Posted in Awesome Kids, Book Review, guest kid reviewer

The Stampede with Penny the Mustang Pony

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Author: Barbara Knight

Reviewer:  Kirsten

Summary of the story: It was a bright sunny day in August with a clear blue sky, when Penny awoke. Penny began to roll in the soft, sweet-smelling grass. Penny thought about joining her herd when she heard a strange nose by the river.

What did I like? When Penny heard the strange noise.

Overall review love this book and everybody in the world should read this book

Who else might enjoy this story?  Kids who are adventurous and who love horses and who love to read.

Posted in Meet the authors

Meet the author: Lisa Mantchev

Author website/social media: (links to everything else on that page)When you were my age, did you like to read?  

I loved to read so much when I was younger that if I got into trouble, my mom grounded me FROM BOOKS. Seriously, I remember it being like torture, so I tried to never get into trouble. I would read in the car, in the bathtub, and in the closet (for privacy… I have a younger sister who used to be a pain in my backside.) I used to spend hours sitting on the floors of the library and our local bookstore, too.

What was your favorite story? My first “favorite” book was BALLET SHOES by Noel Streatfeild. Then I read all her other novels, and other old-fashioned favorites like SECRET GARDEN, A LITTLE PRINCESS, MARY POPPINS, and such. I liked books set in England, especially if they included boarding schools and theatre. As a grown-up, I got to revisit that when the HARRY POTTER series came out!
How do you get your ideas? My ideas come from everywhere… from conversations with my kids to the pictures I see on Pinterest to memes that are posted on Facebook. Basically, my mind is always open for a story seed to be planted.
Is it hard to write a book? Yes! It takes a lot of time and concentration and determination and focus to write and revise a novel. The picture books are easier, because they are shorter, but they still take concentration and attention to detail, because you have to make each word count.
Do you have a favorite among the books you have written/illustrated? That is like picking a favorite kid. I don’t think I’m allowed. *whispers* The tiny elephant book is my favorite right now.
What author do you really like right now? I am reading Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching series. I love all of his Discworld books. He is very good at being very funny, but all the jokes are smart jokes. Also, he made me realize it was all right to write humor in my own books.
What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author? READ, READ, READ. WRITE, WRITE, WRITE. You have to treat it like a job where you are the boss. You answer to yourself by setting challenges and meeting deadlines. Also, there are conventions where you can go and listen to authors speak about all sorts of things, so start going to those as early as possible. Meeting other authors is an important thing we call “networking.” Knowing people in the industry is always a good thing.
Posted in Book Review, Reviews by Annoying Little Brother

Raising Readers: 5 Stories from Maine 

This is a multi author book that kids in Maine get when they are five. My great-grandmother found a copy for us. The authors are Toni Buzzeo, Scott Nash, Laura Rankin, Chris Van Dusen and Robert McCloskey.

Annoying Little Brother’s favorite story is Chris Van Dusen’s If I built a car. It is a boy sharing what his future car would look like. Mom  and Dad work at car companies and says the book is funny. He is going to review it below 

I like Fluffy and Baron by Laura Rankin. It is a story about a dog and a duckling becoming friends.
I think it is nice that kids can get books for free as they grow up.


If I built a Car

By Chris Van Dusen

This book is about making a car with different pieces. The boy wants to put a pool, a driving robot that built right into the back of the seat. The car serves food and flies and goes underwater. It’s engine smoke smells nice like fresh-baked blueberry muffins. Yum!

I think this book is good. I like all the ideas for the new car. It makes me want to design a new car. Mine will have a gar fish design. I like gar fish. 

I think Moms should read this to kids. I want my mom to read it to my class soon.

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Meet the author: Brenda Reeves Sturgis



Author website/social media:http://www.brendareevessturgis. com, brsturgis

Tell me a little about yourself: I am the mother of four grown children and seven grandchildren. I am also a nanny for Portland Nannies. I live on a little lake in Maine, I love chocolate, my favorite is seasalt caramel. I like to help me, and that is why I wrote Still a Family.

When you were my age, did you like to read? I LOVED to read. I read all the time. Do you like to read? What do you read? What is your favorite book. Sorry, I know this is my interview but I am interested in YOU!

What was your favorite story? My favorite story was Caps for Sale, and it still is!

How do you get your ideas? Sometimes I get ideas when I am driving. Sometimes I wake up at 3:00 a.m. with ideas. Sometimes I find ideas on social media like facebook.

Is it hard to write a book?  It is not hard to write a book. BUT, it is hard to write a book that a publishing house wants to publish. And it’s hard to revise and it’s hard to rewrite, and it’s VERY HARD to write something that somebody else hasn’t already written.

Do you have a favorite among the books you have written/illustrated? My favorite book is THIS book, Still a Family because I hope it’s going to help people to be better to each other. To be kinder and more loving and more understanding. And that is the biggest hope that I have. That if this book touches a heart that that heart will do something to make the world better.

What author do you really like right now? I have a lot of author friends but if I had to pick one author friend, I would pick Salina Yoon and her picture book, Be a Friend!  (I agree!)

What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author? My advice is to keep on reading. Keep on writing. Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t write because if you want to YOU CAN. This is what I say to myself. “Children believe what we tell them and they become what they believe!” If you believe you can be an author then keep writing and keep learning and someday your dreams can come true just like mine have.

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Still a Family


By Brenda Reeves Sturgis

Illustrated by Jo-Shin Lee

This story is about a homeless family. The mom and girl live in a different shelter than her dad. While they are in the shelter, they celebrate holidays and birthdays. Even though the family lives in separate shelters, they are still a family.  The parents look for work every day. I think this book tells you what it is like in a shelter.

I give this book 10 thumbs up, 3 bonus thumbs up and six stars.

This book has great art work. The message is you are still a family, even if you live in different places.

Posted in Awesome Kids, Book Review

Chi’s Sweet Home (book series)

Book review by Romy
The books are about a cat named Chi who gets separated from her mom and another family adopts her. She nearly gets separated from them twice but she stays with them and ends up moving to France. Along the way, Chi meets two other cats. Their names are Coackchi and Blackie. Chi is happy, feisty, and funny. I think the books are funny, happy, and sad. They are graphic novels and are originally from Japan. I really like the pictures. They are cute and colorful. I first found out about these books from my public library.
It is a very good series. I like it so much because I love cats. I give Chi a 10 out of 10 plus 10 bonus points!
Bridget note: Romy also shared her own Chi novel mock up and the membership cards for her club.  I love graphic novels so will be reading this series!