Luke & Lottie It’s Christmas by Ruth Wielockx

It’s Christmas! The twins, Luke and Lottie, are so excited. Christmas Eve is the best night of the year.

A warm and recognizable story about celebrating Christmas together. For children ages 3 and up.

Lexile Measure : 480
Grade Level : Preschool – 2
Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
Hardcover : 32 pages
ISBN-10 : 1605374911
ISBN-13 : 978-1605374918
Publisher : Clavis (September 3, 2019)

 

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Souled by Jennifer Gladen

What if the pull of a video game was impossible to resist?

When Ethan and his friends play the much anticipated new game, Seeker, they are thrown into a new world where the lines of reality and gaming are blurred. As people close to Ethan, including his sister, start to disappear, Ethan and his team must free the trapped souls, defeat the dark wizard, and stop the destruction before he and his friends are trapped forever.

THE PULL OF THE GAME
Ever play a video game and wonder where the past 6 hours went
Ever feel like it was time to pull away, but you had to play just one more level
Ever think, “Just one more try.”

Ethan, a tech-savvy gamer, joins the newest gaming rage-Seeker. With his best friends in tow, they try it and fall in love with Bailiwick, the realistic gaming world where the game takes place. Ethan senses something is off as he learns more about the coveted game. When a school friend goes missing, and later his sister, Ethan and his friends discover Nith, a dark wizard, is trapping players inside the game.

When Ethan and his friends set out to help the trapped players, he discovers there is much more to just being trapped in the game. He learns of Nith’s plan to merge the digital world with the real world. The more souls Nith collects, the more powerful he becomes!

Will Ethan and his friends be able to stop Nith even as he gains more power with each trapped soul? Or will they join the others who are destined to be trapped forever and become part of Nith’s NEW WORLD?

A story about friendships, family, gaming, and growth, Souled is an action-packed book filled with one adventure after another.

Publication Date : September 5, 2020
Publisher : Valentino Publishing (September 5, 2020)
Word Wise : Enabled
File Size : 2691 KB
Print Length : 203 pages
ASIN : B08HKWVD66

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Honeycake Series by Medea Kalantar

I’ve had the pleasure of working with author Medea Kalantar on the fourth and fifth books of her children’s picture book series, Honeycake. Here are my thoughts on the first three books in this series that introduces young readers into a diverse, multi-cultural family of love.

In Book 1, A Family of Spices, Nala visits her grandmother and they decide to bake a cake. When Grandma tells Nala she is made of spices, just like their cake, she doesn’t understand. Grandma and Nala talk about how her background is made up of many different cultures. Along the way, as they add ingredient after ingredient, they talk about their family and why Grandma calls Nala her little Honeycake.

In the second book of the series, Help I Swallowed A Butterfly, Nala runs home and cries to Mama that her teacher told her she has butterflies in her tummy. Mama explains to Nala all about stage fright and ways to cope with it.

In Book 3, Special Magical Powers, Nala learns about her special magical power known as kindness, and how being kind to others can have a huge impact on both the giver and the recipient. Nala rushes home to tell Mama and Papa how she used her Special Magical Powers to help others in need.

What I love about the Honeycake series is its simplicity. These are important life lessons wrapped inside a simple and touching story. A Reiki Master and Practitioner, Kalantar is also an award-winning author. In addition to these three stories, A Circle of Trust and Counting All My Blessings have been released. You can find out more at https://honeycakebooks.com

Simon’s Skin by Nidhi Kamra

Simon’s Skin by Nidhi Kamra teaches is a funny way to teach youngsters to be comfortable in their own skin.

Simon thinks his skin is boring. So, he tries on a variety of different skins. He quickly comes to a surprising conclusion.

This is such a neat book. Between the catchy text and the vibrant artwork, children are bound to be thrilled with it. Though I try not to make many comparisons to other books, Simon’s Skin reminds me of a modern I Want to Be Somebody New! by Robert Lopshire. Artist Diane Brown’s colorful artwork will definitely make youngsters want to pick up the book, but it is Kamra’s engaging story that will keep them turning the pages. Having read books from Kamra before, I knew this would be a good one. This topic is also timely, because it teaches kids to be comfortable in their own skin.

A silly story with a good lesson hidden inside is what you’ll find in Simon’s Skin.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Grade Level : Kindergarten – 3
Item Weight : 4.5 ounces
Paperback : 32 pages
ISBN-10 : 1940310865
ISBN-13 : 978-1940310862
Product Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.09 x 11.02 inches
Publisher : 4RV Children’s Corner; Illustrated Edition (July 21, 2020)
Reading level : 3 – 7 years

Also available in hardcover.

I received a digital copy from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

The Great Toy Revolt by Lance K. Ewing

A fun way to encourage reading and play time that doesn’t involve sitting in front of a screen has just arrived with The Great Toy Revolt by Lance K. Ewing.

In this zany story, neglected toys send three brothers notes about being neglected. They hope to sway the brothers into turning in their electronic devices for books and their older toys they used to enjoy playing with.

The Great Toy Revolt is a really cute story with colorful artwork by Justin Green. A quick read, parents could use this story to encourage youngsters to swap out screen time for reading, enjoying time outside, creating music, or just having fun without devices. It sure beats lecturing them about it.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

File Size : 5794 KB
Print Length : 37 pages
Publisher : Lance K. Ewing (April 23, 2020)
ASIN : B087NHWHR7
Word Wise : Not Enabled
Publication Date : April 23, 2020

I grabbed a digital copy of this book for free during the author’s promotion. This review contains my honest opinion, which I have not been compensated for in any way.