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Walrus in the bathtub

By Deborah Underwood

Illustrated by Matt Hunt

Yes, Deborah is on the blog a lot. We really like her and have become friends with her. She sent us a couple F&Gs of upcoming books and this was one of them.

Have you ever had a walrus in your bathtub? In this book, it talks about the ups and downs of having a walrus in your bathtub. It is funny. It starts when the family finds their new house has a walrus in the bathtub. The boy makes a list of all the bad things with a walrus in the bathtub. At the end, he writes a list of the good things because the walrus was just trying to be nice.

This is a story about making assumptions. You would think having a walrus is a bad thing, like he is trying to make a mess. But after the walrus shows them a paper on how to make a new family welcome, he is trying to be nice. You shouldn’t make assumptions without asking some questions.

I liked the walrus was just trying to be nice. Sometimes a person’s nice is different than how you would. I loved the artwork. It was very colorful and detailed and nice.

I give this 15 walrus stars πŸ‹πŸ‹πŸ‹πŸ‹πŸ‹πŸ‹πŸ‹πŸ‹πŸ‹πŸ‹πŸ‹πŸ‹

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Emily Arrow Concert

Last night I got to finally see Emily Arrow in concert.

It was very exciting and I loved the show. She played my favorites like “Be a Friend”, “Follow your Arrow” and “Keep a poem in your pocket”. They are really cool to hear live. It was also really cool to actually get to meet her in person. I even got to take a picture with her.

I give this concert 15 song stars 🎡🎢🎡🎡🎢🎢🎢🎡🎡🎡🎢🎢

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Rad American Women A-Z

Written by Kate Schatz

Illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl

This book tells you about cool women in history. The woman go in the order of the abc’s one. For a one for b and so and so on. X is for the women we don’t the names of – the ones from the past and future.

I like this book because it tells a lot about 26 woman that did cool things in history.

I recommend this book to girls that want to do great things in history like the lady’s in the book did.

I give this book 15 strong female stars. πŸ’ͺ🏻πŸ’ͺ🏼πŸ’ͺ🏽πŸ’ͺ🏾πŸ’ͺπŸΏπŸ‘±πŸΏβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘±πŸΎβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘±πŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ‘±πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘±πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ’«β­οΈπŸŒŸβœ¨β˜€οΈ

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By Liesl Shurtliff

This was the book in my June OwlCrate Jr.

This book is a retelling of Snow White told by the dwarf Grump, from his birth to when Snow White and him part. This book is very interesting because you’re hearing a fairytale from one of the secondary characters in that story in their perspective.

I like this book because it is told by Grump ( my favorite dwarf ). I also like that instead of all boys as the dwarves two of them are girls. Another thing I like about this book is that the reason the dwarves are mining isn’t because they’re just doing it for fun but trying to get to the dwarf colony because their tunnels collapsed because of an incident including a princess misusing an axe and hit the ceiling.

I recommend this book to kids who like to mix fairytales with other fairytales and kids that like hearing stories from different perspectives of different people included, involved in or just at the place where it happened as it happened witnessing it.

I give this book 15 dwarf stars!πŸ’«β­οΈπŸŒŸβœ¨πŸ’«β­οΈπŸŒŸβœ¨πŸ’«β­οΈπŸŒŸβœ¨πŸ’«β­οΈπŸŒŸβœ¨πŸ™‚πŸ™‚

Psst! Just so you know the closest thing I could get to a dwarf isthe smiley

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Brobots and the Kaiju Kerfuffle

By J. Torres and Sean Dove

This book is about three robot brothers ( I think; it does not mention clearly whether or not they are brothers) who are fishing. When one fishes up a giant monster that’s green and from the picture particularly hairy.

I like this book because it mixes with the fairy tale of Jack and the Beanstalk.

I recommend this book to kids who are starting to read longer comics that are kinda like graphic novels just A LOT shorter than average graphic novels. I also recommend this book to kids interested in robot adventure comics because would add a funny cartoony twist to those comics.

I give this 15 robot stars πŸ€–πŸ€–πŸ€–πŸ€–πŸ€–πŸ€–πŸ€–πŸ€–πŸ€–πŸ€–πŸ€–πŸ€–πŸ€–πŸ€–πŸ€–πŸ’«β­οΈπŸŒŸβœ¨πŸ’«β­οΈπŸŒŸβœ¨πŸ’«β­οΈπŸŒŸβœ¨πŸ’«β­οΈπŸŒŸ.

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Separate is never equal

By Duncan Tonatiuh

This is a real story about a girl and how she helped desegregate schools in California and the story HOW her family worked together. It was a hard fight. People were not nice.

I like this book because it shows people fighting for equal school opportunities. I don’t understand why people think people of a different skin are less than them. My friends have brown skin and are just as nice and smart as me. Heck they are calmer than me. Our skin color is just a color not a different world. I like that my friends have different backgrounds than me. Plus I have learned skin color doesn’t tell the whole story. People can be from all over the world and their skin color can look like another countries.

I recommend this book to people who faced similar situations or are curious about the fights.

I give this book 16 equality stars πŸ‘§πŸΏπŸ‘§πŸΌ= friends forever!

I got my copy of this book at Busboys and Poets in DC. It is a bookstore/restaurant.

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Mightier than the sword

By Drew Callander and Alana Harrison

Illustrator is Ryan Andrews

Welcome to stop 1 of the blog tour for “Mightier Than the Sword”. I received a review copy of the book from Penguin Books to complete this review.

This book is about you! Yes, YOU! You’ve been told transported to the creative land Astorya home to the couriers. One unique thing about Astorya is it is made entirely out of stories! Oh and something about you that’s very unusual in the land of story’s is you are real. Very, very, very REAL. That also means anything you write or draw comes to life in Astorya! Your quest starts when you wake up unable to remember anything about yourself and find note in a bottle telling you rescue a man named Prince S. And that’s the start of your journey. You also meet and become friends with the couriers.

P.S. you also fight rubots, the minions of the evil queen, Queen Rulette and many other villains.

I like this book because I write some Marlins draw some things for the story and other activities. I also like the couriers skills like how Ember can throw fireballs and Manteau can mesmerize other creatures with the Weasel War Dance.

I recommend the book to kids that are very creative like me and kids that like writing activities including Madlibs and Hangman. I also think that kids will enjoy being part of the story.

In particular, I did the fill-the-blank on page 42. It is just Madlibs so one problem is you need someone else to provide the missing words or else your sentence makes too much sense. But if you get someone to do it with you, you can get a completely silly nonsense sentence. This activity repeats a couple times in the book so if you goof and do the first one by yourself you can retry with future sentences. I advise not to use pen so you can do it again.

Make sure to stop by the other reviewers to see their take of this book!


July 2 – Bridget and the Books – Review + Activity: Fill-in-the-blank (42)

July 3 – Mommy Ramblings – Review + Activity: Draw the Picture (118)

July 4 – Just Commonly – Author Q&A

July 5 – The Book Plate – Review + Activity: Maze (84)

July 6 – Lacey Does Lit – Review + Activity: Fill-in-the-blanks (45)


July 9 – Melimimi – Review + Activity: Maze (87)

July 10 – Dazzled by Books – Review + Activity: Unscramble the letters (200)

July 11 – Snowandbooks – Q&A

July 12 – Librariel Book Reviews – Review + Activity: Unscramble the letters (129)


Alana Harrison and Drew Callander have spent their lives telling stories and cracking jokes. Alana graduated from The College of William and Mary with a degree in Comedic Writing and Performance. Drew graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Fiction Writing. Together they have created cartoons and short films with Jon Stewart, Conan O’Brien, John Oliver, and Kristen Schaal. Their work as writers and improv comedians has aired on Sirius XM Radio, NBC, and Comedy Central.Β Mightier Than the SwordΒ is their first full-length middle-grade novel. They live with their baby daughter and exquisitely talented cat (neither of whom help with the dishes).


Ryan Andrews lives in the Japanese countryside, with his wife, two kids, and their dog, Lucky. A friendly Kodama or two have been known to take up residence in the giant acorn tree that shades the house. Ryan often works at his drawing desk in the early-morning hours, to the sound of rummaging wild boar and badgers, who come from the surrounding forest seeking out shiitake mushrooms and fallen chestnuts.