Posted in Book Review

Super Saurus and the egg

Written by Deborah Underwood

Illustrated by Ned Young

This book is about a dinosaur who is a superhero and has an egg in his house. The dinosaur’s name is Arnold. Arnold is thinking about how he would fight the creature inside the Egg Of Doom (he does not think that there is a baby dinosaur) (btw autocorrect wanted to make this baby dinner. Not sure if that is funny or not).

I like this book because it shows the baby instantly BFFs with Arnold ( baby dino is not named Dinner but is named Goo)

I recommend this book to kids who like dinosaurs. I also recommend this book to kids that are going to get a sibling.

I give this book 14 Sibling Stars 👧🏼👧🏽👦🏽👦🏼

Nite: Deborah shared a F&G copy of this book with us.Thanks!

Posted in Book Review

Pablo & Jane and the Hot Air Contraption

By Jose Domingo

This book is about a boy and a girl named Pablo (the boy) and Jane (the girl) who go to the old house on top of the hill and a mouse leads them in to a secret lab and he introduced himself as Dr. Jules and just before he introduces himself a cat named Dr. Felinibus Brakes the machine and Jane Pablo and Dr. Jules go into the monster dimension and land in Lopsided London. Oops I gave away to much information!

I like this book because it is kinda like a Where’s Waldo in some pages where you have to find the right parts of the machine!

I recommend this book to anyone who loves Where’s Waldo and books like that!

I give this book 15 detective stars 🕵🏼‍♀️🕵🏼‍♀️🕵🏾‍♂️

Posted in Book Review

Mike Morris Myth Solver

Written by K.B. Brege

Illustrated by D. Brege

I met the author and illustrator of the Mick Morris Myth Series at Motor City Comic Con. They gave me a copy of the first book in the series to read. Thank you!

This book is about a boy named Mick, his cousin Sissy ( Cecelia) and his friend Nathan solving the myth about Roswell, Mexico and Area 51 alien sighting, alien technology, and alien ships crash landings! It starts when Mick, Sissy, and Mick’s parents who film a show about solving myths go to Roswell, Mexico and the satellite dish on top of the RV starts spinning like crazy and the Myth mobile ( the RV) goes out of control but that doesn’t mean anything.

The interesting thing about this book is there are multiple ways to read it. It is like a choose your own adventure for the finish so each time you read it, it will be different.

I liked that are multiple ways to finish this book. I also liked that are aliens in this book that look and act real. I hope aliens are real. It was a quick read for a Rainy Saturday.

I recommend it to kids my age. I think I will read some of the others in the series.

Posted in Book Review

Mommy’s Khimar

By Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Illustrations by Ebony Glenn

This book is about a girl who likes to imagine herself when she is in her mom’s khimar. She imagines herself as a princess with a yellow train.

I like this book because the girl is a Muslim but her grandmother is not Muslim. I also like this book because the girl is in using her imagination in a cool way to use your imagination!

recommend this book to kids that like to dress up in their parents clothes and imagine themselves as things they like.

I give this book 15 dress up stars👓👚👖👢

Posted in Awesome Kids, Book Review, Reviews by Milo

Irving Berlin: the immigrant boy who made America sing

Review by Milo, This American Kid

This is the fourth book by Nancy Churnin. I was able to go to the book release party where Nancy read the book and told us how she wrote the story.

Irving Berlin was a famous American song writer, Nancy said that he wrote over 1,500 songs. This book is about his life and him writing the song “God Bless America.” Irving Berlin moved to New York City from Russia, when he was young.

I liked how he experienced many different types of music in his. My favorite part in the book was when he was playing music on the street and people threw him coins.

I really liked this book (and Nancy’s other books) because I like true stories and I like history. I never knew about who Irving Berlin was before I read this book.

I give it 5 stars.

I recommend it to anyone who likes history, America, music, or non-fiction.

Posted in Book Review, Reviews by Annoying Little Brother

Pink is for Boys

By Robb Pearlman

Illustrated by Eda Kaban

I was asked to review this book by the publisher. They shared a copy with me to write this review.

This book is about that all the colors are for everyone. It gives examples like yellow is for boys. And girls. And a crown to wear. Or Red is for boys. And girls. And cars racing along the track.

I like this book because the characters are very diverse and some were disabled! That means that anyone could find their selves in this book!!! I also like that it shows that there are no such thing as boy colors or girl colors.

I recommend this book to kids who think there are a such thing as boy and girl colors.

I give this book 25 color stars🌈🌟

Posted in Meet the authors

Meet the author: Julia Patton

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Author website/social media:
Twitter @julia_patton
Instagram @juls_patton
When you were my age, did you like to read?
I adored Richard Scarry’s Busy Day A-Z Book because of the amount of detail it contained. No matter how many times I dipped into it, I always spotted something new. I have chewed this book almost within an inch of it’s life I loved it so much.

What was your favorite story?
Dr. Suess ‘ Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are’ I believe the narrative is as poignant now as it was all those many *ehem years ago. I feel it’s so important to see the world as a bigger picture, see others struggles before your own and having a moment to put your worries into perspective I adored the fantastical creatures and environments he conjured up allowing me to be transported to another world. I feel this has given me permission to be much more creative as and author and artist.

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How do you get your ideas, especially illustrating another author’s book?
When illustrating other authors book, I wait for the text to arrive and read and read and read it again until I almost know it verbatim and then instantly start sketching characters, scenes anything that arrives instantly. The words I read I see in pictures because I’m dyslexic-it’s a very useful tool to utilise. These early pencil sketches are lively, vibrant and full of energy that I try not to loose as I travel further down the editing, design path. These characters are taken to full colour and shared with the team and the author then I create the thumbnails, which are tiny pencil sketches of each individual page. Everyone comes together and agrees on a pathway forward then I create the full colour book (always with some small tweaks at the end but never too far from my first vision)

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The snails are very detailed. How did you do it all?
After I’ve found out the individual characteristics of each snail I draw them in pencil. Here is a before and after shot of the snails. I scan the pencil drawing into Photoshop and then colour the snails digitally in many layers so at a moments notice I can change the colour of their jumper or size of the eyeballs!

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What author do you really like right now?
Some career highlights have included working with the Gruffalos’ Julia Donaldson (Don’t Call Me Mum) and Sesame Street’s author Samantha Berger (Snail Mail) and I’ve had this special author on my bucket list forever, my writing mentor and all around mega-star, Vivian French. There are some more sensational ladies smashing the picture book scene right now that i’d LOVE to work with too, Lucy Rowland and Rachel Bright, they’re creating super smart, funny books with identifiable themes that are full-to-busting with real heart. I seriously admire all of these ladies talents.

Do you have any new or lesser known authors or illustrator you would suggest?
These are definitely not lesser known illustrators, but creatives who’s careers I’ve followed for a long time who are creating sensational picture books that I covet. Awards, accolades and world domination awaits them all. Roccio Bonilla, Kris Di Giacomo and Marianna Coppo.

What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author/illustrator?
Draw, write and create without constraints of any rules, freely, with all your heart and with the depths of your imagination. It doesn’t matter if you can’t spell, make sentences, let your creative spirit free. If you’re 4, 40 or 400 just simply write, draw, create and do it for you, not for a gold star or affirmation from anyone else. Carry a note book with you at all times and fill it with all your thoughts, ideas, scribbles and everything you see and feel. DON’T ever throw any ideas away, you’ll be amazed at ow often you re-visit and image or idea that was a seedling which when watered by time, confidence and experience that blossom into fully grown books. Remember that you are unique and let’s celebrate that. There’s a new initiative just about this very idea of creative freedom being launched by author Cressida Cowell called #FreeWritingFriday and I couldn’t be more delighted.

As an illustrator/author, do you hear from your readers? What do you like about that?
Yes, my readers are an utter delight sharing their photos and letters with me via social media sites. It makes me feel so happy to see how far reaching my work has traveled and who can identify with it all over the world. My books have been translated into many different languages and it’s a real treat to receive an note from anyone. I work alone in a my woodshed in rural Northumberland so anyone saying ‘hello’ makes my day.

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