Review: Billy and the Monster Who Loved to Fart

Title: Billy and the Monster Who Loved to Fart
Author: David Chuka
Publisher: Pen-n-a-Pad Publishing
Release Date: January 2013
Length: 34 pages
Ages?: 3-8
Genre: Children’s Literature

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In the first book in this epic tale, we discover that Billy loves Monster and Monster loves Billy. They play together. They have a bath together.They even go to school together. There’s just one thing that threatens to spoil their friendship.

Monster loves to Fart!…and everyone blames Billy for it!

Will Monster make Billy the uncoolest kid at school? Will Monster cause an irreparable hole in the Ozone layer? Will Monster and Billy both learn how to behave properly in a social environment?

***** Review *****

Billy loves hanging out with his monster friend because he doesn’t have any brothers or sisters.

There’s just two problems: the monster farts a lot…and everyone blames Billy for it.

There was a day we had to evacuate the local supermarket because monster detonated a fart that caused the store manager to call the fire brigade.

One day an inspector comes to Billy’s school and Billy promises to be on his best behavior. His mom fixes him a very special lunch. It doesn’t go so well at school that day.

Billy’s dad has an uncool conversation with him about monster’s farts, and a plan to help Billy help monster out with his stinky problem.

Review: The Dragon Who Couldn’t Breathe Fire

Title: The Dragon Who Couldn’t Breathe Fire
Author: Yonit Werber
Release Date: October 2013
Length: 24 pages
Ages?: 3-7
Genre: Children’s Literature

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For young children, growing up can seem to take forever. But, like butterflies must first be caterpillars, becoming a big boy or girl doesn’t happen overnight.

In this funny rhyming story for children aged 3 to 7 years old, children will laugh at the illustrations and the extremes that our little dragon friend goes to, as he tries to breathe fire for the first time. After trying so hard with no luck at all, he meets a wise owl who tells him that his Mom has all the answers.

This humorous story was created with the intention of helping young children to understand that life is magic. But, just like real magic, you never really know when it will happen!

***** Review *****

The story centers around a little dragon ready to grow up and compete against his big brothers.

He wants to breathe fire like his big brothers, but he can’t on his own. He tries and tries. He uses everything he knows about fire to try to breathe it. He’s not having much luck with his fire breathing, a little owl redirects him to the one person who knows how to get the little dragon what he needs.

The little dragon trots back home. His dragon mom explains that the magic of fire breathing will come when he’s ready for it. You just can’t push the magic of growing up.

A great book with cute and funny illustrations to add to the story of the little dragon’s tale of growing up.

Top Ten Tuesday: Twelve Books Recently Added To The TBR Mountain


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Twelve Books Recently Added To The TBR Mountain





Review: Take the Dog Out!

Title: Take the Dog Out!
Author: Lynne Dempsey
Release Date: December 2013
Length: 33 pages
Ages?: 3-8
Genre: Children’s Literature

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A humorous story about a busy family and a dog who wants to go outside. Eventually, the family realizes a walk together is what they all need. Have fun finding the hidden dog bones, counting the barks, and looking for the color red on each page. The book includes repetitive text and sight words.

***** Review *****

We’ve all been there! So busy we just tell a message off to the nearest family member and go about our busy business.

The story gets funnier with each turn of the page. The illustrations are quiet comical and perfect for this picture book. The language is simple and repetitive for very young readers to read independently, or for an older sibling to read aloud as well.

The family realizes they all need a break from the crazy to all go for a much needed walk.

Review: Who’s Coming for Dinner, Little Hoo?

Title: Who’s Coming for Dinner, Little Hoo?
Author: Brenda Ponnay
Publisher: Xist Publishing
Release Date: November 2013
Length: 30 pages
Genre: Children’s Literature

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Whooo’s Ready for Thanksgiving? Little Hoo is hosting all of his friends for a Thanksgiving feast, but first they have to arrive. Toddlers will love guessing who will be at the door in this “Knock, Knock” book featuring a little owl and his friends and family.

***** Review *****


Who’s at the door, Little Hoo?

Each time the door is answered, another relative or friend shows up with their own Thanksgiving dish. The Hoots show up with all of their friends and they are ready to eat!

This book is simple with a two-part telling. The first is repetitive for beginning readers to learn and memorize.

Review: The Super Duper Princess Heroes ~ How It All Started

Title: The Super Duper Princess Heroes: How It All Started
Author: Sanjay Nambiar
Publisher: Umiya Publishing
Release Date: August 2013
Length: 32 pages
Ages?: 3-9
Genre: Children’s Literature

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When Kinney, Oceana, and Sammie stumble upon a mysterious bag with magical tiaras inside, their lives change forever. They transform from regular girls into Super Duper Princess Heroes! Their new powers, however, come with strings attached. To keep the magic going, the girls need to help others, to work together as a team, and to always be humble about their abilities. Can these awesome girls rise to the challenge and help save the world? Can they prove that princesses are about courage and independence instead of just fancy dresses and glittering jewelry? You better believe they can! “The Super Duper Princess Heroes: How It All Started” is an important book for several reasons. The story conveys positive messages to young girls (independence, strength, teamwork, responsibility) while maintaining a context of fun and adventure. In a marketplace flooded with princess” paradigms that are all about getting married and wearing fancy gowns, the Super Duper Princess Heroes delivers a refreshing perspective that can inspire girls to help change the world, instead of just waiting around to find their prince.

***** Review *****

 “You think just because we’re princesses all we want to do is marry you?” 

I couldn’t resist – that line made me laugh!

Girls in pretty dresses and tiaras aren’t just out for marriage. Especially these three girls!

Kinney, Oceana and Sammie are regular girls out for adventure when they stumble upon a mysterious silver bag. They receive tiaras and glittery dresses.

Best of all, they each receive their very own super power!

The girls use their powers to help a fallen and injured prince, but they must work together to get him to safety.

The girls realize they have some incredibly amazing abilities, but they also know that they’re new super powers come with responsibility.

A great book for teaching young ones about the differences they may see between themselves and others at daycare or school, and about being helpful, kind and humble.

Review: Furmaid

Title: Furmaid
Author: Julia Dweck
Publisher: Kitereaders
Release Date: June 2012
Length: 32 pages
Ages?: 3-6
Genre: Children’s Literature

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“Not another mermaid story,” little Minnow wails, as Mama minnow tucks him into his coral bed. Readers will learn that this is no ordinary mermaid tale. This mermaid’s “tale” is quite extraordinary. Readers will delight in the bold and colorful illustrations and tender story line. Swim along with Finoor on her very first enchanting underwater adventure.

***** Review *****

Little Minnow does not want another mermaid bedtime story. But as mom assures him, this is no ordinary mermaid tail.

Finoor is a beautiful mermaid, but there is one very big thing that’s different about her. Finoor does everything she can to make her fin look shiny and sleek like the other mermaids, who make fun of her.

One day an iceberg floats into the mermaid’s part of the ocean and it becomes so cold the other mermaids freeze into a huge ice cube. But not Finoor. She doesn’t freeze; she doesn’t get cold. But something happens to her tail.

Then some unsavory sharks show up. They size up the rest of the sea creatures. The fish cry. Finoor cries. Then she gets angry and does something incredible.

Well, a couple of incredible things, and all of the other mermaids learn a very important lesson.

Review: Because Dragons Love Milk

Title: Because Dragons Love Milk
Author: Marie Chow
Publisher: Createspace
Release Date: April 2014
Length: 28 pages
Ages?: 3-8
Genre: Children’s Literature

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A slightly different take on the traditional bedtime story. See how Tycho’s father helps to soothe the monsters in his room… bilingual translation makes the book read smoothly in either Mandarin (with traditional Chinese characters) or English.

***** Review *****

This is an adorable bedtime story about getting ready for bed and reading a bedtime story.

Tycho needs his father’s help. He has this dragon under his bed, and an alligator, too.

And then there’s the T-Rex.

No wonder he can’t get to sleep!

Fortunately Tycho’s dad knows all of the monsters hiding in Tycho’s room and what each one of them needs to settle down for the night.

Review: Boo & Doo Save the Day

Title: Boo & Doo Save the Day
Author: Michael Yu
Series?: Boo & Doo series
Genre: Children’s Lit

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Boo and Doo live in the small, peaceful town of Oobaoo. Their houses are made of sugar. Everything is fine and dandy until a crazy cloud arrives. Soon the little town is attacked by giant rain drops that splatter and batter everything in sight. Can Boo and Doo, two brave, young Oobas, save the day? What wacky plan do they have up their sleeves?

***** Review *****

Boo and Doo live in the town of Oobaoo. Their houses are made of sugar. Hansel and Gretel, anyone? 🙂

When it rains they lose their homes. They just wash away!

One day an angry rain cloud comes in and destroys their homes.

The town meets in a cave to figure out a way to stop the angry cloud. Boo and Doo step forward with a plan, but it’s going to require a trip down the yellow frog road.

When the angry rain cloud takes a break for a cup of tea, Boo and Doo reveal their master plan.

The illustrations pair with the story perfectly, and there are some bonus sketches at the end of the book as well as a link to a free coloring book.

Review: Owyn Owl’s Very First Winter

Title: Owyn’s Owl Very First Winter
Author: Pippin Post
Publisher: Createspace
Release Date: August 2014
Length: 24 pages
Genre: Children’s Literature

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Join Owyn Owl as he experiences his very first winter! From bare trees and rain, icy glistening hills to shrinking snowbanks, the wonder of the season is all around him!

***** Review *****

Owyn Owl is frightened when winter sets in. The trees have lost their leaves. Surely something is wrong!

His mother explains winter to him, and the next day snow covers and dusts everything. There is a beautiful illustration and explanation of how we get snow.

Owyn spends all winter reveling in the white fluff with his friends. At least until winter comes to an end and the snow begins to melt, signifying spring.

A great starter story for discussion the seasons and weather changes with young readers, particularly winter.