the biggest, ugliest, and meanest butt of them all!


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The Maze of Bones (39 Clues, No. 1)

Grace is the last matriarch of the Cahills, the world’s most powerful family. Everyone from Napoleon to Houdini is related to the Cahills, yet the source of the family power is lost. 39 Clues hidden around the world will reveal the family’s secret, but no one has been able to assemble them. Now the clues race is on, and young Amy and Dan must decide what’s important: hunting clues or uncovering what REALLY happened to their parents.


How to Get Your Child to Love Reading

Are children reading enough? Not according to most parents and teachers, who know that reading aloud with children fosters a lifelong love of books, ensures better standardized test scores, promotes greater success in school, and helps instill the values we most want to pass on.


Hopefully you found a take-away worth trying with your reluctant reader! But what do I know? I’m not an educator. I’m a bookworm, a mom, a middle grade author, a herder of cats But I know that the perfect book for your reluctant reader is out there, the one that will instill a sense of wonder and joy in him, and you just have to help him find it!

Speaking of finding things, find me on Twitter, I like to chat!

Skycastle, the Demon, and Me (Skycastle #1)

Middle Grade ~ If you owe Hell gold but you can’t pay, you’re about to have a bad day!

Jack gets MUCH more than he bargained for when he orders a demon straight from the Underworld. Things go hilariously awry when the demon Brinkloven Crowley the Third, Brink for short, isn’t all what Jack expected.And when Hell comes knocking, Jack’s and Brink’s destinies are tied together in a most unexpected fashion.

WARNING…this book contains a scowling demon, bad decisions, a skeleton key, not foul but hellish language, an ordinary boy and an extraordinary castle. And a whole lot of fun. You’ve been warned.

Miss L Reviews “Trucks: Whizz! Zoom! Rumble!” by Patricia Hubbell

What’s it about?

Trucks: Whizz! Zoom! Rumble is a basic introduction to the types of trucks kids might see on the road. It was in the 6-8 age category in Amazon, but is suited more for much younger child.  Bright colors and easy rhyming words make it a fun read.

Book Cover for Trucks: Whizz! Zoom! Rumble! by Patricia Hubbell

Our Review of Trucks: Whizz! Zoom! Rumble

Miss L says:

What I liked about it was the pictures.  They were pretty.  I liked the rhyming . This was a great book. I would recommend this book to other kids. I would rate it 5 stars.

Adult Review:

This book was under the “6-8” age range in Amazon, and I don’t understand why. It was a fun, quick read that flowed off the tongue with its easy rhymes, but it was definitely not one that I would have voluntarily picked out with Miss L. Much, much too young for her. This would be a book better suited for 3-5 year olds (and even then 5 would be pushing it.) I would give it a 3 out of 5 for the intended age range.

So, we decided to split the difference on our rating, and give it  4 Cool-thulhus.

4 Star Rating

Click here to find Trucks: Whizz! Zoom! Rumble! now on Amazon.com

Title: Trucks: Whizz! Zoom! Rumble | Author: Patricia Hubbell | Publisher: Two Lions (Amazon imprint) | Pub. Date: 2003-3-1 | Pages: 32 | ISBN13: 9780761451242 | Genre: Children’s | Language: English | Triggers: None | Age Range Appropriate: 3-5 | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Date Read: 2016-1-3 | Source: Kindle Unlimited


Talk to Me (2/19): Kids Literacy

Alright, so it should be no surprise by now that I’m a huge advocate of kids reading. I know its important. I know that a solid foundation in literacy skills will help the kids their whole lives. I know that reading also helps expand the imagination, encourages creativity, and serves as bonding experience when you read with a friend or family member.

So…the following quote scares the bloody hell outta me.

“Did you know that only about one third of American fourth-graders are proficient in reading? By fourth grade, if children can’t read at grade level, they’re unlikely to ever catch up.” – Save the Children

Is that not terrifying? Just let that sink in for a moment. We only have until kids are about 9 years old to get them reading proficiently  without them having to struggle hard to catch up, if they ever do, in the future. Only about 1/3rd of the kids that are our future are proficient in reading at the end of that easy-to-get-it age range. Jesus.

Know what’s even more ridiculous and sad? The fact that we have more information, programs, and general knowledge on teaching reading and how important it is to read than we ever have. Yet with all that, ONLY one third of American fourth-graders are proficient in reading.

Why do you think that is?

The answer that pops into my mind is immediately “electronics have become a babysitter” followed by “teachers are pushed to get kids to pass tests, not to actually learn.”  But, two things about that... (I think I’m arguing with myself here…lol.)

From personal experience: Miss L plays on her tablet, the gaming system, my phone, etc., almost every day. I have no problems with letting her chill out practicing hand-eye coordination. (Now, with that being said, I try to make sure she has educational games available on her tablet, and the only apps available to her on my phone are learning games.)  You could say, especially when I’m tired and grumpy, that I let electronics babysit her.

Miss L reads at a 4th grade level.

Also, in regards to teachers pushing kids to pass tests, not learn… I believe this is so. I really do. I think that so much importance has been placed on kids passing standardized tests that actual education is failing miserably… BUT …

Miss L reads at a 4th grade level.

So, what’s the factor here that makes her different? Is it because she’s extremely intelligent? No. Its not. I would love to be able to boast my child is a genius, but… she’s not. She’s perfectly average. In fact, her Math scores a bit below average.

The difference is my partner and I.

We both work full-time. L is either at school, followed by latchkey until nearly six, or she’s at the babysitter’s until six (during the summer). So its not like we have tons of spare time.

Since she was itty-bitty, its been bed-time stories from mommy and daddy both.

Since she’s been able to talk, its been cuddling up on the couch with a book whenever she asks. Its been reading whatever I’m reading at the time to her, if she’s curious about it. So, yeah, L’s listened to several pages of a hard sci-fi novel before. Heh! In fact, she’s currently listening to Saturn Run with me in the car. I keep having to pause it to explain a concept to her, but who cares? She’s interested enough to ask, so I’ll answer!

Since she was about 3, its been weekly trips to the library where she’s allowed to pick out any books that look interesting to her. (Along with a few ‘let’s give these a try’ books.)

Since she was 4, its been biweekly trips to the cheap bookstore, where she’s always allowed to buy at least one book.

Its high-fives, hugs, and cuddles and lots and LOTS of encouragement about her reading.

Why do you like to read? is a question I recently asked Miss L. Her response was:  “Because it just makes me smart. ”

Now, I’m willing to admit we have a pretty good situation. I mean, its a two parent household, both of us only have one job, etc.  So, what about single parents? The ones that have to work two jobs even? I mean, number one, its just freaking wrong that a single parent would have to work two jobs to support their family, but it happens. The parent has to rely upon the babysitter and/or the school to push literacy skills. That doesn’t always work out well.

So how do we fix it? What can we do?

In conclusion, I think the biggest stepping stone or stumbling block to kid’s literacy is parental involvement. What about you?

**Edited to Add: This is, of course, a generalization. There are always going to be circumstances in which this is not the case.**

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Skycastle, the Demon, and Me Review (Kids Fantasy)

What’s it about?

Middle Grade ~ If you owe Hell gold but you can’t pay, you’re about to have a bad day!

Jack gets MUCH more than he bargained for when he orders a demon straight from the Underworld. Things go hilariously awry when the demon Brinkloven Crowley the Third, Brink for short, isn’t all what Jack expected.And when Hell comes knocking, Jack’s and Brink’s destinies are tied together in a most unexpected fashion.

WARNING…this book contains a scowling demon, bad decisions, a skeleton key, not foul but hellish language, an ordinary boy and an extraordinary castle. And a whole lot of fun. You’ve been warned.

-Goodreads Synopsis


Skycastle, the Demon, and Me (Skycastle Series, #1)

My Review of Skycastle, the Demon, and Me

“Not foul, but hellish language” is right. If you are easily offended by the word hell or consider it a curse word for some godforsaken (heh. heh. heh.) reason, then you’ll want to avoid getting this book for your middle-grader. The word Hell is mentioned several times. As a place. Not a curse. A literal place with hell-related objects in it, like hellfire. Just sayin’. Wanted to make that very clear.

Skycastle, The Demon, and Me was a fun, quirky middle-grade read that I thoroughly enjoyed. The shenanigans that Jack gets up to are completely believable (well, other than the whole demon from Hell actually existing) of a boy his age, told with a light touch that just makes you grin. Its as if Jack and Brink are two parts of the same boy. Jack the ‘angel’ (Well, as much of an angel as a boy his age can be), and Brink the other half.

Obviously, in the course of ordering a demon, Jack learns that things like Hell’s customer service tends to suck, demons don’t do what you want them to do, and there’s this whole ‘not being able to pay for it’ thing he’s got to deal with at the same time.

The only thing I didn’t care for was it kind of sequel-baited the end because the cut off leaves you wondering why/how the thing that happened actually happened because there’s zero explanation for it. It just happens. At the same time, we got a complete mini-adventure in the 106 pages, so I’m not going to gripe too much.

This would be a perfect read to intrigue a young kid who isn’t quite into reading who may like the idea of getting to read something a bit ‘naughty’.

4 Star Rating

Click here to find Skycastle, the Demon, and Me: Book 1 in the Skycastle series now on Amazon.com

Title: Skycastle, The Demon, and Me | Series: Skycastle (bk 1) | Author: Andy Mulberry (site) | Publisher: Paw! Print Press | Pub. Date: 2014-3-1 | Pages: 106  | Genre: Children’s Fiction | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Age Appropriate: 6-13 | Date Read: 2016-1-9 | Source: Received a copy free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

A Review of The Secret Life of Goats by P.S. Winn

What’s it about?

A cute children’s rhyming short story about the secret life of goats and a girl named Ellie.

My Review of The Secret Life of Goats

This is a cute, simple, rhyming book with a smattering of clean-lined black and white illustrations. The Secret Life of Goats tells the story of Ellie and her goat friends, and what happens when she comes out early one day and hears something she never thought she’d hear.

The rhymes are easy to understand and amusing. I think it might benefit the book to have the illustrations colored, to help keep the attention of young children on the page.

4 Star Rating

Click here to find The Secret Life of Goats now on Amazon.com

Title: The Secret Life of Goats | Author: P.S. Winn | Publisher: Self-published | Pub. Date: 2014-5-25 | Pages: 28 | ISBN13: 978-1499673821 | Genre: Children’s Fiction | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Date Read: 2016-1-8 | Source: Kindle Unlimited 

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I Wish Review

What’s it about?

I Wish is a delightful story of two best friends Genevieve and Arianna who come across a magic wand. Arianna begins to dream up the many different things she can become by using the magic wand. She explores the many unique things she could transform herself into, such as a beautiful singing bird, ladybug, and a fish that can swim deep in the sea. Together these best friends discover the best wish of all is to be themselves.

-Goodreads Synopsis

What did I think of it?

This is a book with a sweet message emphasizing the power and beauty in friendships and

being who you are. Its an easy read, and a pleasant story to read a bedtime with your child. It also opens up the opportunity for discussion on why its best to be happy with who and what you are, and how true friends will not ask you to change, but like/love you just as you are.

The only downside to this book is that the illustrations are a liiiiiiiiittle creepy. The eyes on the kids look a bit off in some indescribable way, so its not a kids book I was eager to spend a lot of time looking at with the six year old.

 Click here to find I Wish (Morgan James Kids) on Amazon.com

Title: I wish | Author: Nancy Guettier (site) | Illustrator: Meegan Barnes (site) | Publisher: Morgan James Publishing (site) | Pub. Date: 2013-4-1 | Pages: 34 | ISBN13: 9781614486411 | Genre(s): Children’s & Educational | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Date Read: 2015-12-27 | Source: Received a copy free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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