July 10, 2014

I Bit Off More Then I Could Chew



If you have a minute I have something to say.  First I would like to apologize because I have some bad news to tell.  I know I said I would be posting a review everyday this week but I wasn't able to write up a review today as I had unexpected events happen.  But I will be back tomorrow for sure! Today was just a really really crazy day for me but at least nothing horrible happen and I was able to see my nephew for a little bit.  I guess you could say I bit off more then I could chew but I'm so happy to be back to blogging!  I miss reading my books and talking to everybody!  Anyways I'm off to bed as I have been up since 5am this morning and I'm literally falling asleep at my laptop here.  Again I'm sorry I wasn't able to keep up but like I said before some crazy stuff happen and I'm just too tired.  Good night everybody and I'll be back to posting tomorrow. 


     




July 9, 2014

The Crew Goes Coconuts


Synopsis:
There is a storm brewing on the Flying Dragon, and it's not about the weather.  When the crew finds themselves parched and not enough joyce to go around, blame falls on Matie the goat, Hallie's friend.  Divided, they square off, ready for a fight and Captain No Beard must teach his crew that not only is bullying wrong, they must learn to value and respect each and every member of the crew.  Watch the crew of the Flying Dragon learn an important lesson about being a true friend.


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My Review

Hello everybody!!!  Today's book review will be featuring The Crew Goes Coconuts! by Carole P. Roman.  Now so far I have enjoyed all of the books in this authors Captain No Beard series but at this point I must declare that this book has outshine the other books in every way.  Continue reading to find out why this book is the new favorite for my family. 


Storyline

The storyline for this book was just too cute.  Frankly it's my favorite in the series because it has a good lesson for children to learn and the pacing of the story was nice and easy going.  The moral of the story was basically teasing is bad and not everyone is perfect.  That we should all find something nice about everyone instead of picking on them for the things we don't like about them and we need to look at ourselves because we all have things we aren't good at either.  I truly feel like the author out done herself on this one.  She made such an important lesson to learn easy to understand for children while keeping a light tone to the story by using the characters funny antics to keep things from getting too serious. 


Pictures

The pictures were in my opinion better then the other books in the series. The book was very colorful so none of the characters were bland and all the faces the characters of the story made were priceless.  I always get a few chuckles from my nephew and little cousins as they're going through the story which gives the book an "easy access" spot on our bookshelf. 


Binding

Note: I am just re-writing what I wrote in the past posts for this series as they all have the same binding.  

The binding is similar to the rest of the books.  The cover and binding is on the flimsy side but in the end the book is thin so it won’t take up to much space on the bookshelf which is a good thing for us. So there are pros and cons for this department. 


So in conclusion this book is a huge success.  I do want to give out a big "Thank You" to the author, who was kind enough to include a "treasure map" and some pirate coins in the package which went along with the theme of the book series.  My family and I can't wait for the next installment in the series.  The children in my family has enjoyed every book so far by this author and I'm thankful to the author for giving me this experience.  Ok everybody that is my book review for today.  Now for tomorrow's book review I won't be able to post my review till later in the day because I'm working early in the morning till late in the afternoon.  I hope everyone is having a good week so far!





July 8, 2014

If You Were Me and Lived In…..Portugal


Synopsis:
Award winning and best selling author Carole P. Roman travels to beautiful Portugal.  This pro active book invites children to think about Portugal's.  This pro active book invites children to think about Portugal's many wonders from the sunny Azores to the wide variety of food.  Roman's If You Were Me books have a simple, winning formula: portray children from other countries and explain how familiar items and customs are the same, and how they differ, in the country being discussed.  The appeal of Roman's If You Were Me series is that this information is not offered in the bland style of n encyclopedia entry, but rather as part of a tour of real life in India.  It's this organic conversational tone that keeps the book interesting and inspires kid's own curiosity for other cultures.  Peter Dabbene The Foreword Review join Carole P. Roman as she takes you to explore the friendly country of Portugal!




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My Review

Hello everybody!  I'm sorry to say this but this post will be short as my free time is very limited right now as I'm trying to catch up on all of the books authors have sent to me to review and as I'm already working 4 jobs it's been a little hectic.   So I'm apologizing now for my shorter post but even though it's shorter compared to my other book reviews I do feel like I got everything down that I wanted to say about this book.   



Storyline

Ok I like to talk about the storyline first.  The storyline is just like the rest of the books in the series.  The synopsis above gives a pretty good description on what the book is about and what it contains.  Even though the book is short you do feel like you have learned a lot in the few pages that you have read.  


Education

For the education, you do learn quite a bit, though the "facts" for this book or better yet for this series, are facts that are simple and easy for children to remember which I love.  My little cousins have learned what people would eat in Portugal and what they would call their mommies and daddies and what popular tourists spots they would go to see.  So my cousins aren't overwhelmed by a lot of information and they get to learn new facts that they are already interested in. 


Pictures

For the pictures I have to say that they were good.  None of the characters blended into the backgrounds and my nephew liked looking through the pictures.  There wasn't anything that amazed us but it did keep the attention of the little ones in my family. 


Binding

Note: I am just re-writing what I wrote in the past posts for this series as they all have the same binding.  

The binding is similar to the rest of the books.  The cover is whitish so I have to make sure the kids won't take markers to it and the binding is on the flimsy side but in the end the book is thin so it won’t take up to much space on the bookshelf which is a good thing for us.  So there are pros and cons for this department. 


So in the end this book isn't our favorite in the series but it was a good read.  The kids enjoyed them and that is what is most important.  I do want to give a shout out to Carole P. Roman for being kind enough to include a few toys for the kids.  Thank you so much for sending them the toys.  They love the little passport, pencil and flag that came along with this book.  I apologize for the short review for this book but as I said above I have been very busy so I hope everyone understands!  Now for tomorrow's post, it should be the usual length that I generally write my reviews since I'll have some more time tomorrow to write it unlike today.  Today I have to go to work early, thus I didn't have all the time I wanted to write my review.  Anyways I hope everyone made it through the dreadful Monday and I'll be back tomorrow with another book review.  Chow! 

  






July 7, 2014

If You Were Me and Lived In…..Russia


Synopsis:
Exploring the world has never been easier-or more fun!-than with Carole P. Roman's award-wining If You Were Me and Lived In…children's series.  Continuing its globetrotting tradition.  If You Were Me and Lived In…..Russia explores the magic and wonder of this captivating country.  As children ages three to eight take a leisurely stroll around Russia, they will come across some of the country's most recognizable sites, including the Kremlin, St. Basil's Cathedral, and the Red Square.  Learn about Russia's yummy delicacies, like borscht and caviar, before playing popular Russian games like chess and "file"-a game children may know better as "tag"!  Brimming with these and other fascinating facts, If You Were Me and Lived In…..Russia is the perfect way  to both entertain and educate your children about the great big world that exists outside their windows.  From Russia's festive New Year's celebrations to popular Russian names, this charming addition to the If You Were Me and Lived In…. series.  Family explains everything there is to know about on the world's most historic destinations.


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My Review

Hello everybody!!! I'm so happy to announce that I should be able to come back to blogging.  My goal is to post a book review at least once a week excluding this week.  This week I will be posting a lot of reviews because I have been so behind on publishing my book reviews for authors who have sent me their books. So hang on to your pants and get ready for a wild ride!  Today's book review will be about a book by the author Carole P. Roman. The synopsis above gives a pretty clear description on what this book is about and what it contains so I'll just post a few paragraphs on what I liked about the book and what I didn't like about the book.


Storyline

I'll start off with the storyline.  The outline of the book is very similar compared to the other books in the series.  Basically your child or family member would be reading information about every day life in Russia and simple facts that would be easy for children to remember.  Though I do want to point out that this book does contain more information then any of the other books that I have reviewed so far.  I'll talk more about the educational factor in the section below but as for the story line, it was decent and my little cousins enjoyed the things they learned.  We had a big discussion about Russia afterwards and even looked up a few pictures online of Russia. 

Education

As for the educational factor for this book I have to say that this book has more facts then any of the other books in this series.  This book is the most educational book by Carole P. Roman by far. It's has so many facts though that the author had to cram a lot of words on some of her pages which sorta messed up the flow of the story.  So it's a hit and miss for my family and I.  It's very educational and has a lot of facts, but because there was so much information and so many words crammed onto one page it intimidated my little cousin when he was reading it.  He's use to the books with a few sentences on a page, not a huge paragraph.  But like I said this is a hit and miss because he did learn a lot from this book. 

Pictures

Now as for the pictures I have to say that the illustrations in this book are better then any of the other books in the series.  None of the characters were blending in with the background and there was so many colors in the book, nothing looked bland or boring.  The characters stood out from the background and everything looked good.  So all and all the pictures were a win for my family and I. 


Binding

Note: I am just re-writing what I wrote in the past posts for this series as they all have the same binding.  

The binding is similar to the rest of the books.  The cover is whitish so I have to make sure the kids won't take markers to it and the binding is on the flimsy side but in the end the book is thin so it won’t take up to much space on the bookshelf which is a good thing for us.  So there are pros and cons for this department. 


So in the end this is the book my family has enjoyed the most compared to the other books in the series.  It had everything we were looking for and we are very happy with it.  What's more the author was kind enough to send the kids a little something along with this book.  We got a flag of russia, a pencil and a little fake passport.  The kids enjoyed them and we made up a new game called airport so they could play with their new toys.  So in conclusion this book was a win for my family and we are all looking forward to this authors next book!  That's all folks!  Come one back tomorrow for my next book review and I do hope everyone had a happy 4th of July!





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