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🌈🌟

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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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Lilly’s Way

By Kim Delmar Cory

I’ve been reading this book since the fall not because it is s hard book but because I keep getting new books that just HAVE to be reviewed ( not that this book is any less important!) and every time I try to read it I have a new book and it just HAS to be reviewed (still this book is just as much important as the books I get to be reviewed immediately) enough about how I’ve been reading this book and more about the book itself.

So this book has a few story’s in one and here’s the first one: Gaston, the oldest brother goes and enters a contest that has to do with logs but I’m not going to say it’s name. He wins but hurts his head. Then a preview of the next part: family comes over to Lilly’s house.

I like this book because the dad left before Lilly is born and then Lilly writes an article on her dream of him coming home and I think that makes him come home but I’m still not telling if that happens or not! So all that stuff you’ll have to find the answers to yourself!

I recommend this book to anyone! I give this fifteen stars!

Posted in Book Review

Happy Mother’s Day!

It’s Mother’s Day Which in my house says “Today disaster is going to strike at least twice today and everyone will be grumpy ” except Mom who probably already knows about how it is going to be such a bad day but I’m just a little grumpy so it’s an improvement in my Mother’s Day attitude!

But I did have a sleepover this weekend and it’s been raining so much our basement is wet also because our sump pump has died and that is our 2 disasters so far (and yes, a sleepover is a disaster because I was so tired I was grumpy as a potato!)

We took my brother to see Tim Kubart. So Mom has done something for both of us this weekend. Now I am going to the gym with my mom and hopefully turn my attitude around.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Posted in Book Review

Space Boy and the Space Pirate

By Dian Curtis Regan

Illustrations by Robert Neubecker

This book is about a boy who pretends that he is a astronaut and his friend, Sasha, is stolen by a space pirate. Then he goes to his spaceship and blasts off to save his Sasha on planet Zorg .

What I like about this book is that the boy pretends that what he does is real but in real life his spaceship is actually cardboard and planet Zorg is Sasha’s House.

I recommend this book to kids who like to pretend things like they are a big hippo or a tiny elephant. I also recommend this book to kids who like space and big adventures.

I give this book 15 Space Stars ⭐️🚀🚀⭐️