Thursday, July 28, 2016

#Spotlight & #Giveaway (Ends Aug. 5th): Candidate for Murder by Lauren Carr #Thriller #MurderMystery #Vote4Gnarly


Disclosure: I was asked to Spotlight this book on behalf of author, Lauren Carr. This is part of an on-going blog tour at iRead Book Tours.


Book Description:


It’s election time in Spencer, Maryland, and the race for mayor is not a pretty one. In recent years, the small resort town has become divided between the local year-round residents who have enjoyed their rural way of life and the city dwellers moving into their mansions, taking over the town council, and proceeding to turn Deep Creek Lake into a closed gate community—complete with a host of regulations for everything from speed limits to clothes lines.


When the political parties force-feed two unsavory mayoral nominees on the town residents, Police Chief David O’Callaghan decides to make a statement—by nominating Gnarly, Mac Faraday’s German shepherd, to run as mayor of Spencer!


What starts out as a joke turns into a disaster when overnight Gnarly becomes the front runner—at which point his political enemies take a page straight out of Politics 101. What do you do when you’re behind in a race? Dig up dirt on the front runner, of course.


Seemingly, someone is not content to rest with simply embarrassing the front runner by publicizing his dishonorable discharge from the United States Army, but to throw in a murder for good measure. With murder on the ballot, Mac Faraday and the gang—including old friends from past cases—dive in to clear Gnarly’s name, catch a killer, and save Spencer!




Author's Bio:



Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries. The twelfth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series, Candidate for Murder will be released June 2016.


Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs (including the real Gnarly) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.


Connect with Lauren: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

Giveaway:

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

#Review: When I Grow Up I Want To Be A Nurse!: Amber's Accidental Journey by Wigu




Summary:
When Amber gets injured on the soccer field, she is forced to confront the fears shared by many children—fears of blood, hospitals, and abandonment. During her treatment, Amber encounters nurses who help her overcome her fears. By discovering the good work nurses do, Amber realizes that not only can she return to the soccer field, but she can also turn to the field of nursing when she grows up—something she never thought she could do!

My review:
I have really come to really like this series of books. I know many nurses, as I used to work with a ton of them and had many take care of me too. I love that the book starts out with the nurses code of ethics and then the next page is a picture of Florence Nightingale with dedication.

The book follows along with a girl who reluctantly plays soccer, likes it, and subsequently breaks her arm. Following a school nurse visit, she ends up in ER where she meets a male nurse who helps her through the process of getting a cast put on her arm. This is very nice to allow children to see that even if they are hurt, they will be taken care of and it does not have to be scary.

As with other books I have read from this series, the cartoonish pictures are mixed with real photos of nurses, the hospital, and equipment. Even the fictional ER nurse comes "alive" in a real photo of him. I love that!
The book introduces the different kinds of nurses there are and what their job are. It also makes note that there are female and male nurses in the field and also, never enough!

I recommend for 6-8+ but the words in the book are best suited for a child who can read fairly well.

5 Stars!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my open and honest opinion. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ with yours. ~M.M. aka Naila Moon


Where to find the author:
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

#Spotlight: Sarah's Gifts Book 2- Believing In Magic by Erica Tucci #MiddleGrade



Disclosure: I was asked to Spotlight this book on behalf of author, Erica Tucci. This is part of an on-going blog tour.


Genre: Children’s fiction, paranormal, social issues

Publisher: Publish it Write

Date of Publication: July 18, 2016


Summary:

Sarah is a fifth grader who has psychic abilities - she can see spirits. At school she meets Leila, a fourth grader and finds out that Leila also has psychic abilities. She uses telekinesis to make things happen, but she uses them to get back at kids in school who taunt her. Knowing how it is to be taunted by her peers, Sarah befriends Leila and helps her learn how to use her powers in a good way. In the end, Leila encounters a situation in which her powers “save the day”.





Excerpt: Introduction Believing In the Magic

Sarah lay in bed. She had just started reading The Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts. Her digital clock on her nightstand read 8:30. Stifling a yawn, she turned the page to keep reading; she was engrossed in the book and finding out more about Katie.
“Just for the fun of it, Katie had shifted the air current then so that the pollen drifted under his nose; when he sneezed, Pastor Grooten had to grab for his sermon pages before they sailed off the lecturn.”
Wow! Sarah thought. To be able to move things by just thinking about it. How does Katie do it? But then she thought about what she was able to do. I can talk to ghosts. I wonder if there are others out there who have psychic abilities. I can’t be the only one! Katie was different, like her, just in a different way. Wouldn’t it be nice to meet someone else who was different. There have to be others like her somewhere. Sarah wished she could meet Katie. They could be best friends!
She delved into the book, reading passage after passage of Katie’s harmless pranks: making her horrible babysitter tremble at the sight of a floating fork and creating a gust of wind that caused a door to slam into her pesky neighbor’s face.
Sarah understood Katie’s predicament. Katie had silver eyes and was odd to people around her. Sarah felt the same way. Most people shied away from her because they thought she was “cursed.”
She was so enamored by the book that she read until her eyes became very heavy. She remembered when she was younger how her dad would say “Your eyes are getting heavy; you are getting sleepy, sleepy, sleepy” when he was trying to put her to sleep. How she missed her dad. She knew that he was okay on the other side since her grandmother who had come to her one day told her so. She wondered if he would come to her directly someday. It would be so nice to see him and talk to him, even if he was in spirit and not on the earthly plane anymore.
Turning off her bed lamp and laying her book on her nightstand, Sarah snuggled under her duvet and fell fast asleep. She had no problem falling asleep; in fact, she would fall into such a deep sleep, she would have the most vivid dreams. And that night was no different.
She was sitting in the back seat of her mom’s car peering out the window. The crow came up to her window and started tapping on it with his beak. He started talking to her telepathically. “Pay attention to the magic in the world,” he chirped. “You can create anything you like through magic. Your thoughts are powerful!”
Sarah woke up the next morning thinking about the dream and how she felt that crow was trying to tell her something, but what? She had to put it out of her mind for now since she had to get ready for school. She would ponder over it when she got home in the afternoon.

About the Author: 

Erica Tucci had a full life as a corporate manager of a Fortune 500 company, a healing arts business owner and an author. It all came to a screeching halt in June 2011 when she had a stroke. During her recovery, she gained much wisdom about what’s really important in life. Although she was a Reiki master, massage therapist and life coach as well as a corporate cog, she realized that her passion was her books. Her hope now is that the messages of her books will be an inspiration for others, young and old. Her most recent venture has been her Sarah’s Gift series, chapter books for 7-12 year olds about a young girl with psychic abilities, which speak to the children with special gifts, helping them deal with different life situations. Her other books include Moms and Their Young Spirited Boys (1998), Anything is Possible, a novel based on a true love story (2011), Zesty Womanhood at 40 and Beyond (2011), Radiant Survivor (2013 - Amazon bestseller), and most recently the first book of the Sarah’s Gift series Standing Up for Yourself (2016 - Amazon bestseller). The second book Believing In the Magic will be available for pre-order June 30 and is being released July 18.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

#Review & #Giveaway: Pete the Cat and (Your Child's Name Here) Magic Sunglasses by Kimberly and James Dean #PutMeInTheStory #MagicSunglasses Gift Bag



Summary:
Pete the Cat is having one of those days—the kind where nothing is going his way. But when Grumpy Toad lends Pete a pair of cool, blue, magic sunglasses, that gloomy, dreary day turns itself around!

As Pete the Cat travels through town, he meets friends that could use a little bit of magic. A hungry squirrel, a tipped-over turtle, and a lonely alligator all get a boost of positive vibes from the magic sunglasses. But what happens when those magic sunglasses break?

My review:
I have said it before and I will say it again, I love the "Put Me In the Story" books. I am so happy to get to review this one in particular because my grand-daughter is a huge "Pete the Cat" fan and for her to see her name is a win for sure.

In this book, Pete the Cat is not the only central character but so is my grand-daughter. She "gives" one of the characters in the book a pair of cool blue sunglasses. who in turn gives them to Pete the Cat. These sunglasses make every character in the book feel good and happy.  I smiled as  each character was happy. 

Additionally, I could not help from smile at the line drawn Pete and friends. I have come to expect the author, James, to create such a cute cartoon-ish book series. The fact my granddaughter is in the book too with photo and name is just awesome!

I do not have a cool blue pair of sunglasses but thought mine were pretty cool anyway to share this wonderful book. Do you have a pair? If not, go get some and pick up this book too. It is sure to bring out your smile and the smile of your favorite kid too!

Disclosure: I received this book in exchange for my open and honest opinion. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~M.M. aka Naila Moon
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

#Review: If You Were Me and Lived In...Series: India/Italy/Greece/Portugal by Carole P. Roman #Multicultural #DiverseBooks #CarolePRomanBooks






I love the "If You Were Me and Lived In..." series of books by Carole P. Roman. I am privileged to have almost the entire collection from around the world. This conglomerate of a review is for four more books in the series: Italy, India, Greece, and Portugal. 

As with all of her books from this series, she follows a general format which includes: city capital, name for parents, names for children, money used,foods eaten, places to visit, school name, holidays, and glossary of terms in the back.

Check out below the summary for each and what I have to say about each of these award winning books. Each of these books are 5 star books to me.

Disclosure: I received these books in exchange for my open and honest opinion. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~M.M. aka Naila Moon



Summary:
Let's travel to India! Land of bright colors and delicious spices, If You Were Me and Lived in...India, takes young readers on a road trip to learn about this interesting place. Children will learn how to say mommy and daddy, what type of currency is used, games that youngsters play and a lot of interesting facts about the beautiful land of India.

My review:
I am off to India, well, at least by book. I was very interested in this book because my Mom had a friend who was from India. She gave her two sari, one for Mom and one for me. We still have them this many years later. Also, Mother Teresa, my hero, lived there and took care of the people.

This time I find out that India is one of the second most populated countries in the world. I did not know that! In fact, I found out loads more that I did not know.
Of course, I learned the terms for Mom and Dad, where to go to school, and the favorite sport.

Even though I have take geography in college, I did not know about India's geographical nature of placement. How cool is that!




Summary:
Join Carole P. Roman as she visits the Republic of Italy. Learn what it is like to live in Rome, see the famous architecture, celebrate a favorite holiday and discover popular names for both boys and girls. Be fascinated with it's diverse and rich history and colorful traditions. On the way, you might learn a word or two in Italian!

My review:
I was lucky enough to visit Italy in 2000. So, I thought it would be interesting to read this book about Italy from a kid's perspective.
I had to smile at the author's dedication where she thanks the pizza place for help. Pizza is so different tasting in Italy but good none-the-less. Of course, as with all of the author's books, she mentions different foods one might eat. There are a lot of them in this book.

One of the places that is mentioned in the book is the Coliseum, although I have seen it, I did not know the complete information about it, like it was built by three different emperors or that sometimes,it was flooded. I learn something every day!

I also found out there is an important holiday that comes up on August 15th but you will have to read the book to find out what that is.

This was a fun read for me and yes, I did learn a little more Italian!



Summary:
 In If You Were Me and Lived in…Greece , early learners get a taste of what their life would be like if they lived in Greece while being introduced to the birthplace of democracy. This exciting visit to Greece also introduces the important concept of democracy to children and highlights some of the other cultural contributions that Greece has made to Western civilization.

My review:
Greece is a place that I have always thought would be an interesting place to visit. After all, this is where the Olympics started! IT is interesting to know why it started and of course that too, is in this book.

I have seen and listened to the composer Yani who is from Greece. He did a famous production there in one of the places mentioned in the book.

I have a friend who is from Greece (boy can she cook, I love Greek food!) Her grand-daughter calls her Ya-Ya which is the names the author tells about in the book. You would have to read the book to find out what Mom, Dad, and Grandpa are called!

In this book, like others, the author mentions foods to eat. Bring it on, I say!  

After reading this book, maybe I need to get a ticket and go visit.What a wonderful overview of the country and simple understanding of where our countries political system stems from.



Summary:
 Carole P. Roman travels to beautiful Portugal. This pro active book invites children to think about Portugal's many wonders from the sunny Azores to the wide variety of food.

My review:
I think I would love to travel to Portugal. According to the book, it is located on the ocean, which I love, and right next to another country. Basically, Portugal was a  trade route, one of course I heard about in college but did not remember until I read this book.
The views also mentioned in the book speak to me! It says they are a natural paradise. Of course reading the book will tell you what they are.

I liked that some of the photos were juxtaposed alongside of the cartoon characters. That is really cool.

It was fun to learn words that you would say in the language to ones Mom and Dad. I know no Portuguese so, trying out the words was fun and having that glossary in the back makes it easier.

The book also mentioned a fun holiday that I would surely like to visit and enjoy. 

Overall, I liked this book and it is just one of the many places that would be great to see. Heck, I would probably take the book with me just to compare!

Where to find the author:

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

KID LIT BLOG HOP-JULY 2016 #linky #KLBH



It's Summer time! We want to welcome you to the July 2016  Kid Lit Blog Hop. This exciting, monthly hop, is where we develop an engaged group of people who love everything that has to do with children's literature. Everyone is welcome to join us: bloggers, authors, publicist, and publishers!


NEW THIS MONTH: The Kid Lit Blog Hopper Facebook fan page. This page will have all the news and information related to the hop plus ongoing posts, giveaways, news articles, etc. related to Kid's Lit. Check it out and of course, please like the page.

So for our hop, simply make a post related to Children’s literature and add it to the linky. (Please make sure to add your direct post only) If you are an author, feel free just to link to your blog.


Once you are done, then hop around to visit others. Please follow the co-host and visit at least the two people above your link. Please leave a comment when you do visit, we all like those.

Also, it would be appreciated if you grab the Kid Lit Blog Hop Badge and display it on your blog and/or your post.


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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

#Review: Cat Diaries: Secret Writings of the MEOW Society by Betsy Byars/ Betsy Duffey/ Laurie Myers & Illustrator Erik Brooks



Summary:
At the annual gathering of the MEOW society, cats of all kinds convene to share their stories and those of their ancestors. Chico, the smallest cat in the world, recounts stopping a crime. The Pirate Cat tells of the fateful day when he discovered a treasure while hunting for mice. And Georgio shares his delectable―and sometimes surprising―recipes.

My review:
I decided to read Cat Diaries because well, I am a cat lover. I thought the idea of cat's having a diary in the first place sounded rather cute. The premise for children would be funny or so I thought.

Some of the stories were cute and I appreciated the humor in them but most were so-so. Also, I simply could not figure out why the book started with this big convention and then nothing but the reading of the stories by the various cats. It seemed there should have been more action or something. That was a bit disappointing.

However, one thing I did like in the book was near the end. Even though the book is targeted for 2-5 year olds, this seemed something that should have been for the older kids and even adults reading. Essentially, it called for everyone to keep writing their own stories so they are heard and known. After all, MEOW stands for "Memories Expressed in Our Writing", when we write things down, we are creating those memories to share with others about us. That makes me smile.

Overall, not a bad book and I do think young kids would like hearing the stories but it certainly is not for the youngest to read. This is not a picture book and the ages should be adjusted to an emerging reader.

3 stars.

Disclosure: I picked up a copy of this book from my local library. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~M.M. aka Naila Moon

Where to find the authors:
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Monday, July 11, 2016

#Review: Sam's Top Secret Journal: Book1-We Spy by Dr. Sean Adelman #Middlegrade #DiverseBooks




Summary:
Join Sam as she embarks on her first big adventure in this middle-grade mystery full of fun, suspense...and just the right amount of spying! Sam is a middle school girl living a normal life-except when she is occasionally bullied for the differences kids perceive in her. Sam has Down syndrome. See how she and her brother John work together to find some stolen money, help a new friend and escape real danger in this exciting adventure!

My review:
This book is targeted for middle grade. Sam is a young teen and middle child. She also has Down's Syndrome. Although she may have to do things at a slower pace, Sam is portrayed as strong, friendly, caring, helpful, and responsible. I love her strong character! 
She and her younger brother set out to capture a thief that has been stealing from several places. In addition, she befriends a man with a brain injury. I cannot reveal the results of all of these adventures because of course, that would ruin the book. 

This book is written in a quarter journal form (Sam's) and the rest mostly in narrative. Although there are a lot of "journal" books out there, this one is worth the read. This is a refreshing take on some one who is differently capable. Again, I love it! Sam is my hero in so many ways! This book is also a series of which I have three more books. I recommend them and get them in the hands of kids! 4 stars!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my open and honest opinion. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~MM aka Naila Moon

Where to find the author:


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#Review: Uh-Oh! by Robert Fulghum #humor #AdultBooks




Summary:
"Uh-oh" is more than a momentary reaction to small problems. "Uh-oh" is an attitude -- a perspective on the universe. 

My review:
In this funny narrative, the author speaks candidly about everything from eating late night, made up food concoctions to a mysterious secretary he had which as it turns out, is a figment of his imagination. Each tale he tells throughout the book is wildly colorful and almost too good to be true but in truth, it is. He tells his stories so funny that I could hardly keep from busting out laughing. To me what made his stories even funnier, other than that they were true, is he tells them also from the side of his profession which happens to be not just author, but minister! My mother being a minister makes this all the more hilarious. I can just picture some of the people, like the bride with the hiccups! This was a fun read that I read in 1 1/2 days! I give it 5 stars and want to read more from this author. Disclosure: I picked up a copy of this book for my own collections. The views here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~M.M. aka Naila Moon

Where to find the author:


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Saturday, July 9, 2016

#Review: Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe #Memoir #Autobiography #AdultBooks



My review:
This personal memoir from actor Rob Lowe starts out with him as a nobody in Ohio but a passion for acting. His family is dysfunctional and plays a part for his psyche the majority of his life, it also pushes him to greatness.

He will become friends and almost second family to Martin Sheen and his sons. He will meet and date many Hollywood stars and elite but who were unknown at the time. His career will span with great movies and many flops and will culminate with his tenure on the "West Wing."

He writes candidly about his love affairs and his pending alcoholism that will land him in a treatment center in Arizona. This he does with great care to make the reader understand he took both very seriously and almost lost.

He goes on to write about his wife whom he almost lost too but at the end had been married over 20 years through thick and thin. He also writes about his boys and chatting to the then, President Bill Clinton, about fatherhood.

His life has been an amazing run and at the time of publication it seemed that he was just getting started, loving life, family, and newfound business.

All of it made me smile as I read. Some of it was astonishing but in some ways not too surprising considering what I generally hear of the Hollywood scene. For Rob Lowe, it was amazing and I without a doubt in my mind, we the viewing audience will see him again, probably older and much wiser than he was as a teen boy breaking into the business.

I loved his book and highly recommend it! 5 stars!

Disclosure: I picked up a copy of this book to read from my local library. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~M.M. aka Naila Moon

Where to find the author:

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Cover Reveal: Disney’s Dream Big Princess #DreamBigPrincess #PutMeInTheStory,


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Thursday, July 7, 2016

#Review: Sunborn Rising Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff #YABooks #Fantasy



Summary:
Cerulean is on the brink of collapse. The decay wasn't fast, it wasn't obvious, but now the world stands on the precipice.
Woven forests floating on an ocean around a star, Cerulean's once vibrant treescape has grown dim over generations of arboreal life, and the creatures of the forest have forgotten the light.
Barra, a young, willful Listlespur, finds her late father's hidden journal, and reads about his discovery of Cerulean's brighter past and the mysterious plague he believed has all but destroyed it. He warned the Elders. He urged them to take action. Those were his last words...
Together with her two best friends, Barra will rekindle her father's legacy and traverse the Great Forest to relight her world, even if she has to travel beneath the Fall.
My review:
This book is a YA book that builds on a new world that only a sci-fy author could dream up. The world is chock full of creatures and fantasy buildings made from the woods. The whole place seems to reek of a mystic dynasty complete with Elders and underlings alike.
In truth, I had a hard time getting into this book. It is not because the writing isn't good, because it is. Let's face it, just to create such a world is an amazing fete. No, for me, it was actually hard to picture in my mind what the characters looked like. However,  with the help of the amazing illustrations throughout the book and a little pushing of my mind, I was able to come to see some of them. Unfortunately, sometimes this is the problem with creating fantasy when it is only being read and not seen. 
None-the-less, the author still does a wonderful job and moves the reader through the world as the heroine tries to save her world from the creepervine. This is a first book of what is to be an on-going series. I can see how this book has to build up the fantasy world so as it can be moved from book to book. I really did like his characters and world and it would be interesting to see the main characters grow.
 Mentioning again the illustrations...WOW! They help develop an already darkness covering this world but also bring to light the creatures that inhabit the place. The illustrations were well placed. I could possibly see this book being turned into animated film which personally, I would go see.
1/2 stars
Check out the trailer.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for my open and honest opinion. The views here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. This review is also part of the iRead blog tours. ~M.M. aka Naila Moon
Where to find the author:

Aaron Safronoff is author of the Discovery Award winning science fiction novel, Spire. Since his debut, he's published a sequel, Fallen Spire, and a novella of literary fiction, Evening Breezes.

Safronoff's diverse background includes the formal study of computer science, bio-chemistry, and culinary arts. However, most of his career has been in the videogame industry in quality, production, and design.

Today, Safronoff is the co-founder and Chief Storyteller of Neoglyphic Entertainment, and is busy writing his fifth novel, the second installment of the Sunborn Rising series.

Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

Review: Star Boy by Paul Goble #NativeAmerican #DiverseBooks



Summary:
Star Boy was the son of Morning Star and an earthly bride. He was banished from the Sky World for this mother's disobedience and bore a mysterious scar on his face, the symbol of the Sun's disapproval. 
As Star Boy grew, he came to love the chief's daughter, and it was she who helped him find the courage to journey to the Sky World and make peace with the Sun. The Sun not only lifted the scar but sent Star Boy back to the world with the sacred knowledge of the Sun Dance, a ceremony of thanks for the Creator's blessing.


My review:
This is an excellent telling of an Native American legend. Here we have the morning star who marries a girl from the Earth. He takes her back to the sky to meet his parents who are the Sun and the moon.

A child is born from the two but  is cursed with an ugly scar because his mother disobey a warning. He grows up on Earth for a long time but wants to marry the chief's daughter. He must make the journey back to Grandfather Sun to remove his ugliness.  He manages to do so and promises to worship and honor him every year for health.

In real life, this honoring of the sun and remembering of ancestors is called the Sun Dance. It is still held today in secret and is sacred to Native American nations.

I loved this re-telling and made me understand a little bit more about the Sun Dance and its origins. I am honored to know such a thing.

Disclosure: I obtained a copy of this book at our local library. The views here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. 

Where to find the author:

Amazon
Goodreads

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

#Review: National Geographic Kids Books: Book of Dinosaurs & Book of Animals #PutMeInTheStory





Summary:
This kid-friendly reference book includes dinosaurs of all kinds: big and small, scaled and feathered, meat-eating and plant-eating. Your kiddo will learn fun facts about each dinosaur and answer questions like, “How many plates do you see on the Stegosaurus?

My review:
I really love these "put me in the story" books. I love to personalize them for my grand-kids who like other children, like to see their name and photos in the books that I send to them.

This one is all about dinosaurs. Who doesn't like dinos? I know I do!
Kids can read all about the plant and meat eating dinos of the day. With entire page full of colorful dinos and information, kids learn all sorts of things about each one.


Summary:
Explore the rain forest, the ocean, and the icecaps with this personalized guide for your animal-lover! National Geographic Little Kids Book of Animals is a colorful introduction to some of the world’s coolest creatures. From blue morpho butterflies and red-eyed tree frogs to tigers and polar bears, this personalized guide is sure to indulge your junior explorer.

My review:
This book reviews all about different animals and the way they live. Again, I personalized it to include my grandson in the book. This one talks mainly about how the babies of each animal is born and their relationship with their parents. I love it!

Both of these books are just awesome and well worth getting them for your child or grandchild. I give both of these books 5 stars each.

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About National Geographic Kids
National Geographic Kids inspires young adventurers to explore the world through award-winning magazines, books, apps, games, toys, videos, events and a website, and is the only kids brand with a world-class scientific organization at its core. National Geographic Kids magazine (10 issues per year) and National Geographic Little Kids magazine (six issues per year) are photo-driven publications available on newsstands or by subscription in print and on tablets. National Geographic Kids Books is the leading nonfiction publisher for kids with more than 100 titles each year, including The New York Times best-seller “Kids Almanac.”

About Put Me In The Story
Put Me In The Story, the #1 personalized books site in the U.S., creates personalized versions of bestselling books and books where you star alongside your favorite characters. Our gifts capture moments that matter and memories that last. With each touching picture and special dedication message, our readers have become our most dynamic characters.

Put Me In The Story inspires a love for reading, across all ages and generations, through the experience of shared, personalized stories.