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Do you remember how much fun it was to play dress-up? This fabulous new book by author-illustrator Selina Alko captures that joy and adds in some history.
Every-Day Dress-Up opens with the young girl narrator telling her reader that she used to only play princess until her mommy told her stories of “real, great women.” Every day she gets to be a “daring new dame.” From Amelia Earhart to Elizabeth Cady Stanton, from Eleanor Roosevelt to Marie Curie, and from Julia Child to Alice Neel and more, this delightful playtime adventure story will inspire girls to reach for their dreams. With a blend of imagination and inspiration, Every-Day Dress-Up by Selina Alko will captivate your young reader.
Alko’s illustrations are charming. From the cardboard box airplane that the girl flies in when she is Earhart, to the colorful robe she dons when she becomes Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, the illustrations make this book come alive.
Short biographies of the eleven historical figures featured are found in the back of the book, and there is a short list of “Books That Inspire.”
I highly recommend Every-Day Dress-Up by Selina Alko.
- Publisher:Knopf Books for Young Readers
- ISBN-13: 978-0375860928
- SRP: $16.99
Tags: A Christmas Secret, animal lovers books, book reviews, books for young readers, Candace Hall, children's books, Children's picture books, Christmas children's books, Christmas themed books, Pet lovers books, Pump Up Your Book, The Children’s and Teens Book Connection, virtual book tour
Jingle bells, Jingle bells,
Seasonal books are on the way!
Get your kids in the holiday spirit by sharing with them A Christmas Secret by Candace Hall.
Santa’s reindeer discover a lost black kitten named O’Malley while they are helping Santa deliver presents on Christmas Eve. Unable to find his home, they hide O’Malley on the sleigh and keep his presence a secret from Santa. Once they arrive back at the North Pole, many of the residents help take care of the tired, hungry little kitten. What would Santa say if he knew?
This is an unbelieveably adorable story. You have Santa’s reindeer acting like a kid hiding something he discovered on the way home from school. They know they’re not supposed to bring O’Malley home, but what are they going to do? It’s cold out. Besides, isn’t Christmas the season of peace, love, and joy? While I wish the interior illustrations were in color, they are still cute. The small size of the book makes it easy for little hands to hold too.
Your children will be enchanted by A Christmas Secret by Candace Hall.
- Publisher:Tate Publishing
- ISBN-13: 978-1617773532
- SRP: $7.99
I received a copy of this book from the author through Pump Up Your Book in exchange for my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation of any kind to provide my review.
Tags: animal lovers books, books for young readers, Charlee Ganny, Chihuawolf, horror spoof, Middle Grade books, middle grade horror spoof, Pet lovers books, The Children’s and Teens Book Connection
Paco, a smart, fashionably-dressed Chihuahua, lives in a snug and comfortable world as the pampered pet of tenyear- old Olivia. Although he is locked into a perpetual battle with a pair of cats, his real problem is Natasha, the gorgeous Afghan hound he adores, but who thinks he is just too tiny to be taken seriously. Determined to change his outside to reflect the lion-hearted courage he possesses inside, Paco decides to do something drastic. He will transform into the biggest, fiercest canine he can imagine: a Chihuawolf!
Read an excerpt!
Paco shivered with delight at the thought of becoming that feared creature of myth and legend. He could do it. he would no longer be a member of the smallest dog breed in the world, a seven-pound Mexican short-hair who trembled at the slightest threat. His outside appearance would match what he was on the inside—big, mighty, and fearless. He would have long fangs and sharp claws. He would snarl, and everyone would run. He would be irresistible to the woman he loved.
The woman he loved. Natasha. Paco smiled to himself. Her name sounded like a rushing stram. Natasha. Her barking fell like soft music on his ears. Natasha. Pac’s mood darkened. She called him a canine cannoli, a furry fajita, a miniature snoozer. He sighed.
He tasted the bitterness of the truth. He knew where he stood with her. Natasha didn’t like puny little pooches. She only gave her heart to perros grandes—big dogs! Great Danes. German shephers. St. Bernards. Rottwelers. Mighty mastiffs. And if they were bad dogs—dogs who dug huge holes in the yard, dogs who chewed up entire sofas, dogs who picked fights or stole bones or ran away for hours—Natasha liked them even better. Only the biggest, the baddest, the boldest leader of the pack became the beautiful Natasha’s boyfriend.
Paco the Chihuahua, the poquito, the pipsqueak, could never win her—but maybe Paco the Werewolf would.
Read the reviews!
“…the mood of mystery and suspense is well sustained and does a good job holding readers’ interest. The interspersing of Spanish words and phrases is a fun addition… A good addition to animal-adventure collections.”
- School Library Journal
Charlee Ganny (aka Savannah Russe, USA Today bestselling author of The Darkwing Chronicles) lives high up on a hill in a 150-year-old farmhouse near Harveys Lake, PA. She has too many cats to count, three dogs, and regular wild visitors, including a skunk named Professor Pewmount. She is a writer and a dreamer, and what she dreams…she writes.
Tags: book reviews, books for young readers, books that teach a lesson, books that teach children a lesson, chidlren's books on eating right and exercising, childhood obesity, children's books, Children's picture books, children's books that teach a lesson, First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to fight obesity, Food and Fitness, Good Habits, healthy habits, Life of Shouty, NeonSeon, Rhyming books, The Children’s and Teens Book Connection, The Disney Channel, virtual book tour
It’s a new challenge for Shouty. Choosing elevators and escaltors over stairs, and stuffing himself with all types of junk food, he becomes an overweight, unhealthy person. Will he have the willpower to change his habits?
In this second Life of Shouty book, Food & Fitness, young readers find a rhyming story about a man who lives an unhealthy lifestyle. Lack of exercise and eating junk food–two things modern-day kids hear a lot about the evils of these days–find Shouty gaining weight and struggling to change his eating habits and incorporate exercise into his daily life.
Having reviewed the first Life of Shouty book, Good Habits, I had a feel for the author’s style before cracking open this new one. While I don’t understand the need to use an adult male to show children the importance of eating right and exercising, Food & Fitness does a fine job of showing kids how the wrong choices impact our bodies and mental health. With First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to fight obesity, and televisions stations like The Disney Channel speaking regularly on these topics, young readers will easily be able to grasp the point of this book.
NeonSeon’s whimsical and funny illustrations return in Food & Fitness. These pictures help lighten what is a heavy topic for today’s youth. Childhood obesity has been a hot topic for a few years now. Medical professionals are seeing diseases in children that previously they had only seen in adults. A book like Food & Fitness can be helpful in encouraging even normal-weight children to implement practices that will help them throughout their adult life.
- ISBN-13: 978-0984206919
- SRP: $14.95
I received a free copy of this book from the author through Pump Up Your Book Virtual Book Tours in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation of any kind to provide this review.