Posted in Awesome Kids, Book Review, Reviews by Milo

Weird but True: Christmas

Today’s reviewer is Milo who is the host of the podcast, This American Kid. He interviews cool people about what they do. He is trying to fund a second season so the link is for in fundraiser but it will help you find his podcast too. Now to his review…

Review by Milo

This book is all about weird, but true Christmas facts. It shares Christmas traditions from all around the world. I liked this book because I was able to learn about the all the different ways that kids celebrate Christmas. I really like to learn about different countries. There are lots of cool pictures, too!

Two facts I really liked were: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was almost named Reginald and three brothers in Minnesota sculpted a giant sea turtle made of snow that was almost as tall as their house. The picture is really cool.

I give this book 4 stars, I would recommend it to any one who loves Christmas and loves to learn about different cultures. There were a few facts that were a little scary that I didn’t like those, like in Iceland kids fear the Yule Cat, a mythical monster who eats children at Christmastime.

Ps: there is also a book trailer – https://youtu.be/0a1rpT_2GFA

Posted in Book Review, Graphic Novels

Bodie Troll

By Jay Fosgitt

Bodie Troll is a very grumpy troll. That is what I am like in the morning. He has a problem with a fairy. She is always blaming him for stuff and fussing at him. They sound like a brother and sister. There is more than one story in this book and they are all funny. Bodie is constantly getting into problems with people.

Bodie is funny. The stories are very funny. They are what kids go through but in a fantasy world. This is a good way to think about what you go through but with some fantasy.

I recommend this to kids who need a laugh and people who have a case of the grumpy.

I have heard a second book comes out in 2018. Jay is friends with my comic book guys! I also met him at Ann Arbor comic event in spring.

Posted in Awesome Kids, Book Review, Graphic Novels, Reviews by Alexander

Wings of Fire: The Graphic Novel

I read this but because I haven’t read the Wings of Fire book series, i didn’t really get it. My cousin, Alexander, is a huge Wings of Fire fan so I asked him to read this. My aunt said he was super excited to do it. The illustrator is Mike Holmes and I do love his work!

image from http://wingsoffire.wikia.com/wiki/The_Dragonet_Prophecy_(Graphic_Novel)

Wings of Fire: The Graphic Novel Book One: The Dragonet Prophecy is about 5 dragonets and a prophecy.  The prophecy tells how to end the war that has lasted for twenty years.  The dragonets must choose one of three sandwing queens to rule the sandwing tribe. This book follows the five dragonets as they escape and attempt to find their homes and meet all the queens so they can know all their personalities in person and not just from stories and scrolls, because you never know when to trust a scroll.

In the novel Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy it says in the prologue what happens to the skywing egg and in the Wings of Fire graphic novel it shows them hatching.  Both tell you different parts of the story, so you should read them both.  Other than the prologue, the stories are the same.  The characters in the graphic novel don’t look like the characters on the cover of the original book.  The graphic novel has a nice story line.  The illustrations are very detailed and look even cooler than they did in my imagination for some of the dragons.

I think people who like dragons, fantasy and prophecies and escaping would like this book.  People who trust scroll could learn from this book series.

The prophecy….. “When the war has lasted 20 years… the dragonets will come.  When the land is soaked in blood and tears… the dragonets will come.  Find the seawing egg of deepest blue, wings of night shall come to you. The  largest egg in mountain high will give to you the wings of sky. For the wings of earth, search through the mud for an egg the color of dragon blood.  And hidden alone from the rival queens, the sandwing eggs awaits unseen.  Of three queens who blister and blaze and burn, two shall die and one shall learn if she bows to a fate that is stronger and higher, she’ll have the power of wings of fire.  Five eggs to hatch on brightest night, five dragons born to end the fight. Darkness will rise to bring the light.  The dragonets are coming…”

Posted in Book Review

Papa Tom’s Toast

Written by Mary E. Waling-Palmer

Illustrated by Susan VanDeventer Warner

This is a book about family traditions. Papa Tom liked to make toast. It became something everyone liked. This book also told Papa Tom’s story. He was a real person so you learn some history too.

You can also write in your own family traditions. For instance, my family celebrates Christmas. One of our traditions is the advent calendar. We do a toy one and a kindness one. Every family has a tradition. My mom says we also have a family recipe that has been passed down for generations.

I recommend this to people with a lot of family memories and traditions. This is a good book for this time of year. And if your family doesn’t have any traditions, maybe someone can start making toast.

I give this book 5 stars.

Posted in Author Meet Up, Meet the authors

Meet the author: Kelsey Fox

Author website/social media: www.booksbykelseyfox.com , https://www.facebook.com/WyattTheFox

•  Kelsey Fox lives in Royal Oak, MI with her husband Steve, her son Cody, five chickens and “Little Cat”!

• Kelsey graduated from Oakland University with an Elementary Education degree. After teaching many years, she fell in love with children’s books. Her experience in the classroom inspired her to start writing her own children’s stories.

All of Kelsey’s characters are based on students she has known through her teaching career, children of friends, and of course family. She loves to incorporate what she knows into her work because it make stories that the reader can relate to and teaches life lessons.

Kelsey’s active imagination and love of writing keep her busy. More stories from the “Wyatt” collection, as well as the introduction of new characters are on their way!

When you were my age, did you like to read? I LOVED to read! So much so, that as our reward for good grades or behavior we got to go to Borders and pick out what ever books we wanted to. We were not a big TV family and would stay up late reading all the time.

What was your favorite story? As far as younger books go, I really enjoy “Pete the Cat” and the “Pigeon” books by Mo Williams. Now, I like to read historical fiction and memoirs.

How do you get your ideas? I get my ideas from my everyday life. As a teacher, I encounter funny situations or little life lessons with my students and think ” Hey, that would be a great book!” and so my stories begin.

Is it hard to write/illustrate a book? Even though it’s a children’s book, and not very long or complex, it was still challenging to write. You have to know what a child is going to like, as well as make the story interesting enough for a parent to want to read it. I make sure to include “sight words” in my stories and market them as easy readers so they can be used in schools as teaching tools. I also take a lot of time creating the activity page that is at the end of my books. Checking that the child comprehends the message I am conveying was very important to me.

Do you have a favorite among the books you have written/illustrated? “Just try it Wyatt” my first book will always be my favorite no matter now many books I write. It took the most work and research to make, so will always be one I am most proud of. I currently have 4 books in the works so keep a look out!

What author do you really like right now? I think Diana Gabaldon is beyond imaginative. She writes the Outlander series. She takes history and makes it come alive!  I recently went to Scotland mainly because her books painted the country so beautifully. She did not disappoint!

What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author? I would tell them to just write anywhere and anytime. Don’t worry about the grammar or spelling until the end. As a writer, sometimes I just have to get all my ideas down so quickly that the work looks like a sloppy mess but it doesn’t matter! I am the only one who sees the crazy that is a rough draft. You have to enjoy what you do, and anyone can be a writer if they just try!

I do visit schools and all the information for booking an author visit can be found on my website or emailing me directly at booksbykelseyfox@gmail.com . I am already almost booked for “March is Reading Month” but have other dates in the school year still open!